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Mary Florine Cate


Mary Florine Cate, 94, of Dubuque died Friday, July 08, 2016 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Florine was born April 8, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Henry and Annabel (Winders) Roussel. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High. She married John Mason Cate in 1941. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2007.

Florine volunteered with many organizations; including, 45 years as a 4-H leader, 10 years with the Dubuque County Mental Health Commission, and 24 years with the Care Review Commission. She was also a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and was a funeral dinner volunteer.

She is survived by three children, Robert (Sharon) Cate of Asbury, Carol (Francis) Boland of Boscobel, Wisc., and John "Jay" (Dawn) Cate of Honey Creek, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a daughter in law, Mary Cate of Minnesota; and two sisters in law, Maxine Roussel of Texas and Grace Schnorenberg of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald Cate; a daughter, Nancy Duensing; a son in law, Rollin Duensing; a granddaughter, Danielle Cate; and a brother, Donald Roussel.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Memorials may be made to the Florine Cate Memorial Fund.



Marlene A. Hubbard


Marlene A. Hubbard, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marlene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marlene was born on March 19, 1929, in Masonville, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Bridget "Janie" (Heffernan) Duffy.

Marlene was a proud Irish Catholic who relocated to Dubuque during her high school years and eventually became a graduate of St. Columbkille High School. She would soon cross paths, quickly fall in love with her soul-mate, Irving "Sonny" Hubbard, and they would be united in marriage on May 30, 1949, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Sonny would faithfully refer to Marlene as his "Sweetheart of All My Dreams" and they would be blessed with an amazing life together for 63 years, until he was called home ahead of her on January 9, 2013. They were truly, and visibly, devoted to one another and would spend countless hours going for walks together along the river, and at Eagle Point Park, until Sonny's health began to fail and she graciously became his full-time care giver for the last 8 years of their life together here on earth. Marlene did spend some time working outside of the home at the General Dry Battery Factory and St. Regis Paper Company, before finally retiring in 1975; but her primary mission in life was caring for, and nurturing her family at home. Marlene was well-known for her excellent talents as a hostess; always making everyone feel welcomed, and at home, while simultaneously providing them with delicious meals, and special treats, before venturing into a spirited game of cards, especially when Euchre or 500 were on the schedule. Marlene was a very active woman and a loyal longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, the Rosary Society, Mission League of Divine Word Seminary, Society of Infant Jesus of Prague, Shrine of St. Jude and the Society of Mary Immaculate Lady of the Snows. She had an adventurous side which would develop into a love for roller coasters, stock car racing and of course NASCAR, with Jeff Gordon always holding her favorite drivers position. Marlene also loved to travel, and one of her most treasured memories was an abundantly joyful journey to Branson where she was treated to a serenade from her favorite Irish singer, Daniel O'Donnell. Marlene was a sincerely adoring and compassionate woman; the kind they just don't make anymore, and her absence within the daily lives, of all who knew and loved her, will be felt in their hearts and minds for years to come.

Those left to cherish Marlene's memory include

her children,
Patty (Tony) Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI
and Mike (Ruth) Hubbard, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Brian (Kari) Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI,
Julie Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI,
Nicole (Shawn) Carpenter, Dubuque, IA
and Renae Hubbard, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her step-grandchildren,
Jessica, Scott, and Melissa;

her great-grandchildren,
Mariah, Nathan, Haley, Ethan and Wesley;

her step-great-grandchildren,
Tazlynn, Deanté, Madalynn, Makayla, Landon and Macy;

and her siblings,
Delores Morley, Dubuque, IA
and Cecil Duffy, Dubuque, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Harold Schuster, Dubuque, IA.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Irving "Sonny" Hubbard; a daughter-in-law, Diane Hubbard; her siblings, Leo Duffy, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Don) Smock, Boniface "Bonnie" (Ann) Duffy, Jean Schuster and Marjorie (Martin "Bud") McMahon; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Duffy; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Morley.

In lieu of flowers, a Marlene A. Hubbard memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Marlene's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, the entire staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hospice of Dubuque and all of her in home care givers for all of the love and support they have given Marlene and the family throughout the years.

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

 



Vesta O’Donnell Glesener


Vesta O'Donnell Glesener passed away on July 6, 2016 at the age of 91.

A private, family burial will be held on August 20th and a celebration of her life memorial service is being planned at a time and location to be determined.

Vesta was born January 8, 1925 in a farm home near Fulton, IA to Edward "Eddie" O'Donnell and Pearl Bollinger O'Donnell. She graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She also graduated from telegraph school in Omaha, NE where the Union Pacific Railroad was training women to replace the men who were drafted into WWII. Vesta served in the state of Washington in the towns of Wallula, Tusha and Latah until the end of the war.

Vesta was married to John Peter Glesener, III in the Methodist Church, Maquoketa, IA on February 3, 1946. Vesta and John, her late husband, were married 62 years and lived at Quintoak Farm outside of DeWitt where they hosted Boy Scouts, church services, youth activities, and school tours for 50 years. They also shared not only their large organic garden and flower beds but also their knowledge and love of nature to thousands of people over the years. Vesta and her late husband were honored with several awards during that timeframe including the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Hagie Heritage Award.

Vesta's "favorite" was the school children's' tours where they petted the sheep and rabbits, fed the bottle lambs, held the silky chickens, dug potatoes in the root cellar, and picked up rocks, cones, and feathers – many going home with peacock feathers. She also served in the DeWitt Methodist Church for over 40 years.

Their legacy is inherent in the following 3 quotes:

Have reverence for the life of all living things - Albert Schweitzer

I hope I have left some of my fleece on the hedges as I have passed this way - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin - Shakespeare

Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals. Love the plants. Love each separate thing. Loving all, you will perceive the mystery of God in all.

Surviving her are five children: Sandra (married to Russell Soenksen), DeWitt, IA; Kent John (married to Christie Clemenson), Sapulpa, OK; Marcia Glesener (married to Dr. Ralph "Lee" DeFalco), Davidsonville, MD; Rev. Kevin John (married to Teresa Mangan), Knoxville, IA; Dr. Mark John (married to Dottie Cocciemiglio), St Charles, IL.

Surviving grandchildren include: Soenksen family: Michelle – Shelly (married to Todd Springsteen), Longmont, CO, Rev/Dr. Jason (married to Michelle Gallmeier), Grafton, WI, and Aaron (married to Shannon Meyer), DeWitt, IA

Kent Glesener family: Jalinda (married to Dr. Kyle Mangles), Tulsa, OK and Joshua (married to Natalie Bernklau), Tulsa, OK

Kevin Glesener family: Michael, Oskaloosa, IA, Ryan, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Rebecca- Becca (married to Nate Gay), New Sharon, IA;

Mark Glesener family: Alexsis, Golden, CO, Gabriel, Lake in the Hills, IL and Gemma, St. Charles, IL

The surviving great-grandchildren include: Conner and Ian Springsteen, Emma and Rachel Soenksen, Aria, Lily Vestina and Meyer John Soenksen, Myla and Brenna Glesener and Evelyn Glesener, and Sarah and Amy Planas (Mark & Dottie's twin, grand babies).

Deceased siblings include: Neville McGaffee, IA, Glee (O'Donnell) Valentich, CO, William "Billy" O'Donnell, IA, and Wayne McGaffee (nephew), TX

Donations can be sent to the following in addition to or in lieu of flowers: Fulton Community Church % Glen Henton, 413 South Jones, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060. Please put on the memo line: Vesta Memorial.

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



Lana Kay LuGrain


Lana Kay LuGrain, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 6, 2016 at home.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

She was born on July 11, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Matilda (Besler) McElmeel.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and worked for 19 years in the clerical department at Medical Associates in Dubuque.

She married Steven LuGrain on July 3, 1986, and in 1999 they opened and operated Lana's P.J.'s Tap in Dubuque.
Lana enjoyed spending time boating on the river, her pet bird "Harley", but mostly spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; two children, Amy (Jeff) Pfeiler, of Dubuque, and Corey (Jenny) LuGrain, of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Olivia, Ella, Grace, Addison, Nicholas, and Jack; siblings Joan (Tom) Felderman, of Peosta, Linda Kuhn, of Melbourne, Florida, Dan McElmeel, of California, and Sharon (Craig Smith) Braem of Dubuque; and sister-in-law Mary Kay; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother- and father-in-law, Carl and Joan LuGrain; siblings Bob (Judy) McElmeel, Tom McElmeel, Diane Correll, and Mike McElmeel; and a brother-in-law, Jim Kuhn.

In lieu of flowers a Lana LuGrain memorial fund will be established.



Doris M. Yaddof


Doris M. Yaddof, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, July 7, 2016, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Doris' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, July 11, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doris Mae Bickford was born on September 21, 1926 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ernest Gordon and Leitha Mae (Barkley) Bickford. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Victor August Yaddof on October 28, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 10, 1986.

Doris had first worked at the former Fish N'Tackle Company in Maquoketa for a short time. She then farmed with her husband in the Elwood and later Delmar areas. Lastly, she worked at Casey's General Store in Delmar.

Doris was a member of the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary where she was a volunteer at the gift shop. She also volunteered and worked at the Jackson County Historical Society Museum in Maquoketa. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, canning, and was a good cook. Baking cookies and making meatloaf were a couple of the family favorites.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Larry Yaddof of Delmar, IA, Marla Wilcox of Delmar, IA, and Gary (Naomi) Yaddof of Charles City, IA; 5 grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Isaac, Elizabeth and Eric; 1 great-grandson, Thatcher; a sister, Janice Mohr of Davenport, IA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Rosemary Bickford of Maquoketa, IA and Santha Bickford of Stevens Point, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Leroy and Billy, and sisters Lois, Marilyn and Margie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris Mae Yaddof memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com



James G. Ernzen


James G. "Jim" Ernzen, 60, of Luxemburg died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, as a result of an automobile accident.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Jim was born July 8, 1955, in Sherrill, the son of Harold and Florence (Link) Ernzen.  He married Mary McDermott.  Together they raised their family in the Luxemburg area.  Jim enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family and friends on various hobbies including deer hunting, rabbit and squirrel hunting, coon hunting and fishing. Jim nourished his family and many others with the fruits of his garden and meat processing skills.  He was a devoted son.  As a proud father and grandfather, he often taught life lessons.  He also enjoyed playing euchre and lighting the sky with fireworks.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, his children: David (April) Ernzen, Beth Ernzen, Ben Ernzen, Jessica (Robert) Young, and Robin Ernzen; grandchildren: Ella, Carter and Brie Ernzen, and Joey Young; his mother, Florence Ernzen; siblings: Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Donnie Ernzen, Geri (Bill) Hall, Mark (Bev) Ernzen; several nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, and several in-laws and nieces & nephews of the Joe McDermott family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Ernzen, an infant brother, Davey Ernzen, sister-in-law, Rosie Ernzen, a brother-in-law, and Irvin & Lucille Stoffel who were just like family.

Memorials are preferred to the Ernzen Memorial Fund.

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

 

 

 



Helen L. Schmidt


Helen L. Schmidt, 107, of DeWitt and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2016, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 9, 2016, from the Delmar United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, July 8, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Helen Lucille Seyfert was born on September 6, 1908 near Delmar, IA, to Charles W. and Elgie (Kauffman) Seyfert. She was a 1926 graduate of Delmar High School. She married George Gustav Schmidt on January 15, 1929 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1977.

Helen was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Delmar area for many years.

Helen was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women (UMW), Circle, and the Over 60 Club. She enjoyed china painting, playing dominoes, making crafts and knitting. In her younger years she enjoyed couples bowling and playing cards in a neighborhood card club. She attributed her longevity to taking one aspirin a day and reading her Bible every morning.

Those left to honor Helen's memory include a daughter, Joan Hinck of DeWitt, IA; a daughter-in-law, Irene Schmidt of Wheatland, IA; 6 grandchildren, Sandra (Loren) Wuebker, Nancy Schneckloth, Judy Hinck, Brian (Jane) Schmidt, Craig Schmidt and Denise (Steve) Crawford; 8 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Robert "Bob" Schmidt, 2 brothers, and a son-in-law Paul Hinck.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Delmar United Methodist Church or WestWing Place in DeWitt.

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



Timothy K. Kennedy


Timothy K. Kennedy, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, was called home unexpectedly at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at home. To honor Tim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Tim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tim was born on March 15, 1963, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William "Bill" and Donna (Isaacs) Kennedy.

Tim was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate from Stephen Hempstead High School Class of 1981. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, and FDL, until he was forced to retire 3 days short of his 27th birthday, due to health issues. Tim was a strong individual who continually perservered through adversity. He was a sports fanatic, whether as a participant or spectator, and always relished in the memories of winning the State Football Championship. Tim was a die hard Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals fan and was always ready to sit down and watch a good game with family and friends. Tim was a good man, with a kind heart, and the hours he devoted to caring for his mother will never be forgotten. We are surely saddened by Tim's sudden departure from this life, but we know that he is now at peace and resting safely until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Tim's memory include

his daughter,
Breanna Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Donna Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Mike (Peggy) Kennedy, Epworth, IA,
Dan (Beth) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA,
Sheri Scheffert, Dubuque, IA,
Shelley (Jay) Lanser, Dubuque, IA
and Jeff (Ann) Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Kennedy; and his step-father, Gary Cremer.

A Timothy K. Kennedy memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary J. Kramer


Mary J. Kramer, 85, of Manchester, Iowa died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Meadows Assisting Living Center, Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2:00-8:00 P.M. Friday July 8th , 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the  rosary  will be said  at 2:00 P.M.  Visitation will continue at 9:00 A.M. at the church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 9, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev John Kremer will officiate.

Mary was born November 18, 1930 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Magdalena (Theis) Egloff.  On April 7, 1953, Mary married Charles F. Kramer at St. Francis Xavier Church, Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the Delhi area until purchasing a farm north of Earlville in 1970.  They retired from farming in 2003.  They continued living on the farm until January 22, 2005 at which time they moved to their new home in Manchester. 

Mary & Charlie enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico and also enjoyed the Caribbean Cruise they took for their 50th anniversary. She loved spending time with her family, shopping, collecting bells, gambling trips and using her computer.

Left to mourn her passing include her seven children: Susan (Lester) Felton, Monticello, Mark (Lisa) Kramer, Earlville, Mike "Smiley" (Cindy) Kramer, Dyersville, Charles A. (Brenda) Kramer, Manchester, Cathy (Greg) Wolfe, Dyersville, Linda (Tim) Lawson, Manchester, Scott (Melody) Kramer, North Liberty,  Iowa, and daughter-in-law Kelli Kramer of Grain Valley, Missouri, 20 grandchildren: Cynthia and Christopher (Jessie) Kramer,  Angie (Nick) Creech and Amber (Bob) Carroll, Ashley, Allisan, Matthew & Ryan Kramer, Craig, Curt (Amanda) Kramer and Amanda (Chris) Steiner, Adam and Alex Kramer, Tyler, Justin and Nicole Wolfe, Devin and Zachary Lawson, Madison & Dustin Kramer, 6 great-grandchildren: Braden & Jackson Creech, Brianna & Bryce Carroll, Carter Steiner & Christina Anderson.  Also surviving are 2 sisters: Rita Russ, Monticello & Alice (Tony) Russ, Hopkinton

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2005, a son, Steven, in 2001, a granddaughter, Bethany Lawson in 1999, her parents, siblings: Clarence & Alvina in infancy, Robert (Adele) Egloff, Lorraine (James) Dunkel, Rosie (Vince) Vorwald, in-laws: Nick Russ, Gertrude (Alphonse) Ries, Clarence (Irene) Kramer, Margaret (Leonard) Kramer, Alphonse "Shorty" (Irene) Kramer, Alvin (Lucinda) Kramer, Larry (Millie) Kramer and Rose Mary (Earl) Tegeler.

We would like to thank Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, Medical Associates, Regional Medical Center, Good Neighbor Society & The Meadows in Manchester for all their care. We would also like to thank everyone for their kindness and their generosity towards Mom.

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

 

 

 



Douglas E. Ede


Douglas E. Ede, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Doug's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doug's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Doug was born on May 14, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edwin and Gloria (Meyer) Ede.

Doug was very active in Silver Glove Boxing during his youth and would proudly go on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy, before returning to Dubuque to begin his working career with Flexsteel Industries. Unfortunately, Doug would be involved in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 24, and his earthly journey would be dramatically altered for the remainder of his years. Doug's mission would now be to spread joy, and his undeniably infectious humor, with his caretakers and touch their hearts in countless ways. He leaves behind a legacy of a good man, with a gentle soul, and hope in the promise of an eternity which will be lived out in a state of absolutely perfect health. Today we shed tears, and reminisce in the stories, and lessons Doug taught, during his time among us. Only time, and faith, can console our aching hearts; but we find comfort in knowing that he has left a positive imprint on many lives and we will all be reunited, again one day, with our ever courageous Doug.

Those left to cherish Doug's memory include

his mother,
Gloria Ede, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Carolyn (Mike) Kirkpatrick,
Steven (Kris) Ede,
David (Tammy) Ede
and Joseph Ede, all of Dubuque, IA;

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

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Ede.

A Douglas E. Ede memorial fund has been established.

Doug's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their loving care and support throughout the years.

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

 



Diane H. Kennedy


Diane H. (Gulick) Kennedy, 77, of Potosi, Wisc. passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at home surrounded by family.

Per Diane's wishes there will be no public services. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main is assisting the family.

Diane was born July 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Floris and Rose (Pasbach) Gulick. She married Robert G. Kennedy, May 29, 1960 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2009.

She attended Holy Ghost school and Mount Mary College, in Milwaukee, Wisc.

For most of her adult life, she was employed in office administration for various local trucking companies, retiring in 2004. She continued to stay busy in many other endeavors, such as real estate, volunteering, and sales.

Diane enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Jude Kennedy, of Potosi, Thomas William (Jennifer) Kennedy, of Marion, IA; a daughter, Jamie Michelle(Al) Kennedy Sanger, of Ellison Bay, Wisc; and two grandchildren, Taylor Jamie Kennedy and Thomas Dane Kennedy.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Rosemary and five brothers, Bob, John, Tom, Bill and Jim.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Michael J. Oberbroeckling


Michael J. Oberbroeckling, 57, of Farley, Iowa passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home in Farley, Iowa after a sudden illness.

Friends and relatives of Michael may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion Post #656 will meet in a body at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Michael will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery Farley, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born June 8, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard L. and Jean (Miller) Oberbroeckling. He is a 1977 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1978 and served in the Persian Gulf war and was Honorably discharged in 1982.

He is survived by his son, Marvin Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, IA; mother and father, Jean and Marvin Kramer of Farley, IA, four brothers, Tom (Cheryl) Oberbroeckling of Marion, IA and Rick (Wendy) Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, IA, Kevin Kramer of Bettendorf, IA, and Marty Kramer of Iowa City, IA; two sisters, Sherry (Dave) Menke of Cascade, Iowa, Karla (Jack) Golden of Florence, AR, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Leonard L. Oberbroeckling on May 12, 1960.

In lieu of flowers a Michael J. Oberbroeckling memorial fund has been established.

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



Anselm A. Willenborg


Anselm A. Willenborg, 99, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Petersburg, Iowa, died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 11:30 p.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Anselm may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call before 9:00 a.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Anselm will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

He was born April 28, 1917 in New Hampton, Iowa, son of Edward and Mary (Bruggeman) Willenborg. He received his education in the SS. Peter and Paul's school. On June 15, 1943 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Hoeger at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Earlville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 10, 1972. On February 18, 1977 he was united in marriage to Odeil Hoffmann at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Petersburg, IA, She preceded him in death on December 20, 2006. He farmed in the Petersburg area until retiring in 1981 at which time he moved to Dyersville.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by four children, Dennis (Carol Ann) Willenborg of New Vienna, IA, Larry (LuAnn) Willenborg of Petersburg, IA, Zelda (Leon) Kluesner of New Vienna, IA, and Grace (David) Nelson of Minneapolis, MN; a son-in-law, Gerald (Sandy) Nickol of Dyersville, IA; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; three step children, John (Linda) Hoffmann of Earlville, IA, Gary (Sally) Hoffmann of Dyersville, IA and Carl Hoffmann of Cedar Rapids, IA; 6 step grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; and one brother, Harley (Rose Ann) Willenborg of Petersburg, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Glenda Nickol; 2 grandchildren, Kurt F. Kluesner and Mark A. Willenborg; and three siblings, Modesta Loecke, Ernestine Krapfl and Delbert Willenborg.

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



Bernard A. Schemmel


Bernard A. Schemmel, 83, of Worthington died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held 1 - 3 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.

Bernie was born on September 15, 1932, in Worthington the son of Ben A. and Rose Mary (Billmeyer) Schemmel.  Bernie enjoyed farming with his brother LeRoy, on the Century Farm where they raised beef cattle.  Bernie had a prized collection of antique tractors and loved participating in local parades.  In his later years, he enjoyed driving around the countryside and dining at the Country Junction.  He was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

Survivors include sisters-in-law, Gladys Schemmel and Madonna Gudenkauf, 19 nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Leo & LeRoy Schemmel, Jean (Walter) Mormann, Marion (Vernon) Gudenkauf, Pearl (Gerald) Recker, and a nephew, Gary Recker.

A memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, Fr. Dennis Quint and Fr. Jeff Dole, and Above and Beyond Hospice for their skilled care and compassion shown to Bernie in his final years.

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

 

 

 



Kevin P. Jestice


Kevin P. Jestice, age 49, of Freeport, Illinois, and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 at his residence in Freeport.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena with Fr. Dennis Morrissy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena.

Kevin was born on June 27, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Beverly (Sincock) Jestice.

He was a graduate of Hanover High School and graduated from Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois with a degree in social work.

Kevin was an avid photographer and was employed as an admissions/discharge clerk at Liberty Village in Freeport.

Surviving are his aunts, Colleen (Ray) Dempsey and Sharon (Cletus) Tranel both of Galena and Diane (Isadore) Kowalski of Cuba City, Wisconsin; a cousin Brian Kowalski and Kevin's friend Theresa Miller of Platteville, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Osburn and Ruth Sincock and Ralph and Estelle Jestice, and two uncles Raymond Dempsey and Cletus Tranel.
In lieu of flowers a Kevin P. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.



Virginia Schemmel Meyer


Virginia Schemmel Meyer, 91, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on June 29, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa Where a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m.

Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

She was born November 23, 1924, on the family farm in Farley, Iowa. She attended Marycrest College and graduated from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a degree in Food Science. She met her husband, Dr. Herbert Clair Meyer, at a USO dance in Cedar Rapids, where he was stationed with the Air Force during World War II. They married there on September 18, 1949, and moved to New York City, where Herbert was born and raised.

Virginia worked in Manhattan, where she modeled for the New York Post and assisted a food writer with editing, testing new products and marketing special foods. A favorite memory was meeting Craig Claiborne and other food "stars" of that era. Eventually she and Herbert left the city and moved to Long Island, where they raised their family and enjoyed a long, happy and active life together.

Virginia had a good heart and always a bright, sunny disposition, even in the face of her recent declining health. She was extremely proud of her Florida home and being able to remain there with the loving assistance of daughter, Sheree, and Byron, who live nearby. She loved to travel and experience new places. Her love for cooking and creativity in the kitchen was an inspiration for us. The excitement of New York City never changed her love for Iowa and the farm where she grew up, and she instilled that love in all of us.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah S. (Lee David) Fautsch of Dubuque and Sheree Ann (Byron Shuford) Meyer of Orlando, Florida, two grandchildren, Justin Fautsch of Chicago and Pasadena, California, and Kristin (Gary) Kielpinski of Parker, Colorado, and four great grandchildren, Miles and Emerson Fautsch, and Isla and Wren Kielpinski, her sister, Dr. Rachel Schemmel of East Lansing, Michigan, nephew, Richard Adams of Tucson, Arizona and sister in law, Amy Meyer of San Francisco, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick A. Schemmel and Emma Melchert Schemmel of Farley, Iowa, her husband, Dr. Herbert Clair Meyer, her step sister, Lucille G. Adams and step brother, Floyd Schemmel, and brother in law, Dr. George D. Meyer.

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

 

 



Urban G. Herbers


Urban G. Herbers, 91, of Dyersville formerly of New Vienna died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  A continued visitation will be from 9 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to Funeral services at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate with Rev. Simon Herbers concelebrating.

Urban was born March 14, 1925 to Joseph and Anna (Steffen) Herbers.  He married Eileen Vorwald on May 21, 1949 in Holy Cross, Iowa.  Together they farmed and raised their family near New Vienna.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and touched many lives.  He served on the Beckman School Board, Farm Credit Services Board, and several church committees.  Urban was involved with the Little G collector club and the Two Cylinder Club.  He was innovative in the agricultural community, and supportive of the local catholic schools.  He enjoyed woodworking, restoring antique tractors and playing solo.

Survivors include four sons: Richard (fiancé Betty Fort) Herbers of Dubuque, Dan (Janet) Herbers of Chesterfield, MO, Greg (Beth) Herbers of Battle Creek, MI, and Steve (Chrissy) Herbers of New Vienna, 12 grandchildren: Mollie (Brian) Prescott of Abington, IL, Kelly (Robert) Kodoko of Colleyville, TX, Amy (Steve) Kinney of McKinney, TX, and Tim (Laura) Herbers of Dyersville, Brett Herbers and Stephanie Herbers both of Chesterfield, MO, Matt Herbers and Jacob Herbers of Battle Creek, MI, Jason Herbers of Dubuque, Eric, Tammy and Rachael Herbers of New Vienna, 9 great grandchildren, siblings:, Joan (Nick) Dunkel of Manchester, Sr. Gabriel Herbers of St. Paul, MN, Rev. Simon Herbers of Houston, TX, in-laws: Luella Cushing of Golden, CO,  Dori Vorwald of Holy Cross, and Kathy Vorwald of Rockford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eileen in 2008, parents-in-law, Norbert and Lavina (Lynch) Vorwald, and Brothers and Sister-in-law, Bob and Agnes Vorwald, Gene Vorwald, Jerome Vorwald.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakcrest Manor and the Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



John D. Brueckner


John D. Brueckner died on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the age of 96.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 3-5 pm at Kramer Funeral Home with a Mass celebrating his life on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was born on December 1, 1919 in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Edward and Mayme Cunningham Brueckner.  He married Marie Goerdt on August 15, 1942 in St. Andrew's Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas while serving in the Army.  When he was in Officer's Training in Abeline, Texas, he became ill and was discharged from the service.

He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  He purchased his father's pharmacy in 1947 and operated it until December, 1985 when he retired.

John was very active in professional pharmacy associations of District 7. P.H and served in the House of Delegates for 17 years.  He served as honorary president from 1984-1985. 

Mr. Brueckner was very active in local organizations, serving as President of the Dyersville Commercial Club, President of Beckman Band Parents, President of Beckman's Booster Blub, President of the Basilica Choir of which he was a member for 64 years. He served as Chairman of the Merchants Committee.  He was the 1st Vice Commander of the American Legion, Vice President of the Golf and Country Club and President of the Dyersville Bowling Association.  He also managed the Dyersville Baseball team for many years as well as being the team's catcher.  He also managed the American Legion basketball team while being a team player; and worked with a Little League baseball team.  He was selected to be inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame on July 9, 1988.  He was a catcher at the University of Iowa and for the Dyersville semi-pro team.

John loved all sports but music was his greatest passion.  Playing the piano, singing in the Basilica Choir and with his children and grandchildren gave him great pleasure.  While in college, he played first trombone in the University of Iowa band.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and George; three sisters, Elise Brueckner, Ruth Arens and Celeste Keays; a daughter, Lisa and a grandson, Michael George.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marie; four daughters: Elaine (Jeff) George of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Cheryl (Mark) Wright of Manton, Michigan; Diane (Don Pirkl) of Victor, Iowa; Lynn (Dr. Greg) Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin; and one son, JC (Karin) Brueckner of Overland Park, Kansas.  He is  further survived by fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer (Ken) Ericson and Katie (Gus) Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Libby George (Jacob Parakilas) of London, England; Jadrian (Dan) Clark and Carolyne Rothrock of Portland, Oregon; David Rothrock of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Melissa Rothrock of Cadillac, Michigan; A.J. Pirkl of Victor, Iowa; Nathan (Brooke) Keeling of Middleton, Wisconsin; Marlie Keeling and Shannon (Edward) Pike of Austin, Texas;  Max Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin;  Riley and Jackson Brueckner and Ryan Seltman of Overland Park, Kansas;   and seven great grandchildren: Zanna and George Ericson and Winnie, Vivian and Leo Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Malia Rothrock and Cyrik Yonkman of Cadillac Michigan.

Memorial are requested to be directed to St. Francis Xavier Choir.

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

 

 



Jerome C. Putz


Jerome C. "Jerry" Putz, age 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 following a sudden illness at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A memorial visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a time for sharing will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jerry was born on January 11, 1943 in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Anton and Marcella (Kruse) Putz.  He married Judith Hopkins-Licht on February 3, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jerry was formerly employed by Mueller Pipeline, later known as InfraSource retiring in 2008.  He was a natural gas pipeliner foreman. Jerry was an active woodworker and loved all sports.  He was a Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Surviving are his wife Judith (Hopkins-Licht) Putz; son, Jeff (Courtney) Putz of Aldi, Virginia, two  grandsons, Brandon, and Collin and a granddaughter, Skylar, a daughter, Mariah and her significant other(Andrew Wallace) Licht, of East Dubuque, a daughter, Laura (Kevin) Ruggles of Dubuque, Iowa, and a son, Kenneth (Anita) Licht of Hartsville, Tennessee and  a grandson, Ryan (and his significant other Krystal Harmening) Ziehlke and two great grandchildren Matthew and Summer and two siblings, David (Delores) Putz of Greeley, Iowa and Verna Mae (Don) Leuck of Dyersville.

 His past and present dogs were a very important part of Jerry's life, namely Shadow, Lacey, Molly and Annie.

He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, Paula Marie, his parents, three brothers, Harold, Walter and Fred and two sisters, Pearl and Alice.

A Jerome "Jerry" Putz memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Linda K. Miller


Linda K. Miller, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at her home.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Linda's life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Linda Kay Watters was born on February 17, 1944 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Sidney A. and Violet M. (Bentley) Watters. She was raised in the Fulton, Iowa area and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Richard Leslie Miller on January 13, 1963 at the RLDS Church in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2015.

As a teenager Linda had worked at A & W in Maquoketa. She later worked at Clinton Engines for a short time, and lastly in the Dietary Department at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 30 years.

Linda enjoyed watching television especially soap operas and wrestling. She liked doing jigsaw puzzles and swimming at the YMCA with friends. She was a cook at heart and loved to bake cookies and desserts.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include a son Randy Miller of Delmar, IA; 3 grandchildren Erin (Billy) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Eric Miller of Delmar, IA, and Scott Miller of Delmar, IA; 2 great-grandchildren Alexis and Cora; 4 step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Holly, Abby and Erin; a brother James (Joanne) Watters of Dubuque, IA; and sisters Edna (Robert) Schmalfeldt of Clinton, IA, and Marge Rittenhouse of Little Rock, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Allan Watters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Kay Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger J. Beitzel


Roger J. Beitzel, age 57, of North Buena Vista, IA, was called home peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016, at home. To honor Roger's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Roger's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Roger was born on March 14, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Irma (Link) Beitzel.

Roger was born and raised in North Buena Vista and would go on to invest many years at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL. His love for the outdoors definitely developed within his early years and gratefully continued throughout his entire life. His favorite hours, spent out in God's country, would primarily revolve around fishing, and deer hunting, with his close friends from Buenie. Roger had an unique sense of humor and was well known for his ability to poke fun at a family member or friend. Roger, and his best friend Jim, are now reunited once again, fishing and hunting in perfect health for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Roger's memory include

his son,
Anthony (Erin Vogt) Beitzel, Lancaster, WI;

his grandson,
Gerald Beitzel;

his mother,
Irma Beitzel, Dubuque;

his sister,
Nancy (Don) Gross, LaMotte, IA;

and 2 nephews,
Dan Kramer, Epworth, IA
and Scott Kramer, Dubuque, IA.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, John; and a sister, Della Rose Beitzel.

A Roger J. Beitzel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary N. Merfeld


Mary N. Merfeld, 79, of Peosta, formerly of Dubuque, died Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 1 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mary was born on August 15, 1936 in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Rita (Schauer) Welp.

She married Merlin J. Merfeld on May 25, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menomonie, Ill. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2009.

Mary worked several different jobs including the Dubuque Packing Co. and as a cook in food service.

She loved stock car racing, bingo and euchre. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are her children, Cathy (Jerry) Kopp, of Dubuque, Mike (Jackie) Merfeld, of Bernard, Iowa, Karen (Gary) Johnson, of Elko, Minn., Michelle Tulk, of Marshalltown, IA., Beth Koeller, of Pleasantville, Iowa, Mark (Kim) Merfeld, of Peosta, IA., Jon Merfeld, Julie McCarville both of Dubuque, Luke (Julie) Merfeld, of Peosta, IA and Paula (Tom) Brown of Decorah, Iowa; 41 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia (Jerry) Cullen, of Platteville, Wis., Joyce (Ed) Kuhle, of East Dubuque, Ill., Frank (Esther) Welp, of Albuquerque, NM., Arlene Smothers of, W. Chicago, Ill., Tom (Janice) Welp, of Dickeyville, Wis., Rita Mae (James) Schlegel, of Dubuque,  Glen (Philomena) Welp, of Cuba City, Wis., Gail Welp, of Dubuque, Paul (Sara) Welp, of Dodgeville, Wis., Jim (Linda) Welp, of Donahue, IA., Greg (Diane) Welp, of East Dubuque, Ill., and Russel Welp, of Hazel Green, Wis.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lori Ann; and sister, Marilyn Welp Walsh.

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

A Mary Merfeld Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Home Instead Senior Care and Gary Sheldon.

 

 



Janaan E. Funke


Janaan E. Funke, 73, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, June 27, 2016 at her home in Dyersville, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Janaan may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Janaan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
She was born March 28, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Mathias and Mathilda (Faber) Manternach. She is a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On May 30, 1968 she was united in marriage to David O. Funke at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Dyersville area. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2011.

Janaan was very artistic and enjoyed quilting and sewing. She truly loved and was devoted to her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville and devoted her time to the Layette Committee.

She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Wendy Willenbring) Funke of Center Point, IA, and Daniel (Cindy) Funke of Appleton, WI; two daughters, Debra (Paul) Engler of Worthington, IA and Dawn (Adam) Recker of Dyersville, IA; nine grandchildren, James, Josh and Joe Engler, Carli, Ben and Tyler Funke, Eli, Claire and Zoe Recker; a brother, Irvin (Lu) Manternach of Cedar Falls, IA; three sisters, her twin, Judy Puetz of Dubuque, IA, Carlyn Sellner of Dyersville, IA and Sharon Manternach of Dubuque, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Jean) Funke of Dubuque, Roger Mescher of Dyersville, IA, one sister-in-law, Elaine Funke of Dyersville, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dean Funke on December 9, 2001; and a brother-in-law, James Sellner, one niece, Janita Sellner, brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy (Lois) Funke, Vila (Dale) Hofer, Norma (Robert) Edleman , Marilyn Mescher and Robert Funke.

The family of Janaan would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the care and support given to Janaan.

"In vulnerability we are conquered by love."

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



Joyce M. Monahan


Joyce Marie Monahan, 74 of Dubuque, IA died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Joyce was born on October 6th, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa to Lolita and Alfred Jochum. She was the second oldest of nine children. Joyce and her siblings grew up on Windsor Ave where they attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and went on to graduate from Wahlert Catholic High School.

Joyce married Mike Monahan on May 14th, 1966 and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Their love was so deep that just a little over three weeks after Mike passed Joyce left this world to be with him.

Joyce was always an organizer at heart. Whether it was re-organizing her home after yet another remodel, traveling the world working for John Deere where she later retired, or being a political organizer where she inspired countless generations of the Jochum family to be involved in the political process or making sure her grandchildren always knew their voices mattered.

So many of the things that Joyce accomplished had an impact on others. From the Women's Recreation Association where it gave women an opportunity to participate in the sports they loved, to being a proud founding member of the Obama Mamas, an inspiring group of loyal DBQ County Democratic Women, to bringing back the DBQ County Democrats Hall of Fame Dinner where she was a recent inductee, to keeping family traditions alive, but her most important accomplishment was being a Grandma.

Joyce was a proud mother and grandmother. She was an active Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters and they spent their summers off traveling the country. Joyce enjoyed taking her family on adventures from camping at Jellystone in the summer, spending time at the ‘farm', or spending countless hours on the sidelines in support of her grandchildren. Joyce became known as Grandma to so many and held that title proudly.

She is survived by her two daughters Kelly Simpson and Kristy Monahan, her eleven grandchildren Megan, Allison (Nic Hockenberry), Hannah, Will (Kaitlyn), Quinn, and Madison (Brother Ben) Simpson, Kalyn Gilbreath, Kiera, Korey, Kelsey, and Keenan Monahan, and four great-grandchildren Kam, Lia, Kiyah, and Karrianna. Her siblings Ronnie (Helen) Schmitt, Connie (Ken) Bennett, Donna Sindahl, Geri (Paul) O'Connor, Tom (Amy) Jochum, Steve Jochum, Kim (Dale) Klinkhammer. Multiple brothers and sisters -in-law; nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene ‘Mike' Monahan, her mother and father, her brother Richard Dale, her mother and father in law Mary Splinter and Raymond Monahan, her brother-in-law John "Coach" Sindahl and sister-in-law Freda Jochum, and nieces Jessica Bennett and Elizabeth Klinkhammer.

A special thank you to the nurses and CNAs of Dubuque Specialty Care for the kindness and support they gave to Joyce and Mike over the last two years. And for Hospice of Dubuque for all the love and support.

The family asks that in Joyce's memory you make sure you are registered to vote this election cycle. We love you Grams. "Fired Up! Ready to Go!"



Raymond R. Baldwin


Raymond R. "Randy" Baldwin, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private military graveside service and burial celebrating Raymond's life will be held from the Oakland Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Raymond Randolph Baldwin was born on October 20, 1949 in Montgomery, West Virginia to William and Opal Almeda (Pitsenbarger) Baldwin. He grew up in West Virginia and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Barbara Ann Gibson on April 7, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Randy" first worked for General Thermal in Maquoketa and then Caterpillar at Mt. Joy, Iowa. Lastly he worked as a machinist for Alcoa in the Quad Cities for over 30 years until retiring in 2012.

"Randy" was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and drinking beer.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Barbara Baldwin of Maquoketa, IA; children, Mary Jane (and fiance Kyle Nitschke) Baldwin of Maquoketa, IA, Tara Opal (and husband Brian Lange) Baldwin-Lange of Clinton, IA, and Kimberly Alane Baldwin of Clinton, IA; 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; brothers Steve (Katie) of WV, Alfred of WV, and Joe of WV; and sisters Pam (Snook) of KY, Linda of WV and Penny of WV. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Maleigha M. Nauman

Maleigha Martha Nauman, stillborn infant daughter of Rachael and Kevin Nauman of Sherrill was delivered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Private graveside services will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.

Those left to remember Maleigha are her parents, Rachael (Engelken) and Kevin Nauman, a sister, Mariah, her grandparents: Pat and Carol (Pins) Engelken of New Vienna, Dale and Linda (Hefel) Nauman of Sherrill; great grandparents: Eldon and Marilyn Pins of Dyersville, Jim and Irma Hefel of Balltown, Harold and Madonna Nauman of Sherrill; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Gerald and Rita Engelken.

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

 

 

 



Mary Ellen Clark


Mary Ellen (Lambert) Clark, 79, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Private burial will take place on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary's main focus in life was her family. Throughout her life she maintained a kind and simple demeanor. She always looked for ways to help people. Whether it was an elderly stranger that needed help or a sick friend, she would be there. She would always take the time to send a card or make a visit. She didn't pass judgement and taught us to forgive. Besides family gatherings, she also enjoyed her Alverno family, going to the Casino, movies and dining out.

Mary had a work ethic like no one else. She worked as a housekeeper at Holy Family Hall and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement from Holy Family Hall she took on the task as a Foster Grandparent at Audubon school for 9 years. She loved to work with the children and have them call her "Grandma". Now that she is finally retired for good her next mission takes her to a wonderful place where she can be reunited with family and friends that she has not seen in a long time.

She is survived by her six children, Steve (Stephanie) Lambert, Susan Lambert, Patricia (Brian) Tighe, Mary Jo (Terry) Kaesbauer, Julie Pline and Catherine (Jeff) Lambert-Kemp. She is also survived by her 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings, Ruth (Bob) Harle, Larry (Donna) Walter and Mike Walter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ellen Walter, a brother, Jack Walter, a son John Allan Lambert, two grandchildren, Justin and Clifton Melberg and one great grandchild, Reid Pline.

The family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Schulties and his staff at Medical Associates.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Gladys L. Nath


Gladys L. Nath, 100, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Visitation is 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Gladys was born on September 12, 1915 near Orangeville, Illinois, the daughter of Ammon and Sarah (Stamm) Moyer. She married Frederick M. "Fred" Nath on October 17, 1935 at Ottawa, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2009.

Gladys and Fred moved to Galena in 1947 where they operated Nath's Garage and Towing until the spring of 1987.

She was educated in two one room school houses, namely Franklin School and Chapel Hill School both in Stephenson County, Illinois and later attended Orangeville High School. Gladys was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge # 882 of Galena, the Galena Eagles, and the Galena Moose Lodge.

Her hobbies included bowling and she started golfing in her early 60's and played up until age 90. She made bibs for the Galena Nursing Home, quilts and wall hangings for her family, and doll clothes for her great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Kathleen "Skip" (Gary) Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two granddaughters, Ann (Jeff) Lind of Juneau, Alaska and Faye Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two great-granddaughters, Miranda and Kayli of Juneau, Alaska; two sisters, Alice Weaver and Edna Viel both of Freeport, Illinois; and a brother, Charles (Bernice) Moyer of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Fern Moyer of Galena; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred; siblings Art, Esther, Susan, Bertha, Phillip, Alvin and William "Jim".

In lieu of flowers, plants, and food, memorials may be given to the Galena EMS, Galena Fire Dept., or a Church of your choice.

Skip and family wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Koenigs, the nurses and staff at Galena Stauss Assisted Living, and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gladys.



Kathleen M. Eagan


Kathleen M. "Kay" Eagan, 88, 2700 Matthew John Drive, Dubuque, Iowa died at home on June 20, 2016.

Kay was born November 15, 1927 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of William F. "Bill" and Eleanor (Nagle) Higgins. Kay graduated from high school at the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong member of the Nativity parish.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Pam Eagan and her husband John Mills of Los Angeles and son, Jeff Eagan, of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents and only sibling, Eleanor Mae (Higgins) Sullivan.

After a 23-year career as a personnel representative at John Deere Dubuque Works, Kay retired November 30, 1988. Prior to working at John Deere Dubuque Works she was employed at the Interstate Power Company and the "Telegraph-Herald newspaper.

Kay enjoyed travel, walking, cross-stitching and reading.
A private graveside service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a Mass of Remembrance to celebrate Kay's life at The Church of the Nativity on November 13, 2016 at 9:30 am to which all are welcome.
The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Pointe Place and Hospice of Dubuque.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com.



Catherine M. Heinz


Catherine Mary Heinz, 96, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, IA. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m..

Catherine was born January 12, 1920, in Dubuque, daughter of John A. and Lidwina (Schmitt) Heinz. The family farmed in Peosta, Iowa. Catherine was assistant to her father who was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1950. She graduated from Clarke College in 1963.

Family was important to Kate. She was an enthusiastic and accomplished amateur genealogist, who spent countless hours tracing the ancestry of her family. She spent the last week of her life actively attending gatherings with 30 nieces, nephews, spouses and great and great-great nieces and nephews at a family reunion.

Catherine taught kindergarten in the Dubuque Community School System before retiring.

Kate was a lady of remarkable will and accomplishment and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

She was a member of Nativity parish, their Rosary Society, the A.C.C.W., the Dubuque Retired Teachers Association, a 30 year member of the Iowa Federation of Women's Club, the Dominican Laity since 1959, who loved to travel, map reading and taking routes that were off the beaten path.

Surviving is a sister Sophia Blong, of Des Moines, Iowa; 14 nieces and nephews, Jane Capin, Joan (Dan) Meyer, Sara (Larry) Morris, Mary Sue (Gary) Babb, Caroline (Denis) Schmitt, Pat (Phil) Blahut, Paul (Paula) Herrig, George (Susan) Herrig, Phyllis (Cary) Matthews, Carol (Dan) Waddick, Mary Herrig, Ann (David) Greiling, Tom (Dolly), Herrig, and Michele (Tom) Raynak,; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Joseph Heinz, Edward Heinz and John Heinz Jr.; two sisters, Lucille Heinz and Mary Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Lee Herrig and Matthew Blong.

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



Eddie Marie Graham


Eddie Marie Graham, 69, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, surrounded by her family and the love of her life Dennis "Murph" Murphy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. with a wake service at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.

Eddie was born August 2, 1946 in Thermopolis, WY, daughter of Daniel P. and Catherine I. (Kelly) Hickman. .

She was employed at Eagle Food Market and retired in 2003.

For 25 years Eddie and Murph renovated their home and made it into a welcoming home for family and friends
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She enjoyed playing cards, music, gardening, telling jokes, cooking, working crosswords, reading books, and was an avid golfer. She loved going to the market. She lived life and loved life. The most important thing in her life was her family and her many loyal friends. She was loyal and compassionate for the underdog.

Eddie volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and at other charities.

Surviving is her husband, Dennis "Murph" Murphy, of Dubuque; children, Becky Ann (Garry) Hicks, of Missouri, R. Shane (Mary Ellen) Graham, of DePere, WI, Shelby L. (Tim) Bausch, of Potosi, WI, Stacy M. Graham-Pennekamp, of Potosi, WI, Andrew J. Murphy, Dubuque, Patrick D. (fiancé, Holly) Murphy, Grimes, IA,; a sister, Sue Lorraine (Bob) Frederickson, of Washington state; a brother, Danny E. (Cheryl) Hickman, of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren, Kara, Ryan, Shania, Kaitlyn, Jared, Seth Daniel, Breanna, Seth, Sami, Rylie, Sydney and Alexandria; 7 great-grandchildren; and her cousin, Jackie Blindert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her step-father, Edward Kelly.

A thank you to the staff at Dubuque Fire Rescue, Mercy Medical Center ER, Paramount Ambulance, members of the Cardio Vascular Unit ICU and a special thank you to Luke, Cassie and Brenda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aorta Dissection Research at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, in her memory.

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



Robert Paul Gooch


Robert Paul (Bob) Gooch, 75, was called home to heaven on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque. His family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Bob was born on December 18, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Lester and Edith Gooch. He had three older sisters, Meg, Helen and Georgie, and one younger brother, Gary. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958. In 1962 he received his Bachelor's degree from Vennard College in University Park, Iowa. He graduated and was ordained by the Salvation Army Officer's Seminary in Chicago in 1964.

He was the father of David B. Gooch of Bemidji, Minnesota and Paul A. Gooch of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. He married Barbara Ann O'Meara in 1976 and a daughter, Kristin M. Moser of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was later born to them. He said before his passing "God blessed me with the greatest and best family there ever was!"

Bob was the Director of the Dubuque Salvation Army Corps for ten years, starting many new programs and, with the help of many Dubuquers, building the present Salvation Army headquarters. He then became the Emergency Management Director for the city and the county of Dubuque where he had a hand with many initiatives including improved storm coverage, communication systems, E911, and the Dubuque County Rescue Squad. He retired from this vocation in 1999.

Bob was involved in many community programs. He served on an advisory panel to Dubuque County Social Services, was President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, President of the Dubuque County Chapter of the American Heart Association, was a member and past treasurer of the Key City Coin Club, a member and chairman of the Dubuque Salvation Army advisory board, and district chairman of the Dubuque District of the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Executive Board of the NE Iowa BSA and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1991. He was very active at St. John's Episcopal Church of Dubuque. There he served three terms on St. John's vestry and was active in prison, music and preaching ministries. He served as vice-chairman and board member of the SE Iowa Emergency Medical Services Council and President of the Iowa Emergency Management Director's Association. He received the first annual Iowa EMS Award presented by Governor Terry Branstad in 1987. He was named volunteer of the year by the Iowa Special Olympics in 1992. In 2013, along with his wife Barb, he was awarded the Dubuque County EMS Star of Life award.

He is survived by his dear wife Barbara of Dubuque; a daughter Kristin (Greg) Moser; sons David (Amber) Gooch and Paul (Diane) Gooch; five grandchildren; a brother Gary (Cindy) Gooch; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Colonel Mabel (Gooch) Cedervall, Helen (Gooch) Lee and Georgiana (Gooch) Canterbury; a brother-in-law Leroy Canterbury; and a niece Gigi (Canterbury) Riley.

Bob loved God, his family, his church, fishing, camping and God's creation...this beautiful world. He would leave us this message: "Love God, be faithful, serve him, and I'll see you again just a little further down the road. I love you all! So long for now."

In lieu of flowers a Robert Gooch Memorial Fund has been established. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A special thank you to Dr. Ronald Iverson, Dr. Jill Powers, Dr. Robert Magnus, Dr. Poorani Sekar, Dr. Nicole Jedlicka, Dr. John Whalen, Dr. David Ringold, Dr. Alexander Chung, and Dr. Mark Janes; Dubuque Fire and EMS; Mercy Emergency Room; Mercy ICU, especially Bonnie, Janis and Carol; Mercy surgical services; Mercy chaplain services; the clergy of St. John's; the staff at Stonehill Care Center; and many family and friends.



Edward A. Babka


Edward A. Babka, 88, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 20.

Funeral services will be held at Noon, Tuesday, June 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque.  Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3-8 p.m., Monday, June 27 at the church.  There will be no visitation prior to the service on Tuesday.

Mr. Babka was born on January 8, 1928 in Belvidere, Nebraska, son of Fred W. and Ethel A. (Van Waning) Babka. He married Virginia Marie Kratz on January 10, 1953 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. They divorced in May of 1982. He married Shirley Stover on April 30, 1983 in Dubuque.

He graduated from Kramer High School, Columbus, Nebraska, in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps from July, 1945 to January, 1947. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1950, with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Business.

He worked for General Electric Co., the Nebraska Public Power System and Illinois Power Co., for a combined total of about 8 years. In 1957, he formed the Babka Publishing Co., and for about a year he continued working for the Illinois Power Co., and at the same time, publishing his first publication, "The Antique Trader". He left engineering, and for the next 35 years his company published periodicals and books for the Antiques field. This business was sold in 1992, at which time he retired.

He was a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and an associate member of the Pinnacle Peak Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He belonged to the Dubuque Rotary Club and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He served on the University of Dubuque Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque Board, the Mercantile Bank Board, the Finley Hospital Board, the Mt. Pleasant Board of Trustees, the Carnegie-Stout Library Foundation Board, the American Heart Association Board, and the Dubuque Museum of Art Board. His Masonic affiliations included more than 50 years as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rites Mason, and membership in the Metropolitan Lodge #49 in Dubuque and the El Kahir Shrine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, golf, tennis, skiing and playing the piano, both for his own enjoyment and entertaining at various nursing homes in Dubuque.  He was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year for Northeastern Iowa in 1982, and he and Shirley were the Outstanding Philanthropists for the Dubuque and Clinton area in 1993. He was installed in the Junior Achievement Tri-States Business Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with the Telegraph Herald Media First Citizen Award on New Year's Day of 2016.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Babka; two children, Nancy Babka (Carla Garrett) of Beverly Hills, CA, Frank Babka of Minnetonka, MN; six step children, Douglas Stover (Jean) of Epworth, IA, Gregory Stover (Peggy) of Marion, IA, Todd Stover (Linda) of Canyon Lake, CA, Kimberly Stover Weires (Rodney) of Dubuque, Kara Stover Barreras (Sam) of Arvada, CO, Kristin Stover Griffin (Russ) of Dickeyville, WI; and a bevy of step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.

 

 

 



Mary M. Thomas

Mary M. Thomas 92, of Stonehill Care Center, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at Stonehill. Private services were held Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 1, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Lorang) Thomas. She also had an identical twin, Dorothy.

Surviving are a niece, Claire (Paul) Cherry; nephew, Karlos (Alice) Dasalla; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her twin; her sisters, Delores, Lucille and her brother, Carl.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of arrangements.



Donna Northouse


Donna Northouse, 92 of Dubuque died Monday, June 20, 2016 at home with her loving family by her side.

A private family service will be held followed by burial at Dubuque Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on November 13, 1923 in Garryowen, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Louise (Hardeyman) Rodgers. She married Paul Northouse on Feb. 11, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2015.

Donna loved spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time dancing with Paul and watching Lawrence Welk.

Donna is survived by her 5 children, Carol (Dave) Orr, Joan (Dean) Bartels, Rick (Linda) Northouse, Jim (Theressa) Northouse, and Tom (Lisa) Northouse; 5 grandchildren, Joe (Tracy), Eric, Emily, Jason, and Logan; and a great grandchild Shawn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary and Monica; four brothers, Joe, Orval, Raymond and Willard.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

 



Martha J. Smith


Martha J. Smith, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Breast Cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Martha was born on September 15, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Harriet (Haggerty) Runde.

After high school Martha found work at Carlisle Communications where she stayed for many years. In her later years she worked at Sam's Club where she enjoyed interacting with many frequent customers as well as co-workers. In her free time she enjoyed baking, camping, riding her bike and driving wherever the road took her. Martha took immense pride in talking about her kids, and always went out of her way to provide as much love and support to them as she could; they were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her two children, Shane Smith, and Taylor Smith, both of Dubuque; her mother Harriet Runde, of Dubuque; siblings, Debbie (Roger) Denlinger, and Steve Runde, of Dubuque, Peggy (Don) Robertson, of Cuba City, WI, Karen (Roger) McClain, Beverly (Dale) Mueller, Laura (Roger) Bushman, and Cheryl (John) Tigges, all of Dubuque; her companion and friend John Kluesner, of Dubuque; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert "Bob" Runde on December 14, 2011, a brother Dennis, sister-in-law Dawn Runde, and nieces Morgan Mueller, and Laura Robertson.

In lieu of flowers a Martha Smith memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff especially his nurse Sandy, all of Martha's friends and co-workers for all their care and kindness they gave; and a very special thank you to her mother Harriet for all her loving care.



Dale L. Hoffman


Dale LeRoy Hoffman, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, while enjoying a family dinner in celebration of father's day at his daughters home.

In honor of his wishes private family burial and celebration of life will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens where both Dale and his wife Darlene who passed in 2014, will be interred together on their 58th wedding anniversary. Military honors for Dale will be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Dale was born October 6, 1935 in Elkport, IA son of Wilbert and Helen (Amling) Hoffman. He graduated from high school in Edgewood, Iowa, class of 1954. He married Darlene Opal Reimer of Dubuque, IA on June 28, 1958. He is a veteran of the Korean War Conflict.

He was employed at Farley and Loetcher and also at John Deere before his employment with Peoples Natural Gas in 1958 where he spent 28 years before retirement.

He is survived by two daughters, Darla Herbst and Deanna -Dee (John) Sanner and two sons, Dale (Vonda) Hoffman and Dan (Brenda) Hoffman, 8 grandchildren Tim (Katie) Hoffman, Amy Hoffman, Rachael Houselog, Sam Herbst, Jamie Hirsch, Tricia (Matt Louis) Hirsch, Corey Hoffman, and Tia Hoffman. Three step grandchildren Alicia Lux, Jocelyn Sanner and Stacy (Ryan) Avenarius, 4 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, a brother Bert (Joanne) Hoffman, a brother-in-law Fredrick Tom (Dottie) Reimer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014, his parents and a sister Shirley Lewin, three brother in-laws Lionel (Shirley) Lewin, Jack (Sandy) Reimer and Gary Reimer, a sister-in-law Sandy Reimer, and a nephew Steve Hoffman.

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital emergency room staff along with the Dubuque Fire, Paramedics, and Police Departments for their help with Dale.

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



Ellen M. Hoefer


Ellen M. Hoefer, 49, of Peosta, Iowa passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home in Peosta, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic church in Peosta.

Services for Ellen will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, in Peosta with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Ellen was born March 23, 1967 in Ryan, Iowa, daughter of Richard "Ed" and Janet (Schaul) Glynn. She was a graduate of West Delware High School and received her Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa. On July 23, 1994 she was united in marriage to Gregory Hoefer at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. She was employed as Counselor at Drexler Middle School in Farley, Iowa.

She was a loving wife and mother who loved her family. Ellen was very devoted to her job as a school counselor and had a positive effect on many of her students.

She was a member of the St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Hoefer; two daughters, Emma and Rebecca Hoefer all of Peosta, IA, her parents, Richard "Ed" and Janet Glynn of Ryan, IA; one sister, Sara (Tom) Lupkes of West Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Todd (Lori) Glynn of Urbandale, IA and Marty (Candice) Glynn of Grimes, IA; Maternal Grandmother, Rosalyn Schaul of Manchester, IA, Father and mother-in-law, Tom and Karen Hoefer of Earlville, IA one brother-in-law, Dave (Molly) Hoefer of Earlville, IA; one sister-in-law, Tina (Mike) Schellhorn of Urbana, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Lucina Glynn and Maternal grandfather, Ambrose Schaul, one cousin, Sally Glynn.

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

 



Phyllis F. Decker


Phyllis F. Decker, 79, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30am, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Phyllis was born April 6, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter J. and Loretta (Bushman) Thielen.

She married Raymond J. Decker on January 31, 1956 at St. Catherine's Church. Together they farmed in the Massey area for more than 30 years until moving to Dubuque in 1988. Phyllis gave her all to her family. She was a self-proclaimed "home-body," and enjoyed making her home a comfortable place to gather. She enjoyed music, especially polkas, and played the accordion and organ. She was a great cook, enjoyed crocheting, and tended a big, bountiful garden every summer. She will be remembered for her green thumb, her quiet smile, listening ear, and a lap for all her grandkids to sit on.

Phyllis is survived by her 10 children, Shirley (Ken) Shannon of Dubuque, Marty (Carla) Decker of Zwingle, Carol (Randy) Stecher of Dubuque, Diane LeBlang of Centennial, CO, Duane (Sue) Decker of Dubuque, Joan (Randy) Schmerbach of Huxley, Iowa, Bernice (Jim) Trennepohl of Minneapolis, Edward (Kelli) Decker of Dubuque, Janelle (Rick) Schildgen of Gilbert, AZ, and Daryl (Jennifer) Decker of Omaha, NE. She will be missed by her 32 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by two brothers, Cletus (Monica) Thielen and Clyde (Carlyn) Thielen and sister-in-law Darlene Offerman; her in-laws, Albert (Calista) Decker, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, Hubert (Liz) Decker, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, Darlene Collins, Fran Decker, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, Louis (Darla) Decker, John Jr. (Irma) Decker, Kenneth Decker, and Charlene Decker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on October 3, 2001, her parents, and three brothers, Rev. Thoralf (Bud), Harlan, and Vince Thielen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Hawkeye Care Center, and Unity Point Finley Hospital for their compassionate care.



Raymond Feltes, Jr.


Raymond Feltes Jr., 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Raymond's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 23, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture service will be held. Burial will be at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa, with military honors.

Raymond Feltes Jr. was born on October 16, 1941 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Raymond Sr. and Julitta (Jacobs) Feltes. He attended Washington Township #3 "Spunky Ridge" Country School and prior to his marriage he worked as a farm hand. He married Karen Nieland on October 22, 1966 in Preston, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served for three years receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning home he worked for Clinton Engines for many years and then at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy until its closing. He then worked for Gannon Construction and lastly for DenCo Construction retiring in 2005.

Raymond was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, lifetime member of the Preston AMVETS, and had served as a former firefighter and paramedic with the Preston Fire Department.

Raymond enjoyed gardening, wood working and playing cards. He especially enjoyed cooking and was known for his popcorn balls, pies and cinnamon rolls.

Those left to honor Raymond's memory include his wife Karen Feltes of Maquoketa, IA; children Lee Feltes of Mukwonago, WI, Tim Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, Brian (Nikki) Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Jennifer (Damon) Mesecher of Meridian, MS; 6 grandchildren; brothers Norlyn Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Loras Feltes of Miles, IA; and a brother-in-law Milton Drury of Miles, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leon, and a sister Mary Lou Drury.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond Feltes Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Saundra Ruggeberg


Saundra "Soni" Ruggeberg, 76, of Grand Mound, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 15, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Soni's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa followed by a lunch and fellowship at the church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

Saundra Lee Waugh was born on August 12, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Howard E. and Velma C. (Petersen) Waugh. She was a 1957 graduate of Elwood High School and then Paris Beauty Academy in 1958. She married Leyland Ruggeberg on November 27, 1960 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Kimberly and Brian.

Soni operated her own cosmetology business in Maquoketa from 1959 to 1964. She then started a family and was a stay-at-home mom until the late 1970's when SKB Enterprises Farm Operation was formed. After her family was raised she started "Soni's Hair Hut" in DeWitt operating it from 1987 to 2010.

Soni was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation and the Red Hat Society. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, the Iowa and National Hairdressers Association and the Cow Belles. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and her lawn, quilting and cross stitch, and was a self-taught painter. She loved playing cards and belonged to several card clubs, making memory bears for friends and family, and was an avid collector of teddy bears and tea pots.

Those left to honor Soni's memory include her husband Leyland Ruggeberg of Grand Mound, IA; a son Brian (and wife Maureen) Ruggeberg of Huntington, NY; a son-in-law David (and 2nd wife Juliette) Gomez of Tempe, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Gomez, and Collin and Justin Ruggeberg; a sister Judy (and husband Merle) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law LaVonne (and husband Pete) Petersen of Warrensburg, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Kimberly Ruggeberg-Gomez on February 7, 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Soni Ruggeberg memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ralph G. Schoenhard


Ralph G. "Bud" Schoenhard, 88, of 1001 Assissi Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque and Scales Mound, Illinois died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound.  Private family burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Scales Mound following the visitation.

Bud was born on September 14, 1927 in Scales Mound, the son of Ralph and Mildred (McLean) Schoenhard. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School and was united in marriage to Helene Hillemeyer on July 18, 1953 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. They were married for 63 years. Following their marriage Bud & Helene resided in Chicago for four years, where he attended Moler Barber College.

He worked for the I.C.R.R. as a section hand. Bud served at the end of WWII in the Merchant Marines during which he sailed to Europe, China and India. He also served his country for another two years during the Korean Conflict.

While being a devoted father rearing six children, he provided for his family as a rural mail carrier for 35 years and a barber for 40 years.  Bud was civic minded and showed that by being a village trustee for 35 years. He was also a former member of the Scales Mound Lions Club and the Scales Mound Volunteer Fire Dept.

He enjoyed following sports. Bud was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed life. Bud loved to drink beer and BS about politics and life. But nothing made him happier than spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife Helene (Hillemeyer) Schoenhard; six children, Jill (Chuck) Staab of Platteville, Wisconsin, James (Jeanne) Schoenhard of Mercer, Wisconsin, Joan (Steve) Efken of Miromar Lakes, Florida, Jon (Lisa) Schoenhard of Stockton, Illinois, Jean (Tom) Schmieder of Hazel Green, Wisconsin and Jennifer (Kirk) Friederick of Dubuque; 12-grandchildren, Sandra (Rick) Pohle, Bob (Katie), Michael (Mary) and Nick (fiancé Jennifer Edwards) Schoenhard, Lori Ann (Mike) Simmons, Steve (Abbey) Efken, Jr., Ellie Efken, Mallory (fiancé Tyler Hesselbacher) Schoenhard, Alex Schmieder, Maggie, Ethan and Evan Friederick; 5-great-grandchildren, Jack Swenson, Caroline, Sawyer and Lila Schoenhard and Jameson Efken.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Miles Schoenhard.

Memorial may be donated to Hospice of Dubuque.

Helene and family wish to give thanks to the staff at Assissi Village, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Stephanie and Ryan for the wonderful care given to their husband and father.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 

 



Elaine Graham


Elaine Graham, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elaine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Elaine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in St. Martin's Cemetery, Cascade, IA. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born on July 17, 1924, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John C. and Lulu (Cavanaugh) O'Brien.

Elaine was born and raised in Cascade and would eventually be united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" R. Graham on April 11, 1945. Their union would be blessed with 60 years, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 7, 2005. Elaine's primary focus, and mission in life, was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother the Lord had gifted her to be. She did however, find the time to earnestly invest over 21 years of her life, outside of the home, with Brown Publishing and Bethany Home. She has been a longtime member of St. Patrick's Church and was faithfully devoted to serving as a eucharistic minister and delivering communion to those who were unable to attend mass in person. Elaine was also a committed member of her Women's Euchre Club for over 50 years and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with her friends. In her free time, Elaine was always ready to sit down with family and friends and a freshly broken in deck of cards. We grieve today with the loss of our most precious Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend, but we know that the 91 years, the Lord generously shared her with us, has surely left a positive impact on countless lives and we are all definitely better for the lessons, memories and love she so gracefully shared. She is now joyfully reunited with her husband, Joe, her daughter, Peggy, her parents and siblings and we believe and find comfort in knowing that we will all be together again one day.

Those left to cherish Elaine's memory include

her loving children,
Sheila (Bart) Germaine, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Jackie) Graham, Stowe, VT,
Robert (Samantha) Graham, Minneapolis, MN
and Molly (Mike) Casey, Dubuque, IA;

her adoring grandchildren,
Jason (Angie) Germaine, Ginny (Lars) Lindgren, Julie (Jim) Earp, Tommy Casey, Timmy Casey and Jackson Graham;

and her precious great-grandchildren, Kaily, Aiden and Owen.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Joseph "Joe" Graham; her daughter, Petty Ketch; her twin grandchildren, Chad and Maggie Burke; her sister, LaVerne Carr; and her brothers, Don, Pat and Jerry O'Brien.

In lieu of flowers, an Elaine Graham memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Elaine's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and residents at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional and sincerely compassionate care they have provided to Elaine and her family.

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

 



William D. Upmeyer


William D. "Bill" Upmeyer, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, June 20, 2016, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 P.M., Sunday, June 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 P.M. Monday from the Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa.

William David Upmeyer was born on October 22, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Paul William and Dorthea Carol (Bolte) Upmeyer. He was raised in Solon and graduated from Solon High School and then attended the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married his college sweetheart Audrey Lenz of Freeport, Illinois on November 5, 1949 in Freeport. To this union three children were born: David, Cathryn and Steven.

Bill had received his Professional License in Engineering and Land Surveying. He worked for the Highway Commission for 20 years where he was the Resident Construction Engineer for ten of those years. He was the Jackson County Engineer for 18 years, retiring in 1986. Upon retirement, he continued doing land surveying for ten years.

Bill was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club where he had served as a past president. He was a member of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa, past president of the Iowa County Engineer's Association, and received the Outstanding County Engineer Achievement Award in 1985.

Bill enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing and gardening. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Audrey Upmeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children, David (Peg) Upmeyer of Grosse Pointe, MI, Cathryn (William) Rickard of Smyrna, NY, and Steven (Jane) Upmeyer of Tell City, IN; 4 granddaughters, Julie Upmeyer, Dianne (Shawn) Larson, Amy (Josh) Smith, and Staci Upmeyer; a great-granddaughter, Meredith Jane Smith; brother-in-law James Lenz and wife Susanne; 1 niece and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Paul William.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, First Lutheran Church, or to the William and Audrey Upmeyer Family Scholarship Fund (through the Community Foundation of Jackson County).

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

 



Francis J. Williams


Francis J. Williams, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 17th, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family; after a courageous battle with cancer.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Francis was born on September 16, 1935 in Washington, Iowa the son of Cecil and Luretta (Cordel) Williams. Francis was very proud of his service to our Country while in the National Guard.

He married Mary Ellen Thomas on April 6, 1969 in Asbury, Iowa. Together they had two children and celebrated 47 happy years of marriage. Fran was a very loving husband, father, papa and friend.

He was a kind humble and gentle soul who made a friend in everyone. He enjoyed his family greatly. He was an outdoorsman who worked as a logger for many years. Fran was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed telling his stories about "Big Game Hunting" in Montana.

Fran's quote to his daughter, Kelly, in his final days was "In this world, we're all going down the same path."

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Greg Williams, Bonnie Williams, Debbie (Martin) Gall, all of Oregon, Kelly (Gary) Laugesen, of Dubuque, John (Shawna) Williams, of Cascade; stepson Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, of Maquoketa; sisters, Anna Fay Nelson, of Florida, Marie (Jerry) Loney, of Dyersville, Jenny Whitehead of Missouri, and Rosella Goodwin, of Cedar Rapids, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lucille, stepsons, Billy, Harry, Eddy, and Steve Edwards, stepdaughter Tammy Dauber; brother Eddy (Sylvia) Williams and brother-in-law George Goodwin.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Dr. Tony Heiar, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave; and a special thank you to his son John for the care he gave his father during his last days.

A Francis Williams memorial fund will be established.



Thomas J. Shanahan


Thomas J. Shanahan, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, after a fall at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday June 20th, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Tom was born on October 21, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the 2nd child of thirteen, to Cornelius and Estelle (Melloy) Shanahan. He married Mary Donovan on August 25, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere retiring in 1995 after 30 years, and was a member of the UAW Local 94. After retirement Tom worked for Hartig Drug for eight years delivering medication.

Tom enjoyed playing pool, was an avid outdoorsman, liked to hunt, cut wood, enjoyed fishing wand watching baseball or indulging in a good game of euchre; but his greatest passion was trapshooting and was a lifetime member of the ATA. He was well decorated and received multiple state trapshooting awards.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife Mary; three sons, Dean (Michelle) Shanahan, of Dubuque, Gary Shanahan, of Dubuque and Daniel (Melody) Shanahan, of Janesville, WI; five grandchildren, Derek, Nicole, Alison, Ally and Avery. His siblings, Jerry (Marilyn) Shanahan, Neil Shanahan, Jim (Connie) Shanahan, Marie (Jerry Willey) Shanahan, Richard (Shelley) Shanahan, Phil Shanahan, Bill (Maureen) Shanahan, Barb (Randy) McPhail, Deb Gaschler, Joanne Shanahan. Sister-in-law, Gilley Shanahan and brother-in-law, Jerry Donahue, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Suzanne Donahue and Steve Shanahan.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas Shanahan memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS, Finley Hospital Emergency Room, Med Flight Services, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and kindness.



Edward L. Gansen


Mr. Edward Leo Gansen, 88 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at home; surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 18th at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus Council 5513 at 7:00 p.m.

Ed was born on January 25, 1928 in Peosta, Iowa the son of William and Marie (Theisen) Gansen. He married Marjean McMullen on Sept. 21, 1949 at St. Martin's Church in Cascade, Iowa. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on March 15th, 2004.
He operated a service station before taking a position at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He retired from John Deere in 1987, after 30 years of service. He was an active member of UAW local 94.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church for 55 years. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He held numerous positions in the K of C Council 5513, including Grand Knight, Past Grand Knight, and Trustee.

He belonged to the John Deere Retirees Club, and the Social Connection, a singles club. It was at the Social Connection he met his friend and companion Lulubell "Lu" Plumley.

He is survived by his six children: Ron (Shirley) Gansen, of Dubuque; Barb Carlson, of Elkhorn WI; Rick (Micki) Gansen, of Cedar Rapids, IA; Carol (Karl) Poelker, of Safety Harbor, FL; Debbie (Bob) Schroeder, of Crest Hill, IL; Terry (Jennifer) Gansen, of Appleton, WI; Seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. His siblings, Cyril "Cy" Gansen, Francis Gansen, Melita (Ray) LaPoint, Mary Lou McFadden, Shirley (Roger) Eppler, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjean; siblings: Bernard Gansen, Florence Delaney, and William "Bill" Gansen.

In lieu of flowers, an Edward Gansen memorial fund will be established.



John Schmid, Sr.


John Schmid, Sr., age 94, of Davenport and Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016.

A wake will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 1:30pm-4pm at Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque). On Monday, June 20 visitation at 9am and celebration Mass at 10am in Davenport will be held at St. Anthony's Church , 417 Main Street, Davenport. Interment follows at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Davenport. Following interment the family invites friends to gather at the Outing Club, 2109 Brady Street, Davenport.

John was born on February, 5, 1922 in Dubuque, IA to Josephine and Titus B. Schmid. He graduated with his high school degree from Dubuque's Loras Academy in 1939, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Notre Dame University in 1942.

After college John met and married Bette Davis when he went to work at his family's Crescent Electric Supply Company branch in Davenport, IA. He was very proud to see this business continue today, nearly 100 years strong. He became regional manager, company vice president and also served on the company's board of directors well into his seventies when he retired.

He was a proud member and past president of the Davenport Rotary Club, board member at C.A.S.I. (Center for Active Seniors), supporter of the Kahl Home and the Davenport Community Foundation. He was a devoted Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Anthony's church in Davenport. He was well known for telling a good joke, dancing with his dear wife Bette, hunting pheasants, drinking manhattans, and rooting for Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Chicago Cubs and Bulls sports teams. He was a member of the Davenport Club and the Outing Club. His love of golf was on display (owning a 6 handicap some years) as a member of the Davenport Country Club and Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. John had a passion for poker and euchre; certainly living up to the phrase "you wouldn't be a Dubuquer if you didn't play euchre". He also never thought that bow ties went out of fashion.

John is preceded in death by wife Bette and son Bob Schmid and his parents Josephine and Titus B Schmid, survived by his sisters Mary Christiansen (CN) and Janet Rhomberg, sister-in-law Mary Schmid (Dubuque), his children Chris Schmid (Scottsdale, AZ), Jack and Mantea Schmid (Dubuque, IA), Kathy and Chuck Munson (Paradise Valley, AZ) and Nan Schmid and Steve Johnson (New York, NY). He received great joy from his three grandchildren, Dana Munson (Florham Park, NJ), John III and Alex Schmid (Dubuque, IA). John Sr. proudly proclaimed that his grandchildren provided a legacy of quality, not quantity, which is certainly very true. John will also be missed by many adoring nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

His family would like to thank the good care he received from his team of devoted nurses, assistants and staff at Bethany Home in Dubuque where he lived for the past 5 years. Everyone knew John at Bethany for his always ready smile and the quick wit he easily shared with all he met. Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their special care making him comfortable in the past several months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following charities in John's memory: Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001 or C.A.S.I. at 1035 W. Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52806. Funeral arrangements made by Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Stephen M. Maiers


Stephen M. "Oscar" Maiers, 64, of Dubuque died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Oscar was born July 13, 1951 in Holy Cross, Iowa, son of Jerome and Benedetta (Giunta) Maiers. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1969 and worked for Eagle Window and Door for over 25 years.

Oscar enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a fan of the Cubs and Bears.

Surviving are his daughter, Stephanie Maiers of Dubuque; his former spouse, Deanna Boardman of Dubuque; and his special friend, Sherrian "Sharon" Walton of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially Martha, for their wonderful care.



Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes


Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes passed away at the age of 90 on June 16, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Visitation for Ruth will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20th , 2016 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 21th , 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd., conducted by Rev. Ms. Karen Candee with burial to follow at Linwood Cemetery. 

Ruth was born on November 27, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to John and Myrtle Adams Buelow. Ruth was a Dubuque resident her entire life, graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In her early years she worked for the Merchant Marine Insurance Company. In addition to raising four children, she worked at Grandview Drug Store for many years as a Post Office Clerk, and then continued working at Palmer Drug into her early 70's.

Ruth met her lifelong love and friend, John Robert Hayes in 1947 and they were married on May 2, 1948. They remained steadfast partners in life through the ups and downs of raising and providing for their four children, Dennis, Susie, Debbie and Kim.

Ruth gave everyone she met her interesting perspective on life, just by being herself. She was very quick witted and always willing to give you an opinion, a warning (don't go outside in just your socks!) and also a hug, a smile, a laugh, or an uncontrollable giggle. Her thoughts usually included a swear word, here and there, which we came to expect. If she gave you a nose wrinkle, you knew you were her friend. This continued up to her last days.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Church Women's Auxiliary in its day, worked tirelessly helping in the Church kitchen, baking cookies for Fellowship and for the Summit Annual Cookie walk. Ruth loved her Church and Community of Faith. Almost all of Ruth and John's close knit group of friends have passed on, but she remembered them fondly as "she or he was a peach."

Ruth's favorite activities included walks with John, playing Euchre, Cribbage and Yahtzee and watching baseball and basketball. Ruth leaves us with her favorite pastimes of choosing a color and counting cars, and playing "my father owns a grocery store", which we did for hours on end sitting on the porch swing at our family home on W. 3rd Street. Together, Ruth and John left us with wonderful memories that we will pass on for years to come.

Ruth is survived by her son, Dennis (Gail) Hayes of Dubuque, who lovingly and without fail, provided for her daily care and needs in the last few years, and three daughters, Sue (Dan) Renfrow of Des Moines, IA, Debbie Brady of Denver, CO and Kim (David Hoefer) Hayes of Seattle, WA. Ruth is survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Justin (Angie) Hayes and Zebulon of Lone Tree, CO, Jared Hayes of Denver, CO, Sasha (Mel) Krizer and Ellis, Sophia and Lillian of Des Moines, IA, Ashley (Mike) Carruthers and Parker of Des Moines, IA, Kara Renfrow (Zach Daly) and Andreas and Eliana of Des Moines, IA, Lauren Brady of Brooklyn, NY, Benjamin Brady of Oakland, CA, Zachary Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA and Matthew Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her nephew, Michael (Cheryl) Buelow of Dubuque and nieces, Roberta (Peter) Boyd of Vermont and Lisa Buelow of West Des Moines, IA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert; her parents; brothers Don, Howard, Bob and Milt Buelow; sister Dorothy Buelow; and by her daughter-in-law, Lesley Hayes and son-in-law, Kevin Brady.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate for their years of care for both John and Ruth. We also thank the staff at Finley Hospital for their excellent nursing care and to Belltower Living, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their dedicated care and support.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Summit United Church of Christ to support their Children and Youth Ministry.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Heather A. Norman


Heather A. Norman, 45, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at her mother's home, surrounded by her mother and two sisters, in the gentle care of Hospice of Dubuque. She died with great poise, elegance, and wisdom beyond her years.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Heather's life, to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St. Private inurnment near her father will take place in the Johannes Chapel at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Heather was born September 27, 1970 in Dubuque, the daughter of Wayne A. Norman Jr. and Kathryn A. (Urell) Norman.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1989, and went on to earn a B.A. in Art from the University of Iowa, graduating in 2000. Heather went on to earn her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2006, where she received honors in her area of specialty, Intellectual Property.

Following law school, Heather joined her father in practice at the Norman Law Firm P.C. She was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and served for one year as President of the Dubuque Chapter.

While attending the University of Iowa, Heather met and married Mark Cone, and although they later divorced, they remained close friends until his death from a terminal illness in September of 2015.

Art was a passion for Heather, and she was employed as curator at the Dubuque Museum of Art from 2000-2003, during which time she started Art After Hours. She was also an accomplished artist, and had a very successful art show in 2001 at the University of Dubuque.

Heather was a talented ballerina, and danced with the Heartland Ballet from the age of 6 until she was 18. She danced several leads in various productions, and also danced with the Joffrey Ballet in Iowa City for a summer.

Heather was a gifted poet, and a talented hostess and cook. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and godmother to her nephew Owen. Her spirit and her infectious laugh will be deeply missed.

Heather is survived by her mother, Kathryn Norman of Dubuque; two sisters, Sarah E. Norman of Boston, MA, and Jennifer S. (Erik) Edwards of Milwaukee, WI; and two nephews, Owen and Elliott Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne A. Norman Jr.; her paternal grandparents, Wayne and Edith Norman; and her maternal grandparents, Frank Urell and Marjorie (Urell) Erhart.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Museum of Art; Two by Two; and Hospice of Dubuque.

Heather's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, and all the family and friends who have offered their support.

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



Darlene J. Stierman


Darlene J. Stierman, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center after a short illness which she faced with the same faith and strength that she has shown throughout her life.

To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on January 3, 1930, in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Ed and Minnie (Willenborg) Reicher. She was baptized as Darlene Joyce Josephine at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. At the age of ten, she was confirmed and chose St. Theresa, the Little Flower, as her patron saint. Darlene had many fond and precious memories of her years at the parish and school, including Corpus Christi processions and her love of the nuns who taught her.

At the age of 14, Darlene moved with her family to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Norman Stierman at Holy Ghost Church on June 26, 1954. They were blessed with almost 45 years of marriage and one daughter before he was called home ahead of her on June 25, 1999. Darlene devoted countless hours to caring for her husband in his final years.

A warm and generous woman, faith and family were always at the center of Darlene's life. Her first job was at Dubuque's first drive in restaurant, The Green Top. She worked for many years at A.Y. McDonald, where she was named an Industrial Park Queen candidate in conjunction with the company baseball team. Always a devoted wife and mother, who put the needs of her loved ones ahead of her own, she was happy to be a dedicated stay at home mom during her daughter's childhood years, returning to employment only after her daughter entered high school. It was at that time that she joined Martings Shoes as one of its first employees. She worked there for 20 years as a sales associate and manager. She was affectionately known as "Mom" to the younger employees there. Her job was about more than selling shoes to her; it was about helping people and brightening their day. Some of her favorite customers were moms with young children and the elderly, especially elderly nuns. Years after retiring, she would run into former customers who remembered her fondly as the "shoe lady".

Darlene was an inspiration in the faith to many. She bore the crosses in her life with absolute elegance and kept a strong and joyful spirit throughout the years, striving to trust in the Lord no matter what life brought her way. She was a member of St. Anthony parish for over 60 years. She dedicated time each day to prayer and intercession, especially through the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in later years, also the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She was particularly devoted to her daughter, son in law and grandsons, showering them with love and willing to do anything for them. Darlene was honored to be Godmother to Daniel and Confirmation Sponsor to Matthew. She enjoyed spending time with them doing anything from playing board games to attending performances and sporting events. She was also close to many in her extended family and was Godmother to 2 nieces and a cousin.

A love of people and of life, founded on her deep faith and love of God, allowed her to be a sweet and happy person who spent her life bringing sunshine to others. Even in her later months of life, she visited residents in nursing homes and brightened their days with her cheerful outlook. Darlene enjoyed the beauty of the changing seasons, flower gardens, dogs, music, and many simple pleasures. She lived a beautiful life and will be deeply missed by those who love her.

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." J.M. Barrie

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her loving daughter, Dana (Scott) Charland, Dubuque, IA;

her two adoring grandsons, Daniel Charland and Matthew Charland, both of Dubuque, IA;

her sister, Carole Martin, Dubuque, IA;

and her brother, Wayne (Rita) Reicher, Dubuque, IA.

She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; 4 grandchildren, Jesse, Peter, Mary and David Charland; a sister, Norma Von Ah; and her brothers-in-law, Bob Von Ah and Jim Martin.

A Darlene J. Stierman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Darlene's favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a sincere and gracious thank you to all the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate and tender care.

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



Andrew G. Burgmeier


Our beloved Andrew G. Burgmeier, 51, of Dubuque died Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17 at the Church where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Andy was born on June 5, 1965 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" and Patricia (Hutton) Burgmeier. He graduated from Wahlert High School, Class of 1983 and received his bachelor's degree with honors from Loras College, Class of 1987. In that same year, on December 18th 1987, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Michelle "Shelly" Frommelt at the Church of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Andy was a tremendous athlete in his high school years, excelling in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. In high school, he was named Homecoming King of his senior class of 1983. He extended his love of sports through his involvement in Wahlert Catholic athletics and the Loras College soccer program, both of which he was an active booster member. Andy was awarded as "Coach of the Year" through his involvement in the youth soccer club. He was an avid Notre Dame and Iowa Hawkeye fan. In addition to his love for sports, he enjoyed hunting and was an active member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and an honorary member in the 990 Shooting Club.

Faith was a tremendous part of his life. He belonged to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, where he attended church on Sundays with his family and participated in CEW's. He was a former member of Dubuque Golf and Country Club and an active member in the Dubuque Optimist Club. He thrived for the past 27 years as a sales representative for Georgia Pacific, earning salesman of the year for five consecutive years.

Above all things, he adored his wife Shelly and was most proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was their biggest supporter and mentor. Andy's siblings, who he considered to be his closest friends, referred to him as "Pan." One of his favorite activities was watching sporting events and reminiscing childhood stories with his brothers. Passed down from his father Jack, "2nd effort" was Andy's motto.

Faith, family and friends were his life. His contagious smile and uplifting spirit will forever be imprinted in all those he knew and loved. He will forever be known as a great husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend for eternity.

Surviving are his wife, Michelle; children Kaitlyn, Emily (fiance Eric May), Mitchell, Matthew and Elle; siblings Mike, Kim Berntgen, Scott (Theresa), Jeff (Beth), Tony (Robin), Greg (Karen), and Brad Burgmeier; sister-in-law Julie Burgmeier; mother-in-law Nancy Frommelt; brothers- and sisters-in-law Michael (Stefanie) Frommelt, Jonathan (fiance Karen Teagarden) Frommelt, Nicholas (Julie) Frommelt and Theresa (John) Gibson; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ted Burgmeier; and his father-in-law, John Frommelt.

The Burgmeier family wishes to extend a special thank you to American Trust & Savings Bank and Mike Peters for their generosity in providing air transportation to and from Missouri. We would also like to thank the Missouri State Patrol and dive team.

The family requests no flowers. An Andrew G. Burgmeier memorial fund has been established.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.



Brandon M. Heiar


Brandon M. Heiar, 43, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3 p.m.

Brandon was born May 22, 1973 in Dubuque, the son of Benjamin and Patricia A. (Beckman) Heiar. He attended Hellen Keller School and Eisenhower in Dubuque. Brandon was employed for many years at Area Residential Care.
Brandon enjoyed walking, being outside, and swinging on swings, especially the glider at the Arboretum. He also liked to listen to the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and country music on the radio. One of his favorite activities was going "bootscootin" at the Fairgrounds.

Surviving is his father, Benjamin Heiar, of Dubuque; four brothers, Blair (Marie) Heiar, Blaine (Teresa) Heiar, Blake (Cheryl) Heiar, and Brice (Jessica) Heiar; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and his special friend Butch, the King Charles cocker spaniel.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia in 2015.
Memorials may be made to the Brandon Heiar Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his nurse April in the ICU at Iowa City, and to Martha Steward of ARC.

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



Joseph M. Mussehl


Joseph M. "Joe" Mussehl, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home suddenly on Saturday, June 11, 2016. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on May 7, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Avis (Groff) Mussehl.

Joe was proud to be a lifelong resident of Dubuque where he earnestly invested his working career within various factories throughout the area. He was united in marriage to Gail Shaffer on October 8, 1986, in Dubuque. They would spend 27 years together before Gail was called home ahead of him on February 26, 2014. In his free time, Joe enjoyed capturing every moment he could in the great outdoors. He especially loved to go hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping with family and friends. Joe's earthly journey is now complete and we will cherish all the good memories he leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his sister,
Cecilia Mussehl, Altamonte Springs, FL.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gail Mussehl.

A Joseph M. Mussehl memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Ann V. Adams


Ann V. Adams, 78, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed from the loving arms of her family into the arms of God, after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 13, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.

Ann was born on June 30, 1937, in Five Points, Iowa, the daughter of George G. and Christina B. (Stoffel) Gansemer. She married Jerome G. Adams on April 23, 1960, at St. Philomena Church in Belmont. Together they managed the family farm for many years.

Ann was a loving wife and dedicated mother who brought into the world ten amazing children that were blessed by her unwavering love and care. She easily found room to add another string in her strong growing heart for each new treasured grandchild that came along, need we say more. A friend to many, always ready to listen and share a kind word or helping hand. The daughter of a farmer deeply rooted in faith and the earth, she would live no other way or no place beside the family farm. Farm life was her way, to care for the animals and crops, with extra care of horses, dogs and the many stray cats that came to call her barn a home. Her vegetable gardens brought a bountiful supply of food for many a tasty family meal. The flowers she nurtured would bring forth butterflies of all kinds to feed on the sweet nectar of each bloom. She enjoyed canning, baking bread, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. She loved to visit and take in the beauty of the Midwest and West of this great land we all call home. Ann looked forward to the weekly Friday night gatherings with her family. She has been taken too soon from us all. Everyone that knew her will miss her presence, but she will live on in each of our shared experiences and memories.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome; her children, Jerome (Kimberly) Adams, of Waterford, Vickie (John) Mowry, of Benton, Rodney (Sandy) Adams, Shelley (Tom) Richards, Jodie (Paul) Carey, Bradley (Farah) Adams and Patrick (Kimberly) Adams, all of Cuba City, Peggy (Bob) Kruser, of Hazel Green, Kimberly (Chris) Loeffelholz and Todd (Angie) Adams, both of Cuba City; and her grandchildren, Jerad, Ashley, Zachary, Amanda, Brandon, Jamey, Benjamin, Katelyn, Kelsey, Jacob, Mariah, Kaden, Avari, Devin, Jenna, Brittney, Megan, Daniel, Andrew, Landon, Ethan, Trevor, Derek and Ian. She is also survived by three sisters, Mary Rupp, Donita Clendenon, and Joyce (Kenny) Schmitt; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) Gansemer; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Nicholas Schmitt, Lorraine Knapp, Carolee (Don) Birschbach, Linda (David) Bockhop, Darlene Adams, Steven (special friend, Rossana) Adams and Jeffrey (special friend, Deb) Adams.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Morgan Kruser; two sisters, Dorothy Schrobilgen and Carol Schmitt; and seven brothers-in-law, Robert Schrobilgen, Dale Rupp, Lloyd Clendenon, Vince Wernimont, Robert Knapp, Merlyn Adams and Stanley Adams; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Mechanic and Ramona Adams.

An Ann V. Adams Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Robert W. Beitzel


Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel, 85, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Jack Paisley concelebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery at Asbury, Iowa, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Ghost Church.

Bob was born on February 2, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert and Stella (Jochum) Beitzel. He was united in marriage to RoseAnne Rinehart on August 28, 1954.  She preceded him in death on February 1, 1970. He later married Elsie (Juergens) Klaas on September 2, 1980 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

Bob previously worked for Fred Jackson Tuckpointing Company. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U. S. Army. Bob was a member of K. of C. Council #510 of Dubuque and Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville. He loved to travel, play cards and enjoyed woodworking. One of Bob's most enjoyable moments, was when he was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. with his niece Sherry Hinz as his guardian.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie; two daughters, Brenda (Gerald) Leppert of East Dubuque and Joanna (Curt) (Sheehan) Block of Dubuque; 6-grandchildren and 10-great-grandchildren; his step-children, Mary Davidson, Kathryn (Vernon) Tranel, Bill Klaas, Gary (Jacki) Klaas and Joseph (Susan) Klaas; 13-step grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren; his siblings, Pete (Betty) Beitzel, Mary Lou (Bob) Schauer, Jean (Louis) Sigwarth and Pat (Ted) Lightcaps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Tina Marie Stoltz, two sisters Rita (Harry) Thielen and Katie (Ike) Lakeman, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Beitzel, brother-in-law Alan Jackson,step-son, Thomas Klaas and a great granddaughter Layne Leppert.

A Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Linda S. Gorman


Linda S. Gorman, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Linda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Linda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Linda was born on December 12, 1951, in West Union, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Bouska) Gorman.

Linda has been blessed with 37 wonderful years together with the love of her life, Mitchell Loso; but truth be known, they had been destined partners since their early grade school days together at St. Mary's School. Linda humbly invested over 37 years of her time and talents with Aramark until health issues forced her into early retirement in 2011. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church and eagerly continued to practice her faith at St. Patrick's and Cathedral as the years moved forward. In her free time, Linda enjoyed a challenging game of pool, a fun game of cards with family and was always willing to try her luck at the bingo hall. Linda was a generously kind-hearted, and genuinely caring woman, who found great joy in helping others and giving of herself. She was also a strong willed survivor who was intent on beating the odds even when they were stacked against her. Her drive and determination became clearly evident to all who knew and loved her during her 5 year battle with cancer. Linda has been called home much too early for our hearts to immediately accept, but we find comfort in knowing that her earthly struggles have now ceased and she finds eternal peace in the arms of her Lord. She has once again been reunited with her family, who've been called ahead of her, and will finally get to sing along side Elvis in the Heavenly Choir. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Linda's memory include

her long time love,
Mitchell, Dubuque, Iowa;

her daughter,
Jessica (Joshua) Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;

a grandchild on the way;

her siblings,
Duane (Dorothy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Ann (Kenneth) Jewell, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald (Kathy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Hohmann, Dubuque, IA
and Deborah (Pat) Lomas, Dubuque, IA;

she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Theodore Gorman; and a sister in infancy Laura Gorman.

A Linda S. Gorman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Linda's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Schultheis and the nurses and staff of Medical Associates Oncology, The Wendt Cancer Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the outstanding care they provided Linda and her family.

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

 



Mary Jo Hammel


Mary Jo Hammel, 52 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at home with family by her side.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with Intern Pastor Dave Raemisch officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mary Jo was born on July 25, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John T. and Ethel (Bowden) Hammel.
She enjoyed to participate with the farmers market, Bruisers Football, Breast Cancer benefits, Rendezvous, Summers Last Blast, Osborne Heritage Days and Circle Bridges Out Of Poverty.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, camping, making homemade meats and jellies, baking, embroidering towels, collecting Mary Moo Moo's, hog roast, getting together with family, bingo, going to the casino and event planning.

She had a strong sense of humor, was very caring and loved to give advice.

She is survived by her soulmate Bill Harry; two children, Amanda Lebbie and Anthony (Amanda Hemmer) Hammel; grandchildren, John, Jahiem, Ava, Taveon, Nevaeh, Jase, and Landon. Her mother Ethel Hammel; siblings, Kenneth Hammel, Gary (Tami) Hammel, Karen (Mike) Blatz, Beth (Bud) Weydert, John (Tami) Hammel, Lisa Eubanks, Sharon (Terry) McAllister. Her Godchildren, Tiffany Eubanks and Abreana Clarke; members of the Harry family, Jim (Laini) Harry, Earl (Connie McDonald) Harry, Patty Blunk, Laurie (Chris Clarke) Harry, Merville (Jolene) Harry, Sylvia (Richard) Smith, Diane (Lester) LaPage, Ella (Rich) Harry, John (Deb) Harry, and Dan (Connie) Harry, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father John, granddaughter Gabriella, her in-law's John and Doris Harry, brother-in-law Jeffery Harry and niece Ravon Harry.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, his nurse Jackie and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy B. for all their wonderful care they gave to Mary Jo.
In lieu of flowers a Mary Jo Hammel memorial fund has been established in care of Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.



Sister Margaret Mary Griffin

Sinsinawa, Wis.- Sister Margaret Mary "Peggy" Griffin, OP (Marie Annette), 89, was called home on June 8, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa.

To honor Sister Peggy's life, a Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Gathering Place chapel, Sinsinawa, followed by burial in the Motherhouse cemetery. To celebrate Sr. Peggy's life, friends may call after 5:15 p.m., Monday, June 13, at the Motherhouse, where a wake and remembering service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Peggy served in a variety of ministries. She taught kindergarten and junior high and also served the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation as vicaress provincial and researcher of the Southwest Province. She later served as liturgist and assistant to the local prioress in Spokane, Washington. Sister Peggy was a pastoral minister in Bolivia and Alaska. She volunteered at the Motherhouse and enriched community life. Her other ministries took her to Minnesota, Illinois, Montana, Wisconsin, California, New Mexico, and Idaho.

Sister Peggy, born January 16, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, to James and Margaret (Duhaime) Griffin, made her profession Aug. 30, 1948.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominica Sisters with whom she shared life for 67 years.

 



Jerry E. McClun


Jerry E. McClun, 78, of Farley, Iowa entered into God's loving arms on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at his home in Farley, Iowa with his family by his side.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa and after 11:00 a.m., Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Funeral Home. The services for Jerry will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home with Pastor Diane Grace and Deacon, Dave McGhee Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery at a later date.

Jerry was born October 31, 1937 in Monroe, Iowa, son of Raymond and Jessie (Zimmer) McClun. He received his education in Newton, Iowa area schools. On December 29, 1962 he was united in marriage to Doris King at the Epworth United Methodist Church. He was employed as a welder at Dubuque Boat and Boiler for 10 years and later at Bradly Iron Works for 30 years.

Jerry loved spending time with his wife in the basement in their wood shop. Between them they have made several "family" keep sakes, including a cradle for each of their children. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife. They have been all over Iowa, Minnesota, S. Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to visit family.

Jerry also enjoyed sitting outside and visiting with neighbors and anyone who walked by, he also enjoyed watching his birds. He loved their family pet "King", who was his buddy. Jerry's pride and joy was his wife, Doris of 53 ½ years, their 3 children and their spouses and his 5 grandchildren.

He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Doris McClun of Farley, IA; three children, Kathleen (Donald) Wilhelm of Epworth, IA, Renee (Nathan) Wilson of Blaine, MN and David (Lisa) McClun of Sumter, SC; five grandchildren, Jessie McClun (Max Hymen) of Sumner, IA, Stephanie Wilson (Mitchell Rogalsky) and Jennifer Wilson both of Minneapolis, MN, Preston McClun and Sarah McClun both of Sumner, SC; a sister, Betty Whitehead of Meadows of Dan, VA; his mother-in-law, Dorothy King of LaBelle, FL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara McClun of Newton, IA, Marilyn (Mike) Palato of Hope Mills, NC, Carolyn Kearney of Hazel Green, WI, Janice Hoerner of Davenport, IA, and James (Barbara) King of Sebring, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Debby McClun in infancy; a brother, Vernon McClun; two sisters, Carroll Case and Phyllis McClun in infancy; his father-in-law, George King Jr; a brother-in-law, Randy King; and his dog and buddy, King.

A Jerry E. McClun memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffunerlahomeinc.com

The family would like to thank all the family and friends for their continued love, support and prayers and also to Hospice of Dubuque. There will always be a special place in his heart and ours for his "Girls" from Hospice. Jerry will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.



Sarah A. "Sally" Adams


Sarah A. "Sally" Adams, 87, resident of The Rose Assisted Living in Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dan Knepper officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sally was born in East Dubuque on June 29, 1928, the daughter of Thomas "Ed" and Anna (Cutler) Hampton. The oldest of four girls, and raised on a farm, she spent her childhood learning the meaning of hard work. She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1946. 

On April 17, 1948 Sally married her love, Merlin A. Adams. Together the couple raised their family, built on love, faith and dedication. They spent many weekends camping with their family and friends. Sally and Merle were very active members of the East Dubuque Booster Club. Merle preceded her in death on January 25, 1992. 

Sally was employed at Timmerman's Supper Club for over 40 years. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Parish. Her involvement and service over the recent years with The Dubuque Sertoma Club brought her joy, as she was able to help her community and build lasting, loving friendships. In 2015, Sally was awarded Sertoman of the Year.
Sally will be remembered as an incredibly strong and loving woman. She enjoyed crocheting, long car rides, a burger at the 19th Hole, a trip to Gooch's for pizza and an occasional beer on ice. Grandma Cookie, a name given by her great-grandchildren, loved to bake and kept her family's sweet tooth satisfied with plates of cookies and breads. All who knew her will sadly miss her smile, hugs and enormous heart.

Surviving are her children, David (Tina) Adams, Debra (Thomas Jr) Spear and Donald (Kim) Adams all of Dubuque; daughter-in-law, Deborah Adams of Hazel Green, WI; Grandchildren, Amy (Andy) Francois, Justin (Carsen) Adams, Karisa Adams, Douglas (Dawn) Weber, Matthew (Sarah Stender, fiancé) Weber, Christopher (Jenny) Weber, Ryan (Michelle Knockel, fiancé) Spear, Jeff (Shelley) Spear, Zachary (Taylor) Adams, Samantha Adams, and 18 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marian (Norme) Binns of Stockton, Illinois and Alys (Dick) Deininger of Galena, Illinois; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Duane on January 14, 1971 and Daniel on November 9, 1996, parents, and sister, Carol Jordan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all who cared so passionately for Sally. Especially, Drs. Ward, Schope, Famuyide, Nelson, Mercy Medical Staff, Dubuque Specialty Care Staff and her extended family and staff at The Rose.

In lieu of flowers a Sally Adams memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#.



Jeffrey A. Schurbon


Jeffrey A. Schurbon passed away on Friday January 29, 2016 in Billings, Montana from complications during surgery.

Jeff was born December 4, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa to John and Arlene (Jurgensen) Schurbon. After graduating from Maquoketa High School he moved to Russell, Kansas. Jeff briefly worked drilling winter wheat and working in a factory that produced manufactured homes before he began working in the oil industry. He then moved to Gillette, Wyoming to continue working in the oil industry. After working at Northern Production for many years he joined the SM Energy family.

Jeff enjoyed working on projects around his house and especially enjoyed working on landscaping projects. In recent years he was able to fulfill his dream of owning muscle cars. His first purchase was a 1969 Mach 1 red mustang. He went on to purchase and restore a 1972 Gran Torino - the same model that was his first car in high school.

Jeff is survived by his daughter Rebecca Schurbon of Lakewood, CO; brothers, James of Maquoketa, IA; Randy (Bobbie deceased) of Wilmington, DE; John of Aurora, IL; sisters, Julie (Tim deceased) Dzekunskas of Moline IL; Barb (JR) Johns of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Jeff's life will be held from 1 to 3 P.M. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Memorial services were previously held in Wyoming.

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



Frederick W. Konzen


Frederick W. Konzen, 81, of 720 9th Street SE, Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Fred may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and the Dyersville American Legion service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Fred will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa, with full Military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He was born July 26, 1934 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Frank and Elizabeth M. (Neumann) Konzen. He is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. He served in the Air Force, during the Korean War. On August 8, 1959 he was united in marriage to Elaine Sherlock at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years, retiring in 1992.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville and a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 for which he served as past Commander. He also served as Commander of the 2nd District American Legion. He was a past Board member of the Dyersville Commercial Club and past manager of the Dyersville White Hawks Baseball team for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Konzen of Dyersville, Iowa; two daughters, Jacquie Konzen of Dyersville, IA, Jeni (Gene) Ploeger of Peosta, IA; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Ayden Ploeger; three siblings, Frank (Lois) Konzen of Farley, IA, Lloyd Konzen of Dyersville, IA, and Mary Robey of Belle Vista, AR; a brother-in-law, Carl Craugh of Platteville, WI two sisters-in-law, Rose (Marvin) Funke of Dyersville, IA and Lois Konzen of Farley, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ardell Craugh and a sister in infancy; two brothers, Clarence and James Konzen; a sister-in-law, Mary Konzen and a brother-in-law, Elmer Robey.

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



Kari A. Cooper


Kari Ann Cooper, 50, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.  She was born on May 27, 1966, in Dubuque, the daughter of Gary and Carol (Theisen) Cooper.  Kari was raised in Manchester and was a 1984 graduate of West Delaware High School. 

Kari lived in Delaware for several years and worked as a receptionist for Medical Associates in Dubuque. Because of health issues, Kari recently moved to Manchester to be with her parents.

Kari was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her family. Kari was an avid fan of the 49ers and Cardinals. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her parents, Gary and Carol Cooper of Manchester; two sisters, Kristy Cooper of Dubuque, and Kathy Sands of Manchester; her niece, Olivia Sands; and her nephew, Chris Sands.

Kari was preceded in death by her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association, 3636 Westown Pkwy, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA  50266

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Officiating: Rev. Joseph Schneider.

Visitation:  9:30 - 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.

Inurnment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Caitlyn E. Bonz


Caitlyn E. Bonz, 20, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation is 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Caitlyn was born on October 4, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Michael L. and Beth (Bigelow) Bonz.  She was a graduate of Hempstead High School, class of 2014.

Caitlyn enjoyed golfing, skiing, biking and writing.

Surviving are her mother, Beth Bonz of Asbury, father, Michael L. Bonz of Dubuque, a sister, Cristen Bonz of Morgan Hill, California and a brother, Michael A. Bonz of Asbury; her maternal grandmother, LaVonne "Bonnie" Bigelow of Dubuque; uncles, Michael (Ellen) Bigelow, David Bigelow and Patrick Bonz; aunts, Kathy (Doug) Stahr, Lori Bonz and Jamie (Tim) Blosch; and cousins, Steven (Natalie) Bigelow and Scott (Julie) Bonz.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eldon "Butch" Bigelow and Tom (Donna) Bonz and a cousin Renee Bigelow.

In lieu of flowers a Caitlyn E. Bonz memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Anna Jean Harris


Anna Jean Harris, 85, died peacefully Monday, June 6, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Joseph Schneider officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manchester.

The sixth of seven children, Anna Jean was born near Earlville to parents Andrew and Anna Grawe Miller on October 2, 1930. Raised on the family farm north of Manchester, she graduated from Manchester High School and attended cosmetology college in Waterloo.

Anna Jean was united in marriage to Russell Dean Harris on September 16, 1950. Three children were born to this union.

Anna Jean was dedicated to her Catholic faith, loved the game of golf and enjoyed playing Bridge. Her greatest joy was time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters Julie (David) Johnson of Cedar Rapids and Jane (Rusty) Jones of Manchester, and her son, Tom Harris (Jodi Fleming) of Willowbrook, Illinois. Grandchildren include Zach (Kim) Johnson, Gabriel (Stacey) Johnson, Maria (Doug) Drees, Blake (Jill) Jones, Jennifer (Macabe) Schmidt, Rachel (Gabriel) Ellis, Maggie Harris and Taylor Fleming. Her great-grandchildren are Will, Wyatt and Abby Jane Johnson, Julia and Declan Drees, Ada and Beckett Jones, Brecken and Camden Schmidt and Rowen Ellis. Her sister, Mary Lou Lemmon of Manchester, and brother, Andrew Miller of Arlington Heights, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and four brothers, Herbert, Delmar, Leon and James Miller.

Unless specified, memorials will go to the Zach Johnson Foundation and the Meadows Assisted Living and Marietta's Place in Manchester.

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



Norma J. Hasken


Norma J. Hasken, 78, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Monday, June 6, 2016, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Deacon Steve MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Norma was born on December 5, 1937, in rural Lancaster, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clark and Vida (Burton) Roesch. She married Eugene "Gene" F. Hasken on April 12, 1958. 

She taught first grade at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa, for twenty-four years. Her first teaching job was in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in Wisconsin. Teaching was Norma's life, although her family was her first love and priority. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, traveling and playing cards with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Gene, of Dickeyville; two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Schroeder, of Kieler and Judy (Craig Seeley) Grimes, of Dickeyville; a son, Bob (Amy Westemeier) of Dickeyville; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Lange, Craig (Maria) Schroeder, Raymond Downs, Michael (Andrea Hanger) Downs, Kaitlin (Mike) Harty, Megan and Justin Hasken, Julianne (Dan Heim) Cunningham, and Mackenzie (Morgan Steger) Cunningham; and eight great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Francis and Mary Hasken; a son-in-law, Ken Downs; a daughter-in-law, Julie Hasken; and a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Donald Plear.

A Norma J. Hasken Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Sentinel Home Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

 



Doris M. Wittman


Doris M. Wittman, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at home surrounded by family.
Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 10th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Doris was born on July 10, 1929 in Canada the daughter of Donald Archie O'Connor and Zelda Gutowski.

She married Robert Wittman on September 18, 1949 and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2002.

Doris opened Wittman's Nutrition in 1980 and spent her life guiding others from ill health to well-being.

She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the National Nutrition Association. She attended the Nutritional Conventions to further her knowledge to help others with their health.

She is survived by her three children, Robert (Sharon) Wittman, of Dubuque, Gary (Lisa) Wittman, of Dubuque, Janine (Mark) McHenry, of Stillwater, MN. Eleven Grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her siblings, Donald (Louise) O'Connor, Hazel Ganske, Muriel (John) Samaska, Darlene Smith, Myrna O'Connor, Terrance (Anna) O'Connor, and Melannie (Jerry) Ozubko, along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert "Bob" Wittman, her siblings, Claire, Aileen, and Patrick.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place for all the wonderful care they gave to Doris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association for research.



Robert W. Reittinger


Robert W. Reittinger, 81, of Dyersville died Sunday, June 5, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 pm Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Friday, June 10, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born January 16, 1935 in Dyersville the son of Cletus and Melinda (Meyers) Reittinger.  Due to the untimely death of his parents, he was raised by Paul and Mary Kremer in Dyersville.  He proudly served his country in the US Navy on the Destroyer USS Sierra as a lithographer during the Korean War.  When he returned he married Joyce Wessels on Sept. 1, 1962, and together they raised their family until they divorced.  She survives.  He married Donna Strong on February 2, 1991, in Dyersville, Iowa.  Bob was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan all of his life.  He was very proud of his grandchildren whom he loved very much.  He especially enjoyed watching them in their activities.

Survivors include his children: Vicki Palmer of Dyersville, Scott (Michelle) Reittinger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lori Grisham of Adrian, MI; 10 grandchildren: Emily (Justin) Snedden, and their daughter, Taytem, Abby and Ben Palmer, Cooper, Cami, Carli, and Catie Reittinger, Danielle, Rachel and Dylan Grisham; siblings: Dave Reittinger of Dyersville, Margaret Vonderhaar of Holy Cross, and Judy Mueller of Dubuque, IA, a special friend, Joanne Chambers of Charles City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donna, brothers-in-law: Leonard Vonderhaar and Bob Mueller.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 

 



Mary F. (Heilman) Steinhoff


Mary F. (Heilman) Steinhoff, 65, of rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 5, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City following a recent stroke.

Services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on August 16, 1950, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Hartung) Heilman. Mary graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1968. She married John Steinhoff on January 17, 1976, in Asbury, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2009. Mary was a homemaker.

Mary enjoyed going to local church picnics and festivals and going for rides to visit her relatives. She took great pride in living in her quiet country home.

Survivors include a sister, Diane Smith; a niece, Connie Studnicka; a great-grandnephew, Ryan Studnicka; and many cousins.

In addition to her beloved John, she was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Leo Smith.

A Mary F. Steinhoff Memorial Fund has been established.

Mary would have liked to thank her neighbors who helped her out, along with Southwest Health Center of Platteville, especially Dr. Bearse and Dr. White. Also, thanks to Epione Pavilion, Grant County Hospice and its volunteers, Home Care Select and Father Bernie Rott for the care and kindness shown toward Mary.

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



Eldon John Kerkhoff


Eldon John Kerkhoff, 99, of Guttenberg, formerly of Dyersville, IA, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Petersburg, IA. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Eldon was born June 21, 1916 at Petersburg, the son of Alphonse and Susan (Grawe) Kerkhoff.

Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Amanda (Edwin) Schmidt, Modesta (Edmund) Overmann, and Rita (Arnold and Clarence) Gassmann.

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



Roy M. Laufenberg


Roy M. Laufenberg, 86, of 2227 Delmonaco Dr., Dubuque, IA., and recently of Luther Manor passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 9th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis St., Dubuque, IA. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Thursday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy was born on June 28, 1929 in Cassville, WI., the son of William and Pearl (Greenwood) Laufenberg.

He married Jeanette Pfeiffer on May 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. IA.

Roy was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 49 years. He enjoyed many family camping vacations traveling to most of the states west of the Mississippi. He was a Charter member of the Dubuqueland Campers Club and a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association (NCHA). His other interests include fishing while spending a day on his pontoon, tending his vegetable garden, tinkering on projects around the house, and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife, Jeanette; children, Randy (Vicky) Laufenberg, Linda (Jan) Scott, and Lori (Dick) Launspach; grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Laufenberg, Kyle Laufenberg, Jared (Angie) Wolfe, Jerrell (Angelia) Henslee, Dana (fiancé Tyler) Launspach and Miles Launspach; 6 great- grandchildren; John (Jack) Trierweiler, Gloria Urban, Gary Trierweiler and Dennis Trierweiler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Mildred Lightfoot, Milton (Bud) Laufenberg, Wayne Laufenberg Sr.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate care.

 



Robert R. Hutchinson


Robert R. Hutchinson, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, on Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was born on June 19, 1927, in Delaware County, Iowa the son of Raymond and Elsie (Robinson) Hutchinson. Robert was raised in the area, and attended school locally. He served honorably in two tours of duty for the U.S. Navy, one during WWII.

On March 31, 1951, Robert was united in marriage to Mary Leona Ammeter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  Three children were blessed to this union. He was employed in Cedar Rapids as a welder for Allis Chalmer and for Harnischfeger for over 40 years, until his retirement.

Robert enjoyed being with his family, ice fishing, shopping for deals, going to the meal site, and traveling.

Survivors include his three children, Greg (Michelle Tegeler) Hutchinson of Cedar Rapids, Elana Shope of Boca Raton, Florida, and Lori (Tim) Reilly of Manchester; 11 grandchidren; nine great-grandchildren plus two on the way.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary on March 8, 2015; seven siblings, Della Lentner, Harold Hutchinson, Leo Hutchinson, Irene Cornwell, James Hutchinson, Betty Fierstine, and Richard Hutchinson; and a son-in-law, John "Clint" Shope.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be designated to the Manchester Meal Site or UnityPoint Hospice in Cedar Rapids.

Memorial Service with Military Rites: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. 

Visitation: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  At a later date

 



Eldon L. Gravel


Eldon L. Gravel, 86 of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, June 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Eldon was born June 26, 1929 in Worthington, the son of Phillip and Rosella (Boge) Gravel.  He married Lorraine Roling on June 16, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Eldon was a compassionate caring person, providing stewardship to the land he loved and guidance for his family to carry on his legacy of love for the land and life.  He was a great dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.            

Survivors include his wife Lorraine, children: Beverly (Charlie) Rahe of Petersburg, Ellen (Randy) Wulfekuhle of Manchester, Gail (Ron) Bonert, Carol (Ron) Hermsen, Linda Gaul and  Karl (Deb) Gravel all of Dyersville, Kevin (Sandy) Gravel of New Vienna, MJ Gravel (Brian Talbot) of South Pasadena, CA, Brian (Jane) Gravel of Burlington, 30 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, in-laws: Mary Lou Gravel, Eileen (Leon) Wessels of  Dyersville, Ula Roling of Earlville, and Elaine Roling of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Eric John Gravel, brother, Loras Gravel, nephew, Daniel Gravel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Beckman High School or your charity of choice.

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

 

 

 



Sheila A. Konrardy

Sheila A. Konrardy 63, of Dubuque, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital. Friends may call from4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Sheila was born on June 5, 1952, in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Leona (McDermott) Konrardy. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1970 and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, singing and dancing. Sheila was a special person who spent her life tenderly and lovingly caring for people. 

Surviving is her special friend, Jane Schadle of Dubuque, IA; her siblings Gerald (Betty) Konrardy of Lombard, IL, Marie Knapp of Arizona, Gene (Kathy) Konrardy, Richard (Mary Lou) Konrardy and Lloyd (Lee Ann) Konrardy all of Dubuque, IA, Roger (Ruth) Konrardy of Florida, Norma (Nick) Schuster of Dubuque, IA, Neal Konrardy of Lombard, IL and Phillip Konrardy of Davenport, IA; a sister-in-law, Elaine Konrardy of Bettendorf, IA; brother-in-law, Roger Manders of Bellevue, IA; also surviving are over 50 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Marvin and Kenneth; a sister, Linda Manders, a brother-in-law, Robert Knapp and special friend Marcie Riesselman.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Hospital.

The Konrardy family wishes to extend a special thank you to all health care professionals.

 

 



Randall R. Muntz


Randall R. Muntz, 48, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., with the Rev. Dr. Katherine Achtemeier officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Randall was born on May 6, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Delores (Tarnutzer) Muntz.

He was an avid Pittsburg Pirate and Minnesota Viking's fan and loved the game of baseball. He was very involved with his family and appreciated spending time with them. Recently he developed a passion for barbecuing.

Surviving are his parents, Richard (Delores) Muntz; siblings, Peggy Gibson, Laurie (Randy) Nemmers, and Steve (Lisa) Muntz; brother-in-law, Dennis (Esther) Drish; eight nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dawn Drish and Nancy Muntz; brother-in-law, Thomas Gibson; and grandparents, Arnold (Maude) Muntz and Nicholas (Lucille) Tarnutzer.

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

A Randall Muntz memorial fund has been established.

 

 



John W. McAllister


John W. McAllister, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:34 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at home in the loving care of his family.  To honor John’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy.  To celebrate John’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. 
John was born on August 8, 1925 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Barbara (Betz) McAllister.
John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.  John married the love of his life, Theresa “Louise” Ronek on September 24, 1947 and they were blessed with 60 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before she was called home on October 28, 2008.  John was employed at Farley and Loetscher for 18 years and later went on to continue his working career with Georgia Pacific until he eventually retired in 1988.  Throughout his life John would joyfully invest his free time with family and friends in various activities he enjoyed.  Whether it was a good day to go for a walk, to read a book or simply go for a cruise around the countryside, John could be found with a smile on his face.  In his later years John would discover traveling, wintering in Arizona and bus trips with Louise to be excellent outlets for them to enjoy the fruits of his labors.  John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who would strive daily to make life better for those he adored.  He will be truly missed by the countless lives he impacted during his 90 years here on earth with us and his memory will be cherished deeply within their hearts and minds forever.
 
Those left to cherish John’s memory include his children,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Warren (fiancé Kellie Hoftender) McAllister, Key West, IA,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL,
Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN;
7 grandchildren,
Michael Thill, Brian Thill, Heather Arenz, Jennifer (James) Gambrielle, Amy Parker, Kira McAllister and Mallory McAllister;
4 great-grandchildren,
Julia Parker and Laney Gambrielle, Mason Gambrielle and Lily Paul;
and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Louise McAllister; a son, Tim McAllister; and his siblings, Earl (Rita) McAllister, Bernice (Rudolph) Husemann and Marion (Francis) Oswald.
A John W. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

 

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


James A. Burgmeier


James A. "Jim" Burgmeier, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer presiding.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque, IL Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where a scripture prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on April 23, 1923 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Alphonse and Frances (Grassel) Burgmeier.  He graduated from Loras Academy, where he was Senior Class President and Captain of the 1940 undefeated football team. Jim attended Loras College and graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

He was united in marriage to Joanne J. Keffeler on September 5, 1946 in Windom, Minnesota.  She preceded him in death on November 26, 2005.  Jim served in the U. S. Army 84th Infantry Division in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart.

Jim was a life member of the Knights of Columbus-Council #510, the 4th Degree Assembly and the Disabled American Veterans.

From 1947 until his retirement in 1987, Jim's career was in the Motor Carrier Industry as either manager or officer for Chicago Dubuque Motor Transportation Co., of Dubuque, IA, Dohrn Transport Co., of Rock Island, IL and Clairmont Transfer Co. of Escanaba, Michigan.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Ann (Robert) Dubeau of Fitchburg, WI, Susan M. Burgmeier, Fridley, MN and Katherine (Rob) Dombo of Madison, WI; 3 sons, Thomas R. (Linda) Burgmeier of Rogers, AR, Charles R. (Paula) Burgmeier of Cedar Rapids, IA and Mark J. (Sally) Burgmeier of Princeton, IA.; 24 Grandchildren, Sarah (Dubeau) Penn, Clackamas, OR, James Dubeau, Madison, WI, James W. Burgmeier, Bentonville, AR, Jennifer Burgmeier, Seattle, WA, John (Betsy) Burgmeier and Rebecca Burgmeier, Dallas, TX, Nicholas (Ariana) Burgmeier, Norwalk, CT, NY, Joseph Burgmeier, Everett, WA, and Elizabeth Burgmeier, Blue Grass, IA, Amy (Burgmeier) Carani, Madison, WI, Stacey (Burgmeier) Keller, Coal City, IL, Andrew Burgmeier, Hampton, VA, Brian Burgmeier, Moline, IL, Adam and Molly Burgmeier, Princeton, IA, Chuck, Sam, Bill, Joey and Anne Ungemach of Fridley, MN, and Trent and Todd Dombo, Madison, WI; Alexis (Marc) Pohlman, Columbia Station, OH, Jon Doug (Mary) Miller, South Lyon, MI; 13 Great Grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica Penn (Sarah), Clackamas, OR, Autumn and Liberty Burgmeier (Joe) Everett, WA, Olivia Carani (Amy), Madison, WI, Johnathon Keller (Stacey), Coal Valley, IL, Warren and Natalie Eidson (James W.) Bentonville, AR; Everett Burgmeier (John) Dallas, TX; William, Emily and Benjamin Pohlman (Alexis), Alexander Miller (Jon), 2 brothers, Robert A. (Mary) Burgmeier and Richard J. (Marlene) Burgmeier and a sister Carol F. (Burgmeier) Dolan all of East Dubuque, IL.

Special Mention: Debbie Acord, Daugher-In-Law (Bill), Avon Lake, OH

Jim was preceded in death by a son William J. Burgmeier on January 31, 1989, a brother John L. "Jack" Burgmeier on March 23, 1995 and a sister Marilyn A. (Burgmeier) Muir on October 11, 2004.

A James A. Burgmeier Catholic Charities Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dorothy M. Winner


Dorothy M. Winner, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on June 29, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Marie (Eigenberger) Peters.

Dorothy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Clifford Winner, and they would be united in marriage on June 7, 1947, at St. Patrick's Church. They would be blessed with 67 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful children, before Clifford was called home ahead of her on October 21, 2014. Dorothy discovered great joy in fulfilling her mission to be a loving wife, mother and grandmother; but she would also graciously venture outside of the home as a secretary for Miller Realty, American Trust and lastly at Dubuque Senior High School. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church as well as their Altar and Rosary Society. Dorothy was an energetic woman who eagerly seized any opportunity to spend time with her deeply adored family. Her favorite endeavors, during her free-time, included camping with family and friends and traveling throughout the country to witness God's creation firsthand. Dorothy made good use of her 89 years here with us and has left a definite and positive impact on all those who knew and loved her. We will miss her dearly and remember her most fondly, but today we seek and find comfort in knowing that she is now, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Clifford and her precious children, Thomas and Marian.

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory include

her children and grandchildren,
Lawrence (Janet) Winner and their son, Michael (Chantayn) Winner, Boise, ID,
Ann (Vince "V.J.") Hanson and their children, Trisha and Evan Hanson, Dubuque, IA;

her son-in-law and grandchildren,
Gary Backes and his children, Katie and Kyle Backes, Dubuque, IA;

grandchildren, Christopher (Christina) Winner and Sara (Zach) Dowell, all of Dubuque;

6 great-grandchildren,
Chase, London, Hunter, Haley, Bentley and Griffin;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Clifford; a son, Thomas Winner in 2010; a daughter, Marian Backes in 2015; and a brother, Laverne "Buddy" Peters.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy M. Winner memorial fund has been established.

Dorothy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dorothy.

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

 



Eugene F. Monahan


Eugene Francis ‘Mike' Monahan, 71 of Dubuque, IA died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, May 30th, 2016.

Mike was born on January 6th, 1945 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Mary Splinter and Raymond Monahan. He and his six siblings grew up in both Hazel Green and Cuba City, Wisconsin where we hear he was quite the ‘hooligan'. Mike married Joyce Jochum on May 14th, 1966 and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He loved Joyce with all his heart.

Mike spent his summers watching his Cubbies and his winters watching wrestling. Mike loved to work and kept busy, but the best title Mike would claim was Poppa. Sundays were spent in the kitchen cooking dinner for his family and friends who quickly became family, taking his daughters on road trips during the summer, and being his grandkids number one fan in all that they did.

He is survived by his loving wife Joyce, his two daughters Kelly Simpson and Kristy Monahan, his eleven grandchildren Megan, Allison (Nic Hockenberry), Hannah, Will (Kaitlyn), Quinn, and Madison (Brother Ben) Simpson, Kalyn Gilbreath, Kiera, Korey, Kelsey, and Keenan Monahan, and four great-grandchildren Kam, Lia, Kiyah, and Karrianna. His siblings Judy, Ron (Mary), Deb (Doug), Diane, and Kerry (Sharon). Multiple brothers and sisters -in-law; nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother James, his mother and father in law Lolita and Alfred Jochum, his brother-in-law John "Coach" Sindahl, and sister-in-law Freda Jochum.

A special thank you to his brother and best friend Ron Monahan, who has provided unconditional love and support through out Mike and his family's lives. We love you Pops, thanks for always making us laugh. "Don't call us, we'll call you".

No public services will be held, Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.



Doug Ehrler


Doug Ehrler, 61, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  He was born on October 16, 1954, in Manchester, the son of Don and Joyce (Joslyn) Ehrler.  He was raised in the Manchester area and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1973. 

On November 25, 1978, Doug was united in marriage to Janine Holtz at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Two children were born to this union.  Doug drove for the Post Office for many years. He then worked for Lillibridge Trucking until 2007 when he retired because of health issues.

Doug enjoyed playing pool and teasing people. He was a people person who was known as "Uncle Doug" to many. Doug loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife, Janine Ehrler of Manchester; one son, Gabe (April) Ehrler of Greeley; one daughter, Sam Ehrler of Manchester; his mother, Joyce Schiel of Manchester; and four siblings, Susan (Doug) Hart, Sallie (Tim) Vanderhoof, John Ehrler, and Gary Ehrler.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Don Ehrler; his step-father, Walt Schiel; and Ian, his other son by heart.

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Greeley Community Church in Greeley, Iowa, with Pastor Pete Buschmann officiating.

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  Oakland Cemetery -  Manchester, Iowa

 



James A. Quayle


James A. Quayle, 71 of Claremont, IL formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN of lung cancer. Private Family Services were conducted with burial in Asbury Cemetery.

James was born September 22, 1945 in Olney, IL the son of Robert A. and Thelma M. (Smith) Quayle. He graduated from East Richland High School in 1963 and then Southern Illinois University in 1967. James served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He moved to Dubuque in 1978 until 2011 when he relocated to Florida and then to Illinois until his passing. James owned and operated Central Cash and I-Wireless in Dubuque for many years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

Survivors include his children, Nathan (Kristen) Quayle of Merrimac, WI and Jamie (Michael) Heine of Grimes, IA; siblings, Tom (Alice) Quayle, Sandy (Joyce) Quayle, and Cindy Dale; 5 grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, John and Bob.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Sandy K. Hoffman


Sandy K. Hoffman, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on April 27, 1953, in Anamosa, the daughter of Allen and Reva (Taylor) Hoffman. Sandy was a 1971 graduate of Wyoming High School.

Sandy worked as a C.N.A. at the Penn Center, Edinburgh Manor, and for Home Health Care. She loved reading, baking, and walking with her dog.  Sandy was an avid fan of the Duke Blue Devils and Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include her brother, David Hoffman of Monticello; a niece, Devon (Quinton) Bitner of Central City; and a nephew, Derrick (Andrea) Petersen of Marion.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Susan Robinson; and a brother, Richard Hoffman.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home & Crematory of Manchester is assisting the family.

 



Robert D. Mellon


Robert D. "Bob" Mellon, 85, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4th, at Linwood Cemetery Chapel, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 6. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Bob was born December 31, 1930 in Dubuque, son of James P. and Gertrued (Baumhover) Mellon. He married Norma Shephard in 1963. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy. Bob was employed as a pressman at Georgia Pacific Company for 35 years retiring in 1992. Bob was an avid Hawkeye fan, enjoyed playing cards, going on casino trips, golfing, especially with his friend Mark. He also liked to cook, going out to eat and taking his grandson Luke fishing. Bob was a genuine sweet and caring man who loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Carman, of Marion, IA, and Michelle (Ken) Sessler, of Lake in the Hills, IL; a brother, Maurice (Elaine) Mellon, of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Luke Carman, Zach Sessler and Brandon Sessler; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and James and a sister, Florence Roth.

A special thank you to the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their care.

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



Frederick T. Uthe


Frederick T. "Fred" Uthe, 85, of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frederick was born on December 8, 1930, in Dubuque, IA, son of Karl and Mary (Langen) Uthe.

Fred proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Fred earnestly invested 30 years of his working career at J.C. Penney's before eventually retiring in 1992. During his free time, Fred had three definitively favorite interests; art, model railroading and family. Art was an outlet for Fred to freely express himself and his artwork will be cherished by family and friends. His second passion of trains was an itch which would never be cured. Model railroading easily delivered years of fun with family and friends. Finally though, Fred's greatest pleasure was the times spent with his family both at home and on vacation.

As we move forward in our lives, we know that the impact he's left behind on the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him will last until the end of time.

He is survived by
his loving wife of 60 years:
Virginia L. (Earle) Uthe;

their 4 children:
Janet Uthe, Middleton, WI;
Mark (Deb) Uthe, Manchester, IA;
Diane (Kurt) Trimborn, Johnson Creek, WI;
Linda (Kevin) Miller, Center Point, IA;

his 13 grandchildren:
Jennifer (fiancé Ray Henning) Uthe, Patrick Kramer, Steve (Lauren) Trimborn, Amanda (Brennan) Melloy, Molly Kramer, Charlie Uthe, McKenna Miller, Garrett Trimborn, Reece Miller, Nickolas Uthe and Kaitlyn Uthe;

his 5 great-grandchildren:
Mason, Aiden, Braelyn, Kinley and Lydia Henning;

his sister-in-law:
Rosemary (Charles) Uthe;

a brother-in-law:
Roger (Karen) Earle both of Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles; a sister in infancy; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his wife's parents; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their unwavering support and friendship to Fred and his family. The family would also like to thank his attending physician, Dr. Mark Runde and staff, Mercy Medical Center and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque County Commission of Veterans Affairs.

A Frederick T. Uthe memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Fred's favorite charities.

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

 



Kevin J. Koster


Kevin J. Koster, age 41, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to the Lord suddenly, and unexpectedly, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at home. To honor Kevin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating. To celebrate Kevin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Kevin was born on February 16, 1975 in Dubuque, son of Randy and Susan (Clancy) Koster.

Kevin has been an energetic and charismatic gentlemen since the day the Lord delivered him to earth. His work ethic was second to none and his career in the food industry started at a very young age. His eager attitude would propel him to begin as a dishwasher and eventually led to positions as a lead cook at such local establishments as the Hoffmann House, Sweeney's and currently the Diamond Jo. A long shift or weeks in row, without a day off, would never rattle Kevin; he was simply happy to be doing what he enjoyed and reaping the benefits of his hard work. Kevin was as big a teddy bear on the inside as he was in his physical stature. If you weren't his friend already, it's most likely because you hadn't crossed paths with him yet. In his spare time, Kevin thrived on being around fast and loud stock cars, collecting baseball cards and other assorted sports memorabilia, bonding time with his nieces and nephews, or even venturing out into the woods for a quiet and relaxing day of deer or turkey hunting. His greatest leisure activity though was definitely camping with family and friends, especially his treasured escapes up to Yellow River with his grandparents. Kevin has been called home to Heaven much to suddenly and early for our hearts to fully comprehend, but we know and trust that he is now in a state of perfect health and waiting patiently to be reunited with all of his loved ones he's left behind.

Those left to cherish Kevin's memory include

his parents,
Randy and Susan Koster, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Timothy (Nicole) Koster, East Dubuque, IL
and Amy Jo (Josh) Driscoll, Dubuque;

his maternal grandmother,
Grace Clancy, Dubuque, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
Cheryl Gaul, Worthington, IA,
Linda Packer, Stoughton, MA,
Bob (Sharon) Koster, Dubuque,
Dale Koster, Dubuque,
Dave (Val) Clancy
and Mike (Patti) Clancy, both of East Dubuque, IL;

his nieces and nephews,
Alissa Koster-Kelly, Joedaniel Kelly, Skylar Koster, Danielle Koster, Olivia Driscoll and Mason Driscoll;

and his great-nephew,
Harley Vanscoyoc.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben (Mary) Koster and Clarles Clancy Jr.; and also by his uncles, Dan Koster, Leon Gaul and Jim Packer.

A Kevin J. Koster memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Debra K. Dryer


Debra K. "Debbie" Dryer, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 surrounded by family at Mercy Medical Center after a long illness.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 27th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Debbie was born on February 23, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Dunkley) Van Vors.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married Rick Dryer on September 24, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked for 24 years at Harmon Glass retiring in 2000.
Debbie enjoyed going for rides on the motorcycle with Rick, camping, shopping, her cats but especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Rick, and a brother Jerry Van Vors of Dubuque, her mother-in-law Betty Dryer, of Dubuque, three sisters-in-law Cindy Dryer, Roseann (Ron) Dryer-Hunt, Debbie (Melvin) Levins, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law Louis Dryer and brother-in-law Roger Dryer.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Mark Niemer, Dr. Ryan Stille and their staffs, and to Finley Home Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Debbie these last few years.



Gerald R. Wright


Gerald R. Wright, 75, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care from complications of dementia.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Gerald was born on January 13, 1941, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the son of Oliver and Frieda (Pahnke) Wright. He graduated from Benton High School in 1959. Gerald married the love of his life, Mary Brandt, on August 19, 1967, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. They resided in Dickeyville for 36 years.

Gerald retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 2001 after 36 years. At that time he and Mary bought their retirement home on Lake Delhi. They entertained many friends and family with pontoon rides, fishing and campfires.

Gerald and Mary were past members and officers of the Dickeyville Rescue Squad for many years. Together they also had the Rhinestone Cowboy Band playing the supper clubs around the area, along with many weddings and anniversaries. Gerald was a past member of the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corp. He also enjoyed feeding the birds, and the many other "critters" that came to his feeders. Gerald was a motorcycle safety instructor for many years at Southwest Technical College. Gerald and Mary took many rides and vacations together on their Gold Wing motorcycle. He took up the art of making beautiful oak furniture after retirement. His family and friends were the recipients of his talent.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife and companion of 58 years, Mary; his daughter, Kandi Deerfield, of Streamwood, IL; his sons, Scott (Connie), of Dickeyville, and Russ, of Delhi; and his seven grandchildren, Kyle, Maggie, Kylie, Rachael, Brooke, Luke and Dylan. He is also survived by his brother, Ron, of Benton; his sisters, LeAnne (Bruce) Wuthrich, of Brodhead, WI, and Marcy (Merv) Brenum, of Dickeyville; and nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul; four brothers-in-law, Dale Farrey, Faedelus Herbst, Richard Lutz and Clarence Negus; and a sister-in-law, Kay Brandt.

A Gerald R. Wright Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful and compassionate care of Gerald.

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



Harley McCoy


The irrepressible Harley McCoy, age 94, faced the inevitable on February 1st, 2016 in Oakdale, California. He died after a period of progressive weakness and fatigue, pain-free and at peace.

Memorial service will be held on the 4th of June at the Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation begins at 1:00 pm with the service at 2:00 pm, and interment of ashes to follow at Evergreen Cemetery Delmar, Iowa.

Harley was born June 12th, 1921 to Harley Guy and Letha (Lewis) McCoy and graduated high school in Villisca, Iowa. He proudly served in WWII as a Navy shipmate in the Philippines. During a shore leave Harley traveled from San Diego and Shirley Anne McKee traveled from her home in Villisca to meet in Las Vegas and marry on June 14th, 1942. Together they had four children.

Harley was a devoted father as his children were growing, attending high school debates, dance recitals, 4H & scouting activities, trail rides, football games and band concerts. He also provided his family the architype 1950's summer vacations including trips to Mt Rushmore, Lake Okoboji and Rocky Mountains National Park. Later in their life together, he and Shirley Anne gained some regional notoriety from raising and showing purebred dogs. This had them traveling throughout the Midwest on many weekends and enjoying their time together. Shirley Anne tragically died of brain cancer in 1978 at age 55.

Harley married Phyllis Feder August 19th, 1989 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Nevada. They enjoyed their time together ballroom dancing and playing dominoes with friends.

Retired and living in California, Harley became an avid golfer belonging to the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. He shot his only hole-in-one on September 30th, 2009, at age 88, using a 3 wood to drive 135 yards over water to the cup of the par 3, 16th hole.

Throughout his career Harley was a skilled and professional salesman, always working on a commission basis and focusing on providing service to his customers. Indeed, he and his customers often became friends. He was successful in his work and occasionally was awarded company sponsored trips, including a special one with Shirley Anne to the Bahamas. However, there were business setbacks in Harley's life such as when the parent corporation spun-off a product line cutting his income in half. Yet, this was never spoken about around the supper table; Harley simply worked harder to recover from the loss.

Harley was personable and outgoing, always quick with a greeting and ready to speak with complete strangers. He remained active throughout his life; from caring for horses, livestock and dogs, to travel, dancing and golf. Mostly, I believe, Harley possessed an upbeat, irrepressible attitude, being able to bounce back from little things, such as a refused sales-pitch, or from a life tragedy, such as the death of a spouse. He was eventually able to find a new tack and continue moving in a positive direction.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Terri Hayes, Mike (Mary Ann), Becky (Jack) McDermott and Ed (Karen); 11 grandchildren; and as of this writing, 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.



Fred A. Donath


Fred A. "Fritz" Donath, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on May 23, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Fred was born on April 22, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ernest and Marie (Radloff) Donath.

Fritz honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Shortly after returning from his military service, Fritz would meet Pauline Thomas. They would be united in marriage in 1962 and their union would be blessed with 19 years together before she was called home ahead of him in 1981. Fritz would faithfully invest over 43 years of his time and talents and the Dubuque Packing Company, before he eventually retired after spending his final 13 years as a supervisor. Fritz's free time was surely centered around the outdoors and spending time out in God's country. Bow hunting, fishing and boating were his passion and he was proud to be a longtime member of both the Dubuque Archery Club and the Bass Club of Dubuque. Fritz has spent his last day here with us and now finds himself reunited with all of his other family members who've gone home ahead of him. We will miss him, and definitely feel the void of his absence, but we know the memories he leaves behind will help carry us through until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Fritz's memory include

his children,
Fredrick "Pudge" Donath, Key West, IA,
Ann (Scott) Duggan, Dubuque, IA
and Mary Boal, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren and great-grandchildren

and his first wife and care giver during this final week,
Pat Felderman, Key West, IA.

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Pauline; three sisters, Viola, Elda and Marie; and three brothers, Donald, Otto and Walter.

A Fred A. "Fritz" Donath memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Fritz's favorite charities.

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

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



Dolores V. Urbain


Dolores V. Urbain, 99, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday evening, May 22, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dolores may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Services for Dolores will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding and Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D, Concelebrating. Burial was held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Dolores was born February 12, 1917 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Percy and Alice (Huber) Leib. She received her education in the Placid country schools. On June 1,1938 she was united in marriage to Cyril "Billy" Urbain at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. She and her husband farmed in the Fillmore area for many years. She also worked as a bartender at the Boar's Nest in Cascade and Nobles in Farley, IA for 10 years and was a cook at the Cascade Drive Inn.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and was a very active 4H Fillmore "Farmerettes" leader.

Dolores is best remembered for her dog bones, cinnamon rolls and homemade bread. She loved to crochet, was an avid quilter, seamstress and did many other crafts. She collected many angels' statues. She had a lot of faith in Angels and said the daily rosary.

She is survived by four daughters, Delda Hershberger of Platteville, WI, Mary Agnes Kass of Sherrill, IA, Becky Johnson of Cascade, IA, Tami (Gary) Hammel of Zwingle, IA; one son, Tony (Jackye) Urbain of Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Theresa (Roland) Stecklein of Cascade, IA; and a sister-in-law, Madonna Leib of La Porte City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril "Billy" Urbain on March 26,1988; three sons-in-law, James Hershberger, Vincent Kass and Vince Mausser; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sherwood, Jeff and Katie Kass; four brothers, Donald, Richard, Howard and Dennis Leib; and one sister, Dola Kramer.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care given to Dolores and the many nieces, nephews and grandchildren that took the time to come visit with her.



Charles F. Jewell


Charles F. Jewell, 75 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on May 20, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Charles was born on October 30, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles E. and Mary (Bellings) Jewell. He attended school in Dubuque and served in the army from 1957 to 1959.

He married Carol A. Miller and together they had two daughters, Cheryl and Cindy. She passed away in October of 2001. He later married Carol J. Snouffer and she preceded him in death in February of 2015.

He worked as a service and parts manager at Kenworth in Birmingham, AL.

Charles or "Elmer", as he was known as in the early days, loved his old time radio programs on Sunday nights, NASCAR races, and the Chicago Cubs. He had a love for his cats and dogs and especially enjoyed being with his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (Dan) Dalberg and Cindy (Jim Kubitz) Jewell; siblings Mitchell Warner, of Dubuque, Trudy (Robbie) Fischer, of Gillespie, IL, Sylvia (Ned) Newingham, of Gillespie, IL and Chris Warner, of Livingston, IL; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ben Jewell.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Staff, Ennoble Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Charles.



Peter G. White


Peter G. "Pete" White, 76, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Friday morning at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on March 24, 1940, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Iva (Winters) White. He graduated from Benton High School in 1959. On June 20, 1959, he married Mary Alice Rock at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Company and later was the owner of Benton Feed and Farm Supply for 31 years.

Pete served as the Benton Village President for eight years and was a member of the Benton Fire Department, the Benton Booster Club, and a key member of Rocky's Bar in Benton. He was a longtime member of Rocky's Bar Bowling Team and softball and fastpitch ball teams. Pete was a lifelong fan of the White Sox, a Packers fan, and supporter of Benton athletics. He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his four children, Jeff (Dana) White, of Chandler, AZ, Tim (Donna) White, of Benton, Lisa (Tim) Roelke, of Spring Green, and Gretta (Shawn) Stilson, of Benton; seven grandchildren, Séamus and Fisher White, Michael and Ben White, and Kayla, Maggie and Sophie Dougherty; and three step-grandchildren, Heather Dougherty, Jared Charnas and Ty Stilson. He is also survived by two sisters, Leah Richards, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jeanette Wilford, of Platteville; and a brother Jim (Sue) White, of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice; a son, Michael Joseph White; and a sister, Elizabeth Woods.

A Peter G. "Pete" and Mary Alice White Memorial Fund for Benton High School scholarships has been established.

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

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Benton First Responders, Hazel Green Rescue Squad, Mercy Medical Center emergency room staff, and ICU doctors and nurses, especially Brenda and Bonnie.



Virginia J. Zimmerman


Virginia J. Zimmerman, 96 of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Seventh Heaven Care Facility.

Memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 26 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Virginia was born on February 4, 1920 in Dubuque the daughter of Henry and Josephine (Klein) Frost.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

She married Henry Zimmerman on September 28, 1940. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1995.

Virginia was a wonderful homemaker. After her children were raised she was employed at St. Anthony's Catholic school as director of the hot lunch program. Her favorite people were children and she became involved in the lives of many while employed at St. Anthony's.

She enjoyed playing bridge, Cubs games, bus trips and plays.

Surviving are her children, Margo (Ronald) Richeson, of Dubuque and Craig (Donna) Zimmerman, of Durango; 7 grandchildren, Lisa (Tom) Richeson- Gilbertson, Laura (Roger) Richeson- Brandel and Daniel (Cathy) Richeson, James (Nikki) Zimmerman, Melissa Zimmerman- Wolf, Kris (Neil) Zimmerman-Owens and Jolene (P.J.) Zimmerman- Born; 10 great- grandchildren, Cory Gilbertson, Mitchell Gilbertson, Hope Gilbertson, Hannah Brandel, Tessa Brandel, Jenna Brandel, Andrew Owens, Alexia Born, Payden Born, Michael Zimmerman; and her brother, Charles (Thelma) Frost of Glasgow, Montana.

She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Lucille) Frost; and sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine (Hugo) Flores.

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

The family requests no flowers.

Special thank you to Mary and Kelly at Seventh Heaven and to Barb and Lisa at Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Freida K. Loesche


Freida K. Loesche, 63, of Petersburg, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a short illness.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday morning, May 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Earlville. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Freida was born February 11, 1953, in Manchester, the daughter of Merlin and Betty (Goetzinger) Conrad. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1972 and worked at the Ertl Company in Dyersville for 20 years. Following that she worked at Modernfold and Nu-World Amaranth.

On October 2, 1993, she was united in marriage to Russ Loesche. Freida was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. She loved spending time with her family, helping her husband on the farm and found enjoyment teasing her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, going to the gambling boat, bingo and living in the country. Freida was a humble and giving soul, who had a quirky personality with a heart of gold that would do anything for you. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Freida is survived by her husband, Russ Loesche, of Petersburg; step-son, Jayme (Stefanie) Loesche and step-granddaughter Chiaa of Cedar Rapids; siblings June (Bob) Naber of Dyersville, Arlo Conrad of Delhi, Eric Conrad of Los Angeles, CA, Neal (Nancy) Conrad of Hopkinton, Dale (Connie) Conrad of Delhi; father- and mother-in-law Sylvester ‘Red' and Alma Loesche of Dyersville; in-laws Dennis (Jean) Loesche and Randy Loesche, both of Petersburg, Connie (Leon) Schuster and Margie (Cam) Kolle, both of Dyersville, Bonnie (Gary) Bass of Bedford, TX; nieces and nephews Rob (Autumn) Conrad, Adam and Scott Conrad, Amy (Chris) Errthum, Amanda (Curt) Kramer, Aaron Conrad, Matt and Laura Naber, Benji (Missy) Loesche, Billi (Dave) Mottet, Bob Loesche, Brittany Loesche, Amber (Jeff) Lehman, Cory Schuster, Carrie (Josh) Broghammer, Ashley (Jeremiah) Chapman and Amanda (Justin) Tucker.

Freida was preceded in death by her parents, Merlin and Betty Conrad; maternal grandparents Leo and Magdalene (Mohr) Goetzinger; and paternal grandparents Thomas and Angeline (Pfeiler) Conrad; a brother-in-law, Wayne Wieneke; and several aunts and uncles.

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



Natalie J. Kurt


Natalie J. Kurt, 82, of Dubuque, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael Cathedral where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Natalie was born January 12, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Nora (Devaney) Kurt. She graduated from St. Columbkille's School and attended Loras College. She was a novice with the Sisters of the Presentation until her disability.

Natalie was known as the family historian.

She is survived by a brother, Noel Kurt of Dubuque; a sister, Dianne (Don) Simon of Cuba City; 29 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Mary Edith, Leon, Fr. David and Mark Kurt and June Manning.

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

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



Darrell D. Barker


Darrell D. Barker, 86, of Dubuque died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:25 am at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Darrell's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where a visitation will be held Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, held separately with the family.

Darrell was born March 14, 1930 in Fairfield, Iowa, son of Edward and Etola (Pottoff) Barker. Darrell was fortunate enough to have two mothers. Etola passed away when he was very young at age 4 and Mary Florence (Adams) Barker, who raised him through his adulthood and played a significant role in his life by keeping his birth mother's family in his life.

Darrell would eventually meet the love of his life, Susan Seeley and be united in marriage on August 31, 1952. Their union would be blessed with 63 wonderful years together and have 3 loving daughters.

He worked in the newspaper field for most of his life, starting out delivering papers for the Fairfield Daily Ledger after school during his high school days and full time for three summers. He went on to the University of Iowa newspaper in Iowa City for 17 weeks as a linotype operator, moving on to work for newspapers in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Darrell then moved to Dubuque and worked for the Telegraph Herald for 38 years, working as assistant composing manager of the last 12 years. He was president of the International Typographical Union for two years. His last employment was with Econofoods for three years and six years at Hy-Vee bakery department.

He and his wife were camping enthusiasts for 51 years. Camping all over the Midwest, Darrell and Susan wintered for a month in Florida for 15 years. He was also league secretary and bowled with his buddies for many years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Barker of Dubuque; daughters, Debra (Tom) Bedtka of Dodgeville, WI, Becky (John) Jagielski of Elgin, IL, and Sara Habick of Dubuque; granddaughters, Tracy (Adam) Schroeder, Joscelyn Habick and Jessica Habick; and great grandchildren, Bailey and Dominic Schroeder. He is also survived by his kid sister, Elizabeth (Bill) Bowers of Mt. Lebanon, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Carol (Don) Amrine.

In lieu of flowers, a Darrell Barker Memorial has been established.

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



Spencer J. Dress


Spencer J. Dress, age 25, of Dubuque, IA, was called home at 3:38 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a motorcycle accident. To honor Spencer's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Spencer's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Spencer was born on February 18, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry White and Molli (Dress) White and was a proud member of the Chippewa Tribe of White Earth, Minnesota.

Spencer's bright light has flickered out much too early and the void he leaves behind today will never fully be healed. He was a wonderful father who devoted countless hours with his deeply adored son Emmitt in the garage, teaching him how to turn a wrench while reinforcing the longtime ritual, and necessity, of getting dirty before you could ever truly go fast. Spencer worked at Steffen's Roofing during the day and also enjoyed working on cars in the evenings and on the weekends. Whether the project was the next big flip or simply an attempt to get a little more horsepower to the wheels; if he was working on the toys in the garage with family and friends, then Spencer was in his glory. Spencer was definitely a live wire and a high spirit during his 25 years with us. If Spencer was in the area, you could be sure some classic adventure was about to occur or even a continual barrage of humor and jokes to keep everyone feeling good. We will miss Spencer will all of our hearts and relish the fun, and uniquely Spencer, memories he leaves behind and we pray to discover slight moments of peace in knowing that one day we will see him again.

Those left to cherish Spencer's memory include

his son,
Emmitt Dress, Dubuque, IA;

Emmitt's mother,
Mercedes "Sadie" Fuller, Dubuque, IA;

his son on the way,
Spencer Joseph Dress Jr., Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Molli White, Dubuque, IA;

his father,
Henry (Bobbie Jo Rapp) White, Dubuque, IA;

two brothers,
Timothy (Heather Frommelt) Dress,
Joseph Dress;

his sister,
Jordan Hennessy, all of Dubuque, IA;

his maternal grandparents,
Vicki and Joseph Dress Sr., Dubuque, IA;

his paternal grandmother,
Noreen Dole, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal great-grandmother,
Monica Jellison-Fullbright, Dubuque, IA;

two half brothers,
Brady and Brandon, Dubuque, IA;

and he is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Spencer was preceded in death by a sister, Dancé Molli Dress in infancy.

A Spencer J. Dress memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Spencer's favorite uncle, Joey Dress, Amanda Fury, Heather Frommelt, Cody Siefker and family, the White family, the Weber family, his amazingly long list of friends and the staff at Mercy and University Iowa City Hospitals for all of the loving support they have shown the entire family during this very difficult time.

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

 



Michael P. Barrett


Michael P. "Bear" Barrett, 66 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 23rd 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mike was born on November 28, 1949 the son of Martin "Slug" and Monica (Rogers) Barrett. He attended St. Raphael's and graduated from Wahlert High School both in Dubuque. In December 1972, he married Marilyn J. Ruff at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.

Mike worked for the Derby Stations for many years and then became a painter for John C. Kaiser until he retired in 2011. After retirement you'd be able to find him bartending at the Grand Tap in Dubuque.

Mike was a member of the Painters Union, Men's Association, Grand Tap Lodge of Leaky's and Men's Bowling Association.

Although Mike was a man of few words, he showed us all that he loved us in his own way. He was a loyal, kind, moral man of his word. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, whether it be at a bar having "a few" with friends, or going out to dinner and traveling with Marilyn. He also enjoyed spending time listening to his grandkids play bluegrass, having breakfast with Lucy and attending Brennan's karate tournaments.

Mike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marilyn, daughters, Karrie (Paul) Schumacher and Kelly (Ben) Houtakker. Seven grandchildren, Colin, Mackenzie, Reese and Caden Schumacher, Brennan, Lucy and Carsyn Houtakker. His sister-in-law Peg (Scot) Koren, four brothers-in-law, Dennis (Cecilia) Ruff, Gary (Carol) Ruff, Duane (Ann) Ruff, and Gordon (Sharon) Deuchler, along with five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin "Slug" and Monica (Rogers) Barrett, a brother Tom, and his grandparents.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, especially Dr. Caceres and Mercy Nursing staff for the care they gave him. A special thanks to his loyal friends for being there for him and his family. He will be missed by all.



James L. Chapman


James L. "Jim" Chapman, 80 of Key West, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at home with family by his side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum with full military detail by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Jim was born on April 4, 1936 in Beetown, Wisconsin the son of Lester and Ramona (Mink) Chapman. He served in the Iowa National Guard and married Shirley Langkamp on June 2, 1956 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He worked for Flexsteel for 39 years retiring in 1996. After retirement Jim worked for the Sisters of the Presentation for 13 years.

Jim enjoyed ice fishing, squirrel hunting and riding his motorcycle, but most of all his greatest love was his family and being able to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved to putter around in his basement workshop and garage. Jim was always available to help anyone at any time.

Jim is survived by his wife Shirley of almost 60 years, two daughters Kris Chapman and Terri (Douglas) Kluesner, both of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Nicholas and Michael Mulert and Justin, Jena, and Aaron Kluesner. Siblings, Bonnie Chant and Jeffery Chapman. Two sisters-in-law, Darlene Chapman and Darlene Langkamp; three brothers-in-law, Harold (Maria) Langkamp, Arnold "Arnie" Langkamp and Thomas Piehl along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Ramona; mother and father-in-law Clarence and Emma Langkamp; brother, Gary & brothers-in-law Leonard and Merlin Langkamp, and sisters-in-law Beverly Piehl and Delores Langkamp.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center or St. Raphael Cathedral.
The family would like to thank Stonehill Rehab and Skilled nursing staff, Dr. Mark Runde and his nurse Julie and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Ryan for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim and his family.



Gordon P. Schmidt


Gordon P. Schmidt, 80, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016,, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment with Military Rites will be at 1:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

He was born on September 5, 1935, in Earlville, the son of Paul and Elda (Becker) Schmidt. He was baptized into the church on October 6, 1935 and confirmed his faith in Jesus Christ on April 10, 1949, at First Lutheran Church. Gordon was raised and educated in the area, and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1953. Gordon served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

On February 29, 1964, Gordon was united in marriage to Alice Marie Michels at the First Lutheran Church in Manchester. Together they farmed for several years and then moved to Manchester where he worked for Delaware County Secondary Roads. He retired in 1998.

Gordon was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church. Gordon and Alice traveled extensively throughout the United States, making it to all 50 states. They also traveled to Europe.

Survivors include one son, Gary (Andrea) Schmidt, of Manchester; two daughters, Paula (Don) Krogmann of Center Point and Laura (Bill) Thomas of Manchester; nine grandchildren, Jacob Thomas, Lucas (Jessica) Thomas, Megan (Peter) von Qualen, Benjamin Krogmann, Jonathan Krogmann, Hannah Schmidt, Grant Schmidt, Mark (Christina) Schmidt, and Christina (Heath) Landt; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marvelyn (Rick) Davis, of Florida; and sisters-in-law Leona Jones of Cedar Rapids, Delores (Ray) Grulkey of Hiawatha, Carol (Don) Eiben of Anamosa, and Mary Michels of Central City.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Schmidt, on November 11, 2012; a son, Duane Schmidt, in July of 2012; a daughter, Karla Schmidt, at birth; two brothers, Eldon and David (Virginia) Schmidt; a grandson, Paul Schmidt; a granddaughter, Olivia Schmidt; his sister-in-law, Judy LeDuc; his brothers-in-law Eddie Jones and Richard Michels; and two nephews, Michael Schmidt and Doug Grulkey.

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



Betty Jean Birch


Betty Jean Birch, 89, died peacefully on May 18, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, on Friday, May 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel with Bill Mauss officiating. Entombment will follow the service in the mausoleum.

Betty was born August 2, 1926 to Beatrice "Beanie" Hutzenbuehler and Albert Savary. Betty and her sisters worked with their mother at Beanie's Café for many years.

Betty married Marshall Birch on November 22, 1945. Together they worked for over twenty years at Veteran Oil Company, for the local Phillips 66 jobber. In 1967 they bought the local business and operated it as Birch Oil Company until their retirement in 1976. Betty was a sharp businesswoman at a time when it was not common for women to operate a business, but she was also known, like her mother before her, for her kind heart.

Betty and Marshall owned three horses, Dolly, Cochise, and Ringo, and over the years an assortment of dogs and cats. They always had plenty of chores, and so they often employed the help of their nieces and nephews, who learned a valuable work ethic, while enjoying Betty's playful sense of fun, Marshall's sly sense of humor, and their frequent pranks.

After retirement Betty worked for several years providing in-home health care. She delighted her clients, and the patients at various nursing homes, when she would visit while pulling her little dog, Dusty, around on a skateboard.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marshall, in 1988; her brother, William Winkler, in 2014; her brother-in-law Merlin Heiar in 1994, and her brother-in-law Dale Gieseman in 2012.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Juen (Dale) Gieseman and Eileen (Merlin) Heiar; her sister-in-law, Judy (William) Winkler; and her nieces and nephews Paula, Mark (Desirae), and Amy (Jeff Spahn) Gieseman; Kurt, Kris (Robert Newman), John, and Jane Heiar; and Chad (Tina) and Tracy (Greg Tippery) Winkler.

The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Andrea Ries for her compassion and assistance, as well as Dr. Umesh Chakunta, Dr. Michael Scott, Dr. Brad McClimon, Dr. Joseph Fuller, Dr. R.S. Ramabadran, and their nurses, who along with Dr. Ries, provided Betty with excellent care and personal concern, which helped both her and her family. We also wish to thank Cindy, Megan and the team at Hospice of Dubuque, and the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center, where Betty lived first on the third floor, and finally in the memory care unit. It was a comfort to her family to know that she was living with people who appreciated her spirit, and who truly cared for her with kindness, patience, humor, and skill.



Margaret M. Miller


Margaret M. Miller, 95, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. John Kremer officiating. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the church. Inurnment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

She was born on April 25, 1921, in Worthington, the daughter of John and Clara (Tegler) Recker.

On June 30, 1941, Margaret was united in marriage to Herbert Miller at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Five children were born to this union. Together they helped Louie Ryan farm and then later began farming on their own in rural Manchester. They retired and moved to town in 1979. Herb passed away in 2010.

Margaret was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley and a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret loved to play cards, especially Bridge, and enjoyed her garden. She lived at the Meadows for the past eight years. Margaret loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her five children, Joan Miller of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Pat (Bill) Serbousek of Cedar Rapids, Richard Miller of Solon, David (Jenny) Miller of Iowa City, and Daniel Miller of Lancaster, California; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Andy Miller; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Lemmon and Anna Jean Harris, both of Manchester.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Milller; a son-in-law, Doneldon Dennis; two grandchildren, Gregory Kane and Sarah Serbousek-Miller; two sisters, Armella Besler and Lucinda Gudenkauf; and four brothers, Cyril, Allie, Ray, and Leo Recker.

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



Mary Ann Koltes


Mary Ann Koltes, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center with her family at her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill with Rev. Richard Gaul officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, where a family wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

Mary Ann was born on March 24, 1944 in Cuba City, WI daughter of Rudolph and Mabel (Kaiser) Loeffelholz.
She married Gary Koltes on July 5, 1997. Mary Ann has been a caregiver for many years and babysat for many different families. She also worked for LouAnna's Catering for weddings and anniversary parties.

Mary Ann enjoyed going on vacations with family and friends and when Gary started the truck she was already ready to go.

She is survived by her husband, Gary, of 18 years; her sister, Jeanette (Joe) Henkels; three brothers, Howard (Barb) Loeffelholz, Eugene (Sandi) Loeffelholz, and Jerry (Patty) Loeffelholz; her in-laws, Janann Ambrosy, Shirley Koltes, nd Duane "Hap" Koltes along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Leo and Rosina (Nauman) Koltes, Lelan Ambrosy, Lavern Koltes and Linda Koltes.

The family request no flowers.

The family wishes to thank Finley Hospital Staff, Stonehill Care Center Staff and Hospice of Dubuque especially Shelia and Barb, and her niece Jennifer Pins for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Lois E. Myatt


Lois E. Myatt, 93, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, May 15, 2016, at the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held 1:30 P.M., Sunday, May 22, 2016, from the Elwood United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Saturday, May 21, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Lois Ethel Schultz was born on March 29, 1923 in rural Clinton County, Iowa, fourth child to Herman and Ethel (Current) Schultz. She was a 1940 graduate of Elwood Consolidated High School and then attended Coe College for two years obtaining her teaching certificate. Shortly thereafter she was hired by the Buffalo, Iowa School District to teach fourth grade.

As a freshman at Elwood High School Lois was asked to a school dance by her future husband, Harold "Bud" Myatt. They were married on June 5, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas where "Bud" was stationed in the Air Force. To this union five children were born: Larry, Ann, Thomas, Hal and David.

While raising a family Lois found time to do substitute teaching in the Elwood, Lost Nation and Maquoketa school districts. In 1964, she was hired as the full-time Kindergarten teacher at Delwood and taught for eight years.

Lois was a 44 year member of the JCPH Ladies Auxiliary where she had served as past president for five years and treasurer for 19 years. She was an active member of the Elwood United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday school and children's sermons for several years, and been a part of the ladies aid for 42 years. Additionally, she served on three scholarship committees and as a Jackson County Regional Health Center volunteer for 18 years. Through this dedication to community and volunteerism Lois was awarded the Grace B. Tubbs Award in 2007.

Lois was always willing to help anyone. She loved her family, her church and her friends. She enjoyed playing Euchre and baking pies, especially custard pie. She was excellent at corresponding with family, always keeping track of birthdays and special events.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her husband of 72 years Harold "Bud" Myatt of Elwood, IA; children, Larry (Beverly) Myatt of Greensboro, GA, Ann (Bruce) White of Ann Arbor, MI, Tom (Linda) Myatt of Oro Valley, AZ and David (Cathy) Myatt of Bettendorf, IA; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol List of SC, and Gail Ravitts of Oak Park, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Hal on June 1, 1984, and two brothers Homer and Howard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Family YMCA or the Elwood Methodist Church.

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

 



Gloria Mae Jean Lieb


Gloria Mae Jean "Pat" Lieb, 87, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a service will begin at 7:30p.m.

Pat was born on October 20, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Fuller) Urban.

She married David Glen Lieb on November 30, 1946 in Sea Side, Oregon. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2016.

Pat was a wonderful homemaker. She as was an excellent cook and skilled artist. She enjoyed flowers, sewing and crocheting.

Pat spent most of her life volunteering for many organizations. Most notably, she volunteered at the Tri State Blind Society for 14 years and as president of the Legal Aid Services of Dubuque for 30 years.

Pat was an extremely kind and generous person. She cared for everyone she met and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Susan (John) Schmitz of Zwingle, IA., David (Sandra) Lieb, Joe (Lynn) Lieb, Mike (Janet) Lieb, Guy (Gladen) Lieb, all of Dubuque, Troy (Gina) Lieb, of Freeport, Ill., and Tracey (Jon) Ruosch of Milton, Wis.; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters Judy Lyons, of Rockford, Ill., Dixie Bennett and Joyce (Al) Weidenbacher, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Cynthia Trine and Cheryl Lieb, in infancy; four brothers; and six sisters.

A Gloria Lieb memorial fund has been established.

A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Jennie and Peggy and to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for your compassionate care.

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



Allan George Falck


Allan George Falck, 93, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died at his home on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point. with Rev. Jerome Godsonofficiating. Visitation is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Cass Township Cemetery - Strawberry Point, Iowa.

He was born on August 25, 1922, in rural Lamont, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Kleinsorge) Falck. Allan was raised and educated in the Lamont area, and graduated in 1940 from Lamont High School.

On January 23, 1945, Allan was united in marriage to Lillian Birrer. Together they farmed near Strawberry Point.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Lillian Falck of Strawberry Point; two sons, Larry (Jenette) and Kent (Sue), all of Strawberry Point; four grandchildren, Tammy (Kevin) Schneiders, Tom (Krista) Falck, Deana (Tom) Herzmann, and Craig (fiancé Shanan Klink) Falck; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert.

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



Doris M. (Hilby) Kuhle


Doris M. (Hilby) Kuhle, 85, of Dickeyville, WI, formerly of Sinsinawa, WI, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Doris was born on October 1, 1930 in Menominee, IL to Emil & Florence (Welp) Hilby. She attended grade school in Menominee and high school at the Sinsinawa Mound. On February 7, 1950 she married LaVern A. Kuhle and they spent the next 66 years making a home and raising a family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Doris worked at the Red Top Supper Club, Clarke College and Mercy Medical Center, but "raising the kids" was her life's work. Homemaking, gardening and flower arranging were her passion. Family gatherings were always top priority.

Those left behind to honor her memory are her husband, LaVern; their children, Pat (Tom) Fleege, Diane O'Shea, Steve Kuhle, Rick (Karen) Kuhle, Dan (Claire) Kuhle, Mary Jo (Beaner) Runde, Ron (Carolyn) Kuhle, Kate (Bill) Vickerman, Ken (Jane) Kuhle and Tina (Kim Anderson) Kuhle; 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; siblings Ione (Ralph) Turman, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, Mary Ann (Paul) Burbach, Jack (Rose) Hilby, Mark Hilby and Joan Hilby.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Florence; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jerry Kowalski; grandchildren Adam Runde and Alex Kuhle; siblings Robert Hilby and Margie Burroughs; and in-laws Bernard & Jackie Kuhle, Joe Klein, Roger Tranel and Bill Burroughs.

A Doris M. Kuhle memorial fund has been established.

LaVern and family extend a special thank you to the staff at Epione Pavilion for their loving care of our wife and mother.

"Gentle woman, quiet light, Morning star so strong and bright, gentle mother, peaceful dove, Teach us wisdom, teach us love."

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



Greyson S. Horton

Greyson Steele Horton, infant son of Shania Horton and Anthony Haring of Maquoketa, received his angel wings shortly after birth on Monday morning, May 9, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, May 20, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Greyson is survived by his mother, Shania Horton of Maquoketa, IA; his father, Anthony Haring of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lakota of Maquoketa, and a twin brother Steele Greyson currently hospitalized in Iowa City; maternal grandparents, Susan Creecy of FL and David Horton of FL; aunts Megan Creecy of Maquoketa, IA, and Lori (Edwards) Feuss of Lost Nation, IA; a cousin Hailey of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Warren Haring and Judy Edwards, maternal great-grandparents and paternal great-grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Greyson Steele Horton memorial fund has been established.

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

 



JoAnn Muhlhausen


JoAnn Muhlhausen, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 13, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of JoAnn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alice JoAnn Sugden was born on April 5, 1932, in Hopkinton, Iowa, to George Cecil and Irene Bessy (Miller) Sugden. She was a graduate of Hopkinton High School. She married Carl L. Muhlhausen Jr. on March 22, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union eight children were born: Carla, Christy, Cathy, Cheryl, Carl Alan, Cindy, Clarissa and Craig.

JoAnn had first worked as a candy striper and nurses aid and then at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She later worked alongside her husband Carl as the co-owner of Carl's DX Gas Station in Maquoketa. Above all things, she was a dedicated wife, mother and proud grandmother.

JoAnn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and had previously served as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, baking, taking road trips with Carl, and listening to KMAQ Radio, especially bingo. She was especially proud of and loved spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately called her "G-Nug".

Those left to honor JoAnn's memory include her husband Carl Muhlhausen Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; eight children, Carla (Lou) Behrend of DeWitt, IA, Christy (Paul) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA, Cathy (Harold) Huebbe of Maquoketa, IA, Cheryl Fuller of Maquoketa, IA, Carl Alan "Al" (Nancy) Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy (Steve) Starr of Maquoketa, IA, Clarissa Ferguson of Dubuque, IA, and Craig Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a sister Dee Murphy of Cascade, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Carol Muhlhausen of Bettendorf, IA, and Phyllis Carmichael of Maquoketa, IA; one aunt, Letha Ritenour of Hopkinton, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Lucille Wheeler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a JoAnn Muhlhausen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sister Anna Marie Manternach

SISTER ANNA MARIE MANTERNACH, OSF, age 92 passed away at 8:30 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 at Clare House. Mass of Christian Burial will be, Tuesday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16th with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

She was born 10/5/1923 at Cascade, IA the daughter of John and Susan (Lahr) Manternach.

Entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister taught in Dubuque, Webster City, and Portland, OR. She spent many years ministering to Hispanics in Chillián and Arica, Chile. Upon returning to the United States she continued her ministry in Tyler, TX. and Marshalltown, IA.
Survivors: Sister is survived by her brother Francis, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 70 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Peter(Laura), Leo (Dolores), Msgr. Albert Manternach, and Nicholas who died in infancy; her sisters Monica, Julia (Sr. Irmina), Clara (Ed Wieneke), Irmina (Roland Dolphin), Celestine (George Neyens), Theresa (Ambrose Kurt), and Josephine who died in infancy; and her sister-in-law Elizabeth Manternach.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Hoffman-Schneider funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.



Sister Veronica J. Burke

Sister Veronica J (Jackie) Burke, BVM (Timothena), 95, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Caritas Center.

Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy is at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Veronica was an elementary school teacher and principal in Butte and Missoula, Mont.; San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Chicago; and Des Moines, Iowa, where she also served as provincial for the BVM congregation. She ministered as counselor in San Francisco and was an education services officer in the Panama Canal Zone.
She was born in San Francisco on May 6, 1921, daughter of Martin and Mary Ann Kelly Burke. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1942, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Timothy, and sister Eleanor Burke, BVM (Anna Martine). She is survived by godchildren and their families, and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 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.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Patricia Ann Wegmann


Patricia Ann Wegmann, 79, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Strawberry Point, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation is from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, where there will be a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service. A Mass of Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May16, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church, Delhi, Iowa, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Inurnment is planned fort a later date.

She was born on August 11, 1936, in New Vienna, the daughter of Leonard and Catherine (Lansing) Bockenstedt. Pat was raised in the Colesburg area and was a graduate of Colesburg High School.

On January 19, 1957, Pat was united in marriage to Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann. Five children were born to this union. Pat and Butch farmed together for many years on their farm near Strawberry Point.

Pat was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. She was famous for her delicious homemade doughnuts and monster cookies. Pat enjoyed fishing with her husband. She will be remembered for her gentleness, the love for her family, and her competitiveness to win a game of Euchre.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi; two sons, Steve Wegmann, and his three children, Jamie (Jennifer), Joey (Rachel), and Jessica; and Michael Wegmann and his partner, Craig Gatarz, and their daughters, Ava and Sophia; two daughters, Ann Wegmann and Susie (Kyle) Decker and their daughter, Ashley (Brad) Temple; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Taylor, and Quinn; daughter-in-law Kathy Berlin Wegmann; three brothers, Fred (Barbara) Bockenstedt, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt, Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt; five sisters, Marian (Allan) Koelker, Blanche (Bert) Schulte, Leona (Marv) Tauke, Jean (Ken) Kramer, and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges; and a sister-in-law, Lois Bockenstedt.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Chris Wegmann; one brother, Leo Bockenstedt; and an infant sister, Teresa Bockenstedt.

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

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



Anthony H. Middendorf


Anthony "Tony" H. Middendorf, 84, of Menominee, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, from complications of a stroke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787. Visitation is 3 - 8 p.m. on Friday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Tony was born on June 9, 1931 in Menominee, the son of Joseph and Cecelia (Mensen) Middendorf. He married Jane Hilby on September 12, 1959 at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee.

Tony farmed the family farm his entire life. He never passed up a good game of Euchre. Tony was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and a prior member of the Holy Name Society. He was an Army Staff Sargent in the Korean War. Tony served from April 1954 to February 1956. He was a Menominee Township Trustee since 1982.

Surviving are his wife Jane; a son, Tom, of Menominee; two daughters, Cathy (John) Digman of East Dubuque, and Paula (Mike) Montag of Menominee; six grandchildren, Dusty and Jacob Digman; Samantha, Abbie, Tony and Andy Montag; a sister, Rosalinda Wubben, of Scales Mound; and a brother, Walter (Marceline) Middendorf, of Menominee; his in-laws Arlene Budden of Cuba City, WI, Mae (Jerry) Kuhl of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Hilby of Mineral Point, WI and Wilma Hilby of Menominee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cecelia; four brothers, Barney (Irene), Oscar (Loretta), Henry and Elmer Middendorf; a sister, Rita (Bernard) Dietzel; and in-laws Luella (Pope) Belken, Earl Hilby, Ethel (Heiny) Martin, Helen (Don) Roth, Lillian (Howard) Tranel, Vi (Dorrance) Pluym and Richard Hilby.

In lieu of flowers a Tony Middendorf memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at both Mercy ER and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Mercy Med Flight team for their wonderful care of Tony.



Eugene F. Olberding


Eugene "Gene" F. Olberding, 79, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:00 p.m. and a American Legion Post 137 service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gene was born December 29, 1936 on the family farm in Delaware County, the son of Andrew and Agnes (Kramer) Olberding. In 1956 Gene enlisted in the United States Army. He married Darlene Baumler-Schirmer on June 3, 1972 at St Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. Gene worked construction, building many of the local farm buildings including round rafter barns. In his later years he drove semi and enjoyed working in his wood shop. He liked doing puzzles, playing cards and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, 6 children: Amy (special friend Jacob Pape) of Dyersville, Jason (Christy) Olberding of Marion, Lauri (Jeremy) Latteyer of Robins, Steve (Sarah) Schirmer of Balltown, Linda (Pat) Prusha of Nevada, Chris (Selene) Schirmer of Calmar, 12 grandchildren: Avery and Isaac Olberding, Alex, Emily and Amber Latteyer, Colin and Kyle Schirmer, Dillon and Marcus Prusha, Selena, Mackenzie and Tonya Schirmer, siblings: Jim (Katie) Olberding of Dyersville, Grace (Don) Hermsen of Luxemburg, in-laws: Shirley Olberding of Dyersville, Bill Baumler, Dale (Mick) Baumler, Dennis (Pat) Baumler, Irene (Don) Lynch, Daniel Baumler, Glen Baumler, Jay (Renee) Baumler, Leon (Gail) Baumler, Ann (Dean) Schaufenbuel, John (Anjie) Baumler, Terry (Carl) Schmitt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sarah Olberding siblings: Dick (Alice) Olberding, George Olberding, parents-in-laws, Raymond and Theresa Baumler, sisters-in-laws, Shirley Baumler and Nancy Havel.

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

 



Ruth E. Rogers


Ruth E. Rogers, 96, of Monticello, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Monticello Nursing & Rehab Center in Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Ruth was born December 25, 1919, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Ida (Lehmann) Greif.  She was raised in Worthington and educated at St. Paul Catholic School.  On June 4, 1940, Ruth was united in marriage to John A. Rogers of Cascade, at St. Paul Church in Worthington.  Together they farmed for 26 years in the Worthington, Monticello and Hopkinton areas, moving to Monticello in 1966.  John preceded her in death on October 22, 1990.

Ruth attended Dubuque University and taught in Dubuque County prior to marriage.  In 1972, she graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor degree in Education and Psychology.  She taught full time in Dyersville, Monticello, and other Jones. Co. schools in Elementary Education.  Ruth also sold World Book Encyclopedias, volunteered at Senior Dining, Meals on Wheels and was active in many programs at Sacred Heart Parish.  Her favorite past time was dancing, attending dances at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in her younger years and as many as 3-4 dances a week in her senior years.

Ruth is survived by her son, Richard (Loretta) Rogers of Summerfield, FL, daughters: Joan Capoferri of West Chester, PA, Alice Denniston of Orlando, FL, and Melanie (Duane) Vaske of Pella, IA, seven grandchildren: Marc (Ara) Rogers, Andrew Capoferri, Tara Capoferri, Ryan (Brooke) Denniston, Ashley (Adam) Frisch, Brooke (John) Nickerson and Brandon (Cynthia) Vaske, eight great grandchildren: a sister, Betty Jane (Larry) Guilford of Monticello, in-laws: Edwin Kleitsch of Cascade, Bill Rogers of Petersburg, IL and Sr. Susann Rogers, OSF of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Ida Greif, her husband, John, siblings: Lambert Greif, I. Michael Greif in infacy, Ivo Peter Greif, Rita Butzow Kennedy, and Freida Greif, and a grandson, Justin Vaske.

Memorials are preferred to Senior Dining in Monticello or Sacred Heart School.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Marilyn J. Langevin


Marlyn J. Langevin, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Marlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Marlyn was born on December 19, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Burdette and Leona (Phillip) Durey.

Marlyn was a wonderful mother who devoted her entire life to caring for her family. Her family and friends always knew that if you had Marlyn's love and respect, you could be confident that she would always be there for you. In her free time, Marilyn enjoyed creating beautiful items in both sewing and embroidery, a fun round of bowling, sharing her cooking and baking skills in the kitchen, canning the fall harvest from her bountiful garden, going for a pleasant leisurely walk or even casting her line in the river on a nice day and most especially, curling up with a good book under a comfortable blanket. It could easily be stated though that Marlyn's favorite hours, during her 77 years here with us, would be the valuable and countless moments she would spend with her grandchildren. We must say farewell today and bravely accept that we will miss Marlyn dearly; but rejoice and find comfort in the memories which remain, as they will be cherished forever in our hearts.

Those left to cherish Marlyn's memory include
her children,
Gerald (Veronica) Hagerty, Atlantic City, NJ,
Melvin Hagerty Jr., Casper, WY,
Kimberly (David) Fisch, Dubuque, IA,
Debra Hagerty, Dubuque, IA
and Nova (Tom) Crawford, Casper, WY;

her 14 grandchildren,
Jared Hagerty, New Jersey,
Jacqueline Hagerty, New Jersey,
Kris Mares, Wyoming,
JoAnna Hagerty, Wyoming,
Louis Hagerty, Wyoming,
Kenneth Jr. "KJ" (Tabitha) Cain,
Kurt (Amber) Cain,
Michael Fisch,
Randi (Tim Runde) Meyer,
Vince Jellison,
Samantha (Justin) Warner, all of Dubuque,
Mercedes Blevins,
Madison Crawford
and Sydni Crawford, Wyoming;

16 great-grandchildren,
Cole, Gavin, Marcus, Damon, Brendon, Kaitlyn, Loren, Connor, Kenneth III "Tre", Henry, Jade, Brooklyn, Elle, Savanna, Jax, Bentley and one on the way;

her siblings,
Donna Gale Ware, Bixley, OK,
Donald (Ruth) Durey, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Barb) Durey, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Ann) Durey, Moline, IA,
Phyllis (Leon) Herbstrieh, Durango, IA
and Lorraine Heskett, Oregon;

Marlyn is also survived by her dear and best friend, Barbara Hackbarth, Dubuque.

Marlyn was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter in infancy, Patricia Hagerty.

A Marlyn J. Langevin memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their phenomenal and compassionate care of Marlyn.

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

 



Hazel M. Schiffer


Hazel M. Schiffer, 91, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to Mass on Friday at the church. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Hazel was born on October 7, 1924 in White Lake, South Dakota, the daughter of Henry Joseph and Ludwina Josephine (Bertsch) Schiffer. She graduated from Zwingle High School and from Mercy School of Nursing, Dubuque.

She spent two years in the US Air Force in Air Evacuation during the Korean War. She graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee with a BS in Public Health Nursing. After working in Madison, Wisc. Health Department for seven years she earned a Master's Degree in Public Health Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina. She was employed by the US Public Health Service in Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, and Seattle, WA.

In Seattle she was active with the League of Women Voters and volunteered at the Northwest Harvest Food Bank, and the Cathedral Kitchen, and Dorothy Day Mission. Age and poor health prompted her return to Dubuque to be near family.

She is survived by one brother, Elmer (Sally) Schiffer; two sisters, Marie Weiland and JoAnne Meyer; two sisters-in-law, Leona and Phyllis Schiffer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Charlie (Emma Sadler), Walter (Virginia Lambe), Alvin, Victor, and Henry; three sisters, Loretta (Orville Veach), Ella Mae (Robert Bray), and, in infancy, Rose; and brothers-in-law Merlin Meyer and James Weiland.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry, Dubuque League of Women Voters, Hospice of Dubuque, or Stonehill Care Center in Hazel's memory.

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



William L. McCarthy


William L. "Bill: McCarthy passed away on May 10, 2016 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:45 p.m.

Bill was born on October 28, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Grace (McNamara) McCarthy. He was one of four children, brothers Charles Jr. (Dorothy) and John (Claire), and sister Dorothy. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 68 years, Eleanor.

Bill married the love of his life, Eleanor (Soltis) on November 6, 1948 in Chicago and they lived there until they moved to Dubuque in 1966. They have five children: Daniel (Janet) McCarthy, Maureen Kottman, David (Karen) McCarthy, Donald (Katy) McCarthy, and Maribeth Hughes. And five grandkids: Michael Kottman, Morgan (Erick) Hutson, Meredith (Jeremy) Mayra, Caroline McCarthy and Natalie McCarthy. In addition, Bill was the patriarch of the extended McCarthy clan which include nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces.

Bill and Eleanor became very attached to and involved in the Dubuque area community. They were members of St Columbkilles parish where Bill was very involved in committees and ushering at Mass. Originally moving to Dubuque with Keebler Cookies as a district manager, this was just a starting point in his career. He worked for many years in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling business and eventually started his own business. Eleanor worked alongside Bill in this business and others yet to come.
Their last business of nearly 30 years was B&E Brochure Services, which filled a unique niche in the pre-Internet world of promoting tourism to the region, connecting visitors and the area's attractions. Bill and Eleanor retired from the business in 2014. Throughout his career, Bill was a great ambassador for Dubuque, working as a representative of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Dubuque Tourism at regional shows and other events. His service and contributions have been recognized by several awards and honors.

Bill was very proud of his service to his country. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides) in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded several commendations including a Purple Heart. Later in life he would share his experiences with friends and family, and was an advocate for remembering the personal details of war, like the menu for Christmas dinner. It would be usual for Bill "not" to be wearing a 1st Armored Division hat or shirt. He was very involved in the Division's reunion association over the years. A paver in his honor is at Dubuque's Veterans memorial on City Island.

Bill's Irish heritage was very important to him. St Patty's Day was only the second most important day to his birthday. Of course, their wedding anniversary and Eleanor's birthday were always the top of the list. His grandparents immigrated from Ireland in the 19th century where they eventually settled in Chicago. Bill was "second generation Chicago born Irish" and very proud of his family and his life growing up in the hard times before the war. Reminders of his Irish roots always filled the house.

Bill loved life and talking with everyone he encountered. And Bill loved dogs! There were always dogs around the house and they took to him immediately, although it may have been the treats and table scraps that were the real attraction! Probably his favorite dogs were Jody, a black lab, and Bailey, a cocker spaniel. Over the years his children and grandchildren provided Bill the opportunity to spoil a dozen or so other dogs in the family.



Jean Elizabeth Kruger


Jean Elizabeth Kruger, 71, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Mary Green officiating.?
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Inurnment is at Zion Cemetery, rural Colesburg, Iowa.

She was born on May 25, 1944, in Greeley, the daughter of Calvin C. and Etna A. (Fierstine) Kruger. Jean was raised and educated in the Edgewood area.

Jean was disabled and resided at the Penn Center for several years and the past 11 years at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Jean loved music, visits from her family and friends, and poetry.

Left to cherish her memory are her seven siblings, Joyce (Jan Esch) O'Donnell of Strawberry Point, Judy Anton of Coggon, Clair (Maxine) Kruger of Littleport, Connie (Tom) Allyn and Fritz (Rev. Mary Green) Kruger, all of Manchester, Craig (Wendy) Kruger of Mt. Vernon, and Frank Kruger-Robbins of Boca Raton, Florida; a long time pen pal, Thelma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice, in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Dr. F.C. O'Donnell and Eugene Anton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

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



James A. Krausman


James A. Krausman, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at home.

Private family burial with military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be held at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. According to his wishes no public visitation or service will be held.

James was born July 6, 1925, in Melborne, Iowa, son of Ethel (Hite) and Albert Krausman, He graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1943 and entered the Army Air Corp shortly after graduation where he served as a nose gunner on a B-24 Bomber during World War II from 1943 till 1946. He married Beverly June Halleck in December of 1946.

He started working for the John Deere Dubuque Works on August 12, 1947 and retired after 35 years on October 31, 1982 as a Division Engineer in Incentive and Standards.

James enjoyed bowling, golfing and trap shooting in the John Deere Leagues, he was an avid hunter and snowmobiler. He took many snowmobile trips to Wisconsin and Michigan with family and friends. He loved motorcycles and always enjoyed the trips to Colorado every fall to dirt bike up in the mountains with his dad, brother, sons, nephews and friends. He rode his motorcycle until he was 76 years old. He took time to take his sons to area race tracks in the summer for stock car races.

He spent every weekend in the summer boating on the Mississippi River with his family and friends with numerous trips north on the Mississippi to La Crosse, WI and Stillwater, MN as well as summer trips to Lake Okoboji in Iowa and Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. His stories of the eight trips he made from Dubuque to Florida and back by boat will be remembered by all of us. He spent the last six years wintering in Ft Myers, Florida.

He was a great man who was respected and admired by everyone he met for his wisdom, his knowledge, his charisma and most of all his character and his wiliness to find a win/win solution to every problem or situation.

Those left to cherish Jim's life are his seven children, Jill Pryor, of Carlsbad CA, Brad (Cathy) Krausman, Greg (Charlene Dolphin) Krausman, Rod Krausman, Jim (Terri) Krausman, all of Dubuque, Kim (Steve) Scott of Cincinnati, OH, and Mark Krausman, of Elkhorn WI, 14 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 9 step great grandchildren, sister-in-law Joann Krausman, of Lancaster, WI, and a very special friend and companion Marian Strayer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife, Beverly Krausman, his brother Richard Krausman, son-in-law, Ned Pryor, daughter-in-law Lynn Krausman.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to James.



John E. Trumm


John E. Trumm, 81, of Cascade, Iowa, died on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of John may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA.

John was born on September 13, 1934, son of John and Elizabeth (Pottebaum) Trumm. He received his education at St. Peter's in Temple Hill. On January 14, 1956 he was united in marriage to Ida Knepper at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He started farming in 1956 and was a devoted, loving husband and father who loved working the land and raising his family on the farm.
He was a man of strong faith who had a love for farming, fishing and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Trumm of Cascade; Eleven children, Jacquie (Herb) Manternach, Nancy (Harley) Leytem and Bill (Deb) Trumm all of Cascade, IA, Larry (Cindy) Trumm of Farley, IA, Phyllis (Stan) Quincy of Platteville, WI, Jean (Denny) Brackemyer of Bernard, IA, John "Jay" (Sue) Trumm, Mary Ann (Keith) Aitchison, Ralph (Janice) Trumm, Jim (Amanda) Trumm and Josh (Karla) Trumm all of Cascade; 37 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; four siblings, Alma (George) Knepper of Cascade, IA, Dorothy Yanda of Anamosa, IA, Millie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Lois (Lloyd) Manternach of Worthington, IA; three sisters-in-law, Betty Trumm of Cascade, IA, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, IA and Joan (John) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Mike (Jean) Knepper of Dyersville, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, William and Ida Knepper, a sister, Mary Reiter; two brothers, Leroy Trumm and Robert Trumm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Reiter, Larry Yanda, Mary Trumm, Rosene Trumm, Ed Hosch, Carl (Marie) Knepper, Irene (Ernie) Recker, Walt (Mary) Knepper, Frank (Helen) Carroll, Ed (Rosalyn) Ludwig, Loras (Mary) Knepper and Paul Knepper.

A John E. Trumm memorial fund has been established.

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



Kathleen M. Koeller


Kathleen M. Koeller, age 85, of Potosi, passed away on Monday, May 09, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 16, 1931, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Schollmeyer) Nihles. On November 16, 1949, Kathleen was united in marriage to Gerald C. Koeller at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Together, they operated the family farm just outside of Potosi for more than 50 years. Kathleen's passion in life was being a wife and mother - a true matriarch. She was a loving caregiver to her family, realizing their successes were her successes. No one ever left the house without hearing the phrase, "come back again" trailing them out the door as she always had a "not-so-secret stash" of ice cream treats waiting for them to return. In this life Kathleen was a lot to a lot of people. She was a daughter, older sister, devoted wife, giving mother, loving grandmother, friend and a life-long neighbor. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on in the many lives she has touched.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gerald; their eleven children: James Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and Baby Reding on the way; her siblings: Judy (Stanley) Henry; Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; sister-in-law: Delores Nihles; nieces, nephews, and many members of the Koeller family.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brothers: Vernon (Gwen) Nihles and Robert Nihles; sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; three nephews: Steven, Randy, and Terry Nihles; a niece, Sharon Nihles.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Kathleen M. Koeller Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Darlene June Pottebaum


Darlene June Pottebaum, 82, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on May 7, 2016 at her home in Blue Grass, Iowa.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery with burial to follow in Linwood. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Darlene was born on July 13, 1933 in Elkader, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Grace Louise (Lange) Boots.
She married Edward J. Pottebaum on June 19, 1954 and he preceded her in death on September 21, 1987.

She worked for many years at Stonehill Care Center as a Nurses Aid and also in the cafeteria at Dubuque John Deere.

She enjoyed making porcelain dolls, ceramics and other crafts. She loved her dogs especially "Gizmo", and cruising with her daughter.

Darlene was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by three children Steven (Judy) Pottebaum, of Dubuque, Julie Edwards, of Blue Grass, Lisa (Ron) Wagner, of Blue Grass, Iowa; five grandchildren, Paige (Leo) Ortiz, Mitch Pottebaum, Shannon Erickson, Ron (Ashley Wheeler) Wagner, and Melissa (Christian) Ware; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Betty Freilinger, Richard Boots and Carol Jellison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; and siblings Jim, Tom, Kenny, and Sally Gwen.

In lieu of flowers a Darlene Pottebaum memorial fund will be established.



Peter J. Eisbach


Peter J. "Pete" Eisbach, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where the American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque will conduct a Past Commanders ceremony at 4:30. A Resurrection parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Pete was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 4, 1943, the son of Peter and Ramona (Corpstein) Eisbach. He graduated from Malcom Price Lab School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966, including a tour in Viet Nam where he was exposed and subsequently affected by Agent Orange.

On November 24, 1966, Pete married Nancy Noel at the Church of the Nativity. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company/FDL Foods for 28 years. After the closure of the packing company, at the age of 56, he attended a two year program at Southwestern Technical College where he received a degree in Culinary and Culinary Management. Pete worked at several restaurants in Dubuque and was lastly employed at the Grand Harbor Resort before medically retiring after a long illness.

He was a parishioner of St. Patrick's parish in Dubuque for many years where he ushered, was a member of the school board and parish council and co-chair of the parish festival. After joining Resurrection parish, he became active in CEW parish weekends and events. Pete was a Eucharistic Minister to persons with disabilities and an usher. He also helped in the school lunch program for a few years.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 19 years and achieved many of the highest honors. Pete was truly dedicated to the scouting programs and helped many scouts and adult scouters over the years.

His passion was being an active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, especially being a part of the military funeral detail. Pete served several positions in the Legion and was past Post Commander. He also received a well-deserved Quilt of Valor.

Pete enjoyed collecting Santa Claus figurines.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy, of Dubuque; his daughters, Jennie (Mark) Dalsing of Dubuque and their children Benjamin and Emilie; Julie (Bill) Black of Farley, IA and their children Nicholas Brecht (fiancé Trista Tabor), Aidan and Liam Black; Tina (Dale) Berning of Hazel Green, WI and their children Nathan Peter and Natalie; his sister, Carol (Robert) Taft of Albia, IA; sisters-in-law, Pat Eisbach of North Carolina and Linda (Larry) VanNatta of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Gary (Betty) Noel of Tennessee; special cousin/brother, Bill (Dianne) Zwack of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edmund Eisbach; a niece, Dawn Eisbach; a nephew, Tony VanNatta; and his mother and father-in-law, Charles and Florence Noel.

A Peter J. Eisbach memorial fund has been established.

The Eisbach family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine and the VA Clinic for their ongoing care and concern the past several years, and the Dubuque 911 Center, Police Department and Fire Department for their compassion when the Eisbach family needed them on Sunday.



Bessie Clara Maurer


Bessie Clara Maurer, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, went to her eternal glory on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Manchester, Iowa with Rev. David Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

She was born on September 26, 1922, near Manchester, the daughter of Robert L. and Margaret (Barr) Kennedy. Bessie was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Manchester High School.

On September 14, 1946, Bessie was united in marriage to Muriel R. Maurer at the Manchester United Methodist Church. Together they farmed until retiring to Manchester in 1980.

Bessie was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she served as Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. She also was a member of Our Savior LWML; and various neighborhood card clubs.

Bessie loved spending time with her family and enjoyed sewing blocks for quilts that were sent to World Relief, doing crafts, scrap books, Cubs baseball, writing letters, and she always had a flower garden.

Survivors include one son, Randy (Marla) Maurer of Manchester; two grandchildren, Devin (Kacie Turnis) Maurer of Ankeny and Megan (Jeremy) Ferden of Mooresville, North Carolina; two great-granddaughters, Ella and Etta Maurer; one sister, Bernice Cocking of Marion; and one sister-in-law, Emma Kennedy of Manchester.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Muriel Maurer, on December 15, 2008; her parents; and three brothers, David, Wesley, and Bill Kennedy.

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



Arthur Duane Kimball


Arthur Duane Kimball, 87, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Graveside Service and Inurnment will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Brown Cemetery in Colesburg, Iowa with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating.

He was born on October 13, 1928, near Manchester, the son of Delbert and Kathleen (Sevey) Kimball. Art was raised in the area and educated in a rural school. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

On September 1, 1954, Art was united in marriage to Alo A. Walters at Peace UCC Church in Elkader. Together they lived in Edgewood. Art operated a gas station, worked in construction, and was employed by Kuhlman Construction as a welder until he retired in 1991.

Art enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, and embroidering.

Survivors include his wife, Alo Kimball of Edgewood; eight children, Debb (Charlie) White of Cedar Rapids, Duane (Deb) Kimball of Indianola, Donna Duart of Strawberry Point, David (Billie) Kimball of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Doris (Randy Brown) Kimball of Des Moines, Danny (Cherien) Kimball of Marion, Daylon (Sheila) Kimball of Murray, and Daryl Kimball of Edgewood; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Darla, in infancy; and three brothers, Burdette, Walter, and Allison in infancy.

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



Robert A. McCabe


Robert A. "Bob" McCabe, 61, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, as the result of an automobile accident near Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9:30 -10:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Bob was born on November 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold V. "Bully" and Sally R. (Byrne) McCabe. He married Kay M. Boyer on May 19, 1984, near Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Bob worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring after 41 years in 2014.

Bob loved Harley Davison motorcycles, the Green Bay Packers, gardening, canning, golfing, hunting, and traveling in their 5th Wheel with his wife Kay. He found enjoyment in woodworking. Bob also loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandson Preston.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; a son, Ryan (Susan) McCabe, of Walton, Indiana; a grandson, Preston McCabe; three sisters, Judy (Bruce) Clark, of Platteville, Carol Keenan, of Two Rivers, and Tari (Jeff Oakes) McCabe, of Cobb; two brothers, Paul (Robin) McCabe, of Mequon, and Joseph (Diane) McCabe, of Redwood City, California; his mother-in-law, Rowena Boyer, of Cuba City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Robert A. "Bob" McCabe Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Darlene M. Schuster


Darlene M. Schuster, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on July 1, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Link) Pope.

Darlene was born and raised in Dubuque and would joyfully spend her 84 years feeling right at home through each day. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Joseph Schuster, and they would be united in marriage on August 22, 1953. Their union would be blessed with 47 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 2001. Darlene's successful mission in life was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother her family could ever desire. She would spend a few years working outside her home at several local schools and food markets, but primarily her heart was always at home where she could care for her family. Darlene was a longtime and faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection and various clubs. Idle hands were never words which would find their way into Darlene's vocabulary; whether an afternoon with her club friends, an energetic workout in her exercise classes or a relaxing trip to visit with family and friends, Darlene would always find a way to stay active throughout her days. Sadly, we find ourselves grieving our truly loved and adored Mom during this Mother's Day holiday, but we find hope in knowing that she is now sweetly reunited with her loving husband, Joseph and her daughter, Debra. We will carry forward all of the values, lessons and love she has shared with us and diligently pray that the ache in our hearts will discover a little peace as the days ahead continue without Mom by our side.

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her children,
Diane (Gary) Thoma, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Marshall) Sherrill, Buckeye, AZ,
David Schuster, Gig Harbor, WA
and Teresa (Jeffery) Murphy, Dubuque, IA;

her 9 grandchildren,
Michael Thoma, Kristine (Bill) Tranel, Matt (Diane) Sherrill, Aaron Sherrill, Lindsey (Forest) Harmony, Ryan Schuster, Andrea (John Welcher) Schuster, Amanda (Israel) Blatchford and Cory (fiancé Elisha Goldstein) Murphy;

her 10 great-grandchildren,
Whitney Tranel, Beckett Sherrill, William Sherrill, Alaina Harmony, Madelyn Harmony, Emily Welcher, Annelise Welcher, Jade Blatchford, Carson Blatchford and Cayden Goldstein;

her special niece,
Sherry Bergeron, AZ;

and several more nieces and nephews.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph; a daughter, Debra Schuster in infancy; and her siblings, Violet (Robert) Mehl, Leon (Kay) Pope, Marian (Maxwell) Biggs and Carol Johnson.

A Darlene M. Schuster memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Darlene's favorite charities.

Darlene's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Darlene's special friends who shared the good times and special moments with her throughout the years, as well as her "extended family" at Applewood III, the exceptional staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and a most heartfelt thank you to Dr. Victoria Famuyide for all of her professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Charles E. Burkle


Charles E. Burkle, 95, of Dyersville died Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque surrounded by his family.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Charles was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Dyersville the son of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle.  He received his education at Xavier School.  He married Luetta Tauke on January 5, 1942, in St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  She preceded him in death on December 5, 1990.

Together they raised their family on a farm southeast of Dyersville and in 1971 moved to their home in Dyersville.  They were strong advocates for persons with disabilities helping to found Dyersville Progress, Inc., where Charles served as the Director for Progress Workshop.  They later helped to found Progress Family Center.  They shared with their family the importance of a strong faith and prayer life that would get them through the challenging times, and to give thanks when blessings were given to them.

Charles enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren involved in a variety of school and sports activities.  His favorite pastime was spent creating home floor plans, rides in the country, visiting and playing cards with his family and friends and watching his daughters sing with the Lemon Sisters.  He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of his parish community.  In 2002, he moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, a place he called "a little bit of heaven."

Charles is survived by a son, Carl (Elaine) of Dyersville, and nine daughters: Lou Ann (Joe Fagan) Burkle of Des Moines, Sister Marge Burkle of Mount St. Francis in Dubuque, Janet (Tom) Willenborg of Corona, Calif., Joan Recker of Dyersville, Mary Kay (Gary) Johannes of Greeley, Norma (Ron)Wegmann of Petersburg, Sharon (Paul) Deutmeyer and Nancy (Mike) Deutmeyer, both of Dyersville, and Sara Burkle of Dubuque; 26 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren; a special friend, Marge Desseyn; he is also survived by 2 sisters: Betty Gassmann and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, and 3 brothers: Walter (Verna Mae), Harold (Gladys) Gerald (Rose Ann), all of Dyersville; and sisters-in-law, Theresa Burkle of Manchester and Lorraine Burkle of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three sons-in-law: Melvin Goebel, Larry Russell, and Donald T. Recker, his parents, Paul and Anna, his parents-in law, Louis and Ann Tauke, a sister, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, three brothers: George (Thelma) Burkle, Bernard Burkle and Leon Burkle; in-laws: Jerome Hermsen, John Gassman, Ambrose (Anna Mae) Tauke, Leonard (Frances) Tauke, Arnold (Clara) Tauke, Herb Tauke, Marie Tauke, Annetta (Herman) Geistkemper and Eileen (Leo) Hoeger.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Ellen Kennedy Center, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care and compassion they gave to Charles.

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

 

 



Linda L. Hawk


Linda L. Hawk, age 69, of Sherrill, IA, was called home suddenly at 3:17 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Linda's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Linda's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Linda was born on March 30, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Lawrence and Lorraine (Bowen) Thissen.

Linda was united in marriage to James Hawk in 1993. He would sadly be called home ahead of her in 2003. Linda joyfully invested over 25 years of her life serving and caring for others at Luther Manor. Her devotion to others was continually on display, but her love for family, and her dogs, was what truly drove Linda. Her free time would be abundantly full of her simple pleasures; Willie Nelson, Betty Boop, the Green Bay Packers or even a relaxing ride, on a nice day, on the back of Ben's Harley. Linda's passion for her flower gardens is now a dear memory for us to embrace as this blooming season must move forward without one of it's biggest fans. Linda's swift and sudden absence from our lives leaves a hole in our hearts which only the Lord and time can heal, but we will forever remember and be grateful for the positive impact Linda has played in all of our lives during her 69 years here with us.

Those left to cherish Linda's memory include

her children,
Lori (Robert) Slattery, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Kelly) Kunkel, Clarence, IA
and Serenity Beaman, at home;

her long time and dear friend,
Ben Beaman, Sherrill, IA;

her grandchildren,
Matthew Slattery, Denver, CO,
Dylan Slattery, Oklahoma City, OK,
Alex Slattery, Dubuque, IA
and Jordyn Schulz, Clarence, IA;

her siblings,
James (Karen) Thissen, Heath, OH
and Mary Ann (Roger) Holland, Apple Valley, MN;

a sister-in-law,
Karen Thissen, Biloxi, MI;

and several nieces and nephews.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hawk; and two brothers, Tom Thissen and Bobby Thissen in infancy.

A Linda L. Hawk memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Linda's favorite charities.

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

 



Wilbur D. Miller


Wilbur D. Miller, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 5, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Monday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a military service by the American Legion Post #6 will be accorded at 7:00 p.m.

He was born on December 6, 1929 in Butt Creek, Iowa the son of Louis and Flora (Williams) Miller.

He was a US Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 in Fort Chaffee in Western Arkansas and Ft. Sill, OK.

Wilbur was involved in farming and carpentry and later drove truck. He drove for various trucking companies for 49 years and was always proud of his safety record.

He loved to joke and was known for his "million dollar request".

He enjoyed watching western movies and wrestling, playing cards, going fishing and camping but mostly he enjoyed his time with his family.

Wilbur is survived by four children, Edwin Miller, of Waterloo, Esther (Mike) Blum, of Dubuque, Deb (Greg) Kramer, of Waterloo, and Cindy (Phil) Cook, of Dubuque. Fifteen grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. His brother Bob (Janice) Miller, of Earlville, and two sisters, Blanche Thomas, of Strawberry Point, and Gloria Trumbauer, of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Melba (Don) Hester, Dora Miller, Herbert Miller, and Raymond Miller, brothers-in-law Gary Trumbauer and Don Thomas. His former wife, Jeanne Rethmeier; his children Mary Miller, Barbara Miller and Flora Huseman and a grandson Joel Blum.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff for all their wonderful care they gave to Wilbur.

In lieu of flowers a Wilbur Miller memorial fund will be established.



Tammy Jo Dauber


Tammy Jo Dauber, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Indiana. To honor Tammy's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. To celebrate Tammy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Tammy was born on December 1, 1961, in Savanna, IL, daughter of Sherman "Eddy" and Mary Ellen (Thomas) Edwards.

Tammy has been called home much to early in life and her 54 years here with us were not always the easiest. She was united in marriage to Tom Dauber in Las Vegas. Their union would be blessed with three children and a current legacy of nine grandchildren and the addition of one more to be arriving soon. At the age of 29, Tammy had a severe stroke and unfortunately this would surely prove to be a pivotal point in the rest of her journey through life. She was making progress after a full year of therapy, but our Tammy would never quite return to 100% of her former self. Working hours would now be replaced with regular trips to the Goodwill Store looking for the bargain of the day. A nice walk outside in the fresh air, or maybe even a scratch-off lottery ticket in her hand, would thankfully provide her with some of the simple joys in her life. The greatest joy in Tammy's life though would absolutely be defined by her commitment and love for her family. Whether you were one of her children, grandchildren, or even a sibling, if you were a part of Tammy's family, you were guaranteed to be in proud possession of her love and respect. We will definitely miss Tammy's physical presence in our lives moving forward; but we know and trust that she now rests from her earthly labors in a state of perfection and the memories we will carry on in our hearts will hopefully sustain us until we are reunited with her once again.

Those left to cherish Tammy's memory include

her three children,
Autumn Dauber, Portage, IN,
Crystal (Chris) Schmidt, Green Bay, WI
and Travis Dauber, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Anthony, Jerry, Trenton, Dalton, Kadence, Madyson, Ashton, Blake, Aubrey and one more on the way;

her mother,
Mary Ellen (Francis) Williams, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, Maquoketa, IA,
Kelly (Gary) Laugesen, Dubuque, IA,
John (Shawna) Williams, Cascade, IA
and Ida Edwards, Oklahoma;

she is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father, Sherman "Eddy" Edwards; her siblings, C.J. Edwards, Billy Edwards, Harry Edwards, Eddy Edwards and Steve Edwards.

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

 



Anna R. Blatnik

Anna Rose Blatnik, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Anna's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna was born on June 12, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Matthew and Eva (Kovac) Ozbolt.

Anna was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and waited patiently for her soul-mate to arrive. Anthony Blatnik would eventually find his way to her and they would be united in marriage on July 3, 1954 in Cleveland. Their union would be blessed with 61 wonderful years together and three beautiful children. Anna has spent the last 56 years in Dubuque, raising and nurturing her family with all the love and adoration she possessed. She was continually singing a joyful song in her heart whenever she was surrounded by family. Anna was a long-time and faithful member of Holy Trinity Church and her faith consistently held a position of prominence in her life. When Anna would gather a little free time within her days, she could easily be discovered curled up with a good book or even tending to her bountiful gardens. Anna's earthly journey has come to an end today and her soul now resides in her Heavenly Estate, once again reunited with her parents and siblings who've been called home ahead of her. We will miss Anna within the deepest regions of our hearts; but we will celebrate the time we had with her, cherish her dearly and fondly remember all the precious memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Anna's memory include,
her loving husband,
Anthony Blatnik, Dubuque;

her adoring children,
Thomas Blatnik,
Larry (Paula) Blatnik,
and Mary Lou Blatnik, all of Dubuque;

her deeply adored granddaughter,
Vanessa Blatnik, Dubuque;

her two sisters,
Frances Weiskopf
and Eva (Walter) Kisley, both of Cleveland.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Frank Ozbolt; her sister, Mary Ozbolt; and her brother-in-law, Tony Weiskopf.

An Anna R. Blatnik memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Anna's favorite charities.

Anna's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, his nurses and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional, wonderful and sincere care.

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

 



Thomas A. Luksetich


Thomas Andrew Luksetich, 86, of Dubuque passed away, Monday, May 2, 2016 at Bethany Home, surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2917 Central Ave. where the family will greet friends 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Saturday at the church prior to Mass with Rev. Dwayne Thoman, Rev. Daniel Knepper and Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St.

Tom was born to immigrant parents, Vance and Christina (Munch) Luksetich on Jan. 26, 1930, in Melcher, Iowa, the 11th of 12 children. He graduated from Simpson College in 1951. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving in Europe.

Returning stateside, Tom took a job at the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce where he met Rita Jean Breitbach, who would become the love of his life. Tom and Rita were married on Feb. 12, 1955, at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

They joined Holy Ghost Church, where they would be lifelong members and dedicated servants. Tom worked with Conservative Mortgage, where he helped many people with their first homes. Tom earned a master's degree from Loras College and worked at Wahlert High School for several years in the 1970s, serving as English teacher, guidance counselor and dean of boys over the years.

Tom was active in community groups, including the Jaycees, and he served as that group's president.

He opened Luksetich Appraisals in the 1970s where he worked until retirement.
Though Tom became widely known for his career in real estate and development, it was his work in service to his church and to others that was his true passion.

He was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and held many leadership positions at Holy Ghost. After recovering from cancer, he founded the St. Peregrine Cancer Prayer group, which continues to help people find spiritual healing.

Some of Tom's favorite times were spent on the golf course with his buddies or playing cards with the same group. He cherished those friendships.

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Rita Luksetich; children Jim (Patti) Luksetich; Christine (Jeff Van Zile) Sikula; Cathy (Jim) Hannon, John (Angela) Luksetich; Bill (Denise) Luksetich; Mary Ellen (Jeff Carter) Clark and Jenny (Christopher) Spahn; daughter-in-law, Sharon Luksetich; 24 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He loved his family above all else, and especially loved being "Grandpa."

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Luksetich II; and most recently a brother, Jim Luksetich.

Tom never forgot his humble beginnings and often remarked that he felt blessed that "a poor boy from Melcher" came to have had such a wonderful life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent DePaul, Hospice of Dubuque, Holy Family Schools or Bethany Home in Tom's memory.

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

 



Dorothea M. (Hamel) Green


Dorothea M. (Hamel) Green, 93 passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Dorothea was born May 18, 1922, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Sebald) Hamel. She graduated with highest honors from the former St. Joseph Academy, Dubuque.

Dorothea married James S. Green, August 28, 1951, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She was employed as an Administrative Assistant to the Federal Milk Market Administrator, USDA from 1946-1955, Office Manager for the Dubuque County Attorney's office from 1971-1988, and Vice-President of Green Auto Supply Inc. from 1971-1998.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish, their Rosary Society and School Board of Education, and the BVM Alumnae Association.

Dorothea was very active in politics and community organizations. She was a member of the 1969 State Legislative Appointment Commission, the Citizens Advisory Commission to the Dubuque City Council , the Dubuque County Social Services Advisory Commission, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, serving as Legislative Chairman in 1968. She also served as Vice-Chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Central Committee from 1964-1970, Second District Democratic Committeewoman from 1964-1970, Vice-Chairman of the State Democratic Central Committee in 1970, and was a Delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Dorothea was the first female candidate for Dubuque County Supervisor in 1970, with the belief "that a citizen's concern about the quality of government should take precedence over blind partisanship". She was inducted into the Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Surviving are her husband, James S. Green; a son, Patrick (Mary Sue) Green; daughters, Kathy Green and Julie (Mike) Sullivan, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Theresa (Donny) Stephens, Adam (Kelli) and Ellen Green, Ryan (Ashley) and Joseph (Lindsay) Hardine, and Megan, Matt, Kevin, and Emily Sullivan; her great grandchildren, Ava, Madison, Morgan, and Calvin; her sister Shirley Ford, of Canoga Park, CA; two brothers, Thomas (Jeanne) Hamel and William (Sharon) Hamel, both of Dubuque; a sister- in- law, Mary (Bill) Habel of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and extended family Dick and Barbara Esser of Couer d'Alene, ID.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister and brother-in-law JoAnne and Arnold Kilburg.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care , and to Home Instead, especially Darlene Kearney, for all their care and thoughtfulness.

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



Myron J. Hittenmiller


Myron J. "Flick" Hittenmiller, 92, of Dyersville died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. and American Legion Post 137 will hold their vigil service. Inurnment will be in St. Francis Cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Myron was born June 21, 1923, in Dyersville, the son of Albert "Flick" and Marie (Berndsen) Hittenmiller. He served in the US Navy toward the end of WWII. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Demuth on Oct. 30, 1948. Flick was a Rural Postal Carrier until retirement at the age of 54.

Flick was an avid coin collector since childhood. He attended his first coin show in Dubuque in 1949 and after retirement from the Postal Service eventually opened a coin shop there, and later in Manchester. He belonged to several of the surrounding coin clubs in Iowa. Some of his other hobbies were bowling, for which he was inducted into the Dyersville Bowling Hall of Fame. He also managed the Dyersville Whitehawks in 1952-1953 and coached the Little League Braves. He was very active with the Dyersville Commercial Club. He was a 70 year member of American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include 4 children: Michael (Linda) of Davenport, Jan (Gary "Pink") Kruse of New Vienna, Bill (Laurie) of Shueyville and Ray (Mary Bracken) of Monte Rio, Calif.;
9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and in-laws Dorothy Hittenmiller of Dyersville and Grace Hittenmiller of Phoenix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, on May 7, 2012; siblings: James and Robert Hittenmiller and Mary Eileen (John) Murphy.

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



Charles H. Freiburger


Charles H. "Chuck" Freiburger, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care with his family at his side.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Charles was born on September 26, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John "Jack" and Harriet (Savary) Freiburger, and attended Nativity School in Dubuque. He worked for many years in Dubuque before moving to Waterloo where he worked at Tyson Foods until his retirement in 2009.

Those who knew Chuck will miss his sense of humor and his witty sarcasm. He was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan. In his last hours the Cubs game was on! (Thank you Cheryl)

He is survived by his daughter Jodi Freiburger, of Greensville, NC, siblings James (Mary) Freiburger, of Rolla, Missouri, John (Karen) Freiburger, Charlotte Hanson, William Freiburger, Mary Freiburger and Helen Freiburger, all of Dubuque. Fifteen nieces and nephews along with several great-nieces and -nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Rose Freiburger, brother-in-law Lawrence Hanson, and sister-in-law Mariella Freiburger.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Ryan Stille, and a special thanks to the entire staff at Dubuque Specialty Care who gave such compassionate care to Chuck throughout his 6 ½ year stay at the facility.



Charlotte May Kintzinger


Charlotte May Kintzinger, 91, of The Woodlands, 3460 Starlite Dr., passed away quietly in her sleep early May 4, 2016, at the Heritage/Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa where she had been cared for since March.

Funeral services will be held at St. Columbkille Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, with visitation at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charlotte was born on May 12, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Matilda (Tillie) Renier Faber and Michael Faber. She married David Kintzinger in May 1947 at Church of the Nativity. She attended Clarke College from 1942-1943 and worked at the Faber Music Company in the sheet music department for 40 years and did bookkeeping work for 20 years. 

She lived her entire life in Dubuque, Iowa, raising her family on Mt. Loretta Ave. for over 55 years. Charlotte loved her family and enjoyed the outdoors, playing bridge, gardening and reading. She was an active member of the Theresians of Dubuque, St. Elizabeth's Mothers Club, the Catholic Daughters of Dubuque, and NAMI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Kintzinger, who passed away in 2003, and by her brother, Frank Faber, and sister, Phyllis Most.

Surviving are five children: John Kintzinger (friend Kay Habovsky) of Iowa City, IA, Jean (Jim) Gantz, of Dubuque, IA, Judy Kintzinger, of Madison, WI, Susan Kintzinger, of Madison, WI, and Tom (Sue) Kintzinger, of Hayward, WI; three grandchildren: Eric (Nicole) Gantz, Abby (Eric) Schissler and Katie Kintzinger; four great-grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua and Lauren Gantz, and Eden Schissler.   

The family would like to acknowledge the care and concern given by Charlotte's niece and husband Mary and Steve Vanderah over the years and the recent care given by Heritage/Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Charlotte's memory.



Anita F. Wulfekuhle


Anita F. Wulfekuhle, 91, of Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where the Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post 656 will gather at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Anita was born October 31, 1924, in Petersburg, the daughter of John and Melania (Bruggeman) Knipper. She married Albin D. Wulfekuhle on May 10, 1948, in Petersburg. Together they farmed and raised their family near Holy Cross. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, quilting, cards, bingo and her family.

She was a member of the Holy Cross Parish, its Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881 Legion of Honor.

Survivors include her children: John (Bonnie) and Jim (Penny), both of Holy Cross, Mark (Janet) and Lyle (Sandy), both of Farley, Elaine (Allan "Chub") Schieltz of Luxemburg, Wayne (Kim) of Asbury, Marcia (Ron) Lehman of Dyersville and Linda (Robert) Broessel, of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel of Sherrill; 29 grandchildren and 41great grandchildren and expecting 4 more; 2 siblings: Donna Manternach of Manchester, Paul (Delaine) Knipper of Dyersville; in-laws, Gladys Knipper of Dyersville and Harold Heyer of Merced, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albin on Aug. 23, 1989, two children, Jane in infancy, and Phil on Jan. 5, 2000; siblings: Nellie (Richard) Steffen, Virgil Knipper, Gladys Heyer; and in-laws: Gerald Manternach, Viola (LaVern) Gaul, Bernice (Gib) Lansing, Verena (Joe) Kluesner, Marita (Francis) Cook and Edwin Wulfekuhle.

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



John David Soley


John David Soley, age 81, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, of an apparent heart attack. In John's own words, "Knowledge is my God. Teaching is my religion. The classroom is my church." Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of the Life of John D. Soley at Chestnut Mountain, Galena, IL from 1:00pm until 3:00pm, on Saturday. June 25, 2016. Erik Soley and Peter Soley will share memories of their father at 2:00pm.

John D. Soley was born on May 6, 1934 in Shoal Creek in rural Alberta, Canada, the youngest of four children, son of Orin Hilfred Holm and Dena (Silgard) Holm. Dena Holm passed away soon after John's birth. Orin Holm wanted the best for his youngest child so he traveled with his seven month-old son, John David Holm, on a wheat train from Canada to Friendship, Wisconsin, where he was adopted by his aunt, Selma O. (Holm) Soley and her husband, Almer J. Soley. John was a 1952 graduate of Friendship High School.

John was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1954 and had to forego his Canadian citizenship .He served active duty in the Korean War, spending most of his tour in Orleans, France, where John began wearing a beret. This beret was the first of several he owned in his lifetime. John was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1956.

John had a passion for learning, teaching, reading, classical music, and opera. He was a life-long learner. His vast library of books included volumes on history, political science, biographies of classical music composers, Shakespeare and poetry. John read from numerous books every day. On a weekly basis, John also read his print subscriptions to The Guardian Weekly, The Nation, The Progressive, MACLEANS (from Canada) and The New York Review of Books..

John Soley began his extensive collection of classical music LP recordings in Europe in the mid 1950s. His knowledge of music well-prepared him for writing the Programs Notes for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra from November, 1974 until April, 1985 when Dr. Parvis Mahmoud served as its first conductor. John wrote music reviews of the Symphony for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald during the same period of time.

John D. Soley and Kelly J. Sullivan wed on Bloomsday, June 16, 1990 at Grace Episcopal Church, Galena, IL. Together, they enjoyed many happy trips to Canada to visit John's siblings and their families, to stay with Erik in Minneapolis, and Peter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with majors in English, history and journalism in 1960. Soon after, he pursued his love of education that spanned a teaching career of more than forty-years. John taught at Dubuque Senior High School from 1962 to 1967, at the University of Dubuque from 1967 to 1972, and at Western Dubuque Junior High School for two years. John returned to Dubuque Senior High School where he taught from 1975 until his retirement in 2000. John developed the Dubuque School District's first-ever Advancement Placement class in English and composition at Dubuque Senior H.S. in the mid 1980s. He obtained an M.A. in Education (English) in 1970 with his thesis on Milton and Shakespeare under the guidance of Professor of English Bernice Coffee at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.

To honor John's exemplary teaching, a National Merit Scholarship student at Dubuque Senior High School nominated him for the 1985 Presidential Scholars Program. Shortly thereafter, John traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a Certificate of Teaching Excellence at the White House. Dubuque Senior High School honored John as its Teacher of the Year in 1999. John was humbled by the recognitions.

To celebrate John's retirement from Dubuque Senior High School in 2000, his sons Peter and Erik organized an idyllic trip to England, with their father, and his wife Kelly, where they stayed in a cottage in Grasmere in the Lake District, traveling throughout the English countryside and Scotland.

After a year of retirement, John returned to the classroom, this time at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville to teach sections of Freshman Composition. Whether he taught high school or college students, John always assigned papers for his students to research and write. His primary goal was to teach his students how to write. John would say, "Be clear. Be concise. Be concrete."

John enjoyed the trip of his lifetime in 2009 when he traveled to Norway with his son Peter, who made all of the arrangements. The above picture of John was taken by Peter during this trip. In 1900, John's maternal grandparents, Rasmus and Lina Silljerd emigrated from Stavanger, Norway to Ellis Island. Their last name was changed to Silgard because often the immigration agent wrote the name as it sounded. The Silgard family moved to Montana, where John's mother was born. About 1913, the family moved to Freedom in the Alberta province. John always had a deep affinity for his family's homelands, Canada and Norway. John owned flags of the U.S., Canada, Norway and France, which he flew outdoors on historic dates, such as Canada Day and Bastille Day.

One of the happiest moments in John's life occurred in October 2014 when he received his Canadian citizenship certificate. The occassion helped reaffirm John's Canadian heritage.

Those left to honor John's legacy include his wife, Kelly J. Sullivan Soley, his son, Erik J. Soley, Erik's daughter Nissa Christensen, and her children, Haley and Robbie Christensen, Minneapolis, and his son, Peter D. Soley and his partner, Paul Lechner, San Diego. John is survived by his nephew Lyle Moulton and his wife Irene and family, Westlock, Alberta, sister-in-law Elsie Holm and her daughter, Norine and Norine's husband Robert Kachmaryk, Barrhead, Canada, nephew Juan Holmes, British Columbia, relatives in Cambria and Stevens Point, Wisc., and Kenai, Alaska, and by Erik and Peter's mother, Susan (Bulkley) Deveaux.

John was loved and respected by Kelly, his sons, his Canadian relatives, and Kelly's extended family. He touched the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom followed in his footsteps to become teachers. John was preceded in death by his parents, his adoptive aunt and uncle, and his Canadian siblings, Tommy Holm, Clifford Holm, and Sylvia (Holm) Moulton. In lieu of flowers, gifts to a scholarship in memory of John would be appreciated by the family.

Please share your memories of John at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Daniel F. Lucey


Daniel F. Lucey, 60, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at home.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Private burial will be at a later date. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is entrusted with arrangements.

Daniel was born June 3, 1955 in Bloomington, WI, the son of James J. and Anna (Schildgen) Lucey, and attended high school in Cuba City, WI. He married Linda Markus on April 3, 1982 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Daniel enjoyed working with his hands, attending baseball games, being outdoors, and visiting with the neighbors. His grandson Louis was the light of his life, and he loved spending time with him.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Angela (Bruno) Lordey, Daniel J. Lucey, and Scott Lucey; his grandson Louis Lourdey ; his mother, Anna Lucey; his siblings, Betty (John) Cavanaugh, Kay (Mike) Kaiser , Diane (Martin) Downs, Karen Lucey, and Brian (Molly) Lucey; and many extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his father, James; his grandparents, Daniel and Irene Lucey and Elizabeth and Francis Schildgen; and his mother and father in law, LaVerne and Violet Markus. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daniel F. Lucey Memorial Fund.

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



Lois E. Coursey


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Joseph L. Hoffmann


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

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

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

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

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

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

Officiating: Rev. Tony D. Ede

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

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



Laurabelle M. Rutenbeck


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Roger K. Meyer


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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Virginia C. Motsch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Elsie Ann Burns


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lukas J. Bedtka


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

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

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

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

Those left to cherish Lukas' memory include

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

his adoring older brother,
Eli Bedtka, at home;

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

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

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

he is also survived by many saddened cousins.

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

A Lukas J. Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Walter L. Boge


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

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

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

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

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

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



Jannan D. Freiburger


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Jannan's memory include,

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

her 15 grandchildren;

and her 20 great-grandchildren.

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

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

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

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



Willard L. Noonan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Willard L. Noonan memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary C. Rollinger


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lorraine A. Kirchberg


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

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

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

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

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

 



Francis C. Hoffman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



George Jeffry Childers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ann E. Daly


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Robert John Carroll


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thomas M. Conry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



David A. Pacholke


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Michael C. Oberhoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Michael C. Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.



Valerie A. Fadale


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rosemary E. (Pfiffner) Noonan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



John M. Edleman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



LaVon M. Patzner


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lois J. Johns


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary L. Pauly


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Terence W. Perleth


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Roger W. Mason


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be given to Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

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



Douglas D. Miller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Brenda R. Meyer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Adam P. Goerdt


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Byron L. Sullivan


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

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

Mickey worked for Life Investors AEGON until his retirement.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Gladys C. Baumann


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Gladys' memory include

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Cathy A. Kronlage


Cathy A. Kronlage, 61, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa after a sudden illness.
Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

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

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

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

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

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



Carol A. Wilkinson


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Charles N. Green


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bernard John Schlichte


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kevin D. Ottesen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Sandra R. Rondeau


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Doris C. Putz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Terry G. Wuesternberg


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Joan L. Waddick


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



LaVonne Schmitt


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Louis P. Mihalakis


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dianne J. Otdoerfer


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

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

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

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

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

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

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

 

 



Modesta A. Overmann


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Thomas B. Sherrard


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Loretta Frances Vaske


Loretta Frances Vaske, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation is from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call an hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa with Rev. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

She was born on November 16, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint. Loretta was raised and educated in the Worthington area.

On November 23, 1948, Loretta was united in marriage to Arthur "Art" Vaske at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan. Ten children were born to this union. Together they farmed in the Ryan area until 1959 when they moved to the Dundee area to farm. The couple moved to Manchester in 1998. Art passed away on January 20, 2007. Loretta continued to reside in Manchester and had resided at the Good Neighbor Home since August 2012.

Loretta was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking, and playing cards. Most recently she enjoyed playing Bingo and volleyball at the Good Neighbor Home. Loretta loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her eight children, Janice (Jeff) Bahl of Dubuque, Joyce (Allen) Burkle of Ryan, Alan (Felicia) Vaske of Dundee, Mark (Natalie) Vaske of Manchester, Lori (Joe) Hoeger of Hopkinton, Dean (Julia) Vaske of Manchester, Lois (Robert) Goedken of Dundee, and Lisa Monaghan of Ryan; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her three siblings, Clarence Quint and Vernon Quint, both of Manchester, and Catherine (John) McQuillen of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Quint of Ryan and Elaine Vaske of Strawberry Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; twin sons John and Joseph, in infancy; her parents; her son-in-law, Mark Monaghan; her sister, Mary Vaske; her brothers, Lawrence and Sylvester Quint; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Quint and Catherine Quint; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Vaske.

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



Matthew Martin Daly


Matthew "Matt" Martin Daly, 92, of Bankston, Iowa died peacefully Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.

Friends and relatives of Matthew may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., and an Ancient Order of Hibernians service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Funeral Home. Services for Matthew will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Andrew Kelly (nephew) presiding and Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Clements's Cemetery n Bankston, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born April 6, 1924 in Bankston, Iowa, son of William and Anna (Kennedy) Daly, his lineage being 100% Irish. He is a graduate of the former St. Clements High School in Bankston. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945. He was united in marriage to Ann Lawler at Treasure Island, CA on February 14, 1947. The couple returned home to Bankston to continue farming on his Uncle Joe's farm. Matt and Ann raised their family and grew the farm over the next 67 years, actively working on the farm until he was 89.

He was a member of St. Clements Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society and served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Farley American Legion Post #656. He was a former Director of the former Farley State Bank, and he served on the Board of Grinnell Mutual Insurance. Matt was an original member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dubuque County #1 from Dyersville, for which he served as President of the Chapter from 2006-2007. He was inducted into the Dubuque county Cattlemen's Hall of Fame. Matt was a participant of one of the early Honor Flights out of Dubuque. This past December he was awarded the Quilt of Valor. This past year, Matt and Ann were honored at the Iowa State Fair with the Heritage Farm Award, with the farm remaining in the family for 150 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Daly, of 69 years of marriage; six children, Joe (Donna) Daly of Farley, IA, Dan (Ruth) Daly of Bankston, IA; Ellen Tilley of Alpharetta, GA. Mary Pat (BenWard) Daly of Portland Oregon, Tim (Lori) Daly of Bankston, IA and Meg Daly (Jerry Dee) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; 16 grandchildren, Lynn (Paul) Martin, Brian (Shannon) Daly, Megan Daly, Bridget (John) Wilhelm, William (Tifani) Daly, Heather (Tim) Maiers, Brian (Susan) Galle, T.J. (Francesca) OToole, Erik Tilley, Paul (Alexandra) Tilley, Lara (Charbel Bouez) Tilley, Kathleen Ward, Martin Ward, Jimmy Boeckenstedt, Sarah (Jordan Kluesner) Boeckenstedt, and Eric Boeckenstedt; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Catherine Knapp, Helen Kelly, Margaret Connelly and Anna Mae Daly; two brothers, William Daly and Donald Daly; and a son-in-law, Leo Tilley.

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

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



Mae Louise Ovel


Mae Louise "Weedy" Ovel, 95, of Dyersville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a CD of a rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Weedy was born in Dyersville on August 7, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Hoffmann) Besler. She received her sacraments and education at St. Francis Xavier. She married Alfred "Fritz" Ovel on May 27, 1941. Weedy was a dedicated wife and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, golf, Bingo, sewing, and card playing with friends and family. She was famous for her rhubarb pie. Weedy's afghans are family prized possessions.

She is survived by her 3 children: Mary "Cookie" (Don) Scherrman of Dyersville, John (Jean Ann) Ovel of Kansas City, MO, and Deb (Randy) Schuster of Holy Cross; 11 grandchildren, Todd (Lori) Scherrman, Cathy (Jim) Gibbs, Jackie (Dina) Scherrman, Sandra (Julio) Umana, Susan (Eric) Martin, Jessica (Drew) Hull, Melissa (Lee) Yanik, Rebecca (Trey) Bowen, Matthew Ovel, Jill (Tom) Harron, and Abby (Pat) Turner; 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Fritz" in 1992; son Bob Ovel in 1979; and five brothers and four sisters.

The family would like to thank the Ellen Kennedy Living Center staff and Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville for their compassionate and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Sharon M. Jones


Sharon M. Jones, age 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer on April 17th, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family.

To celebrate Sharon's life, a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sharon was born on April 10, 1948, to Ken and Marie Johnston of Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and married her husband, Jim "Burr Head" Jones, on July 16, 1966, at Saint Mary's Church.

She worked at the County Extension Office for a few years and later retired from Babka Publishing after over 25 years of service.

Shortly after retiring, Sharon developed lung cancer but made a miraculous recovery and was cancer-free for fourteen years. She spent many years working with the Pink Ribbon Association raising money for various charitable events. There, she made dear friends who were an integral part of her support system, especially when cancer set in again in 2015.

In her free time, Sharon enjoyed camping in the tri-state area with her family and life-long friends. After retiring, vacationing and spending time with her family and friends were her main forms of enjoyment. She loved to vacation in Myrtle Beach, and for the last 14 years, she and her husband, Jim, spent the winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. Her most cherished pastime, however, was spending time with her only grandchild, Chloe.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Julie (Jad) Fry, of Janesville, Wisconsin; Chloe, her grandchild; one sister, Sheila Urban; and two brothers: Ronald (Linda) Johnston; and Richard (Sharon) Johnston; three sisters-in-law, Barb Weber, Beth Hoffman, and Helene Bennett; and three brothers-In-law, Ronald Hoffman, Jack Bennett, and Gerald Bennett.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers-in-law, Gary Urban and Al "Scooter" Weber; her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Francis Leppert; and her in-laws, Cecil and Angeline Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in her name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar (NP), and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine; the entire staff at Finley Hospital; Dr. Bender and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; the entire staff at the Wendt Center; and of course, everyone at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maynard O. Monson


Maynard O. Monson, 85, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Shelley Wilson, in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Dianne Grace, Hospice of Dubuque, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday before the service at the funeral home.

Maynard was born on July 22, 1930, in Osseo, Wisconsin, the son of Olius H. and Mary Helena (Torpen) Monson. He married Rosemary A. "Rosie" Olson on August 8, 1951, in Osseo. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2007. Before retirement he was employed at Janlin Plastics and John Deere Tractor Works both in Dubuque. He also worked at the Wisconsin Information Center as a rest area manager.

Maynard was proud to have served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and had the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was an avid Braves, Packers and Badger fan and loved bowling, old time dancing and tinkering with small engines. Maynard enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelley Wilson, of Platteville; a son, Mardy (Cindy) Monson, of Crown Point, Indiana; two grandchildren, Eric Wilson and Chad (Dana) Wilson; four step-grandchildren, Melissa Potts, Wes (Aliki) Theodorou, Nicole Potts and Kathryn (Derek) Hayes; a great-grandson, Wade Wilson; two sisters, Doris Tomter, of Dubuque, and Marian Holman, of Austin, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Hans, Orville, Morris, Edvin, Gilman and and Clifford Monson; two sisters, Selma Larson and Julia Rue; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

A Maynard O. Monson Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Traci Kieler and all the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque for your care and support. A special thank you to Denise Curran for all your help caring for our dad during his illness.



Mary C. Kutsch



Mary C. (Cowan) Kutsch, 78 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sunnycrest Manor. According to Mary's wishes, private funeral services will be conducted.

Mary was born, September 11, 1937, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of James and Genevieve (Anglin) Cowan. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy and the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She married Joseph Kutsch on October 14, 1957 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Mary opend her own beauty salon upon graduation. She kept her beauticians license active and her talents were shared and enjoyed by family and friends for many years. She had a very loving and compassionate personality, and was a truly dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Joe; children, Karen (Dale) Kleinschrodt of Clinton, Iowa, Laura Kutsch of Dubuque, and Julie (Howard) Bowman of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dan (Holly) Kleinschrodt of Long Grove, IL, Ashley (Jason Anderson) Kleinschrodt of Bellevue, Ben Burke of Dubuque; step-grandchildren, Katelynn Bowman of Colorado Springs, CO, Jenna Bowman of Dubuque; great-grandchildren, Colin Anderson, Maddy Kleinschrodt; siblings, Arnold Cowan of Bell Aire, Michigan, Lee (Carol) Cowan of Dubuque and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kellie Jo; and many in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff and all the nurses of Sunnycrest Manor for their loving care for Mary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sunnycrest Manor in Mary's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Judith A. Schmitt


Judith Ann Schmitt, 70, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Judy was born on February 18, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred and Lucille (Mesch) Bleile.

She married Gary P. Schmitt on May 10, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on December 3, 2009.

She was employed at Hy-Vee for many years.

Judy enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and bowling. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and the Dallas Cowboys fan.

Judy treasured her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed a birthday or sporting event. Whether it was going on family trips to Las Vegas or cooking her famous turkey and dressing sandwiches at family gatherings, time spent with loved ones was cherished.

Surviving are her children, Jamie (Daryl) Kramer of Dubuque, Nancy (Rich) Tingley, of Davenport, IA., Gary (Theresa) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Camie (special friend, Bob Helle) Pedersen of Dyersville, IA., and Stacy (Ken) Zimmerman of Peosta, IA.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; 2 brothers, Lyle (Mickey) Bleile, of Rockford, IL., Kenneth (Margaret) Bleile, of Belvidere, IL.; 5 sisters, Donna Clark of Rapid City, SD., Elizabeth Daly of Clinton, IA., Lois (Roger) Hess, and Sandra Wagar, both of Dubuque, and Rita (Rick) Patters of East Dubuque, IL; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Patricia) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Kathy (Gary) Sisler, of Stanton, MI., Jayne Reynolds of Albia, IA., Marc (Dee) Schmitt of Glendale, AZ., and June (Pat) Hancock, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Lester Bleile; 1 great grandson, Landon; and her father-in-law, George Schmitt.

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

A Judith Schmitt memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Honorio Caceres and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Abygail F. Bedtka


Abygail Faith Bedtka, age 2, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to her Lord and Savior at 8:37 a.m., on Friday, April 15, 2016, while at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Abygail's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, with Pastor Matt Collins and Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Abygail's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road; and please feel free to dress in bright colored and elephant attire for Aby. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Abygail was born on July 5, 2013, in Dubuque, the beautiful daughter of Timothy and Verona (Ault) Bedtka.

From the moment the Lord handed her to us, she immediately began having a positive influence on the world around her. A precious part of Aby's destiny would be to teach us the strength which can be found within faith, love, patience and family. For eighteen months we would pray, question and search for the answers to our little princess's health issues. Finally, it was revealed that she would never truly develop normally due to a genetic condition called Ohtahra syndrome; a rare gene mutation in her ninth chromosome called dnm1. In her short time here with us, Aby quickly realized the joys of coloring purple elephants and going for strolls under a blue sky. She also cherished the countless and wonderful one-sided conversations she would have with all of the caregivers in her life; from family members to doctors, Aby was always content to be verbally showered with sincere praises and undeniable adoration. At the age of four months, we would create a Facebook page (Prayers for Aby) dedicated strictly to the journey of Aby's life. The support that has poured fourth into our world, from among her 22,000 followers, has provided more peace during some very difficult days than we could ever possibly thank you all for properly. May God bless everyone who has been at our family's side through our earthly travels with Aby. There simply aren't words to describe the amount of love Aby has single-handedly created, encouraged and enveloped during her short stay here with us. Our hearts ache with a pain no family should ever have to endure, but we find hope in knowing that Aby is now at home with her heavenly family and today finds herself in a perfectly designed body just for our princess. We miss and love you our dear sweet baby girl and may God continue to bless you until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Aby's memory include
her loving parents,
Timothy (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque;

her adoring sisters,
Kailey and Ellah Bedtka, at home;

her grandparents,
Phyllis (Todd) Parker, Westland, MI,
Kevin Ault, Wayne, MI,
Ronald Bedtka, Dubuque
and Shirley (Richard) Kenny, Ryan, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Caleb (Linda) Ault, Little Rock, AR,
Gideon Ault, Westland, MI,
Josiah Ault, Ann Arbor, MI,
Tirzah Ault, Westland, MI,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, La Motte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL
and Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA.

She is also survived by many saddened cousins.

An Abygail Faith Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

We would like to thank all the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Universal Pediatrics, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional, tender and compassionate care you provided to both Aby and our family. We couldn't have made it through without the role you all played. We'd also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Julie Hanson, her nurses and also to Aby's nurses at Universal Pediatrics, Lisa, Amber, Joan and Carolynn; thank you all so very much for all of your nurturing love so graciously given to our baby girl.

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

 



Mark McCue


Mark "Joe Joe" McCue, 55, of Dubuque, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at home.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Family and friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born on April 5, 1961, in Marengo, IL, son of Dwight and Katherine (Andersen) McCue.

He married Rebecca Hefel on September 20, 2003, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked as a fork lift operator at Progressive Processing, Dubuque.

He loved his one and only son, Cal Owen, and spending time with him watching him play sports. Joe Joe was the life of the party, but his passion was spending time with his family and friends. He was a die-hard sports fan supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. He also loved watching the Augustana College Women's Basketball Team and traveled to Rock Island, IL, for all of their home games, cheering them on. His one true love was spending time on the softball field. He played softball in Dubuque for more than 20 years. Everyone he played with or against adored him. He was a legend on and off the field, always putting a smile on someone's face or making them laugh. He was the king of one liners, and he will be missed by all his road dawgs.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca; his one and only son, Cal Owen, at home; his parents, John and Katherine Bost of Brooksville, FL; a brother Keith McCue of South Elgin, IL; a sister, Sandra (Joe) Roberts, of Hollywood, FL; his mother-in-law, Sandra Hefel, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Frank (Melissa) Hefel, of Oak Harbor, WA.; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann McCue, of Darien, WI; 2 nephews, Vern McCue and Preston Hefel; a niece Kelly (Adam) Eckstein; and a great- nephew, Vern McCue Jr.; his honorary brothers, Kent Rettenberger and John Digman; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Chris Schultz, Joe Becker, Harry Maglaris, Mike Edmonds, Steve Wand, Jeremy Hedley, Kurt Farry, Darrin Starkey, Jeremy Cook, Curt Petesch, and the rest of his beloved softball slicksters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight McCue; a brother, Craig McCue; his father-in-law, Leon "Barney" Hefel; and a sister-in-law, Pam McCue.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Mark and Jill Beinborn and family; JC and Kristi Henry and family; the entire Walmart, Progressive Processing and Carlos O'Kelly's families for your unconditional love and support during this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given for a Cal McCue College Fund.



Roxanne M. Alden


Roxanne M. Alden, 56, of Monticello died Friday, April 15, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family after a three and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.

A visitation will be held from 4 - 8 pm Monday, April 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at United Church of Monticello with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.  Rev. Edwin Moreano will officiate.

Roxanne was born July 12, 1959, in Manchester, IA the daughter of LeVern and Delores (Hook) Chapman. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School with the Class of 1977.  Roxanne was a Food Coordinator at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Those who knew Roxanne would say she was feisty, loving and generous. She would give you anything she had although she had very little except great love.

She is survived by her three children: Brooke Alden and her children, Allison and Zander, Tyler Turnis and Katelynne Alden all of Monticello; her parents, siblings: Leroy Hartwig of Center Junction, Dean (Vicky) Chapman of Hopkinton, Kathy (Doug) Timmer of Manchester and Brenda (Randy) Steiner of Monticello; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Roxanne is preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Catherine Hook and Clarence and Myrtle Chapman, and an infant brother, Ricky.

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Dolores A. Pickel


Dolores A. Pickel, 80, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Dolores was born on July 9, 1935, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Stuer) Schaefer. She married Orville J. Pickel on July 2, 1955. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1997.

Dolores was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dolores enjoyed reading and playing cards and other games. She loved her collection of angels. Dolores had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda (Tom "TJ") Schissel, of Dubuque, Sandy (Tom) Hull, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Patsy (Clint) Freiburger, of Cuba City, Jeannie (Roger) Arnesen, of Mukwonago, Janet (Scott) Faber, of Edgar, and Connie (Tim) Weber, of Plattevile; two sons, Orville Jr. Pickel, of Platteville, and John (Kelly) Pickel, of Delavan; a brother, Homer (Celine) Schaefer, of Fennimore; two sisters, Margaret Dalsing, of Dubuque, and Genevieve Biba, of Kenosha; three sisters-in-law, Rita Schaefer and Bernadine Schaefer, both of Platteville, and Lavon (Ron) Heinricy, of Kieler; two brothers-in-law, Kenny (Berneice) Pickel and Pete (Arlene) Pickel, both of Kieler; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerome & Elmer Schaefer; a sister, Hildegard Hinderman; her father and mother-in-law, George and Marcella Pickel; four brothers-in-law, Linus Dalsing, Edward Hinderman, Vandy Biba and Paul Schroeder; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Schroeder.

A Dolores A. Pickel Memorial Fund has been established.

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

A special thank you to the Park Place Staff and the doctors and staff at Southwest Health Center for all their love, support and wonderful care.



Karen J. Parker


Karen J. Parker 77, of 5297 Grand Meadow Dr. went to be with The Lord Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Journey Church. Private burial was held in Linwood Cemetery.

Karen was born on January 12, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank "Gene" and Dorothy (Hedrick) Miller. She spent 18 years as a registered nurse and instructor and later owned and operated the Another World Paradise Valley Inn in Durango, Iowa. Karen had an intense love for her pets.

Surviving are her brother, Lyle (Barb) Miller of Davenport, Iowa; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; 3 great nieces and 5 great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Parker and a great niece, Tonya Cassaday.

Karen's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the in home care services provided by Luther Manor.

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



David W. Lepsch


David W. Lepsch 28, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

David was born on March 19, 1988 in Dubuque, the son of David T. and Lisa (Wiegand) Lepsch. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was an avid stump jumper and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. David developed a passion for motorcycles from his dad. Hiking in the Mines of Spain with his dogs, the outdoors and jeeps were his favorite pastimes. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his mother, Lisa of Dubuque; a sister, Katlin (Jon Noel) Lepsch of Dubuque; maternal grandmother, Shirley Wiegand; paternal grandmother Nancy Lepsch and his uncle Alan Lepsch all of Dubuque; his aunt Mary Oberembt of Minnesota; cousins Josh, Jimmy, Jenica and Annie; his dogs Dez and Baby; and the love of his life, Shelby Sweeney.

He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandfather Dale Wiegand; paternal grandfather John "Jack" Lepsch; his uncle John "J." Lepsch and aunt Jean Wiegand.

A David W. Lepsch memorial fund has been established.
There will be a candlelight vigil on the river walk near the Ice Harbor Sunday at 7:45 p.m.



Zachary J. McPoland


Zachary J. McPoland, 31, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque, where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Zachary was born September 16, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Zachary's favorite thing in life was spending time with his daughter Evelyn. He loved music, playing guitar, the outdoors and cooking. He was a passionate fan of the Hawkeyes, Pantera and Batman. He had a wicked sense of humor. He was a loyal friend and was passionate about helping people in recovery. He was metal.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter Evelyn Blakeman of Dubuque; special friend, Lori Kilcoyne of Bellevue; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Terry T. McPoland


Terry T. McPoland, 27, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Terry was born April 22, 1988 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Terry loved spending time with his dogs Harley and Jax. He loved his father tremendously. He liked to sing loud and drive fast. He liked tattoos and selfies. He loved motorcycles, the outdoors and snowboarding. He was a BMX state champion. He liked making people laugh and pulling practical jokes. He had a heart of gold and wanted to help people. His last selfless act was running into a burning building to evacuate the residents. He was the baby of the family.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter, Peyton Salter of Dyersville; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Beatrice J. Davis


Beatrice J. (Bety) Davis, 90, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Assisi Village, Dubuque, Sedona, Arizona and Long Beach, California died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Clare House, Mt. St. Francis. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, California.

Visitation will be after 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Clare House. Miss Davis was a Franciscan associate. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Genevieve (Cain) Davis and an infant brother, John Edward.

Deep gratitude to Betty's wonderful caregivers: Dr. Cynthia Konz, all of the 3rd floor Household staff, and her nurse Cindy and everyone from Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert D. Johnson


Robert Donald Johnson, 89, formerly of 2710 Hickory Hill Drive, most recently of Oak Park Place and Luther Manor died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Robert was born on April 20, 1926 the son of Walter Raymond and Bertha (Bush) Johnson. He married Pauline Aurit in 1971 in Dubuque.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his nation during WWII.

He worked for many years as the Business Office Manager at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. He enjoyed a second career at Medical Associates, Dubuque performing many different responsibilities. 

Surviving are two sons, Raymond D. (Crystal) Johnson of Lakeland, FL. and Michael R. Johnson (Tamara Vega), of Breese, IL.; ex-daughter-in-law, Patricia Johnson, of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Robert (Ainsley) Johnson, Sarah (Kevin) Schrobilgen, Kelly (Jeremy) Noel and Michelle Johnson; and four great- grandchildren, Gavin Schrobilgen, Samantha Schrobilgen, Jordan Noel and Landon Noel; two dear friends, Ruth Turnis and Lois O' Brien, both of Dubuque; and the many relations of Pauline's that are still with us.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline; and brother, Roger Johnson.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Robert Johnson Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.

 



Jeannette M. Heath


Jeannette M. Heath, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Jeannette's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, April 16, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jeannette Marie Martin was born on October 12, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Joseph and Marjorie (Wynkoop) Martin. She attended Davenport schools and enjoyed roller skating at an early age. This love for roller skating led her to meet her future husband, Donald L. Heath. They met while roller skating and were married on April 28, 1957 in Davenport, Iowa.

Jeannette had worked for Swift Company in Clinton for 15 years, and lastly at Crestridge Nursing Home in the housekeeping department for 15 years.

Jeannette was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Jeannette's memory include her husband Donald L. Heath of Maquoketa, IA; children, Charles (Rebekah) Heath of Preston, IA, Diane (John) Ruff of Preston, IA, Richard Heath of Maquoketa, IA, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Heath of Davenport, FL, and Sherry White of Maquoketa, IA; a step-daughter Pamela of Viroqua, WI; a brother Jerome Martin of Long Grove, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry, brothers Joe, Jim, John and Eugene, sisters Joan and Jane, and a grandson Justin Lucy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeannette M. Heath memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John C. Oberfoell


John C. Oberfoell, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 5, 1934, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1957-1958. He was united in marriage to Catherine "Katie" Dressler on October 22, 1960, in Lancaster, WI and their union was blessed with 55 wonderful years together and seven beautiful children. John was a machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his eventual retirement in 1990. He was a long time and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and the U.A.W. Local 94 Retirees. In his free time John thoroughly enjoyed spending the day on the water attempting to lure in the next big catch, cheering on his Cubbies to the next World Series, or even just savoring a moment with a cold beer in hand. Family and friends were the driving force in John's life and every opportunity to share his love and devotion with those around him was never taken for granted. John's absence leaves a sorrowful void in our lives today, but we trust that he is now reunited with all of his family who've been called home ahead of him and we know and accept that in John's mind, body and spirit he had completed his journey here with us. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife of 55 years,
Catherine "Katie" Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his seven children,
Barbara (William) Kirshner, Killeen, TX,
Cynthia Oberfoell,
Brian Oberofell,
Charles Oberfoell,
Joseph (Denise) Oberfoell,
John (Robyn Ryser) Oberfoell Jr.
and Sam Oberfoell, all of Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
William Kirshner, Jacob Kretz, Andrew (fiancé Natalie Morken) Kirshner, Spencer Oberfoell, Kyra Oberfoell, Stephanie Oberfoell, Logan Oberfoell, Jonah Oberfoell and Alexis Oberfoell;

his siblings,
Peter (Joan) Oberfoell,
Albert Oberfoell,
Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell,
Mildred Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters-in-law,
Audrey Oberfoell,
Karen Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell
and Lillian Oberfoell;

and his brothers-in-law,
Marty Hammerand
and Richard Griebel.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Melvin Oberfoell, Irene Griebel, Delbert Oberfoell, Paul A. Oberfoell, Norma Jean Hammerand and James Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

A John C. Oberfoell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among John's favorite charities.

John's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care of John and the family.

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

 



Louis G. Ruchotzke


Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke, 76, of Miles, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Louie's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. Burial will be in the Preston, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Louis G. Ruchotzke was born on October 21, 1939 at the home he lived in most of his life to Leo and Caroline (Thielen) Ruchotzke. He attended Preston schools and was a 1957 graduate of Preston High School where he played basketball. He was united in marriage to Linda Kay Travis on January 2, 1961 in Preston, Iowa.

Louie proudly farmed the family farm all of his life and took pride in the farm he owned. He was a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Jackson County Pork Producers, Luther League, and Town and Country Twirlers.

Louie was always outside, always on the go, and always tinkering. He loved building and spending time in the "Party Barn", Farmall Tractors, farming, woodworking - building birdhouses, bird watching, touring the land on his Ranger, hunting, mushroom hunting and most importantly his family.

Those left to honor Louie's memory include his wife Linda Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; children, Lee (Lisa) Ruchotzke of Miles, IA, Lon (Cher) Ruchotzke of Rockledge, FL, Libby Levy of Plano, TX, and Foreign Exchange Student Heiri (Marietta) Bucher of Niederlenz, Switzerland; 6 grandchildren, Landon Ruchotzke, Larissa Ruchotzke, Dakota Ruchotzke, Claire Levy, Abby Levy, and Andrin Bucher; 3 step-grandchildren, Shannon Edwards, Shane Drake and Dezirea Leonard; 3 step-great-grandchildren; a brother John (Madge) Ruchotzke of Grinnell, IA; sisters Caroline Behn of Preston, IA, and Cleo (Don) Gray of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law Mardella Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Lane, a sister Leola Eggers, brothers Leo, Hugo and Carroll, sister-in-law Dona Ruchotzke, and brothers-in-law Richard Eggers and Wes Behn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John L. Fangman


John L. Fangman, 88, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

John was born January 3, 1928 in Bloomington, Wisc., son of Arthur and Frances (Bohnenkamp) Fangman. He married Mary Boland on April 15, 1958 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on September 28, 1982.

John served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a City of Dubuque Police officer for 31 years.
John was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He is survived by a son, Gene (Karen) Fangman of Dyersville; four daughters, Ann (Blaise) Vrotsos, Jane (Steve) Oneyear, Jennifer (James) Thill, and Chris (Mark) Murphy, all of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren, David Fangman, Kelly (Aaron) Otting, Mike (Natalie) Fangman, Angie Steuer (Loren), Nathan (Regina) Steuer, Taylor Gray (Micah), Nicole Vrotsos (Jeff), Allen Vrotsos, Mary Oneyear, Nicole Oneyear (Jamin) Leah Oneyear, Lisa (Steve) McGrath, Caitlyn Thill (Alex), Jacob Thill, Hunter Thill, Wyatt Thill, Kyla Fangman, Jocelyn Murphy and Shayla Murphy; nine great grandchildren, Elija, Jayda, Callista, Knox, Lucy, Collin, Aubree, Corey and Kayson; a brother, Edwin (Evelyn) Fangman of Dubuque and a sister, Lorraine Bierman of Bloomington, Wisc.; in laws, Bill and Lois Boland, Bob and Charlotte Boland, Mike and Marianne Boland, Kenny and Dolly Boland, Jack Boland, Tony and Betty Boland, Barney and Char Boland, Irene Boland, and Shirley Boland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Michael Arthur Fangman; a great grandson, Andy Fangman; a brother, Chuck Fangman and a sister, Lou Mae Fangman and inlaws, Joe Boland, Leo and Gloria Boland, Pat and Tony Pfab, Ann and Joe Doyle, Marlene Boland, Danny and Pat Boland and Brian Boland.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, a John Fangman Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Asbury Casey's Store Coffee Club, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Sunset Park Place, Dr. Liaboe and John's American Legion family.



Elmer V. Clark


Elmer V. Clark, 69, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 11, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Elmer Vade Clark was born on February 19, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Walter Dale and Irma Mae (Manning) Clark. He grew up in the Maquoketa area and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Mary Christene Musch on March 16, 1973 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Elmer had worked for National Bi-Products for over 25 years, first as a truck driver in Clinton and for almost 20 years as a supervisor in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Elmer was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Dubuque. He enjoyed drag racing, boating, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Elmer's memory include his wife, Mary Clark of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy Clark of Camanche, IA, Brian Clark of Clinton, IA, Kelly Clark of Clinton, IA, Terry (Josie) Clark of Grand Mound, IA, and Curtis (Stacey) Clark of Conway, AR; brothers, Robert (Mary) Clark of Zwingle, IA, Ronald (Iva) Clark of NM, and Jerry (JoAnn) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Darlene (David) Densmore of Camanche, IA, and Mona (Tom) Christoffersen of Camanche, IA; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Don and Dale.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer V. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Karen Bechel

Karen Bechel, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, at home. To honor Karen's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen was born on June 17, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Randall and Emily (Terrell) Bechel.

Karen was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Dubuque. In her free time, she enjoyed curling up with a good book or even attempting to complete a challenging crossword puzzle. Karen had a great love for animals, but her cats always held a special place in her heart. Karen has been called home suddenly and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, but we find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her parents and sister.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include,
her sisters,
Diane (Danny) Barker, Marshalltown, IA
and Joyce (David) Nissen, Henderson, NV;

and her nieces and great nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Judy Steele.

A Karen Bechel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Karen's favorite charities.

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

 



Joan W. Frank


Joan W. Frank, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at Bethany Home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joan was born on September 3, 1935 in McAlester, Oklahoma the daughter of Earl and Iva Mae (Lee) Wagner.
She married Wayne Frank on June 28, 1958 at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue.

For twenty-nine years, she was a teacher mostly at Table Mound Elementary. She was an avid reader; and especially enjoyed sharing her joy with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and quilting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joan is survived by her husband Wayne; three sons; Stephen (Lynn) Frank of Davenport, Iowa, Michael (Peggy) Frank of Oshkosh, WI, and Matthew (Tammy) Frank of Mt. Juliet, TN. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Erin, Michael R., Molly, Kelly, Lauren, and Adam, and two brothers: Earl (Marie) Wagner and James (Karin) Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Michael Wagner and Robert Wagner, and her four sons in infancy: Joseph, Thomas, David, and Jonathan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Retired Teachers Association or the Church of the Resurrection.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and to the loving and caring staff of Bethany Home.



Frederick M. Wessels


Frederick M. Wessels, 87, of, Brownsburg, Indiana and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Fred was a resident at Meadows Senior Care Facility in Brownsburg, IN.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 2 - 3 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Fred was born August 14, 1928, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of Clarence and Anna (Bockenstedt) Wessels. He graduated New Vienna High School with the class of 1947.  Fred married Norma Jean Maiers on November 11, 1950, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Fred served in the Army from 1951 - 1953 and was stationed in Germany. After his military service he was a residential plumber in the Dyersville area for 40 years.

Fred was very active in the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, socializing and penny slots at the casino.

Survivors include one son Ron of Earlham, IA, a daughter, Susanne (Roger) Manternach of Brownsburg, IN, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Phyllis (Doc) Clemens, of Rock Falls, IL, Mary Lou White, of Kearney, NE, sisters-in-law: Gladys Knipper and Dorthy Maiers both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 2011, four sons: Richard in 1992, Randy in 2009, Rodney and Russell in infancy, in-laws: Germaine (Arnold) Schuster, Eileen (Clarence) Engelken, Ruth (Wayne) Osenburg, Merlin Maiers and Virgil Knipper.

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

 

 

 



Marjorie A. McMahon


Marjorie A. McMahon, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marjorie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Marjorie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Marjorie was born on May 7, 1922, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, daughter of Clem and Bridget Jane "Janie" (Hefferman) Duffy.

Marjorie was raised in Masonville and lived in Greeley, Iowa before eventually settling in Dubuque in 1947 with her adoring husband, Martin J. McMahon. They were united in marriage on November 25, 1944, at St. Raphael's Cathedral and were blessed with 52 wonderful years together until he was called home to be with the Lord on April 19, 1997. Marjorie worked at The Battery Factory and Luther Manor for a few years, but primarily her favorite and greatest occupation was that of being a housewife who was able to care for her family throughout each day. She was a magician in the kitchen and was always eager for the opportunity to keep her seven hungry mouths well fed. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed family camping trips but could always find joy in any situation where family and close friends were involved. Marjorie graciously shared the gifts of a loving and nurturing wife, mother and grandmother for others to use as an example for generations to come. Marjorie, pure Irish, pure angel, through and through, will be sadly missed, fondly remembered and continually cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marjorie's memory include
her children,
Sandy (Clifford) Hahlen,
Mary (James) Ege,
Leo (Donna) McMahon,
Diane (G.T.) Hanson,
Joseph McMahon
and Richard (Jen Hillery) McMahon, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Jeff (Sandi) Beck, Laura (Joe) Schlegel, Jay (Tammy) Beck, Jim Ege Jr., Kim (Brian) Budde, Kayla McMahon, Daniel (Carmen) McMahon, Brian (fiancé Courtney Self) Hanson, Kyle Hanson, Tanner Hanson, Ryan McMahon, Mitchel McMahon, Cole McMahon and Mandy (Jake) Lindecker;

her 11 great-grandchildren,
Eric, Hailey, Brooke (Tom), Chase, Justin (Tia), Rileigh, Ireland, Declan, Cashlan, Ryder and Waylon;

her 4 great-great-grandchildren,
Evan, Tommy, Gabby and Brooklyn;

her brother and sisters,
Cecil (Marilyn) Duffy,
Delores Morley
and Marlene Hubbard, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Harold Schuster, Dubuque, IA.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin J. McMahon; her son in infancy, Tommy Joe McMahon; 2 brothers, Leo Duffy and Boniface "Bonnie" (Ann) Duffy; 3 sisters, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Donald) Smock and Jean Schuster; and her brothers-in-law, Eugene Morley and Irving Hubbard.

A Marjorie A. McMahon memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Marjorie's favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and extra gentle care of Marjorie over the years and a sincere appreciation to her nieces, Jan Pfeiler and Sue Langel for always sharing their love and time without hesitation.

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

 



John V. Hogan


John V. "Jack" Hogan, 89, passed away on April 4, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent and Lucille (Arensdorf) Hogan. Mr. Hogan had previously lived in New Jersey before relocating to the Stuart area about 25 years ago.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Navy and prior to retirement, he was a senior executive with the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He loved to garden and was an avid tennis player.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sylvia Hogan; daughter, Sally (David) Hobbs; daughter, Kathleen Hogan; son, William (Susan) Hogan; son, John Hogan; son, Richard Hogan; and son, Stephen (Abbey) Hogan; sister, Marjorie (Frank) Chellstorp; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his sisters, Kathleen and Patricia, and brother, William.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart, FL.

Please visit his online guestbook at www.aycockfuneralhome.net

All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Council on Aging of Martin County at www.kanecenter.org.



Maxine P. Huberty


Maxine P. Huberty, 89, formerly of Dubuque, died peacefully Monday, April 4, 2016 at Sunrise Terrace, Winfield, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Little Grant Union Cemetery, Grant County, Wisc.

Maxine was born November 10, 1926 in Little Grant Township, Wisc., daughter of Lutie and Myrl (Van Natta) Garthwaite and grew up on a farm near Lancaster. She married Marvin V. Huberty on May 25, 1948 in Lancaster. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2000.
In 1947 she graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Finley Hospital for over 30 years.

Maxine was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass. She was a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, then attended the Church of the Resurrection. She enjoyed crafts and sewing, and was an accomplished artist and oil painter.

She is survived by four children, Linda Cihacek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Craig (Kathy) Huberty of Fairplay, Wisc., Marilyn Huberty of Mashpee, Mass., and Angela (Randy) Gibbs of Mount Union, Iowa, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, and two sisters, LaVon (Tom) Severson of Stoughton, Wisc. and Sandra (William) Zart of Oregon, Wisc.

She was also preceded by her parents and brother, Donald Garthwaite. And her son in law Gary Birdsley.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Bernice A. Riniker


Bernice Alvina Riniker, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, died at her residence on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. She was born on April 26, 1924, in Jefferson Township, Sherrill, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Laura (Mori) Spoerl. Bernice was raised in the area and attended Bloody Run Country School.

On June 10, 1946, Bernice was united in marriage to Jacob Riniker at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they farmed near Dubuque, Livingston, Alburnett, and Ryan. Jacob died in 1974 and Bernice moved to Manchester. She was a custodian for 20 plus years at St. Mary Church and was a housekeeper for the rectory.

Survivors include her six children, Lewis (Theresa) of Galena, Vincent (Beverly) of Key West, Iowa, Ronald of Manchester, Kathleen (Randy) DeShaw of Iowa City, Janet Montover of Cedar Rapids, and Wayne (Vicky) of West Burlington; a daughter-in-law, Kate Riniker of Masonville; a son-in-law, Robert Schwendinger of Epworth; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, LaVern Spoerl of Dubuque.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob on May 8, 1974; her parents; a son, Loras Riniker; a daughter, Diana Schwendinger; two brothers, Lyman and Verlyn Spoerl; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Riniker.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa. Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 



Elizabeth A. Rediger


Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Rediger, 71, of Iowa City and formerly of Dyersville died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa City.

Inurnment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at St. Francis Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, and a luncheon will follow at the church. Presiding will be Rev. Royce Phillips.

Betsy was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Clinton, IL, the daughter of William Rex and Kathryn (Green) Rediger. Betsy received her elementary education at St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Dyersville, and moved with her family to Columbus, Neb. where she graduated from High School. She worked in the Dietary Department at the Univ. of Iowa Health Care Service for many years.

Betsy was an active member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville, Iowa, where she was a Sunday School Teacher who would pick up the children on the bus route to facilitate their attendance. Once a year she helped with arts and crafts at the Bible School and she considered members of the congregation her second family. She was a kind and caring woman who was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

Surviving her are two brothers, Bill (Liz) Rediger of Dyersville and Michael (Karen) Rediger of Sherman, TX, a brother-in-law, David Ashburn of Lansing, KS; several nieces and nephews:

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Kay Ashburn.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Jan Rekemeyer


Jan Rekemeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering with luncheon will be announced at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Janet Kay Rekemeyer was born on July 9, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Robert Morris and Mildred Lucille (Kemp) Beck. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and later AIB business school in Davenport. She married Richard Allen Rekemeyer on May 6, 1971 in Illinois.

Jan had worked for the Melvold family for almost 20 years between the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and Tri-State Graphics as the office manager. She had also worked for Banowetz Antiques/Squiers Manor in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper for almost 30 years.

Jan was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Maquoketa. She was a nurturing and giving person who loved helping and visiting others and baking items in appreciation for kindness shown to her and others. In addition to helping others, she enjoyed working on her flower gardens, planting trees, cross stitch and listening to blue grass music.

Those left to honor Jan's memory include her husband Richard Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children Whitney Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Jason Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Steve Spencer of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Annette Rekemeyer of ID; 8 grandchildren, Kali, Samantha, Maddy and Abby Rekemeyer, Stevie Spencer, Christopher (Amy) Rekemeyer, Tyler Green and Dylan (Corey) Green; 3 great-grandchildren, London and Liam Rekemeyer, and Jase Green; her mother, Mildred Beck of Bellevue, IA; a brother, Roger Beck of Potosi, WI; sisters Patti (Melvin) Fuglsang of Delmar, IA, Cheryl (Randy) Schropp of Iowa City, IA, and Sandy Fults of Swisher, IA; and a special friend, Nick Meyer of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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



Donald J. Grogan

Donald J. "Blinky" Grogan, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 8th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Donald was born on May 23, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Hazel (Lang) Grogan. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company retiring after 41 years.

Blinky had many interests throughout his life. He loved to travel, cook, explore nature and he loved all animals. He was quick witted and loved to laugh. He cherished time spent with his family especially going to his grandchildren's softball games and motocross races.

He is survived by one son, Tom Grogan, of Dubuque; daughters Julie (Jay) Nyvold, of Shakopee, MN, and Laura (Bruce) Wuertzer, of Dubuque along with their mother Jayne Grogan; his grandchildren, Kelly Nyvold, Nick Wuertzer and Jayme Wuertzer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Grogan; and sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Donald "Mud" Treanor.

The family wishes to thank friends Garry and Mary Jane Clauer, our cousin Kim Treanor and Hospice of Dubuque. Most of all we would like to thank our dad for always being there for us. We love you and will miss you always. We cherish the time we had with you.



Keith A. Weuste


Keith A. Weuste, 67, of Bellevue, Iowa, completed his "Golden Stairs" on Monday morning, April 4, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Keith's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 9, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Keith Allen Weuste was born on August 7, 1948 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Edwin C. and Henrietta M. (Rommert) Weuste. He grew up in the Andrew area and while in high school worked for John's Gas Station until he graduated from the Andrew High School in 1966. He then worked for a short time for Nitrin in Cordova, Illinois as lab tech prior to his marriage to the love of his life, Sherry Lynn Gould. They were married on December 10, 1967 in Andrew, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1975. Throughout his time in the military, Keith received training in Advanced Aviation Electronics and as a CAT Scan repair technician. Military travels took he and Sherry to many places including Chicago, California, Florida, Washington, Tennessee and Ohio. Upon returning home, Keith continued his education and received an Associates degree from Clinton Community College.

Keith worked for Stickley Electric in Maquoketa in 1975 and then started an 11 year career with John Deere as an electrician from 1976 to 1987. In 1987, he began a career working for the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, first as an electrician at Lock and Dam #13 and Lock and Dam #11. He retired in 2010 as the Assistant Lock Master with Lock and Dam #11 in Dubuque, Iowa. In retirement, Keith continued as vintner and co-owner of Brush Creek Winery, a business he started with his wife Sherry in 2007.

Keith was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew where he active in many capacities including the church choir, Sunday school superintendent, and church council serving as a past president. He was a longtime Andrew Fire Department trustee and a member of the Andrew AMVETS Post #62 and the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

In addition to his love and devotion to his family, faith and country, Keith had a passion for motorcycle riding, carpentry, spending time in the outdoors, antique car, truck and tractor restoration, and farming.

Those left to honor Keith's memory include his wife, Sherry Weuste of Bellevue, IA; children Chad (Aubrey) Weuste of LeClaire, IA, and Krista Cobb of Andrew, IA; 4 grandchildren, Adam, Josh, Ben and Sarah; 1 great-grandchild, Kairi; and a brother, Ken (Chris) Weuste of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Richard and Ralph.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Collin A. Brown


Collin A. Brown 21, of 9442 Noonan St., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church with Rev. Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church.

Collin was born on March 4, 1995 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Charles and Shawna (Hodges) Brown. He was a loving father, fiancé', brother and friend. Collin was an outgoing and friendly person who was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed writing, listening and playing music.

Surviving are his parents, Charles (Ruth) Brown of Dubuque, IA and Shawna Hodges of Independence, IA; fiancé' Alecea Lombardi of Dubuque, IA; daughter Mayah Brown and step-son Rylee Lombardi both of Dubuque, IA; sister, Cassandra Hodges of Guttenberg, IA; brothers, Austin Brown of Dubuque, IA and Tryston Adelman of Independence, IA; paternal grandfather, Charles Brown of Independence, IA; also surviving are many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother.

A Collin A. Brown memorial fund has been established.

 



Sr. Eva Sheehan, BVM

Sister Eva Sheehan, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sister Eva's life, visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Eva's life the Funeral liturgy will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Eva was a lifelong elementary school teacher at St. Raphael, Dubuque; Maywood and Chicago, Ill.; Casper, Wyo.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Wahiawa Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii; Rapid City, S. D.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Glendale, Calif. 

She was born in Killarney, Ireland, on April 12, 1917, daughter of Harry and Ellen Connor Sheehan. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1937. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1940, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Jane Therese Clifford, BVM; Pauline Clifford, BVM; Dorita Clifford, BVM; Norinne Clifford, SHF; and Ellen Vitorelo; and brothers: John J. Clifford; Rev. Daniel Clifford, SJ; and Daniel Sheehan.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Kotlanger, San Francisco; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 78 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.



Forrest W. Miller


Forrest W. Miller, 85, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, April 3, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Forrest's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Forrest William Miller was born on August 10, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Argyle and Meta (Hunwardsen) Miller. He grew up in Monmouth and was a 1948 graduate of Monmouth High School. He married Dixie V. Butt on January 9, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 15, 2005.

Forrest had farmed all of his life in the Monmouth area. He and Dixie had also owned and operated FORR-D Acres in Monmouth for over 30 years.

Forrest had been a member of and past president of the Monmouth School Board and the Monmouth Cemetery Association. He had also served on the board of the Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church, and been a member of the Jackson County Horse and Harness Association, Jackson County Tourism Council, Jackson County Historical Society and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce.

Forrest enjoyed dancing, had a heart of gold, and a passion and love for horses. Throughout the years he and Dixie had entertained many people at FORR-D Acres, a farm vacation destination with cabin rental and horses. Forrest could also be seen donating his time giving horse and wagon rides throughout the area touching the lives of children through senior citizens.

Those left to honor Forrest's memory include his children, Kathleen (Dennis) Appelhans of Monmouth, IA, and Carmin Margeson of Baldwin, IA; 5 grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Appelhans, Shad (Ann) Patterson, Matthew (Katy) Appelhans, Nick (Judy) Margeson and Bret Margeson; and 9 great-grandchildren, Myranda, Jaclyn, Gabrielle, Addison, Brystal, Garrett, Cooper, Carlee and Jake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 infant sons Terry and Forrest, a son-in-law Jack Margeson, and 3 sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse, Anna Mae Mohr and Miriam Brown.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Robert A. Hughes


Robert "Bob" Alanson Hughes, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bob was born July 31, 1940 to Robert Thomas Hughes and Nellie Mae (Clark) Hughes in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1960. Bob worked at Interstate Power, Clinton Corn and Muscatine Power and Water, where he retired in 2005. He was joined in marriage with the love of his life, Darlene (Fran) George on June 26, 1982.

Bob enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, bird watching and gardening. He also liked working in his yard, and even helped out in his elderly neighbor's yards. His indoor sports included: watching cowboy movies and the Chicago Bears, playing cribbage with his wife to see who had to get the mail, and cooking his famous ham for family on the holidays.

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend, Fran and by his favorite (and only) daughter, Renee (Dan) Williams of Camanche, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother, Joe (Carol) Hughes, Bettendorf, IA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob has 6 grandchildren that he loves (and they love him): Crystle Liebhart, Angela Liebhart, Sierra Stearns Liebhart, Joshua Williams, Cameron and Isabella Williams (aka Windy). He also had 5 great-grandchildren: Sadia, Kairi, Christian (aka Beano), Caleb (aka Fang) and his little buddy, Jude (aka Cootie). Bob also enjoyed renaming the children of his family.

Bob's family and friends will dearly miss him; but they know that he is in heaven telling funny stories and helping to reduce the deer population.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane.



Paul P. Varner


Paul P. Varner, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2016 at his home due to natural causes. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection conducted by Rev. Joseph Hauer. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Paul was born May 6, 1947 in Moline, IL to Paul and Alice Varner. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969. On May 28, 1983 he married Helen Campobello Mohrman in Moline; after 32 years of marriage he still referred to her as his bride. Paul took pride in his career as a mechanical engineer at John Deere for over 45 years. He enjoyed his work and fellow employees. He was a talented draftsman and extended his engineering skills into the homes of his loved ones; he was always happy to help a friend or neighbor. Paul was an avid biker, tennis player, golfer, cross-country skier, gardener, and owner of two cats; he taught his children and grandchildren to fish and hunt for morel mushrooms. He also enjoyed restoring and maintaining his father's '51 Chevy. Paul cultivated a lifelong interest in the natural world, and worked to lead an environmentally-friendly life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be missed immensely.

Surviving are his dear wife Helen, his two sons Christopher (Sherri) Mohrman of Plainfield and Anthony (Elizabeth) Mohrman of LeClaire; his daughter Alyssa Jo Varner (Nathaniel) of Brooklyn; 6 grandchildren Tami, Katelyn, Brandon, Stephanie, Abbi and Annalise; and his brother John (Elaine) of Moline.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice and father, Paul.

Memorials may be directed to the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque in Paul's memory.

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



James W. Sorensen


James W. Sorensen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with Rev Dwayne Teig officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 6th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

James was born June 1, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Clarence D. and Helen S. (Samec) Sorensen. He married Linda Ackerman February 17, 1973 in Dubuque. He was employed as a Product Support Technical Writer with John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Sorensen, of Dubuque; a son Scott (April) Sorensen, of Denver, CO; a daughter, Karen (Nathan) Vander Broek, of Trinidad, CO; two grandchildren, Sophia and Elias; a sister Sue (Rod) Hilton, of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother-in-law, Shirley Ackerman, of Cedar Falls, IA; and his in-laws, Rick (Juanita) Ackerman, of Collinsville, OK and Susan (Randy) Frick, of Ashland, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Richard Ackerman, and a brother-in-law, Bruce Ackerman.

A James W. Sorensen Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcom.



Mae L. Pasker


Mae L. Pasker, 85, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on September 3, 1930, in Luxemburg the daughter of Clem and Grace (Thillen) Singsank. Mae was raised and educated in the area, and attended rural school.

On August 27, 1952, Mae was united in marriage to Alphonse B. "Al" Pasker in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Ryan and Aurora until moving to Manchester.  Mae worked at Glen Charles Restaurant, Schultz Brothers, and the Argonaut Restaurant.

Mae was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She loved her family and enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and gambling.

Survivors include three sons, Charlie and Don (Julie) of Manchester, and Fred (Deb) of Marion; two daughters, Joyce (Gaylen) Brady of Edgewood, and Jane (Dan) Wulfekuhle of Delhi; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, and Jerry (Helen) Singsank of Dubuque; and  sisters-in-law, Jane Singsank of Dubuque, Ida Funke of Grayslake, Illinois, Irene (Don) Salow of Manchester, Jeanette Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Irene Pasker and Rosie Pasker both of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alphonse "Al" Pasker in 2014; her mother-and-father-in-law, Benjamin and Clara Pasker; siblings, Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank,  Marcella (Harry) Steffen, and Alver Dingbaum; and in-laws, Joe (Nettie) Pasker, Jack (Luella) Pasker, Bill Pasker, Albert Pasker, and Leo Pasker.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa.  Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider 

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016,  at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Also visitation one hour before Mass at the church on  Wednesday.

Interment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa.

 



Ralph S. Chapman


Ralph S. Chapman, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ralph was born on December 24, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert Merrill and Myrtle (Thielen) Chapman.  He married Lois Ellerman on August 11, 1951; she died on February 11, 1980.  He later married Dorothy (Alt) Schiffman on January 17, 1987, in Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Ralph was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in September of 1987.  He was a member of UAW Local # 94.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1948-1949, and again from 1951-1953.  He was also a member of V.F.W. Post #7976 of East Dubuque.  He was a long time member of the LAFF program at Loras College.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, of East Dubuque; two daughters, Sharon (Tom) Bigone of Novato, California, and Sandy (Bob) Hanley of Dubuque; one son, Rick (Tina) Chapman of Cave Creek, Arizona; three step-daughters, Donna (Bill) Hauser of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Karla (Tom) Beinborn of Lombard, Illinois, and Gina (Tim) Eastlick of Arena, Wisconsin; four granddaughters, Jennifer (Edgar) Paredes and Melissa Bolles, Katharine Hanley and Kynlee Chapman, and three grandsons, Buchanan Chapman and John and William Hanley; four step-granddaughters, Janda Timmerman, Kelly and Kristy Beinborn, Jalyn Eastlick, two step-grandsons, Jerud Copus and Cole Eastlick; three great-granddaughters, Kylie, Karsyn and Kadyn Vavricka, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Myrtle Chapman; his first wife Lois; three sisters, Betty Evans, Jeannette Mills and Audrey Yarnall, and two brothers, Richard Chapman and Gene Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, a Ralph S. Chapman memorial fund has been established.

Ralph's family would like to thank Jennie, Tammie, Amy and especially Jeanette from Hospice of Dubuque and the Luther Manor Staff for their care and compassion extended to Ralph and his family.

 



Patrick R. Sheean


Patrick R. "Pat" Sheean, of East Dubuque and Galena, Illinois, passed away at 6:38 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL, from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Death Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Pat was born on January 26, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Stella (Leibold) Sheean.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.  Pat was employed at the Jo Daviess Workshop in Galena.

Surviving are two sisters, Violet and Jeanne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack and a sister Corrine.

Memorials may be given to the Jo Daviess Workshop or Kreider Services both in Galena.

 



Arlene K. Breithbach


Arlene K. Breitbach - Link 95, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. The Farley American Legion Post 656 will attend as a group at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Farley American Legion Auxiliary at 5:10. A parish scripture wake service will be recited at 5:30 Sunday.

Arlene was born on August 15, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Walz) Ley. She married Frank Breitbach on July 8, 1938 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1965. Arlene married Elmer Link on November 21, 1970. He passed away on October 16, 1998.

Arlene always had an open door to those who would come to visit. She had a special gift to make everyone feel at home. Cooking large meals for family gatherings during the holidays were a very important part of Arlene's life. She was a member of the Farley Legion Auxiliary for 45 years and member of Holy Ghost parish and the Basilica in Dyersville. Card games - day or night was her favorite past time.

Surviving are her children, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena both of Dubuque; Frank "Pedro" (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, NM; David (Victoria) Breitbach of McGregor, IA; Richard (Judy) Link of Farley, IA; Sue Link of Dyersville, IA; Charlie Link of Buena Vista, IA; Bob (Mary) Link of Colesburg, IA; Barb Coghlan and Bev (Bob) Hodgson both of Dyersville, IA; a son-in-law, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, IA; 30 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Frank Breitbach and Elmer Link; 3 brothers Harold, Joseph and Charles Ley; 3 sisters Mary Kirpes, Shirley Klaas and Florence Bandy; stepson Tommy Link; stepdaughter Dianne Jaeger; daughter-in-law Joan Breitbach and son-in-law, Ron Riekena.

A Arlene Breitbach-Link memorial fund has been established.

Arlene's family extends a special thank you to the nurse and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.



John R. Goedken


John R. Goedken, 81, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

John was born July 24, 1934 in Peosta, Iowa the son of Ludwig and Reinelda(Lehman) Goedken.

John served in the US Air Force, came home safely and eventually settled in Dubuque to later marry Edith in 1963. After 30 years with John Deere, he enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his children: Dean, Mark, Roger, Brian, Mary and Paul; He is also survived by his siblings, Frances, Richard and Janaan(Vogt) and was preceded by Duane, Dolores, Melvin, Vernon and Herbert.

Friends may call from 3:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

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

 



George J. Luchsinger


George J. Luchsinger, 84, of Assisi Village, formerly of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2015 with his family at his side, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4 at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

George was born on March 2, 1932 in Dubuque County, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Anna (Elgin) Luchsinger.

On February 4, 1952 he married the love of his life, Marlene Schrobilgen at St. Philomena's Church in Asbury. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

George had a strong work ethic which served as a great model for his children and grandchildren. He worked on the family dairy farm alongside his father until his father's passing. He continued working the farm with the help of his devoted wife and children until his retirement.

He was a devout Roman Catholic and lifelong member of the Church of the Resurrection where he sang with the men's choir for several years. His family, friends and fellow parishioners will know that he was never late for anything most especially Mass. He will also be fondly remembered for his love of Big Band music and ballroom dancing. 

In later years, he and Marlene wintered in South Texas and enjoyed time spent with family and friends listening to music, dancing and playing cards. He made friends easily and expressed gratitude for his last year and the opportunity to meet many new friends at Assisi Village.

Surviving is his wife, Marlene; children, Connie (Doug) Dirks, of Richmond, KY., Don (Sheila) Luchsinger, Greg (Jane) Luchsinger, Chris (Mike) Shaffer, Tammy (Tom) Westhoff, Dave (Susan) Luchsinger, all of Dubuque, and Joe (Kari) Luchsinger of Sherwood, OR.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John in infancy ; 2 sisters, Theresa Koster, and Rosemary in infancy; and a granddaughter, Hope in infancy.

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

In lieu of flowers a George Luchsinger Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, our friends at Assisi Village and Resurrection Church.



Norma L. Hubbard

Norma L. Hubbard, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 4th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Norma was born on September 8, 1934 in Mount Hope, WI the daughter of William and Winifred (Coleman) Huffman. She married Norman R. Hubbard in 1954 and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Norma's greatest pride was raising her eight children.
She is survived by her eight children, Steve (Irene) Hubbard, of Dubuque, Randy (Vicki) Hubbard, of Omaha, NE, David Hubbard, of Phoenix, AZ, Joni (Mike) Budden, of Denver, CO, Jamie (Kelly) Hubbard, of Longmont, CO, Beth (Jerry) Kremer, of Dubuque, Kristi (David) Bannon of Louisville, CO, and Kara Hubbard of Denver, CO; Eighteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Her sister Judy Kincannon and a brother Donald Huffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her Husband Norman, and six siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rockdale United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.



Jim Timmer


Jim Timmer, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Jim was born on May 3, 1952, in Edgewood, the son of Edwin and Eileen (Kroeger) Timmer. He attended school in Greeley and then Earlville. Jim was a 1970 graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School. After graduating, Jim worked for the Pipeline through Bradco, and then farmed with his uncle for a few years. He had been working for Three Rivers FS in Manchester as a petroleum salesman since 1978.

On October 4, 1975, Jim was united in marriage to Paula Wilson at the Delhi Methodist Church. Two children were born to this union. The family resided in Delhi. Jim served on the Delhi City Council for several years. He was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church and had served on the Parish Council for many years. Jim retired from the Delhi Fire Department after 35 years.

Jim loved taking care of his lawn, gardening, and removing snow with his John Deere tractor. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with Paula and their friends. Jim loved socializing because he always made friends wherever he went. Most of all he cherished his family, faith and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Timmer of Delhi; his son, Jon (Jenny) Timmer of Delhi; his daughter, Amy (Joe) Hoffmann of Manchester; his three grandchildren, Trent Timmer, Cale Hoffmann, and Livia Hoffmann; his father-in-law, Mahlon (Ruth) Wilson of Delhi; two sisters, Jane (Ryck) Mescher of Dyersville and Jeannie Schlichte of Florida; brother-in-law, Doug (Kris) Wilson of Delhi; sister-in-law, Ann (Dan) Wilson-Grant of Delhi; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Eileen Timmer; his mother-in-law, Nadine Wilson; and two brothers-in-law, Gary Schlichte and Mike Wilson.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa.
Officiating: Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Interment: St. John's Cemetery - Delhi, Iowa

 



Jerry A. Ames


Jerry A. Ames, 76, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on July 23, 1939, in Hazel Park, Michigan, the son of Philip J. and Mabel E. (Udelhofen) Ames. He graduated from St. Andrew High School in Tennyson in 1956. Jerry married Nancy E. Kieler on April 20, 1960, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

After high school, Jerry worked at Winkler Implement, followed by the Dubuque Packing Company (1958-1982). He also sold Vigortone Feed with "Uncle Bud" and managed the Grant River Campground in Potosi for many years, all while farming in the Potosi and Burton areas. Jerry was currently working at Kieler's Store in Dickeyville as well as serving as a Supervisor for Potosi Township. He was a very busy man.

Jerry loved playing cards, fishing and boating on the Mississippi, houseboat trips, listening and singing to Johnny Cash and ABBA, working on the farms with his John Deere tractors and cutting acres and acres of grass on his Grasshopper, trips to Alaska, Cozumel, St. Germain, and eating hot dogs in Riviera Maya. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Christine (Porter) Wagner, of Dickeyville, and Kari Sue (Mark) Frederick, of Cuba City; three sons, Philip (Debbie) Ames, of Hollandale, WI, Scott (Tammy) Ames, of Streamwood, IL, and Alan (Julie) Ames, of Potosi; two sisters, Gloria Curtis, of Lancaster, and Janet (friend, Terry) Dempsey, of Loveland, CO; two brothers, Larry (Judy) Ames, of Platteville, and Gene (Barb) Ames, of Potosi; twelve grandchildren, Angela (Erik) Oleson, Makila (Brandon) Willger, Stephanie (Mike) Nihles, Nathan, Abigail and Kieler Ames, Paul, Anna, John and Kyle Frederick, and Austin and Amber Ames; six great-grandchildren, Nolan, Wagner and Baby Girl Willger, Eli and Kiera Oleson, and Baby Boy Nihles; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his furry best friends Woofer and Diddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law, Joe Winkler, Dick Dempsey, and Floyd Curtis; and a nephew, Joey Winkler.

A Jerry A. Ames Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Bruce E. Avery


Bruce Earl Avery of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm, surrounded by those who loved him best, after a nearly year-long fight with pancreatic cancer.

Born on May 4, 1946, Bruce is preceded in death by parents Earl and Mildred (Schmidt) Avery, and his faithful Labrador, Cleopatra.

Surviving him are sisters, Julie (Craig) Kennedy, Phyllis (Fred) Waterman; children, Ryan Avery, Rebecca (William) Lugrain, Rustin Avery, Rachel Avery, Taylor (Minnie) Avery, Tedd Avery; grandchildren, Brenna Fox, Xay Lugrain, Patrick Walling, former wife and co-herder of the family, Marianne Avery, and dear friend/chief Scrabble partner, Margaret Sutter.

After spending three and a half years serving in the Navy, Bruce and Marianne (Burns) Avery were married on December 27, 1977. Bruce taught at Cuba City Schools for more than 30 years, focusing on US government and geography. Teaching gave Bruce a sense of purpose and joy.

Outside of teaching, he was a lover of books, history, coffee, deep dish pizza, and generously buttered toast. He enjoyed photography, his travels to Guatemala, South Korea, and France, and watching the Packers (his favorite team) not make another Super Bowl...again. Some may remember Bruce as occasionally grumpy, which is true, but in actuality, his temperament mirrored that of the much beloved comic cat, Garfield.

But far above all, Bruce was a wonderful dad, who had the perfect beard for dressing up as Santa on Christmas. In his worst weeks of chemo, his only regret was being bare-faced.

The most heartfelt thanks goes to Hospice of Dubuque, Heritage Manor, and Leonard Funeral Home for their kind and attentive care. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Avery family at 2222 Delmonaco Drive in Dubuque, Iowa 52002.



William H. Juran


William "Bill" H. Juran, 82, of Holy Cross. Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. April 2, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Bill was born June 4, 1933 in North Buena Vista, Iowa the son of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Juran. Bill was drafted to the Korean War in 1953 and served until 1955.  He married Virginia Clemen on August 27, 1957 in Holy Cross.  Bill's work included hauling milk, owned and operated Bill's Repair Shop, and started farming and was parts manager for Schmitt Implement.  In his spare time he enjoyed horseback riding.  In 2012 he went on the Honor Flight.  Spending time with his family was important to Bill especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia, 3 children: Deb (Dennis) Schmitt of Sherrill, Chris (Diane) Juran of Guttenberg, Steve (Tammy) Juran of Dubuque, 7 grandchildren: Becky Schmitt, Rob (Katie) Schmitt, Justin (Stacy) Schmitt, Nicholas Juran, Megan (Adam) Sweet, Ben & Rachel Juran, 7 great grandchildren: Cayden & Grace Burroughs, Brody, Abby, Lucy & Allie Joe Schmitt, Jaelyn Schmitt with another baby Schmitt due in May, a sister Mathilda (Herman) Kloser of Dubuque, In-laws, Donald (Dorothy) Wolf of Sherrill, Kathleen (Al) Trenkamp of Dyersville, Eddie Clemen of New Vienna, LaVonne Clemen of Holy Cross, Madonna (John) Weimerskirch of Dubuque, Roger (Jane) Clemen of Holy Cross, Grace Clemen of Dubuque and Mary Clemen of Suffork, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents in-law, Leonard and Frances Clemen, siblings, Madonna and Fritz Roling, Rosie and Glen Gibbs, Tony Juran, Bob and Donna Juran, Delores Wolf, Joseph Juran, in laws: Rosie Clemen, Leon, Ambrose, Cletus Clemen and Leon Wedewer.

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

 



Dorothy M. Paulson


Dorothy Marie Paulson, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Bemidji, MN, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.

Dorothy was born # 6 of 11 children on June 11, 1937 in Bemidji, MN, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Christianson) Brennan.  She married Lynn Paulson on February 8, 1958 in Fosston, MN.

Dorothy raised three children and worked several jobs through the years, from soda jerk in Bemidji to a Cutter at Rite-Hite in Dubuque from where she retired.

She loved her job and many friends from Rite-Hite.  Dorothy enjoyed the river, camping, traveling and after they retired she and Lynn spent the winter months in Los Fresnos, Texas and on the beach in South Padre Island.  She liked to stay busy and volunteered at St. Mary's Catholic School and Church.

Surviving are two sons, Dean A. (Becky) Paulson of Anamosa, Iowa and Randall L. Paulson of Asheville, NC, a daughter Carol M. (Doug Schneider) King of East Dubuque; her special friend Pamela Paulson; five grandchildren, Clayton (Ashley) Paulson and Keith (Ashley) Paulson, Tanya M. (Hunter) King-Floyd and Shannon and Scott Paulson and 14 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, Heather (Toby) Heiken, Rachael Bauer and Jim (Sara) Bauer; two brothers, John (Kay) Brennan and Clair (Bernie) Brennan, six sisters, Louise Mulvaney, Margaret Roberts, Roberta (Ronnie) Werstlein, Alvena Dybsand, Clara (Gene) Manecke and Jamie (Bill) Cassavant; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lynn, her parents Frank and Clara, her brother Frank (Marlene) Brennan, a sister Ellen (Dale) Brule and her sister-in-law and dear friend Lila Neumann.

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

 

 



Harlan F. Pothoff


Harlan F. Pothoff, age 86, of Balltown, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:06 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harlan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Harlan's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

Harlan was born on November 9, 1929, in Dubuque, son of Mathias and Ludwina (Bleile) Pothoff.

Harlan was born and raised in Balltown and learned very early on the value of hard work and a strong personal constitution. He would eventually meet the love of his life, Jeanette Brimeyer, and they would be united in marriage on September 17, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. Their union would be blessed with 64 wonderful years together and three beautiful children. Harlan would invest over 44 years of his working career with Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing, where he would also joyfully develop many lasting and valuable friendships. As devoted as Harlan was to the responsibility of providing for his family; he was also similarly committed to the idea that a healthy balance between work and family play time was important. Whether spending the weekend camping, enjoying a few hands of cards or simply catching an exciting softball game on a sunny day; Harlan knew that these precious moments together were to be the most treasured in this life. A finer example of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend would be difficult to find. Harlan has definitely left a positive imprint on the world around him and we will cherish the memories of him with both sorrow and joy until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Harlan's memory include

his loving wife,
Jeanette Pothoff, Balltown;

his three children,
Wayne (Tina) Pothoff, Dubuque,
Harley (Sherry) Pothoff, Durango
and Kim Pothoff-Peil, Dubuque;

and his six grandchildren,
Samantha Pothoff, Vanessa Pothoff, Ashley Pothoff, Luke Pothoff, Matt Pothoff and Emily Peil.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Gage Peil; his brother, Vic Pothoff; and his mother and father-in-law, Vince (Martha) Brimeyer.

A Harlan F. Pothoff memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Delores J. Mosiman


Delores J. Mosiman, 70, of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, Iowa where funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday. An additional brief memorial service followed by a committal service, will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, at Ebenezer Reformed Church 2997 North German Church Road, Oregon, IL.

Delores was born on April 27, 1945, daughter of Elmer and Grace (Bulthaus) Blumeyer in Oregon, Illinois. She attended Stillman Valley High School and Illinois State University. On June 26, 1965, she married Steve Mosiman at Ebenezer Reformed Church.

After raising her children, she taught at East Dubuque Elementary School.

Delores was very active in both the community and church. She was a member and past president of the local NAMI. She joined Westminster in 1973 and taught Sunday School and was a member of several church groups.
Delores' greatest passion was her family. She was an incredibly selfless lady who loved to take care of others. She was always very giving of her time and kept in close contact with many of her friends and past coworkers.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; their sons Mike (Renee) Mosiman, of Mesa, AZ and David Mosiman of Dubuque; grandchildren Luke and Mark Mosiman; and sisters in law Beryl Blumeyer of Oregon, IL., Cindy (Dean) Frye of Loves Park, IL, and Sherry Schmidt of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Hughling Alderk Bluemyer and Ruth Ann Blumeyer.
In lieu of flowers, a Delores Mosiman Memorial Fund has been established.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque is in charge of services.



Linda A. Becker


Linda A. Becker, 68, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Linda was born April 27, 1947, in Annapolis, MD, the daughter of Palmer D. and Frances (Reimer) Nycklemoe.  Palmer died in an airplane crash when she was 6 months old. After the death of her father, she and her mother returned to live with her grandmother, Ella Besser, in Minneapolis. She was adopted by her step-father, Richard Muyres, when she was 6 years old, and was raised with six siblings. Linda attended St. Francis Grade School and Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. Linda then attended Mankato State University and graduated with a B. A. in Elementary Education.

Linda taught for one year in Elmore, MN. She met Paul Michael Becker of Dyersville, IA, and married him on Sept. 30, 1972. They moved to the Becker family farm, where they farmed and raised their four children. While a homemaker, Linda taught at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Dyersville, then St. Paul Elementary School in Worthington. She then accepted a position as Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.  After retiring from teaching, Linda owned and operated Curves in Dyersville for 10 years, then worked for Area Residential Care in Dyersville.  Linda was a dedicated member of the St. Francis Xavier parish and served as an Extraordinary Minister for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, children: Gretchen (Russ) Cornwell of Cedar Rapids, Jessica (Wade) Allen of Aurelia, IA, Zac Becker of Waterloo, IA and Andrea Becker of Decorah, IA; grandchildren: Rory and Lilah Allen and Bennett Cornwell; siblings: Greg Muyres of Faribault, MN, John Muyres of Rochester, MN, Jim Muyres of Mankato, MN, Dan Muyres of Rochester, MN, Carol Muyres of Stewartville, MN and Gail (Brian) Ripley of Lakeville, MN; in-laws: Joyce (Frank) Steindl of Stillwater, OK, Gary Becker of West Seneca, NY, Kathy (Joe) Schoening of Rockford, IL, Joyce Becker of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law: Bernard & Eleanor Becker, in-laws: John "Jack" Becker and Barbara Becker.

A Linda Becker Memorial Fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Gerald R. Westemeyer


Gerald R. "Jerry" Westemeyer, Sr. 84 formerly of Mount Pleasant Home and Kniest Street passed away on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Jerry was born on December 17, 1931 to Linus and Charlotte (Bach) Westemeyer in Dubuque.
He married Anne Roth on May 26, 1956 and later married Mary Mess on April 20, 1979. Mary preceded him in death on March 28, 2009.

Jerry served in the Marines in the Korean War from 1951-1954. He worked in the bacon department at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years.

In his leisure time Jerry liked to bowl, fish, play euchre but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are, his children, Gary (Lin) Westemeyer, Guy (Sue) Westemeyer, Theresa "Missy" (Raymond) Gregorich, Gregg Westemeyer, and Jerry (Wendy) Westemeyer; step Children, Terry and Tim Mess; grandchildren, Heather, Brad, Michael, Aaron, Kyle, Angie, Jenny, Jodi, Staci, Zachary and Molly; step grandchildren, Lee, Jay, Stacey, Brian and Holly; great grandchildren, Abram, Olin, Brielle, Ellyana, Collin, Dylan, Kinnick, Sawyer, Carter, Kennedy, Richard and Robert. Siblings, Robert "Frog" (Donna) Westemeyer, Ron (Calline) Westemeyer, Mary Ellen Quade, LuAnn (Tom) Flury.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, sister Katie Beaver, brothers, Fredrick "Fritzy" (Carol) Westemeyer, and Leonard Westemeyer, former wife Anne Westemeyer and step-daughter Tammy Schaffer.

The family wishes to thank Mount Pleasant Home, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care and a special thank you to his daughter Missy for taking care of him these past 7 years.



Beverly B. Helbing


Beverly B. (Beresford) Helbing, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 1, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Beverly was born August 16, 1931 in Epworth, Iowa the daughter of Harvey and Evelyn (Ulrich) Beresford. She married Leonard Helbing on October 30, 1954 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Beverly loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and playing Bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard; children, Ron (Laurie) Helbing of Asbury and Cheryl (Teddy) Simon of Bernard; eight (8) grandchildren, Megan, Josh, Jarred, Ryan, Jeff, Alex, Kayla, and Austin; eleven (11) great-grandchildren; siblings, Kate Bradley, Hazel (Erwin) Schulpletz, Robert (Carol) Beresford, and Keith (Jane) Beresford; in-laws, JoAnn (Merlin) Patzner, and Eileen (Dave) Lange.

Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Randy; parents; step-mother, Rose; siblings, Caroline and Wendall; and numerous other relatives.

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

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



Susan E. Brimeyer


Susan E. (Molitor-Werner) Brimeyer, 71, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Susie was born on October 1, 1944 on her sister Joyce's 7th birthday in Galena, IL to Leo and Ethel (Curtis) Molitor, the 5th of 6 children. She attended St. Michael's grade school and Galena High School.

On February 8, 1964 she married Gary Werner.  They lived in Rockford, Savanna and East Dubuque.  They had a son James on February 16, 1973. Gary died in 1973.

Susan and Dick Brimeyer met through a friend and were married on April 4, 1975 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and later their marriage was blessed at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Susie had a zest for life and trying new things.  She was always looking on the bright side.  She had no time for complaining.  She enjoyed life to the fullest.  She loved spending time with family and friends.  She considered her greatest gift her husband and soulmate of 40+ years Dick and their son Jim, a wonderful son, always willing to help and never too old to give us a hug.

Surviving is her son Jim and Step-son Miles, three step granddaughters and 7 step-great grandchildren.  Her siblings, Leo Molitor and Rose Davis both of Dubuque, IA, Jim (Cenzie) Molitor of Pennsylvania and Floyd (Marlene) Molitor of Scales Mound, IL; her in-laws, Betty (Clemie) Pins, Janet (Paul) Reiss, Hubert (Rosie) Brimeyer, Paul (Kay) Brimeyer, Barb (Lyle) Kramer and Larry Powers.  Many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends especially Carol and Dick.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, Her parents Leo and Ethel Molitor, one sister Joyce Schoenhardt, five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

My mom wrote this so I would not have to, all I have to add is the world is a better place because of you and I will always love you and miss you.  Mom and Pop are together again forever now.  Love, Jim.

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

 



John T. Splinter


John T. Splinter, 18, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Monday evening, March 28, 2016 at home.

Private family graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

John was born March 24, 1998 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Barbara J. (Minkler) Splinter.

He was a senior at the East Dubuque High School and a member of the class of 2016. John loved welding, horseback riding, was a computer gamer and played football in his freshman and senior year of school.

Surviving are his parents John and Barbara Splinter; his siblings, Conor Harris (fiancé Brianne Ratkovich) of East Dubuque, Kaley Harris (Richard Seals) and two nieces Catalena Harris and Loralei Seals all of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Luke Harris of Salt Lake City, Utah; his paternal grandparents, Fred and Marilyn (Runde) Splinter of East Dubuque and Robert Minkler of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Sally Minkler.

A John T. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



James E. Hird


James E. "Jim" Hird, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The rosary will be recited at the church, by the Nativity Rosary Society, prior to the time of services. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Jesse (Maahs) Hird.

Jim was a proud and native Dubuquer who spent his early years developing his work ethic on the family farm in Sherrill. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and would go on to honorably serve his county with the military police unit on Oahu Island. After returning to Dubuque, Jim would begin his journey of devoting over 39 years of his time and talents at the Dubuque Packing Company. Jim would be united in marriage to Josephine "Josie" Birkel on September 26, 1950, and they would be blessed with 49 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on March 20, 2000. Jim was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and his generosity knew no limits. Every opportunity to improve the world around him, which presented itself to Jim throughout his life, was seized with a determination and passion which can only be described as Divinely inspired. Jim has left the world in a better condition then when he arrived and his legacy will live on for generations. We will miss the ever present smile of our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend in the deepest regions of our hearts and minds, but find comfort in knowing he is now joyfully reunited with his loving wife, Josie, and all of his other family and friends who've been called home prior to Jim.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include
his daughter,
Betty (Robert) Thill, of Dubuque;

his grandchildren,
Penny Thill, Robert Thill Jr., Marty Thill, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder and Kerry (Rob) Rogers;

his 23 great-grandchildren,
Heather, Holly, Jeremy, Jamie, Stacie, Shawn, Casey, Randy (Briton), Donna (Brian), Janessa, Autumn, Sharon, Shawn, Jonathan (Courtney), Jason, Zach (fiancé Nicole), Cassie (Chris), Courtney, Kyle, Cody, Montana, Nick and Ely;

his 17 great great-grandchildren;

his Godson,
Steve Hird;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Josie; his grandson, Jerry Thill; and his siblings, Tom (Rosie) Hird and Patricia (Norbert) Averkamp.

A James E. Hird memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Jim's favorite charities.

The family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and all of Jim's friends, for all of their care and concern for Jim over the years.

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

 



William L. Herber


William L. "Bill" Herber, 86 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., a Rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm and a 6:30 pm Scripture Service will also be Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Bill was born on April 13, 1929 the son of Joe and Blanche (McNerney) Herber in Ottumwa, Iowa. He graduated from Ottumwa Catholic Central High School in 1947. Bill then attended Creighton University 1947-1949, then he served in the US Army during the Korean War 1949-1953. He married Helene M. McGrath on October 30, 1954 in Ottumwa, she passed on May 26, 2013. Bill worked for Oscar Meyer in Davenport for 10 years, then relocated his family in 1963 to Dubuque where he worked for Dubuque Packing House/FDL as an industrial engineer until his retirement in 1994. A longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Bill took pride in giving of his time, talent and treasures to charity, especially helping with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and helping to prepare tax returns for people in the community.

Survivors include his three (3) sons, Steven Herber of Lee, IL, Timothy (Kelli) Herber of Lakeville, MN, and Gregory (Lisa) Herber of Prior Lake, MN; five (5) grandchildren, Billy, Hannah, Nathan, Natalie, and Mary Kate; a sister, Regina Harness of Ottumwa, IA; in-laws, JoAnn Berry, and Kay Krafka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Joe (Delores) Herber; in-laws, Jack Berry and Luke Krafka; nephews, Mark Harness and Mike Herber.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and neighbors Jean and Virg Hansen for all their help. Memorial may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul Society in Bill's memory.

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



Eleanor C. Burke


Eleanor C. Burke, 87, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eleanor may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa.
Services for Eleanor will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Rev. Joe McDermott concelebrating. Burial was held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Eleanor was born January 12, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. She received her education at St. Mary's in Cascade, Iowa. On August 5, 1952 she was united in marriage to Patrick J. Burke at St. Mary's Catholic church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 11, 1999.

After her marriage, Eleanor and Pat raised their family in South Garryowen. Family was very important to Eleanor and she took pride in making a happy home. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and cooking. She served many roles at St Aloysius Catholic Church and was active in the parish choir, Altar and Rosary Societies. Eleanor was a 4-H leader for many years and a past president of West Dubuque Band Parents Association. After moving to the farm on Bernard Road in 1974, she became a member of the St Patrick's Garryowen Altar and Rosary Societies, Bernard Commercial Club and Christ the King Mother's Club. She was employed at the Flower Garden in Cascade and took pleasure in babysitting.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Coleen) Burke of Bernard, IA and Jerry (Jan) Burke of San Antonio, TX; two daughters, Diane (Steve) Frank of Storm Lake, IA and Sharon (Raymond) Garcia of Pecatonica, IL; six grandchildren, Benjamin and Kurt Garcia, Timothy and Annette Frank and Daniel and Lauren Burke; three great grandchildren, Logan, Corben and Gavin Garcia; three siblings, Carl Kurt, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; mother and father in law Earl and Madeline Burke; five brothers, Sam (Theresa "Tessie") Kurt, Joe (Jane) Kurt, Herbert (Dorothy "Dottie") Kurt, Fred (Alvina) Kurt and Andrew Kurt; three sisters, Anna Mae (Bill) Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting and Mary (Wilfred "Bubbles") Dolphin; two brothers-in-law, Dale (Theresa) Burke and Howard Burke; three sisters-in-law, Janice Tetterton, Lois Scarff and Mary Lou Kurt.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Eleanor C. Burke.

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



Donnie E. Wilson


Donnie Eugene Wilson, 55, of Manchester, Iowa, died at his home in Manchester on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.  He was born on July 24, 1960, in Manchester, the son of Blaine L. and June E. (Palmer) Wilson.  He was raised and educated in the area attending West Delaware Community School.

Donnie was employed by Lynch Roofing and then Schulte Construction. On May 12, 1984, Donnie was united in marriage to Cynthia Sweet. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced.

Donnie enjoyed fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and spending time with his dog, "Buddy". He cherished time that he spent with his family.

Survivors include his three children, April (fiancé, Nick Pasker) Wilson of Earlville, Ashley (Andrew Cole) Wilson of Elkader, and Amber (Mitchell) Cole of Elkader; his mother, June Wilson of Manchester; and seven grandchildren, Zachary Brian Pasker, Alyssa Elizabeth Pasker, Hailey Ann Wilson, Sadie Marie Clinton, Hunter Eugene Robert Cole, Macie Ray Jean Cole, and Mason James Eugene Cole;  three siblings, Bill (Theresa) Wilson of Manchester, Dixie (Irvin) McDowell of Masonville, and Debbie (Tom) McDowell of Oneida; and past wife and good friend, Cindy Wilson of Elkader.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Blaine Wilson; and his brother Dennis "Dendo" Wilson.

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

Memorial Service:  11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Visitation:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  At a later date.

 



Sr. Ruth Jackson

Sr. Ruth Jackson, S.V.M. 74, of the Visitation Convent, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April, 1, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Cathedral where a scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Cynthia Kay Jackson was born on December 5, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Kermit B. and Ruth (Meyer) Jackson. She graduated from the Academy of The Visitation, received her bachelor degree in Classical Languages and Education from Clarke University and her Masters of Arts degree in Religious Education from Boston College. Sister Ruth was a teacher at Nativity Elementary School in Dubuque, liturgist at St. Michael's Parish in Galena, IL and liturgist at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Sister was also a member of the Archdiocesan Art and Environment Commission. She received the PRO ECCLESIA et PONTIFICE medal in 2004.

Surviving are a brother, Kermit R. (Patty) Jackson of Dubuque and a sister, Sara Coe Kuhl of Woodridge, IL; 11 nieces and nephews; 17 great nieces and nephews and her Sisters of the Visitation, whom she shared life for 56 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas; a nephew, Christopher and a great niece, Hailie Coe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sisters of the Visitation, Sisters of the Presentation or a charity of your choice.

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

The Sisters of the Visitation wish to extend a special thank you with heartfelt gratitude to the Sisters of the Presentation and their nursing staff, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Hermann

 



Pamela R. Sisler


Pamela R. Sisler, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:14 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Pam's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the basement at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pamela was born on April 5, 1956, in Colorado Springs, CO, daughter of Elmer and Genevieve (Atchison) Meyer.

Pam was united in marriage to Jeff Sisler in Galena, in 1995 and they were blessed with 20 years together. She was a nurturing and caring day-care provider, but she also invested many years of her working career outside the home in the gaming industry and at Stonehill Care Center. Whether Pam would find some free time in her day casting a line into the river or just enjoying some time with her animals, her heart was continually singing when she was in the great outdoors. She was a graciously loyal and generous woman who never responded with the word "no" to anyone in need who crossed her path in life. Pam treasured a good game of cards, but her greatest joy in her life was spending time with her grandkids and her unceasing love and devotion to family was always on display. Pam has touched many lives during her 59 years here with us and our hearts ache with a pain which no words could accurately describe. We will miss, love and adore our dearly sweet Pam until we are reunited with her again one day.

Those left to cherish Pam's memory include

her husband,
Jeff Sisler, Dubuque, IA;

her daughters,
Dawn (Chris) Streets
and Destiny Sisler, both of Dubuque, IA;

three grandchildren,
Lauren, Lexi and Max;

and her siblings,
Joe (Barb) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Bob Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Gary Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Debbie (Brian Howlett) Elliott, Clarkston, WA
and Don (Kim) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents.

A Pamela R. Sisler memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Pam's favorite charities.

Pam's family would like to extend a special thank you to her best friend Judy Johnson-Mekota, the Dubuque Emergency Responders, the emergency room staff of Finley Hospital and the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa for all of the kind and compassionate care they provided to Pam and the family.

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

 



Thomas J. Buelow


Thomas James "Tommy" Buelow, 55 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away early on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at home.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Edward J. Leonard officiating.

Tommy was born on January 20, 1961 at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James Edward and Kay Lynn (Reetz) Buelow. He graduated with a 3.0 GPA from Hempstead High School in 1979. He then completed Machine Operator Training Series at John Deere and the Tool and Die Journeyman Apprenticeship Program at NICC.
He met Mary O'Connell in 2001 and they married on October 29, 2010 at the Dubuque Court House.
He worked in a factory for many years, Watubo-Tek Premier Tool.

Tommy loved life, cooking, fishing, watching John Wayne movies, smoking fish and moral hunting. He had a heart of gold, if you had a problem Tommy was the man to talk to. He loved watching the Packers, Chicago Cubs and the Hawkeyes. He loved his family and friends dearly, especially his wife Mary and their dog "Tug". He will always be in our hearts - Never forget him.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of Dubuque; three step daughters, Jessica LaBee, Jennifer LaBee and Jackie Birch. Two step grandchildren; his mother Kay Lynn Buelow, of Kansas, two sisters, Kris Engling and Susan Brown, along with many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his father James Buelow and a brother Peter Buelow.

The family wishes to thank their dear friend, Maggie Blaser; the Dubuque Police, Fire and EMS Department, for all their kindness; and to his trustee dog "Tug" for never leaving his side.



James F. Delaney


James F. Delaney, 76, of East Dubuque, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, as a result of an accident.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at St. Raphael Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., Dubuque. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Farley Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service of remembrance at 7:00 p.m.

James was born September 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Raphael and Helen (McElmeel) Delaney. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1958 to 1962. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Loras College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring on October 31, 1994.

On May 11, 2007, his life was changed with the blessing of his marriage to the love of his life, Leticia Ybales. They were inseparable, and loved each other very much. 
Jim was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, and his faith was very important to him. He started his day in reverence to the Lord, reading the Bible and praying the rosary.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening with Leticia by his side. Jim loved working on his land and in the timber, and also enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Dubuque Masonic Lodge and the Dubuque Archery Club.

He was a charismatic person, and a great storyteller. He was proud of his Irish heritage, made friends wherever he went, and everyone was always welcome at his home. He loved family gatherings, and his wife, family, and his dog Duke were very important to him.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Leticia Delaney; his children, Paul (Judith) Delaney of Roswell, NM, Patricia Smith of Dubuque, Ginger (John Takes) Delaney of Dubuque, and Shawn (Trish) Delaney of East Dubuque; his step children Linda (Bobby) Magklaris and Tom (Sara) Forsyth both of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his siblings, Jeri Jahries of Salt Lake City, UT, Connie Maiers, Katie (Larry) Wolbers, and Jeanie Kerr, all of Dubuque, Sue (Pat) Donley of Sandy, UT, Dorie (Frank) Dawson of West Valley City, UT, and Mary Ingle and Teresa (Gary) Pfohl, both of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and Leticia's family in the Philippines.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Delaney; two brothers, Joseph and John Delaney; a grandson, Randy Breiner; two sons in law, James Goldthorpe and Thomas Smith; and two nephews, Andrew Wolbers and Tim Jahries.

Memorials may be made to the James Delaney Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Elizabeth J. Leppert


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Leppert, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Betty was born on June 4, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Hentges) Ernst.

Betty was united in marriage to Clarence J. Heim on April 24 1947, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and their union was blessed with three beautiful children. She was later united in marriage to LaVerne Leppert on November 17, 1989, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with almost 15 years together before he was called home ahead of her on November 4, 2004. Betty was definitely a social butterfly and people person who graciously shared her gifts with others as a bartender and cook at Johnny's Tap and Grill. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church and actively lived her faith through each and every day. Betty also contributed countless hours to helping the youth in our community with the Do It Yourselfers Club, which was the precursor to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. In her free time, Betty enjoyed sitting down with family and friends to a good game of Bingo or Euchre, but without a doubt her greatest joy in the world was spending precious time with her deeply adored grandkids and great-grandkids. Betty has impacted the world around her in a positive manner for over 8 decades and her absence leaves a scar which only time and faith will heal. We will miss her dearly and thank God for the time He lovingly shared Betty with us.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Kathleen M. Heim, Davenport, IA,
Timothy C. (Debrah) Heim Sr., Davenport, IA
and Theresa M. (Bruce) Frommelt, Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Timothy Heim Jr., Scott (Amber) Heim Sr., Melissa (Jordan) Weber and Garrett (Lynette) Frommelt;

4 great-grandchildren,
Scott Heim Jr., Bailey Heim, Aubrey Heim, Clay Frommelt and one more beautiful Baby Girl Weber expected in April;

a sister,
Margaret (Milton) Douglas-Beck, Davenport, IA;

2 brothers-in-law,
Frannie Leppert, Dubuque, IA
and Ken Leppert, Bellevue, IA;

and her nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parent; her husband, LaVerne Leppert; 2 sisters-in-law, Delores Metz and Grace Leppert; 2 brothers-in-law, Eugene Douglas and Robert Leppert; and 2 nephews, Daniel Douglas and Drew Douglas.

An Elizabeth J. "Betty" Leppert memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Betty's favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Whalen and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for the outstanding care they have provided Betty over the years.

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

 



Andrew P. Runde


Andrew Patrick "Andy" Runde, 39, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Menominee, Illinois, passed away suddenly at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday and from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday and members of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Andy was born on March 7, 1977 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ronald J. and Gail D. (Osthoff) Runde. He was united in marriage to Stella K. Schueller on October 6, 2007 at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works.  Andy was a member of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. and enjoyed boating, sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94, and loved hanging out at his Uncle Pat's farm. Family and friends were a very important part of Andy's life. He was an organizer of the Kennedy Acres Halloween Parade for the past two years.

Surviving is his wife Stella (Schueller) Runde; two children, Hailey Runde and Ryan Runde; his parents, Ronald J. "Ron" Runde and Gail (Merlin) Hoftender both of East Dubuque; his siblings, Jeremy (Tammy) Runde of Peosta, Iowa, Tony (Erin) Runde, Jessica (Neil) Schonhoff, and Chris (Katie) Hoftender all of East Dubuque; his in-laws, Allison Gillies (Tom Smith) of East Dubuque and Steve Schueller of Crossett, Arkansas; his brother-in-law Nate Schueller of Galveston, Texas; his step-grandmother Arlene Osthoff of Guttenberg, Iowa; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dick and Eloyse (Budden) Runde, Theresa & Bob Quinlan and Keith Osthoff and a brother-in-law Mark Schueller.

Andy's family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept., the East Dubuque Area Ambulance Service, East Dubuque Police Dept. and the Emergency Dept. at Mercy Medical Center for their quick response, kindness and compassion.

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

 

 



Kathryn A. (Tilp) Ludovissy


Kathryn A. (Tilp) Ludovissy, 73, of North Buena Vista, IA, formerly of Dubuque, died March 12, 2016 with family by her side. Her strong will allowed her to fight cancer with unbelievable strength and courage. *Oh the beauty that on the date of her birth on earth she was also reborn to her new life with Christ in Heaven!*

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista. Friends may greet the family at church beginning at 9:30 a.m. til time of service. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista.
Kathryn was born March 12, 1943, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Eileen (May) Tilp. She grew up on Dubuque's northside near Sacred Heart Church. Kathryn attended Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Wahlert High School, class of 1961.

Kathryn married Celestine (Celly) Ludovissy on July 28, 1987 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2004.
Kathryn's first job was in the kitchen at the former Xavier Hospital. She then went to work at Walker's Shoe Store and on to Dupaco Credit Union. A twenty-five year career awaited Kate at Vallet Poultry. As Office Manager, and more, she was instrumental in the growth and success of the business.

In her younger years Kathryn enjoyed the Point Roller Rink, league bowling, fishing, East Dubuque sandbar and nightlife and several trips to Las Vegas. In more recent years she enjoyed get-togethers with the "neighborhood girls" of her childhood.

Kathryn was a member of the Rosary Society and was truly generous with her time and talents. She actively supported the Church community in many ways, dating back to the 1970's. She worked her final "Buenie" Picnic prior to her mid September cancer diagnosis. Kathryn devoted countless hours helping care for her mother in her final years.

Kathryn took pride in a well-kept home and yard. She gardened, cooked, baked, canned and shared the fruits of her labor. She was a serious Hawkeye and Cub fan, and a Proud Democrat.

Kathryn is survived by her stepchildren, Mark (Diane) Ludovissy, Marlene (Dave) Errthum, Kenny (Sheila) Ludovissy and James (Linda) Ludovissy, all of North Buena Vista; stepgrandchildren, Erin (Kenny) Potter, Donald "D.J." Errthum, Jessie (Jessica) Errthum, Jake (special friend Dani) Ludovissy, Amanda (Danny) Errthum, Joshua (Meghan) Ludovissy and Emily (Dustin) Wilwert; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings, Joseph Tilp of Dubuque, Sandra (Donald) Koopmann of Peosta, Rev. John Tilp of Des Moines, Kenneth Tilp of Grosse Isle, MI and Kim Tilp of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Louise Ludovissy and Madonna Ludovissy of Guttenberg, Laurie Ludovissy and Mary Engling of North Buena Vista.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law, Mary Tilp (Dec. 12 2015), a niece, Kathryn (in infancy); brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; Joseph (Lillian) Ludovissy, Francis "Duke" Ludovissy, Walter Ludovissy and Clarence Ludovissy, and Ronald Engling.

It was Kathryn's wish to extend special thanks to her sister-in-law, Mary Engling, treasured friend, Rosie Boge and kind neighbors, Carol and Don Riniker.

The family sincerely appreciates the compassionate care of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, and Betsy, who was there in the final hours.

A Kathryn Ludovissy Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



George Wayne Gunter


George Wayne Gunter, 80, of Potosi, Wisconsin, passed peacefully from this life and entered into eternal rest with his Lord Tuesday, March 22, 2016, while at home with his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Church of Christ in Platteville, Wisconsin, with J.R. Siegler, minister, officiating. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City will be serving the family.

George was born on September 6, 1935, in Canute, Oklahoma, the son of John and Avo Reba (Wilson) Gunter. He married Darlene R. Speir on January 17, 1959, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works in 1994 after 30 years of service.

George was baptized into Christ in 1972 and was a faithful member of the Lord's church, serving as a minister for the Church of Christ in Platteville, WI from 2008 until the fall of 2015.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; a daughter, Debra (Robert) Taylor, of Belmont; three sons, Neal (Luna) Gunter, of Potosi, Norman Howard Gunter, of Baraboo, and Wesley Scot (Deb) Gunter, of Sterling, Connecticut; a sister, Janet Gunter, of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Jack (Melanie) Gunter, of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and three sisters, Bonnie Tripp, Noreen Huffman, and Helen Gunter.

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



Rita Mary (Hosch) Heid-Wilgenbush


Rita Mary (Hosch) Heid-Wilgenbush, 98, of Monticello, died Monday, March 21, 2016, at Monticello Nursing and Rehab, Monticello, IA.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, with a rosary at 3:00 p.m. A visitation will continue at Sacred Heart Church Monday, March 28, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March, 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with burial in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Worthington. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Rita was born October 31, 1917, in O'Neil, NE, the daughter of Nicholas John and Katherine Mary (Rogers) Hosch. She married Leander Heid on February 5, 1940 in Randolf, NE. Together they had 4 children; he preceded her in death on February 9, 1960. She then married Tom Elmer Wilgenbusch at Sacred Heart Monticello on November 24, 1973. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2003.

Rita was a homemaker and helped on the farm for twenty-five years before she took a job at John McDonald Hospital as a nurse's aide and later food supervisor. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish where she would keep the flower gardens well taken care of. Rita was a volunteer at the Monticello Nursing Home, Camp Courageous, Riverside Gardens and The Lions Club. She loved to quilt and made thousands of afghans for the Linus Project and her family and friends. The Linus Project was near and dear to her heart after she went blind in 1998.

Survivors include her 3 children: Leo (Rosanne) Heid of Hopkinton, Jane (Gerald) Jesenovec of Farley, Mary Beth (Bruce) Clark of Monticello, Tom's children: Don (Jo-Ann) Wilgenbusch of Davenport, John (Diane) Wilgenbusch of Saginaw, MI, Joyce (Kathy) Dougan of Plains, MT, 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, in-laws Delores Hosch of Epworth, Delores Hosch and Rosie White both of Cascade, and Pauline Hosch of Independence.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands, Leander Heid and Tom Wilgenbusch, a baby boy in infancy, siblings, Raphael (Helen), Herbert (Eleanor), Carl, Hilda (Luke) Leytem, Florence(Lawrence) Kelchen, Clarence, Delores (Gerald) White, Irene (Herb) Kramer, Herman, Leonard, and Fred.

Memorials may be made to Iowa School for the Blind of Des Moines, and Camp Courageous.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Virtes H. Busch


Virtes Henry Busch, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Virtes' life will be held 10 A.M., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Virtes H. Busch was born in Jackson County, Iowa, south of Baldwin to John C.A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch on May 4, 1924.

He graduated from Elwood High school in 1943. He served in the Navy Seabees from Aug. 1943-1946 in Hawaii. After an Honorable Discharge, he went to work for Bell Telephone five years in Marion, Iowa.

Virtes married Donna Faye Merrick on Jun. 6, 1948 at First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa. They moved to the third generation family farm in the fall of 1951 where he farmed until Jan. 7, 1980. He later worked as carpenter.

Virtes enjoyed family time with children and grandchildren. He loved fishing, gardening, working in the yard and wood working. He also enjoyed the Dizzy Dozen Card Club and playing Dominos.

Virtes is survived by two sons, Steven (Judy) Busch of Portland, OR, and Jerry (Sheila) Busch of DeWitt, IA; and one daughter, Jill (Jan) Young of Flowery Branch, GA; a brother Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA and a sister Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA, a sister-in-law, Eilene Busch of Maquoketa, IA; 6 Grandchildren, Jonathan (Christine) Busch of Del Rio, TX, Joshua Busch of Vancouver, WA, Jeremy (Amanda) Busch of Brooklyn, NY; Britt (Amy) Busch of Des Moines, IA, Julie Busch of DeWitt, IA, Jessica (Daniel) LeMon of Buford, GA; 8 Great Grandchildren, Elijah and Hannah Busch, Carlie McPherson, Theo Busch, Jaxon Young, Lillian, Julianna, and Charlotte LeMon; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a special friend Thelma Nissen. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother Emmett, two sisters Leona Westphal and Irene Wyatt, two Grandsons Jeff Young and Gerad Michael Busch.

The family would like to thank Maquoketa Care Center for all the kind and compassionate care given to Dad his last two months of life.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.

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

 



Lawrence F. Clements


Lawrence F. Clements, 86, of Oak Park Place, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died at 8:53 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Larry may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Larry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Sonny DeClass, SVD Presiding. Homilist will be Rev. Jim Bergin, SVD. Concelebrating will be Rev. Michael Schueller, Rev. Matheus Ro, SVD, and Rev. Ray Dischler, SVD. Private burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He was born January 30, 1930 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, son of Arthur E. and Adeline M. (Kreibich) Clements. He attended Washington rural School in LaCrosse County, WI. On October 3, 1956 he was united in marriage to Donna Mae Servais at St. Joseph Ridge in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was employed as a salesman for Spahn and Rose Lumber Company in Dubuque until his retirement in 1990.
He is a Marine veteran, having served in the Korean War as a Corporal from 1952 to 1955. He was a member of the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650. He was also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth and its Altar and Rosary Society, the Epworth Knights of Columbus-Council #7823, a charter member of the Tri-State Garden Club and the Tri-State Hosta Club, he and Donna were also a sponsor couple for Marriage Encounter. He was a former volunteer of the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department for six years and the Epworth City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Clements of Dubuque, IA; six children, twins, Maria (Jack) Smith of Epworth, IA and Monica (John) Daly of Dubuque, IA, Timothy (Julie) Clements of Fairmont, MN, Theresa (Jeff) Chapman of Epworth, IA, Patrick (Ardyce) Clements of Onalaska, WI, and Andrew (Annette) Clements of North Liberty, IA; 23 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Kratz of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister-in-law, Rita Clements of Moline, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul (Clare) Servais of Milwaukee, WI, Everett (Barb) Servais of LaCresent, MN, Emma Brockman of Eau Claire, WI, Barbara Barrett of Marshfield, WI and Veronica (Charles) Besch of Overland Park, KS.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Anne Servais; one brother, Arthur A. Clements; and two sisters, Marilyn Rybold and Arleen Kish; brothers-in-law, William Rybold, Myron Brockman and Steve Barrett; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Servais; and 2 great grandchildren.

Memorials for Lawrence F. Clements may be sent to St. Patrick's Parish, EWTN, or Divine Word College in lieu of flowers.

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



Ann R. Tomkins


Ann R. (Heinen) Tomkins, 81 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, the family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Ann was born November 25, 1934 in Gilbertville, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Lutgen) Heinen. She graduated from Don Bosco High School and married Jack Tomkins on June 13, 1959. Ann worked for Steve's Ace for many years before retiring. She enjoyed playing Euchre League two days a week, bowling, going to casinos and spending time with her family and friends. Ann dedicated many hours over the years at the Dubuque Eagles club volunteering for many fundraisers and charity events.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Rita) Tomkins of Silvis, IL, Andy (Deanna) Tomkins of Dubuque, and John (Julie) Tomkins of Dubuque; seven (7) grandchildren, Robert, Jr., Ryan, Paul, Matt, Mandy, Kelly, and Cass; three (3) great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kaitlyn, and Amarrah; siblings, Mary Shield of Cedar Falls, Marie Heinen of Traer, and Mill Heinen of Plymoth, Indiana.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack; a grandson Steven Tomkins in 2000; and several brothers and sisters.

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



Randy L. Mills


Randy Lee Mills, 57 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Randy was born on May 15, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Elmer T. and Nancy C. (Sarazin) Mills. He married Brenda L. Becker on October 7, 1978 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Randy built and grew several businesses over the course of his life. He went into partnership with his brother Rick to grow a successful trucking business.

He was an avid stock car driver and NASCAR enthusiast. He enjoyed salmon fishing and time spent with his friends, as well as the many family vacations. He was a collector of things that held history, a true man of sentiment. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, these times were the most cherished.

Randy found the value in everything, his family and friends meant the world to him. He always made time for everyone and would give all that he had to anyone in need. He was a true blessing to anyone that he encountered. Truly a phenomenal and genuine person. Randy and Brenda were so lucky to spend their life together, a true love story, they were each other's one and only.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Mills; two daughters, Kristen (Joe) Parks, Janelle (Kevin) Anderson, and his son Michael (Alexis Schumacher) Mills. Granddaughters, Brooklyn Parks and Madison Anderson. His siblings, Judy (Larry) Wilsbach, Rick (Vicki) Mills, Ron (Karen) Mills, Kenny (Lynda) Mills, Lisa (Gary) Hinderman, and Kevin (Sue) Mills. His mother-in-law Darlene Becker and the entire Becker family, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Nancy Mills, and his Uncle "Harry".

A Memorial Fund had been established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS First Responders and the emergency room staff at Mercy Medical Center for their care and kindness they gave. A special thank you to the many family and friends for the abundance of support and prayers during this difficult time. As Randy would always say "Don't let your heart be troubled"



Kent Roeder


Kent Roeder, 64, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on June 19, 1951, in McGregor, the son of Clyde L. and Marian (Engler) Roeder. Kent was a 1969 graduate of West Central Maynard, and graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a Business Degree.

Kent served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1974 until 1980. He was employed at Iowa Workforce Development in Dubuque as an unemployment officer for many years, retiring in 2013. Kent was instrumental in helping veterans through the E.S.G.R. (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Program with Work Force Development.

Kent was a member of the Dubuque Optimist Club and Brush Creek Cruisers. He loved his family and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. Kent enjoyed photography taking family photos; and was an excellent cook and griller. He earned a Brown Belt in Karate, loved to golf, and drive his 1997 Camaro in car cruises.

Survivors include his son, Kenny (Jennifer) Roeder of Dike; three grandchildren, Emily, Haleigh, and Katelyn; his mother, Marian Roeder of Strawberry Point; four siblings, Dianne Roeder-Richter (Randy) of North Liberty, Darlene (David) Bahls of Elkader, Karen (Delvin) Tieden of Elkader, and Kevin (Ilene) Roeder of Guttenberg; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces-and-nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by his father, Clyde L. Roeder in 2009; one brother, Brian in infancy; and one sister, Marla Roeder in 1973;

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016, at First Congregational Church in Elkader. Officiating:  Pastor Linda Hauschild

Visitation: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point and one hour before the service on Monday at the church.

Interment with Military Rites: Ceres Cemetery  -  Rural Garnavillo, Iowa

 



Raymond J. Boleyn


Raymond J. Boleyn, 91, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016 at home. Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque. There will be a time to visit with the family between 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Military rites will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Ray was born January 11, 1925 in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of John and Clara (Schmitt) Boleyn. He married Jayne Armbruster, June 25, 1947. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2011. He was employed as an electrician with John Deere Dubuque Works for 36 1/2 years retiring in 1983. Ray served in the U.S. Infantry during WWII. He served two years overseas in France, Germany, England, Belgium, and Italy. He received the Purple Heart for the wounds that he received. He was a member of Local 94 Electric League, a member of St. Mary's parish for 60 years and presently a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, member of American Legion Post 6 and the D.A.V. Ray was an avid hunter, gardener, bowler (was very proud of his high game of 278), outdoorsman and Hawkeye fan. There was nothing he loved more than cutting wood, enjoying a beer in the great outdoors with his brother, nephews and grandsons.

Surviving are four children, Barry Boleyn, of Virginia Beach, VA, Vickie (Byron) Porter, Dixie (Dennis) Avenarius, both of Dubuque, and Tracy (Otto) Nielsen, of Lino Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Stacy Hancock, Julie East, Tim Boleyn, Brent Porter, Tyler Porter, Matt Avenarius, Paul Avenarius, Tiffiney Winkleblack, Brock and Brandon Nielsen; nine Great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marie Boleyn and Mary Jane Boleyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Ethel Boleyn, Lorraine Fitzgerald, Helen Wise, Mary Gentz, and Mag McComish; and three brothers, Bud, Bob and Roger Boleyn.

Memorials will be given to Hospice of Dubuque. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Melanie for her kind and compassionate care.

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com.



Oscar F. Donar


Oscar F. Donar, 92, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Oscar was born on June 18, 1923, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the son of Harry and Dorothy "Dory" (Bollen) Donar. He married Marie K. Schmidt on April 30, 1946, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2014.

Oscar worked as a farmer, in construction, and did maintenance at Mt. St. Francis in Dubuque. He helped restore and maintain the Grotto in Dickeyville. Oscar and Marie ran their own clock shop business for 25 years. Oscar was a very tenderhearted soul. For recreation he enjoyed pitching horseshoes, bowling, fishing, woodworking, gardening, watching birds, and playing cards and visiting with his friends.

Survivors include his children, Judy (Dick) Timmerman, of Cuba City, James (Marijo), of Marion, IA, Dennis (Michelle), of Bloomington, WI, Kathryn (Zoltan) Kadar, of Appleton, WI, Keith (Brenda), of Dickeyville, and Kevin (Barb), of South Wayne, WI; a brother, Melvin (Teresa) Donar, of Cuba City; a brother-in-law, Ken Pumphrey, of Rockford, IL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Florian and Clara Schmidt; three sisters-in-law; and six brothers-in-law.

An Oscar F. Donar Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to thank the staff of Epione Pavilion for their loving care.



Ethel J. Kennedy


Ethel Jean Kennedy, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, March 21, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ethel Jean Bailey was born on January 6, 1926 in Amber, Iowa, to Eugene and Ruth (Wilson) Bailey. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Leslie Kennedy on June 23, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born: Ruth Anne and Mary Lou.

Jean was a homemaker and mom and had worked for Schultz Bros., Dr. Frederick J. Swift, Jr. and the Maquoketa Company as a secretary. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Jackson County Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, Make Today Count, Pope Rebekah Lodge #136 and the Golden Agers.

Jean served as a 4-H leader for ten years and enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans, sweaters and may other items for her daughters. Additionally, she enjoyed reading and their many trips to Hawaii.

Those left to honor Jean's memory include her daughters, Ruth Anne (Don) Schroeder of Oshkosh, WI, and Mary Lou (Kevin) Hense of Dubuque, IA; 4 grandchildren, Sara Jane (Colby) Cornell of Fond du Lac, WI, Ashley (Andrew) Dearth of Greenville, WI, Craig (Paige Cota) Hense of McGregor, IA, and Brett Hense of Dubuque, IA; and 5 great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Caleb and Millie Cornell, Elliana Dearth and Wrangler Cota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband on May 19, 2001.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Jean's family would like to extend a special thank to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving, compassionate care they have provided for Jean.

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

 



Bernice M. Termont

Bernice M. Termont, 89, of Dyersville and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016, 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, March 21, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate with Deacon Roger Riesberg assisting.

Bernice was born February 10, 1927 in Annawan, Illinois the daughter of Julius and Bertha (Teerlinck) Vander Meersch.  She married Charles G. Termont on August 28, 1948 in Sheffield, Illinois.

Bernice enjoyed spending time with family, sewing, crocheting, coin and stamp collecting, playing cards and golf.  She spent much of her time volunteering at schools, meals for the elderly and the American Red Cross for over 20 years.  Bernice was a member of St. Anthony's Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, Charles, 3 children: David C. (Donna) Termont of Lino Lakes, MN, Rita (Fred) Cubbage of Apex. NC, Steven C. (Pamela) Termont-Schenk of Beachmere, Qld, Australia, son-in-law, Deacon Roger (Kathy) Riesberg of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Sarah Ledbetter, Michael Termont, Matthew, Joseph, Edward Riesberg, Daniel and Doug Cubbage, Emmaleigh and Jamon Termont-Schenk; 21 great grandchildren; and a sister, Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Jean Riesberg, one sister, Dorothy Martens, an infant brother, Joseph, and another brother, Robert, a sister-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Passini, and many aunts, uncles & cousins.

In appreciation for all who cared for Bernice, especially Edna, memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Donald A. Steffensmeier


Donald A. Steffensmeier, 74, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington, died Monday, March 14, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 20th, at Kramer Funeral Home Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm and a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Monday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Monday, March 21st, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.  Rev John O'Connor will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery.

Don was born on May 7, 1941, in Dyersville, son of Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville in 1959. Don served in the Iowa National Guard from 1963 to 1969. He married the love of his life, Elaine Grace Turnis of Fillmore on April 25th, 1964. They farmed near Worthington until they retired and moved to Dyersville in 2011. Together they raised seven children.

Don was a member of St. Paul Parish in Worthington, its Altar and Rosary Society, served on St. Paul's School Board and Beckman Booster Club, was a member of Farm Bureau, American Legion Post 137 and the Knights of Columbus.

Don was extremely proud of his 7 children, 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He enjoyed attending their many sporting and music events. Don was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed attending Beckman Catholic High School events and the annual Gala as well as St. Paul Winterfest. Don especially enjoyed coffee at the feed store, helping on the farm, playing cards with friends and family, bowling, fishing, traveling and going to the casino.

Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine; seven children: Diane (Dean) Ford of Ankeny, Kevin (Gabbi) Steffensmeier of Urbandale, Sharon (Steve) Kalb of Johnston, Susan (Scott) Wilkinson of Urbandale, Terri (Jeff) DeBruin of Johnston, Al Steffensmeier of Garner, and Kathy (Jeff) Rohner of Sherrill; 20 grandchildren, Chad, Kory and Alex Ford, Lukas and Gretchen Steffensmeier, Jennah Johnson and Kelli Kalb, Stephanie (Fiancé Ryan Freerksen), Samantha, Sydni and Jack Wilkinson, Hannah, Heather and Hailey DeBruin, Mitchel, Matthew and Aidan Steffensmeier, Erika, Kendra and Will Rohner and one great-grandchild Noah Freerksen. Don is also survived by three brothers Eldon (Clara) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley and Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville; two sisters: Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross and Alice (Rick) Nadermann of Dyersville; brother-in-law Gene Prier of Dyersville, and a sister-in-law, Agnes Steffensmeier of Dyersville.

Don is also survived by sisters-in-law: Joyce (Frank) Naber of Dyersville, Mary Kay (Willy) Connolly of Dubuque, Barb Dowd of Cedar Rapids, Margie (Ed) Stoll of Bernard, Janie (John) Pisarik of Floris, and Julie (Ralph) Hosch of Cascade and Joan Turnis of Dubuque; brothers-in-law: Steve (Arlene) Turnis of Dubuque. Dave (Linn) Turnis of Bloomington, IL, and Pete Turnis of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents Emil and Monica Steffensmeier, two brothers, Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier and Art Steffensmeier, two sisters, Florence (Joe) Meis and Lucy Prier; brother-in-law, Tom Turnis.

The family wishes to thank the Dyersville first responders and the staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency room.

Memorials are preferred and may be given to Beckman Catholic High School, Dyersville where all seven of his children graduated or St. Paul Church where he was a member for over 4 decades.

As Dad would say, "GO CUBS GO! THIS IS THE YEAR!"

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

 

 

 



Jane A. Kaiser


Jane Ann Kaiser, 83, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Joseph Hauer celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jane was born July 22, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of David and Laura (Turner) Reinecke. She graduated from St. Andrews High School in Tennyson, Wisc. in 1950. On May 27, 1952 she married Merlin "Mert" Kaiser at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Potosi.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was the light of her life. She truly loved to travel, especially to Cancun, and was always ready for a good shopping trip. She was a great role model for her family as she endured years of chronic pain. She is now finally at peace, and free from suffering.

She worked in human resources at Sears for 30 years.
Jane was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where she was a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and was a member of Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her husband, Mert Kaiser of Dubuque; five children, Connie (Terry) Hutchcroft of Dubuque, Gary (Wanda) Kaiser off Dubuque, Ken (Cheryl "Charlie") Kaiser of Dubuque, Laurie (Jeff) Knott of Marion, and Greg Kaiser of Dubuqe; 14 grandchildren, 12 of great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Langkamp of Potosi, Wisc; a brother, Bill (Ele) Reinecke of Lancaster, Wisc.; sisters in law, Evelyn Kaiser of Dubuque and Lucille Kaiser of Dickeyville.

She was preceded in death by grandsons, Justin Kaiser and Gaylin Leirmoe and great grandsons, Jack and Gage Leirmore. She was also preceded in death by her in laws, Leroy Langkamp, Vincent Kaiser, Lillian and Joe Salzmann, Esther and Fran Busch, Sister Helen Kaiser, and Jerry Kaiser.

A Jane Kaiser Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially her nurse, Betsy, the staff at Oak Park Place, Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Garrett Ridgley for their kind and compassionate care.



Elizabeth H. Schmit


Elizabeth H. "Betty" Schmit, age 82, of Dubuque, was called to Heaven on Tuesday, March 9th, after a long battle with polymyositis.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL. Burial will be at a later date in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Waunakee, WI. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass.

She was born to Jacob and Agnes (Hetzel) Schauer on January 29, 1934 in Spring Green, WI. She grew up in rural Sauk City, Wisconsin, and married the love of her life, Donald Schmit on December 28, 1954.

Together they made their home in Waunakee, Wisconsin and had fifteen children. They relocated to Dubuque, IA in 1980. Their home was always filled with laughter, love, prayers and a deep devotion to her faith. She loved her gardening and cooking with the fruits of her labors. Her husband, children and grandchildren were her greatest joys.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Donald; daughters Nancy Meinholz, Mary Servia, Susan Hyatt, Jeanne Harshman, Theresa Budde (Curt Gerhard), Ann Buettell (Scott Berry); sons Randy Schmit, Ron Schmit (Terri Evans), Larry Schmit, Joseph Schmit, Jeff (Mary) Schmit, Stephen (Tammy) Schmit, Donald (Shannon) Schmit, and Brian (Josi) Schmit; 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by brothers, John, Jacob and two infant brothers; a son Stephen; son in-laws, Luke Buettell, Joseph Hyatt and Walter Meinholz; daughter in law Kathy Schmit; and grandchildren Natalie Schmit, Madeline and Spencer Budde, and John and Jacob Servia.

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Elizabeth, Jan, Jeanette, Edna, Nicole and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of our mother during this time.



Suzanne Diers Blouin


Suzanne Diers Blouin died on March 14, 2016 in Naples, Florida, succumbing to Alzheimer's disease.

The Celebration of Life will be at the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Parish in Dubuque, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd. Visitation will also be held at the Church on Friday, April 1st, from 2-7 p.m., with the Wake Service at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

Suzanne was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 22, 1945 to John and Helen Diers. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1963 and from Clarke University in Dubuque in 1967 with degrees in math and computer science. She served 25 years on the Clarke Board of Trustees, and received a Presidential Award for her service. Suzanne married Mike Blouin in 1967 and the two made their home in Dubuque, where Suzanne taught at Hempstead High School until the birth of the couple's twin daughters in 1969. 

Suzanne served as a Legislative Assistant in Mike's state legislative office, and would go on to assist him in his campaigns for Congress. In 1980 Suzanne was charged with helping to organize the new U.S. Department of Education, and was recognized for her substantial contribution to the improvement of education in the United States. After moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1981, Suzanne worked as the Business Manager of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Agency for 16 years. While in Cedar Rapids, she was also very engaged at All Saints Catholic Parish, and coordinated the Baptism and RCIA programs. She was committed to social justice throughout her life. Suzanne loved learning, and took graduate courses at Loras College toward a Masters in Theology. Suzanne then spent 7 years with the Governor's office, serving the last four as the Director of Appointments to Boards and Commissions.

In 2007, Suzanne and Mike returned to Dubuque where she became the Parish Administrator of St. Mary's & St. Patrick's Catholic Churches, until her illness began to interfere with her memory. In 2011 Suzanne and Mike retired to Naples, Florida. For the last 3 years of her life she was cared for and resided at Arden Court Assisted Living facility for memory impaired in Naples, Florida. Her family is very grateful for their loving and caring service. The family is also grateful for the loving care and service of AVOW Hospice over the last several months of her life.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Mike; her daughters & their husbands, Lisa & Rick Sanborn, and Amy Blouin & Joe Squillace; her grandchildren, Noah Blouin-Weers, Christian Blouin-Weers and his partner, Sydney Probst; and her great-grandson, Matthew Blouin-Weers. She also leaves her loving siblings, Sonna & Bill Struyf, Alan & Joyce Diers, Jackie & Raleigh Kean, Judi & Art Kelly, and Patricia & Jim Carlucci. She loved her many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and was a dear friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Suzanne's name to Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001; the Alzheimer's Support Network, 660 9th Street North, Naples, FL 34102 and AVOW Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples, FL 34105.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.



Orland J. Boyle


Orland J. Boyle, 100, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Orland may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Orland will be held at 10:30 a.m., on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery.

Orland was born Dec. 26, 1915, on the family farm in Garryowen, Iowa - the farm that his Irish-born grandfather, Michael Boyle, bought in the 1850s. Orland was the last surviving son of Austin and Julia (Skahill) Boyle. He spent his childhood on the farm and at the family's home in Cascade.

Orland came of age during the Great Depression. After graduating from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, he worked for a time in Des Moines, but came back to the farm for good in 1938. He met his wife-to-be, Irma Becker, while he was playing the cornet at a dance in her hometown of Worthington, Iowa. "I saw this beautiful blonde girl standing there, so I decided that, well, I'm going to make an acquaintance here," he recalled.

Orland and Irma were married on Sept. 28, 1940, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. They raised five children on the Garryowen farm. Dairy cows and hogs were the heart of the operation, but the Boyles also raised sheep for wool, and chicken for eggs. "We'd take a case of eggs in and trade them in for groceries," Orland said. "And that's how we subsisted for the first year or two."

After sending all five children through college, Orland and Irma sold the farm in 1980 and moved into Cascade. That marked the beginning of a second career for both of them: Irma as an artist, and Orland as the man in charge of making the frames and minding the booth at art fairs throughout Eastern Iowa. More than 100 paintings came out of the family studio. Many of them hang in homes and businesses around Cascade.

Orland was proud of his wife's accomplishments, proud of the tomatoes he grew, and proud of the children and grandchildren who relied on his wisdom and encouragement. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish, a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and a sharp-eyed Euchre player. The couple also traveled extensively during retirement. Their European destinations included Ireland (where Orland kissed the Blarney Stone) and Germany (where Irma forged a close friendship with distant relatives).

When Irma had to move into Shady Rest due to declining health, Orland moved into Claddagh Court nearby. Irma passed away in 2005, and Orland moved on to River Bend Retirement Community and eventually to Shady Rest.
In December, the family gathered at Shady Rest to celebrate Orland's 100th birthday. He liked to joke that the secret of his longevity was that he never smoked and never spent a night in jail. But perhaps the true secret was the strong commitment he had to his wife and his family.

Orland is survived by his five children: Dr. David Boyle of Crescent Springs, Ky.; Donna (Don) Farley of North Liberty, Iowa; Steve (Joan) Boyle of Grand Lake, Colo.; Alan (Tonia) Boyle of Bellevue, Wash.; and Dr. Kevin (Patty) Boyle of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Eric Boyle, Nadine Brock and Alissa Farley, Michael Boyle and Dr. Jennifer Boyle, Evan Boyle and Dr. Natalie Boyle, and Andrew Boyle and Kaitlin Boyle; and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife; by sisters Clara Boyle and Rita Kirsch; by brothers Loran Boyle and A.R. Boyle; and by daughter-in-law Nan Boyle.

Memorials for Orland may be given to Shady Rest Care Center, 701 Johnson St. NW, Cascade, Iowa 52033; or University of Iowa Foundation (Age-Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Research Fund), P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

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



Myrna E. (Cording) VandeDrink,


Myrna E. (Cording) VandeDrink, 88, formerly of Galena, died at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Schapville, Illinois, where friends may call in the church gathering area from 9:30 to 10:45 prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery, St. John's location, with Pastor David Vidler officiating at the funeral and graveside.

Myrna (Cording) VandeDrink was born on the Hesselbacher family farm, near Scales Mound, on June 21, 1927, the daughter of Fred and Louise (Scheele) Hesselbacher. She graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1945.

On November 27, 1945, she was united in marriage to Arthur J. Cording, and they farmed in Guilford Township on the family farm located on Cording Road. Their love for farming and boundless energy brought great success as Art and Myrna received the Illinois Farmer of the Year Award in 1957 and Illinois Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Award in 1968.

In June of 1968, Art died in an automobile accident and Myrna was hospitalized with severe burns for five months in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Myrna returned to the farm in November, 1968, and began a long recovery from her injuries. Her dauntless spirit and unwavering faith in God led the way as she returned to playing the piano and organ, quilting dozens of beautiful quilts, stitching flawless counted cross stitch pictures, and actively participating in the church activities of Shepherd of the Hills, particularly the WELCA women's group, the church choir, and the quilters group.

She also was employed as Guilford Township Tax Assessor and clerk in the records department of the Galena Stauss Hospital and later Midwest Medical Center.

In 1976 she married Edward VandeDrink. They enjoyed time with their grandchildren, playing cards, fishing on Apple Canyon Lake, and traveling together until his death on December 10, 1990.

Surviving are a daughter Sandra (Larry) Schmidt of Rochester, Minnesota; two sons, Larry (Sue) Cording of Galena and Gary (Gail) Cording of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Tammy (Dave) Hagstrom of Rochester, Minnesota; Wendy (Matt) Snyder of Spring Valley, Minnesota; Jason (Theresa) Schmidt of Sartell, Minnesota; Troy (Rebecca)Cording of Peshtigo, Wisconsin; Kimberly (Douglas) Kuhlman of Inverness, Illinois; and Marcy (Chuck) Fritter of Herndon, Virginia; fifteen great-grandchildren: Emily, Elaina, Natalie, Naomi, Kevin, and Kaylee Hagstrom; Bradly, Isabelle, and Jeffrey Snyder; Lilly and Gabe Schmidt; Alexandria and Jacob Cording; and Aaron and Justin Kuhlman; two sisters-in-law, Leila Kirkhart of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Kay Hesselbacher of Apple River, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ralph Hesselbacher, Glenn Hesselbacher, Adam Hesselbacher, and Loren Hesselbacher; and two sisters, Eleanor Winter and Viola Sigafus; a brother-in-law, Eldon Cording, and a sister-in-law, Helen Kern.

Myrna treasured the 23rd Psalm. She recited it from memory and clung to its promise in vs. 6, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is assisting the family.



Elizabeth J. Curler


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Curler, of Dubuque, IA was called home peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2016 with her loving family by her side.

To Honor Betty's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky and Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, friends and family may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Betty was born in Dubuque, daughter of Gladys (Hayes) and Harry Blewett. She graduated from St. Joseph's all girls Academy.

She worked at Lorenz Laundry, Regency Thermographers, Glenview Motel, and Conrad's Rental Office.

Betty was very involved at her parish in Key West. She was an active member of RCIA for seven years and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered at church for numerous activities over the years. Her parish was a very important part of her life. She had a great devotion to the Lord and Blessed Mother whom she prayed to daily.
Betty was a loving mother, sister, and friend. Her favorite line was "God helps those who help themselves." She instilled the importance of prayer and to remember we are never alone. The lord is always there for us to lean on. She always fought for the "underdog" and gave to those in need. She was a selfless woman and showed us that it is more important to give than to receive. We will remember her as a strong, resilient woman with beauty, spunk, and style.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Patty (Bill) Doran, Jerry (Carrie) Heiderscheit, Dennis (Judy) Heiderscheit, Kathy (Paul) Haverland, Cindy (Roger Michael) Curler, her brother; Harry (Peggy) Blewett, brothers-in-law; Bill Elliot, Jeff (Renee) Curler, Bob Fondell, sister-in-law; Linda Clark, grandchildren; Shelley, Stacey, Justin, Tiffany, Jessica, Jerry Jr., Cassie, Billie Jo, Denny, Ben, Hope, Dustin, Maddy, and Sam, 22 great grandchildren, 8 great, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog, Trouble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Gladys and Harry Blewett, husband; Roger Curler, sister; Jeanette Mills, brother; Roger Clark, a daughter; June Heiderscheit, two grandsons; Derrick Haverland and Rick Smothers, brother-in-law; Louie Mills, and her step-mother; Rita Blewett.

We would like to thank Dr. Nelson for all the compassionate care you have given to mom over the years, Hospice of Dubuque; especially Betsy and Stacey, Betsi from Finley Hospital, and all of our family and friends, especially Uncle Harry, for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

We want to thank our mother for showing us how to "live" until the very end. You made sure your work here was done telling each one of your children your final wishes and how much you love each of us. Your unique humor gave us the strength to get through your final days. We will honor your memory and love you forever.



Robert J. Moyer


Robert J. "Bob" Moyer, 52, of Galena, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2006 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a series of strokes.

A celebration of his life will be from Noon - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Galena Eagles Club.

Bob was born on November 15, 1963 in Galena, the son of Art and Fern (Laity) Moyer.

He was formerly employed at Prism Construction and served in the U. S. Army from 1981 - 1985 in Korea.  He married Kathy Peel on February 14, 1995. Bob loved working with computers and Science Fiction.

Surviving is his mother Fern Moyer, four siblings, Lorie Moyer of Davenport, Iowa, Rodney Moyer of Galena, Thomas Moyer of San Francisco, California and Wayne "Arty" (Laura) Moyer of Galena, a niece Abby Moyer and a nephew Ben Moyer both of Galena; several aunts and uncles including a special uncle and aunt, Jim Laity of Scales Mound, Illinois and Gladys Nath of Galena, and his friend and former wife Kathy Moyer of Dubuque.

A Robert "Bob" Moyer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the Galena EMT's, the staff at Midwest Medical Center and the Galena Police Dept. for their quick response and assistance.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is assisting the family.



Ethel C. MacDonald


Ethel Catherine MacDonald, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa; formerly of Dyersville, Iowa; Baltimore and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and Oxnard, California died at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

In keeping with her wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

A Gathering of Remembrance will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Memorial Service will commence at 6 p.m.

Ethel was born on Sept. 18, 1924, in Centralia, Iowa, daughter of John and Ethel (Clemen) Pottebaum. She attended St. Anthony's school and schools in Center Grove, Swiss Valley, and Holy Cross.

She married Earl. E. MacDonald on Jan. 17, 1951. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1972.

Ethel worked at many jobs in the Dubuque area, most recently at John Deere. She also worked for the City of Baltimore.

Ethel enjoyed walking around Chesapeake Beach's boardwalk with her twin sister Amelia "Millie." She was an expert at crocheting, an avid reader, and the life of any party.

Surviving her are her children: Denise Clemen of Oxnard, CA, Michael (Mary Kay) MacDonald of Dyersville, Patrick MacDonald (special friend, Patti Alvey) of Jessup, MD, and Vanette (Ed) Hess of Worthington; a step-son, Joe MacDonald of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Bernadette "Mickie" (Daniel) Liebfried, and sisters-in-law: Shirley Pottebaum and Darlene Pottebaum, all of Dubuque, several nieces and nephews, including David Dodson (special friend, Margie Wilson) of Chesapeake Beach, MD.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Lawrence (Mary Ann), Edward, and Leo; a sister, Mary (Ken) Nicks, and her twin sister, Amelia (Harold Clay "Don," Jr.) Dodson; brother-in-law, Dale Snodgrass; a nephew Larry Pottebaum; a niece, Diane Nicks; a step-daughter, Mary Lou Brown; and a granddaughter, Deborah MacDonald.

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

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

 

 



Lynn R. Kasemodel


Lynn Ray Kasemodel, 56, of Monticello, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away March 12, 2016 under Hospice care at Mercy Hospice in Hiawatha, Iowa from complications of pneumonia.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Lynn on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Lynn was born March 18, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa son of Alvin and Dolores Kasemodel along with his twin sister LeAnn. He grew up in Maquoketa. Lynn graduated from Maquoketa High School 1977. Lynn loved his football and wrestling during his school days. Upon graduation he lived briefly in California doing tree trimming until a motorcycle accident caused him to have to return to Maquoketa. Lynn moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and got a job at General Mills.

Lynn bought a Harley motorcycle and enjoyed riding it. He loved going on RAGBRAI and went on the first ride in 1973 while still in school. He also enjoyed attending the 1990 Harley motorcycle rally with a special memory of getting to see a space shuttle launch.

Lynn enjoyed being around his nieces and nephews and teasing them unmercifully.

In 2003 Lynn fell off a bluff while taking a flashlight to some friends who were hunting. He miss stepped and fell off a bluff. His injuries from the fall caused him to be a quadriplegic.

Lynn bought a house in Monticello and had it made handicap accessible. With the care of Above & Beyond he was able to live there many years.

Lynn's love of his life before his accident were his dogs, riding his Harley, water sports including boating, jet skiing and fishing.

Those left to honor Lynn's memory include 2 brothers Ronald (Beth) Kasemodel of Maquoketa, Iowa and Ed Kasemodel (Diana Costello) Grand Mound, Iowa; 3 sisters Susan Nelson, Edgeley, North Dakota, Lynette (Jim) Adrian Washington, Iowa, and LeAnn Kasemodel Maquoketa, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and his special friends from Above and Beyond.

Lynn was preceded in death by his mother Dolores in 1994 and father Alvin in 2013, grandparents, and brother-in-law Pete Nelson 2013.

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

 



David A. Woolf


David A. Woolf, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 11, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate David's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born on November 16, 1932, in Ellenboro, WI, son of Edward and Hazel (Raine) Woolf.

David was united in marriage to Lois Borcherding on February 16, 1952. They were together for almost 18 years and blessed with 6 wonderful children. He was later united in marriage to Evangelia "Angie" Goetzinger on June 17, 1978, in Asbury, Iowa. They were blessed with 29 years together before she was called home ahead of David on January 14, 2007. David took great pride in a strong work ethic and invested over 40 years with the Dubuque Packing Company before retiring in 1996. In his free time, David enjoyed sitting with his beloved Angie to catch a good game with the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers. He also thoroughly enjoyed a good game of card or bingo with family and friends. David was a nature lover at heart and treasured his time in the outdoors; whether simply out for a walk or to cast his line into the water searching for the next big catch, David could easily be found with a smile on his face when he was out in God's creation. David has been called home after 83 years here with us and all the hearts he's touched along the way, even his favorite four legged buddy, Miley, find themselves torn today between the sorrow of loss and the cascading wonderful memories which flow abundantly through their minds. He now finds eternal peace after a lengthy earthly battle and is joyously reunited with all of his loved ones who've been called home earlier.

Those left to cherish David's memory include

his six children,
Dale (LuAnne) Woolf, Dyersville, IA,
Gary (Roxann) Woolf, Dubuque, IA,
Randy (Sheri) Woolf, Pensacola, FL,
Bruce (Julie) Woolf, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Laurie (Marv) Smith, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Barbara (Martin) Bentz, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;

31 great-grandchildren and one more on the way;

two brothers,
Richard (Carol) Woolf, Dubuque, IA
and Terry (Dee) Woolf, Platteville, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Shirley Woolf, Mesa, AZ.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Evangelia "Angie" Woolf; a daughter, Carol Dunlap; a sister, Shirley (Jim) Burkholder; and a brother, Jack Woolf.

A David A. Woolf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among David's favorite charities.

David's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M., Ryan and Tammy, Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all of the loving, compassionate care they have provided for David. David's family would also like to thank Barb and Martin for their generous and loving hospitality expressed through graciously keeping Dad at home with them.

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

 



Bernadine E. Kalb


Bernadine Elizabeth (List) Kalb of 165 South Grandview Ave., Dubuque passed away March 8, 2016. She was 90 years of age. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Deacon David McGhee celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4-7p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. The parish scripture wake service will be held at 7 p.m. The rosary will be recited at the church by the Nativity Rosary Society prior to the time of service.

Bernadine (Bernie) is survived by her loving and devoted seven children: Richard James II (Karl Laird) of New York, NY, Susan Mary (Ralph) Ellwanger of Dubuque, Mary Jean (Paul) Powers of Denver, CO, and Michael Joseph (Judy Zahren), Julie Ann (Michael) White, James Gerard (Laura Watson), and Gregory John (Suzy Conlon) of Dubuque. She had ten grandchildren: RJ (Amanda) and John Peter Ellwanger; Adam (Jen), Natalie, Alexandra and John Elliot (Sarah) White; and Elyse, Elizabeth, Anna and Ava Kalb, and three great grandchildren, Faye and Livia White and Abigail Ellwanger. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Thomas J. Kalb, MD of Young America, MN and two sister-in-laws: Sr. Marie Therese Kalb, OSF of Dubuque, and Mildred Kalb of Dubuque.

Bernadine was born on February 1, 1926. She married her beloved husband Richard J. Kalb (Dick) of 65 years on September 10, 1949. She attended St. Anthony's Grade School and St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. She was employed at the First National Bank, and was a manager at Roshek's Department Store and Armstrong's Department Store in Dubuque before retiring. She was a member of the Nativity Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Legion of Mary.

Bernadine relished time with her children and grandchildren, especially when the family could be together for special occasions. Her children remember her as a loving, generous and fun-loving Mother who provided all she could for her family while encouraging them to live good lives and be successful in the pursuit of their goals.
Known for her ability as an outstanding ballroom dancer, Bernadine was a loving and positive woman of faith. She loved good music and time spent with friends. She took great enjoyment in walking with friends along the Mississippi and spending time on the family boat. She also enjoyed the excitement of traveling to visit her children in New York and Denver. In her spare time she took pleasure in volunteering to help the elderly and religious orders of nuns by driving them to medical appointments and assisting them with various needs. She was dedicated to serving the church for years at the Church of the Nativity, by organizing Christmas Bazaars in the early years and later visiting the elderly. She also gave of herself by participating in numerous medical studies at the Mayo Clinic in support of research for Breast Cancer and Parkinson's Disease. She valiantly lived with Parkinson's for over fifteen years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. Kalb and her parents, Adam J. and Susan M. (Erschen) List of Dubuque and her sister Eileen H. (Robert) Rosenow. She was also predeceased by her two sister-in-laws: Elizabeth A. Kalb of Dubuque and Delores M. Kalb of Young America, MN and six brother-in-laws: Rev. Bertrum P. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Anthony J. Kalb, DDS, John T. Kalb, and Robert Rosenow of Dubuque and Rev. Howard E. Kalb, S.J. of Omaha, NB.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be given to the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN for Parkinson's research.



LaVern E. Waugh


LaVern E. "Rip" Waugh, 95, of Bellevue, Iowa and Hemet, California, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his home in Bellevue.

A celebration of Lavern "Rip's" life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, March 14, 2016 from the Elwood United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

LaVern Edwin Waugh was born on March 25, 1920 in Delmar, Iowa, to Edwin Fletcher and Hermina (Kettelsen) Waugh. He grew up in Waughtown and was a 1937 graduate of Elwood High School. He married Geneva Gartman on October 26, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union three children were born: JoAnn, Ronald and Roy. Geneva passed away on December 25, 1986. He later married Joan Kay Bunnell on May 7, 1988 in Hemet, California.

After high school, "Rip" had worked for M & W Auto and later Martin's Feed. He farmed for 17 years near Elwood where he also sold Dekalb Seed Corn. He then was offered a full time sales position with Dekalb and shortly thereafter became a district manager traveling extensively throughout the world. He retired in 1988.

"Rip" loved antiques, collecting, refinishing and eventually reselling them. Additionally, he loved traveling and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor LaVern "Rip's" memory include his wife Joan Waugh; a son Roy (Patti) Waugh of Snohomish, WA; step-children, Kelly Martin of CA, Glen (Heidi) Ellington of CA and Kris (Jimmy) Carter of CA; a sister Myrtle Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kelly, Doug, Mark, Andy and Christie; 5 step-grandchildren, Broc, Carly, Brett, Hanna and Hallie; 7 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law Donna Waugh of PA; and a son-in-law Ted Fisher of CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Geneva, children JoAnn Fisher and Ronald Waugh, a grandchild Katie Fisher, and sisters Bernice Schepers and Vera Schepers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Dorrance A. Averkamp


Dorrance A. Averkamp, 73, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Thursday morning, March 10, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, Illinois with Fr. Dean Smith  officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m.  - 12:45 p.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Dorrance was born on February 13, 1943 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the son of Arthur B. and Loretta (Handfelt) Averkamp.  He was united in marriage to Susan F. Holland on September 12, 1970 in Galena, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on December 21, 2007.

He farmed his entire life, enjoyed auctions, history, watching CNN Television and snuggling with his grandchildren. Dorrance was a member of Nativity BVM Parish.

Surviving are three children, Kevin (Jennifer) Averkamp, Vince (Beatrice) Averkamp and Joyce (Steven Van Kooten) Averkamp all of Menominee, Illinois; a daughter-in-law Cheryl Averkamp of Canyon Lake, Texas; 11 Grandchildren; two sisters, Celina Houtakker of Benton, Wisconsin and Malinda (Edmund) Dietzel of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Susan, his son Bill, two brothers, Norbert P. Averkamp and Merol Averkamp, a sister-in-law Pat Averkamp, daughter-in-law Susan Averkamp and his in-laws Lawrence and Frances Holland.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan and Stephanie for their compassion and kindness shown to Dorrance and his family.

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

 

 



Charlotte B. Gilbertson

Charlotte B. Gilbertson, 88, of rural Galena, Illinois, passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster, Wisconsin, with Pastor Doug Tremelling officiating. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on February 15, 1928 near Beetown, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harrison and Marie (Reed) Robinson. She was united in marriage to John E. Gilbertson on June 28, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1999.

She was employed at Structo Industries for over 40 years. Charlotte was an avid reader.

Surviving is one sister Betty Roush of Garland, Texas, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, and her siblings, Iva Watters, Mary Tremelling, Ruby Moseman, Marian "Ginny" Yanna, Marvin Robinson, and two half-brothers; Melvin and Raymond Robinson.



Lu Rene D. Eck


Lu Rene D. Eck, 85, formerly of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids. She was born on April 10, 1930, in Pipestone, Minnesota, the daughter of Allen and Dorothy (Lincoln) Gewecke. Lu attended Ag School in the Twin Cities and then studied medical technology at Morning Side College in St. Paul.

Lu met Charles Eck at a dance. On March 4, 1951, Lu was united in marriage to Charles William Eck in Jasper, Minnesota. Five children were born to this union. The family lived in Jasper, Minnesota, San Diego, California, Pipestone, Minnesota, Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Strawberry Point. Lu worked as an x-ray technician in Pipestone and later in Elkader. She managed the Backbone Golf and Country Club and then owned and managed the Franklin Hotel. 

Lu loved to travel. She was a "ray of sunshine" to all who knew her. She was a planner who didn't want anyone to worry. Lu loved her family and friends dearly.

Survivors include her best friend, Joe Fiala of Cedar Rapids; one son, Keith Eck of Swisher; her four daughters, Kathie (John) MacDonald of Cedar Rapids, Kris (Doug) Schmidt of Strawberry Point, Karin Ward of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Kellie Fox of West Des Moines; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Pat (Jim) Kallsen of Madison, Wisconsin; and three sisters-in-law, Jo Gewecke of Pipestone, Minnesota, Eleanor Gewecke of Jasper, Minnesota, and Jan Gewecke of Oklahoma.

Lu was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie in 1999; and two brothers, Donald and Dean Gewecke.

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 14, 2016, at United Methodist Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  Officiating: Rev. Mary Green

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Interment:  Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry, Iowa

 

 



Brayden S. Springer


Brayden S. Springer, 23, of Davenport, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home in Davenport, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Brayden's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 12, 2016, from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Brayden Scott Springer was born on September 1, 1992 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Randy Rae and Cindy Lou (Brecht) Springer. He graduated from Maquoketa Community High School in 2011 and had worked for Spartan Manufacturing in Maquoketa for a year and for the past three months for The Bedding Group in Rock Island, Illinois as a nail gunner and box maker.

Brayden was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos. He cherished his pit bulls, enjoyed cooking, wrestling, and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Brayden's memory include his mother and step-father, Cindy and James Ryan of Maquoketa, IA; his father and step-mother Randy and Jean Springer of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandmother Dixie Dietzman of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandmother Elsie Springer of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Logan (Tiffany) Springer of Onslow, IA, Mason Springer of Maquoketa, IA, Jameson Ryan of Maquoketa, IA and Breccan Ryan of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Alexis Springer of Maquoketa, IA; step-brother Eric Clark of TX; step-sister Heather Ryan of Davenport, IA; aunt Debbie Brecht of Maquoketa, IA, and aunt Kim Blake of Dubuque, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Franklin Springer, maternal grandfather Kenneth Dietzman, and his uncle Scott Brecht.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brayden Scott Springer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Joseph J. Stierman


Jeremy Joseph Stierman, 19, of Dubuque died March 3rd, 2016 at his home.

An informal service with sharing time will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Jeremy was born April 6, 1996 in Niles, Michigan the son of Dennis and Callista (Behnke) Stierman.

He was employed at Klauer Manufacturing in Dubuque as an order selector.

Jeremy was a peaceful, kind, creative, and loving soul who loved his guitar and writing and playing music. He genuinely cared about people and was wise beyond his years. He also loved skateboarding and camping with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents; Dennis and Callista (Behnke) Stierman, three siblings; Shawn Stierman, Cheyanna Stierman, both of Dubuque, and Jasmine Stierman of Sherrill, IA, his two nephews; Cameron Saul and Kayden Jasper.

A Jeremy Stierman memorial fund has been established.



Carol A. Neff


Carol Agnes Neff, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bethany Home in Dubuque. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To honor Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3 - 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Carol Crough was born on April 26, 1934 in Salina, Kansas, daughter and youngest child of Daniel and Mildred (Johnson) Crough. Irish heritage on her father's side bestowed Carol not only with spirited green eyes that never missed a beat but also a strong sense of Irish pride and identity that she proudly carried with her throughout her life. Sociable by nature, Carol was a lifeguard and cheerleader as a youth and had a job as a "soda jerk" at the local Walgreens. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salina in 1952 and then joined the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Hill Air Force Base outside Ogden, Utah, Buck Sergeant Crough met her future husband, James "Jim" H. Neff. They married on May 1, 1954 and their union was blessed with 33 years and six children together. Carol worked for over 25 years in the Mercy Hospital Cafeteria, where she made lasting friendships that endured through her final days. Carol enjoyed traveling, reading, bargain-hunting, playing dominoes and watching television and movies. She particularly treasured the experiences she had in Europe, especially in London and Ireland. She valued her religion and was devoted to regular church attendance and contributed generously to many charities. What wealth she had, she shared generously. Carol also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was nearly always game for a cheeseburger and a Coke, frequently accompanied by a spirited debate on just about any topic. Carol was honest, sometimes to a fault, but this endeared her to most people and made her a memorable figure to strangers and family alike. Her inquisitive nature allowed her to interact freely with most anyone. Her sense of humor, generous laugh and charisma will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Carol was truly larger than life. She is now reunited with her husband, Jim, her son, Michael, her parents and all of her departed family members. We will miss her dearly and think of her often.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include five children,
Scott Neff, West Des Moines, IA,
Sue (Steve) Chapman, Dubuque,
Mark (Karen) Neff, Bondurant, IA,
Mary (Steve) Hong, North Bend, WA,
and Shawn Neff, West Des Moines, IA;

her 11 grandchildren,
Jessica (Brian) Chapman,
Kate (Bobby) Preston,
Laura Chapman,
Michael Chapman,
Shannon (Jeremy) Neff-Muell,
Briana (Steven) Gillette,
Christopher Neff,
Rachel Hong,
Sarah Hong,
Rebecca Hong,
and Nathan Hong;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Nina Vicente, Luke Vicente, Nolan Preston, Joel Preston, Carter Neff and Cecilia "CiCi" Muell;

and her brother, Royce Daniel (Danny) and his wife, Deanna Crough, Fresno, CA.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James H. Neff; her son, Michael Neff; her sister, Kathleen "Kay" Henry; and a her brother, Kenneth "Kenny" Crough.

A. Carol A. Neff memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Carol's favorite charities.

Carol's family would like to thank Dr. Heidi Townsend and all the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all of the compassionate care and support they provided to Carol and her family.

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

 



Christopher G. Hartung


Christopher G. Hartung, 32 of Dubuque, IA died unexpectedly Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 7 PM, Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may gather after 5 PM until time of service. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Christopher was born in Dubuque on July 16, 1983 to Carl Joseph Hartung and Ingeborg "Peggy" Rosenthal and was happily welcomed by his parents and his sister and brother. Christopher loved playing video games, getting together with friends at the park for grill outs, and many other outdoor activities. He truly enjoyed walking and playing with his dog, "Lucky" at the dog park.

Christopher is survived by his two sons, Jared Cornwall and Trenton McCarthy, his mother, Ingeborg "Peggy" Rosenthal, his sister, Valerie (David) Sprank and their children, Mercedes, Monte, Miata, Milan and Montana, his brother, Adrian Hartung and his daughter Miranda, his paternal grandmother, Marcella Hartung and many aunts and uncles. Last, but not least, his buddy and best friend, "Lucky".

Christopher will be joining his father, Carl Joseph Hartung, maternal grandparents, John and Ingeborg "Irene" Rosenthal, his paternal grandfather, Joseph Hartung and his namesake, Uncle Gary Hartung in heaven.

Christopher always had a big smile on his face and was a very friendly, thoughtful, helpful loving son, brother, father and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Christopher will live with all of us forever in our hearts and memories.

Online condolences maybe left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Margaret A. Danner


Margaret Ann (LeGrand) Danner, 66, of Dubuque was granted her angel wings on the evening of March 6, 2016. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Margaret was born on May 21, 1949 to George and Ione (Schmitt) LeGrand. She was married to Robert A. Danner on July 31, 1971 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Margaret graduated from Western Dubuque Community School in 1966. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. Margaret enjoyed crocheting, bingo, cards and camping. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with family and friends. Margaret could be found decorating year round for every holiday, she loved to share laughter and was generous in countless other ways. She was a friend to many and will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Rose (Robert) Roeder of DeWitt; a sister in-law, Marilyn Bonesteel of Toddville; 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a sister, Mildred Kotz; and three brothers, George LeGrand, John LeGrand, and James LeGrand.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Manor Care family, Margaret's home for the past 8 years. Thank you also to Tri-State Dialysis and all of the Doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital, Finley Hospital and Internal Medicine.

A Margaret A. Danner memorial fund has been established in her memory.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, March 14, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2001 Saint Joseph St., Dubuque. Family and friends are invited to call from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

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



Eileen L. Meyer


Eileen L. (Klosa) Meyer, 79 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St, with a 7:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Eileen was born July 27, 1936 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Arthur and Martha (Ruthe) Klosa. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1954. Eileen earned a diploma in Nursing from Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. She married Donald Joseph Meyer on October 5, 1957 at St. Columbkille Catholic church, he passed on January 9, 2011. Eileen enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing Bingo, playing cards and games with her kids, crochet, and was an avid Cubs fan.

Survivors include her children; Daniel, David (Jackie), Jolene (Roger) Schoenberger, Herman (Joni), Donald (Val), Peter (Doreen), and Julie; 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Henry Klosa, Sadonia "Nonie" Burds, and Sandy Butler.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five children in infancy, Thomas, Timothy, Mary, Martha, and Jodi; siblings, Joyce Kurtz, Arthur "Bud" Klosa, and Joseph Klosa.

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

The family would like to thank Jolene, Roger and Julie; Hospice of Dubuque, and Lynn Davis for your loving care of Mom to allow her to stay in her home during this time.

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



Howard J. Wagner


Howard J. Wagner, 95, formerly of 2150 Yorktown Road, died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10 at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Howard was born on February 26, 1921 in Dubuque, IA the son of Arthur and Claire (Thielen) Wagner. He was a proud graduate of Loras Academy. On December 29, 1945 he married Patricia Hanley at St. Anthony's Catholic Church; she preceded him in death on May 22, 2004.

Howard was employed at Farley and Letchers for 22 years and as a bus operator for Key Line - City of Dubuque. 
Howard volunteered at the City Mission and was financial secretary of Amalgamated Transit Union for 14 years.
He was quite the handy-man and enjoyed building and repairing around the house.

Surviving are his daughters Sara Murphy of Dubuque and Ann (Greg) Martin of McCormick, S.C.; grandchildren Pat (Kathy) Murphy and Emily Martin; great-grandchildren Kayle and Ryland Murphy; and sister-in-law Shirley Hanley. 

He was also preceded in death by his son in infancy, Michael; son-in-law James Murphy; grandson Tim Murphy; great-grandson, Gavin Murphy; brother and sister-in-law Roger (Norma) Wagner; and brother-in-law Frank Hanley.

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

A Howard Wagner memorial fund has been established.
Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for your loving care.



Pamela K. Sample


Pamela K. Sample, 58, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Hope Cottages in Anchorage.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, and after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Pam was born on August 4, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jefferson "Sleepy" and Wilma (Janzen) Sample.

Pam spread happiness to everyone she met.  She enjoyed passing out the Sunday morning church bulletins, hugs and a smile at the church. She loved music, singing, dancing and most of all eating out.

Pam enjoyed bowling, swimming, basketball, skiing and running and participated in the Jo Daviess Special Olympics. Pam was formerly employed at the Jo Daviess Workshop in Galena, Illinois, where she gave tours to visitors, helping and encouraging others and being a leader. She also worked at the Gifted Drummer Gift Shop in Galena. She made placemats on a huge weaving loom and loved to assist the customers.

In Anchorage she attended the Hope Discover Center, where she enjoyed all sorts of activities and socializing. Pam especially loved to sit in the bosses chair and be the Boss.

Surviving are her siblings, Fred (Sherry Hess) Sample of Potosi, Wisconsin, Emery "Rocky" (Leanne) Sample of Sycamore, Illinois, Renee (Tony) Wilson of Anchorage, Alaska, Cheryl Sample of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Jefferson Mark Sample of San Diego, California, many nieces,  nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews, and her aunt, Byrl Nesteby of Dubuque, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sleepy & Wilma Sample, two nephews, Jeff Sample and Shawn Albert Alvarez, her grandparents, Joseph & Ollie Sample and Clyde & Mildred Janzen.

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

 

 



L. Jeanette Sherwin


L. "Jeanette" Sherwin, 91, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Paul Glendenning officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Jeanette was born on May 30, 1924, in Livingston, Wisconsin, the daughter of Raymond and Fern (Wagner) Lee. She married Guerdon T. Sherwin on November 29, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. She farmed her entire adult life in the Belmont, Union and Platteville areas. She also worked in laundry at the Platteville Municipal Hospital and as a greeter at Walmart in Platteville.

Survivors include her sons, Jerry (Elaine) Sherwin, of Cuba City, and Ken (Marge) Sherwin, of Richland Center; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Sherwin, of Longmont, Colorado; two sisters, Judy (Fred) Mehren, of Rockford, Illinois, and Nancy (Tom) Ziegenfuss, of Platteville; a sister-in-law, Jo Schwenn, of Madison; and a brother-in-law, Hank Bossenbroek, of Platteville. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Bradley (Tracey) Sherwin, Kimberly (Mark) Gehrke, Timothy Sherwin, Robert (Anna) Sherwin, Scott Sherwin, and Kelley (Lewie Fader) Sherwin; six great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Connor, Bailey, Bryce, Paige and Sophie Sherwin; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryan (Jamie) Oyen and Shannon (special friend, Brian) Oyen; a step-great-great-grandchild, Carson Oyen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard "Dick" Sherwin, two brothers, Merle (Lorraine) Lee, and Wendell Lee; three sisters, Dorothy (Wendell) Cliff, Genevieve (Herbert) Osterholz, and Iola Bossenbroek; and a brother-in-law, Donald Homuth.

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



Charles G. Minnick


Charles G. "Chuck" Minnick Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at home with his loving family. To honor Chuck's life, private family services have been held where full military honors were accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street assisted the family with arrangements.

Chuck was born on March 10, 1933, in Friend, NE, son of Albert and Mildred (Beuterbaugh) Kennedy.

Chuck proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 17 years and eventually retired from Menards after 20 years.

Those left to cherish Chuck's memory include

Chuck L. (Becky Wolf) Minnick Jr.,
Suzanne G. (Harold) Shaffer,
Terry L. (Candie) Minnick,
Sharon K. (Tom) Swift,
Lisa G. (Joe) Pfab
and Jeremy Minnick, all of Dubuque, IA;

12 grandchildren;

and 20 great-grandchildren.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Carol Jean Minnick in infancy and Debra Ann Minnick; and a son, Michael P. Minnick.

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

 



Raymond W. Brachman


Raymond William "Ray" Brachman, 90, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson Officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Leonard Funeral Home, where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Ray was born on September 10, 1925, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, son of Raymond John and Lillian (Brey) Brachman. Growing up in Platteville, Wisconsin, he chose early graduation from high school to serve in the United States Navy, during WW II, between 1943 and 1945. After the war, Ray completed his education at The Teachers College in Platteville. Upon graduation, Ray joined his father as an insurance salesman, and continued in the profession until his retirement at age 72.

He married Colleen Sullivan on August 27, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Truly a member of "The greatest generation that ever lived," his world centered around God, Family, and Country. He was a consummate family man, loved working outdoors, and was an avid do-it-yourselfer. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Surviving are his four children: Deborah (Dennis) Hewitt of Rochester, MN, Steven (Dee) Brachman of Eden Prairie, MN, Jon Brachman of Dubuque, and Kristin (Peter) Lynch of Dubuque; eight grandchildren: Joshua (Natalie) Hewitt, Scott (Vanessa) Brachman, Regina (Eric) Kilburg, Andrew (Danielle) Brachman, Ruth (Mike) Abdoo, Emily (Christopher) Appelman, Daniel Brachman, and Gabriel and Gwen Lynch; four great-grandchildren: Hanna and Jackson Hewitt, Kylar Brachman, and Eleora Abdoo; and family friend, Joyce Larkin.

Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife Colleen, his parents Ray and Lillian, his brothers Richard (Dick) and William (Bill) Brachman, and his daughter-in-law Amy (Bisanz) Brachman.

Special thanks are extended to Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff and residents of Eagle Point Place.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, in honor of Ray.



Otto A. Krieg


Otto A. Krieg, 83, of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Military Rites will be accorded 10 a.m. Saturday by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, Dubuque where funeral services will immediately follow. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Otto was born on October 2, 1932, son of Otto and Lelia (Fritz) Krieg. He married Joyce Oakley on October 13, 1951 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2011.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL for 43 years before retiring in 1995. He also served in the National Guard for 35 years.

Otto was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed golfing and bowling. He had a special talent for wood carving. He enjoyed bird watching, especially cardinals. He also had Boston Terriers for many years.

Survivors include his sons, Steven A. (Catherine) Krieg of Dubuque and David A. (Pamela) Krieg of Sherrill, IA; grandchildren Lisa (David) Boland and their children, Carson and Maximus; Christopher (Pamela) Krieg and their son Mason; Nicholas (Lisa) Krieg and their children Zach, Jacob, Sam and Ben and Sean and Jenna Cooper; and Andrew (Jessica) Krieg and their son Jaxson; and a sister, Esther Paulus of Fargo, ND.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brothers George, Raymond and Kenneth Krieg.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Gary J. Schockemoehl


Gary J. "Herb" Schockemoehl, 73, of 615 Piper Ct. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 8 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, March 7 at the Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Gary "Luke" was born July 8, 1942 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Louis and Rosemary (Feltes) Schockemoehl. He graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington. Gary enlisted in the United States Army on 1963 and was stationed at the Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, HI. He was awarded Junior Solider of the Year for the 25th Infantry Division in 1963. In 1966 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army and returned home where he lived in Dyersville, IA. He married Cheryi Kryzinski in Dubuque, on June 15, 1973. Gary worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a foreman in the foundry until it closed. He finished his career at John Deere in Heat Treat and took early retirement in 1992. After retiring from John Deere he went on to work for Aramark and at the Days Inn. Gary was known as "Bompa" by his eight grandchildren who loved him dearly. Gary loved to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bears with his dogs Lucy and Teddy close by his side. He also really enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in the many sports they played. Gary had a deep passion for history, in particular military history, and 50s music which he would sit and listen to for hours on end.

Gary is survived by his wife, Cheryi, of Dubuque, three children, Stephanie (Dean) Bush, Chad (Nichole) Schockemoehl of Dubuque, Shelby Schockemoehl of Deerfield Beach, FL; six siblings, Alan (Betty) Schockemoehl of Dubuque, Theodore Schockemoehl of Oskaloosa, Joan (friend Jerry Winard) Suchan of Crystal Lake, IL, Mary (Bob) Jasper of Davenport, IA, Jane Schockemoehl of Urbandale, IA, and Robert (Jane) Schockemoehl of West Des Moines, IA; eight grandchildren, and a sister in law, Cynthia Owens of Big Bend, WI.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Rosemary Schockemoehl.The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Dr.Herman and Dr. Cao for their wonderful care. A memorial fund has been established in Gary's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Rita J. Whalen Purcell


Rita J. Whalen Purcell, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The rosary will be recited at the church by the Nativity Rosary Society prior to the time of services. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Rita was born on February 14, 1923, in Dubuque, daughter of Edgar and Mary Ann (Kisting) Kolfenbach.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and would proudly receive her first degree from Clarke College in science and home economics. She would venture even further, along her path to higher education, at Norte Dame, where she would double major in chemistry and theology. Rita would invest the early years of her working career in teaching and would share her wealth of knowledge, time and talents with countless children at several schools, including the Academy of the Visitation from 1955 until 1969. Rita would soon find her first love, Michael G. Whalen, and they would be united in marriage on December 23, 1971 in Joliet, Illinois. They would be blessed with 19 wonderful years together before he was called home ahead of her on November 3, 1990. Rita would continue on in her working career as a nutritionist and supervisor for the Evergreen Eldercare Program for Will County in Joliet, Il. She would generously devote her free-time as a board member with the Joliet Headstart Program, as president of the Joliet Home Economics Association and as a teacher at the Joliet Teachers College. Rita would next meet her second love, John C. "Jack" Purcell, and they would be united in marriage on June 3, 2000, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Sadly, John would also be called home ahead of her on November 24, 2002. Rita was a dedicated member of St. Mary's Church and Rosary Society, St. Mary's Over 60 Club, Nativity Church and faithfully served as Deanery President of the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. When Rita wasn't busy serving others within her community, she could be found enjoying some time at her craft table, sewing her latest creation, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., or simply indulging in a great game of Euchre or Bridge with family and friends. Rita's undeniable commitment to giving of herself for the betterment of others around her has not gone unnoticed. She now finds herself resting from her labors in an eternal state of peace, reunited with her loved ones who have traveled home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include
her six step-children,
Karen (Eugene) Wild, West Des Moines, IA,
Kevin (Sue) Purcell, Dubuque,
Terry (Patricia) Purcell, Arlington, TX,
Randy Purcell, Dubuque,
Danny (Laura) Purcell, Omaha, NE
and Greg (Christina) Purcell, Elmhurst, IL;

her nieces and nephews,
John (Joan) Melssen, Burnsville, MN,
David (Colleen) Melsen, Harrison, AR,
Mary Rae (Ken) Broadway, Dubuque,
Ann (John) McCormick, Caledonia, IL
and Jane (Terry) Jackson, Bellevue, IA;

and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Michael G. Whalen; her second husband, John C. "Jack" Purcell; 2 sisters, Arnolda Melssen and Rosemary Kelly; and 1 brother, Rev. Edgar C. Kolfenbach.

A Rita J. Whalen Purcell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Rita's favorite charities.

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

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

 



Margaret M. Makovec


Margaret M. Makovec, 86, of Dubuque died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Toale celebrating and Rev. Howard Barch Jr and Rev. John J. O'Connor concelebrating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born June 14, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Duerr) Wehrspann.
She married Henry Makovec on February 19, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1998.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Nancy) Makovec of Dubuque, Gary (Pat) Makovec of Nevada, Iowa, Donald (Diane "Annie") Makovec of Dubuque; three daughters, Dianne Makovec of Dubuque, Michelle (Mike) Grauer of Lake In The Hills, Ill., Amy (Kevin) Shear of Marengo, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Andy, Jonathan, Nicole, Mike, Jenny, Stephanie, Mark, Ann, Angela, Katie, Libby, Henry and Lincoln; 13 great grandchildren, Reed, Sydney, Leon, Owen, Harrison, Makayla, Tyler, Liz, Isabell, Gabby, Ethan, Miley and Olivia; two sisters, Lucille (Roger) Riechmann and Alvina (Gus) Timmerman; three sisters in law, Lynn Wehrspann, Emma Grass and Mary Makovec and longtime family friend, Joseph Bartels.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Makovec; two brothers, Martin and Bill Wehrspann; three sisters, Irene Beauchamp, Doris Thiltgen and Wilma Spear; and two great grandchildren, Alana and Kingston McCollums.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Margaret Makovec Memorial Fund has been established.



Frieda Suverkrup


Frieda Suverkrup, 83, passed away at home in Cottonwood, Ariz., on February 28, 2016 from natural causes with her family by her side. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 11 at St. John's Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Frieda was born December 2, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Edna White. She was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Frieda accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was very active in many churches throughout her life. She graduated in 1950 from Dubuque Senior High School. On August 30, 1953, she married Henry Suverkrup at St. Paul Lutheran Church and they lived most of their life in Arizona.

Frieda was a wonderful mother and wife. She was also very active in her community. She worked with the Yuma Fine Arts Association and with her efforts and that of many others, they transformed the railroad depot into a beautiful museum. This took a lot of effort from all sides; manual, creativity, and fundraising. After many years it is still standing. In state meetings, she was recognized as someone who knew the business and was seen as a financial advisor to nonprofit organizations. Frieda was also given the responsibility of greeting people on arrival because she was well known and liked.

Frieda worked with Wickenburg Friends of Music as a long term treasurer, taking care of assets and expenditures. Each month, it was a balancing act between the two, especially when times were difficult. People wanted the best in production with limited available assets. She was always accurate in her estimates regardless of the pressure.

Frieda also worked with Wickenburg Community Services Organization as a financial adviser and many other responsibilities. The organization helped families who were in need. At Christmastime there was a real need, but also year round. It was her job to see that the finances were in order and assets were not overspent.

Frieda also had some hobbies throughout the years that make us smile. She loved to collect piggy banks, try new recipes, bake, and entertain. She enjoyed putting together puzzles and would glue them together to display them.

Frieda is survived by her husband, Henry; children Kim (Max) Wennet and Troy Suverkrup; grandsons Troy Wennet and Tyler (Alexa) Wennet; siblings Charlotte Vanderbilt and Robert (Mable) Witte; and brother in law Walt Hedrick; and her nieces and nephews Virginia (Rick) Maus, Mark, Roger, Lessa and Ross (Linda) Vanderbilt, Debbie, Kathy, Beth, and Lorie Witt, Kevin Hedrick, and Cheryl (Bob) and Emily Esmail.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Edna Hedrick; brother in law Russ Vanderbilt; sister in law Betty (Ken) Morgan; and nephew Mike Vanderbilt.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is assisting the family.
To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Merlin J. Fuller


Retired Dubuque Fire Captain Merlin J. "Moe" Fuller, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at home.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, March 7, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery where full military detail will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League and the Four Fives by Dubuque Fire. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Merlin was born on July 1, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Louis H. and Mary A. (Galvin) Fuller. He was baptized on July 8, 1923 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church and has remained a lifelong member, 92 years. He graduated from St. Columbkille High School in May, 1941.

He entered the Army Air Corps in May 1943. He graduated from flight school and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and received his pilot wings December 23, 1944. He then trained as a photo recon pilot and flew the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

Merlin married Shirley Bauer on May 8, 1954 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Their family grew to two boys, Russell and John, and two daughters, Carolyn and Laura, of whom he was very proud.

Merlin worked for 6 years at John C. Kaiser painting contractors. He then worked for the City of Dubuque Fire Department for 25 years retiring on July 1, 1979 with the rank of Captain. He finished his working career at Frommelt Industries.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; four children, Russell (Molly) Fuller, of Davenport, Carolyn (Boone) Boleyn, of Dubuque, John (Dawna) Fuller, of Davenport, and Laura (Tim) Beitzel, of Dubuque; ten grandchildren, John, Ryan, Jennifer, Brian, Nick, Kristen, Joe, Rachel, Stephanie, and Emily; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Marian Link, of Oelwein, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers John and Raymond.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Stacy and Amy, his doctors, Dr. Ronald Scope, Dr. Ramabadran, and Dr. Michael Arnz and their staffs for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Moe.

In lieu of flowers a Merlin Fuller memorial fund will be established.



Lavern N. Hingtgen


Lavern "Vern" N. Hingtgen, 86, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Church of the Nativity with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service.

Vern was born September 5, 1929 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Clarence and Irene (Abeln) Hingtgen. He married Margaret "Peg" Manning on April 23, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Vern worked as a meat cutter at the Dubuque Packing House for over 45 years, retiring in 1992. He served in the US Army during the Korean War as a crane operator.

Vern loved and cared for many family members and friends over the years, he was always the first one there when someone needed help. He shared a special relationship with all his grandchildren, especially Trevor, whom Vern babysat during his retirement. Vern was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity.

Survivors include his wife, Peg; children, Craig (Janice) Hingtgen of Dubuque, Lisa (Ron) Brownell of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Nick, Trevor, Alyssa, Craig; a great-granddaughter, Mckayla; and another great-grandchild expecting, Harley; a sister, Marilyn Dunne of Davenport; and several nieces and nephews.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Averle Mueller, Cliff Hingtgen, Gerald Hingtgen; and Lois Weinschenk.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Maria Ploessl, who was like a second daughter, she has gone above and beyond during these times of need, also Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate and the staff at Finley Hospital, especially Abbie for your care of our husband, father, and grandfather.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Vern's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Linda Lou Osterkamp


Linda Lou Osterkamp, 50, of Garber, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She was born on August 28, 1965, in Manchester, the daughter of Arnold and Donna (Hansel) Holthaus. Linda graduated from Ed-Co High School in 1983.  After graduation she began farming.

Linda was united in marriage to Dale Osterkamp.  One daughter was born to this union. They later divorced.

Linda worked in food service at the Colesburg Elementary School. She loved animals and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. Linda also enjoyed the time spent taking care of her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, Jessica (Dan Lynch) Osterkamp of Strawberry Point; her parents, Arnold and Donna Holthaus of Colesburg; two grandchildren, Seth and Camren Lynch; and three siblings, Cathy (Ronald) Kirby of Strawberry Point, Joe Holthaus of Colesburg, and Susan (Bill) Burgin of Strawberry Point.

Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Holthaus in infancy; maternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Hansel; and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Fern Holthaus.

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

Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa.  Officiating:  Pastor Mike Jackson

Visitation:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral.

Interment:  Zion Cemetery - Rural Colesburg, Iowa.

Casket Bearers:  Steve Ross   Jeremy Holthaus   Justin Holthaus   Dan Lynch

 

 

 



Paul W. Wiezorek Jr.


Paul W. Wiezorek Jr., age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Sue Dazey officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Paul was born on November 22, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul and Marion (Miller) Wiezorek Sr.

Paul was a proud graduate of Stephen Hempstead High School, class of 1980. He worked at Andersen Eagle Window and Door, as a materials handler, for 24 years and dearly valued all the friendships he developed along the way. During his moments of free time, Paul could easily be discovered out in the woods hunting, alongside the shore trying to hook the next big one, or keeping up with his favorite driver during the most recent NASCAR race. Paul has been called home much to early and the hearts of all who knew and loved him ache with a sorrow which only time can heal. The memories of this simply adorable man will live on for decades, and we find hope in the fact that his earthly struggles are finally over and he is now resting peacefully in a state of perfection.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his mother,
Marion Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA;

his sisters,
Deanna Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA
and Vickie (Al) Kearney, Bellevue, IA;

his special niece,
Monica Morrison, Dubuque, IA;

his extended nieces and nephews,
Bob (Brenda) Kearney, Lebanon, IN,
Theresa (Dan) Kass,
Rick (Lisa) Kearney,
Roger Kearney,
Stacey Kearney
and Jessica (Kurt) Ehlers, all of Dubuque, IA;

14 great nieces and nephews;

his goddaughter,
Alexandria Johnson, Fort Carson, CO;

and a special cousin,
Laura (Michael) Kapparos Jr., Hazel Green, WI.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents; a great nephew, Taylor Keuter.

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

The family would like to thank everyone who has helped them care for, and support Paul, during his journey. We appreciate all of Paul's angels, but would like to express a very special thank you to The Wendt Center, especially Laura Duehr, the Medical Associates Oncology Team, the Therapy Department, his Audiologist, Dionne Klauer, his Speech Therapist, Jeanne Ulrichs, Medical Associates ENT, Outpatient Physical Therapy at Mercy Hospital, especially Sue Branson, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna.

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



Mary Ann Chrystal


Mary Ann (Lewis) Chrystal, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by family. She was born on September 28, 1932, in Manchester, the daughter of Ernest and Elsie (Callahan) Lewis. Mary Ann was raised and educated in the area and was Homecoming Queen and graduate of Manchester High School.

Mary Ann was united in marriage to Lewis Frank Chrystal. Four children were blessed to this union. Together they resided in Manchester. Mary Ann was employed by Jack and Jill, Deli One, and several years as a dental associate for Dr. Joseph Vap.

Quilting, reading mysteries, watching westerns, and being with family were enjoyment for Mary Ann. Her door was always open for anyone who needed a place to stay and she loved cooking for them.

Survivors include her four children, Steven (Lori) Chrystal of Dubuque, LuAnn (Eugene) Carpenter of Winterset, Debra Chrystal of Westminister, Colorado, and Shawn (Theresa) Chrystal of Little Rock, Arkansas; 14 grandchildren, Travis, Trevor, Caitlin, Lailani (LJ), JeanAnne, Felicity, Gregory, Matthew, Nicole, Michael, Zachary, Ryan, and Ashley;14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Eddie Lewis; one sister Eleanor Barr; several nieces and nephews; and her good friend, Harriet Fisher.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Frank Chrystal; two brothers, Donald and Joe Lewis; and two sisters, Lana Lee and Marita Lewis.

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

Graveside Service: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa. Officiating: Rev. Mike Jackson

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Donna L. Breitbach


Donna Lee Breitbach, age 72, of Balltown, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on December 27, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Horsfield) Besler.

Donna was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School. She was united in marriage to Victor "V.J." Breitbach Jr. on September 18, 1965, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque and they were blessed with 43 wonderful years together and ten adoring children before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 2009. Donna was a full time wife, mother and homemaker and took great pride in nurturing and caring for her family; she was also lovingly known as the general manager of Grand Central Station in Balltown, IA. She earnestly invested 32 years, and countless hours, outside the home helping her husband, V.J. run The Barn.

Freetime was not always a luxury which Donna would possess, naturally being busy with children and work; but when a little down time with family and friends would present itself, a smile would rapidly develop upon her face at the mere mention of a good game of cribbage, collecting the newest precious moments figurine, or even some individual time on a crossword. Donna truly treasured the holidays and decorating her home, especially during her favorite season, Christmas. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Donna was a landmark and fixture in her community and gracefully impacted countless lives along the way. Her absence will be felt in the deepest depths of the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Donna's struggles and trials over the past few years have now come to an end and she finally rejoins her loving husband, V.J. in their heavenly estate.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her 10 children,
Julie Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
John (Rachel) Breitbach, Dubuque, IA,
V.J. Breitbach III, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Nicole) Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
Joe (Missy) Breitbach, Farley, IA,
Jeff (Jessica Fens) Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
Jennifer (Doc) Schemmel, Dubuque, IA,
Jason (Kim Smith) Breitbach, Rickardsville, IA,
Jessica (Josh) Knepper, Dubuque, IA
and Jacob (Kim) Breitbach, Holy Cross, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Joshua (Staci) Frommelt, Robby (Cortini Walen) Frommelt, Kyle (Caitlin Dix) Frommelt, Cory Lambert, Justin Breitbach, Brady Breitbach, Belle Breitbach, Becca Breitbach, Carter Breitbach, Chase Breitbach, Brinnley Breitbach, Ava Breitbach, Alivia Breitbach, Emma Breitbach, Jack Breitbach, Ryder Smith, Ben Knepper, Monica Knepper, Kayla Breitbach and Madalyn Breitbach;

3 great-grandchildren, Charlotte Frommelt, Bailey Mae Frommelt and Caleb Lambert.

and her siblings,
Duane (Marian) Besler, Milwaukee, WI
and Darrell (Verna) Besler, Dubuque, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, V.J. Breitbach Jr.; a grandson, Charlie Breitbach; and a brother, Jim (Donna) Besler.

A Donna L. Breitbach memorial fund has been established, which will be distrubuted among Donna's favorite charities.

Donna's family would like to express a most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all of the angels, and graciously adopted family members over time, at Mercy skilled 4th floor for all of their amazing care, attention and unceasing devotion to Donna over the past 7 years. May God bless you all.

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

 



Dominique P. Walton


Dominique Paul Walton, 44, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. . Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dominique was born November 16, 1971 in Dubuque son of Richard and Yvonne (Glajean) Walton.

He graduated with the class of 1991 from Hempstead High School and graduating in Life Skills. He was offered a scholarship with Hallmark for his portrait "Empty Garden".

His family spent his life protecting him from cruelty and keeping him safe and happy. He lived his life showing how to live life with compassion, empathy and courage. Dominique showed the world how to truly live life with no regrets. God is in charge of protecting him now, so as a family we feel relief. He will always be remembered as a child of innocence. Every Wednesday was his big shopping day; now he'll do his shopping in heaven. "Fly on angle wings little man. Hugs and kisses on your flight."

He was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Survivors are his father, Richard Walton, of Dubuque; a sister, Tilly (Russ) Frommelt, of Dusbuque; brothers, J.P. Walton, Jerome (Debbie) Walton, and Richard (Shelly) Walton Jr., all of Texas; nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews who resided in Dubuque, Texas, and Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne, a brother, Christopher and Toto, his favorite dog.

Special thanks to Paramount EMS, Dubuque Police Department and Dubuque Fire Department, and Donna Kluesner with the Medical Examiner office.

Memorials may be given for tool kits to assist austic children with doctor appointments, or to Autism Awareness of Dubuque at Mercy Medical Center.



Robert A. Millius


Robert A. (Bob) Millius, 95 of Dubuque, was born the son of Arthur O. and Grace Millius was born on April 6, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa. He died on March 1st at the Hawkeye Care Center. Bob married Fern "Marie" Holderman and later married Violette M. Parker on June 29, 1946. She died on June 25, 1992. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years as foreman and supervisor of the Hog Kill department. Bob cherished his Dubuque Pack family and would talk for hours about the good Old Days at the Pack. He loved to go hunting and fishing with his son Jim, his grandsons, great-grandsons and many of his hunting buddies especially Walter Becker and Jim "Banjo" Menadue. He hunted until he was 85 years of age. Bob was a very religious person who read the entire bible many times and lived the word of God to his death. He was involved in his community by belonging to the Mosaic Lodge 125 as a 50 year plus member, Oxus Grotto, Dubuque Eagles Club and was very fond of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. He was a Stephen Minister at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and also attended Immanuel United Church of Christ.

Bob is survived by his only son James E. Millius Sr., his Grandchildren Dean R. (Patti) Millius, James E. "Jimmy" Millius Jr. (deceased) (Jodi (Charles) Millius Digmann), Robert A. (Judy) Millius and Ann M. "Annie" (Nick) Hosch. His great-Grandchildren Tyler, Heidi (Nate), Jamie, Daniel, Mitchell, Jackson, Luke, Logan, Drew, Gracie and Connor.

Three sisters Mary Jane (Ronald) Masters of Mason City died 2015, Eileen and Helen I. Anthony who died in 2010. Bob also had a special friend Arlene Kintzle who died in 2011.

Bob, especially wanted to thank Dean and Patti and their kids for the care he received from them. He really loved his grand dogs Harley and Dolly. There wasn't a day he didn't tell someone about Harley. To his second family at the Hawkeye Care Center, he loved to give them all grief but he loved them all. He even had special names for his buddies Heather "Todd" and Taylor "Tator". Grandpa wanted to leave you with remaining message for all. "Please don't mourn my death for I am with my love of my life. Bye for now, until we meet again. Gramps!"

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

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral, 3860 Asbury Rd. A Masonic Service will be at 6:00 pm, Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Jane Klingle


Jane Klingle, 78 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, where the family will greet friends 1:00 pm till service time Friday at the church. Burial will be at a later date in Green Field Lutheran Cemetery, Harmony, Minnesota. Local arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Jane was born August 15, 1937 in Harmony, Minnesota, the daughter of Manley and Victoria (Harstad) DeGreve. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1954 and then from Luther College in 1957. Jane married Robert D. "Pete" Klingle on December 27, 1958, she then continued her education at Upper Iowa University, graduating in 1965. She taught elementary school and then opened Klingle Nursery School in 1965 and owned and operated H&R Block in Benson, Minnesota. The family relocated to Slayton, Minnesota where she taught Head Start. Jane was active in the Mental Health Association, where she was volunteer of the year, Minnesota State President and on the board of directors for the National Mental Health Association. She was very active in Mrs. Jaycees on the state and national level serving in many leadership roles. Jane was active in politics and served on multiple community boards over the years. Jane and her husband Pete always took much pride in their communities and were very active. She enjoyed reading, quilting and music.

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. "Pete"; children, Tori Anderson of Peosta, Mark (Tami) Klingle of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and Renee (Ben) Pearson of Gig Harbor, Washington; grandchildren, Keely Anderson, Kirsten Anderson, Tom Keyser, Storm Klingle, Tyler Klingle, and Boden Pearson.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and a son in-law, Stuart Anderson. A memorial fund has been established in Jane's memory.

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



Lorraine C. Dimitroff


Lorraine C. Dimitroff, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, at home with her three loving sons by her side. To honor Lorraine's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Phil Smith officiating. To celebrate Lorraine's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lorraine was born on October 12, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer. She was one of 14 brothers and sisters and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1953. She was a great student, even earning the American Legion School Award entitled the Certificate of Distinguished Achievement which also recognized her "possession of those high qualities of Honor, Courage, Scholarship, Leadership and Service". During her Columbkille days she went to live with her aunt and uncle, John and Helen Maas, who owned the original Bel-Du Inn which today is known as Happy's. While working there she acquired the name Sweet Lorraine because of her kind and easy going personality. She also first met her future husband, Eldon Dimitroff, there and they were married on Nov. 30, 1957. On her first anniversary, she gave birth to their first son, John. Mark, David and Daniel would follow.

She worked part time at Clark Transfer and Storage Company for many years. She was very active at Holy Ghost Parish regularly volunteering in the library. She was in Mother's Club and the Rosary Society, often handling all of the paperwork. Being good with numbers, she was the defacto family tax specialist for her parents and many of her brothers and sisters. She loved singing in the church choir and her voice was beautiful and very distinctive as we could always make it out from the pew. She did bowling league for many years and traveled to out of town tournaments in Kansas City and Indianapolis. One of her favorite things was to play Yahtzee with her family. No one yelled "Yahtzee" like Lorraine. She loved watching her boys play sports attending all of the games with Eldon. Her two favorite things to have were Marco's Pizza and Coca-Cola. Her smile would absolutely light up the room.

But in 1996 she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and she fought that disease for the next 20 years. We can only say that during that time she showed such courage and strength that we will forever cherish the time we were able to spend with her. Her love came out to us daily and we have felt for a long time that she was really caring for us. She was a beautiful, beautiful person and we will miss her dearly.

Those left to cherish Lorraine's memory include

her sons,
John Dimitroff,
David Dimitroff
and Daniel Dimitroff, all of Dubuque;

and her siblings,
Shirley Mihalakis,
Richard "Dick" (Patricia) Shaffer,
Clarence Shaffer,
James "Jimmy" (Rose) Shaffer
Harold (Sue) Shaffer, all of Dubuque, IA
and William "Billy" Shaffer, Osage, IA.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mark; her husband, Eldon; her parents, William and Edna; and her siblings Alice, Irvin, Donald, John "Jack", Rita, Mary and Leonard.

There are too many names to mention that have helped us care for our Mom at home over these last 15 years. We trust they know they are all appreciated. But we would like to especially thank Bea Hansen, Peggy O'Neill and Patty Hayes. We simply couldn't have done it without you. We would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially those who came to the house; Rose, Nichole, Kristina, Edna, Elizabeth, Karen, Jess and Amy Mc.

A Lorraine C. Dimitroff memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#

 



Dennis A. Gudenkauf


Dennis A. Gudenkauf, 75, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on November 27, 1940, in Worthington, the son of Walter and Lucinda (Recker) Gudenkauf. Dennis graduated from Ryan High School in 1958. He served honorably in the United States Army.

Dennis was united in marriage to Judith A. Foust on November 7, 1962, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Three children were born to this union.  Together they farmed west of Manchester for many years.  Dennis and Judy also operated Manchester Farm Equipment from 1969 to 1986. 

Dennis was a long time member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and was a past president. He was active with the Manchester American Legion Post # 45 and on the County Veterans Board.  Dennis enjoyed and loved his family. He and Judy faithfully attended their children's and grandchildren's activities. Dennis also enjoyed deer hunting with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Gudenkauf of Manchester; his three children, June (fiancé Dave Stamy) Zenisek of Cedar Rapids, Rob (Susan) Gudenkauf of Manchester, and Tom(Maria) Gudenkauf of Coralville; nine grandchildren, Megan (Nate) Lahr, Wes (Katie) Gudenkauf, Sarah (fiancé Ryan Kelley) Zenisek, Hillary Gudenkauf, Eric Zenisek, Lyndsey Gudenkauf, Alex Gudenkauf, Ryan Gudenkauf, Nathan Gudenkauf;  one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Lahr; three brothers, Gerald (Ann) Gudenkauf of Manchester, Raymond (Sally) Gudenkauf of Ryan, and Elmer "Jerry" (Dianne) Gudenkauf of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and three sisters, Mary Ann (Edward) Schulte of Manchester, Grace Pruss of Marion, and Alice (Lawrence) Sperfslage of Strawberry Point.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Lester Gudenkauf.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation: 2:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. , on Thursday, March 3, 2016 , at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a  2:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday.

Interment with Military Rites:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery  - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Leon M. Prier


Leon M. Prier, 58, of Dyersville, Iowa, and formerly of Ryan, Iowa, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Leon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Leon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
He was born February 15, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Marvin and Eunice (Oberbroeckling) Prier. He is a 1976 graduate of West Delaware High School. He was a truck driver for Fassport in Dubuque, Iowa. Leon enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his kids, he could often be found tinkering on a car or helping out on the family farm, northwest of Ryan.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa and a member of the Dyersville Drift Skipper snow mobile club.

He is survived by a daughter, Jenna Prier and two sons, Jesse Prier and Joel Prier all of Worthington, Iowa; his parents, Marvin and Eunice Prier of Manchester, IA; and five siblings, Lial (Donna) Prier of Ryan, IA, Pam (Bret) Schneider of Holy Cross, IA, Pat (Deb) Prier of Aplington, IA, Todd (Deb) Prier of Ryan, IA and Terry (Becky) Prier of Marion, IA.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Lucille Prier and Leonard and Valeria Oberbroeckling.

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



David G. Lieb


David G. Lieb, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:35 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Jenny Naderman officiating. To celebrate David's life, family and friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

David was born on September 26, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Lillian (Birch) Lieb.

David was united in marriage to Gloria Urban on November 30, 1946, in Seaside, Oregon. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Gloucester as a gunner from 1944-1948. David was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years until his retirement. He loved spending time fishing and hunting, but his favorite activity was spending time with his wife, eight children and numerous grandchildren.

Those left to cherish David's memory include

his loving wife of 69 years,
Gloria Lieb, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Susan (John) Schmitz, Otter Creek, IA,
David (Sandra) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Lynn) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Mike (Janet) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Guy (Gladen) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Tracy (Jon) Ruosch, Milton, WI,
Troy (Gina) Lieb, Freeport, IL;

21 grandchildren;

15 great-grandchildren;

and a sister,
Imogene Dura, Dubuque, IA.

David was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Cynthia Trine and Cheryl Lieb in infancy; his siblings, Leonard (Freida) Lieb, George (Betty) Lieb and Ellen (Jack) Ward; and a brother-in-law, Steven Dura.

A David G. Lieb memorial fund has been established, which will donated among David's favorite charities.

David's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

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

 



Sandra I. Hausz


Sandra Irene Hausz, 64, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on February 26, 2016, at her home following a short illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Sandra was born on April 5, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was adopted by Loren and Irene Hausz when she was 3 years old.

Sandra attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fort Atkinson. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1969 as the Senior Class President. Sandra was involved in many activities during her high school years. She was selected as Dairy Princess at the Jefferson County Fair in Jefferson, WI.

Sandra had a strong love for family and friends. She knew at a young age that she had a calling to care for others. She attended Blackhawk Community College in Moline, IL, and became a registered nurse. She was the Director of Nursing at Locustwood Health Care Center in Rockford, IL, Assistant Director of Nursing at Laurelwood Health Care Center in Rock Island, IL, a Charge Nurse at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA, Medicare Charge Nurse at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, IA, and Director of Rehab/Restorative Services for Fairhaven Retirement Center in Rockford, IL. She held the honor of the National Collegiate Nursing Award in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

Sandra was a phenomenal writer. Her story "She Came to Die" was published in the college literary magazine "Images" at Blackhawk College in the Spring/Summer 1992 issue.

Sandra loved animals, plants, trees of all kinds and the river. Her favorite moments in life were spent with her partner Craig and their dogs boating on the Mississippi River. Music played a large part in her life. She especially liked it loudly played, car windows down, sunroof open and the wind blowing her hair. Sandra also enjoyed collecting dolls, dragons and Kennedy family memorabilia. She thoroughly enjoyed finding treasures.

Sandra is survived by her beloved cocker spaniel Lilly, and her beloved cat Cooper; her brother, John (Carolyn) Hausz, of Fort Atkinson; nephew, Paul (Traci) Hausz, of Cambridge; niece, Michelle (Rev. Jacob) Gillard, South Sudan; niece, Carrie Weihert, of Fort Atkinson; great-nephews and nieces, Stephen, Samuel, Autumn, Sophia, Summer, Amelia and Evangeline; along with many cousins.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her soul mate and love of her life, Craig Mapes; her loving Aunt Viola whom she referred to as, "The calm of my storm"; and her very special therapy dog, Abby, who she trained to help her bring healing to her patients.

Sandra's wisdom and nurturing ways will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to those she met. She lovingly gave to others and encouraged forgiveness always.

A special thank you to her caretakers, Kathy Frye and Linda Homer; her neighbor, Paul; and to Dr. Erin Hueschman for the love and commitment they extended to Sandra.

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



Ann Hayes


Ann Hayes, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, February, 28, 2016 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave., Dubuque, IA. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Ann was born September 11, 1953 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ed and Rita (Ruden) Hefel. She attended grade school in North Buena Vista, and graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross with the class of 1971. She married her high school sweetheart Tim Hayes, on July 1, 1972 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista.

Ann was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, where she enjoyed helping out with many parish functions.

Ann ran a home daycare until 1988, and touched the lives of many families, and continued to stay in touch with them. She then went to work at William C. Brown Publishing, Kendall Hunt, and McGraw Hill, retiring in 2014.

Ann will be remembered for her excellent advice, generosity and kindness, energetic nature, deep faith, and loving and bubbling personality. She had an abundance of friends who were important to her, including The Point Girls, The Bowling Team, Girls Club, The Brownie Girls, friends from the Class of '71, and the Moracco Card Couples. She enjoyed her Girls Vacations in Minnesota with her sister Mary and family. Ann left a positive imprint on everyone she met.

She enjoyed her many groups of friends, outings with her sisters, sewing, cooking for her family, garage sales, helping others, and all the friendships she and Tim shared as a couple.

Ann was so proud of her two sons and daughters in law, and most importantly, Ann cherished every minute spent with family and friends, especially her four grandsons.

Survivors include her husband, Tim; two sons, Brian (Jen) Hayes and Marty (Tonya) Hayes; four grandsons, Henry, Charlie, Ben, and Oliver Hayes, all of Dubuque; her siblings, Mary (Dave) Breitbach of North Buena Vista, Helen (Rich) Deutmeyer of Luxemburg, Kay (Bill) Kreeb of Dyersville, Roger (Janet) Hefel and Mark "Fritz" (Sue) Hefel both of North Buena Vista, and Carol (Gary) Wedewer of Petersburg; a brother in law, Bob (Sherry) Hayes of Holy Cross; many nieces and nephews; and her best friends for 37 years, Mary and Joann.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in law, Louis and Ruth Hayes; two brothers, Dick in 1966 and Jim in 2013; and a nephew Ed Breitbach.

We wish to thank all the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque who helped Ann on her final journey, and all the nurses who provided such wonderful care throughout her illness.

In lieu of flowers we ask each of you to do a random act of kindness in honor of Ann. A memorial fund has been established in her name.

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



Arlene Saunders


Arlene "Jeanette" Saunders, 82, of Ryan, Iowa,  died on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the ABCM Rehab Center in Independence.  She was born on September 19, 1933, in Buck Creek the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Miles) Houston.  Jeanette graduated from Buck Creek High School and completed the LPN Program at Jones County Hospital.

On February 3, 1952, Jeanette was united in marriage to Leo Lester "Mike" Saunders at the Buck Creek Church.  Together they farmed near Ryan and in 1954 bought a farm in rural Ryan.  They retired to Ryan in 1990.

Jeanette was a lifelong member of the Golden Church.  She loved her family and enjoyed Caligraphy, painting, watching birds, and gardening.

Survivors include her three children, Bonnie A. (Mark) McKibbin of Marion, Connie R. Lendt of Storm Lake, and Alan (Debra) Saunders of Ryan;  nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Arthur (Viola) Houston of Monticello.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike on November 9, 2013; and five siblings, Dora McBride, Donna Schroedermeier, Virgil Houston, Vern Houston, and Bernita DeWoody.

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

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Golden Congregational Church in rural Ryan, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev.  Mary Taylor.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment:  Golden Prairie Association Cemetery - Rural Ryan, Iowa.

 



Donald R. Banister


Donald R. Banister, 28, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 26, 2016, at Grant Regional Center in Lancaster. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Don was born on June 2, 1987, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Dolores D. Banister. He worked as a farm laborer.

Donald was a free spirit that had a smile that lit the room up. His witty personality was by far a characteristic that everyone enjoyed to be around. He enjoyed music, making people laugh, playing with his son and stepchildren, and of course, his fiancée. He enjoyed fishing and lending a hand to those who needed it. He was a loyal friend, a baby brother, a son, a father, a nephew, a grandson, an uncle and so many things more. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his fiancée, Mikki Haight, of Potosi; a son, Daymein Banister; two stepchildren, Aiden and Harper Walsh; a sister, Amanda Jones, of Platteville; and his aunts and uncles, Virginia "Ginnie" and Mike Gushulak, of Hazel Green, Leonard and Patty Banister, of New Diggings, Linda Homer, of Hazel Green, and Lisa and Patrick Burchfield, of Shullsburg.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Watson.

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



John J. Casel


John J. "Joe" Casel, 73, of Davenport, IA formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque with Deacon Dan O'Connell officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 31st, 1942 in Moline, IL the son of John and Eleanor (Wallace) Casel. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 35 years before retiring. He married Debora Rule on April 15th, 1994 in Dubuque and they shared many cherished years together.

Joe was a member at Birchwood Golf Course as well as the Dubuque Bowling association. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Nascar Racing, and had a strong passion for Golf. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife; Debora, children; Phyllis Kline, Cheryl (Kirk) Westphal, Debbie (Joe) Wessels, Ryan (Kelly) Kemp, Regen (Andy) Newton, and Rob (Danielle) Kemp, three sisters; Kay (Michael) O'Connor, Jean (Rod) Said, and Mary (Jim) Beller, 15 grandchildren along with one grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister; Karla O'Connell.

A charitable fund is being established and memorials will be directed as the family wishes.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Beacon of Hope Hospice and Manor Care in Bettendorf, IA.



Lorraine M. Humke


Lorraine M. Humke, 91, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Friends may greet the family from 12:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lorraine was born on February 15, 1925, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo and Mildred (Mills) Heer. She married Maurice Humke on September 23, 1943. He preceded her in death on June 12, 1990.Lorraine graduated from Senior High School. Lorraine's " Class of 1942" was very important to her; particularly Bob "Sully" Sullivan, Nadane Bowman, and Jeanne Frohs ; and they kept many close ties over the years with all their classmates . She loved decorating cakes at Humke's bakery, and continued making cakes for her family celebrations throughout the years. Lorraine owned and operated The Owl Lunch diner in Newton, IA, was a Maytag Executive Secretary, and she was also a co- owner of Dubuque Blacktop Company.

Lorraine was a loving, laughing matriarch and leader, listener, supporter, confidante, guide, business owner, volunteer, antique collector, Cubs fan, bird watcher, family tree/genealogy keeper, 70th Senior High school reunion organizer, "Glue of 42", euchre player extraordinaire, wicked-fast typist and homework-crisis savior, confectioner, cake decorator, first place trap-shooting trophy holder. Teacher of independence, patience, kindness.......Always ready to type a paper, make a grilled cheese, make us laugh or calm down. The one we called to before there was Google. Grandma, Great Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, Aunt Lorraine, Mom, Ma, Mother, Gram, Gram Cracker, Grandma Twiggy and Grandma Twinkie.......
We love you!

Those left to honor her memory are her four children, Elaine (Norman) Kelly-Breiner of Dubuque, Ivy (David) Pape of East Dubuque, IL, Leo Humke of Dubuque, and Samantha (Doug Christensen) Humke of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, 24 great children, 6 great great grandchildren; a brother in-law, James (Marilyn) Humke of Newton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Maurice Edward "Ed" Humke II, a sister Eileen Heer Miller; a sister Elaine in infancy; and a granddaughter, Angel Humke.

Lorraine was thankful for Dee Dee, Al, Kim, Kim, and Ashley and all the caring staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Richard J. Duehr


Richard J. "Dick" Duehr, age 84, of Windsor Park, formerly of 2905 Elm Street, was called home peacefully at 1:03 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Richard was born on February 20, 1932, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of Frank and Josephine (Trierweiler) Duehr.

Dick graduated from school in the Sherrill area and then went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dick's career saw him working with Farley and Loetscher, Midland Chemical and finally at Sanofi, before eventually retiring at the age of 62. He was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church, and a proud 50 year member of both the American Legion and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Dick loved watching baseball and was a loyal New York Yankee fan. He enjoyed collecting knickknacks, but a without doubt, his greatest joy in life was found in the time he spent with his family. Dick was a truly generous man with his time and talents and devoted countless hours to caring for his elderly aunts and uncles. Dick lived a simple life and continually found ways to make the world around him a better place. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his brother,
Norman Duehr, Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Eileen Duehr;

his nieces and nephew,
Kathy (John) Kapparos,
Karen (David) Roth
and Jim (Sue) Duehr, all of Dubuque;

many great nieces and great nephews;

special cousins,
Carol, Rosie and Joanne;

and his special friends,
Ralph Roling and the residents at Windsor Park.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother Herbert Duehr; and a great niece, Kaitlin Roth.

A Richard J. "Dick" Duehr memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Richard's favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



Glen J. Kies

Glenn J. Kies, 79 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 21, 2016 in Dubuque.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Glenn was born on February 26, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Emmett and Gladys (Meehan) Kies. He worked for Dubuque Community School District until his retirement.

He was an avid LA Dodgers, Jacksonville Jaguar and NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed spending time on his boat with Donna.

He is survived by his grandchildren, James Eppler, Emily Eppler, Austin Eppler and Amber Eppler; six great grandchildren and his former daughter-in-law Kim (Mihalakis) Rink. His siblings, LaVon (Robert) Kramer, of Mesa, AZ, Robert (Kay) Kies, of LaCrescent, MN, Kenny (Barbara) Kies, of Tucson, AZ, Karen (Terry) Frank, and Paul Kies, both of Dubuque. Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; longtime companion, Donna Booth in 2003; and his son Mike Eppler in 2009.



Myra E. Rausch


Myra E. Rausch, 89, of, Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Monday, February 29 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 29, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Myra was born November 16, 1926, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Clara (Kruse) Scherbring.  She married Joseph J. Rausch on July 14, 1947, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the Petersburg area, as well ran the Corner Tap in Petersburg for 12 years.  They moved to Manchester in 1980 when she became the seamstress at the hospital before retiring to Dyersville in 1995.

Survivors include 6 children: Donald (Wilma) of Dyersville, IA, Fred (Nancy Livingston) of Highland Park, IL, Rick (Gwenn) of Chicago, IL, Deb Rausch (Ron Streitman) of Minnetonka, MN and Bev Rausch of St. Paul, MN and Randy of Dyersville, IA; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 step great-grandchild; one brother, Jim (Janice) Scherbring of Colesburg; and 2 sisters-in-laws: Adelaide Bildstein of Dyersville, IA and Joanne Rausch of Guttenberg;

Myra was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph in 2002, and siblings: Paul Scherbring, Fritz (Florence) Scherbring, Urban Scherbring, and Eunice Scherbring, and numerous in-laws.

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

 



Thomas L. Klein


Thomas L. Klein, 57 of Rickardsville, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics following complications of a stroke. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville, where the family will greet friends 9:00 am until Mass time on Monday at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville. Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Tom was born July 3, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence J. and Rose Marie (Hanson) Klein. Tom farmed his entire life in Rickardsville and graduated from WD High School in 1977. Tom was a loyal Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed spending time with his dog "Blue", hunting and fishing. He had a special love for all his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his father, Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein and his step mother Dee Klein; five (5) brothers, Mike (Sue) of Epworth, Pat of Rickardsville, Bill (Mary) of Peosta, Greg of Dubuque, and Paul (Cyd) of Rickardsville; three (3) sisters, Lynne (Andy) Thomas of Dubuque, Barb (Ted) Maiers of Holy Cross, and Bev (Mark) Leibfried of Rickardsville; step brothers, Bob (Chris) Taylor of Sioux City, and Gary Taylor of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Marie in 1978. The family would like to thank the Sherrill First Responders, Mercy Emergency Room Staff, and staff at UIHC for their compassionate care of Tom.

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

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



Joshua L. Kirkpatrick


Joshua L. Kirkpatrick, 30 of Tennessee formerly of Dubuque passed away on February 19, 2016 the result of an automobile bicycle accident.

Funeral service will at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be after 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home until time of service.

Josh was born on January 6, 1986 in Atlanta, GA the son of Scott F. Thomas and Alesia Krikpatrick.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was currently working for Taco Bell in Seymour, Tennessee. Josh enjoyed fishing and camping and being outdoors.

He is survived by his parents Scott and Alesia Thomas of Bernard; his siblings, Megan (Fiance Jeremy Reuter), of Monticello, Kelsey (Will) Wilkerson, Christine (friend, Allen Hentges) Thomas, both of Dubuque, Scott Thomas Jr. and Stephanie Thomas of Bernard. His children, Paige, of Bernard, Blayn, Devlin and Conlen, of Tennessee, and Jayce, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Charles & Maxine Kirkpatrick, paternal grandmother Dorothy Thomas, several uncles and an aunt.

The family wishes to thank Josh's friends Erin and Charles Gibson and James Davis and his boss Karen Brown for all their kindness they gave to Josh.



Lucille M. Donovan


Lucille M. Donovan, 96, of Epworth, Iowa, formerly of rural Bernard passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the home of her son Patrick Donovan in Bernard, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Lucille may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Lucille will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating, and Rev. Joe McDermott S.V.D. concelebrating. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Lucille was born November 17, 1919, in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Catherine (Dunne) McCarthy. She graduated from St. Patrick's High school in Garryowen and attended the University of Dubuque. Lucille taught school in Dubuque and Jackson counties.

On August 28, 1946 she was united in marriage to Clifford J. "Shorty" Donovan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The farmed in the Fillmore area until 1988 when they moved to Epworth. Clifford preceded her in death on April 10, 2012.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her four children, Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA, Sharon (Larry) McDermott of Dubuque, IA, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Joan Connolly of Cascade, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one great grandson, Kevin Donovan Jr.; one sister, Ardella (Edmund) Leonard; five brothers, Leslie (Helen) McCarthy, Vern (Rita) McCarthy, Lloyd (Velma) McCarthy, Clem McCarthy, Clifford McCarthy and Merrill McCarthy in infancy; two brothers-in-law, Cletus (Jean) Donovan, Maurice Connolly; one sister-in-law, Lou Mae (Dominic) English.

Lucille's last three months were spent on the family farm where Pat and Cathy did everything possible to make her final days comfortable and enjoyable. The entire family is deeply appreciative for all the devotion and love extended to Mom at this time. The family would also like to thank Betsy, Jan and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for all their guidance and thoughtful care.

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



Patricia J. Kelly


Patricia J. Kelly, 86, of Galena, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on November 7, 1929 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Martin and Esther (Hanson) Engstrom. She was a graduate of Rockford East High School. Prior to starting her family, she worked at Fischer Chips and George Rogers Clarke Insurance, both in Rockford.

On September 29, 1951 she married James E. Kelly, Sr. of Galena, IL.  From then on she was dedicated to raising her family, living by the motto: "Kitchens are made for bringing families together."  She loved spending time quilting, crocheting, baking, watching her Cubs, and her door was always open for a visit and a cup of coffee.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Dan) Burrows, Colleen (Pat) Keleher, Jim (Karen) Kelly II, Mike (Deb) Kelly, Patty Kelly (fiancé Bill Boggs), and Cindy Kelly.

She was a devoted grandmother, always holding her grandchildren close and filling them with cookies and Hershey's Kisses.  She had 11 grandchildren, Molly (Mike) Schumacher, David (Kari) Burrows, Amanda (Nathan) Ehrler, Nick Keleher and Sarah Keleher, Tom (Brooke) Keleher, Katie Keleher, Joe Kelly, Matt Kelly, Tim Kelly, Anne Kelly and Allison Kelly.  She also had 11 great-grandchildren, Max, Niya, and Eugene Schumacher, Maggie, Mia, and Mariella Burrows, Zack, Abby, and Madalyn Ehrler, and Logan and Natalie Keleher; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James E. Kelly, Sr. on January 20, 2004, brother Marshall (Gladys/Carol) Engstrom and sister, Harriett (Ed) Ring.

Patricia's family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, all of her caretakers and Dr. Mary Koenigs for the wonderful care provided for their mother and grandmother.

 



Katherine C. Klein


Katherine C. "Kady" Klein, age 101, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Bethany Home. To celebrate Kady's life, family and friends may visit from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. There will be a rosary said at the church prior to the time of services. To honor Kady's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville.

Kady was born on September 15, 1914 in Asbury, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Catherine (Potts) Schmitt.

Kady was raised on the family farm in Asbury and later worked for a short time at the Battery Factory. On February 14, 1939, Kady was united in marriage to Gilbert Klein at St. Philomena Church in Asbury. The couple then went on to raise five children on the family farm in Rickardsville. Short on formal education but long on ingenuity, Kady displayed perseverance and optimism in the midst of struggle, and she always did so with a splash of humor. She was tremendously hard-working and dedicated to her family, always putting the needs of others first. Her exuberant personality and generous spirit brought joy to everyone she met. Her laughter was infectious! While she was not the greatest disciplinarian, she did know how to effectively use the silent treatment with her children. She was an avid gardener, seamstress and baker and she loved her sugar. Kady instilled her family with the gifts of compassion, emotion and dedication. She loved her God and was both faithful and loyal to those she loved. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on in all of the lives she touched during her one-hundred and one years of life.

Those left to cherish Kady's memory include,

her children,
Kathy (John) Welbes, Bellevue, NE,
Diane (Tom) Kramer, East Dubuque, IL,
Lee Ann (Bart) Anderson, Prior Lake, MN
and Ginny (Kelly) Cullen, Savage, MN;

five grandchildren,
Miriam Datya and Stephanie Welbes, Ryan (Abby) Kramer and Rachelle Kramer and Conor Cullen;

two great-grandchildren,
Madeline and Ben Kramer;

and one step-granddaughter,
Emily (Sean) Goodman.

Kady was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gilbert; her beloved son, Ronnie; and her seven siblings.

A Katherine C. Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Kady's favorite charities.

Great appreciation is extended to Bethany Home, especially the second floor staff who adopted Kady into their family.

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

 



David W. Wright Sr.


David W. Wright Sr., 77 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 22, 2016 at Manor Care.

A joint funeral service for David and his wife Mary who passed on December 19, 2014 will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27th at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Military detail for David will be accorded following the service by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Saturday, February 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

David was born on November 29, 1938 in Chicago, IL the son of Louis and Eunice (Haman) Wright. He served in the United States Air force from 1959 to 1964. He was a foundry worker for John Deere from December 1969 to February 1999. After retirement he helped out at St. Joseph the Worker and Holy Ghost church. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

David enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Chicago Bear, New York Yankee and Iowa Hawkeye Fan.
He married Mary E. Smith on August 20, 1960 and were united in marriage for 54 wonderful years. Together they owned and operated Honey's Cake Shop in Dubuque for three years.

David and Mary are survived by their two sons, David W. (Deanna) Wright, of Gratiot, WI, and Ronald Wright, of Mesa, Arizona. Grandchildren, Zachary (Becca) Wright, and Erin (Adrian Barazza) Wright; great grandchildren, Renell, Yasmine, Megan, Merissa, Ayden, and Zoey; step grandson, Austin (Tina) Cheeney and their daughter Olivia Cherry. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by David's parents; his brothers, William and Robert; sisters Rayse Stuart, Lois Nethery and Lorraine Allen; Mary's parents along with her sister Diane and brother Jerry.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Dr. Liaboe, Dr. Martin, Dr. Herman and their staffs; Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and Dr. Cleary nursing staff, therapists and case management for all their exceptional care and support they gave to David and his family.

 



Lorraine A. Weiland


Lorraine A. Weiland, age 96, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Lorraine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Lorraine's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at 1880 St. Ambrose Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine was born on January 2, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Adam and Emma (Banworth) Tigges.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Arthur E. Weiland on October 10, 1942, in Sherrill, Iowa. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years and two lovely daughters together before he was called home on June 23, 1991. Lorraine was a truly devoted and gifted homemaker who continually strived to nurture her family through each day. She was also employed at St. Joseph's Sanatorium and Mercy Hospital for several years until her eventual retirement. The family is quite confident that if they didn't play Bingo and cards in heaven, they are now! Lorraine was a dearly sweet and generous soul who always had a captivating story or a contagious laugh to share. We will miss her deeply and treasure forever all of the precious memories she leaves behind from her 96 year journey among us. She now rejoices in her long awaited heavenly reunion with her husband, Arthur and the rest of her family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Lorraine's memory include,

her children,
Carol Zigenfuss Bush, East Dubuque, IL
and Madonna (Andy) Traeger, Peosta, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Sean (Gnuen) Zigenfuss, Hong Kong,
Syndy (Colleen) Zigenfuss, Chicago, IL,
Sara (Shane Mask) Zigenfuss, Coralville, IA,
Cory (Angie) Huntington, Peosta, IA
and Kelly (Mark) Fassbinder, Dubuque, IA;

5 great-grandchildren,
Justin and Jordan Huntington, Emma and Anna Fassbinder and Cooper Myers;

3 step grandchildren,
Brian Traeger,
Sarah (Zach) Zaffis, Coralville, IA
and Adam (Brooke) Bush, Egan, MN;

3 step-great grandchildren,
Brayden Duinink, Sophitia Zaffis and Cordelia Bush.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Arthur; three sons-in-law, Gregory Zigenfuss, Robert Bush and Rick Huntington; and her siblings, Florian (Henrietta) Tigges, Ozzie (Grace) Tigges, Ray (Ceil) Tigges, Sally Tigges, Louella (Al) Diesch and Martha (Vincent) Weiland.

A Lorraine A. Weiland memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare for all of their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Betty L. Crane


Betty L. Crane, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where there will be a visitation from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on March 7, 1925, in Earlville, IA, daughter of Fred and Gertrude (Brown) Nebel. She graduated from Earlville High School. Betty married Leonard "Jack" Crane in 1942. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2004.

She was employed as a manager at Stampfer Dinette, as food director at Loras College, and worked at the Dubuque Advertiser. Betty was also the co-owner of Cock ‘n Bull Supper Club.

Betty was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling and playing cards.

Survivors include her daughter in law, Ellen Lau; a sister in law Mary Nebel; nieces and nephews, Jackie (Brad) Devine; Jane (John) Hubler, Steve (Julie) Nebel, Dave (Connie) Nebel, Dan (Kim) Nebel, and Tim (Joy) Nebel; many dear friends; and helpful neighbor, John Donahue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack; a son, Gary Crane; and brothers Leland and Richard Nebel.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, a Betty L. Crane Memorial Fund has been established.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Linda L. Koltes


Linda Lou Koltes, 68 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Monday February 22, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25th at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a private family wake service will be held before the visitation. Family and friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

Linda was born on June 28, 1947 in Asbury, Iowa the daughter of Gilbert and Helen (Krogman) Bahl. She married Duane "Hap" Koltes on June 27, 1964 at Saint Joseph the worker.

Linda enjoyed crafts and quilting and even worked at Orabell's Crafts for a while. She also enjoyed shopping and going to the Dog Track, but her greatest joy was her family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Duane "Hap" Koltes; two children Robert "Bobby" Koltes of Dubuque and Janet Clarke of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Kristen and Jesse Bahl, Alex and Zach Clarke, and Jared and Dylan Koltes, and a great grandson Tyson Koltes. Her sister Tina (Bob) Demaio and a brother, Timothy (Shelly) Bahl and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque along with her granddaughter Kristen for all the loving care they gave to Linda.



James E. Koopman


James E. "Jim" Koopman, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on February 22, 2016 at Manor Care after a battle with cancer.

At Jim's request there will be no funeral services. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is assisting the family.

James was born on April 29, 1932 in Vanema, South Dakota son of Charles and Tillie (Noteboon) Koopman. He graduated from Pipestone Minnesota Senior High School and earned a degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He married Lois Payne on April 29, 1962 in Wichita, Kansas. They enjoyed 53 happy married years together and were rarely apart.

James was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

James was associated with Higher Education for over thirty years. His career included positions at University of Chicago Medical School, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and University of Dubuque where he served as Vice President of Business.

Upon retirement, he enjoyed reading, completing puzzles and spending time with his wife and four-legged friend "Scottie".

He is survived by his wife, Lois (Payne) Koopman; a son Jim; two grandsons, Logan and Tristen; A sister, Agnes Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Marvin and Charles; two sisters, Dellie Ferguson and Charlotte Nichols.

Our thanks to the staff at Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Engleman for their loving care.

A Koopman Family Memorial fund has been established.



Louise B. Fenton


Louise Bessie Fenton, 102, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.  She was surrounded by many of her family.  She was born at Elkader, Iowa, on  July 20, 1913, the youngest daughter of Oren C. and Lena A. (Mueller) Adams.  When she was a small child, her family moved to Ardock, North Dakota.  A year later the family returned to the Elkader area where she received her education at rural schools.  She had almost finished the 9th grade when she chose to drop out of school and help on her family farm.

On January 15, 1934, Miss Adams and Lowell W. Fenton were married at Manchester. After living with Lowell's parents for two years, the young couple began a career as farmers.

Louise enjoyed gardening, milking cows, darning and patching clothes, and baking bread. The greatest joy in her life was her husband of 73 years, her children, and especially her grandchildren.

Louise will be greatly missed by those who knew her, especially her 10 grandchildren, who will treasure the time spent with her and the love she gave them. The Lord was a good friend of hers.

Survivors include one son, Carroll (Judy) Fenton of Strawberry Point; three daughters, Clarine Beadleston of Slater, Cherryl Fenton of Strawberry Point, and Colleen Hodges of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one on the way; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren with one on the way and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell on May 14, 2007; a son-in-law, Max Beadleston; a grandson, Colin Hansel; four brothers, Samuel, Elzie, James, and Henry; three sisters, Mina Holden, Gertrude Reinhart, and Caroline Lutz; and infant twins, brother and sister.

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  Officiating:  Pastor Jerome Godson.

Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point and one hour before service at the church on Saturday.

Interment:  Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry Point, Iowa

 



Lois J. Feller


Lois Jean Feller (84) of 801 Davis Street #309, Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, February 16 at Finley Hospital.

Lois was born February 25, 1931, in Dubuque to Lettie (Roussell) and Alvin Unmacht. She had one younger sibling, Ronald. Her growing up years were lived in the Cleveland Avenue area, where her family resided.

On April 24, 1954, the marriage of Lois and Thomas Feller took place at St. Luke's Methodist Church. Their union was blessed with three children, a son Gregory and daughters Pamela and Lisa. A celebration  of their 62nd anniversary was being planned by their three children.

Lois was gifted with artistic skill that was evident throughout her life. Working at Christensen's Greenhouse, she was a designer of floral arrangements. At Hruska's Photography, Lois worked as a spotter to complete photo touch-ups. Taking sketching and painting classes at Mt. Carmel, Lois adorned the walls of their home with her original art pieces.

A big smile usually donned Lois' face and uplifted those around her. That smile served her well during her employment at Zayre's as a customer service representative. Lois also brought smiles to children on holidays and birthdays through her sending of cards with a dollar tucked inside. That gesture brought delight to many youngsters over the years. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and smiles will be missed. 

Involvement in the "Lois Club" and Church Women's Group were social functions that were enjoyed. She was an avid dominoes player. During their retirement years, Lois and Tom together enjoyed cards and eating out with friends.

Survivors include: her husband Thomas Feller of 801 Davis Street #309; Son Gregory (Edie) Feller of Anaheim California; Daughter Pamela (Thane) Jess of West Des Moines, Iowa; Daughter Lisa (Scot) Ribar of Baxter, Minnesota; Grandson Matthew Feller and his son Kayden; Granddaughter Megan Feller; Step-grandchildren Amy (David) Fischer and daughters Kali and Libby,  Angela Ribar, Alison (Geary) Brase and son Brody; Brother Ronald (Phyllis) Unmacht of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; nephew David (Joan) Unmacht and three daughters; niece Linda (William) Dobbe and four children; and niece Debra (Robert) Prox and two children; other extended family members and friends. Her parents preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 1795 Jackson Street.

Memorials in Lois' name can be made to Immanuel Congregational Church Maintenance Fund or the Alzheimer's Organization of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for their compassionate care and support. 

 



Max W. Lorenz, Jr.


Max W. Lorenz Jr. passed away on February 21, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center after facing many health issues for the past 7 months.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Son of Max Sr. and Margaret (Adams) Lorenz, Max was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin on May 19, 1937. It was there where he met the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Judith Schwartz.

He was a hard working man who put in over 40 years at the Dubuque Packing Company. Happiest outdoors, he loved the river, animals and nature. He was a very skilled craftsman and could fix just about anything himself. He was generous to a fault and would give you the shirt off his back.

His memory will live on in our hearts forever.

Max is survived by his wife Judy; four children, Michael (Nance), Susan (Andrew), Jeffrey (Joie) and Thomas. Max was the proud grandfather to Jessica, Mitchell, Lucas, Trenton, Peirson, Gage and Danielle and great grandfather to Sophia and Aeris. He is survived by his siblings, Sally Lickel, Pat (Kay) Lorenz, Jim (Usa) Lorenz, Mary (Larry) Duncan, and Dan (Rose) Lorenz; two brothers-in-law Tom (Cathy) Schwartz and Terry (Carol) Schwartz along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Carl Lickel.

In lieu of flowers a Max W. Lorenz memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center especially Al and Ashley for all their wonderful care they gave to Max.



Jacqueline A. White

Jacqueline "Jackie" A. White, 67, of Dubuque, passed away while surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 26 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Jackie was born October 16, 1948 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Doris (Forde) McDonald. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1966. She married her high school sweetheart, Dan White on July 8, 1968 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Jackie was a devoted homemaker for most of her life, and loved taking care of her family. For a number of years, she was also employed as a cook at the Copper Kettle. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting and show choir events, and entertaining her family at their swimming pool. Jackie and Dan loved to travel, and took many wonderful trips together. Football season was one of her favorite times of the year. She was loyal Green Bay Packer fan and she loved to gather with friends and family on game day for good food and good times. Jackie had a wonderful sense of fun and a great sense of humor.
Jackie is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dan; two children, Patrick White of Peosta, and Michelle (Kevin) Roling of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Payton and Sydney White, and Casey Baxter, Jack Roling, and Aubrey Roling; two brothers, Jay (Mary Jo) McDonald of St. Donatus, and Kevin (Maggie) McDonald of Thornton, CO; and a sister in law, Sandy (Randy) Ring of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter Danielle; and her stepbrother, Dale Huff.

Memorials may be made to the Jackie White Memorial Fund.

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



Marjorie M. Quade

Marjorie M. Quade, age 100, of Mobile, AL, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:53 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Palm Gardens Nursing Home in Mobile. To honor Marjorie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastoral Intern Kyle B. Barton officiating. To celebrate Marjorie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marjorie was born on November 2, 1915, in Dubuque, daughter of Peter and Frieda (Schultz) Lange.

Marjorie was born and raised in Dubuque and was lovingly united in marriage to Frank Quade in 1938. They were blessed with 70 wonderful years together, and three deeply adored boys, before Frank was called home in 2008. They relocated to Mobile, AL in 1963, where the boys continue to reside today. She was an amazing wife and mother and her countless natural gifts as a homemaker were abundantly and graciously shared with her four favorite men. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed sewing, exercising her baking skills in the kitchen and traveling the country. The impact Marjorie made on this world, during her century here with us, can be easily recognized in the hearts and minds of all she knew and loved. She is now reunited with her husband, Frank, and all of her family who've been called home ahead of her, and the fond memories of her life will carry on for years to come.

Those left to cherish Marjorie's memory include,

her three sons,
David F. Quade, Mobile, AL,
Thomas R. Quade, Mobile, AL
and Paul J. Quade, Huntsville, AL.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parent; her husband, Frank; and her five siblings, Ethel Ernzen, Hazel Grogan, Robert Lange, Clarence Lange and her infant brother, Walter Lange.

A Marjorie M. Quade memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rachel Wickman


Rachel "Rae Ann" Wickman, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester. She was born on June 26, 1925, in Hopkinton, the daughter of Alfred J. and Rachel M. (Anglin) Lahey. Rae Ann graduated from Buck Creek High School in 1942. She then attended Lenox College and taught country school near Ryan and Monticello.

On August 26, 1947, Rae Ann was united in marriage to Ray E. Wickman at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Castle Grove. Ten children were born to this union. The couple farmed in Prairie Township and retired to Manchester in 1998.

Rae Ann was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and active in the Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Ryan American Legion Auxiliary. She will be remembered as one who loved and enjoyed being with her family. 

Survivors include eight children, Jim (Shirley) Wickman of Manchester, Mary (Herb) Fangmann of Rowley, Larry (Jan) Wickman of Masonville, John (Nancy) Wickman of Cordova, Tennessee, Tom (Teresa) Wickman of Germantown Hills, Illinois, Julie (R.J.) Jacobson of Arroyo Grande, California, Jerry (Kim,) Wickman of Friday Harbor, Washington, and Joan (Jerry) Howe of Issaquah, Washington; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Supple and Gerry Huber both of Hopkinton; and a brother-in-law, Harold Crowley of Marion.

Rae Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray E. Wickman in May 2008; two infant children, Lawrence and Edward Wickman; an infant brother; one sister, Mary Jane Crowley; and brothers-in-law, Justin Supple and Pat Huber.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Masonville, Iowa.  Officiating:   Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery  -  Masonville, Iowa

 



Violet I. Gratton


Violet I. Gratton, 98, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care (Dubuque Rehab).

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, with Rev. Thomas C. Shinkle officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24th, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Violet was born September 5, 1917 in McGregor, Iowa, daughter of Jessie and Martha (Place) Snyder. She married Clinton Finney in 1936; he died in 1962. She married Arnold Starkey Aug. 28, 1965; he died Oct. 28, 1975. She married Clarence Gratton, Jan. 8, 1977; he died Feb. 21, 1994.

She was employed at Dubuque Savings and Loan Company and at First National Bank both in Dubuque.

She was a member of Grand View United Methodist Church, the Dubuque WA-TAN-YE Club; and TOPS. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, knitting and spending time with family and friends was most important.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Kazuko Finney; granddaughter, Ann Finney; step-children, Craig Starkey, Donna (Bill) Barrett, Curt (Penny) Starkey, Wayne (Donna) Gratton, and Sharon (Clarence) Faust; step-grandchildren, Kim Starkey (Jeff Jonker), Matt (Jennifer) Carter, Hilary (Eric) Ballew, Byron Starkey, Linda Gratton (Chris Ziegenfus), Nancy Gratton (Ken Kircher), Peggy (Mike) McCaffery, Karen (Russel) Arlen, Steve Gratton, Craig (Sylvia) Faust, Mark (Kathy) Faust, Jeff (Michelle) Faust; Ken Faust; and many great and great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Clifton "Don" Finney, who died Dec. 27, 2007; her parents; two brothers, Don and Lyle Snyder, three sisters, Dorothy (Ted) Cornwell, Lila (Howard) Freeman and Eleanor (Don) Coohey; a son-in-law, Jerry Carter, a daughter-in-law, Jill Starkey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand View Methodist Church, the Dubuque Humane Society, or Dubuque Specialty Care.

A special thank you to special nieces, Judi Lynch, Janyce Rawson, Deb Holub and Donna McAllister, and special friends, Paula Starkey and Delores Morley.

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



Beverly W. Emary


Beverly W. Emary, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Silvercrest Garner Assisted Living, Davenport, Iowa. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. There will be no public funeral service. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly was born on April 22, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Jessie VanGrud. She received her education in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines North High School and Broadlawns School of Nursing. She was employed by the State of Iowa, Department of Health and Department of Public Safety. She later became a medical assistant for Dr. D. Walter. On November 23, 1963, Beverly became the beloved wife of Warren F. Emary, the two walked in each other's shadow for 41 years. In 1965, they moved to Dubuque where Beverly worked as a care giver at Luther Manor. After Warren's retirement in 1988, they enjoyed traveling, going south during the winter months and spending time at the casinos. Beverly took great pride in all her children and their accomplishments.

Surviving are her children, Jacklynn (Darrell) Draper of Davenport, IA; Dean Emary of Indianola, IA and Penney Smith of Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Warren; her daughter Patsy, her great grandson Christopher and a half sister Lillian.

The family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity in Beverly's name.



Fredrick F. Felton


Fredrick F. Felton, 79, of Cascade, Iowa, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Fred may call from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Fred will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 22, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with Flag presentation by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born July 16, 1936 in Temple Hill, Iowa, son of John F. and Mary (O'Connell) Felton. He received his education in the rural Cascade schools. On June 7, 1960 he was united in marriage to Agnes Foxen at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He owned and operated Fred Felton Plaster and Masonary until his retirement.

Fred was a loving and devoted father. He was a classic car enthusiast, his favorite being the 1958 Chevy Belair.
He was a member of the Iowa National Guard, serving from 1959-1965.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Felton of Cascade, Iowa; three children, Linda Felton of Independence, IA, Wayne Felton and Allen Felton both of Cascade, IA; a sister, Jane Felton of Dubuque, IA, 3 brothers, Loras Felton of Ely, IA, Robert Felton of Anamosa, IA and Mark (Kim) Felton of Cascade, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William J. Felton.

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



John W. Wiley


John William Wiley, 79, of Greeley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  He was born on January 26, 1937, in rural Greeley, the son of Charles and Edna (Harris) Wiley.  John graduated from Greeley High School with the class of 1955. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. 

On July 8, 1961, John was united in marriage to Mary Kathleen "Kate" Loecke at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley. Eleven children were born to this union. John and Kate farmed together outside of Greeley.

John was a 26 year member of the Greeley Fire Department and served as chief for many years. He was very instrumental in getting training and new equipment for the members of the department. He started the First Responders Program in Greeley. John was a 50 year member of the Edgewood American Legion. He was a long time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley and was a current member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.

Survivors include five daughters, Barb (George) Bockenstedt of Center Point, Karen (Allan) Wielert of Iowa City, Donna Phipps of New London, Beth Wiley of Eldridge, and Jill (Sean) Olson of Alexandria, Virginia; three sons, Mark (Linda) Wiley of Manchester, Nick (Lori) Wiley of Denver, Iowa, and Dave (Barbara) Wiley of Huber Heights, Ohio; one son-in-law, Wayne (DeeAnn) McGlaughlin of Monona; 19 grandchildren, Jessica Manken, Greg Bockenstedt, Kayla Wiley, Jennifer Wiley, Sophie Wiley, Nathan McGlaughlin, Hope McGlaughlin, Grace Wielert, Morgan Olson, Isaac Olson, Hadley Olson, Jennifer Feldmann, Chris Feldmann, Gabriel Feldmann, John Feldmann, Theresa Feldmann, Tresa Hargrave, Brady Klein, and Marcy Klein; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Frank (Lois) Wiley of Tucson, Arizona.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kate, in 2002; and three daughters, Joan Wiley-McGlaughlin, and Susan and Pamela Wiley, in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Greeley Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 22, 2016, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Edgewood, Iowa. Officiating: Rev. John Haugen

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery - Greeley, Iowa

 



Gary R. Betts


Gary Robert Betts, Age 62 of 6393 Asbury Road, Asbury, IA formerly of Orlando, FL, originally from Dubuque, IA has gained his wings on February 15, 2016.

Services for Gary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road all family and friends are welcome to gather after 3:00 p.m. for visitation.

Gary was welcomed into the Betts Family on December 1, 1953. He went on in life to enjoy his childhood, caused ruckus with his siblings, do things kids do. He went on to Graduate from Hempstead Senior High School in 1972, enjoying life with his dearest family and friends. He had a few career choices from working at John Deere, The Dyersville Country Club, to owning his own bar with his Uncle Tom call T.G's/Nubb's. His lifelong career and passion was in Real Estate. He loved helping people find their dream home. Gary's absolute favorite sport and hobby was golf. He loved it; every aspect about it. Even after becoming visually impaired, Gary managed to hit a hole in one at the Meadow's Golf Course in Asbury. Sunshine or not, it didn't stop him from hitting the green. Gary was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend. He was one of those sarcastic, funny guys that always managed to make you smile and laugh whenever you were with him. He loved and cherished spending time with his family, especially his mom, nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews. The little ones would make his whole day. He was his father's son, not only did he look like "The Great Bob Betts", he was a Cub's fan (when they were winning) as well as a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Robert V. Betts, Paternal Grandparents; Victor and Patricia Ann, Maternal Grandparents; Joseph and Marie (Savary) Bahl; Maternal Step Grandmother; Marie (Spahn) Bahl, Paternal Uncle; Billy Betts, Paternal Aunt Patricia Ann Nicksic, and Maternal Aunts; Janet (Bahl) Dupont, Susan (Bahl) Wilson.

He is survived by his mother, Joanita (Bahl) Betts; 2 Sisters; Deborah (Bill Dean) Betts of Durango, IA; Denise (Dan) Elston of Rockford, IL, 3 Brothers; Donald (Deborah) Betts of Orlando, FL; Michael (Patricia) Betts of Dubuque, IA; Patrick Betts of Dubuque, IA; 7 nieces & nephews; Jessica, Sean (Allie), Ryan, Tyler, Emma, Nick, Brianna; 4 great nieces and nephews; Giavanna, Jo'Syah, Olivia, and Rhiley. Gary loved the little ones dearly.

The Betts Family would like to say a special "Thank You" to Gary's great friends, Greg and Nancy Adams. You've helped us out tremendously since Gary's illness and we couldn't be more thankful. You'll never be forgotten Nubbs. Our memories of you will keep on keeping on!

"Gary probably wouldn't give you the shirt off of his back, but he'd sure tell you where to get one!"

"We never touch people so lightly, that we do not leave a trace."



Janette E. Dunne


Janette E. Dunne, 92, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 20 at The Church of the Nativity, where friends may call from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janette was born on January 3, 1924 in Holy Cross, the daughter of John and Florence (Roe) Heiderscheit. She married Donald J. Dunne on April 25, 1945 in Dubuque; he preceded her in death on April 23, 2008.

Janette was a faithful member of Nativity Catholic Church and had a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother, praying the rosary daily. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing Bingo and music. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Wernimont of Dubuque and Rose (Jesse) Mulvaney of Cedar Rapids; son, Steve (fiancé Patti) Dunne of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Angie Johnston, Don (Elizabeth) Splinter, Molly (Fadi) Yacoub, Matt (Sara) Mulvaney, Kelly (fiancé Sean Palmer) Mulvaney, Zachary and Meggan Dunne, Steve and Sarah Kutsch; 12 great-grandchildren, Jenna and Caitlin Szczpta, Caleb and Cameron Splinter, John, Marie, Eva and George Yacoub, Brody DeNeve, Gracie and Cole Dunne and Madelyn Mulvaney;2 sisters, Rosemary Winner and Hazel Schend; and one brother, Leonard Heiderscheit.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Don, an infant son, Bernard, daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jim Kutsch; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine (Lanie) and Ken Johnston, son-in-law, Paul Wernimont; 6 sisters, Agnes Klaas, Dorothy Crawford, her twin, Julia Simon, Clara Dolter, Norma Wagner, and Virginia Saylor; 5 brothers, John, Frank, Leo, Harold and Charlie Heiderscheit.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

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

In lieu of flowers a Janette E. Dunne memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care.

Thank you God for blessing our family beyond compare. It is an honor to be her children and grandchildren.



John T. Kalb


John T. "Jack" Kalb, 87, of Dubuque died Monday, February 15, 2016, peacefully in his sleep.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 20, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a 7 p.m. parish wake service.

Jack was born on December 7, 1928, in Dubuque, son of Bert P. and Mary E. "Mamie" (Kolfenbach) Kalb. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and Loras College in Dubuque. After college, Jack was stationed in Germany, where he proudly served in the U.S. Army. Upon returning from his military service, Jack worked with his dad, Bert P., and his brother Richard J., at the family business, Universal Motors, where they sold Ford automobiles. Jack married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Schiltz on August 29, 1953. Together, they raised eight children. After his dad passed, Jack worked for A.Y. McDonald Mfg., until he retired.

In 1960, Jack bought a lot in Bellevue, on the bank of the Mississippi River, and built a cottage with his own hands. He enjoyed and shared his cottage with his family for more than five decades. He especially enjoyed visiting with the neighbors, "burning meat on the grill" for his family, and watching boat traffic on the river.

Jack also enjoyed listening to Lawrence Welk and watching Hawkeye football and basketball games with his wife of 60 years, helping family members with home improvement projects, and assembling scrap books of his extended families. Jack was a generous man. He shared his time, talent and treasure with those he loved.

Jack is survived by his eight children, Margie (John) Fisher, of Coralville, IA, John (Deb) Kalb, of Dubuque, Carolyn (Bruce) Braley, of Golden, CO, Jean Kalb, of Bettendorf, IA, Robert (Carol) Kalb, of Dubuque, Elizabeth Kalb, of Dubuque, Steve (Sharon) Kalb, of Johnston, IA, and Janet (Jeff) Kamentz, of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Jack is also survived by his sister, Sister Marie Therese Kalb, OSF, of Dubuque, his brother Dr. Thomas J. Kalb, of Young America, MN, two sisters-in-law, Mildred J. Kalb and Bernadine E. Kalb of Dubuque, and a brother-in-law, James H. Schiltz of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Kalb, his parents Bert P. and Mamie Kalb, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Irene (Bitter) Schiltz, five brothers: Rev. Bertram J. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Dr. A.J. Kalb, Rev. Howard E. Kalb, S.J and Richard J. Kalb, and two sisters-in-law, Dolores M. Kalb and Dolores M. Schiltz.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Cindy from Hospice of Dubuque, for the care and support they provided over the past two years.



James L. McMahon


James L. "Jim" McMahon Jr., 82, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 22 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate, with Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Jim was born February 10, 1934 in Farley, the son of James L. "Roy" and Agnes E. (Dolan) McMahon. He served his country with the U.S. Army in the 11th Armored Calvary-309th Engineers and was stationed in Germany for 2 years. He married Mary Elizabeth Hoppman on June 9, 1955 at St. Jospeh Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI. She preceded him in death on April 28, 1996.

Jim graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville, and went on to graduate from Bayless Business College and Loras College. He was employed at Sears Roebuck Company in Dubuque for 20 years, in sales for Knights of Columbus Insurance and Life U.S.A Insurance, and was the owner of McMahon Real Estate Rentals.

Jim was 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus in Bellevue and LaMotte. He was Past President of the Nativity Booster Club and Dubuque Association of Life Underwriters, and was Past Financial Chairman at Nativity. He was a life supporter of Ducks Unlimited, and a member of Pheasants Forever and Mississippi Walleye Club.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. He could identify many plants in the forest, and enjoyed taking walks and visiting the Lock & Dam to watch the barges pass through. He loved all animals, especially his "granddogs". He was devoted to his family, and will be deeply missed.

Jim is survived by one son, Daniel "Mac" McMahon of Dubuque, Colleen "Kelly" (Jeff) Bonsack of LaCrosse,WI, Sheila (Rich) Rugg of Sparta, WI, and Ann (Mike) Felderman of Dubuque; grandchildren, Hannah Rose, Jacob, and Nicholas McMahon, William and Rachel Sass, Cassey and Jesse Bonsack, Melanie, Mary, and Charlie Rugg, and Brittani, Alex, and Kyle Felderman; great grandchildren James, Eli, and Wyatt; his special friend, Mary Fitzgerald of Janesville, WI; and two sisters in law, Myrtle Busch of Cuba City, WI and Ellen (Larry) Frieburger of East Dubuque, IL.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the James L. McMahon Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate; Dr. Ward, Dr. Arnz, and Dr. Rambadran, for their excellent care of Jim.

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



Eleanor Pfiffner


Eleanor Pfiffner, 106, lived in the same house on Kaufmann Ave. since 1936. She never owned a car, but was always going to move to a better place- and she finally did on Sunday, February 14, 2016 when she went to join her husband in Heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of which she was a lifelong member. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Eleanor was born August 21, 1909 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anthony and Rose (Meggenberg) Strohmeyer. She married Conrad "Cony" Pfiffner on March 18, 1931 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1986.

Eleanor was employed at J.P. Smith's Shoe Factory in the 1940's. She made sure to work the polls at every election. Eleanor made the most of her long life, bowling well into her 90's. She was a lifelong Cubs fan. Eleanor was the life of every party, and she loved to sing and dance. She had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Tom (Irma) Pfiffner of Dubuque, Jerry (Darlene "Mert") Pfiffner of Laguna Beach, CA, Carol Hannan of Dubuque, Connie Pfiffner of Oak Park, IL, and Mary Kay (Don) Sisler of Dubuque; grandchildren, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Gogel, Thomas (Sheila) Pfiffner, Christian Pfiffner, Rachel (Scott) Olson, Mark Pfiffner, Paula (Brad) Mason, Stacey (Kerry) Erickson, Amy (Jamie) Downey, Bridget (Steve) Foley, Katie Hannan, Tessa Anwar, Sarah Sisler, Mark (Melissa) Sisler, Laura (Frank) Ahlbach, and Jake Sisler; 14 great grandchildren, David, Max, Robert, Grace, Bennett, Grant, Reed, Keith, Michael, Daniel, Samantha, William, Emeline, and Ellanor; her siblings, Robert "Pete" (Hazel) Strohmeyer, John "Jack" Strohmeyer, Arlene "Kate" Dawson, and Richard "Dick" Strohmeyer; a sister-in-law, Evie Strohmeyer; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Bill Hannan and Keith Anwar; a grandson-in-law Peter Lawless; siblings, Eldon "Ex" (Grace), Donald (Marge), Anthony "Knute", La Verne "Bill" (Rita), Gladys (Leo) Henkels, Leah (Leo)Stoffel, Jean (Karl) Schueller, and two brothers in childhood; two sisters in law, Rose and Opal Strohmeyer; and a brother-in-law Mike Dawson. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Stacey, Eleanor's caretaker Tiyah, and all her family and friends who took the time to come and visit and cheer Eleanor up.

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



Harold E. Collister


Harold E. Collister, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 19, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Harold Edward Collister was born on August 19, 1930 in Delmar, Iowa, to Edward Theodore and Bernice Irene (Frosch) Collister. He attended Delmar Schools and then helped his dad on the farm prior to entering the military. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned home and met his future wife, Sandra Joy Evans. They were married on July 4, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa, and to this union three children were born: Lori Anne, Louise Ellen and Charles Edward.

Harold had a long career in the manufacturing industry, first working on the assembly line at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa from 1956 to 1965, and then as a press operator with French & Hecht in Davenport from 1965 until retiring in 1993.

Harold was a collector of many items and enjoyed woodworking, macramé, fishing, mushroom hunting, and fixing and repairing almost anything.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Sandra Collister of Maquoketa, IA; children, Lori Anne Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, Louise Ellen (Bob) Orlosky of Maquoketa, IA, Charles Edward "Chuck" (Jennifer) Collister of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, Josh (Brooke) Collister, Wesley Collister, Abby (Ryan) Oftedahl, Cassie (Riley) Seaman, Zachary Collister, Ashley (A.J.) Schmidt and Evan (Eleni) Collister; and 5 great-grandchildren, Addy, Emma, Audrina and Sadie Seaman, and Emma Oftedahl. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jerry Lee Collister, sisters Evelyn Lange and Gladys Carr, and a great-grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold E. Collister memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



Louise D. Vaske


Louise D. "Lou" Vaske, 95, of Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, entered into eternal life Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Louise may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a CDA Rosary will be recited a at 4:30 p.m., the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 5:00 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Louise will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.
Lou was born July 1, 1920 on the family farm in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Anna (Maiers) Stronck. She attended school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Luxemburg, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Joseph O. Vaske on January 27, 1942 in Luxemburg, Iowa. She was a dedicated farm wife and homemaker. Together Joe and Lou farmed southwest of Farley, Iowa for over 40 years and were blessed with six children. In 2011 Lou moved to Eagle Pointe Place in Dubuque and then to Hawkeye Care Center in July 2015. Lou was deeply committed to her faith and was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley. She had been a member of the Catholic Daughters of the America's Presentation Court #1460 of Farley for more than 57 years.

Lou was very involved in her community and she volunteered at the Dyersville Doll House Museum in Dyersville for many years. She also taught CCD for special needs children. She belonged to the St. Joseph's Resurrection Choir and was active in the CEW community.
Lou was first and foremost a homemaker who was an excellent cook and baker. She was well known for her famous chocolate chip cookies. Everyone was always welcome in her home and no one ever left hungry. She enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens. Lou was also a wonderful seamstress making many garments for herself and her family even making all the girls prom and homecoming dresses. She also loved to crochet and quilt and made many beautiful quilts and afghans. Joe and Lou enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, dancing, and playing cards but her greatest joy was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Each child held a special place in her heart. Over the years she reached out to so many with cards, phone calls, and prayers in her very own ministry of caring. Lou kept an active on going prayer list. Many "care packages" were delivered to those who were sick, homebound, elderly or just lonely.

Lou was the oldest living relative of the Vaske-Stronck families and treasured seeing her nieces and nephews and their families. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, Mary (Rick) Rauen of Farley, IA, Linda (Bob) Sigwarth of Dubuque, IA, Joe (Diane) Vaske of Freeport, IL, Jim (Karin) Vaske of Inver Grove Heights, MN, and her sons-in-law, Dennis Recker of Dyersville, IA and Jack Banwarth of Dubuque, IA; her 19 grandchildren, Jeff Recker,Randy Recker, Abby( Andrew) Smith, Brad Banwarth, Adam (Sarah) Banwarth, Stacey Rauen, Aaron (Shelli) Rauen, Jared (Tammy) Sigwarth, Rachel (Jason) Taylor, Ben (Mary Ella) Sigwarth, Brenda (Mark) Durein, Carla (Ryan) Heuer, Laura Vaske, Joseph Vaske, Rachel (Zachary) Santonil, Peter Vaske, Theresa Vaske, Emma Vaske, John Vaske; her 22 great grandchildren and 4 on the way; and one great great grandchild; and her many nieces and nephews.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Vaske on June 20, 1986; her daughters, Kay Banwarth on Dec. 6, 2003 and JoAnn Recker on March 10, 2014; brothers, John Stronck, Clarence Stronck, Gerald (Ruth) Stronck, and Paul Donald in infancy; and sisters, Viola (Al) Schaul and Virgie (Bernie) Kass; brothers and sisters-in-law, Victor (Lucille) Vaske, Bernard (Bernadine) Vaske, Norbert Vaske, and Lorraine Vaske.

A Louise Vaske memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family would like to thank St. Joseph's Farley Pastoral Care, Eagle Pointe Place, Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice, and Drs. Tom and Chris Sinsky, Tara Brock, and Ramabodran for their compassionate care.



Janice A. Hilby


Janice A. "Henri" Hilby, 71, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a private scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jan was born on January 18, 1945 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of Louis and Lorraine (Kaufmann) Hendricks.  She was united in marriage to Kenneth V. Hilby on June 25, 1966 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1963. Jan was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, a founding member of the Mother's Club, a member of the Menominee Athletic Club and started the Girls Softball League, which she coached with much enthusiasm.

She was always involved with her grandchildren's activities where Jan was the loudest supporter and cheerleader.  Jan was an active member of the Monday night bowling league and the yearly "bowling trips" which she and Ken enjoyed.

Jan was employed by Country Companies Insurance in Galena for almost 28 years.

Surviving is her husband Kenneth V. Hilby, four children, Ann (Dan) Welp of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Becky) Hilby of Galena, IL, Julie (Patrick) Ketchum of Springfield, IL and Sara (Jason) of Skokie, IL; ten grandchildren, Brian & Jenna Welp, Paige, Payton, Erin and Taylor Hilby, Riann, Eric and Hannah Ketchum and Olivia Hilby; her siblings, Noreen (Tom) Larson of Dubuque, IA, Nancy (Dave) Brauhn of Robbins, IA, Mary Lou (Bob) Johanningmeier and a sister-in-law Patti Hendricks all Dubuque, many nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Rosetta (Wayne) Arand of Stillman Valley, IL, Cletus & Lois Hilby of Menominee, IL; Eileen Hilby of East Dubuque, IL, Rita (Louis) Berning and Lorraine Wills both of Hazel Green, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ron, in-laws, Viola (Bob) Scharpf, Merlin Hilby, LaVerne Wills and a nephew Dennis Berning and great-nephew Nick Hilby who were recently deceased.

Ken and family wish to give special thanks to the staff at Mercy Medical Center ICU, 3-West and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their wife and mother.

Jan was the recipient of a kidney transplant and would encourage everyone to be an organ donor.

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

 

 



Mary N. Shireman


Mary N. Shireman, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:57 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. There will be a rosary said at the Church of the Nativity on Saturday prior to the time of services. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Agatha (Devaney) Ede.

Mary was united in marriage to Norman J. Shireman on May 16, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. They were blessed with 27 wonderful years together and had 6 beautiful children before Norman was called home in September of 1980. During her lifetime, Mary devoted her working time and talents at the Battery Factory, the Butter Company and finally at St. Dominic Villa until her eventual retirement in 2012 at the age of 77. In her free time, Mary enjoyed going out to eat on Tuesday afternoons, and indulging in hours of good hands of Euchre, with her friends in the Widows and Widowers Group. She also enjoyed playing Bingo on Thursday evenings with her friends at the Salvation Army. Mary's greatest joy in this world though would definitely be said to be the precious moments she spent with her family. She always placed her loved one's needs before her own; and for this gracious and generous gift and example, they will all be eternally grateful. Mary will be fondly remembered for her loving nature and caring personality and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is now, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Norman and is resting safely in her heavenly estate.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include,

her children,
Gregory Shireman,
Christine Shireman,
Ricky Shireman,
Theresa Shireman,
Karen (Jeffrey) Hopkins
and Martin Shireman, all of Dubuque, IA;

12 grandchildren,
Jeremy (Khieeda) Shireman, Zachary (Courtney) Shireman, Benjamin (Natalie) Shireman, Frederick (Paula) McGovern Jr., Robin (Richard) Cockrell Jr., Chandra (David) Dimmer, Timothy John "TJ" (Gretchin Broach) Shireman , Samantha Jo Shireman, Krystle (Austin) Prescott, Justin (Meghan Scovel) Curler, Mary Pennington and Austin Williams;

27 great-grandchildren;

a great great-grandson,
Greyson;

her siblings,
Bonita LaBee
and Allen (MaryJo Trentz) Ede, both of Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Gloria Ede, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Norman Shireman; and her siblings, Rev. Alfred Juan Ede, Edwin Ede, Giles (Ginny) Ede, an infant brother, Martin and an infant sister, Ann.

A Mary N. Shireman memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Karen at Nativity, Dr. Schreiber, Dr. Ramababran, Dr. Engelman, Dr. Ringold, and the nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital and ManorCare for all of the loving care they have provided not only to Mary, but to the family as well.

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

 



Charles J. Neuhaus


Charles J. "Chuck" Neuhaus, 66, of Farley, Iowa and formerly of Earlville, Iowa, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Charles may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where awake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. , the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 6:45 p.m., and at the Farley American Legion Service will be at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 18, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Charles was born December 29, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LaVerne and Marie (Kaiser) Neuhaus. He received his education at St. Joseph's Grade School, was a graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School and also attended Kirkwood Community College. On November 27, 1982 he was united in marriage to Mary L. Dolan at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He was employed with the Rural Electric Company "REC" for 37 ½ years.

He enjoyed being a Legion member, camping trips with his family and friends and especially enjoyed watching his two girls grow into beautiful women.

He is an Air Force veteran having served from 1972-1976, he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base as a Staff Sergeant.

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, and at the Farley American Legion Post #656 for which he served as past Commander, past Vice Commander, past Sergeant of Arms membership chairman, past Dubuque County Adjuant and past County Commander.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Neuhaus of Farley, IA; two daughters, Beth "Elizabeth" Neuhaus of Farley, IA and Anna Neuhaus of Dubuque, IA; his mother, Marie Neuhaus of Manchester, IA; six siblings, Margie (Randy) Collins of Des Moines, IA, Joyce Neuhaus of Manchester, IA, Loras Neuhaus of Quasqueton, IA, Susie (Bill) Stock of Greely, IA, Wanda (Joe) Bolsinger of Greely, IA and Karen (Roy) Davis of Marengo, IA.

He is preceded in death by his father, LaVerne Neuhaus on June 12, 2003.

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

Per Charles wishes he was an organ donor, 50 people will benefit from his generosity.



Jody Jo Welsh


Jody Jo Welsh, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 4, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. On Sunday, February 21st, 2016 a visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Jody Jo was born December 12, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerold "Huck" and Millie (Schromen) Stierman. She married William H. "Bill" Welsh.

When Jody's children were young she was a stay at home mom and also cared for a number of lucky children through out the years. She worked as a bartender at Happy's Place and the Airline Inn. She was known to many as the "cookie lady" as her baking skills were cherished by many.

Jody was one of the founders of the "Yaya Sisterhood of the Full Moon Floozies". This was a monthly meeting at Miller Park where good friends gathered to watch the full moon come over the river with good company. She was a proud member of TOPS for Women.

She is survived by her husband Bill Welsh, of Dubuque; her son, Billy (Lori) Welsh; two daughters, Katie (Kyle) Hensley and Paula Welsh all of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren, Toby "Tobylicious", Hannah, Gabby, and Sam Welsh, and Kylee Mills (Bonus granddaughter). Two sisters, Pam Willey of La Motte, IA, Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman of La Motte, IA; three brothers, Dennis Stierman of Dubuque, IA, Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, FL, Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque, IA; brothers-in-law Joe (Joy) Welsh, Kansas City, Mo, and Jim Welsh, San Jose, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law Rick Willey, a sister Wendy Stierman, mother-in-law, Margie Welsh, father-in-law, Glenn Welsh, and her beloved Great Aunt Eleanor.

Jody battled a brave fight against brain cancer for 8 years through faith, family, good friends, a sense of humor and amazing doctors. Her family would like to thank her "University of Iowa Dream team of Doctors", as well as Dr. Kristin Nelson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Stonehill Nursing and Rehab. They would also like to thank the employers of their children for their kind support throughout their mother's brave fight; Cottingham and Butler, McGraw Hill, and Bethany Home.



Norma L. Petsche


Norma L. Petsche, 89, of Dyersville, died Monday, February 15, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 18, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Norma was born December 22, 1926, the daughter of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. She married Lavern F. Petsche on August 17, 1946, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Together Norma and Lavern farmed near Clayton until they moved to Dubuque, where she worked at Dubuque Stamping Company. In 1957, they moved to a farm near Holy Cross and she was a waitress at the Avalon Supper Club. They moved to Dyersville in 1971 she worked at Ertl's Toy Factory until her retirement in 1989.

After her retirement she enjoyed her time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her hobbies included quilting, bowling, bingo, cards and Wii bowling at Oakcrest.

She is survived by her 4 children: Duane (Sharon) Petsche of DeWitt, Kay (fiancé Christopher Knauer) Herman of Dubuque, Mary (Doug) Jones of Shueyville, Karen (Carl) Bries of Luxemburg; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, her siblings: John (Ruth) Jaeger of Manchester, Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport, sister- in-law, Bernice Blunk of Garnavillo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lavern on May 24, 2015, 2 sons-in-law, Hugo Oberbroeckling and Fred Herman, great granddaughter, Jazlyn Petsche, her siblings, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Joan (George) Helle, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel, William (Mary Ann) Jaeger, Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger, Verni Blunk, 3 brothers- in- law: Ted (Mildred) Petsche, Lawrence (Leola) Petsche, and Donald Petsche

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakcrest Manor for the wonderful care of their mom for the last 3 years.

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



Ann Marie Sanchez-Philip


Ann Marie (McGovern) Sanchez-Philip, age 65, of Kennewick, WA., was called home on January 12, 2016, after battling ALS since the summer of 2014. To honor Ann's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ann's life, family and friends may visit from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p..m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ann was born on August 5, 1950, in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Jane (Bierie) McGovern.

Ann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation she eagerly took to the skies as a stewardess with American Airlines. After traveling the world, she decided to make her new home in the Tri-Cities area in Washington. Ann worked with Allstate Insurance for many years before relocating her time and talents to the United Way. For ten years Ann honorably served as President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was also director of alumni services for the UW-Platteville. For three years, Ann was the development coordinator for the WSUTC. As division director for the Tri-City's March of Dimes, Ann was honored to have raised over 2.5 million dollars during her endeavor. Before she was forced to retire due to her ALS diagnosis; she also worked with the Girl Scouts of EWash and NIdaho as head of program development.

Ann graciously served on a plethora of boards and associations. She was also very proud to be a founding member of Desert Sun Guild, which generously supports the Seattle Children's Hospital. She was also a fun hearted super-model for TCM and was well-known to own the runway with a brooding stare or a sunshine smile.

But her most lasting mark on the world is her beloved grandson, Nathan Suarez. Having raised him since infancy, Nathan is the true love and the ultimate success in her life. She found great joy in participating in his activities and blessed with the opportunity to be a solid role-model for him. Ann had the forethought to secure his future by sending him to Iowa to live with her nephew, Todd (Candace) Dalsing, who have gratefully accepted him with loving and open arms.

Ann faced life with a smile and optimism even while outliving her first husband, Bob Sanchez, and her second husband, Jim Philip.

Those left to cherish Ann's memory include
her daughter,
Lisa Sanchez, Kennewick, WA;

her grandson,
Nathan Saurez, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Sara Dalsing, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Dixie) McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Jane) McGovern, Baraboo, WI
and Joe McGovern, Waterloo, IA;

several nieces and nephews,
Megan (Paul) Dalsing-Horstman, Dubuque, IA,
Todd (Candace) Dalsing, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Heather) Jungblut, Dubuque, IA,
Amy McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Shane (Kate) McGovern, Des Moines, IA
and Chris (Sarah) McGovern, Cedar Falls, IA.

Ann is also survived by the enormous volume of friends that have become her family over time. Because of the genuinely kind and loving person Ann was, she was equally loved by so many. To some, Ann was a pillar of the community, but to so many more, she was the kind of friend we can only hope to be. Her presence, spirit and true joy will leave a lasting impression on us all.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Edward Dalsing.

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

 



Rita Schiltz


Rita Schiltz, 92 of Dubuque passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016 at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rita was born on January 24, 1924 in Dubuque the daughter of Charles and Clara (Zemanek) Hughes. She married Lewis J. Schiltz on January 31, 1945 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on December 4, 1994.

She is survived by her two daughters Marna (Jon) Roth, and Mary (Dan) McAuliffe both of Dubuque, a son Thomas (Mary Helen) Schiltz of Clive, IA, nine grandchildren Luke Roth, Morgan Roth, Pat (Tara) McAuliffe, Benjamin (Hayley Baker) McAuliffe, Matthew (Sarah) Schiltz, Audrey (Kevin) MacFerrin, Allison Schiltz, Anna Schiltz, and Christina (Matthew) Jesburg, eight great grandchildren and a sister Stella Rosauer of Anthon, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Loran in 2006, two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope, Dubuque Speciality Care, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital especially Bekah in the ER and Molly, Jill and LuAnn in ICU for all their care and support.



Lois J. Hungerford


Lois J. Hungerford, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery at a later date.

Lois was born on February 23, 1930, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the daughter of James and Mary H. (Reeson) Buckingham. She married William Hungerford on May 7, 1994. Lois owned and operated "Lois's Place" in Shullsburg. After retirement she moved to Florida for several years. When her husband died she returned to the Cuba City area. Lois loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rakow, of Shullsburg; a son, Larry (Kija) Prine, of Ruckersville, Virginia; a sister, Alice Heim, of Friendship, Wisconsin; a brother, Edgar Buckingham, of Dodgeville; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Oberg; a son, Ronald Prine; a grandson, Tim Prine; a brother, Harland Buckingham; and a son-in-law, Johnny Rakow.

The family would like to thank Epione Pavilion for the love and care they gave to their mother during her stay there.

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



John J. Kirsch


John J. Kirsch, 88, of Dyersville died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after a long illness.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary of Christian Hope will be recited at 5:30 and an American Legion /V.F.W. Service will be held at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and military honors will be accorded by the Edward W. Lake V.F.W Post 7736 and American Legion Post 137.

John was born March 26, 1927, in Worthington, IA the son of John and Mary (Burlage) Kirsch.  He graduated from St. Paul High School and enlisted in the Navy where he was on a ship bound for Japan as the War ended.  He married Grace Bockenstedt on January 29, 1952, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.  He worked for General Telephone for over 40 years, and served as Mayor of Dyersville for 6 years in the early 1980's.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; his children: Jane "Selena" Omega of Colorado Springs, CO, Carmen Burns of Cedar Rapids, Dave (Judy) of Dyersville, Linda (Dan Snyder) Kirsch of Anamosa, Charlie (Teresa) of Chesterfield, VA, and Nick Kirsch of Cedar Rapids, Rob (Tiffany) Kirsch of West Des Moines, IA; 12 grandchildren: Angie and John Purnell, Kerri Kramer, Brian Kirsch and Krista Kirsch, Dirk and Emma Snyder, Sammy Kirsch, Allie and Derek Kirsch, Gavin and Brynn Kirsch; 3 great grandchildren: Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer; 3 sisters-in-law: Alice, Dula and Virgene Bockenstedt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Grant Henry Kirsch, 9 brothers and sisters; 4 brothers-in-law and 1 sister-in-law.

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

 

 



Evelyn A. Henry


Evelyn A. "Evie" Henry, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, the same day as her brother William Burdt Sr., at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Evie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Evie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Evelyn was born on August 23, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Helen (Cushing) Burdt.

Evie was united in marriage to James Henry on February 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed almost 62 wonderful years together and were blessed with eight precious children. Evie was a full time and devoted wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride and joy in caring for and nurturing her family. Evie also spent time outside her home sharing her time and talents at Walsh's, Econo Foods and Eagle Point Park. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. In her younger years Evie enjoyed camping, bowling and a good game of cards with family and friends. Evie has touched many lives throughout her 79 years here with us and her memory will be carried on for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Evie's memory include,

her loving husband of 61 years,
James "Jim" Henry, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Debbie (James) Kretz, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Jennifer (Cory) Meehan, Justin (Stacy) Kretz, Mindy (Willy) Boe, Megan (Brad Schalow) Popenhagen, Robert (Jennifer) Popenhagen, Nichole (Cory) Strom, Toni (Leslie Penoyer) Henry, Maggie Brenner, Joshua Dominy, Tyler Dominy, Dejarae Dominy, Anthony Kasparec, Heather Thill, Toby (Tabitha Pitz) Hicks, Kelsey (Jayme) Breitbach, Jordan Rapp, Anna Bruxvoort, Nora Bruxvoort and Jonah Bruxvoort;

34 great-grandchildren;

her sisters,
Donna Burdt,
and Kathleen "Cas" Kluesner, both of Dubuque, IA;

and her sister-in-laws,
Ruth Burdt,
and Rosemary Grothe, both of Dubuque, IA.

Evie was preceded in death by her parents; a son Michael in infancy; a great-grandson, Collin Barton; three brothers, James (Mary) Burdt Sr., Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T. and William Burdt Sr.; and brother-in-laws, Dale Kluesner and William Grothe.

An Evelyn A. "Evie" Henry memorial fund has been established.

Evie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care.

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

 



William F. Burdt Sr.


William F. "Bill" Burdt Sr., age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:12 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, the same day as his sister Evie Henry, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bill's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Bill's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

William was born on October 16, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Herman and Helen (Cushing) Burdt.

Bill was united in marriage to Ruth Feldman on December 26, 1952, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with 63 years together and eight children. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was employed by John Deere for 32 years. Bill's greatest pride and joy were his children. His happiest times were shared with his boys in his garage. Bill's legacy will live on in the skills he instilled in his sons. Bill was an avid woodworker and each of his grandchildren and great grandchildren is the proud recipient of one of his handcrafted wooden toys.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include,

his loving wife of 63 years,
Ruth Burdt, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cindy (Mark Wirth) White, Dubuque, IA,
William (Janet El Khatib) Burdt Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Cindy) Burdt, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Jim) Karrmann, Madison, WI,
Linda (Scott) Massengill, Summit, NJ,
Michael (Kendyll) Burdt, Denver, CO,
Dr. Mark (Julie) Burdt, Ankeny, IA
and Michelle (Victor) Cruz, Sheboygan Falls, WI;

18 grandchildren;
Joseph Burdt Jr., Anthony (Jennifer) White, Brian (Kristen) Burdt, Lindsey Tschiggfrie, Greg (Lauren) Burdt, Jeremy (Bethany) Burdt, Sarah (Jeff) Wilczewski, Ashley Karrmann, Danielle Burdt, Lauren Burdt, Makenzie Burdt, Madison Burdt, Erin Burdt, Carter Massengill, Kayleigh Massengill, Mallory Burdt, Mateo Cruz and Makena Cruz;

5 great grandchildren with two more expected;
Lily Tschiggfrie, Dempsey White, Evalena Tschiggfrie, Van White and Peyton Wilczewski;

his sisters,
Donna Burdt, Dubuque, IA
and Kathleen "Cas" Kluesner, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
James Henry, Dubuque, IA.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James (Mary) Burdt and Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T.; a sister, Evelyn Henry; a daughter-in-law, Teri Burdt; and a brother-in-law, Dale Kluesner.

A William F. "Bill" Burdt Sr. memorial fund has been established which will be given to St. Patrick Church Wednesday Night Meal program and Hospice of Dubuque.

Bill's family thanks Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Mark Runde and Hospice of Dubuque for their support and compassion.

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

 



Kyle D. Vosberg


Kyle D. "Gibby" Vosberg, 19, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 12, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Kyle was born on October 11, 1996, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of David J. "Bubba" and Lisa R. (Emler) Vosberg. He was a 2015 graduate of Potosi High School and was going to attend Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in August for the lineman program. Currently he worked at the Gary Budden Farm and Vosberg Farms near Cuba City.

Kyle lived by his own standards, never letting any grass grow under his feet. He was a caring, thoughtful and gentle individual and loved his family and friends. His generosity as an organ donor is saving many lives. Kyle was a gentle giant with great "bear hugs." He enjoyed country music. Kyle was a lover of the land and thoroughly enjoyed farming. #FlyHighKyle

Survivors include his father, David "Bubba" Vosberg, of Louisburg; his mother and stepfather Lisa and Eric "Benny" Gotzinger, of Potosi; two sisters, Katie (Justin Roling) Vosberg, of Louisburg, and Kalynn Sarah Vosberg, of Potosi; his grandparents, Sam and Bernie Emler, of Potosi, and Francis "Franny" and Heidi Vosberg, of Louisburg; his step-grandmother, Meredith "Sis" Gotzinger, of Potosi; and his great-grandparents, Harlan "Rink" and Betty Emler, of Lancaster. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Chad and Missy Emler, and Ryne (his godfather) and Heidi Emler, both of Potosi, Kathy Berning, of Hazel Green, Dale and Sharon Vosberg, of Cuba City, Vicki (his godmother) and Kevin Gehl, of Cascade, Iowa, and Julie and Steve Thomas, of Cuba City; a special friend, Taylor Bloyer, of Potosi; and many special cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by an uncle, Dennis Berning, and a cousin, Martin Gehl.

A Kyle D. "Gibby" Vosberg Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Leo A. Link


Leo A. Link, 81, of Dubuque died peacefully at home on Friday, February 12, 2016 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League .. Visitation will be Monday from 1 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30pm.

Leo was born December 3, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Bernice (Stillmunkes) Link, Sr. After graduating from Loras Academy, Leo continued his education going to barber college in Cedar Rapids. He owned and operated Link's Barber Shop for 56 years, retiring in 2008. Leo also served in the Naval Reserves.

He married Jeanne Benzer on November 19, 1955. He later married Patricia Mahoney on August 19, 2000 at Roseman Bridge in Winterset, Iowa.

Family came first with Leo and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing cards, was an avid sports fan, and was "king of the grill." He was a member of Dubuque Elks Club #297, Dubuque Businessmen's Association, and Dupaco Duplicate Bridge.

Leo was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Link; children, Nancy (Mike) Wagner, Linda (Scott) Glab, Tina (Ken Anderson) Link, Gregory (Gina) Link, Lisa Wood, and Diane Mahoney. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason Welsh, Jenny (Tony) Roussel, and Christina and Joey Wagner; Chad Cook and Taylor and Conner Glab; Tiffany (Nick Miller) McCarty and Steve and Jennifer Anderson; Austin and Rachel Link; and Colton and Madelyn Wood; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Richard "Dick" (Cathey) Link; a sister, Jeanette (Richard) Carroll; and five nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffrey Link.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Ida M Linden


Ida Marie Linden, 85, of Bethany Home, formerly of Orchard Drive passed away on February 11, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday February 15, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ida Marie was born on June 13, 1930 in rural Wisconsin the daughter of Leonard and Violet (McClain) Langkamp. She graduated from Browner School rural Platteville, WI.
She married Thomas Linden on December 26, 1952 in Platteville, WI. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2013.

She worked for and retired from Ruegnitz Drug as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of America at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Ida Marie was devoted to her Catholic faith. She enjoyed being outdoors tending to her flowers, attending family gatherings, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two Sons, Kevin (Deb) Linden, of Dubuque and Brian (Darla) Linden, of Bellevue. Grandchildren, Heidi (Travis) Haas, of Farley, Taylor, Tyler and Tara Linden, of Bellevue. Her Sister, Lorraine (Herb) Hottenstein; Brother, Clifford (Darlene) Langkamp; Brothers-in-law, Bob Burbach and Tom Dolter. Very special friends; Dr. Heyo and Cam Tjarks, John and Jill Rokusek, Homer and Jeanette Lindholm, Dr. Richard and Helga Van Iten.

She was preceded in death by her Husband, a Daughter in infancy Mary Gabriel, Sisters, Velma Dolter and Blanche Burbach, and a Brother Kenneth Langkamp.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Bethany Home for their excellent care and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy.



Wendy Jo Stierman

Wendy Jo Stierman, 48, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on February 6, 2016, at home.

A celebration of Wendy's life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 15th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Wendy was born July 12, 1967 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerold "Huck" and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
Wendy graduated with honors from NICC receiving her Associates in Nursing Degree. Most of her career was spent in home health care. She truly enjoyed every aspect of being a nurse.

Wendy was very passionate and appreciated the small things in life. She loved to be on the river, "a real waterworm", camping, and bonfires. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She adored music and photography and displayed her photographs at the local hospital. Most importantly, she cherished every moment spent with family and friends, especially her children and granddaughters.

Those left in honor of Wendy's memory include her three children; Matthew (Alicia Lindstrom) Paar of Maquoketa, IA, Brandy Brennan of Maquoketa, IA, and Shelby Lass of Andrew, IA. Two granddaughters, Ellie Jo and Anja Marie. Two sisters Pam Willey of La Motte, IA Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman of La Motte, IA. Three brothers Dennis Stierman of Dubuque, IA Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, FL Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque, IA. A Brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, IA, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law Rick Willey, and sister Jody Welsh just two days prior.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wendy Stierman memorial fund has been established.



Rosela Mae L. Gibbs


Rosela Mae L. Gibbs, 86, of Farley, Iowa, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rosela Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Rosela Mae will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating, and Rev. Phillip Gibbs concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Francis cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was born May 4, 1929, in St. Donatus, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Stella (Frantzen) Kalmes. She received her first eleven years of education in the St. Donatus schools and completed her senior year at St. Joseph's Academy where she graduated. On November 24, 1953 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Gibbs in St. Donatus, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2002. The couple farmed in the Bernard area for 17 years before moving to Farley. She was a Homemaker, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who truly enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the casino's with her friends.

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

She is survived by six children, Roger (Lynne) Gibbs and Alan (Ann) Gibbs for of Dyersville, IA, Debbie (Dennis) White of Fairmont, MN, Karen Gibbs of Cassville, WI, Jim (Cathy) Gibbs of Dyersville, IA and Marcia (Rick) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 2 siblings, Lawrence "Windy" (Helen) Kalmes of St. Donatus, IA, and Mariela Berthel of Dubuque, IA; two sisters-in-law, Marie Herrig of Dubuque, IA and Irma Gibbs of Springbrook, IA; four brothers-in-law, Harold (Joyce) Gibbs of Bernard, IA , Edmond (Karen) Gibbs of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lawrence (Carolyn) of Portola Valley, CA, and Steve (Mary Kay) Gibbs of Bellevue, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Duane Gibbs on January 22, 2004; a grandson, Jason White, two brothers, Harold Kalmes and Bert Kalmes; two brothers-in-law, Loras Berthel and Donald Gibbs; and three sisters and brothers - in-law, Dorothy (Clifford) Weinschenk, Algean (Eldred) Budde, and Mary (Larry) Cheney.

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



Eugene R. Ousley


Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at home with his loving family. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Eugene was born on February 9, 1944, in Dubuque, IA, son of Francis R. and Dorothy E. (Fern) Ousley.

Gene was united in marriage to Phyllis Young on December 13, 1980 at the Church of the Nazarene. He worked for many years at Eagle's Supermarket and later at the Diamond Jo Casino until he was forced into early retirement due to health complications. Gene always had to be on the go and loved spending time in the beautiful outdoors. His continual smile and joy in his heart were always present whether he was working in the yard, spoiling his birds and squirrels or just sitting outside soaking up the warmth of God's glory. Gene was born with a strong and natural affinity towards organizational skills and believed everything in life had a proper place. His loved ones delightfully found slight moments of fun in teasing Gene by turning the canned goods in the cupboards so that the labels were facing the wrong way. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Gene's life and he eagerly took every opportunity he could find to spend valuable time and create precious memories with his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Gene was a good and decent man and his legacy of love for others is vividly visible throughout his family lineage. We will miss Gene, and his contagious laugh, from within the deepest depths of our hearts and yet thank the Lord for the 72 years he shared this wonderful man with us.

Those left to cherish Eugene's memory include,

his loving wife of 35 years,
Phyllis Ousley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kevin (Tammy) Ousley, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Kelly (John) Housley, Phoenix, AZ,
Kris (JoAnn Jovanovich) Ousley, Glendale, AZ,
Angelic Auderer, Dubuque, IA,
Danielle (Mark) Huekels, Dubuque, IA
and Kathy (Jade) Griesinger, Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Kaleb Auderer, Matthew and Jaynen Butler, Stephanie, Johnny and Jenna Housley, Krista, Kyle (Emily) and Kacey Ousley;

a great-grandson,
J.J. Housley;

and his siblings,
Betty Ney, Madison, WI,
Lois McDonald, Overland Park, KS
and Bill (Doris) Ousley, East Dubuque, IL.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers-in-law, Jack Ney and John McDonald.

A Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley memorial fund has been established.

Gene's family would like to thank Dr. Manzel, Dr. Holmes and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Gene and the family.

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

 



Doris J. Marsh


Doris J. Marsh, 68, of Manchester, died Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with a vigil service at 3:00. Friends may also call Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, with burial in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. Joseph Schneider will officiate.

Doris was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Edgewood, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Marilyn (Sherman) Clark. She graduated from Ed-Co High School and continued her nursing education through St. Luke's Hospital to obtain her LPN. Later Doris finished her education in the nursing program at NICC, graduating with her RN. She worked as a nurse at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Colorado Springs area, Bovey, Minnesota, and Regional Medical Center in Manchester. After her retirement she was the director at the Adult Day Services in Manchester.

She loved, flowers, reading, animals, and most of all her family and friends. Her final gift was being an organ donor.

Survivors include her 3 sons, Michael Lukan of Dubuque, Mark Lukan of New Vienna, and Steven (Sarah) Lukan of West Des Moines; 2 grandsons, Jayden Lukan and Theodore Lukan, with another grandson expected in April; 4 siblings, Barbara Sieglaff of Edgewood, Fred (Mary) Clark of Seymour, WI, Brian (Rosie) Clark of Owensboro, KY, and Mary (Bill) Olsen of Baxter, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Glen Marsh.

Memorials may be directed to Delaware County Adult Day Services.

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



Gerald A. Brame


Gerald A. "Curly" Brame, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Curly's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation will follow the services.

Gerald Arthur Brame was born on April 29, 1930 in Independence, Iowa, to Alfred Lester and Mae (Follmer) Brame. He was a 1947 graduate of Independence High School and then served his country in the Army earning the rank of Corporal and receiving an honorable discharge. He married Margaret "Peg" Stevens on Dec. 2, 1954 in Rowley, Iowa and to this union two children were born: Rick and Randy.

Curly had a long career in the automotive industry, first working for Les Fry's Filling Station from 1951 to 1953, then Baxter Motors in Cedar Rapids from 1955 to 1961, Goodyear in Iowa City from 1961 to 1966 and from 1966 to 1977 he worked for the Penrose family in Maquoketa. From 1977 to 1997 he owned and operated Curly's Tires in Maquoketa, a business which is operated by his son Randy today.

Curly was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he had served as a past Master. He enjoyed fishing, camping, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and playing cards, especially Euchre.

Those left to honor Curly's memory include his wife, Margaret "Peg" Brame of Maquoketa, IA; sons Rick (Becky) Brame of Urbandale, IA, and Randy (Denise) Brame of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Bryan, Kevin, Matt, Justin and Luke; and 2 great-grandchildren, Aiden and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Gerard and Sandra Stevens, and a brother-in-law, Ronald Stevens.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald A. "Curly" Brame memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas V. Spates


Thomas V. Spates, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his daughter's home in Des Moines.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemtery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Thomas was born May 22, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Vernon and Delores (Specht) Spates. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. On July 11, 1964 he married Marilyn B. Meyer at the Church of the Nativity.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1999 after 30 years of service. Tom was a staunch Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Tom Spates was a man who made many friends during his lifetime. These were friends who enjoyed his friendship and respected him. He still had many friends from childhood and early school years who remained his friends today. He made friends during the many and frequent days he spent at the Boys Club, where he was the Checker Champ, right to recent days prior to his illness when he was in the pool league at the Legion with friends from years back and his many golfing buddies.

For many years during golf season, he played daily with a group of men whom he truly enjoyed spending time with and treasured the days with those special friends. Some of those men also made up the bowling team with Tom. A few years back, he had a weekly poker game with good friends, and more recently played cards most winter mornings with the same friends he has been playing with for many, many years. Tom also especially enjoyed golfing and the friendship of all of the Red Shirts, a truly great group of men who golfed together.

Even with family, he was the life of the party and a card game was always more fun if he was playing. As one nephew recently remarked, "he was one of the good guys." But Tom wasn't just about fun and games. He was a loving, fun, and kind husband and a caring and proud father. He was his grandkids' greatest fan. As his grandkids would tell you, he was a truly great and special grandfather who would meet you with a smile and a pat on the back as you came out of the dugout, or at the end of a cross-country race, or after a church league basketball game. As much as he could, he was at his grandkids' sports events, even though he had to travel 200 miles to be there.

Even for his two younger grandbabies, he was a special grandfather. Now the older grandkids are mostly grown, and even when he was first not well, he never lacked the energy or the interest to spend the time to play "catch" or "pitch" or play "Legos" with the two little ones born later.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Spates of Dubuque; a daughter, Julie (Mark) Merfeld of Des Moines and their children, Emily, Matthew, Thomas and Michael; a son, Stephen (Daniel) Spates M.D. of New York City and their children, Thomas "T.J" and Matthew; three siblings, Carol Becker of Dubuque, Kathryn (Frank) Langkamp of Dickeyville, Wisc., and Michael (Linda) Spates of Dubuque, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Marvin O. Becker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque; Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines; or the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New York City.

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



Kyle J. Miller


Kyle J. Miller, 36, of Charlotte, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, February 9, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Kyle's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Kyle Joseph Miller was born August 6, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Vincent and Beverly Jane (Heister) Miller. He attended Maquoketa schools and later earned his GED.

Kyle first worked for CJ Moyna, then Weber Concrete and currently for Miller Construction. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and ginseng hunting every year. He especially loved to ride his Harley, and listen to his favorite musicians Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr.

Those left to honor Kyle's memory include his wife, Mindy Steffen of Charlotte, IA; children, Audrey White of DeWitt, IA, Tristin Miller, Josie Miller and Delcy Miller of Charlotte, IA; his mother Beverly Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Chad Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Kirk (Erin) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Tamitha Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; and his maternal grandmother Betsy Heister of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father Jesse on November 9, 2009, and his paternal grandparents Donna Miller on March 12, 2008 and Harlan "Butch" Miller who passed on December 21, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Kyle J. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elda M. Uthe


Elda M. Uthe, age 90, who almost reached her goal of 91 on the 21st, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Elda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elda was born on February 21, 1925, in Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Madeline (Brant) Bertjens.

Elda was united in marriage to Urban G. Uthe on April 15, 1947, in Kieler, WI. They were blessed with 54 years before he was called home on August 4, 2002. She was primarily a proud homemaker who joyfully devoted her time to caring for and nurturing her family. She did, however, still find time to invest her talents at the Dubuque Packing Company, Washington Junior High, the Ham House and Riverboat Museums and the Redstone. Elda was naturally gifted in the kitchen and was considered an excellent cook and baker by all who had the privilege to sit at her table. She also enjoyed canning, gardening and was always ready for a good game of cards with family and friends. She was deeply adored and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Elda will be spending this Valentine's Day, and her birthday, in her heavenly estate with all of her dear loved ones who've been called home before her.

Life's troubles and storms you have weathered, and shared days of joy in the sun. For years I've been working within you, now celebrate all I have done.

Those left to cherish Elda's memory include,

her children,
Janet Timmerman, Kieler, WI,
Thomas (Bev) Uthe, Dubuque, IA
and Bob Uthe, Decorah, IA;

six grandchildren,
Troy (Shannon) Timmerman,
Robby (Rhonda) Timmerman,
Jim (Laura) Uthe,
Gina Uthe,
Laura Uthe
and Sara Uthe;

nine great grandchildren,
Jaiden Timmerman, Gianna Timmerman, Lexi Bushaw, Tyson Timmerman, Thomas Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy, Urban Uthe, Clara Uthe and Wyatt Uthe.

Elda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Urban Uthe; a sister, Marie Bertjens Johnston; and a brother, Merlin Bertjens.

A Elda M. Uthe memorial fund has been established.

Elda's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially to the two Amy's and Edna, for the kindness and care they gave mom and also to Phyllis; she was especially fond of her.

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

 



Donald A. Stroh


Donald A. "Buzzy" Stroh 84 formerly of 2134 White Street passed away February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Buzzy was born on April 8, 1931 in Dubuque the son of Jacob and Irene (Rudd) Stroh.

He married Mary C. Willett and she preceded him in death.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed his almost daily visits to the Locust Street Hy-Vee for breakfast, some shopping, or just to visit. In his younger days he loved spending time on the river and fishing with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children Greg (Vanessa) Stroh, Brian (Betty) Stroh, Bob (Deb) Richardson, Tina (Gary) Tigges, Kim (Steve) McKinzie, Joe (Becky) Richardson, Pam McKeown, and Lisa Weinberg, 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and a brother-in-law Ray Gieseman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister Delores Gieseman.

In lieu of flowers a Donald "Buzzy" Stroh memorial fund has been established.

A very special thank you to Lisa, Donald's daughter, for all the loving care given to dad these last years.



Richard L. Schueller


The Lord called Richard L. "Dick" Schueller home on Sunday evening, February 7, 2016, after overcoming many hurdles in the last few years at the age of 87.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery where a military flag presentation will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman.

Dick was born on Sept. 27, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Brant) Schueller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and married Margaret "Peg" Schroeder; together they had four children.

Over the years Dick held a variety of jobs. He started as a butcher in the retail market at The Dubuque Pack & went on to own his own grocery store, Dick's Meat Market, for 14 years. He then became a realtor along with other various jobs. Dick ended his career building houses with his son. After retirement he continued working with his hands doing odd jobs for anyone who needed a great handyman. He was always very meticulous in anything he did. You knew if he did it, it was going to be done right.

Dick was proud to serve in the National Guard for over twenty years & was a Chief Warrant Officer. Here he made many great buddies that lasted his lifetime. He loved talking about some of the pranks they pulled on each other.

His favorite hobby was woodworking and woodcarving. Working with his hands, making something beautiful was his passion. All of his adult life Dick was an avid boater. He loved taking his family on the river every chance he got. This is where he met some of his best, lifelong friends. He was well versed in many, many things. He read anything he could get his hands on, wanting to learn whatever he could. He also was very quick-witted and loved joking with people, always with a twinkle in his eyes.

Those left behind to cherish Dick's memory are his children, Paula (Earl) Stanton, of North Port, Fl, Ted, of NM, and Julie (Eric) Stierman, of Dubuque; daughter-in-law Deanna Schueller of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren, Megan (Kyle) Lawler, of Cedar Falls, Molly Stierman, of Des Moines, Brett & Erin Schueller, of Wichita, KS; and one great-grandson, Hayden Richard Lawler; and his sister, Carolyn Patterson, of Bradenton, Fl. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, & their spouses who he thought the world of: Mary (Craig) Swope, Lora (Bob) Motamenpour, Stephanie Nelson, Jeff (Nancy) Schueller, Patrick (Patsy) Patterson, Brant (Joann) Schueller, Jill (Mark) Weber, Steve (Lori) Patterson, and all of their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Nick Schueller; daughter-in-law, Ginny Schueller; a brother, Eugene and his wife, Rita; a brother-in-law, Wayne Patterson, and a niece, Vicci Schueller Kenyi, and his former wife, Peg.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Home for his wonderful care in the last two years, especially (his angel) Shannon, Shelly, Ann, Sue B., Don, Sue D. and Jim. It meant a lot to the family that he was happy there. Also the family sincerely appreciates the compassionate care of Hospice of Dubuque to make his journey home a little easier.



Esther Mae Newton


Esther Mae Newton, 87, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Delhi and the Davenport area, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at her home in Manchester.  She was born on February 2, 1929, in Waterloo, the daughter of Carl and Violet (Townsend) Thraenert.  Esther graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1947.  

On May 7, 1949, Esther was united in marriage to Clifford J. "Jack" Newton in Waterloo. This union was blessed with seven children and many foster children.  Esther and Jack were foster parents in the Waterloo and Davenport areas for many years and kept close ties with many of these children as they raised their own families.

Esther's joy in life was her family.  She loved her flower gardens and plantings, nurturing their growth.  She was most at home on Lake Delhi.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Vicki) Newton of Davenport, Jackie (Mark Kintzle) Newton of Earlville, Becky (Patrick) Saunders of Davenport, Michael (Laurie) Newton of Sahuarita, Arizona, Susan (Mike) Kershner of Emmett, Idaho, and Denise (Dan) Cook of Robins, Kathy Mata of Davenport, Cindy (Barry) Pelton of Lexington, Kentucky, and Edith Vaughn of Davenport; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Palmer of Waterloo.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford "Jack" in 2006; an infant son, Randy in 1953; her sister, Mary Thraenert; and one brother, David Thraenert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Comfort.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church, Delhi, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday February 12, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Interment: St. John's Catholic Cemetery  -  Delhi, Iowa

 

 



Deanna P. Carr


Deanna P. "Dee" Carr, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 8, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dee's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February, 13, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services.

Deanna Piilani Campbell was born on March 21, 1941 in Lanai, Hawaii, to Sherwood James and Elaine (Kim) Campbell. She grew up in Hawaii and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu.

Shortly after high school she moved to Salt Lake City Utah where she worked for Holy Cross Insurance for a couple years eventually moving back to Hawaii. This is when she met her future husband, Gerald W. Carr, while he was stationed with the Marines in Hawaii. They were married on March 27, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah. To this union three children were born: Kim, Alissa and Mark.

Upon moving to Iowa, Dee worked at Clinton Engines for a short time, and from 1979 to 2005 at Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa as the Associate Director.

Dee enjoyed gardening, taking vacations, doing crosswords and seek and find puzzles, and watching television. She especially loved horse racing and animals had a special place in her heart.

Those left to honor Dee's memory include her husband Gerald W. Carr of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kim (and husband John Williams) Carr of Maquoketa, IA, Alissa (and husband Tim) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (and wife Kristie) Carr of Maquoketa, IA; and 3 grandchildren, Sam Williams, Aliya Carr and Jaxon Carr. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Gerald M. Green


Gerald M. "Jerry" Green, 83, of Cascade, Iowa died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:46 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12th at the funeral home.

Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

He was born September 18, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Mildred K. (Finn) Green. He received his education in the Cascade schools. He also attended the University of Iowa for a year. On October 6, 1956 he was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Schmitz at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He was employed at the Cascade Telephone Company until he started his own business, the Green Truckline.

He is an Army veteran, having served in Tokyo as an MP for 2 years.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish, a Charter President of the Cascade Jay-Cees, a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, of which he also served as past commander, and a past Commander of the Dubuque County American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Green of Cascade, IA; eight children, Michael (Julie) Green of Cascade, IA, Mary Pat (John) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Dr. Anne Green of Iowa City, IA, Peggy (Rick) Eckstein of New Prague, MN. Bridget (Brian) Hilby of Dubuque, IA, Doug Green of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Tim) Dougherty of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sarah (Mike) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; 23 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 siblings, Ray Green of Peoria, IL, Karen (Paul) Schwagler of Zwingle, IA and Janet (Jim) Rigdon of Dunkerton, IA; a brother-in-law, Phil Schmitz of Dyersville, IA; and two sisters-in-law Dr. Jeanne (Tom) Moore of Carmel, CA and Margaret Schmitz of St. Paul, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Lisa Mary Green; a granddaughter, Maggie Emrich and two brothers, Richard and Robert Green; and 1 sister-in-law, Ann Schmitz.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses at Mercy Medical Center, second floor cardiac unit and Dr. Patrick Gordon.



Joseph H. Klar


Joseph H. Klar, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at home.

To honor Joseph's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph was born on Sept. 6, 1951 in Dubuque, son of Isadore and Kathryn (Jerrett) Klar.

Those left to cherish Joseph's memory include
his four children,
Joy (Eric) Brandt, Dickeyville, WI,
Nathan Klar, Platteville, WI,
Johnathan (Sara Holdrafer) Klar, Dubuque
and Natalie (Ben) Gebhard, Hazel Green, WI;

his 8 grandchildren;

his six siblings,
James (Linda) Klar, Potosi, WI,
Elmer (Joann) Klar, Thomson, IL,
Christine (Ronald) Schlosser, Dubuque,
Robert (Julie) Mether, Waterloo,
Rhonda (Mike) Deeds, Waterloo
and Debra Washa, Dodgeville, WI;

his step-mother,
Nola Klar, Lancaster, WI.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Henry Schroeder.

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



Cletus A. Davis

Cletus A. Davis, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque. There will be an additional visitation from 9:00 until the time of service at the church on Friday.

Cletus was born on Jan. 9, 1932 in Colesburg, IA, son of Charles and Lillian (Cole) Davis. He served in the Army during the Korean War. On July 14, 1956, he married Mildred Hueneke at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, IA.

He was employed for 27 years at Caradco and for 19 years for the Dubuque Community School District before retiring in 1994. Cletus also volunteered at the Boys Club in the woodshop for over 30 years.

Cletus was a resident of Dubuque for over 50 years and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Cletus was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He enjoyed playing guitar with his friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mildred; their children, Lonny (Julie) Davis, Kevin (Tammy) Davis, Randall (Kelli) Davis, Julie (Mark Hammer) Davis, and Pam (John) Gregorich; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Minnie Ward.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the healthcare professionals at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at the Rose.



Eugene F. Runde


Eugene F. "Gene" Runde, 81, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 8, 2016, at UW-Hospitals & Clinics in Madison.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Febr. 11, at St. Joseph's Church in Sinsinawa with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Gene was born on June 10, 1934, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Mary (Cullen) Runde. He married Shirley M. Timmerman on June 10, 1958, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Gene spent his life as a dedicated dairy farmer. He loved family, farming, friends and fun. He was happiest when he was dancing with Shirl, the love of his life. They danced through 57 years together. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the Battleship USS Wisconsin. He served on the Southwestern Community School Board and was a founding member of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. He was a proud member of the NFO.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Judy (Marcus) Dacanay, of Hawaii, Laurie (Doug) Genthe, of Black Earth, Lisa (Jeff) Jacoby, of Janesville, Jane (Dean) Epping, of Mt. Horeb, and Cheryl (Chris) Rieken, of Hazel Green; two sons, Gene (Mary Jo) Runde, and Tom (Kristi) Runde, both of Cuba City; a sister, Mertyl (John) Blankenheim, of Madison; a brother, Emmett "Smokey" (Doris) Runde, of Galena, IL; seventeen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Adele and John Budden; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Roseanne (Budden) Runde; a brother, Fr. Raymond Runde; a grandson, Adam Runde; and a sister-in-law, Doris Leibfried Runde.

A Eugene F. "Gene" Runde Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Neil T. Petersen

Neil T. Petersen, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Oxford Junction, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Neil Thomas Petersen was born on Oct. 31, 1938 in Anamosa, Iowa, to August M. and Mildred (Johnson) Petersen. He attended country schools and was a graduate of Oxford Junction High School.

Neil had worked as a deckhand for the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa for many years. He loved woodworking.

Those left to honor Neil's memory include many friends and the caring staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Richard W. Kitto


Richard W. Kitto, 73, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, February 5, 2016 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10: 45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Richard was born on April 22,1942 in La Fayette County, Wisconsin on his grandparents' family farm to Donald Bernard and Ada Bernice (Kettler) Kitto.

He received his degree of Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering on June 4, 1966 from Wisconsin State University.

He was employed as project manager, plant engineering at John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, retiring in 1989.

On June 11, 2005 he married Virginia A. (Murray) Hardin in East Dubuque, Illinois.

Richard enjoyed boating, fishing, dancing and winter getaways to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. He was proud of his cottage he built on the Mississippi River in St. Donatus, Iowa, where there were many family and friend gatherings.

He was a member of the Civil Engineering Society and the Elks Club.

Richard will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Kitto, Dubuque; son Jeffrey D. (Berenika) Kitto, Lake City, Fla.; daughter Jennifer M. (Martin) Groom and grandsons Caleb, Joshua, and Seth Groom, Columbia, Tenn.; step-daughter Dr. Cynthia L. (Dr. C. William) Hipp, Charleston, S.C.; step-son Steven G. Hardin and step-grandchildren Natalie, Shelby, and Derek Hardin, and step-grandson Landyn Hardin-Bries, all of Dubuque; step-son Scott A. (Paula) Hardin and step grandsons Casey and Jackson Hardin, Omaha, Neb.; sister Jody A. Bender, Racine, Wis.; brother John R. (Marci) Kitto, San Rafael, Calif.; step-mother Doris S. (Lefler) Kitto, Platteville, Wis.; and two nieces, Cory Decker and Tiffany Nunenkamp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

A Richard Kitto Memorial Fund has been established.

Richard's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis and his nurses, especially Stephanie, and to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Leonard M. Clark


Leonard M. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A memorial service celebrating Leonard's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016 from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and burial will be at a later date at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Leonard M. Clark was born on January 6, 1920 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Merlin Richard and Nora Belle (Rannals) Clark. He was a World War II veteran of the Army serving from February 3, 1942 until receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 28, 1945. For his service to his country, he received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He married Eleanor Schoop on September 28, 1941 in St. Donatus, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Leonard had farmed in the LaMotte for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974, and retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa Road Runners Camping Club and Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In addition to his memberships, he enjoyed traveling and woodworking.

Those left to honor Leonard's memory include his wife Eleanor Clark of Maquoketa, IA; children, Judy Keeney of Orlando, FL, Leonard (Patricia) Clark Jr. of Clear Lake, IA, and James (Patricia) Clark of Medford, WI; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, and Betty Deppe of Loveland, CO; and an honorary son, George "Skip" (Linda) Pickup of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Denzil Clark Sr., a grandchild, and 2 sisters Donna Durkop and Mona Neiman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Leonard M. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janet M. Deiter


Janet M. Deiter, 92, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Janet was born on December 24, 1923, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Pascoe) Latham. She married Merton B. Dieter on June 17, 1950, in Cuba City.

Janet graduated from Cuba City High School in 1941 and Bayless Business College in 1942. She worked as a secretary for H&W Motor Express for two years and for the Cuba City High School for seven years. Janet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 45 years, St. Rose of Lima Council of Catholic Women, and served on the Cuba City Library Board.

Survivors include her husband, Merton, of Cuba City; two daughters, Diane (William) Van Deest, of Platteville, and Judy (Brian) Christian, of Verona; two sons, Larry (Michele) Dieter, of Santa Cruz, CA, and Paul Dieter, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Paul and Donald Latham.

A Janet M. Deiter Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gerald C. Melssen


Gerald C. Melssen, 66, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2015 at his home in Epworth, Iowa after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer.
Friends and relatives of Gerald may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service at 4:00 p.m.
Services for Gerald will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

Gerald was born June 28, 1949 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Henry and Mary Ann (Kieler) Melssen. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1967. On December 21, 1974 he was united in marriage to Sandra King at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years until his retirement in May of 2012. Gerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed camping, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is a Veteran having served in the United States Air Force for four years, three of those years were served in Bitburg, Germany.

Gerald was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA and the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Melssen of Epworth, IA; three children, Sara (Jay) Upmann of Stockton, IL, Dawn (Tyson) Yohe of Wilton, IA, and Eldon (Jodi) Melssen of Burlington, IA; the pride of his life was his five grandchildren, Cameron and Caeden Upmann, Maxwell and Madelyn Yohe and Carter Melssen; his mother, Mary Ann Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; seven siblings, Mary Jo (Ronald) Lau of Clarksville, TN, Doris (Harold) Kelly of Dubuque, Lee Ann Melssen and Linda Morshead both of Polk City, IA, Donald Melssen of Phoenix, AZ, Henry Melssen of Dickeyville, WI, and David (Rita) Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; one sister-in-law, Ellen LaPage of Dyersville, IA; one brother-in-law, Harvey (Beta) King of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his father Henry A. Melssen; grandparents, Charles and Josephine Kieler and Leo and Barbara Melssen; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou King, and one brother-in-law, John LaPage.

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



William J. Von Ah


Former Dubuque Police Captain William J. "Bill" Von Ah 85 of Dubuque died Friday February 5, 2016 at home. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930 in Dubuque the son of Albert and Hildegard (Thies) Von Ah. He married Dorothy Schmitt on Sept. 5, 1953 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Peosta, she preceded him in death on February 5, 2010.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy and in 1958 joined the Dubuque Police Dept. He served in the police department for 28 years retiring in 1986 as Captain. Bill later worked at the Elm Street Correction Facility until 1995.

Bill was a member of the Boat Club and enjoyed bowling and golfing in his spare time. He was a member of many bowling leagues and in June of 1994 he accomplished what few golfers do, "a hole in one". He was also good for a story or a joke, sometimes several times, and a good day always started with breakfast at Sunshine West, a little Black Jack, but mostly just getting out among the people.

He is survived by his children Connie (John) Patrick, of Liberty, MO, Tammy Von Ah, and Alan (Jackie) Von Ah, of Shawnee, KS, Bruce (Connie) Von Ah, of Dubuque, Lance (Diane) Von Ah, of Carmel, IN, and Tracy Doyle, of Asbury, IA. Twelve grandchildren Matthew McNeil, Christopher and Holly Von Ah, Cody and Courtney Frazier, Nicholas Von Ah, Lance Jr., Nicole, and Halle Von Ah, and Karissa, Makayla and Brock Doyle, and a sister Nancy Durni of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Dorothy, 3 brothers Donald, Albert "Hap" and Robert Von Ah, and a sister Dolores Weber.

A William "Bill" Von Ah memorial fund has been established.

Bill's family would like to thank the Asbury Fire and EMS and the Asbury Police Department for the effort and care they gave.



Daniel F. Drees


Daniel F. Drees, 65, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at his home in Manchester.  He was born September 2, 1950, in Manchester, the son of Reynold and Marian (Voss Gienapp) Drees. Dan was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Manchester High School in 1968.  He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1969-1975.

On August 25, 1973, Dan was united in marriage to Rosemary Keppler at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Four children were born to this union.  Together they farmed east of Manchester, moving to town in 1994.  Dan then worked as a custodian at St. Mary Catholic School and Church and later drove bus for the West Delaware School District. 

Dan was a lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He will be remembered as one who enjoyed camping, fishing with his grandkids, and playing cards. Dan especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Drees of Manchester; his four children, Danelle (Bryan) O'Connell of Manchester, Mike (Amy) Drees of  Cresco , Jaci (Adam) Zieser of Manchester, and Curt (Krista) Drees of Brandon ; 13 grandchildren, Blake (Caryssa Philgreen), Bradley, and Brooke O'Connell, Carter, Lucy, Emma, and Reagan Drees, Gavin Drees, Lucas and Colton Zieser, Zachary, Abigail and Natalie Drees, and one more on the way ; seven siblings, Carol Behnken of Marion, William (Roxie) Drees of Clarkson, Nebraska, Paula (Chuck) Zangerle of Manchester, Margaret (Merle) Nueton of Manchester, Larry Drees of Waverly, Robert Drees of Nebraska, and Carl (Lori) Drees of West Des Moines; and his father-in-law, Jerry Keppler of Manchester.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Tirsa Drees; his mother-in-law, Verna Keppler; a brother-in-law, Bill Keppler; and his step-father, William Oehler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 11, 2016 , at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Leveda M. Drees


Leveda Mae "Vedie" Drees, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on July 10, 1932, in Earlville, the daughter of Clem and Marie (Vaske) Wulfekuhle. Vedie attended St. Peter and Paul School in Petersburg. She farmed with her brothers until her marriage.

On October 13, 1954, Vedie was united in marriage to Donald Drees at Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Dyersville for ten years.  In 1964 they moved near Manchester where they continued to farm. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Manchester. 

Vedie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  She enjoyed sewing, baking, and quilting.  In her later years she became an avid reader. Vedie enjoyed laughter, dancing, and having fun at social events with her friends and family. She was always excited when she accomplished something on her "bucket list".

Survivors include her six children, Julene (Jim)Smith of Manchester, Duane (partner Brian Guilmain) of Edgewood, Shirley (Joe) Cole, and Sharon (Russ) Boeckenstedt all of Manchester, David of South Haven, Michigan, and Dean (Tona) of Aubrey, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; one sister, Virginette Hoffman of Dyersville; one brother, Wildred (Joanne) Wulfekuhle of Winslow, Illinois; and three sisters-in-law, Elaine Wulfekuhle, Ann Drees, and Alice Baty.

Vedie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald, in 2001; her son, Dale, in 2008; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leroy (Madonna), Jerome (Alice), and Lester Wulfekuhle; one brother-in-law, Albin Hoffman; and Donald's sisters, brothers, and in-laws.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Concelebrants : Rev. Joseph Schneider, Rev. Ralph Simington, and Rev. Richard Gaul

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Inurnment: At a later date - St. Mary Catholic Cemetery -  Manchester, Iowa



Irene B. Orth


Irene B. (Horn) Orth, 60, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Connie Matye officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 am. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Irene was born on January 28, 1956, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Nickson P. and Anni G. (Poppe) Horn. She married Thomas J. Orth on July 25, 1992. Irene worked in the deli at Walmart in Galena.

Irene enjoyed spending time with her mother and grandchildren, reading, working crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows, and playing games on the computer.

Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Benton; two sons, Gregory (Susan) Kosharek, of Oregon, WI, and Kevin (Stacey) Kosharek, of Madison, WI; her mother, Anni Horn, of Belmont; a sister, Bernice "Bernie" Dorota, of Highland, WI; three brothers, Nick R. (Barbara) Horn, of East Dubuque, IL, John (Joan) Horn, of Avoca, WI, and Dennis (Geralyn) Horn, of Cobb, WI; and six grandchildren, Duncan, Tiernan, Dakota, Olivia, Austin and Ian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nickson Horn.

An Irene B. (Horn) Orth Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Carl R. Bastian


Carl R. "Dick" Bastian, 71, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Primitive Methodist Church in New Diggings, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on May 2, 1944, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Earl and Genevieve (Kittoe) Bastian. He married Lois K. Alderson on February 17, 1962, in Scales Mound, Illinois.

Dick attended Benton High School. He served in the US Army (1962-1965) and was stationed in Korea. From 1984-1993 he and Lois, along with Jim and Barb Lacke, operated Cole Acres Golf Course. This foursome also built Birchwood Golf Course.

Dick loved spending time with his family and friends whether it was playing cards, fishing, or just exchanging stories. Many mornings Dick and Lois could be found cat fishing on the Mississippi or wherever the fish were biting. He will be missed by his family, his fishing friends, his card playing buddies, but not by the catfish who feared him.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; a daughter, Pam (special friend, Mike Tranel) McCauley, of Kieler; three sons, Russ (Janet), of Benton, Brad (Angie), of Oregon, WI, and Todd, of Benton; a sister, Judy (Carl) Crabtree, of Florida; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Bastian, of Benton; and eleven grandchildren, Dayna and Ali (fiancé, Nate Morris) McCauley, Nathan Bastian, Tyler and Brandon Lesandrini, Isaac Lindert, Breanna, Bailey and Brooke Bastian, and Payton and Wyatt Bastian.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barb Lacke; a brother-in-law, Jim Lacke; and a sister-in-law, Jane Alderson.

A Dick Bastian Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Lary L. Williams


Lary L. Williams, 72 of Dubuque, peacefully joined God's kingdom on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 8, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, with a prayer service at 6:30 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lary was born February 21, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Hugh M. and Lillian M. (Ellefson) Williams. He married Gloria Froslie on December 18, 1965, she passed on October 22, 1989. Lary later married Kathy Green Mescall on October 1, 1999. He grew up on the family farm in Barnesville, Minnesota. Lary graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then began working for John Deere for over 36 years retiring in 2001, taking him and his family to Moline and eventually settling in Dubuque, where he raised his family. After retiring from John Deere, he continued to do consulting work for John Deere. He helped develop many patents while working for John Deere. Lary was active in the Society of Automotive Engineering, which he was the Chairman of SAE Committee HFTC6. He was active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Lary enjoyed photography, genealogy, gas engines, antique tractors, and especially his grandchildren. He would always say, "I have grandchildren to spoil."

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his sons, Eric and Kim Mescall Williams and their children, Collin and Aidan of Fargo, North Dakota; Mark and Sara Brunkow Williams and their children, Elise and Cole of Fargo, North Dakota; step-daughter, Kara and Travis Buerger and their children, Kylie, Bailey, Bella and Kennedy of Mitchellville, IA; step-son, Ron and Kristin Mescall, Jr. and their children, Alexander, Hayden, and Mason of Romeoville, IL; a sister, Myrna Johnson of Moorhead, MN and her children, Jody and Jody Johnson-Jackson and Julie and Pascal Loyer; in-laws, Bob (Mary) Green, Don Pricco, Terry (Anne) Green, Kevin (Nancy) Green, Marnie (Bill) Montgomery, Julie (Kirk) Dafoe, Jack (Denise) Green, and Maureen (Rick) Fellows; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lary was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Gloria; brother-in-law, Allan Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lee Pricco.

The family would like to thank the many loyal relatives, friends, and colleagues who have supported Lary and his family through his recent illness.

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

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



Marcella M. Weber Steger


Marcella M. Weber Steger, 100, of Dyersville died Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation continues Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Marcella was born June 10, 1915, the daughter of Vitus and Josephine (Meyer) Langel in Elma, Iowa, the oldest of 11 children. She married Alphonse "Allie" Weber on Feb. 12, 1935. Together they had 5 children and he preceded her in death on July 9, 1951.

She raised her children on the farm and moved to town in 1966, and worked as a seamstress and retail clerk at the women's clothing store.

She married Edmund "Skinny" Steger on Oct. 14, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1991.

Marcella is survived by her 4 children and their familes: Art Weber, Kay (Bill) Recker, Lois (Ken) Bries, and Jerry (Jan) Weber, a daughter-in-law, Elaine Weber, all of Dyersville; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings: Leona Niehaus of Dyersville, Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Alma (Red) Loesche of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law: Mary Weber of Dyersville and Arlene Langel of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands; a son, Joseph; a daughter-in-law, Joan Weber; and 2 grandchildren; siblings: Sylvester (Deloras), Ambrose, Ray (Sally), Lucille Langel, Esther (Clete Klein) (Roger) Sullivan, Evy (John) Gaul and Mary (Lyle) Neuhaus; in-laws: Eldrew Niehaus, Leander (Rita) Weber, Henrietta (Ed) Krisatis, Ambrose (Jeanette) Weber, Francis Weber, Edmund (Helen) Weber, Clara Weber, Irene Weber, and Loretta (Leo) Meyer.

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



Marilyn E. Langel


Marilyn E. Langel, 83, of Luxemburg died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, Feb. 8, from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Marilyn was born June 29, 1932, in Delhi the daughter of Ben and Gertrude (Polfer) Heims. She married Joseph A. Langel on Oct. 1, 1952, in Delhi, IA. Together they farmed north of Luxemburg until moving into Luxemburg in 1989.

Marilyn was a member of the Holy Trinity Altar and Rosary Society. She loved to quilt, craft and paint in her spare time. Marilyn had an acre sized garden which she used to feed her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She is survived by her 5 children: Marty (Beth) Langel of Luxemburg, Lisa (Alex) Hall of Olive Hill, KY, Roger (Elaine) Langel of New Vienna, Patty (Sandy) Graham of Minneapolis, MN and Rick (Kim) Langel of Ankeny; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Langel of Muscatine; 13 grandchildren: Brandon Langel, Katie (Tony) Harris, Jenny (Luke) Bockenstedt, Jeremy (Gayle) Langel and Kristi (Paul Steger) Langel, Elizabeth (Brian) McNeil and Robert (Crystal) Hall, Tyler and Staci Langel, Calum and Ella Graham, and Amber and Austin Langel; 5 great-grandchildren; Madalene McNeil, Wesley Hall, Hayden Langel and Will Bockenstedt, Logan Harris; 6 siblings: Adorine Kaiser of Manchester, Eldon (Katie) Heims of Delhi, Loras (Celeste) Heims of Dundee, Carl Heims and Delbert (Mary) Heims both of Manchester, Yvonne (Ted) Wernimont of Iowa City; 4 sisters-in-law: Rosie White of Dyersville, Germaine Langel of Luxemburg, Alice Langel of Dyersville, and Barbara Farzan of Monterey, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in September of 2014; son Dave Langel; grandson Ryan Langel; in- laws: Bob Kaiser, Rita Heims, Marie (Peter) Berns and Agnes (Lawrence) Heims, John Langel, Francis Langel, Ed Heims, Gerald White and Manny Farzan.

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



Marguerite M. Burkart


Marguerite M. Burkart, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, February 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

She was born on December 4, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Matilda (Takes) Breitbach. She married LeRoy W. Burkart on November 19, 1947 at St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1996.

Marguerite and LeRoy co-managed St. Vincent de Paul Store on Iowa Street and in 1976 she opened D & D What Not, her craft store.

Throughout her life she was very active, enjoyed her many walks and her crafts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Linda (Richard) Althaus, Joyce (Roger) Voss, Carol (David) Burkart-Orr, Dave (Deb) Burkart, and Dan (Donna) Burkart, all of Dubuque. Twenty grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Her sister Vi Hackbarth, of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Eldon and Clarence "Shorty", two sisters Annabelle and Leona.

A Marguerite M. Burkart memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and support they gave.



James A. Merrick


James A. "Jim" Merrick, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, Feb. 12,  from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation is from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

James Allen Merrick was born on Dec. 5, 1938 in Jackson County, Iowa to Hiram Henry and Florence Bell (Sutton) Merrick. He attended New Castle Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1957 where he participated in Football and Track. He held the 100 yard dash record at MHS until 2009 and still holds the 220 yard dash record. Both records were obtained while running on a cinder track. He later attended SCI in Ames to further his education. He married Patricia R. "Pat" Kingsley on August 21, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: James and Kathy.

In his early years, Jim had worked at the lumber yard, Clinton Engines, and for the Maquoketa Police Department from 1963 to 1966. He then worked for the DOT for a short time, and in 1969 began working for the Jackson County Engineering (18 years) and Maintenance Department (11 years) until retirement in 1998.

Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Coronado Car Club, and had served on the Maquoketa City Council for several years. He loved collecting antique cars and model trains.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children, James (Jill) Merrick of Sammish, WA, and Kathy (Scott) Parks of Edmond, OK; 3 grandchildren, Tristan Parks, Daniele Merrick and Alex Merrick; a brother-in-law, Robert Kingsley of Oregon; and a special friend, Mary Mether of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia, on Sept. 9, 1996; and a brother, William "Bill" Merrick.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James A. "Jim" Merrick memorial fund has been established.

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



Marjorie Mae Urell-Erhart


Marjorie Mae (Beohm) Urell-Erhart of Dubuque, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on January 30, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 Monday at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marge was much loved by her immediate and extended family, as well as a host of lifelong frien