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Nora R. Gierens


Nora R. Gierens, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:05 a.m., on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nora's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Nora's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Nora was born on August 9, 1940, in Paris, Illinois, daughter of Archie and Carrie Elizabeth (Blodgett) Hickel.

Nora was born and raised in Paris, Illinois, before eventually moving to Dubuque and putting down roots of her own and raising her family. She was a very hard worker who put her natural talents and abilities to use first, as a waitress and housekeeper at the Chateau, and lastly with the housekeeping team at the Diamond Jo Casino; where she would invest over 20 years of her time until her well earned retirement had finally arrived. In her free-time, Nora enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; such as taking a leisurely walk on a beautiful day, or curling up comfortably on the sofa to watch one of her favorite tv programs. She also had a great love and affinity for angels and dolls and was continually on the lookout for another piece to add to her ever-growing collection. Nora's faith was very important to her also as she was a devoted and long-time member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Most of all though, she loved to spend quality time with her family and friends and any chance to congregate with them brought Nora great joy within the confines of her heart and mind. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our dearly sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, but gratefully discover some comfort in the fact that her loving memories will carry us through the sorrowful days ahead, and the knowledge that we will all eventually be reunited again, one day, in our eternal home in heaven.

Those left to cherish Nora's memory include

her children,
Robert Bradley (Taci) Phillips, Chesapeake, VA,
Cindy Jo (Tim) Hansen, Plainfield, IL,
Marshall (Denise) Gierens, Elgin, IL
and Tammy (Chad) Olson, Stockton, IL;

10 grandchildren,
Eric (Sarah) Gierens, Vincent (Danielle) Gierens, Alek Hayes, Austyn Hayes, Andrew Hayes, Avery Hayes, Arianna Hayes, Madison Olson, Chelsea Olson and Walker Olson;

5 great-grandchildren,
Raelynn Gierens, Toby Gierens, Chance Gierens, Noah Gierens and Levi Gierens;

and her sisters,
Judy (Ronald) Smith, Paris, IL
and Emma (Steve) Franklin, Japan.

Nora was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 sisters, Rosalie Bennett and Patricia Copsy.

A Nora R. Gierens memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nora's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of their kind and professional care of Nora and her family.

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



Everett M. Mattox


Everett M. Mattox, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Everett's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Everett Monte Mattox was born on June 11, 1931 in Merna, Nebraska, to Everett Monte and Viola Pearl (Sells) Mattox Sr. He grew up in Broken Bow, Nebraska and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, earning an honorable discharge.

He married LoVanna Schoenherr in 1954 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Julie and Victor. Lovanna preceded him in death in 1961. He later married Wilma Drake in 1964 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, and they divorced after 25 years of marriage. To this union one child was born, Shawn.

Everett was a farmer and had managed Wyoming Ready Mix for several years. He most notably was known for operating Mattox Auction Service from 1956 until 2012, and feeding people through his "Sand Prairie Farms" business for many years.

Everett was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, the Jackson County Pork Producers Association, and in 2014, he was chosen to go on the Quad Cities Honor Flight. He was an accomplished carpenter, enjoyed coon hunting, and was a collector of crocks and coffee pots. He truly loved what he did and believed that work was his hobby. He thoroughly enjoyed feeding people through his produce business.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Julie (Don) Davis of Eldridge, IA, and Shawn (Chantelle) Mattox of Bozeman, MT; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a brother Steve Mattox of Callaway, NE; and sisters, Hazel Close of Boise, ID, and Judy (Ray) Lunkowitz of N. Platte, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lovanna, a son Victor, brothers Jack, Cecil and Lyle Mattox, and sisters Mabel Ellingson and Ruby Plambeck.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Everett M. Mattox memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald D. Drish


Ronald Dean Drish, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Ronald was born on July 6, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Marion and Audrey (Harvey) Drish. He married Janice Roddick on November 27, 1958, she preceded him in death on April 8, 2006. He served in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne.

Ronald farmed in the Zwingle area and later worked at Dubuque John Deere retiring in 1992. After retirement he worked for Norton News. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and was an active member Dubuque Eagles Club where he served as past president.

He enjoyed sports and golf, and in his earlier years he played baseball, and coached his five boys in independent league ball. He was a founding member of "The dirty dozen golf League" and will be remembered for his Karaoke singing.

He is survived by his five sons, Dennis (Esther) Drish, of Texas, David (Barb) Drish, of Mississippi, Danny (Carolyn) Drish, of Anamosa, Duane Drish, and Douglas Drish both of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; a brother Fred (Ann) Drish and a sister Punky (Bowdy) Stecklein.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janice and a sister Darlene.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schoppe and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital especially Diane for all the care they gave to Dad.



Violet Mae Mescher


Violet "Vi" Mae Mescher, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Violet's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with her son, Rev. Michael Mescher, and Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Violet's life, family and friends may visit from 11:30 a.m., until 12:30 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.

Violet was born on February 23, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Rentzsch) Holl.

Vi was fortunate to have spent the majority of her earthly journey right here in the Dubuque area. After completing her education, Vi eventually met the love of her life, Allen Mescher, heading north on a train in Texas during WWII, and the pre-destined loving couple were finally united in marriage on November 13, 1948, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 69 wonderful years together, as well as 4 truly adored children, before Allen was sadly called home ahead of her on November 29, 2017. Vi was the proud owner of Vi's Nutrition Store for over 22 years and found great joy in promoting healthy living through many family, friends and clients over her career. Vi was also steadfast in her devotion to her faith, Lord and Savior and not only prayed daily, but also a long-time member of her beloved St. Anthony's Church and the Catholic Mother's Study Club. But, let it be known that when Vi wasn't working at the store, writing her latest "Quotable Quotes" Column for the T.H., or spending her time with church activities, she was continually discovering her true purpose in this life; loving her family. Vi's commitment to those she cared for was never going to be doubted by anyone who truly knew and loved her. Some of her favorite family times involved the many cherished camping adventures the family would endeavor upon throughout the years. Every trip was a new experience for all involved and the memories which still remain will continue to provide comfort for those whose hearts are aching today. We search for heavenly peace within our pain of loss today, but we accept that our beautiful Vi's time with us, here upon this earth, was to cease when God would inevitably decide to call her home. We are grateful that our loving soul-mates, Vi and Allen, did not have to endure too much time separated from one another and that now their eternal union in the perfection of true agape love awaits. We sadly shed tears as our hearts and minds begin the necessary healing process for those of us left behind, but in time we will surely accept the truth, and find the comfort, in the fact that Vi is resting comfortably from her labors, safely in her Heavenly Father's arms, and only awaits patiently for our eventual arrival to one of the most glorious of family reunions one day.

Those left to cherish Violet's memory include

her 4 loving children,
Rev. Michael Mescher, Tama, IA,
Dr. Scott (Claudia) Mescher, Hibbing, MN,
Sally (David) Mescher Allen, Littleton, CO
and Alice (Fred) Altmix, Nashville, TN;

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

her great-granddaughter,
Cora Boza;

her brother,
Joseph (Connie) Hall, Jr., Sun City Center, FL;

her sisters-in-law,
Rose Johanningmeier, Dubuque, IA,
and Marion Mescher, Melbourne, Australia;

her brothers-in-law,
Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, IA
and Bill Pauling, Escandido, CA.

and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Alice Pauling; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond (Fran) Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Elmer Mescher and Donald (Betty) Mescher and Elmer "Moe" Johanningmeier.

A Violet Mae Mescher memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed to her favorite charity.

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

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



Donald Allen Freese


Donald Allen Freese, 50, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 in an auto accident in Wisconsin.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street where friends may call from 10 a.m. to1 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Donald was born April 9, 1967 in Dubuque, son of Allen B. and Janice J. (Clough) Freese.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985. After high school he worked alongside his parents at their family business, Nu-Way Cleaners, and more recently as a union carpenter.

Don was a free spirit person who loved being with his family and friends and making the party last. He had a way about him that you would be immediately drawn to him. That contagious grin and his ways with words he could charm his way out of most things. He was kind-hearted, generous, easy to talk to, and a loyal friend. He was an avid Viking and Chicago Cub fan and enjoyed setting off fireworks whenever and where ever he could.

Surviving are three children Nicole (Shane) Clemens, Kamber Freese, and Dawson Freese, all of Dubuque; a grandson, Prestyn; two granddaughters, Serenity and Temperance; his mother Janice Freese, of Bellevue, IA; three brothers, Tom Freese, of Las Vegas, NV, Jim Freese, of Dubuque and Bob (Patty) Freese, of Marion, IA; a sister, Julie (Craig) Weiner, of Dubuque; an aunt, LaVonne "Bonnie" Thurston, of California; an uncle, Duane (Donna) Clough, of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Freese, and his aunt Sharon (David) Jaeger.

In lieu of flowers, a Don Freese Memorial has been established.

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



Gale D. Hixenbaugh


Gale D. Hixenbaugh, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services located at 3860 Asbury Rd. Military honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 11:30 am.

Gale was born on April 28, 1930 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Henry Clyde and Jessie (Steele) Hixenbaugh. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1948. Gale married Susan Bruckshaw, his wife of over 40 years, in 1951, and served in the US Army from 1951 - 1953 during the Korean War.

After receiving a degree from Iowa State University in Aeronautical Engineering, Gale worked for Convair in San Diego, CA before moving to St. Louis, MO, where he worked for McDonnell Douglas until he retired in 1995.

Gale moved to Dubuque, Iowa, shortly after retiring to be closer to his family. Most of his days were spent with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending the Dubuque Symphony, listening to classical music, and challenging his mind with both crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include his children, Lisa (Brad) Brissey of Dubuque, Iowa, and John Eric (Susan) Hixenbaugh of Bettendorf, Iowa and three grandchildren, Ashlyn, Amanda and Ariella.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings (Leon, Harold and Joe Hixenbaugh, Ruth Clark, Eloise Dobbs, and Clydene "Peg" Hindley, and Susan Bruckshaw (Hixenbaugh, Aldrich).

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



Evelyn L. Arensdorf


Evelyn L. Arensdorf, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 3, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Evelyn Leona Kinyon was born on June 1, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Vernon and Mabel (Clark) Kinyon. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married James Sylvester Arensdorf on August 31, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Renee, Dawn and James.

Evelyn first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time, then Maquoketa Care Center, and lastly as a childcare provider at Sunshine Daycare in Maquoketa for over 20 years.

Evelyn enjoyed flowers, Sunday drives, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and playing "Words With Friends" on the computer with family.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband James Arensdorf of Maquoketa, IA; children, Renee (Gordon) Waite of Chandler, AZ, Dawn (Tom) Christiansen of Copperas Cove, TX, and James (Suzanne) Arensdorf of Cypress, TX; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Derek Arensdorf, and a brother Lloyd Kinyon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Evelyn L. Arensdorf memorial fund has been established.

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



Alan Von Ah


Alan Von Ah, 57, of Shawnee, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Kansas University Medical Center. A visitation to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203.

Alan was born October 12, 1960 to William and Dorothy (Schmitt) Von Ah in Dubuque, Iowa. Alan was an Iowa state chess champion in high school. He excelled at video games and was the 1990 Nintendo World Championships Kansas City 18 & Over Champion. He was an amateur magician and loved performing magic tricks for children and adults. He was a professional poker dealer at Harrah's North Kansas City and was an avid poker player. He had a great love of NFL football, in particular the Minnesota Vikings, and he was The Prognosticator. He loved listening to music, reading books and watching movies. He was interested in politics, was a great patriot, and he loved his country.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents. Alan was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Farley) Von Ah, children, Holly Von Ah and Christopher Von Ah, sisters, Connie (John) Patrick, Tammy Von Ah, and Tracy Doyle, brothers Lance (Diane) Von Ah and Bruce Von Ah.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.



Mackenzie K. McArthur


Mackenzie K. McArthur 16 of Asbury passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 as a result of a car accident. Visitation will be 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Funeral Service.

Mackenzie was born June 16, 2001 in Ames, Iowa the daughter of Michael and Sheila (Adair) McArthur. She was a junior at Dubuque Hempstead High School and worked at Best Western in Dubuque. Mackenzie enjoyed being around friends, hiking, outdoors, animals, and feared nothing.

Survivors include her father, Michael McArthur; her mother Sheila (Robb Harter) McArthur; siblings, Mitchel and Madi McArthur, Mackenzie, Brock, and Brayden Harter; paternal grandfather, Darrell McArthur; maternal grandmother, Peggy Spore; aunts and uncles, Steve, Al (Michelle), Annette, Darren (Becky), Aric (Heather), Tina, Niki (Terry), and Gabe (Anne); numerous cousins, and other relatives.

Mackenzie was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Irene McArthur and her maternal grandfather, Jerry Adair.

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

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



Mathilda M. Kloser


Mathilda M. Kloser, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:38 p.m., on Monday, April 2, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mathilda's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Mathilda's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Mathilda was born on April 9, 1939, in Guttenberg Iowa, daughter of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Juran.

Mathilda was united in marriage to the love of her life, Herman Kloser, on August 2, 1958, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, IA. The two have been blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 4 adored children. She was a devoted full-time wife and mother, who took great pride in caring for her home and family. Mathilda was also a very faith filled woman who was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. She always appreciated the simple pleasures in life such as tending to her bountiful flower gardens and plants, or even just enjoying a little serene time watching the birds and woodland creatures outside her window. Her greatest joy in life however, came from all the precious time she was able to spend with her beloved family. We are deeply saddened today by the loss of our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, but discover peace in knowing that we will all one day be reunited with of our loved ones who have been called home ahead of us. We thank you Mathilda, from the bottom of our hearts, for all the love, lessons and memories you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Mathilda's memory include

her husband,
Herman Kloser, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Edward (Bette) Kloser, Darlington, WI,
Paul Kloser, Dubuque, IA,
Roger Kloser, Dubuque, IA
and Patricia (Curt) Kirschbaum, Hazel Green, WI;

a granddaughter,
Rachel (Daniel) Schmitt, Platteville, WI;

a sister-in-law,
Virginia Juran, Holy Cross, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Donny (Dorothy) Wolf, Dubuque, IA.

Mathilda was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Madonna (Fritz) Roling, Rosemary (Bud) Gibbs, Anthony Juran, Robert (Donna) Juran, Bill Juran, Delores Wolf and Joseph Juran.

A Mathilda M. Kloser memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mathilda's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Mathilda, and her family.

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

 



Marie K. Kunkel


Marie K. Kunkel, 91, of Davenport, formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Jersey Ridge Place in Davenport, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 5th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Andrew Mensah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on September 15, 1926, in the township of Jamestown, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Wiederholt) Placke and was raised on her parents' farm in Wisconsin. She married Kenneth Kunkel on May 31, 1948 at St. Joseph's Sinsinawa.

She worked as a seamstress for Roshek's Department store for more than 30 years.

Marie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 1954, and was a very religious woman.

Surviving are her daughter, Kathy Schroeder, of Davenport, IA; four grandchildren, Angela (Jared) Smith of Manhattan Beach, CA; Katie (Nick Seacord) Schroeder, of Kansas City, MO; Amy (Matt) Sweeney, of Davenport, IA; and Kenny (Stephanie) Schroeder, of Eldridge, IA; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Eileen Placke of Dickeyville, WI; Dorothy Kunkel of Kieler, WI; and Rose Ann Kunkel of Dubuque, IA; three brothers-in-law, Ralph Kunkel, John (Pat) Kunkel, and Floyd (Darlene) Kunkel, all of Kieler, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Kunkel, in 2012; a daughter, Linda Lou, in 1982; a son-in-law, Michael Schroeder, in 2017; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Merlyn) Wolter; sister, Rosaline Edwards; brother, Vernon Placke; mother and father-in-law, Kilian and Angeline Kunkel; brothers-in-law, Donald Kunkel, Gerald Kunkel, Eugene Hornbeck, and Gilbert Vaassen; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Kunkel, Rita Hornbeck, and Marian Vaassen.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.



Edwin O. Klaas


Edwin O. "Ed" Klaas, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 1st, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 6th, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Ed was born on February 6, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Paul and Ida (Schroeder) Klaas. He married Patricia Thoma on October 20, 1956 at St. Donatus Catholic Church.

He is a United States Army Air Force Veteran. He farmed and worked at John Deere in Dubuque until his retirement.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, and the UAW Local 94. He was an active member in the parish and the choir of Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, St. Mary's Dubuque and lastly at the Cathedral.

He enjoyed square dancing and spending time with his family. He could be found checking up on the farm daily.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; two sons Joseph (Jodi) Klaas and Kenneth Klaas; his son-in-law Randy Smith; grandchildren, Jami (Dave), Josh (Loni), Victoria, Nate, Sawyer, and Savanna. His great grandchildren Justin, Ashlee, Skyler, Libbie, Bryson and Elise. One sister Ethel Schroeder and one brother Phil Klaas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Pam; brothers Oscar and Paul; sisters Dorothy, Mary and Edith.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals who cared for Ed.



Kenneth D. Davison Jr.


Kenneth D. Davison Jr., 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Kenneth on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date.

Kenneth Dean Davison Jr. was born on February 10, 1933 in Lebanon, Missouri to Kenneth and Thelma (Beagle) Davison. He was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Margaret Kay Burmahl on September 16, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Daryl, Kathleen and Darby.

Kenneth was a lifetime farmer in the Maquoketa area and had worked as an inspector at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and mushrooming.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Daryl Davison of Maquoketa, IA, Kathleen (Bill Marousis) Stoll of Maquoketa, IA, and Darby (Teresa) Davison of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Richard "Dick" (Karen) Davison of Maquoketa, IA, and William "Bill" Davison of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret on January 28, 2004, a sister Mary Davison, and a brother John "Jack" Davison.

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

 



Harlan J. Knuth


Harlan J. Knuth, 91, of Dubuque, formerly of Rockford, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Rockford.

Harlan was born August 9, 1926 in Luana, Iowa, son of Werner and Elsie (Lenth) Knuth. After graduating from High School, he served in the US Navy. He worked at Carter Craft Inc, retiring in 1991.

He married Arletta Torrey on July 2, 1955. She preceded him in death in 1995. He married Georgia (Kaufman) Derby in 1997.

Harlan was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia of Dubuque; three sons, Harlan (Susan) Knuth of Rockford, Ill, Mark (Carla) Knuth of Madison, Wisc., and Bruce (Kasie) Knuth of Oconomowoc, Wisc., Three step children, Steve (Cindy) Derby of Dubuque, Laura Derby of Dubuque and Kim Moorhead of Pensacola, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren, a brother, Werner (Jacki) Knuth of Owatonna, Minn.; a sister, Marie Rommel of North Ridgeville, Ohio; and a sister in law, Kathy Knuth of Glencoe, Minn.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Knuth.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque (hospiceofdubuque.org).

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Charles H. Burkart


Charles H. Burkart, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:30 a.m., on Friday, March 30, 2017, at home. To honor Charles' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Charles' life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Charles was born on May 8, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Elmer N. and Helen D. (Paar) Burkart.

Charles grew up in Dubuque and attended Loras Academy before finally becoming a proud graduate of the 1st class at Wahlert High School. Charles went on to next honorably serve his country with the U.S. Air Force, during the Vietnam War. He was eventually united in marriage to his soul-mate, Frances Schmitt Paisley, on June 14, 1975, in Dubuque. The two were graciously blessed with 40 wonderful years together, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on September 9, 2015. Charles had a strong work ethic, which he put to good use with Eagle Window and Door for 7 years, Inland Molasses for 12 years, and finally another 9 years with Regis Paper Company, before he finally retired. He was always very proud of his service to our country and was a long-time member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. He was also honored to be involved with the Republican Party for many years, and was even fortunate enough to be voted Treasurer during his service. In his free time, Charles thoroughly enjoyed listening to music, traveling the world in search of a new experience, and sitting down to read a good book, always eager to expand his wealth of knowledge about world history and the railroad. Our hearts ache today with the loss of Charles from our daily lives, but we know he is once again spending time with Fran and that all of his earthly struggles have ceased, only to be replace by absolute joy, perfection and love. Thank you Charles for all the memories you leave behind; we'll absolutely cherish them until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Charles' memory include

his sister,
Karen Schwendinger, Epworth, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Rosemary Burkart, Morris Plains, NJ;

his 5 step-children,
Thomas J. Paisley, Dubuque, IA,
Karen S. Potter, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel J. Paisley Sr., Lexington, KY,
Pamela M. McDaniel, Madison, WI
and Gregory G. (Mary) Paisley, Dubuque, IA;

12 step-grandchildren,
Lee (Mari) Potter,
Shelby (Tony) Bellomio,
Stephanie (Billy) Dean,
Stacy (Tim) Welu,
Daniel (Ann) Paisley Jr.,
Robert Paisley,
Edward Flattery,
Brittany McDaniel,
William Paisley,
Samuel Paisley,
Sara (Tim) Biang
and Lynn (Jonathan) Anderson;

many step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren;

and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances "Fran" Burkart; a brother, Raymond Burkart; a brother-in-law, Thomas Schwendinger; a step-grandson, Rob Potter and a nephew, Thomas Burkart.

Charles' family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Above and Beyond Hospice, Home Instead, and his wonderful neighbors, Jason, Beth, Anna and Evelyn, for all of their loving care and support.

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

 



John T. Burlage


John T. Burlage, 82, of Monticello, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 700 East Oak St in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be recited at 3 pm and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:15 - 10:15 am at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 4700 Valley Farm Rd, in Central City prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Central City with burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Castle Grove.  Rev. Wayne Droessler will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team.

John was born on January 8, 1936, to Lawrence and Frances (Kurt) Burlage in Monticello, Iowa.  He graduated from St Mary High School in Cascade with the class of '54 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he spent four years.  On June 3, 1961, he married Doris Domeyer at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. 

John, with his wife by his side, raised their family on their farm in Castle Grove west of Monticello.  Later in life he enjoyed driving truck and talking about his adventures.  He had a special passion for his beloved pygmy goats and could watch and talk about them for hours.  They brought him nearly as much joy as his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, Doris.  His children:  Cheryl (Rodger) Sill of Stanley, IA, and their children: Tom, Will, Sam and Aly; Peter (Holly) Burlage of Plano, TX and their children: Sydney and Addisyn; Daniel Burlage of Marion, IA; Carla Burlage of Ankeny, IA and Dawn Burlage and special friend, Brett Swift, of Cedar Rapids, IA; siblings: Grace Tallman of Davenport, IA, Robert Burlage of Monticello, IA, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Oklahoma City, OK and Don (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.  In-Laws: LaVerne "Bud" Domeyer of Petersburg, MaryLou Gravel of Dyersville, John (Shirley) Domeyer of Holy Cross, Peter (Clairce) Domeyer of Dubuque and Rita Domeyer of Dyersville as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick, his parents and his brother, William "Bill" Burlage, as well as many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

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

 

 



Joel M. Dexter


Joel M. Dexter, 61, of rural Schapville, IL, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 30, 2018 of an apparent heart attack due to possible inhalation of smoke from a controlled burn in rural Scales Mound, IL.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville, with Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating. Burial will be in the Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Church. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

Joel was born on March 28, 1957 at Watertown, WI, the son of Pastor John Paul and Shirley (Capper) Dexter. He was united in marriage to Deborah J. Zander on December 11, 1994.

Joel was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 1975. He then graduated from Wartburg College. Joel lived the past 20 years at Urbana, IL, before recently moving to Schapville and purchasing his childhood home. 

Joel was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at Schapville. He retired from the Illinois State Geological Survey. From 1974-1980 Joel worked in Jo Daviess County as a hired farm and township road employee. He was a freelance photographer 1976-present; a volunteer at Camp New Hope for campers 8 years old and above with developmental physical disabilities, Mattoon, IL; a Principle News and Feature photographer for the Journal Gazette, Mattoon, IL, 1980-1988; a published author of photographic journal books: Galena and the Land that Time Forgot, 1993, Bob McElwee and Joel Dexter; For Everything There is a Season: The Land and People of Rural Illinois, 1994, Joel Dexter; scientific photographer at the ISGS, 1988-2008; Prairie Research Institute (home to five scientific surveys of the state of Illinois including IL Natural History, IL State Archaeological, IL State Geological, IL State Water, IL Sustainable Technology) photographer and assistant under Director and Founder, 2012-2016.

Joel was a "social butterfly," who loved taking pictures, talking and visiting with people. His mentor in photography was Archie Lieberman. He loved music and shared his musical ability on his guitar, playing and singing at church.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah "Debbie," his mother, Shirley (Gary) Lane, three brothers, Jeff Dexter, Josh (Jane) Dexter, and Jay (Linda) Dexter; three nieces, Carlie (Zach) Dexter, Casey (James) McCartney, and Jessica (Jared) Grant; grand nephews, Coy and Hunter and another on the way; sister-in-law, Victoria (Edward) Zander and their son, Robert (Kelsey) Zander; and several aunts and uncles; and a very close friend, Esther Lieberman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pastor John Paul Dexter, infant daughter, Elizabeth Anne Dexter, and his in-laws, Robert L. and Betty P. Zander.

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



Darlene E. Wedewer


Darlene E. Wedewer, 83 of New Vienna, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018, at home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Darlene was born on July 14, 1934, to Edward and Mary (Fangmann) Kern in Dyersville. She married Howard "Bud" Wedewer on August 16, 1950. Together they raised 7 children on their farm Northwest of New Vienna. Darlene's hobbies included gardening, playing cards, quilting, cooking, fishing and traveling. Her passion was taking care of her grandchildren and spending time with her children and friends. She was a member of the VFW Legion Auxiliary and St. Boniface Parish and its Altar Rosary Society.

Darlene is survived by her seven children: Diane (Larry) Kloser of New Vienna, Gary (Carol) Wedewer of New Vienna, Carl (Michelle) Wedewer of North Buena Vista, Lynn (Matt) Linder of West Des Moines, Ron (Tirzah) Wedewer of Manchester, Vickie (Bud) Feldmann of Dyersville, Kenny (Krystal) Wedewer of Key West, Dubuque, 17 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, special friend, Bob Fitzgerald of Dyersville, siblings: Dale (Donna) Kern of Des Moines, Bob Kern of Santa Theresa, Mexico, Dorie Ruppenkamp of Iowa City, Art (Lois) Kern of Dyersville, Leon (Marilyn) Kern of New Vienna, David (Jeanette) Kern of Cedar Rapids, Linda Kern Garbisch of Kailua, HI, and Rick (Terry) Kern of Minneapolis, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, a sister in infancy, Judith, and brother-in-law, Don Ruppenkamp.

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



Rosalinda M. Wubben


Rosalinda M. Wubben, 91, of Scales Mound, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish and St. Ann's Society rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Rosalinda was born on May 28, 1926 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Mensen) Middendorf. She was united in marriage to Leo G. Wubben on May 6, 1947 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee. He preceded her in death on November 4, 1971.

She was a farm wife, who enjoyed quilting, the newborn animals, working in her garden, reading and playing cards. Rosalinda was a member of Nativity BVM Church and the St. Ann's Society at Menominee and Holy Trinity Church and its Altar & Roary Society at Scales Mound.

Surviving are eight children, Marilyn (Bill) Reed of Scales Mound, Judy (Dan) Webster of Shullsburg, WI, David (Twila) Wubben of Mason, City, IA, Richard (Lois) Wubben of Menominee, Mary Carol (Reid) Batteram of Hazel Green, WI, Beverly (Jeff) Leahy of Shullsburg, Daniel (Betty) Wubben of Hazel Green, and Karen (John) Wienen of Scales Mound; 23 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two on the way, her brother, Walter (Marceline) Middendorf and sister-in-law, Jane Middendorf, both of Menominee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cecelia; her husband Leo; two grandchildren, Ryan Wubben and Lindsay Wubben-Simonini; her siblings, Barney, Oscar, Elmer, Henry, Rita and Tony.

A special thank you to the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community nurses and staff for the wonderful care given to our Mom.

A Rosalinda M. Wubben memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald F. Bliss


Ronald F. "Ron" Bliss, 71, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, March 29, 2018, in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Ronald Frederick Bliss was born on October 7, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Frederick and Arlene (Current) Bliss. He was a 1964 graduate of Andrew Community High School and then served six years in the Army Reserves. He married Carol Jean Graves on April 3, 1966 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Alan and Kim.

Ron first worked for McMurray Farms, then Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and later for International Harvester. He lastly worked as a truck driver for Darling (formerly National By-Products) in Clinton for over 44 years, retiring in 2012.

Ron was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. He loved the outdoors and would go fishing any chance he could. He also enjoyed racecar driving for 14 years, playing softball, and coon hunting. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago sports teams including the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Black Hawks.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Carol Bliss of Andrew, IA; children, Alan (Lisa) Bliss of Andrew, IA, and Kim (Troy) Hingtgen of Andrew, IA; 3 grandchildren, Ashlee (Keith) DeMoss, Ryan Hingtgen and Cale Hingtgen; 2 great-grandchildren, Jadyn DeMoss and Kamryn DeMoss; a brother, James (Cindy) Bliss of LaMotte, IA; a sister, Diane (Rick) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one infant son, Chad Ronald Bliss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald F. "Ron" Bliss memorial fund has been established.

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



Geraldine A. Behrend


Geraldine A. Behrend, 93, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of Geraldine's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Geraldine Ann Clapp was born on December 11, 1924 in Toronto, Iowa, to Daniel and Magdelina (Kent) Clapp Sr. She grew up in the Toronto area and married Leonard L. Behrend on February 28, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey. To this union five children were born, Charlotte, Bill, Lou, Rollie and Betty. 

Geraldine raised a family and worked various jobs throughout her life, most notably as the "famous pie maker" at WAKA Restaurant in Maquoketa.

Geraldine was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. She enjoyed feeding the birds, especially cardinals, and cooking, sewing, embroidering quilts, and playing the organ. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Charlotte (Allen) McCloy of Monmouth, IA, Bill (Ann) Behrend of Sioux Falls, SD, Lou (Carla) Behrend of DeWitt, IA, Rollie (Kay) Behrend of Calamus, IA, and Betty (Rich) Priester of Cedar Rapids, IA; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and her husband Leonard on February 23, 1994.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Activities Department at the Anamosa Care Center.

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



Craig Taylor

Craig C. Taylor, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on March 28, 2018. There will be no services. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.



Neil Thomas Anderson


Neil Thomas Anderson, 46, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Medical Associates Clinic in Galena, IL.

A private celebration of Neil's life will be held at a later date.  Interment will be in Shepherd of Hills Lutheran Cemetery, Schapville, IL.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Schapville, IL.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

Neil was born on December 20, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of George and Carol (North) Anderson.  He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 1990.

Neil was united in marriage on October 5, 2002 to Lori Stoewer-Phillips. He was a farmer and was a partner in Anderson Acres since day one.

Neil's passion was his family, farm, and friends.  Everyone knew Neil by the signature black cowboy hat and cowboy boots.  He loved to spend time fishing, being with his cattle, and four wheeling.

Surviving is his wife Lori and children, Derian, Jalen, and Maddison, whom he loved spending time with; his father, George; brother, Carl Anderson, and daughter Taylor; and two nephews he loved like his own, Cyleand Clint Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol J. Anderson; grandparents, Bob & Marie North and Marvin and Elaine Anderson, a brother, 

Dennis and aunts, Peggy, Diane and Marian.

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

 



Peggy S. Hanniford


Peggy S. Hanniford would like to let you know that her work here on earth is done.  She has retired this place!  More on her retirement and relocation in a moment, first here are some important details.

To celebrate Peggy's life (that important dash between the dates), friends may greet the family from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday March 31, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  There will be a service immediately following at 3:00 p.m.  The Rev. Ms. Karen Candee of Summitt UCC in Dubuque will officiate.  Burial of cremains will occur in a private ceremony later. 

And now, the rest of the story...

On March 27, 2018 Peggy took mortal leave of her residence in Dubuque, Iowa.  Born on November 22, 1945, she was with us an impactful 72 years when she received a call from the angels. It seems The King wanted her to come home and join His Easter celebration.  Fitting, as spring and Easter were two of her favorite times of the year. 

It's an appointment from which she will not be returning.  And she apologizes for that inconvenience.  Not really.  Would you?  This opportunity comes with some BIG PERKS like being in the blessed presence of Jesus and a reunion with family (her dad and mom!) and friends.  Laughter, love, reading to her hearts content, and her favorite MUSIC are guaranteed.  Although she will miss her son Chef Patrick's cooking, the food in Heaven is tasty and a soul never gains an ounce!

If you didn't know Peggy, you missed someone special.  She was blessed with copious amounts of love; genuine to a fault; a gentle Christian soul; a deeply devoted daughter; a loving, giving, and comforting mother; a sassy but tender big sister; a dedicated teacher and Head Start Director at Operation: New View Community Action Agency (38 years!); a true and loyal friend; and a beautiful grandmother.  Peggy would tell you always say please and thank you....be kind and people will like you better.  And never stop smiling.

Just when she thought she was too old to fall in love again, she became a grandmother, and her five grand-angels (Claire, Bella, Will, Olivia and Kate) stole not only her heart but enriched her life more than words can say.  She always maintained that her greatest treasures called her Mema.

To the ones she loved the most: her beloved sons; her daughters-in-law (the daughters she always wanted and finally got); her grand-angels; The Brothers; and her many nieces and nephews, and friends - don't cry because she's gone.  instead, celebrate her life, warmth, wit and wisdom, her laugh and that infectious smile (she loved to draw smiley faces) that she shared while she was with you.

Although she is gone, she's never far away.  Look for her when the sun rises over the mountains in Montana, or a beautiful evening sunset over a northern Minnesota lake, see her beauty in the earliest spring tulips and daisies to the fall mums. And if you're lucky (or special) she'll be that beautiful cardinal outside your window. 

Love you forever; from here to infinity, mom, sister, grandma (Mema) and friend!

She is survived by her beloved sons Michael and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Hoffman) Hanniford of Altoona, Iowa, Patrick and daughter-in-law Jennifer (Juergens) Hanniford of Dubuque.  She was the proud grandmother of Claire, Isabella, Will, Olivia, and Kate Hanniford. In addition, she is survived by her brothers Donald (Laurie) Potter II of Cook, Minnesota, Gregg Potter of Florence, Montana, Mark (Robin Steinkraus) of Polson, Montana, and Cort (Lynn Bradley) Potter of St. Ignatius, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents Donald and Dorothy Potter.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Victoria O. Famuyide, DO and her staff for the wonderful pulmonary care they provided as Peggy learned to live with COPD. The family would also like to thank the medical staff at Grand River Medical Group, Finley UnityPoint, the ICU staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Manor Care in Dubuque. Your skilled and tender care gave us the gift of time.

 

 



Miranda Fredericksen


Miranda "Mandy" Fredericksen, 43, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, IA.



Loras A. Soppe


Loras A. Soppe, 76, of Cascade Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Loras may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friends and relatives of Loras may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Services for Loras will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding,with Flag Presentation afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Burial will be held at a later date.

He was born September 8, 1941 in Placid, Iowa, son of Reynold Henry and Albertha K. (Kelchen) Soppe. He received his education in the rural Placid area country schools. On January 15, 1966 he was united in marriage to Erma Theisen at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peosta, IA. He was employed with Steger Construction and also owned and operated Sups Repairs.

He was a member of St, Matthias Parish in Cascade, IA. He is an Air Force Veteran, having served from 1959-1962.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Soppe of Cascade, IA; four children, Christina Soppe of West Union, IA, Michael Soppe (& Merill Guarneri) of Calmar, IA, Jacqueline Goedken of Two Harbor, MN, and Jeremy Soppe of Cedar Rapids, IA ; and a daughter-in-law, Carina Soppe of Lamars, IA; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; seven siblings, Louis (Jeri) Soppe of Monticello, IA, Leo (Donna) Soppe of Cascade, IA, Connie (George) Helle of Anamosa, IA, Diane (Al) Nerney of Oxford Junction, IA, Carol Oberbroeckling of Farley, IA, Beverly (Dave) Holz of Dubuque, IA and Deborah (John) Steger of Dyersville, IA; and a sister-in-law, Doris Soppe of Dyersville, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Chris Soppe on June 18, 2016; one brother, Andrew Soppe in 1988; one brother-in-law, Bill Oberbroeckling in 1996.

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



Roger H. Kunde


Roger H. Kunde, 63, of Bernard, IA passed away March 26th, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 31st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will take place at St. Theresa's Cemetery in La Motte, IA. Visitation will be on Friday, March 30th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, and after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Roger was born on January 3rd, 1955, the son of Harry and Anna (Miller) Kunde in Maquoketa, IA.

Roger was the rock of our family. He did everything he could for all of us. Family meant everything to him. He started Roger's Auto Salvage in 1981, from there he bought North End Wrecking Inc. in 2001. In 2005 he rekindled his love of farming, and built over 1000 acres. He bought Wenzel Towing in 2012 to keep the Legacy of Jules Wenzel Sr. going, the same year he started Watershed Cafe. He was also a member of the Hawkeye Vintage Machinery Association. He love to work, when one project was done, it wasn't time to rest, it was time to start another.

He will be forever remembered by his partners Lois and Joan; his children, Scott (Karrie Thole) Kunde, Jodi (Chad Knight) Kunde, Deven Kunde, Nathan (Rachel Miller) Kunde, and Jerad (Liz Theisen) Kunde; grandchildren, Hailey, Lexi Jo, and Parker, who will continue to build his dream. He is also survived by his brothers David (Donna) Kunde, Gary (MaryAnn) Kunde, Steven (Joan) Kunde, Randy (Samantha) Kunde; his sisters MaryAnn (Russ) Wenger, Kathy (Roy) Snook, Alice Jean Kunde, and Amylou (Dale) Barglof.

Preceded in death by his brother Timothy and his parents Harry and Anna Kunde.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in his name.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Bernard Fire and Rescue Department for their care.



Stephanie C. Deutsch


Stephanie C. Deutsch, 49, of Dubuque passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 11 a.m. Deacon Jim Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Stephanie was born September 14, 1968, daughter of Wayne and Ileane (Baumgartner) Deutsch Sr.  She received her Master's Degree in Community Health Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Clarke University, Dubuque. Stephanie was devoted to her career as a counselor, and she enjoyed the opportunity to help others. She loved the great outdoors, and especially loved riding her bike and kayaking. Stephanie enjoyed adventures with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was deeply loved and will be missed.

She is survived by her daughters Heather (Timothy) Ricklefs, of Titonka, IA and Megan (Dennis) Tarasi, of Terre Haute, IN; two grandchildren, Tyson Ricklefs and Michaela Tarasi; her mother Ileane Deutsch, of Dubuque;  brothers, Wayne A. (Nadine) Deutsch Jr. and Erich (Jessica) Deutsch, both of Dubuque; and her nieces and nephew, Madelyn, Gwen, and Korbin Deutsch.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father Wayne Sr.; and a brother, Michael Deutsch.

Memorials may be made to the National Parks Foundation.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Paul A. Stevens


Paul A. Stevens, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa and Cameron, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

A Natural Journey Farewell with Cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Among survivors include his wife, Donna Ward Stevens of Dubuque, IA.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Paul A. Stevens memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Steven P. Breuer


Steven P. Breuer, 53, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, March 24, 2018, at his home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Steven's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9:30 A.M. until service time at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Steven Patrick Breuer was born on August 14, 1964 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Wilfred Paul and Marcella (Weber) Breuer. He was a 1983 graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School and then attended Hawkeye Tech and later Sheldon Lineman School in Sheldon, Iowa. He married Debbie Faye Chipman on September 24, 2005 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Steven, who was affectionately known as "Steve", "Jinx" or "Brew" was a Journeyman Lineman for over 30 years, currently working for M.J. Electric.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed Trout fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, watching old western movies on television and reading old western books. Additionally, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Debbie Breuer of Baldwin, IA; step-children, Tom (Sarah) Spleas of Hales Corners, WI, Christina (Joseph) Holthaus of Greendale, WI, and Nicholas (Mallory) Chipman of Wauwatosa, WI; 5 step-grandchildren, Emily, Ben, Alex, Nicholas and Zach; five brothers, John Breuer of Jesup, IA, Rick (Angie) Breuer of Waterloo, IA, Jim (Lucy) Breuer of Waterloo, IA, Joe (Carolyn) Breuer of West Union, IA, and Pat (Starla) Breuer of Fredonia, KY; nine sisters, Barb (Steve) Schmit of Elkhorn, NE, Bonnie (John) Gorman of San Diego, CA, Nancy Kreger of Raymond, IA, Teresa (Charles) Lauterbach of Pleasant Hill, IA, Frances (Mike) Miller of Robins, IA, Joan (Rick) Budde of Waterloo, IA, Donna Timmer of Waterloo, IA, Carol (Steve) Gleaves of Houston, TX, and Martha Breuer of Poway, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Dan Breuer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Steven P. Breuer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Cecilia T. Collins


Cecilia T. Collins, 80, of Walford, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque entered eternal life Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cecilia was born February 18, 1938 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, daughter of Vincent and Catherine (Kieler) Loeffelholz. In 1964 she married James W. Collins in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death in October of 2003.

She worked as a cook at Lady of Lourdes for 17 years. She was a Girl Scout leader for four years and loved to quilt and crochet. She only had one daughter; however, she raised several. She helped raise her brothers and sisters at a young age and she babysat for several years. She was loved, and will be missed by, many. She was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

She is survived by a daughter, Kelly (Jeffrey) Pottebaum of Walford, Iowa; three granddaughters, Carolyn, Colleen and Catherine Pottebaum; three brothers, Tom (Connie) Loeffelholz and Fidelis (Nancy) Loeffelholz, both of Platteville and Vincent (Sally) Loeffelholz of Cuba City; seven sisters, Bernadette (Don) Williams of Lancaster, Agnes (Norb) Fritz of Lancaster, Felicia Schmitt of Platteville, Imelda (Bob) Hying of Potosi, Madonna (Mick) Whitaker of Potosi, Mary Lou (Harvey) Kruser of Potosi, and Ruth (LaVern) Wiederholt of Cuba City; a brother in law, Don Novotney; sister in law, Mary O'Hara and brother in law, Michael Collins and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Jane Novotney; brother in law, Leo Abing; brother in law, Jack O'Hara and sister in law, Maureen Collins.

In lieu of flowers a Cecilia T. Collins Memorial Fund has been established.

For Further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Richard W. Yerke Jr.


Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr., age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:20 a.m., on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Rich's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Rich was born on June 19, 1959, in Boscobel, WI, son of Richard W. and Betty L. (Zwolanek) Yerke Sr.

Rich was born and raised in Wisconsin and traveled the country before finally settling in the Dubuque area. Rich would happily find love with Marjorie Engling, and the two would blend their families together, becoming united in marriage on August 6, 1983, at Eagle Point Park, going on to enjoy 34 wonderful years together. To say that Rich was a, "Jack of all Trades", would be an understatement. Throughout the years he would devote his time and talents as a lifeguard, a clam diver, a car salesman and an auto mechanic; there wasn't anything he was afraid to try. In his free time, Rich could be found playing a relaxing game of cribbage, trout fishing on the river, or simply relaxing in his favorite easy chair watching Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, or just about any Classic Western known to exist. Sometimes the tv watching would become quite spirited if he was watching his beloved Green Bay Packers take on a worthy opponent. Without a doubt though, the activity Rich looked forward to most was the time he spent camping with his family and friends, surely enjoying the great outdoors while getting to savor a little quality time with his grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but thankfully we discover some comfort in the fact that he is now free of all of his health issues that have plagued him these past few years. We are forever grateful for the abundance of memories Rich leaves behind and we will definitely treasure them all until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Rich's memory include

his loving wife,
Marjorie Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Jeremy (Shannon) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Chad Engling, Asbury, IA,
Tanya Yerke, Dubuque, IA
and Dana (Joe Kress) Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 grandchildren,
Kelsey Engling, Kaitlyn Engling, Brandon Engling, Amelia Engling, Natalie Engling, Ashlyn Engling, Trevor Boyd, Isaiah Boyd, Elijah Boyd, Ciara Boyd, Leyla Kress, and Ella Kress;

2 great-grandchildren;

and his 6 siblings,
Crystal (Skip) Peters, Ripley, OH,
Tina Yerke, Mineral Point, WI,
Vicky Yerke, Cuba City, WI,
Tana (Al Atkinson) Schallenberger, Beloit, WI,
Lisa Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI
and Brian Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and an uncle, Kenneth Yerke.

In lieu of flowers, a Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Rich's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Rich, and his family.

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



Martin J. Kruse


Martin J. Kruse, 77, of Petersburg died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 23rd 2018.

Friends and relatives of Martin may call from 2:00 to 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 27th as well as 9:30-10:30 am on Wednesday, March 28th at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, IA with Fr. Phil Kruse presiding. Burial will be held in the parish cemetery.

The son of Emil and Hyacinth (Bruggemann), Martin was born July 14, 1940, in Petersburg on the family farm. He attended SS Peter & Paul Catholic School in Petersburg. Following his 8th grade graduation, Martin began a lifetime journey of farming. He married Joann Ries at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sands Springs, on June 11, 1963, and together they farmed and raised their family.

Martin's true loves were his faith, family, farming, friends and fishing. As a lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic church, Martin served on numerous church and school boards and could always be found in the front row of the parish auction. He dearly loved his family and shared their passions for agriculture, his grandchildren's ball games and the family's Minnesota fishing trips for 40 years. Martin will be remembered most for his passion for farming, wearing pin-striped bib overalls and having a red hankie in his pocket. Martin loved driving red tractors and looking at his black cows. For 59 years, he made it clear to his family that it was his job to plant and combine the crops. He was so proud of the numerous awards he and Joann won throughout the years, especially Master Pork Producer and Distinguished Dairy Family. For 60 years, the highlight of many weekends was playing poker with his forever Petersburg friends.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, Joann; children: Mike (Lois) Kruse of Petersburg, Karen (John) Olson of West Des Moines, Steve (Dena) Kruse of Petersburg, Kathy (Tom) Neuberger of Davenport, Mark (Rachel) Kruse of Earlville, Sara (Randy) Sievert of De Pere, WI; grandchildren: Mitch, Logan and Kael Kruse of Petersburg, Ben, Sam, Jake and Ellie Olson of West Des Moines, Isabell, Maddy and Aden Kruse of Petersburg, David and Lucy Neuberger of Davenport, Mason Kruse of Earlville and Isaac and Ian Sievert of De Pere, WI; siblings: Sr Bertha Kruse, OSF of Dubuque, Gene (Betty) of Colesburg, Fr. Phil Kruse of Bellevue and Al (Wendy) Kruse of Colesburg; in-laws: Angie Kruse-Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, Charles (Gerry) Ries of Shellsburg, John (Ruth) Ries of Hopkinton, Mary (Ralph) Brown of Edgewood, Frank (Cheryl) Ries of Hopkinton, Kathy (Jerry) Becker of Dyersville, Fred (Sandy) Ries of Central City, Ed (Eileen) Ries of Hopkinton, Janet Thomas of Cascade, Merle (Sue) Ries of Bernard, Marge (Larry) Gaul of Strawberry Point and; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Pat, parents-in-law: Alphonse and Gertrude Ries; in-laws Bill (Elsie) Ries, Wally and Rita (Larry) Ries-Hartung.

The family would like to thank all the special care givers of Helping Hands, Hospice staff of Regional Medical Center and Dr Nicole Salow for the compassionate care he received.

Memorials are preferred to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church's restoration fund.

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



Edwin F. Hageman


Edwin F. Hageman, 92 of New Vienna, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  The VFW Post 7736 and American Legion Post #137 will have a military service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery, military honors will be accorded by the VFW and American Legion.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Ed was born on March 10, 1926, to Otto and Theresa (Recker) Hageman in New Vienna. He married Inez Lechtenberg at St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, IA on October 15, 1955.  Ed fought in the Korean War and spent seven months on the front lines in a foxhole during the cold winter months with no change of clothes.  Ed was injured during that time and spent 3 months in the hospital.  He earned a SWIA, Purple Heart and a Bronze star for his bravery.  Ed was a member of the VFW, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and the American Legion.

Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez, children: Michael Hageman of New Vienna, Anne (Leon) Meyer of Monona, Greg (Amy) Hageman of the Quad Cities; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; siblings: Walter (Irene) Hageman of San Diego, CA, Julius (Betty) Hageman and Eileen Hageman both of Dyersville, in-laws: Jim Hesselman of Niwot, Co, Kathleen Hageman of Dubuque, Veronica Hageman of Dyersville, LaVerne Hageman of  Forida, and Irenus (Marcia) Lechtenberg of Bloomingdale, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandchild, Nora Babcock, siblings, Urban Hageman, Delores Bierman, Joseph Hageman, John Hageman, Cindy Hageman, James Hageman, Joan Hesselman and a brother in infancy, Charles, and a brother -in-law, Leon Lechtenberg.

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

 

 



John Francis Bamrick, Ph.D.


John Francis "Jack" Bamrick, Ph.D., 91, of Rochester, MN and formerly of Dubuque, peacefully passed from this world on Friday evening, March 23rd, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Visitation is will be from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be on Thursday, March 29 at 11:30 am at Sacred Heart cemetery, Rockwell, Iowa with military honors accorded by the Rockwell American Legion.

John was born in Dougherty, IA on December 15, 1926, to Martin ("Jimmy") and Bridget (Gallagher) Bamrick. John was one of nine children, born and raised on the family farm (Siblings: Martin, Mary, Joe, Richard, Helen, Rose Ann (Bridget), Marge and Paul). He attended primary education at a one-room schoolhouse, and secondary education at Sacred Heart Academy, Rockwell, IA, graduating in the class of 1945. Following high school, John served in the U.S. Army (1946-'48) and was stationed in Frankfurt Germany, where he decoded encrypted messages. Through the support of the GI Bill, John was able to attend Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and graduated in the class of 1953 with a B.S. (Major in Biology). John received his M.S. from Marquette University, 1955, and a Ph.D. (Zoology) from Iowa State University in1960.

John married his true love, Eunice Ermer, on Dec 29th, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell, IA.

John's career at Loras College (his 2nd true love) began in 1956, when he joined the Faculty in the Biology Department. Early in his career, John enjoyed summer research and educational opportunities at Iowa State, Ohio State, Oregon State and Colorado State Universities, and, later in his career, a sabbatical at Iowa State (where he was sure to take in a Cyclone athletic event or two). John was an enthusiastic supporter of Loras College athletics- go DuHawks! While working at Loras, he served on a committee to support a coeducational campus, which became a reality in the Fall of 1971. John inspired countless students to go onto careers in medicine and research.

John loved Loras students and his fellow faculty members. He frequently enjoyed a round of golf at Lacoma, travels abroad, and most especially, visits to his ancestral home of Ireland with his wife and daughters. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Iowa State Cyclones. He tipped a cold beverage at the DuHawk Den, and enjoyed a good Manhattan at the Moracco on Friday evenings.

John is survived by Eunice, his wife of 61 years, and his children: Margaret (Brad) Yocum, Jane Hein, and Tom (Deb) Bamrick. John was adored by his 6 grandchildren: Timothy (Maddi), Stephen (Alejandra), Marlee (Will), Wyatt, John and Elyse. John's siblings, their spouses, and in-laws will miss him dearly.

A memorial in John's name is set up at Loras College to support scholarships for female students pursuing a degree in Science.

A heartfelt "Thank You!" goes out to the staff of Seasons Hospice, Rochester, MN, the nursing staff at Shorewood Commons Assisted Living, and to Dr. Juan Bowen (Mayo Clinic) for supporting and guiding us through the final chapter of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather's life.



Charles Pierce


Charles "Chuck" Pierce, 78, of Cascade Iowa, passed away, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Chuck may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a KC Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends and relatives may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, March 26th at the Funeral Home.

Services for Chuck will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born March 9, 1940 in Temple Hill, Iowa, son of Charles and Ruth (Ball) Pierce. He received his education in the Temple Hill area schools. On June 20, 1970 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Lewis in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 3, 2013.

Chuck farmed his entire life in the Temple Hill area. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and visiting with family and friends. He truly enjoyed his time spent with the grandchildren and the traditional family get togethers, he took extra efforts to make sure everyone was at the Christmas eve get together.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930.

He is survived by one brother, Chancy (Roberta) Pierce of Montana; one sister, Mary (Herb) Heim of Dyersville, IA; two step sons, Donnie (Rosie) Topping of Onslow, IA and Denny (Rose) Topping of Dubuque, IA; one daughter-in-law, Joanie Topping of Cascade, IA; 11 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Kenny Lewis and Terry (Linda) Lewis both of Monticello, IA, 1 sister-in-law, Donna (Steve) Koob of Monticello, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one step-son, Thomas Topping; 4 brothers in law, Ron Egger, Carl Gudenkauf, Carl Merfeld and Maynard Lewis; and 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Gudenkauf, Peggy Merfeld and JoAnn Egger.

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



Wallace E. Soenksen


Wallace E. "Wally" Soenksen, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for One Last Party® celebrating "Wally's" life from Noon to 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center. A private burial will be held from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wallace Eugene Soenksen was born on October 8, 1932 in Elwood, Iowa, to Eugene and Berniece (Hamilton) Soenksen. He grew up in Elwood and attended Elwood schools through the 8th grade. He married Thelma I. Slaughter on May 12, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 31, 1988.

"Wally" first worked as a farmhand to families around the Elwood area. He then began helping Blaine Bock with the wrecker service at Dude's 66 and later Bock's Texaco. When Blaine and Mary started farming in 1972, Wally became their right hand man and has been a part of their family ever since.

"Wally" was a member of the Buckhorn Community Club. He enjoyed fishing, going to the casino boats, having a good card game at McDonald's, and his morning coffee group at River Village. He especially enjoyed his "road trips" with his special friend Larry Fuller.

Those left to honor his memory include a brother, Harvey Soenksen of Maquoketa, IA; a special friend Barb Graves of Maquoketa, IA; and his adopted family, Blaine and Mary Bock of Maquoketa, IA, Michele and Kevin Foley and their children Devon and Ryan of Boston, MA, and Marisa and Matt Hefner and their children Jack and Jace of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Beulah and Lulumay, and 1 infant brother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wallace E. "Wally" Soenksen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Doris M. Pitz


Doris M Pitz, 86 of 2700 Matthew John Drive, formerly of 1320 Cummins Street, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City. Services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30 pm.

Doris was born on June 9, 1931 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Josephine (Nauman) Anthony. In growing up and working on the family farm, she knew a better life was awaiting her and took a taxi-cab from Sherrill to Dubuque where she began employment at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co . It was there that she met and married the love of her life, Walter Pitz on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1956 at SS Peter & Paul Parish in Sherrill, Iowa. Throughout her life, she worked as a bartender (where she developed her sharp wit), Loras College and Jocille's Fashion Corner. She was very generous with her time and helping others. Volunteering and giving back to the community was extremely important to her. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Nativity bingo and parish festivals, and countless charitable organizations and events. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity in which she was very involved.

Doris was a wonderful and abundant cook. The door was always open and an extra plate set at the table. She loved to entertain and share stories, but most of all she loved time spent with her family. She enjoyed playing euchre several times a week with her friends at Eagle Pointe Place, was a huge Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed country & western music which she would play all hours of the day. She loved attention and we loved to shower her with it.

She is survived by her husband Walter "Wally" Pitz and daughter Michelle (Jay) Johanningmeier both of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in law Geri Anthony of Dubuque, IA; Jane Anthony of Dyersville, IA; Mary Jane Anthony of Holy Cross, IA and Carol Anthony of Kieler, WI; brother-in-law Dorrance Pitz of Dubuque, IA; extended family members Kris Latham and Mark Johanningmeier both of Dubuque, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marla in 1986, her parents, brothers Wilfred, Herbert, Jack (Doris), Melvin, Charles, James, and Merlin, sister-in-law Loretta Pitz and brother-in-law Ronald Pitz.

A Doris Pitz memorial fund has been established.

 



Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Quere


Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Quere, 82, of Dubuque died Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road where visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus.

Ralph was born to Walter and Helen (Czar netski) Quere on Sept. 26, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, joining sisters Arline and Joyce. He graduated from John Marshall High School and received a NROTC scholarship to Princeton where he graduated in 1957 with a degree in history. He married Janice Meeter where Ralph served his Navy years. In 1960, Ralph entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Ralph and Janice were parents to 6 children, John, David, Cynthia, Paul, James, and Jennifer. The first three preceded him in passing along with Janice. After graduation in 1964, the family moved to New Jersey where Ralph began doctoral studies in historical theology at Princeton Seminary and Jan tutored math. They left Princeton in their Volkswagen Bug in 1967 for Dubuque for a teaching position at Wartburg Seminary and parish ministry at St. John's in St. Donatus and St. Paul's in LaMotte. Ralph received his doctorate in 1970.

The children attended Hempstead High School where Jan taught math. They attended Concordia, Luther and Wartburg colleges during the 1980's. Janice was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2003, at which time Ralph retired from his full-time teaching at his beloved Wartburg Seminary. Janice died in 2008. Ralph continued to contribute to Wartburg Seminary through emeritus teaching and also was active in the Lutheran Church, and especially St. Peter of Dubuque.

Any memorials may be sent to Wartburg Seminary or St. Peter Lutheran in Dubuque.

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

 

 



Kathy M. Hefel


Kathy Mae Hefel, 61, of East Dubuque, IL passed away surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Unity Point - Finley Hospital.

Funeral service for Kathy will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may visit on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Kathy was born July 29, 1956 in Dubuque to James "Jiggs" and Beverly (Wenzel) Maus. She married the love of her life Dan Hefel on September 28, 1973 at Holy Ghost.

They were blessed with 44 years of marriage.

Kathy was a unit secretary at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for 38 years.

She enjoyed time with her family, grandkids, and time at the track. She will be remembered for her laugh, quick wit and her Bloody Mary's. Kathy was a true friend to many.

She is survived by her husband Dan; her devoted children Jolene (Jason) Timmerman, Nicole Hefel, Danielle (Mike) McGurn, and Brian Hefel and special granddaughter, Samantha Fries. Grandchildren, Austin and Tyler Timmerman, Kristin, Abigail and Sophia Fries, Annika Hefel and Peityn McGurn. Siblings, Mike Maus, Luann (Steve) Hurst, Peggy (Mark) Bagstad, and Billy (Angie) Maus. Her in-laws Richard (Mary Ann) Hefel, Donna (Vern) Husemann, Marvin Hefel, Eldon (Janet) Hefel, Laurinda Hefel OSF, Delaine (Joe) Gartner, Doris (Terry) Gartner, Russ (Chris) Hefel, Debbie (Richard) Folk and many nieces and nephews.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, mother and father-in-law Harold and Lorraine Hefel, sister Debbie Brown, and in-laws Dixie and Jerry Rapp, Eileen Hefel, and Hal and Judy Hefel.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

A very special thank you to her medical team Dr. Kirkendall, Dr. Schope, and Dr. Khan.



Howard F. Higley


Howard Franklin Higley, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2018. Following his wishes, private family services were held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in June close to what would have been his 96th birthday which will include family and friends.                                             

Howard was born in Dubuque on June 11, 1922, to Howard Woodruff and Margaret (Fosselman) Higley. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Howard enlisted in the army during WW ll, and completed training for the signal corp at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S. D.

He achieved the rank of Sergeant while serving in the Army signal corps in both the European and Pacific theaters of war, and completed his education with a Bachelor degree from the University of Dubuque. 

He married Joan K. Curtis, Dec 30, 1950, in front of the fireplace of their newly built home. Howard and his brother John and their partner Ed Meyer owned Higley Meyer Electric Company.

Howard and Joan instilled a love of the outdoors and nature in their three children, Howard Roy, Mary Jo, and Jan. He and Joan enjoyed their cottage at Fentress Lake and took their children on numerous car trip adventures all over the United States and Canada. They also traveled with the Iowa Mountaineers and hiked locally with the Mississippi Trails Club. Howard, as a 53 year member, held the title for most lifelong hikes for several years. After their children were off to college Howard and Joan traveled the world over with the Iowa Mountaineers, and attended numerous Elder Hostels. Howard traveled Europe, climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Machu Picchu in Peru, toured Egypt and the Holy Land, Russia and even got to Cuba. For many years he and Joan wintered in McAllen, Texas and helped across the border with Children's Haven International, where they sponsored a young girl, Nora Rios (Gonzalez) who is now married with children of her own and thought of Howard and Joan as beloved grandparents. Howard was always busy, trying new activities and was very artistic and creative; painting, sketching, sculpting and exploring modern art. He was an avid reader, reading 2 or three books a week, mostly historical nonfiction. He was a lover of dachshunds with his latest, Flash, who followed him around the house and slept "right under his arm" each night. 

Howard was on the ground floor of helping organize the Dubuque Historical Society and the Friends of the Mines of Spain. He was a member of the Board of Four Mounds, a volunteer with Friends of Carnegie Stout Library and active in the Rotary Club, Dubuque Businessmen's Association, and Dubuque Audubon Society. He was a longtime member, of Gracepoint Presbyterian church, (formerly, Third Presbyterian church).

Howard was a beloved father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in- law, and friend, who will be truly missed by all who loved him. We will remember his wonderful smile, his boundless energy and his zest for life. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan, brother John Higley, and sister and brother- in-law Marge and Dick Schaefer, sister-in-laws and brother-in -laws, Judy (Curtis) and George Meyer, Joyce (Curtis) and Bob Wollschlager, Janet (Curtis) and Bill Marshall, Bernie and Albert Curtis, brother-in-law, Bob Jaeggi, and granddaughter, Jillian Zivojnovich.

He is survived by his three children, Howard Roy (Louise Katz) Higley, of Mountain View, CA, Mary Jo (Barry) Shear, of Hazel Green, WI. Jan (Clark) Zivojnovich, of Dubuque, grandchildren, Adam, Grant, Danny (Mandi Flick) Zivojnovich, Tom (Danika) Zivojnovich. Alex Shear (Amanda Montufar), Matt Shear (Danguole Abierne), Johanna (Adam) Swartzendruber, Gailan (Eric) Hoffer, Nathaniel Higley, and Sara Higley,  sisters- in-Law, Joan G. Higley, Jeanie Jaeggi, and Jane Leibold. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the wonderful, loving care from caregivers at "No Place like Home" and to Danguole Abierne.

 

 



William Misko


William "Bill" Misko, 88, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018. Visitation will be Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm at the funeral home, with military rites immediately following at the chapel at Linwood Cemetery. 

Bill was born on June 22, 1929 in Martins Ferry, Ohio to Sam Sr. and Tessianna (Gudza) Misko. Bill proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as a weatherman and earning the rank of Staff Sargeant. Following his discharge, Bill attended The Ohio State University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 1957. While a student at Ohio State, he met his future wife of 54 years, Constance "Connie" Walters. They were married in Cleveland, Ohio on December 18, 1954. Connie and Bill moved to Iowa in the late 50's and had resided in Dubuque since1963. 

Bill was a meat grader for the Dubuque Packing Company for over 20 years. He then worked as a meat grader for the US Government, grading and ensuring meat safety for public school lunches. After retiring, he begrudgingly joined Connie on trips to Europe, Russia and Alaska, as well as numerous bus trips around the United States, where it turned out he very much enjoyed himself. 

Bill was a member of the Dubuque Garden Club and was an early volunteer for what became the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, where he planted many of the trees and plants that are still appreciated today. When his children were young he enjoyed putting them to work in the garden and taking them fishing. He looked forward to taking his family on annual trips to destinations across the United States, usually pulling the family camper behind. Bill loved talking about the weather, his days in the Air Force, the best route to take to any destination, his fruit trees (especially pears) and his garden, but the great love of his life was his family, for whom he would and did do anything. 

Bill is survived by his four children, Aleeda (Terry) Duggan of Dubuque; Craig (Cathy) Misko of Prior Lake, MN; Doug (LeAnn) Misko of Chicago, IL and Eric (Stephanie) Misko of Dubuque; grandchildren Connor and Aleece Duggan; Kyle, Tyler and Nicole Misko and Ariel Ebersviller and Blake Misko; great-grandchildren Gracie Olsen and Owen, Evalyn and Ivan Ebersviller; a sister, Olga Heslop and companion Colleen Van Dee. He was preceeded in death by his wife Connie; his parents; four sisters, Olga Misko (in infancy), Katherine Dona, Ann Misko and Rose Yandora; and four brothers, Steve (in infancy), Sam Jr., Peter and Henry "Andy" (Doke) Misko.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's honor to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847 or the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Bill's family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and especially those on 3 North, for their wonderful care of Bill for the past ten months. Bill's family would also like to thank his companion Colleen for providing Bill with a great deal of happiness during the last part of his life.

 

 

 



Vernon J. Becker


Vernon J. Becker, 87, of Hopkinton, Iowa, passed away at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vernon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 6: p.m., the Dyersville American Legion Service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd at the funeral home.

Services for Vernon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He was born November 13, 1930 in Dyersville, Iowa son of Reynold and Erma (Gudenkauf) Becker. He received his education in the Hopkinton rural country schools. On September 6, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mae E. Horsfield at St. John's Catholic church in Placid, Iowa, She preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. He farmed his entire life in the Worthington area.

He was an Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, IA a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and a member of the Knights of Columbus -Dyersville Council #1734 and a member of the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. He also served on the Swiss Valley Ag Board for many years.

He is survived by five children, Maribeth (Pat) Potter of Cascade, IA, Mike Becker of Hopkinton, IA, Steve (Sheila) Becker of Dyersville, IA, Rita (Jerry) McClain of Bondurant, IA, Sue (Dan) Tauke of Dyersville, IA; 13 grandchildren, Jeremy (Julie) Potter, Jason (Jenn) Potter, Kinsey, Lucas, and Logan Johnson, Natalie Becker, Aaron (Erin) Becker, Stephanie Becker, Brandon and Blake McClain, Matt, Mitch and Nate Tauke; 10 great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Carrie Johnson-Becker of Hopkinton, IA; 5 siblings, Therese Melchert of Robbins, IA, Ethel (Kenny) Hosch of Monticello, IA, Gib (Helen) Becker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Janet Marbach of Manchester, IA, and Virginia (Bill) Uhlenkamp of Prairieberg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Kay Becker of Hopkington, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenny Becker; and 2 brothers-in-law, Vernon Melchert and Jack Marbach.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Manor care in Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Vernon.

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



Sheila Dolan


Sheila Dolan, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25  at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 1 p.m. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Sheila was born November 29, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Elmer and Alo (Hamann) Thompson. She graduated from Senior High School and worked for her parents at their grocery store and at Luigi's Pizza House.  She married the love of her life, John Dolan on August 16, 1958.  He preceded her in death on January 15, 2018.  

Sheila loved her morning coffee and word search puzzles.  She proudly displayed the American Flag in front of the house in honor of her father, she was a great baker,  enjoyed visiting Eagle Point Park with her husband John, she wholeheartedly loved her family and cherished taking care of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, the Kunkel kids and the family pets.

Sheila is survived by two children, Kim (Jim) Dolan-Backhaus of Hustisford, WI and Patrick Dolan of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Nicole Schueller of Brookfield, IL, Ashley (Ryan) Nyhus of Verona, WI, and Austin (Erin Rebholz) Nicholls of Sandy Springs, GA; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Schueller, Caidence and Wesley Nyhus; and her sister Jannan (Tom) Pauly.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; Elmer and Alo Thompson.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.  

Thank You to Hospice of Dubuque, Scott. And special thanks to Home Instead Senior Care, Brittany, Julie, Michelle and Sharon.

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

 

 



Richard L. Sullivan


Richard L. "Dick" Sullivan, 85, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dick called from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service was held at 2:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial for Dick was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Mass servers were Brianna Koppes and Carter Green. Lectors were Cathy Knuth and Claire Brown. Eucharistic Ministers were Kathy Beck and CeAnn Brickley. Placing of the pall was done by Shawn Curoe, Tara Noonan, Lisa Roth, Bridget Rea and Ryan Sullivan. Giftbearers were Cameron Curoe, Brynn Kolpin, Nicole Roth, Calvin Rea and Ethan Sullivan. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.
Casketbearers were Mike "Curly" Takes, Ed "Weaver" Manternach, Tim Gehl, Mark Knuth, Kelly Sullivan and Ted Green.
He was born October 27, 1932 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Leo and Virginia (Smith) Sullivan. He received his education from St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On October 22, 1955 he was united in marriage to Nancy C. Kauder at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Dick served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Dick's family owned and operated the Cascade Pioneer for many years.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. He is also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 and a former member of the Cascade Jaycees where he served as past president.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Sullivan of Cascade, IA; five children, Shawn (Mark) Curoe of Aurora, IL, Tara (Jim "Jake") Noonan of Cascade, IA, Lisa (Tom) Roth of Bellvue, IA, Bridget (Mike) Rea of Cascade, IA, Ryan Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA; 15 grandchildren, Cameron and Cale, Brynn, Blaine and Kaleb, Nicole, Megan and Rachel, Calvin, Colin, Claire, Chloe and Corinne, Ethan and Rylan; 13 great grandchildren with two more on the way; one brother, John (Lois) Sullivan of Cascade, IA; three sisters-in-law, Rita Kauder and Joan Kauder both of Cascade, IA and Diana Kauder of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Norma (Robert) Kurt; two sisters-in-law, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert and Phyllis (John "Skip") Dolphin; three brothers-in-law, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder.

In Lieu of flowers a Richard Sullivan memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arnold Peter Weirup


Arnold "Arnie" Peter Weirup, age 90, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at his home.

A memorial service celebrating Arnie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Buckhorn Cemetery, with military honors.

Arnold was born March 7, 1928 to Peter and Elsie (Weede) Weirup on the family farm in rural Maquoketa. He married Lois Darlene Campbell June 8, 1952 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. This last year they celebrated 65 years of marriage. To this marriage was born Rhonda, Peter, Merle, Jeffery and Arnold.

Arnie graduated from Elwood High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War and had to leave the service early to come home because of a family emergency. Recently, Arnie had went on the Quad City Honor Flight to DC.

He and Lois made their home on the family farm where he continued to farm, raise cattle, sheep, pigs and later added horses. Later in life he and Lois delivered the Quad City Sunday paper and he was a meter reader for Rural Electric Company.

Here are words that describe the man Arnie was; hard worker, lived simply, laughed, loved much, spoke kindly, cared deeply, expected little and gave generously. He will be missed by those who called him husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

Left to share his memories are his wife, Lois of rural Maquoketa; one daughter, Rhonda (Rich) Miller of Delmar; 4 sons, Peter (Arleen) Weirup of Maquoketa, Merle (Deloris Pascarella) Weirup of Bettendorf, Jeffery (Cynthia) Weirup of Grand Mound and Arnold (Denise) Weirup of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, Charity (Jeremy) McDevitt, Amy (Kedric) Moore, Peter Perez-Weirup, Tyler Weirup, Amber (Carlos) Hernandez, Kyle, Krystal and Kayla Weirup, Danielle (Eric Joseph) Rock-Joseph and Amber Rock; 7 great grandkids, Michaela (Cody) Eads, Carter Gjerstad, Kegan, Jaci and Michael Moore, Dylan McDevitt and Asher Joseph; nieces, nephews and cousins; Leland Bachtell and many more extended families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Elsie; two sisters, Orvilla Weirup and Helma (Paul) Heeren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Courageous, Hospice of Jackson County or Buckhorn Cemetery. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: 11300 1st Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060.

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



Stanley W. Hewitt


Stanley W. "Stan" Hewitt, age 76, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:50 p.m., on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Stan's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Stan's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 and the D.A.V.

Stan was born on July 22, 1941, in Auburn, California, son of Varro and Goldie (Downing) Hewitt.

Stan chose to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army for over 21 years of his life; proudly retiring as Master Sargent upon completing his duties. After his retirement from the military, Stan would continue to put his years of experience to work as a guard at the Anamosa State Prison for another 15 years, and yet another 6 years as a guard at the Federal Building in Dubuque, until his eventual permanent retirement finally arrived. He would meet, and eventually marry the love of his life, Carolyn Noel on May 11, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two would be blessed to enjoy almost 20 wonderful years together. Stan's military career was always of the utmost importance to him and he was a faithful member of several organizations including the D.A.V., the V.F.W., and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, where he was a trusted member of the funeral detail. When Stan wasn't devoting his time with his military friends, he could easily be found spending time with his family. An afternoon of spending time with the grandkids, or even an evening of trying his luck at the casino with Carolyn by his side, were always considered to be a good use of valuable time to Stan. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, but take comfort in the knowledge that he now lies in a renewed state of perfection, free from the physical limitations which he has battled these past few years, and is at everlasting peace with his Lord and Savior awaiting our joyous reunion one day. Thank you Stan for your commitment to our nation, your family and community; you've surely left a fine example for us all to follow along our journey.

Those left to cherish Stan's memory include

his loving wife,
Carolyn Noel Hewitt, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Sandee (Richard Becker) Hewitt, Shellsburg, IA;

his step-daughter,
Laura Koppes, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Reba Detweiler and Maurissa (Robert) Jacobus;

his step-grandchildren,
Corey Koppes and Tawnie (fiancé Max Eisbach) Koppes;

his great-grandchildren,
Iris Detweiler and Baby Elliot Jacobus due in June;

his step great-grandchildren,
Matix, Evelyn and Onyx Koppes;

his siblings,
Wanda (Bill) Williams, California,
Kathleen (David) Hayes, Oregon
and Carol (Bob) Edwards, California;

several nieces and nephews;

a brother-in-law,
Richard (Char) Noel;

a sister-in-law,
Betty Christ, Dubuque, IA;

a close family friend,
Hazel Jones, South Carolina;

and his faithful canine companion,
Holly.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Harold (Helen) Hewitt, Kenneth (Beverly) Hewitt and Clyde (Hazel) Hewitt; his in-laws, Wilfred (Marie) Noel; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary (Charlie) Spielman and Mary Ann Noel; a brother-in-law, Tom Christ; and his close friend, Levis Jones.

In lieu of flowers, a Stanley W. "Stan" Hewitt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite local military charities.

Stan's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care of Stan, and his entire family.

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



Richard J. Meyer


Richard J. Meyer, 85, of East Dubuque passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Bell Tower Retirement Home in East Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and family may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.  Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Richard was born on July 29, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Blanche (White) Meyer and graduated from East Dubuque High School.  He served our country with honor in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star in the Korean War.  He married way out of his league to Rosita Welp on April 16, 1955, and had four children. 

Richard retired as a tool and die maker from Flexsteel Industries.  He loved putting puzzles together, playing euchre, the casino, traveling and sports, especially the World Champion Chicago Cubs.  He was also active in St. Mary's church.

Richard was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was also the nicest guy you would ever want to meet and had a sense of humor that was appreciated by all who met him. 

He is survived by three children, Deb (Terry) Temperley of East Dubuque, Dave (Debbie Schmitz) of Grayslake, Illinois, and John of Dyersville, Iowa; six grandchildren, Luke and Brian Temperley, Molly Dallman and Joel Meyer, Natalie Meyer and Alicia Fortney; eight great-grandchildren and a special lady, Diane Buhr of East Dubuque.

Richard was welcomed to heaven by his wife Rosita, son Joel, parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

The family would like to thank the special people of Hospice of Dubuque especially Shirley, Amy, and Ryan, as well as the angels at the Bell Tower Retirement home.  They also request that no flowers be sent.

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

 

 



Leon A. Cummer

Leon A. Cummer, 82, of Dubuque formerly of Balltown, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 468 Balltown Rd. conducted by Rev. Michael Schueller. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, March 19, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service, additional visitation will be 9:00 am-10:00 am, Tuesday at the funeral home prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery in Balltown with Military Honors.

Leon was born January 16, 1936 in Balltown the son of Louis and Barbara (Link) Cummer. He served in the US Army 1958-1960.

Leon worked on a number of his in-laws' farms growing up prior to his military service. Leon worked for Georgia Pacific for 45 years, retiring in 1998.

He enjoyed hunting, was an avid Cubs Fan, enjoyed time will all his families, helping out others, and spending the winters in Arizona.

Survivors include siblings, Evelyn Specht, Lucille Brimeyer, and Bill (Marge) Cummer; brother in-law, Vic Leibfried; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Norbert (Laverne "Honey" )Cummer, Lorene (Arnold) Gansemer, Marie (Donald) Hannan, Marcella (Norbert) Schueller, Dorothy (John) Markham, Myrtle Leibfried, and Florence (Cyril) Habel; brothers in-law, Glen Stoffel, Robert Brimeyer, and Jack Specht.

Special thank you to Jack and Judy Gansemer for your care of Leon over the years.

A memorial fund has been established in Leon's memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Dolores M. Apel


Dolores M. Apel, 99, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home peacefully on March 15, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 19th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service time at 4:00 p.m.

Dolores was born on June 27, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Mary (Hillard) Herber. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated High School from Immaculate Conception Academy.

She married John Apel on May 23, 1940 at Sacred Heart Church. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1987.
Dolores worked at her father-in-law's grocery store, Apel's Market and then Grandview Drug for 20 years. She also volunteered in Pastoral Care at Mercy Hospital for 25 years retiring at the age of 95.

She was very proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very excited for her first great great granddaughter to be born in June and another great grandson to be born in August. She was also a very special Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Dolores was vibrant, kind and caring; she will be missed dearly. Love you so much Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma!

She is survived by her daughter Kathie (Jerry) Westhoff, of Asbury, Iowa; her son Tom (Diane) Apel, of Lisbon, Iowa; grandchildren, Steve (Cindy) Westhoff, of Dubuque, Kris (Jeff) Ward, of Marion, Iowa, Joli (Tom) Smith, of Spring Hill, FL, Paula (Jeff) Sears, of Solon, Iowa, and Rebecca Apel, of Atlanta, GA.; great grandchildren Zach (McKenzie Bries) Westhoff, Madison (Levi Jasper) Westhoff, Tanner (Kelly) Sprague, Brayden (Cara Reilly) Sprague, Elyse Ward, Courtney Smith, Ryan Sears, and Braydon Sears.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband John; her siblings and their spouses Peter (Dorothy) Herber, Art (Theresa) Herber, Viola (Raymond) Nicks, Fred (Ann) Herber, Arnold (Eunice) Herber, Mildred (Fergus) Gallagher, Herb (Ruth) Herber, Mary Rita (Robert) Zehentner, two sisters in infancy Evelyn and Eleanor; her in-laws, Arthur and Hazel Apel, and sister-in-law Juanita (Elmer) Nadermann.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Angela Ries and her staff for the wonderful care they provided our mother, along with the medical staff at Mercy Medical Center.



Gerald A. Singsank


Gerald A. Singsank, 89, of Dubuque and formerly of Luxemburg passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March19, 2018, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Gerry was born July 16, 1928, in Luxemburg the son of Clement and Grace (Thillen) Singsank. He married Helen "Maizie" Klein on Oct. 15, 1952, in Rickardsville, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Singsank home farm near Luxemburg until moving to town. After that he began working at John Deere Dubuque Works until he and Helen opened Singsank Upholstery in Luxemburg. He also worked other various jobs such as a farm hand among road construction flagging and Fuller Brush sales.

He was a devoted husband for 65 years, a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather who also enjoyed playing cards; however he didn't enjoy losing to Helen at Cribbage. He also enjoyed visiting with anyone, gardening and being on his lawn tractor. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734 and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, 3 shildren: Janet Singsank of New Vienna, Lori Connolly of Marion and Pat Singsank of Burlington; grandchildren: Rachel Besch, Melissa Kauder, Matt (Kristi), Logan (Courtney) and Quinton Hoefler, and Carrie (Doug) Jackson; 6 great grandchildren: Lauren, Ava and Erica Jackson, Declan Kauder, Liam and Emma Hoefler, Aden, Blake and Waylon Besch, a sister, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville and a sister-in-law, Jane Singsank of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Joe Singsank, a grandson, Eric Connolly, siblings: Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Dr. Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Marce (Harry) Steffen, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank, and Mae (Alphonse) Pasker; and a brother-in-law, Alver Dingbaum.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor, especially Tom and Ashley for their compassionate care till the very end, and Betsy and Nicole with Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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



Donald J. Hesselman


Donald J. Hesselman Sr., 96, of Dubuque passed away on March 13, 2018 at his home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. No public visitation will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born July 3rd, 1921 the son of Gus and Pauline (Permantier) Hesselman. He graduated as part of the Class of 1939 from Loras Academy and married Mary Anderson 5 years later on September 26, 1944. During his life he was employed through Anthony Auto Sales, Wilson Bros., and Turpin Dodge.

Don served as a member of the United States Army during WWII, during this time he was awarded a Bronze Star and served in European Theater.

Don was a great husband of 73 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He always put his family above all else.

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Don (Gwen), Hesselman, Steve (Becky), Hesselman, Mary Gereau, Mark Hesselman, Mike (Terri) Hesselman, Elizabeth Hesselman, Tony (Jill) Hesselman, Jane Scarlino, Ann (Dave Heller) Volkert, and Julie (Dave) Naumann,; 27 grandchildren, and 42 great grandchildren.

He was met in heaven by his parents, as well as his sisters, Margaret Koester and Jean Day.

In lieu of flowers a Donald Hesselman Memorial has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque.



Connie L. Krause


Connie L. Krause, 67, of Holy Cross, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her home in Holy Cross, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018 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 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Connie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born October 6, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Glen and Lucille (Cummer) Stoffel. She is a graduate from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth and Capri College in Dubuque. On September 4, 1971, she was united in marriage to Gary Krause at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She worked as a Cosmetologist and in the beauty supply industry until her retirement.

Connie loved spending time going to her grandchildren's sporting events. She enjoyed reading and country line dancing.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Rickardsville, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Krause; two children, Lori (Mike) Pfeiler and Tim (Kelly) Krause all of Holy Cross, IA; four grandchildren, Riley and Regann Pfeiler and Jadyn and Max Krause; her mother, Lucille Brimeyer of Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Dave (Kay) Stoffel of Sherrill, IA and Joe Stoffel of Rickardsville, IA; three sisters, Pat (Tom) Ellwanger of Dubuque, IA, Deb (Ken) Kipper of Dubuque, IA and Jodee (Jack) Theisen of Holy Cross, IA; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Phyllis) Krause of New Hampton, IA and Tom (Mary) Krause of Dubuque, IA; and her granddog, Myla.

She is preceded in death by her father, Glen Stoffel; her step-father, Robert Brimeyer, mother and father -in-law, Walt and Bertie Krause.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Dr. Schope and the Hospice of Dubuque Staff for all the wonderful care they gave to Connie, also thank you to Brother Stephen Markham for all the prayers and visits he had with Connie.

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



Sr. Joan Newhart, BVM


Sister Joan Newhart, BVM (Joan Michael), 89, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away March 13, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and funeral liturgy. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Joan taught at Columbus HS in Waterloo, Iowa. She taught secondary school in Chicago and Mundelein, Ill.; Lead, S.D.; St. Louis Mo.; and Bogotá, Colombia. She served as Mundelein College director of academic computing and coordinator for Loyola University Chicago Computer Center. She volunteered for many years as a congregational and high school computer consultant in the Chicago area and Dubuque.

She was born in Oak Park, Ill., on March 21, 1928, to George and Pauline Burns Newhart. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Catherine of Siena, Oak Park. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, George Robert (Bob) Newhart and his wife Virginia Quinn, Los Angeles; sisters Pauline (James) Quan, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Virginia (William) Brittain, Naperville, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy. 35 N, East Dubuque, IL is in charge of arrangements. 

 

 



Richard C. Kirmse


Richard C. Kirmse, 84, of Dubuque died Monday, March 12, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Richard was born December 26, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Milton and Rosella (Keller) Kirmse. 

After graduating from Dubuque Senior High, Richard worked as a butcher until 1956, when he entered the US Navy. Upon returning from the Navy, he worked as a butcher, retiring from the Dubuque Packing Company.

He was an avid boater and was a charter member of the Mid-town Mariners Yacht and Boat Club. He also enjoyed traveling in his 1928 Mercedes with Motor Iowa, then in his convertible with Open Air Tours.

He is survived by a daughter, Kim Riley of Albany, NY; grandson, Parker (Katie) Riley of Charlton, MA, and granddaughter, Taylor Riley of Albany, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-dad, William Templer.

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

The family would like to thank Cathy Sutter, Kevin Menning, Leonnard Panthier, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their care.



Mary Kay Schwind


Mary Kay Schwind, 78, of Dubuque died Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Kay was born January 28, 1940 in Dubuque, daughter of Francis "Frank" and Edith (Capesius) Schwind. She graduated from the Visitation Academy and attended Clarke College.

After working at American Trust and Savings Bank, she went to work for the American Red Cross where she was the director for 25 years. After her retirement from the Red Cross, she helped SASC set up a halfway house. She then worked at the Diamond Jo Casino.

She was a very active person who enjoyed cross country skiing.

She is survived by a sister, Ann (Tom) Kearney of Asbury; sister in law, Cheryl Schwind of Dubuque; 11 nieces and nephews, John (Lisa) Schwind, Terrence Schwind, Jeff (Christine) Schwind, Tim (Martha) Schwind, Beth (Ken) Kluesner, Mike (Kari) Schwind, Nancy (Dennis) Sabers, Pat (Mary) Kearney, John Kearney, Jim (Nancy) Kearney, and Susan (Jeff) Gourley; many great nieces and nephews and three great-great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Schwind.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Genesis Hospital, Clarissa Cook Hospice House and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.



LaVern A. Pfiffner


LaVern A. Pfiffner, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Dubuque Specialty Care. To honor LaVern's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 19, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

LaVern was born on May 2, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Phillip and Catherine (Wolter) Pfiffner.

LaVern was proud to have been born, raised and live in Dubuque his entire life. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII, as an electrician. Upon his return home, LaVern would diligently put those skills to good use at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods, and finally at the Dubuque Greyhound Park, until his well earned retirement. When LaVern wasn't working, he could easily be found catching up with his favorite reading material of the week, listening to a little music while relaxing, or extensively traveling the globe in search of his next great memory. LaVern also had a fulfilling home life and was united in marriage to the love of his life, Kathleen Murphy, on July 12, 1947, in Dubuque. The couple was blessed with 40 years together, and 4 children, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on June 30, 1987. Thankfully, LaVern would find love again with Veronica Thill Steuer, and the 2 were united in marriage on May 12, 1990. Sadly, she was also called home ahead of him earlier this year on January 19, 2018. LaVern was a faith filled man who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We are saddened today at the sudden departure of LaVern from our earthly lives, but we give thanks for the 91 wonderful years the Lord was kind enough to share LaVern with us and we will surely treasure all of the memories he leaves behind until we meet again.

Those left to cherish LaVern's memory include

his children,
Robert (Ann) Pfiffner, Long Grove, IA,
Linda Krabacher-Bennett, East Dubuque, IL,
Kathy (Alan) Ernzen, Dubuque, IA
and James (Michelle) Pfiffner, Davenport, IA;

8 grandchildren,
Lisa (Russ) Hoerner, John (Ressie) Krabacher, Amy Soppe, J.C. (Nellie) Pfiffner, Zach (Megan) Pfiffner, Katie (Justin) Pfiffner, Rachel (Joey) Moeller and Anna (John) Pfiffner;

12 great-grandchildren,
Bryce, Alex (Dana), Kayla, John Carlos, Lexi, Alexandria, Addy, Judy, Iris, Wyatt, Mason and Adler;

his nephews and niece; 
Patrick Glynn, 
Michael (Laura) Glynn,
and Susan Erickson;

his step-children,
Donna VonFumetti, San Diego, CA
and Terrance (Linda) Steuer, Dubuque;

10 step-grandchildren;

12 step-great-grandchildren;

and a step-son-in-law,
Homer Weber, Cuba City, WI.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Kathleen Murphy; his 2nd wife, Veronica Pfiffner; a son-in-law, Jack Bennett; a grandson-in-law, Todd Soppe; a step-daughter, Janice Weber; and a step-son-in-law, Gary VonFumetti.

A LaVern A. Pfiffner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

LaVern's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Lavern, and his family.

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



Vincent G. Remakel


Vincent G. "Vince" Remakel, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 11th, 2018 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Vince was born on October 13, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Michael and Adella (Zimmer) Remakel. He married Phyllis Hammerand on December 2, 1961 at the Church of the Nativity.

He was a loving and caring man who always loved a project. He selflessly helped his children and neighbors with their homes and their cars, oftentimes without even being asked. Vince was a blood donor for over 40 years.
Vince was a proud Engineman E7 Chief Petty Officer in the United States Naval Reserves and served for 32 years.
He worked for the American Red Cross Blood Bank of Dubuque for 20 years. Prior to the Red Cross he worked for Dubuque John Deere and the City of Dubuque at the Water Plant. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Dubuque Land Lords Association.

Vince is survived by his wife Phyllis; six daughters, Becky (Joe) Richardson, Penny (Joe) Bughman, Kathy (Richard) Buhman, Kelly (fiancé, Kenneth Olsen) Kirkpatrick, Debby (Rusty) Behnke, and Laura (Gary) Michael. Twelve grandchildren, Joe Jr., Amanda, Tim, Erin, Abbey, Kailey, Zachary, Hunter, Turner, Ryan, Matt and Brianna. Two sisters, Maryann Miller, of Omaha and Suzanne (Lance) Hurst, of Sun City, AZ; one brother Thomas (Rosemary) Remakel, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law Joan Remakel, of Dubuque and brother-in-law Bill Lawler, of Peosta; Brothers-in-law Virgil (Luella) Hammerand; Prosper Hammerand of Sherrill; and sister-in-law Delight (Delbert) Brimeyer of Dubuque; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Robert and Ronald Remakel; a sister Patricia Lawler; brother-in-law Wayne Miller and a sister-in-law, Karen Hammerand.

Memorials may be given to the American Red Cross.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman and staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Vince. The family also wishes to thank daughter Becky Richardson and granddaughter Kailey Buhman who are nurses and cared for Vince in his final days.

Someone once told Vince... "There is a special place in Heaven for a man who lived with seven women!" We couldn't agree more!



Ruth C. Smith


Ruth C. Smith, 97, of Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA, formerly of Fairplay, WI, passed away Sunday evening, March 11, 2018 at Stonehill.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends is after 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on July 30, 1920, in White Oak Springs Township of Lafayette County, WI, the daughter of Clarence and Marie (Swanson) McCoy. She lived on the family farm until the age of 18. Ruth graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1938. She then attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, graduating in 1940 and worked for Federal Discount Corporation for a number of years.

Ruth met the love of her life, Eugene Joseph Smith and they were united in marriage on May 16, 1944 while he was home on furlough. They had three wonderful children: Sandra, Richard and Bruce Smith.

She liked to read books, watch her birds outside, go fishing, and working in her garden, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Bob) Baumel of Albany, WI, her son Richard "Dick" (Alice) Smith of Newnan, GA; grandchildren, Brett (Ann) Cox, Chad Cox, Amy (Steve) Koeller, Scott (April) Smith, Jamie Smith, and Rick (Elizabeth) Smith; great grandchildren, Whitnee Hale, Macie and Maddie Cox, Lindsey, Alyssa, and Ryan Koeller, Ella and Harlee Cox, and Aubree Smith; several nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law, Kate McCoy of Cottage Grove, WI.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Marie; her husband Eugene J. "Gene" Smith; her son Bruce J. Smith; her siblings, Florence (Norman) Kittoe, Alberta (John) Leitzinger, June McCoy, Vivian (Charles) Herbst, Gordon (Cleone) McCoy, Robert McCoy, Delbert (Margaret) McCoy, and Leonard McCoy.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the excellent care given to Ruth.

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



Phyllis M. McNett


Phyllis M. McNett, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018.

Funeral services will be noon, Saturday, March 17 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a visitation will be held after 10a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Cuba City.

Phyllis was born on December 23, 1936 in Cuba City, Wisconsin the daughter of Guerdon and Virginia (Pearce) McNett. Phyllis graduated from Benton, WI High School.

She worked 2 months shy of 45 years at the Dubuque Packing Company.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling, playing cards, going out to eat with her friends and family, getting her hair done and going to the coffee shop. She had many dear friends, especially, Joyce.

Phyllis was fond of and generous towards her 19 nieces and nephews.

Phyllis is survived by her siblings, Keith (Helen), of Platteville, WI, Stanley (Dorothy), of Mountain View, AR, and Janet McNett of Evansville, WI; and sisters-in-law, Elsie McNett of Freeport, IL, LouAnn Scholl of Westminster, CO and Judy McNett of Fruitland, FL. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Howard "Skeets" Phoenix; and brothers, Jerry, Royce, Roger and David.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher and Hospice of Dubuque.



Frances M. (Casanova) Wittstock


Frances M. (Casanova) Wittstock, 99, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 6th, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 9:00 am - 9:45 am prior to Mass at the Church. Internment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Local arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Frances was born September 21, 1918 in Trempleau, Wisconsin the daughter of John and Isabelle (Stoffel) Casanova. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1936.

Frances married John "Joe" Wittstock on November 11, 1940 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Joe passed on June 20, 1988.

She owned and operated Leiser's Super Club with her husband in Dubuque from 1957-1978.

After leaving the restaurant business Fran enjoyed volunteering and traveling. Traveling through Alaska was one of her favorite trips. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital, volunteering more than 10,000 hours. She especially liked knitting little stocking caps for the new babies. She also volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum. She loved spending time visiting her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Keith (Cheryl) Wittstock of Laramie, WY and Sandra "Sandi" Wittstock of Davenport; grandchildren, Andrea (Alex) Salvo, Christine (Michael) Gray, Mark (Jennifer) Wittstock, James (Jodi) McCauley, Jennifer (Ed) Kuyper, Colleen (Mike) Skolrood, and Joseph (Brandy) McCauley and 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Terry; a great-grandchild, William J. Gray; siblings, Clarence Casanova, Laura Breuer, Lucy Connor, Delphine Casanova, Joseph Casanova, and Eunice Dolter.

A memorial fund has been established in Frances' memory for Stonehill Nursing Home.

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



Evelyn R. Strohmeyer


Evelyn R. "Evie" Strohmeyer, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Finley Hospital, with her children at her side.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Deacon Bill Maus will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Evelyn was born June 22, 1930 in Turkey River, IA, the daughter of Patrick and Lucille (Ferris) Barry. Evelyn married Anthony "Knute" Strohmeyer. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1971.

Evie was a devoted and loving mother and homemaker. She had a passion for music, especially Country & Western. In her younger years she sang with her brother Jim at Melody Mill, and she was excellent at yodeling and square dancing. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, and taking walks. Evie was a fan of Lawrence Welk, Hee-Haw, and The Big Bang Theory.

Evie is survived by five children, Tom Conlan of Dubuque, Jeff (Norina) Strohmeyer of Boulder, CO, Sue (Mike) McCarron of Dubuque, Shelly (Moe) Lowlaki of Centennial, CO, and Scott (Terra) Strohmeyer of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; her brother, Jim (Pat) Barry; and her sister, Virginia Link, both of Dubuque. 

Evie was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bob McCarron; three brothers, Al (Rita), Lyle (Mary), and Jack Barry; and a brother-in-law, Roger Link; and her first husband, Vince Conlan. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evelyn Strohmeyer Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Finley; and the staff at Stonehill who were so kind and compassionate to Evie. 

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



Mary K. Sharkey


Mary K. Sharkey, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 30th, 1940, the daughter of Henry & Melita (Krier) Faulhaber. She married George Sharkey on November 27,1960.

Mary enjoyed planting her flower garden every year, playing cards with special friends, going shopping and to the Casino, and sewing for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed bus trips and family trips, as well as going out to eat with family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband George; her son George Jr. (Julie), and her daughter Michelle. Five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her brothers John (Rose) Faulhaber & Jim (Jill) Faulhaber; her sister-in-law Carole Faulhaber, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tony.

The family requests no flowers.



Buena Ruth Ryan


Buena Ruth "Bunny" Ryan, 100, of Eagle Point Place, Dubuque passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

At her request, she donated her body to the University of Iowa Anatomy Department. There will be no public services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is assisting the family.

She was born on February 17, 1918, in Topeka, Kansas to Ray and Violetta (Huffine) Irwin. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque.

Bunny had two wonderful husbands. Her first was Kenneth Murwin, whom she married in 1939. They raised two children before he died in 1971. In 1976 she and Edmund Ryan were married. They lived in Florida for several years before moving back to Dubuque. Ed died in 2001.

Bunny led an active, full life, as a member of Dubuque Golf and Country Club, where she developed many lasting friendships. She was a member of First Congregational Church, serving as a Deaconess and President of Women's Fellowship. For several years she directed a variety of fashion shows for J.F. Stampfer Department Store, giving many young women their first taste of modeling. She enjoyed family, cooking, reading and shopping.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda (Tony) Klostermann, of Dubuque and her son, Michael (Carol) Murwin, of West Des Moines, IA; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ava McFarlin of Bettendorf, IA.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



John H. Weets


John H. Weets, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6:15 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, with a celebration of life service beginning at 6:30 P.M. A private burial will be held at a later date from the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

John Henry Weets was born on March 20, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry and Edith (Edwards) Weets. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant. He had also received the Korean Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the United Nations Service Medal.

He married Mary Ann Larkey on January 2, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Following his military service, John returned home and began a 40 year career with the Maquoketa Municipal Electric Utility Plant. Thirty-four of those years were spent as Power Plant Superintendent and 6 years as the Utility Manager. He retired in 1994.

John was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, and a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. He enjoyed camping and traveling, tinkering on cars, crafts and woodworking. In retirement, John and Mary spent winters in Mission, Texas for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Ann Weets of Dubuque, IA; children, Dennis (Marsha) Weets of Monument, CO, Kathy (John) Lee of Prairie City, IA, Lori Weets of Dubuque, IA, Karla (Wilhelm "Will") DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, and Gary (Dawn) Weets of Platteville, WI; 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Paula, a brother Max, and a sister Eunice "Sue" Davison.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John H. Weets memorial fund has been established.

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



Sharon A. (Bonnet) Snyder


Sharon A. (Bonnet) Snyder, 68, of East Dubuque, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at home with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. There will also be a visitation on Thursday morning from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.

Sharon was born on October 29, 1949 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Ralph H. and Dolores "Dee" (Maus) Bonnet. She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1967 and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master's Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

She taught different elementary grades for 34 years, but primarily was a 6th grade teacher, and loved every minute doing so. She retired from the Galena Middle School in 2014.

Sharon enjoyed reading, cooking and gardening. But most of all she loved time spent with her grandkids. She was a former member of St. Michael's Church in Galena and its guitar choir.

Surviving are four children, Brad (Rina) Snyder of Warwick, RI, Dr. Michael (Kathy) Snyder, M.D., of St. Louis, MO, Amanda (Michael McDonald) Lee of North Liberty, IA, and Matthew (Lindsay) Snyder of Stoughton, WI; 12 grandchildren, Ethan, Nina, David, Bibiana, Gaby, Lilly, Teddy, Ava, Nya, Ryan, Gavin and Luke; her sister, Pat Bonnet of East Dubuque; her aunt, Leona "Pete" Ginter of Kieler, WI, and uncle, Wesley Hoots of Rock Island, IL; and numerous cousins and friends.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and the Carbone Cancer Center at U.W. Hospital, Madison, for the excellent care provided to our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, a Sharon A. Snyder memorial fund has been established.

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



Darlene M. Thomas


Darlene Marie Thomas, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at home.

Family and special friends are invited to a committal service at 11:30 a.m. on March 23rd, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Interment will follow, where her family will reunite Darlene with her husband, Mark on the 21st anniversary of his death. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

She was born on December 15, 1948, in Dubuque the daughter of Charles and Elaine (Tigges) Kruser. She married Mark E. Thomas, September 10, 1966, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She was employed at Flexsteel Industries prior to reaching retirement.

Darlene enjoyed spending time with family and playing bingo with her mother, daughters and eventually her grandchildren. Since retirement she particularly enjoyed playing cards, doing puzzles and trips to the casino with her parents, spending time with grandchildren, and playing with her 4-legged furry friend, "Mikey", who she adopted just a couple of years ago. She became the primary caretaker of her parents as their health declined and was such a loving person with a huge heart. She always welcomed you at the door with open and loving arms, a caring smile, and fed you until you were uncomfortably full. She will be sadly missed by family and friends and is now reunited and back in the comforting arms of her loving husband and parents.

She is survived by 2 daughters - Tracy (Richard) Stoppelmoor of San Antonio, TX and Linda (Paul) Schroeder of Dubuque, IA; 4 grandchildren - Corey Wainwright and Brandon Stoppelmoor of San Antonio, TX; and Holly Schroeder and Mason Schroeder of Dubuque, IA; Siblings - a sister, Shirley Boland of Amarillo, TX; and three brothers, Charles (Wilma) Kruser of Dubuque, IA; Raymond (Linda) Kruser of Janesville, WI; and Terrance (Rio) Kruser of Federal Way, WA

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elaine Kruser; her loving husband, Mark Thomas; mother-in-law, Helen (Ulrich) Thomas; and father-in-law, Donald Thomas, Sr.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established and can be directed to the care of Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA 52003.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cao and Dr. Ricketts for their persistence in trying to find ways to help Darlene through her medical journey and to Ennoble Manor who graciously welcomed Darlene when visiting her parents while they resided there. A special heartfelt thank you from Mark and Darlene's daughters to the Leonard Funeral Home team for their assistance in bringing their parents together again.

The family would also like to thank those special and close friends of Darlene who comforted her, took the time to have a cup of coffee and chat, and most importantly looked after her for the last 20 years following her husband's early death.

 



Gregory Shireman


Gregory "Shifty" Shireman, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at Manor Care.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gregory was born on October 20, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Norman and Mary (Ede) Shireman. He graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque.

For over 30 years Shifty worked for the Walnut Tap and for over 25 years worked at the Bridge Restaurant. He was an extremely hard worker.

He was a member of Bunker Hill Golf Course for many years. Golf was his passion and he was also an amazing skier.

Greg Shireman, also widely known as "Shifty" was notorious for his work ethic, his love of golf, and his recipe for his Walnut Crushers that he served at the Walnut Tap for 30 years. He also had a great passion for cooking at the Bridge Restaurant. However, there was no stronger love than what he felt for his family, especially his 8 grandchildren.

Shifty is loved by all and will always be remembered.

He is survived by his sons Jeremy (Khi) Shireman, Zach Shireman and Ben (Natalie) Shireman, all of Dubuque. Eight grandchildren, Joslyn, Brooklynn, Kylie, Dane, Wyatt, Isla, Cayden and Zoe. His siblings, Christine Shireman, Ricky Shireman, Theresa Shireman and Karen (Jeff) Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Martin Shireman.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care and their entire staff! They were amazing! Also, to all our family and friends for all of the love and support you gave.

"The Man. The Myth. The Legend."



Robert Barner


Robert "Tony" Barner, 37, of Dubuque, was called home on February 28, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday March 10, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 12 p.m.

Tony was born November 1, 1980 in Chicago, IL, the son of Robert Harrison and Catherine Barner.

Tony was an avid poker player who could often be seen at the Mystique Casino. He enjoyed cooking, anime, and Batman.

Tony was a devoted father who loved spending time with his kids. He was everyone's best friend and confidante, always there to offer advice (good or bad). Tony was the life of every party with his amazing sense of humor and his charming and addictive personality. Tony was very handsome and he knew it! He never missed a chance for a selfie.

He is survived by many friends who were like family to him. Tony is also survived by three children, Giovanni, Te'ana, and Xavion; his lifelong best friend and mother of his children, Misty Barner; his siblings, Stephen (Kailee) and Dorian (Lisa) Harrison, both of Dubuque, Jewel (Larry) Polson, and Willie and Wayne Alexander, all of Des Moines; his niece Ava; his nephews Sean, Jayden, Dorian Jr., Roman and Raiden; and a sister in law Holly Livermore. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ayende Nelson; and his best friend, Brian Otting.

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



Dorothy I. Noonan


Dorothy I. Noonan, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at WestWing Place in DeWitt.

A private burial will be held at the Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dorothy Irene Noonan was born on June 30, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Michael Joseph and Martha Alverna (Burrows) Noonan. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Dorothy had worked as an office assistant for an auto glass company in Davenport for many years. In retirement she had been a caretaker for a friend.

She loved dogs, enjoyed traveling and going to the casino.

Those left to honor her memory include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

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



Roy A. Frandsen


Roy A. Frandsen, 93, of Baldwin, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 5, 2018, at his home.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A 10 A.M. Knights of Pythias service will be held. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.

Roy A. Frandsen was born on October 17, 1924 in Nashville, Iowa, to Carl Peter and Florence Bethelda (Scott) Frandsen. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1941 at the age of 16. He then attended one year of college at the Maquoketa Junior College before entering the military and serving his country admirably in the U.S Army.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge he moved to Chicago where he met the love of his life, Vivian Marie Vandertuin. They were married on November 21, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and to this union three children were born, Martin, Roice and John.

Following his time in the military Roy began a six year career as an engineer working for Benedix in Davenport, Iowa. During this period Benedix had a private contract with NASA and Roy worked on the Apollo program. He then worked at Cartridge Pak and later Michel's T.V. and Appliance in Maquoketa for approximately three years. For many years Roy had also owned and operated Roy's T.V. Repair Shop in Baldwin. Lastly, he worked as a rural mail carrier in Maquoketa until his retirement in 1990.

Roy was active in the Maquoketa community with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he served as a past Master and later became a 32nd degree Mason and also joined the Scottish Rites, Yorkrite and KAABA Shrine. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Maquoketa where he served as a past Grand Chancellor. Some other memberships included the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. 

Roy enjoyed golfing and had been a longtime member of the Maquoketa Country Club golfing until age 90. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing and in his younger years, archery.

Those left to honor Roy's memory include his wife Vivian Frandsen of Baldwin, IA; children, Martin (Ardith) Frandsen of Bettendorf, IA, Roice Earles of Maquoketa, IA, and John (Lerna) Frandsen of New Carrollton, MD; 4 grandchildren, Aaron, Kristin, Ian and Dane; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Art (Karen) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA and Larry (Joyce) Frandsen of DeWitt, IA; and sisters: Velma Witt of Denver, CO, and Ione (David) Nelson of Eldridge, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul "Buster" Frandsen and Harvey Frandsen, and 4 sisters, infants Viola and Lorraine, and Ruby Voss and Irene Kleinsmith.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roy A. Frandsen memorial fund has been established.

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



Scott A. Barten


Scott A. Barten, 48, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

A celebration of Scott's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Scott Alvin Barten was born on July 14, 1969 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Alvin Elmer and Vera Elaine (Bock) Barten. He was a 1987 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. He married Veronica Staner on January 23, 1999 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Scott worked in the automotive industry for over 25 years. Prior to becoming disabled, his last employment was as an auto technician for Thiel Motor Sales in DeWitt, Iowa.

Scott enjoyed every minute at any dirt track race across the Midwest with family and friends. After racing himself, he enjoyed helping his step-son Travis, and son Michael race around eastern Iowa. You could always find him at the Yankee, Supernationals, and any USMTS race. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor Scott's memory include his wife, Veronica Barten of Maquoketa, IA; son Michael (and his girlfriend Courtney Raes) Barten of Coralville, IA; a step-son, Travis (Brittani) Law of Mooresville, NC; his parents, Alvin and Vera Barten of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Lori (Marvin) Massey of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Scott A. Barten memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary C. Block


Mary C. (Burgmaier) Block, 81, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born July 10, 1936 in Platteville, Wisconsin the daughter of John and Frances (Kass) Burgmaier. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. Mary married Donald R. Block on February 8, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he passed on December 22, 2005. She was a cook at the family restaurants and a homemaker. Mary enjoyed baking, gardening, spending time with family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Chicago Cubs Baseball, and BINGO. She really looked forward to listening to the Big Broadcast on Sunday night, and had many of her own radio shows on tape that she enjoyed listening to. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Rosary Society.

Survivors include her children, Donald J. Block, Daniel J. (Barb) Block, John M. (Dawn) Block, and Christine (Bill) Gross; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren (one on the way in June); and a sister, Hilda Zenner.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Special thanks to her wonderful care team at Dubuque Specialty Care, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Liabo

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

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



Patricia Ann Kohler


Patricia Ann Kohler, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be held Saturday March 10, 2018 at GracePoint Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m., burial will be at Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery. Family and Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Patricia was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 19, 1927 to Walter and Daisy (Shaw) Waller.

Patricia graduated from Senior High School in 1945 and worked many jobs. She loved working in the gift department at Stampfers and working at the Christian Book Store, but the job she loved the best, was all the work she did for her church, GracePoint Presbyterian. She was very devoted to her church.

Pat was an animal lover, especially her cats, she also loved her flowers and could make anything bloom.

She is survived by three sisters, Gail Dame of Silver Spring, MD., Sandra (Gary) Becwar of Glen Haven, WI., and Sharon (David) Becwar, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kohler; her parents, Walter and Daisy Waller; her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kay Waller; brother-in-law, Robert Dame; nieces Lydia Becwar and Samantha Lattimer.

In lieu of flowers, A Patricia Kohler Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill and to Dr. Mark Runde and his staff for the care and love they gave Patricia. Also to the members of GracePoint Church who gave her so much love and help.



James F. Ludescher


James F. "Jim" Ludescher, 77, of Dubuque died Monday, March 5 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where the visitation will be held from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Jim was born November 16, 1940, in Dubuque, son of John and Ruth (Peters) Ludescher. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1958. He worked at his father's grocery store/soda fountain (Johnnies) from 1955 until he entered the Navy in 1960. Upon returning from the navy, Jim resumed working at the store until it was sold in 1970. He then worked at Myers-Cox until 1994; he was an antique dealer and certified appraiser from 1970 to 1997, and worked at Bishop's from 1997 until his retirement in 2003. He later drove cars for Anderson Weber.

Jim was affectionately known as "Jimmy Holiday' by his family and friends as he would travel from house to house during the holidays, always with a smile and bottle of Asti-Spumonti in hand. Jimmy was known to travel the little league circuit as a superfan to watch the games of his great-nephews; he held a spot at the Althaus bowling nights and card games where he was affectionately one of the family; and for decades was a regular at his favorite restaurant, Marco's, where he knew their family tree as well as his own. Jim held unique passions: he previously owned Appaloosa Show Horses that he stabled at his brother's farm; he had a great interest in history especially the 18th century and had a passion for Native American culture. He traveled the country exploring and learning about his interests and made many friends along the way. Jim would take baking requests for family parties and birthdays and deliver a tub of cookies or bars, a hit among all who received his treats. Jim could frequently be quoted as saying, "To put it bluntly..." but there was nothing blunt about Jim. His stories were detailed and always laced with kindness and a positive tone, which is how he lived his life. It is fair to say he led a life of adventure. While a lifelong bachelor, he had deep love for family and friends, and enjoyed lunches with his niece, Heidi.

He is survived by his brother, John "Jack" (Barb) Ludescher, and his sister, Mary (Harry) Althaus, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews Mark, Chris (Heidi), Tom (Sandy), Susan (Steve); and Mikayla (Matthew); great nieces and nephews Jessica, Jon, Erin, Jack, Morgan, Lauren, Lindsey, Rob, Piper, Brayden;  and great great nieces and nephews Owen, Mia, Layla, Blake, and Deklan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family gives special thanks to the staff at Stonehill and Mercy Medical Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their tender loving care. A special thank you to Dr. Holm and her staff for the "above and beyond" attention and care they gave Jim during his battle with leukemia.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Hospice of Dubuque.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Mary Ellen Schlueter


Mary Ellen "Ellen" Schlueter, 88, of Dubuque died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ellen was born April 8, 1929 in Dubuque, daughter of Arthur and Rita (Ryan) Walsh.  She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1947.

On May 9, 1959, she married Robert L. Schlueter at Nativity Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death on January 16, 2016.

Ellen worked at American Trust and Savings Bank until her marriage.  She was an active volunteer for the Mercy Service Club for over 50 years, until 2010.

She is survived her children, Steve (Cathy Healey) Schlueter of Dubuque and their daughter, Jenny (fiancé Jack Flanigan); Barbara Schlueter and her son Matt (Samantha) DeMoss and daughter, Brianne Schlueter, of Dubuque; and Sarah (Jeff) Foxen, and their son Ben Foxen and daughter, Grace Foxen, of Waukee, Iowa; and great-grandson, Mason DeMoss and great-granddaughter, Elliana Jo DeMoss.

She is also survived by her siblings, Sr. Catherina Walsh BVM and Michael (Mary Alice) Walsh; and in laws, Geraldine Walsh, Jane Ross, Rosie Schlueter, Bernie (Judy) Schlueter and Helen and Ed Hood.  She is also survived by 67 nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Jim Walsh, Mary Ann Pufahl, and Kathy Walsh and in laws, Werner Pufahl, Merle "Bud" Ross, John and Pat Schlueter, Tom and Dorothy Schlueter, Leo and Judy Schlueter and Joe Schlueter.

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

Memorials may be made to the Ellen Schlueter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Mohr and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care.

 

 



Jesse A. Bartels


Jesse A. Bartels, 44, of Durango, Iowa, died suddenly on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Rachel, stepdaughters Sophie, Gracie, and Lillie, and his mother, brothers, and extended family. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College.  Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville.

Jesse was born October 10, 1973, in Dubuque, IA, son of Robert and Cynthia (Arlen) Bartels.  Jesse graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. 

In true Jesse style, he married his loving wife, Rachel, in an informal backyard ceremony on July 2, 2010, in Peosta, IA. Even after a short engagement, Jesse knew he wanted to be a part of the lives of Rachel and her girls.

Jesse owned and operated Bartels & Company, an electrostatic painting company, and One Mean Bean, a coffee business he ran with his younger brother, Dustin.  Jesse was a tireless worker, had old-man strength in spades, and possessed a sneaky wit.  Jesse was a skilled carpenter, having made many wonderful pieces of furniture for his friends and family.  He bled Dodger blue and was an avid Packers fan.  He especially adored his stepdaughters, his nephews, and nieces.  Jesse died while working on home improvements in anticipation of the birth of his niece.  Jesse was very caring and generous to family.  He had a special bond with his cousin and workmate, Alex Zankle.

Finally, Jesse loved and adored his stepdaughters.  He took them in as his own.  He enjoyed making them laugh by having karaoke contests with them and parading around the house in his cowboy hat while dancing.  He enjoyed playing catch with them and he even went as far as going out to buy them the "perfect bat." He was goofy, playful, and very protective of them.      

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife and stepdaughters; his mother, Cynthia Bartels, of Dubuque, IA; siblings, Betsy (Jeremy) Tupper, of Farmington, MN, Ben (Jenn) Bartels, of Cascade, IA, Dustin (Kirstin) Bartels, of Dubuque, IA.  Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Kathy (Dan) Schmit, of Dubuque, IA, Ken (Cathy) Schmitt, of Guttenberg, IA; sisters-in-law, Heather (Brian) Ehlinger, of Davenport, IA, Sarah (Cory) Clasen, of Peosta, IA,  Ami (Chad) Guler, of Hazel Green, WI, Caitlin (Jason) Olsen, of Waunakee, WI, Angie (Nick) Naseman of Colorado, Marcy Tierney of Blair, NE; brothers-in-law, Josh Lynch of Dubuque, IA and Eric Schmit and Wesley Schmit of Omaha, NE; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Mary Bartels; maternal grandparents, Charles and Geneva Arlen and sister-in-law, Sam Lynch.  Finally, he was preceded in death by his beloved father and best friend, Robert (Bob) Bartels.  Rest in peace, Jesse. We love you.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jesse's name to the Glaucoma Research Foundation or University of Iowa Children's Miracle Network. 

 

 



Dennis D. Duhme


Dennis D. Duhme, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Dennis Darrell Duhme was born on May 4, 1950 in Savanna, Illinois, to Melvin Arlo and Georgia Carol (Tegmeier) Duhme. He was educated in Andrew Schools for six years prior to moving to Morristown, Minnesota where he graduated from Morristown High School. He married Loly Fajayan on October 7, 1985 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Andrew and Alex.

Dennis had farmed and milked cows in the Otter Creek area for many years and also worked in the maintenance department at WALMART in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Dennis enjoyed fishing and gardening and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Loly Duhme of Maquoketa, IA; children, Andrew (Brandi) Duhme of Blue Grass, IA, and Alex Duhme of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kaylynn, Korbin and Brylee; brothers, Dale Duhme of Sioux Falls, SD, David (Beverly) Duhme of Morristown, MN, and Mike Duhme of Otter Creek, IA; sisters, Darlene (Steve) Luther of Waseca, MN, and Janice (Toby) Wilke of Maquoketa, IA; and his step-mother, Lois Jean Duhme of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dennis D. Duhme memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mrs. Elsie Unsen


Mrs. Elsie Unsen, of Dubuque, went to be with her family in heaven on March 4, 2018 at the age of 100 with family by her side.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born in South Dakota to Andrew and Elizabeth Puetz and she was the 8th of 9 children. She moved to Dubuque on her own at the age of 18 in 1935. In 1940 she married Raymond Unsen and they had 7 children.

She worked in the food industry most of her life. Some of the places were Dubuque County Home, Luther Manor, Finley Hospital and John Deere. She semi-retired in 1980 and went to work at Mario's for 12 years, retiring fully at the age of 75.

She loved to play cards and going out to eat with family and friends and gambling with her daughter on Thursdays.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Frommelt, Richard (Diana) Unsen, Beverly De Mesquita, Darlene Unsen, Paula Unsen all of Dubuque and Denny (fiancé Barb) of Colorado. 10 grandkids, 17 great-grandkids and 14 great-great grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; her husband; her parents; sisters and brothers and her granddaughter Dawn.

She was very well loved and will be greatly missed.

Thank you Hospice of Dubuque for all your support during the past 2 weeks.

A very special thanks to mom's caregiver Mandy on her awesome care of mom for the past year. Mom loved her like one of the family.



Norm P. McCormick


Norm P. McCormick, 79, of Monticello passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home after a 10 month illness.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate and the Monticello Drill Team will accord Military Honors at Church.  Norm will return home for burial at St. Joseph Paint Rock Cemetery in Harpers Ferry at 1pm Friday, March 9.

Norm was born March 17, 1938, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa the son of Frank and Lucille (Boardman) McCormick.  He graduated from Waukon High School in 1956, and served in the US Army from Aug. 27, 1957, until Aug. 22, 1959, in the United States and 20 months in Germany.  After returning home, he graduated from meat cutting school in Toledo, OH and spent his next 16 years working for Nash Finch Company as a meat cutter/manager in the Me Too Stores in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Marion and Dubuque.  In 1976, Norm moved his family to Monticello where he was co-owner and then owner of McCormick's Locker in Langworthy, Iowa for 13 years.  After closing the locker, he worked for Menasha Corporation/Orbis for 14 years until retiring in 2003.  He continued to work seasonally at Newhall Locker in Newhall, IA until his illness struck.  Norm was a member of the Iowa Meat Processing Association for 42 years.

Norm married Peggy Livingston on Oct. 6, 1962, at St. Joseph Paint Rock Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, and would have celebrated 56 years together this October.  Together they had 4 children: Steve (Barb) McCormick, Mike (Diane) McCormick, Jeff (Trish) McCormick and Beth (Dean) Cox, and 11 grandchildren: Josh, Jason, Jordan, Bryce, and Sonya McCormick, Kaleigh (Adam) Stecklein, Cole-Schmid McCormick, , Kelsey, Ellie (deceased), Reese and Kyle Cox, and a great granddaughter, Lexi McCormick.

Family, hunting and fishing were Norm's life.  After his family his Beagle's came in second.  Having never missed a school or sporting event for his kids, he rarely missed grandchildren's events either.  A proud Grandpa he was!

Norm is leaving four siblings: Fern Corrigan, Dolores Fish, Don (Barb) McCormick and Earl (Helen) McCormick; in-laws: Bob Livingston, Jean Livingston, Cathy (Steve) Piersch and Julie Heying.

Preceding him in death are his parents, his parents-in-law, Leo and Ruth Livingston, a granddaughter, Ellie Ann Cox, and in-laws: Mark Corrigan, Earl Fish and Jerry Livingston.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 

 



William C. Sawatzky


William Charles Sawatzky gained his precious wings on March 2nd 2018. He was born on January 10th 2017 to Derek Sawatzky and Kelly (Jobgen) Sawatzky.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at the church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Will was a sweet baby with bright blue eyes and a smile that would melt anyone's heart. He didn't have a meal he didn't love, except peas, and his favorite were Lolly's cheesy eggs. He loved spending his time playing hockey with his big brother Declan, and would cheer for whoever scored. He recently found a new love for show choir and would do a little "hoot" when he heard a good song. He loved to joke around and would do a fake fall that put everyone on their toes but ended with the sweetest giggle.

Will was adored by so many, especially his other "Grandmother," Ann Bahls, that cared for him every day. She knew him so well, she always made sure to have his breakfast ready before he got there, and knew to always feed him first before the other kids, if she were to forget he would make sure to remind her. He will also always have a special place in the hearts of his godparents, Abby Jones and Jeff Sawatzky.

Will is survived by his father Derek, mother Kelly, big brother Declan, Grandparents Corey and Kim Sawatzky, Uncle Jeff Sawatzky, Great Grandparents Dean and Virginia Remy, Great Grandparents Jake and Wanda Sawatzky, Grandparents Mark and Arlene Jobgen, Uncle Todd and Aunt Kassie, Aunt Sue (Jobgen) Rudiger, cousins Beckham Abbott, Charlotte Jobgen, Tanner and Bryce Rudiger, and a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents Jack and Marlene Bishop, Great Grandparents Charles and Rita Jobgen, and Great Grandparents Sever and Charlotte Anderson.

We would like to express a special thank you to the Dubuque County Sherriff's department and the Asbury Police Department for their assistance.



Lucille Ellen Sorensen


Lucille Ellen Sorensen, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, March 10, 2018, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucille Ellen Meinke was born on July 24, 1925 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Louis C. and Thelma M. (Staman) Meinke. She attended Elwood school and upon graduation enrolled in Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI). She married Richard "Dick" Sorensen on July 23, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2003.

Lucille had taught in various school systems including Bellevue, Elwood and Maquoketa until her retirement.

She excelled in 4-H activities in Clinton County as a young girl, and later was involved in 4-H Junior Leaders, which was a part of the 4-H program in Jackson County.

Lucille was very active in the Jackson County Historical Society and their genealogy department for many years. People would often call on Lucille for history facts and figures concerning events, people, family ties, etc., of the area.

Lucille is survived by two nephews, Lynn Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul Tonderum of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, and a sister Evelyn Tonderum.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Historical Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Cyril J. Gansen


Cyril J. "Cy" Gansen, 91, of Peosta died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at (time). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery.

Cy was born July 8, 1926 in Dubuque, son of William and Marie (Theisen) Gansen. He graduated from St. John the Baptist Catholic High School. He married Jane Delaney on August 11, 1948, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. She preceded him in death on January 24, 2014.

Farming was his passion and he farmed in rural Peosta until he was 87 years old. He was a member of Peosta Knights of Columbus Council 5513. 

He loved to go dancing with his wife, Jane, at the Melody Mill. He also had an interest in John Deere tractors and going to parades.

He is survived by six children, Judy (Bob Smith) Callahan of Dubuque, Daniel (Barb) Gansen of Peosta, Thomas (Mavonne) Gansen of Peosta, Larry (Mary) Gansen of Dubuque, Dale (Tammy) Gansen of Dubuque and Mike (Becky) Gansen of Epworth; 17 grandchildren, Lisa, Allen, Nicole, Luke, Terry, Tracy, Kelly, Dan, Jenna, Nick, Jesse, Sara, Callie, Candy, Christy, Joe and Rob; 38 great-grandchildren, and four siblings, Francis Gansen, Marylou McFadden, Melita (Ray) LaPoint, and Shirley (Roger) Eppler.

He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Florence Delaney and Bernard, William and Edward Gansen.

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



Kenneth J. Siegert


Kenneth Joseph Siegert, age 80, died on March 4th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, with a Wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Born November 4, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, he was the son of the late Walter and Clara (Kress) Siegert.

Ken was the Director of Purchasing for Phoenix Chemical in East Dubuque for more than 35 years. He and his wife Maureen owned Shamrock Imports in Dubuque for 32 years and they hosted tours all over Europe, with a focus on Ireland. He was a recipient of the Irish Presidential Award for contributions to Irish Tourism.

He was very active as a community leader with the Dubuque Jaycees (President and Lifetime Member), Dubuque County Fair Board (President and Honorary Director), Cable Car Association (President), the Dubuqueland Irish, the Irish Hooley (Founder) and many other charitable organizations.

He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959 and was stationed in Korea.

He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, golfing, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Maureen (Corcoran) Siegert; along with six children; Keven and Debi (Smith) Siegert, James and Lora (Richardson) Siegert, Patrick and Sheila (Spielman) Siegert, Noreen (Siegert) Fitzpatrick (Special friend Ron Welter), Ann (Siegert) and Pat Schroeder, Michael and Judy (Murphy) Siegert; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three siblings, Shirley Bergfeld, Bill and Janet Siegert, Jeanette and Gary Fagan; and many other loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law John Bergfeld and his son-in-law Robert Fitzpatrick.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for their loving and professional care. Special thanks also to Tom and Chappy for their numerous rides, friendship and support.



Irvin L. Wallroff


Irvin L. Wallroff, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Irvin's life was at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. There was no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Irvin Leon Wallroff was born on March 5, 1947 in Cascade, Iowa, to Owen and Sibyl (Carpenter) Wallroff. He had four children: Tonia, Craig, Chad and Leah.

Irvin had worked for Hoof Corporation and Earles Concrete in Maquoketa. He loved fishing, playing cards, and driving on gravel roads for sight-seeing.

Those left to honor Irvin's memory include his children, Tonia (Paul) Velte of Rogers, AR, Craig (Irene) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Leah (fiancé David Creger) of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, Vurt (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Chad, a brother Alva Shady, and sisters Carole Dodds and Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Irvin L. Wallroff memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Norman F. Duehr


Norman F. Duehr, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:25 a.m., on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Norman's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Norman's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Norman was born on September 1, 1928, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of Frank and Josephine (Trierweiler) Duehr.

Norman was an honest and kindhearted man who was raised with an undeniable love for family and a strong work ethic, which was greatly appreciated by his employer, R.S. Bacon Veneer. Norman was also blessed with a deep connection to his Catholic faith, and was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. When Norman wasn't working, he thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with current events by reading the newspaper every morning, or even capturing a little serenity in his evening by just sitting down and watching his favorite tv shows. Norman was a wonderfully unique man who definitely blessed all whom were fortunate enough to know and love him throughout his life. He continually set a remarkable example for all by truly appreciating the simple pleasures in life and keeping an easy going disposition no matter what the day brought his way. We are deeply saddened by the passing of such an amazing gentleman, but thankfully we find some comfort in the fact that he is now at peace with his parents, and brothers, Herb and Dick, awaiting our eventual arrival one day to visit with him again at his Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Norman's memory include

his nieces and nephew,
Kathy (John) Kapparos,
Jim (Sue) Duehr
and Karen (David) Roth, all of Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Eileen Duehr, Dubuque, IA;

and several cousins.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Herbert and Richard Duehr; and a great-niece, Kaitlin Roth.

A Norman F. Duehr memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Norman's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Norman, and his entire family.

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

 



William D. Meissner


William Donald (Bill) Meissner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Bethany Home.
Services will be held Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 immediately following. A visitation will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Bill was born October 11, 1931, in Dubuque, the son of Wendell and Dorothy (Zogg) Meissner. Bill graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949, where he was a member of the Football All-Conference Honor Roll. In 1952 Bill joined the U.S. Army, serving in Korea as a Radar Operator. In 1953 Bill married the love of his life, Monica Galliart, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bill was a city and over-the-road truck driver for more than 40 years at Dohrn Transfer and Consolidated Freightways, earning safety awards as a Million Mile driver. He was an avid boater and fisherman, and many Sunday afternoons were spent on sandbars in the Mississippi River. In his retirement Bill volunteered for 18 years for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and was a board member of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ where he indulged his love of gardening by tending the grounds. He loved the Eagle Point neighborhood and could often be seen on his bicycle making sure the River was still running. More than anything, he loved his family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Monica Meissner, of Dubuque; children, Laurie (Jim) Birch, of Dubuque; Mark (Beverly) Meissner, of Milton, WA; Lynn (Gregory) LeBlanc, of Dubuque, and Paul (Nancy) Meissner, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Chris (Crystal) Birch of Olive Branch, MS, Lee (Jodi) Birch of Parkersburg, IA, Sarah (Jake) Leytem, of Dubuque, Jessica (Garrett) Freiburger of Dubuque, Ryan (Lynette) Henson of Spanaway, WA and Clarice LeBlanc of Dubuque; 9 great-grandchildren, Joshua Birch, Abigail Birch, Matthew Birch, Tyler Birch, Katelyn Brokus, Madelynn Leytem, Zoey Henson, William Freiburger, and Joseph Freiburger.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness, compassion and generous care in this difficult time.



George B. Pickup


George B. "Skip" Pickup, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 3 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

George Bert Pickup was born on March 5, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to George and Virginia (Sweeney) Pickup. He was a graduate of North Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 30, 1958 he was united in marriage to Shirley Lueck and four children were born to this marriage: Beth, George, Sue and Lori. Shirley preceded him in death on April 25, 1993. He later married Linda Swanson Sturtz on February 25, 2006. He added two more children to his family, Darci and Tyler.

George was a pharmaceutical sales representative for McKesson Corp. for over 40 years. He enjoyed his job very much, meeting many pharmacists that became his dear friends. He maintained contact with his coworkers and his customers for many years even after he retired.

George was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He loved watching his grandchildren's activities and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He also enjoyed playing golf, bocce ball and cards, both in Maquoketa and Florida. He was a social person who loved visiting with all of his friends and family from near and far, and every gathering he was known for saying, "I love this whole atmosphere."

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Linda Pickup of Maquoketa, IA; children, Beth (Mark) Hillebrand of Maquoketa, IA, George (Cathy) Pickup of Delmar, IA, Sue (Scott) Toy of Long Grove, IL, Lori (Stuart) Swanson of Galt, IA, Darci (Kary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA, and Tyler (Katie) Sturtz of Marion, IA; 13 grandchildren, Zach Hillebrand, Tyler Hillebrand, Carolyn Pickup, George "Gus" Pickup, Adelai Swanson, Celeste Swanson, Lilian Swanson, Delia Swanson, Alex Becker, Ashley Becker, Abe Becker, Avery Sturtz, and Kendall Sturtz; two nephews, one niece and many dear friends and classmates.

He was preceded his father, his mother, two sisters, a brother, his wife Shirley, and a grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a George B. "Skip" Pickup memorial fund has been established.

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



D. Mardell Blaine


D. Mardell Blaine, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Mardell's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 3, 2018 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Donna Mardell Everman was born on April 29, 1930 in Corydon, Iowa, to John Franklin and Donna Mae (Hilliard) Everman. She was a 1949 graduate of Allerton, Iowa High School. On November 25, 1949 she married John E. "Ted" Blaine in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 21, 2016.

Mardell was dedicated to her family, and was a loving wife and mother. Ted and Mardell enjoyed fishing early in their marriage and they shared the love of gardening, playing cards, checkers, and traveling. She was known as a wonderful cook, baker and dessert maker. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, where she was a greeter, committee member, and volunteered for church events. She especially cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Mardell's memory include her children, John Blaine of Missoula, MT, Brenda (Scott) Banker of Clinton, IA, and Jill Blaine; 2 grandchildren Jennifer (Tyler) Doran and Alex Banker; 2 great-grandchildren Blake and Olivia Doran; a sister, Helen Wyatt of Corydon, IA; and 2 special nieces, Jerry Castor and Joan Langloss, along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John E. "Ted" Blaine, brothers Gerald and Jack, and sisters Fern and Wanda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a D. Mardell Blaine memorial fund has been established.

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



Gilbert N. Billmeyer


Gilbert N. Billmeyer, 91, of Dubuque died Tuesday February 27, 2018.

Funeral Mass will be Friday March 2nd at 10am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. In keeping with Gilbert's wishes, there will be no public visitation. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert was born December 6th, 1926 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Caroline (Birner) Billmeyer. After graduating from St. Columbkille's, He joined the Navy and later worked at John Deere until retirement.

He married Maureen Blocker on June 13, 1953 at Nativity Church.

He was a loving husband and father and was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by four children, Thomas Billmeyer of Dubuque, Richard Billmeyer of Irvine, Calif., Mary Beth Rupert of Naperville, Ill., and Colleen (Troy) Martens of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Neal and Stuart Tjon-A-Joe and Zoey Billmeyer; 2 step-grandchildren Mitchell and Miles Martens of Cedar Rapids, IA and a sister, Jeanette Smith of Johnston, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maureen Billmeyer, a daughter, Carol Tjon-A-Joe; his brothers James Billmeyer and Richard Billmeyer and a sister, Mary Gebhard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation We Care c/o Veterans Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd., Suite 1, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Ronald Marbach


Ronald Marbach, 76, of Dyersville, formerly of Worthington, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ron was born November 5, 1941 in Maquoketa, the son of Joseph and Marie (Ahern) Marbach. He married Marjean Hess on September 5, 1962 in Worthington. Ron and Marjean farmed the family home place for 40+ years. Ron also worked at Lumber Specialties for 15 years.

He was a volunteer fireman and first responder with the Worthington Fire Department for 20 years. Ron enjoyed playing softball, woodworking and taking care of his lawn. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Marjean, 2 daughters: Mary Jo (Chris) Piper of North Liberty, Lois (Mike) Faley of Jackson, WI, 3 grandchildren: Mike Faley Jr. of Des Moines, Brittany Faley of Iowa City, Megan Faley of Dallas, TX, sister: Kathleen (Allan) White of Worthington, in-laws: Janet Marbach of Manchester, Patricia (Richard) White of Worthington, and Deanne (Gary) Lammers of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Ray and Irma (Funke) Hess, and brother, Raymond Marbach.

Ron's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

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



Mrs. Bernard (Anita Timmerman) Heileman


Mrs. Bernard (Anita Timmerman) Heileman, 83, of Dickeyville WI, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, with her family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Anita Rose was born on January 14th, 1935 near Louisburg, WI, the daughter of Delvan and Irene (Wiederholt) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bernard A. Heileman, on Tuesday, June 4, 1957 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Anita had a green thumb and enjoyed nurturing a variety of indoor & outdoor plants. She also enjoyed bowling, music, sewing, painting, crocheting and knitting. She was exceptional at baking sweets, her pies being a work of art. She enjoyed vacationing with her family and life-long friends and spending time with her beloved family and wonderful neighbors. She loved children including but not limited to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Anita was formerly a bank teller at Tri-State Bank of East Dubuque and Potosi State Bank of both Dickeyville and Potosi in addition to being a home maker and wonderful mother to her six children. Anita also taught painting classes at C & G Figurines.

Surviving is her husband Bernard Heileman and children Gary (Karen) Heileman of Sun Prairie, WI; Rick Heileman of Louisburg, WI; Sheila (Vince) Madama of Roscoe, IL; Roxane (Kevin Hafkemeyer) of Sherrill, IA; son-in-law Travis Franzen of Hazel Green, WI; and siblings Eldred "Gus" (Alvina) Timmerman of Cuba City, WI and Jeanette (Faber) Runde, of Kieler, WI.; 11-Grandchildren, great grand-children, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Phil Runde; son Daniel "Boone" Heileman; and daughter Cheryl Franzen.

The family would like to thank the wonderful compassionate staff of both Iowa City Hospitals and Home Care Select.

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



Debra J. Avenarius


Debra J. (Hayes) Avenarius, 64, of Dubuque peacefully passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018 while she was comforted and held by her immediate family at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the funeral home. Her final resting place will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Deb was born July 12, 1953 in Dubuque the daughter of Jerry and Joann (Rossman) Hayes. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971 and then worked at Molo prior to marrying Mike Avenarius on December 9, 1972.

Deb was a homemaker, a loving in-home daycare provider and also enjoyed being an Avon Representative.

She truly loved and enjoyed all of her special times with her grandkids, nieces, nephews and her daycare children. Deb especially enjoyed going to BINGO with her sisters and had many fond memories of fun times together.

Survivors include her husband, Mike; their son, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius of Dubuque; 3 grandchildren, Clara Avenarius, Kiernan Shaffer, and Kayla Shaffer; siblings, Mike (Patty) Hayes, Karen Kutsch , Jeff (Carolyn) Hayes, Lynn (Tom) Dotterweich, Jerry Hayes, David (Penny) Hayes, and Jim Hayes; in-laws, Michele (Mike) Schetgen, Mark Avenarius, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius; and many nieces and nephews.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jerry Hayes; and her father and mother in-law, Clarence and Ellie Avenarius.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and concern during these final days after her very courageous and long struggle with MS.

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

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



Richard I. Wohlgamuth


Richard I. "Duke" Wohlgamuth, 85, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at his home encircled by loved ones.

A private family service and gathering will be held at a later date. A natural farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Richard Ivo Wohlgamuth was born on July 14, 1932 in Lima, Ohio, to Ivo and Gertrude (Lippus) Wohlgamuth. He attended school in Ohio and served in the U.S. Army from July 1949 until receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1956. He married Vivian "Vickie" Miller who was the mother of all of his children. She died in a car accident in 1969. He later married Lori Swalwell on June 2, 1979 in Bellevue, Iowa.

"Duke" had worked various jobs throughout the years, starting first at Willey's Overland Motors in Toledo, Ohio. He then owned and operated Duke's Standard in Bellevue, and later as a mechanic for Joe Martin Auto in Maquoketa. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and upon its closing he became the maintenance person at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and the Andrew Jackson Care Center. He had also served as the Andrew Town Marshall and as a Special Deputy for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

"Duke" was a member of the Joinerville Boat Club, Andrew Fire Department, and a 46 year member of the Bellevue American Legion Post #273. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, horseshoes, softball, bowling, darts and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lori Wohlgamuth of Andrew, IA; children, Dick (and his wife Cheryl) Wohlgamuth of Panora, IA, Kim Wohlgamuth of FL, Lindy McGranahan (Frank) of Eldridge, IA, Cindy Higgins of Eldridge, IA, and Dixie (and her husband Bob) Merritt of Ottumwa, IA; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dave, Bruce, Barb and Lee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Vickie, a brother Tom, and sisters Dorothy and Jane.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.

"Duke dearly loved his family and friends and loved spending time with them. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Herman, Tony Heiar and the entire Grand River Medical Group Oncology staff, and Hospice of Jackson County for their excellent care and support."

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



Victoria M. Skoff


Victoria M. Skoff, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Granite Falls, Washington, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private service and gathering will be held at a later date. A natural farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Victoria Marie Skoff was born on July 7, 1953 in Clinton, Iowa, to Francis and Germaine C. (Goettsch) Skoff. She married Archie Frets on August 9, 2003 in Granite Falls, Washington.

Victoria was a 1971 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then received her Associate of Arts degree from Kirkwood Community College in 1981, a Medical Assistant degree from Hamilton Technical College in 1991, and in 2001 a Radiology Tech degree in Bellevue, Washington.

Victoria had worked in the medical field throughout her life. She first worked for Tipton Family Medical Clinic in Maquoketa, then Lowden Family Medical Clinic, and later the Wagner Foot Clinic. She currently was the owner and operator of Compliant Care (Chiropractic billing specialists) in the state of Washington.

She was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed working on the computer, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her mother, Germaine "Geri" Lawrence of Maquoketa, IA; her son, William "Bill" Skoff of Seattle, WA; her husband Archie Frets of Granite Falls, WA; siblings, Nin (Doug) Flagel of Maquoketa, IA, Eunice O'meara of Maquoketa, IA, John (Ann) Skoff of Bellevue, IA, and Joe (Sue) Skoff of Mt. Vernon, IA; a sister-in-law, Linda Skoff of Preston, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her father Francis, brothers Tony and Marty Skoff, and a nephew Francis J. "Frank" O'Meara.

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



Evelyn Katherine Miens


Evelyn Katherine (Ahlschlager) Miens entered God's Garden in Heaven on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 9:00 AM with family and care givers present. She spent the last 8 years in her own apartment in the home of her grandson, Tim, and good friend/caregiver, George, at 16992 Middle Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

A Dubuque service will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until time of service. A Sioux City service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at the Meyers Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Avenue where visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service. Entombment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.

Evelyn was born on June 30, 1916, at home near Balaton, Lynd Township, Lyon County, Minnesota, youngest child of George & Mary (Tiedje) Ahlschlager.

On October 29, 1936, in Elk Point, South Dakota, Evelyn married Harry Miens, the love of her life. Evelyn met Harry in Worthington, Minnesota, while she served as a housekeeper and caregiver to the Jack C. Boote family. Harry preceded her in death on March 3, 1996.

Evelyn shared her talents, skills, and love as a housekeeper; homemaker; member of church circles and committees; Sunday School teacher; Brownie leader; hospital aide; ceramicist; and gardener. Her love of irises lead to her long-time membership in the Roving Garden Club (75 years) and the Siouxland Iris Society. Her gardens of irises served as the setting for weddings, family gatherings, and bus tours. She and Harry were featured in Country Woman magazine. Evelyn was the last remaining member of the garden club.

Evelyn's strong faith in God made her a model Christian. She read the Bible daily and read many inspirational poems and books. She left this world as a 22-year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (LCMS) and a 60-year member of Calvary Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Sioux City, Iowa, where she appreciated the comfort given by Pastors Kapanka, Schoop, and Travis.

Following Harry's retirement from the Sioux City Sanitation Department and Payless Cashway, they traveled to the places they dreamed of: Holy Land, Egypt, Norway, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Australia, Switzerland, and Denmark. Following Harry's death, Evelyn traveled throughout the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Iowa. In March of 2016, Evelyn traveled through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia to Disney World in Florida to celebrate her 100th birthday a few weeks early.

In her move to Dubuque in 2010, she was a supporter of the Bell Tower Theater, enjoying the musical and comedy performances. She had two iris beds made with bulbs from her Sioux City gardens. She learned how to play Apples to Apples and was quite good at convincing her partners that her choices were the best. She enjoyed dressing up and going out with her special friends to eat. Her favorites were the best fried chicken in town at Timmerman's Supper Club in East Dubuque, Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme pie at Village Inn, and chicken wings from Jack's Chicken Palace in Dubuque. She enjoyed rides through the countryside to check on crops throughout the year as well as trips down to the lock and dam to watch the barges move through, people out on the river in their boats, to see the birds, and to watch for eagles.

At home, she enjoyed watching the birds outside her living room window. She was blessed with many cardinals, blue jays, finch, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Baltimore orioles, and many more. She had many feeders which were filled daily. Squirrels, possum, and raccoons were not her friends. She had been blessed a couple of times by a deer or two outside her window.

Challenged with a severe hearing loss, Evelyn kept up with the news by reading the Sioux City Journal as well as watching the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 news casts with closed captioning. She was a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with John Cena as her favorite. She enjoyed the music of the Gaither Family and Danny O'Donnell. (She cranked the sound high and appreciated closed captioning.) She gradually shifted her interests to Rick Steves' Europe, Andre Rieu concerts, and country music shows.

Those left to honor Evelyn's life are her daughter, Debbie (Marlan) Anderson, Sioux City; grandchildren, Marsha (Dale) Miller, Valpariaso, IN; Dan (Dawn) Krom, Woodbury, MN; Paul (Edie) Krom, Pittsburgh, PA; & Tim Krom, Dubuque, IA; great grandchildren: Michael Krom & Michelle Krom, Pittsburgh, PA; Keri (Tim) Miller, Kouts, IN; & Erin Miller, Winston-Salem, NC; and great-great grand-daughter: Natalee Miller, Kouts, IN. Many special friends will miss their dear friend.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bell Tower Theater Endowment Fund, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, to the Dubuque Lutheran School Tuition Assistance Fund, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002, or to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002.

The family wishes to thank many people who touched Evelyn's life while in Dubuque: Primary Caregiver - George Wm. Holland; Special Friends - Lorraine Brennan, Gertrude Klinge, Anita Eggers, Phil Marzen, Sue Riedel, Suzanne Blum; Home Care Givers - Mary Ann, Mary, Joan, Colleen, Linda, Michelle, CheyAnn, and Christine; Kathy, Kim, and Carolyn at the Stardust Beauty Salon; Dr. Ryan Stille and Staff at Medical Associates; Dr. Peggy Mulderig and Staff at Medical Associates; Dr. Jennifer Schope and Staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine; Wendt Regional Cancer Center - Dr. Bobby Koneru, Mary Carol, Julie, Laura, Mary, Theresa, Charlye, Rebecca, Taylor, Chris, Elayne, and Mike; Asbury Hy-Vee Pharmacy Staff; the Kuttler Dental Team at Fountain Park; Steve at Carter Hearing Aid Center; and Melanie, Stephanie, Suzanne, Jan, Shirley, and Sharon of Hospice of Dubuque.



Catherine Gottschalk


Catherine "Janaan" Gottschalk, 82, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA, on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Janaan was born on September 30, 1935 in Dubuque to Edward and Lucille (Weber) Traut. She married Raymond "Sonny" Gottschalk, Sr. and they lived in Dubuque before moving to a farm west of Zwingle, Iowa in 1969. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Janaan was an excellent seamstress and quilter and was a long-time member of Cable Car Quilters Guild and was also involved with the Bellevue Quilts of Valor. For many years Janaan and Sonny owned and operated Pape's Shoes & Shoe Repair in downtown Dubuque.

Janaan is survived by her three children: Mary (Terry) Gordon of Dubuque, IA, Vickie (Ronnie Snyder) Gottschalk of Wyoming, IA, and Ray "Bouck" (Lisa) Gottschalk of Maquoketa, IA. She also is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, plus one sister, Margaret "Peg" Meyers of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny; her parents Edward and Lucille Traut; brothers George and Frank; and sisters Eleanor Vorman and Mary Ansel.

In lieu of flowers, a Catherine Janaan Gottschalk Memorial Fund has been established.



Jeanne M. Randell

 

Jeanne M. (Sheean) Randell, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 4:07 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

There will be no public visitation.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Jeanne was born in East Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Estella (Leibold) Sheean.

She was a graduate of St. Mary's Grade School and East Dubuque High School. Jeanne was employed at Ann Chapman's in Galena, IL, until her retirement.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

Surviving is her sister, Violet Sheean of East Dubuque; nieces, Jacqueline (Frank) Meyer, Ada Hale, Pamela Sheean, Debra (Jack) Tully, and Dona Oberfoell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jack, Patrick, and Corrine DeGear.

Memorials may be given to the Jo Daviess County Workshop in Galena, IL, and St. Mary's Parish, East Dubuque.

"Special thanks to David for all of his help."

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

 

 



Bette L. Weidenbacher


On Friday, February 23, 2018, Bette L. (Ellwanger) Weidenbacher of Dubuque passed away at the age of 89 years old. Bette will forever be remembered by her daughters, Kim (Kurt) Lange of East Dubuque, IL and Vicki (Mark) Weidenbacher-Hoper of South Beloit, IL; grandchildren, Alex, Cody, Jake, and Jade; a sister in-law, Lois Ellwanger; her cat, Tiger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Milton Ellwanger, Lorraine (Clair) Davis, and Jane (Rost) Kaune; in-laws, Elsie (Andy) Schumacher, Wesley (Lucile) Weidenbacher, Rayse (Pete) Weimerskirch, and Charles Weidenbacher.

Family will greet friends from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 3860 Asbury Road with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Bette was born on August 24, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Harry and Louise (Stallman) Ellwanger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1946. On August 26, 1961, Bette married Eldon E. Weidenbacher at St. Anthony's Catholic Church; he passed on January 31, 1996. She worked for Interstate Finance Corporation, Union-Hoermann Press and finally Nacos & Puff C.P.A. before retiring in 1993. Bette enjoyed spending time with her family, going to plays, reading, dominos, and line dancing. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum, was a member of R.S.V.P., Country Steppers, DucPaco line dancing, and the Red Hat Society.

The family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern during this time.

Memorial donations in memory of Bette can be made to Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Theodore C. Miller


Theodore C. "Ted" Miller, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 23, 2018, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in celebrating Ted's life from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Theodore Clare Miller was born on December 19, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norman and Alverda (Carter) Miller. He attended Bridgeport and Maquoketa schools. He married Elizabeth Anne Clark on February 22, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Andrea, Malise, Salina and Shalan.

Ted had first worked for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for nine years, then Hayes Bros. Dairy in Maquoketa for 15 years, and later painted houses with his wife Anne for two years. Lastly he worked for Campbell Cleanup and Ruff N' Ready in Maquoketa for 25 years.

Ted was a member of the Izaak Walton League and the Jackson County Historical Society. He enjoyed fishing, hunting in his earlier days, going on walks, feeding the birds, and his garden. Additionally, he loved history and reading about it. He was a social person who looked forward to going for coffee with his buddies each day.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Andrea (Dan) Foley of Twin Lakes, WI, Malise (Rick) Usher of Delmar, IA, Salina (Dave) Durr of Solon, IA, and Shalan Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (John) Gebhart of Quincy, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Elizabeth Anne on April 26, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theodore C. "Ted" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ruth V. Kruse


Ruth V. Kruse, 86, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Bethany Home. Visitation will be held Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 -11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Ruth was born August 15, 1931 in East Dubuque the daughter of William and Ruth (Werner) Adams. Ruth graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1950, which is now known as the Shalom Center. The next year she married the love of her life Elmer Kruse on November 10, 1951 at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. Elmer preceded her in death on September 28, 1992. Ruth was employed with the Dubuque Community School District as a Secretary at Sageville school where she worked for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed tending to her garden, and canning the foods she grew. She also loved to bowl and was a member of two bowling leagues at Creslanes. Ruth was an active member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ for years as well. Her faith allowed her to support many organizations in the community such as Goodwill, Albrecht Acres, and Camp Courageous. Ruth was a generous and kind woman who was always happiest when she had busy hands helping others through their struggles or just offering a kind word. Spending time with family is what Ruth held closest to her heart. She was always there at the drop of a hat and you knew you could count on her for anything.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Carole (Paul) Porter of Dubuque; Bruce A. (Mary) Kruse of Robins, IA, Jeanne (Gary) Snyder of Hazel Green, WI, Arlene (Richard) Courtade of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren Gretchen (Josh) Kanas, Bryan Porter, Kara (Sara) Montgomery-Porter, Carissa Kruse, Kimberly (Aaron) Fitch, Quinn Snyder, Kristina Snyder, Addison Redfearn, Amon Redfearn, Keenan Redfearn, Winifred Redfearn, Mamie Redfearn; and 6 great-grandchilldren Zachary Pust, Brennan Kanas, Opal and Otto Montgomery-Porter, Ellie Lentz, and Olive Fitch

She is preceded in death by her husband Elmer Kruse, her parents, and her in-laws.

Memorials may be made out to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their generous care and Compassion.

 



Shella Kobza


After a courageous battle with breast cancer for several years, Shella Kobza, 84, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, with her dedicated son, Daryl at her side.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Shella was born on January 24, 1934 in Beech Bottom, West Virginia the daughter of, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz. She attended Wellsburg high school in West Virginia, class of 1951, where she played women's basketball, played piano and sang, participated in many missionary camps and was lead majorette in the marching band.

In 1954 she graduated from Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing, The Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Mother Hospital of West Virginia. She started her career in nursing at Wheeling Hospital and eventually became house supervisor.

She met the love of her life, Frank Kobza in Wheeling, West Virginia. The two were married on November 3, 1956 and moved to Gary, Indiana.

In 1963 they moved to Dubuque where her husband owned Stampfers Shoe Department and she worked at Finley Hospital in the nursery until retirement.

Shella was very active in the Dubuque Women's Club, serving and chairing several projects and fund raisers. She produced and edited the first TV Christmas Program for the Dubuque Women's Club.

Shella was also involved in St. Anthony's Church. She worked and chaired several programs and Fall Festivals.

She was a talented artist, working with watercolors, oils and acrylic. She attended many art classes at Mt. Carmel. She had a love of gardening and enjoyed working in her rose garden with her husband, Frank. She won numerous awards for her roses, including her and Franks pride and joy, the ribbon for Best of Class- Tri state Garden Club at the show at the Dubuque Arboretum. Her roses were showcased in many shows at the Arboretum. Shella also enjoyed cooking and baking cookies, especially during the Holidays.

Surviving are her two sons, Daryl Kobza, of Dubuque and Detmer Kobza, of West Burlington, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her parents, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz.

A Shella Kobza Memorial Fund has been established.



Anna Mae Powers


Anna Mae Powers, 89, of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at UnityPoint Health- Finely Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 26 at Resurrection Catholic Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Mae was born on November 8, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Esther (Fransen) Reiter. She married James K. Powers Sr. in 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a housekeeper at Americana for many years until retiring in 1987.

Anna Mae was a woman of very few words but stern in her thoughts and beliefs. As she and Jim started their family, they enjoyed camping and started out the old- fashioned way and progressed to purchasing their motor home. Together they traveled the country and visited many sites and state parks.

She was a quiet individual and enjoyed baking and needlework. However, her greatest enjoyment would find her on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the bingo hall or an occasional visit to the casino.

As soon as the air had the warmth of the spring she could be found daily sitting on their front deck with Jim at the home they have lived in for 61 years.

She is survived by her husband, James; children, William L. (Bonnie) Powers, James K. Powers, and Lori (Vincent) Tillman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Billy Powers, of Dubuque, Lisa (Cornelius Johnson) Powers, of Chicago, IL, Jacey (Brian) Shea, of Belmont, WI, Paige Powers, of Chilton, WI, Michael (Keri) Tillman and Tracy (fiancé Steve) Tillman, all of Dubuque, and Thom (Sheri) Wasmund, of Lena, IL; 8 great- grandchildren; siblings, LaVern (Gayle) Reiter, Virginia Lyons, all of Dubuque, and Carol Godwin, of Galena, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Merlin (Janaan) Reiter, Leroy Reiter, in infancy, Orvetta Reiter, Jeanette Reiter and Marion (Homer) Jewell; brothers-in-law, Francis Callahan, Lacy Godwin, Bob Brotheridge and LeRoy Lyons and two nieces, Susan and Linda Lyons; mother and father-in-law, William and Lucille Powers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Jo) Powers, Rosemary (Lloyd) Valley and Larry (Carmen) Powers and a niece, Michelle Powers.

An Anna Mae Powers Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 5th floor nurses, doctors and staff at Finley Hospital, especially Nurse Chrissy and Dr. Boone, Deacon Jim and Mary Schmidt at Resurrection Church and to the EMT and first responders for their exceptional care and compassion.



Helen L. Metcalf


Helen L. (Roth) Metcalf, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, follow a sudden illness, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Helen was born on October 2, 1939 in East Dubuque, the daughter of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth.  She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1958.  Helen was united in marriage to Ronald Metcalf on November 23, 1968 at St. Mary's Church.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 2014.

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its' Altar & Rosary Society. Helen was employed at Frommelt's, later known as Rite Hite in Dubuque for 18 years.

Helen was known for her big heart, and putting others first before herself.  She enjoyed shopping and traveling with friends and relatives, going to the movies, car rides and out for dinner with her grandchildren, and the special times spent with Abigail and her great granddaughter, Lilly Ann. Helen loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events and cheering them on.  "Her pride and joy, and the apple of her eye was her great-grandchild, Lilly Ann".

Surviving is her son, Bradley J. Metcalf of East Dubuque; four grandchildren, Abigail (fiancé Jordan Block), Samuel, Isabel and Laila Sue; one great grandchild, Lilly Ann Metcalf-Block; her sister, Darlene Gibson; inlaws, Margie Roth, Lois Roth, Ed Splinter, and Victoria Metcalf all of East Dubuque, and Jean (Derald) Schrobilgen of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine & Freda; her husband, Ron; a daughter, Sara Ann Metcalf on September 17, 2008, siblings, Johnnie Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Amby, Louie, Wayne, Don and Edward Roth; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard & Helen (Maury) Metcalf; and sister-in-law, Doris Splinter.

In lieu of flowers, a Helen L. Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Carla J. Rhomberg


Carla Jean Rhomberg, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

According to her wishes no public visitation or service will be held. Carla didn't want anyone crying over her, she wanted her family and friends to remember her memories and celebrate her life. Her youngest daughter Suzanne along with her siblings will be planning a celebration of Carla's life on her birthday, May 8th. Any questions please feel free to call 563-542-6662.

She was born on May 8, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Edith (Larson) Cupps. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and in 1966 married Ronald L. Rhomberg in Dubuque. She worked as a waitress, a housekeeper and an in-home care provider.

Carla loved Christ, spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed teaching her grandkids different crafts. She also enjoyed sewing, reborning dolls, and doing crafts along with spending time with her pigs, Benny, Jake and Rosie.

She is survived by her husband Ronald; her children, Suzanne (Gary) Miller-Rhomberg, Angella Rhomberg, Tonya (Paul Stant) Kieler, Stacy Rhomberg, Sean Rhomberg and Jonathan Rhomberg. Grandchildren, Dylan and Michael Dean, Cash Yeoger, Tony Shaffar, Trenton Avenarius, Ashley (Jessica) Yoeger, Shauna Ray Peterson and Stormy Yeoger; two great granddaughters Haylee and Malinda Peterson. Siblings, Wendy Mullen, Bonnie Fink, and Chris Cupps.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Ronald "Boy" Rhomberg; a grandson Daniel "D.J." Peterson; siblings, Albert (Jenny) Cupps, David and Leroy Cupps; Sandy Kuhn and Judith Cupps.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Leonard Funeral Home. A special thank you to her husband, children and grandchildren for caring for Carla at home and having her last days be as best as they can be.

A Carla Jean Rhomberg memorial fund will be established and memorials may be sent to 2675 Kerper Blvd.



Edna M. (Hawe Haynes) Hammerand


Edna M. (Hawe Haynes) Hammerand, 95, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 26, 2018 at Center Grove United Methodist Church in Dubuque. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Edna was born May 31, 1922 in Dubuque County the daughter of Robert and Wilhelmina (Wall) Hawe. She married Warren Haynes and later married Alfred H. Hammerand on August 6, 1977; he passed on September 14, 2001.

Edna was a school teacher first in a country school in Delhi, Greeley and finally in the West Delaware School System in Manchester before retiring.

She enjoyed flowers, going to auctions, garage sales, dancing and playing euchre.

Survivors include her daughters, Janice (Don) Dehn of Manchester, Julie Kremer of Clinton, and Joyce (John) Flanagan of Ryan; 6 grandchildren, Heather Davis, Deidra (Robert) Hundley, Tracy (John) Boardman, Paul (Amanda) Dehn, John (Krista) Flanagan, and Matt (Windy) Kremer; 12 great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Anita (Danny) Gouge of Bristol, Florida; 3 step-grandchildren, Rod ( Amy Smith) Hammerand, Rick (Sandra) Hammerand, and Jimmy (Mia) Minton; 1 4 step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 brothers, Elmer (Gladys) Hawe and Robert (Mary) Hawe; 2 step-sons, Merlin and Melvin Hammerand.

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

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



Robert F. Fisher


Robert F. "Bob" Fisher, 95, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on November 6, 1922, on the family farm, the son of Fred and Bess (Michael) Fisher.

Bob graduated from Edgewood High School on May 22, 1940. He then worked for a couple years before enlisting in the United States Army. He honorably served his country during World War II, landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day Plus 3 and participating in the Battle of the Bulge.

On June 1, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Rayma Pilgrim in Earlville. Two children were born to this union. The couple farmed, living south of Strawberry Point for a year before moving north of Edgewood. Bob also worked as a clerk at the Edgewood post office and as a substitute rural mail carrier. In 1958, Bob and Rayma bought the home farm northeast of Edgewood. They moved to town in 1978.

The couple were members of Trinity United Methodist Church. Bob served as commander of the Edgewood American Legion Post #512 for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythian and a former board member for the SilverEdge Cooperative and Clayton County Farm Bureau. Bob also served as a Lodomillo Township Trustee and Township Clerk and received the Retired Dairy Producer Award.

Bob loved to fish. He was the grandkids biggest fan when they showed dairy cows at the county and state fairs. Most of all, Bob cherished time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rayma of Edgewood; his children, Bonnie (Steve) Sanders of Dubuque and David (Mary) Fisher of Edgewood; six grandchildren, Amanda Sanders (Bryant Tanguay), Mark (Sarah Borchart) Fisher, Chris (Lara) Sanders, Craig (Morgan) Fisher, Gina (Josh) Mashek, and Tyler Fisher; five great-grandchildren, with another baby due in August; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Keltner of Edgewood.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Fisher; his sisters, Teresa Mrazek and Irene DeLaHunt; his father- and mother-in-law, Ralph and Luella Pilgrim; and a brother-in-law, Robert Keltner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Edgewood Veteran's Memorial Fund.

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

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating.

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood.

Interment With Military Rites: Edgewood Cemetery - Edgewood, Iowa

 



Beatrice M. Payne


Beatrice M. Payne, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 20th, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensa officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass.

Bea was born on November 6, 1928 in Wisconsin the daughter of Virgil and Juanita (Alderman) McCollough. On October 17, 2003 she married John "Jerry" Payne at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She retired from the Dubuque Packing Company after 28 years. After retirement Bea went to school to become a cake decorator. She specialized in wedding cakes and even made her own wedding cake.

Bea was a loving mother who raised her six children on her own. She was the rock of the family, and was an amazing grandmother and aunt.

Bea enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and attending the casino on Saturday's with her son Ken and his wife Maureen. She loved to travel, and she spent winters in Texas for the last 13 years. Her greatest trip experience was traveling to Ireland where she was able to Kiss the Blarney Stone.

She is survived by her husband Jerry; her children, Gloria Harrison, Kathryn Luher, David (Gayle) Erickson, and Daniel Erickson all of Dubuque. Jerry's children, Alice Pregler, Jim (Jenny) Payne, and Steve (Kathy) Payne. Five grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and 4 step great grandchildren. Her siblings, Lyle (Jean) McCollough, Betty (Orville) Taylor, and Carol (Red) Auderer. Her brothers and sisters in laws, Tim (Myra) Payne, Ray (Colleen) Payne, Mary Johnson, Ann (Jack) Ginter, Ellen (Dave) Willis, Sheila (Larry) Blatz, Betty Payne and Karen Payne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Ken Erickson, two daughters Barbara Erickson and Sandra Kay Erickson; siblings, Jack McCollough, Larry McCollough, and Patricia McCollough; brothers-in-law Jack Payne, Billy Payne and sister-in-law Rita Ambrosy.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and to her doctor Sara Loetscher for all their wonderful care they gave to Bea.



James E. Walsh


James E. "Jim/JE" Walsh, 91, of Dubuque, reached his eternal destination surrounded by his wife and children Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Grand Meadows.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:00 am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be Thursday 3 to 7 pm with a wake service at 6:45 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

James was born January 8, 1927 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Rita (Ryan) Walsh. While attending Loras Academy Jim was active in the ROTC. After graduation from high school Jim enlisted in the US Army and served in the Philippines during WWII. He attended North Dakota State, Kansas State and Loras College.

Jim married his best friend and love of his life Geraldine Roethig on October 16, 1948 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Together they had nine children - just enough for him to field his own baseball team which is always a bonus to a diehard Cubs fan.

Jim recognized the importance of family time. He loved caring for his dream home and could be found every Friday riding the John Deere as he and his children manicured the 5 acre lawn. Saturdays he was often armed with the chain saw as he groomed trees and shrubs. The Sunday ritual included piling all of the kids into a station wagon for a ride around the city and county. Even after the kids left home, Jim and Geri could be seen cruising in his red convertible. Jim always enjoyed hosting large get-togethers and barbeques at the house. Any time he had a family gathering he would start up a football, baseball or basketball game for the grandkids. After the games ended he would hook up the wagon to the tractor and give the youngest children rides around the yard.

Jim raised his family on a firm well-balanced foundation of the importance of family, work, service, and sports. His final legacy will be the lessons he taught us about loving life, embracing change and confronting adversity. 

Jim took great pride in his role at Bird Chevrolet Company beginning in 1947. He served as President of the company from 1968 to 2008 and Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2015. Jim truly loved the business and had a true passion for the automobile business. He could usually be found meandering around the show room floor greeting potential customers and joking with the old familiar faces. He knew the value of his employees, chatting with them to find out about their lives and problems. Jim always had a quick wit, and laughter often punctuated those conversations. Along with his time at Bird Chevrolet, Jim served on the board of the former First National Bank. 

This desire to serve others was another key element in Jim's life, which led him to become active in many aspects of his community. Among the many organizations he was a member of were The American Legion Dubuque Post 6, Knights of Columbus, and the Dubuque Lions Club. He also served as president for the latter. Jim was also actively involved with Project Concern in Dubuque, the Boys Club where he served as president, and Junior Achievement. He was a member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, Thunder Hills Country Club and the Dubuque New Car Dealers Association. Jim was the driving force, founder and past president of the Westside Business and Professional Mens' Association. Recognizing the importance of his faith in his life, he became a Charter member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Jim enjoyed a good round of golf with his friends or family. He also loved watching all sports as well as playing them. As an avid Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed using his season tickets to attend multiple sporting events. Family vacations were often planned around the Chicago Cubs baseball schedule.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Geraldine Walsh of Dubuque, nine children, Tim (Connie) Walsh, David (Judy) Walsh, Jane (Chuck) Northup, James A. Walsh, Mike (Christine/Tina) Walsh, and John (Renee Wedewer) Walsh, all of Dubuque, Kathy (Rick Venable) Brothers of Pleasant Valley, IA, Tom (Carman) Walsh of Iowa City, IA, and Mary (Mike) Hermansen of Shorewood, MN; 20 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three siblings, Michael (Mary Alice) Walsh, Ellen Schlueter and Sr. Catherina Walsh BVM.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Ann Pufahl and Kathy Walsh, two brother-in-law's Werner Pufahl and Bob Schlueter.

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

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials will be distributed to Jim's favorite charities. 

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Runde and his staff for their compassionate care and attention. A special thank you for the staff at Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Jim and the support they gave to the family.



Sucyn A. Tenney


Sucyn "Sue"A. Tenney, 86 of Dyersville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Sucyn's family services are private.  A Memorial service for Sucyn are pending at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dyersville. 

Sucyn was born August 28, 1931 in Albert Lea, MN the daughter of Albert and Selma (Anderson) Ehlert.  She married Harold D. Tenney on September 24, 1949 in Spring Valley, MN.  She was a waitress in many area restaurants.  She collected teddy bears.  She was a very cheerful person who had a strong spirit.

Survivors include her 4 children: Julie Tenney of Dyersville, Robert Tenney of Dyersvlle, Barbara (Henry) Mills of Forest City, Jefferey (Lori) Tenney of Vinton, 5 grandchildren: Shay Tenney, Hattie Mills, Thomas Mills, Ian Tenney, Kyle Tenney and brother-in-law, John Steffen of Farley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold in 1999, daughter-in-law, Darlene Tenney in 2008, granddaughter, Lisa Tenney, siblings: Barbara Steffen, Wally Ehlert and Mary Ehlert.

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

 

 



Dorothy N. Maiers


Dorothy N. Maiers, 85 of Dyersville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dorothy was born June 7, 1932, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Irene (Koelker) Dingbaum.  She married Merlin "Dixie" Maiers on April 14, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville.  He preceded her in death in 1977.  She remained on the acreage near Worthington until she moved to Dyersville in 1983.  She waitressed at the Cardinal Lounge and the Shot Tower Restaurant, worked as a CNA at the Dyersville Hospital and was a cashier at Theisen's in Dyersville for 22 years until her retirement in 2002.

Dorothy was an avid card player and enjoyed going to the casino.  She was proud to have been able to put her children through Catholic Schools and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Diane (Steve) Seim of New Richmond, WI, Karen Maiers of Stillwater, MN, Jolene (Jon) Feltz of Beaman, IA, Wayne (Kelly) Maiers of North Liberty, IA, Bruce (Gail) Maiers of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jason (Michelle) Maiers of Manchester, IA, and Dennis (Shawn) Maiers, Kyle (Robyn) Maiers and Jeff (Tricia) Maiers, all of Dyersville; 18 grandchildren: Becky, Nicki, Josh, Mariah, Chapin, Adeline, Jessica, Jeremiah,  Jenna, Michael, Sage, Heather, Nicholas, Tyler, Sarah, Chance, Tori and Mia; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings: Lester Dingbaum of Manchester, Veryl Voss of Guttenberg, Rita (John) Garside of Dubuque, and a sister-in-law, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merlin, siblings: Alver Dingbaum, Julie (Leo) Gerken and Therese (Bill) Gibbs; in-laws: Anthony Voss, Virgie Dingbaum, Norma (Fred) Wessels and Gladys (Virgil) Knipper.

We would like to thank the staffs of Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

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

 

 



Frederick Charles Smith


Frederick Charles Smith, 88, of Dubuque, returned home on Monday, February 19, 2018. He has escaped the confines of his imprisonment with Alzheimer's disease. Fred was a friend to all and an enemy to none.

Fred is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Joyce, and their son, Kevin (Tessa) Smith.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 22, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Fred was born in Garden Grove, IA, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Stiles) Smith. He was the oldest of three sons, and was preceded in death by his brothers Richard and Bert. Though growing up in meager surroundings, his mother's influence as a teacher formed Fred's ambition for studies. He excelled at Garden Grove School and was president of his graduating class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953. He served in Mannheim, Germany as part of the Psychological Warfare Department. He often reminisced about his younger, single days with his comrades-in-arms in Germany where he often said he "fought the war with a pencil". After his discharge, Fred returned to Iowa where he attended Iowa's Teacher College (University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, graduated in 1955, and later obtained his Master of Arts in Education in 1960.

After graduation, Fred met, courted, and married Joyce (Teeple) of Waterloo in 1957. A year later, their son Kevin was welcomed into their lives.

He taught elementary school in Garrison, IA and then moved and lived in Tripoli where he split his time working as Principal at Tripoli and Fredericka Elementary Schools. Fred sought and received a position with the Dubuque Community School System, and the family moved to Dubuque in 1966. In Dubuque, Fred served as Principal for Audubon (1966-1968) and Eisenhower (1968-1984). He retired as Principal from Marshall in 1991.

Fred loved his community, his fellow teachers, and the students. He was an engaged and fair Principal. He cared for the well-being and the future of his students and teachers, and at times went out of his way to help a struggling co-worker or student. After his retirement, it was not unusual to hear his hearty laugh when he was approached by past students and co-workers who would recall the experiences they shared.

Fred loved to fish and as a Dubuquer, loved his Euchre. Keeping involved with the schools, for twenty-five years Fred was a lineman for the football games held at Senior High. And for several years you could find Fred and Joyce kicking up their heels to big-band music at the Cock'n Bull. His most cherished were his wife and son, but he also loved his Boston Terriers, of which he owned five over the years: Lady, Princess, Angel, Molly, and Sadie. And let's not forget the Hawkeyes; Go Hawks!

Fred will be missed but is now free of the earthly binds. He is with his family, friends, and Boston Terriers. I can now hear his laugh that has been silent for too long. Fred is also survived by his step-grandchildren, Kyoko (Christian) Felland and Kalen (Randi) Bales.

Kevin and Joyce would like to thank everyone at Hawkeye Care Center for all their hard work and care over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, all gifts will be donated to Alzheimer's Association.

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



Doris O. Weis


Doris O. Weis, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, February 16, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Doris will be held at 3:30 P.M., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2:30 P.M. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Doris O. Jessen was born on March 31, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Hans and Lulu (Taylor) Jessen. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Marvin J. Weis on July 7, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doris was a homemaker and had worked for Howard Woods at Iowa Production Credit Association in Maquoketa as a secretary and office assistant for several years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, the Joinerville Boat Club and the Maquoketa Garden Club.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Marvin J. Weis of Maquoketa, IA; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Davis of Metairie, LA, Coletta Littell of Eldgridge, IA and Velma and Dale Hovey of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Francis Wygie Jessen and Arlene Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris O. Weis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



C. Howard Rogers


C. Howard Rogers, 81, of Cascade, IA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his home in Cascade, IA.

Friends and relatives of Howard may call from 11 to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, IA, where arrangements are pending.
Services for Howard will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, with Sr. Jane Rogers and Sr. Marlene McDonnell presiding. Burial will held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Howard was born September 5, 1936 in Monticello, IA, son of Charles and Margaret (O'Shea) Rogers. He received his education from country schools and St. Martin's Elementary and graduated from St. Martin's High School. Howard served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.

On September 7, 1963 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Fisher in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ottumwa, IA. 

He was a lifelong farmer and he also worked for Robertson Seco for 25 years until his retirement.

Howard loved helping others, taking them to doctors and dialysis appointments. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years. He was an avid Notre Dame Football and Chicago Cubs Baseball fan. Howard was a wonderful storyteller and enjoyed telling stories to his family and friends. He enjoyed playing poker and bowling.
He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post # 528 and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Rogers of Cascade, IA; two children, Bernadette (Pete) Merchlewitz of Fountain City, WI and their son, Sean Merchlewitz, Michael (Tien) Rogers of Claymont, DE and their children Kevin and Jared Rogers; 3 step-grandchildren, Jana (Kellen) Haynes, Jacob (Sarah) Merchlewitz and Josh (Special Friend Nikki) Merchlewitz; 6 step-great grandchildren with one more on the way in May; one sister, Sr. Jane Rogers of Dubuque, IA; two brothers-in-law, Carl Fisher of CA, and Tom Fisher of Ottumwa, IA; one sister-in-law, Andrea (Special Friend George Hopkins) Dalbey of Ottumwa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Winfred and Hazel Fisher; two sons, Sean Rogers on May 10, 1972 and Kevin Rogers on November 24, 1996; one brother, Leo Rogers; two sisters, Patricia Rogers and Annabelle (Jim) Cigrand.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The family would like to give a Special Thank You to the Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela for all the wonderful care and support they have given.

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



Lynn L. Disney


Lynn L. Disney, 85, of Grinnell, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, Iowa.

A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, February 23, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lynn Lamont Disney was born on January 4, 1933 in Wellman, Iowa, to Lester and Opal (Green) Disney. He was a 1950 graduate of Wellman High School and then received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a Double Major in education from Iowa Wesleyan University in 1954. He then received his Masters in 1963 from the University of Iowa with additional postgraduate studies being done at Western Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa and Bemidji State College. He also enlisted in the Army Reserves serving for nine years. He married his college sweetheart, Norma J. Topp on June 26, 1955 in Radcliffe, Iowa, and to this union two children were born: Brian and Rhonda.

Lynn spent over forty years in education serving as an instructor, coach and administrator. He taught his first nine years at Keota, Keswick and Ainsworth. In August of 1963 he began a 32 year career with the Maquoketa School District. From 1969 to 1983 he was the Assistant Principal at the Maquoketa Middle School, and from 1983 until retiring in 1995 he served as the Principal. Lynn and Norma also owned and operated "Disney's Shoe Barn" in Maquoketa for 7 years.

Through the years Lynn had served on many educational and community boards some of which included the Maquoketa Education Association serving as a past president, Iowa Education Association, School Administrators of Iowa Area IX, Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM serving as a past Master, and the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Lynn enjoyed serving on committees, showing horses, playing any card game especially Euchre, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing, and attending grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor Lynn's memory include his children, Brian (Bonnie) Disney of State Center, IA, and Rhonda (Galyn) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; 4 grandchildren, Joseph (Brittni) Disney, David Disney, and Teresa Disney, and Trey Gohlmann; 2 great-grandchildren, Bailey and Brody; a sister, Loretta (Don) Gardner of Washington, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Carole Topp of Radcliffe, IA, and Mary Lou Topp of Hubbard, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Ray, and his wife Norma on May 13, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lynn L. Disney memorial fund has been established.

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



Alicia Rose Vandermillen


Alicia Rose Vandermillen, 26, of Dubuque, IA became an angel on February 16, 2018. The University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City took exceptional care of Alicia before she surrendered to compilations from Pneumonia. The family would like to thank them and the staff of the Finley Hospital in Dubuque for their excellent care.

To celebrate Alicia's life, you are welcome to pay your respects from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with a short memorial service to follow at 7pm. There will be a private burial ceremony held on Wednesday morning at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Alicia's precious life began on October 3, 1991. She was born in Dubuque to Mike Vandermillen and Kelly Uhlrich who will always thank God for the privilege of being her parents.

Though she was brilliant, she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School by the skin of her teeth after being bribed by her mother with a trip to Mexico. She played by her own rules and knew she could wrap anyone and anything (including her diploma) around her finger with one flash of her beautiful smile. That's our girl.
Beyond that smile, captivating eyes, and incomparable beauty, Alicia was born with more compassion then could ever be taught. She was adored by all those that she had the pleasure to care for as Certified Nursing Assistant. The crankier the patient, the more of a challenge, the more determined Alicia was to win them over. And she always did.

Alicia was fiercely loyal, remarkably compassionate, determined, stubborn, loving, and of course a force to always be reckoned with - she was truly her father's daughter. Alicia had an unwavering love for every animal and as much candy as she could get her hands on. Alicia enjoyed shopping and while she had enough clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry to outfit half of the country, she always seemed to find another reason to "pop some tags".
Alicia loved her family unconditionally. She was affectionately called "Bear" by her Daddy who was her ultimate protector and champion. Her momma Kelly was Alicia's biggest fan and in reverence, Alicia would scold anyone using the Lord's name in vain. Her stepdad Greg instilled a love for both the American Flag and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Alicia was a favorite of her grandparents and had a special bond with her Aunts Lynda "Nina" and Melissa.

The love of her life, her best friend, and partner in crime was her brother, Michael Henry. And vice versa, as evidenced by the tattoos they each bear of the other's name. Michael gave her two beautiful nephews, Jace and Liam. No one will ever be able to replace the huge spot in his heart he has for her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Mike Vandermillen and Kelly and Greg Uhlrich; her beloved brother Michael and his sons Jace and Liam; and step-brother Dakota. Alicia's Grandparents are Larry and Rose Abresch, Joe and Sandy Vandermillen and step-grandpa Paul Uhlrich. She is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins who loved her so very much.

Alicia was met in heaven by her Uncle Kenny, Aunt Beth, Great Uncle Ray and Greg's mom Pat.

In lieu of flowers please be kinder than necessary to everyone you meet, regardless of their circumstance, and especially if they are Grandpa's age. That's what she would have wanted.

Tough it out, that was Alicia's attitude. It is our wish for all who read this to not take for granted the smallest sign of a true illness and please go to the Doctor. Even the strong fall.



Raymond F. Vincent


Raymond F. "Ray" Vincent, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m., on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Ray's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ray was born on May 19, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Alfred P. and Irene M. (Stuart) Vincent.

Ray was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1965. He would go on to work in manufacturing, primarily as a supervisor, until his automobile accident in 1981. Ray would sadly not return to the working world, but instead began enjoying the more simple pleasures in life. After moving to Dickeyville in the mid 1980's, Ray quickly discovered a little trip over to McDonald's in Platteville for coffee could easily brighten his day. Stopping at the wayside along the way back to work a few puzzles and check his lotto tickets would also break up the day in a satisfying way. He definitely enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, always had a comment to be shared whenever he felt it was needed, and really just took every opportunity to be the Ray he wanted to be. Our hearts are heavy today with the physical absence of Ray from our daily lives, but we know that he has had a long and bumpy ride along his 70 year earthly journey and that he can finally enjoy true peace and perfection. May God bless you Ray until we meet again, and thank you for all the memories you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Ray's memory include

his siblings,
Carol (friend Ron) Keller, Potosi, WI,
Patrick (Karen) Vincent, Sturtavant, WI
and Karen O'Rourke, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Irvin "Butch" Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Jeanne (Carl) Klaeska, Jr., Rose Valentine and Marie Vincent; and 2 brothers-in-law, Roger McIntyre Sr. and Ron McIntyre Sr.

In lieu of flowers, a Raymond F. "Ray" Vincent memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ray's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care for their kindness and professional care of Ray, and his family.

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



Sr. Isabel Miller

Sister Isabel Miller, BVM (Acarda), 96, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Feb. 17, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a community prayer and funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Isabel taught elementary school in Waterloo, Boone, Des Moines, and Council Bluffs, Iowa; Chicago, Maywood, and Rock Island, Ill.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Butte, Mont.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Clarksdale, Miss. She was learning center teacher in Muscatine, Iowa, and volunteer in Chicago.

She was born in Davenport, Iowa, on Aug. 5, 1921, to Nicholas and Anna Scheckel Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Mary Parish, Davenport. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Norman and James Miller; and sisters Genevieve Miller, Mildred Johnson, and Anna Marie Langenecker. She is survived by a brother, John (Charlene) Miller, Davenport; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 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 https://www.bvmcong.org/support_donate.cfm.

Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Constance L. Saffran


Constance Lee "Connie" Saffran, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 17, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Family and friends may gather from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Connie was born on August 31, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Milo and Rosemary (Westercamp) Weber. She married George Saffran on June 26, 1962 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 29th, 2018.

She worked at Marian Hall at Mount Carmel until her retirement.

She is survived by her three children, Karen (Ron) Barker, George (Stacy) Saffran, and Steve (Janie Berendes) Saffran. Grandchildren, Lindsay, Laura, Amber, and Lacey. Great grandchildren, Jayden, Jeep, Ella, Lucy, Lydia, Addyson, Evie, and Charlie. Siblings, Randy (Chub) Weber, Sandy (Dick) Ansel, Danny (Marianne) Weber, and Janelle (Dennis) Duwe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother Ronnie Weber.

The family wishes to thank the UW Madison Hospital doctors, nurses and staff for all their wonderful care they gave to Connie.



Daniel G. Dalsing


Daniel G. Dalsing, 63, of Platteville, WI, formerly of Kieler, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Our House Assisted Living Center in Platteville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Donald Lange concelebrating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018 and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Dan was born on January 19, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Cletus H. and Frieda (Ihm) Dalsing. He graduated from Southwestern High School in Hazel Green, WI.

Dan worked at Timmerman's Supper Club for many years, and then worked at Kirchoff Distributing Co., now called 7-G. He really enjoyed being one of their "Fans".

He is survived by his sister Mary Kay (Bob) Helbing of Platteville; his sister-in-laws, Lorraine Dalsing, Peg Dalsing and Donna Dalsing; and 10 nieces and nephews and their families.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Frieda; brothers, Ken, Clete and Jim; sister-in-law, Jane (Dominy) Dalsing; and a nephew, Kent Dalsing.

In lieu of flowers, a Dan Dalsing memorial fund has been established.

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



Marion E. Hosch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Melvin L. Schmidt


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Melvin's memory include

his loving wife,
Ora Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Julita M. Kinley


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Julita Kinley Memorial Fund has been established.



Richard Daughetee


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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Richard Daughetee Memorial Fund.

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

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

 



Katherine J. Elsner

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

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

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

 



Pauline Crimmins


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Leonard H. Wynkoop


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bernard E. Necas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bette Schrobilgen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Joan A. Lasche


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

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

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

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

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

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



Melvin J. Hammerand


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Patricia Ann Kemler


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ronald Duster


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Sharon L. Heller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thomas A. Ries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Gerald W. Doyle


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Earl J. Brehm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kenneth J. Dietz


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

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

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

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

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

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

A Kenneth J. Dietz Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



David N. Joy


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Dave's memory include

his wife,
Terri Joy, Kieler, WI;

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

his grandsons,
Noah Duerksen and Archer Huekels;

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

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

and many nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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



Mary Elizabeth Eiffes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Mary A. Hinkel


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

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

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

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

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her loving husband,
Kenneth Hinkel, Dubuque, IA;

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lucas A. Kalb


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



Mary Therese O’Connell


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Marion A. Beadle


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Marion's memory include

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Peggy J. Haas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Bob Schuster


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

 



Harold D. Davis


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kathleen F. Birch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Jesse James Lutgen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Millie Hoerner


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Irene C. Theobald


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

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

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

and 32 great-grandchildren.

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

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

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

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

 



Donald A. Riesberg


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wayne A. Ring


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

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

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

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

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

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



Richard L. Wagner


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

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

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

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

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

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

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

Richard Wagner memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Marvin J. Rolfes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Janet D. Howell


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Jeane E. Mika


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Dennis U. Recker


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Joey R. Adams


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

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

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

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

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

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



Rodney E. Benedix


Rodney E. "Rod" Benedix, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Rod's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, February 9, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Rodney Eugene Benedix was born on October 5, 1955 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Dale Eugene and Dolores Virginia (Wendel) Benedix. Rod was a 1973 graduate of Moville, Iowa High School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1977 and his music endorsement from Loras College in Dubuque in 1992.

He married Rebecca Ann Conry on July 28, 1979 in Moville, Iowa and they had two children, Ashley Ann-Marie and Katherine JoAnn.

Rod first worked as the K-5 Elementary Music Instructor for the Midland Community Schools from 1992 to 1998. He then became the 6th thru 8th grade Vocal Music Instructor for Maquoketa Community Schools from 1998 to 2014. 

Rod was of the Lutheran faith being baptized on November 27, 1955 in Correctionville, Iowa, and confirmed on May 4, 1969 in Holstein, Iowa. He had been a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where he had served as a part-time organist from 1983 to 2017.

He had also been a former member of the Iowa State Education Association and the Iowa Choral Directors Association.

Rod loved his family and especially loved giving presents at Christmas and birthdays. He especially enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner with his Aunt Katherine for 20 years, having lunch with Katie, always knowing that Ashley had his back, watching Becky change the decorating in the house each and every holiday, taking his mom out to lunch at Red Lobster and shopping with her at Younkers, and family time with his girls.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Benedix of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Ashley Ann-Marie Benedix of Beaver Dam, WI, and Katherine JoAnn Benedix of Marion, IA; his mother Dolores Benedix of Moville, IA; brothers, Steven Benedix of Renton, WA, Kelly (Suzanne) Benedix of Moville, IA, and Brian (Rochelle Ehlers) Benedix of Moville, IA; sisters, Lisa (Eric) Hunter of Federal Way, WA, and Kimberly (Alberto) Laureano of Temple, TX; step-mother-in-law, Joyce Conry of Orange City, IA; brother-in-law, Dennis (Rita) Conry of Moville, IA; sisters-in-law, Leanna Bottger of Moville, IA, and Janette Conry of West Des Moines, IA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and special canine granddogs, Cali and Betsy; and grandcat, Tigger.

He was preceded in death by his father Dale Benedix, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Shirley Conry, maternal grandparents Emile and Ida Wendel, paternal grandparents Fred and Marie Benedix, and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rodney E. "Rod" Benedix memorial fund has been established with funds being divided towards the following: a scholarship for a Maquoketa High School graduate who is a continuing vocal music major, First Lutheran Church Choir fund, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville, Iowa towards the kitchen fund.

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



Kathleen M. Brimeyer


Kathleen M. "Kay" Brimeyer, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at home surrounded by her family from complications of Cardiac Amyloidosis.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Kay was born on January 30th, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of M.J. and Mamie (Powers) Haley. She attended the Visitation Academy and graduated from St. Joseph Academy.

She married Paul Brimeyer on April 24, 1965 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque and together they raised four wonderful children.

Kay worked as a Registered Nurse for many years for the Dubuque area hospitals; and lastly worked for the activity department at Luther Manor for many years.

She enjoyed reading, lunch outings and anything to do with her family members.

Kay is survived by her husband Paul; four children, Scott (Lisa) Brimeyer and Randy (Carrie) Brimeyer, both of Dubuque, Pam (Jay) Zimmer, of Asbury, and Jeff (Sue) Brimeyer, of Belvidere, IL; nine of the best grandchildren anyone could ever have, Justin (Jade Fiedler) Brimeyer, Emily Brimeyer, Luke (Britta) Brimeyer, Sarah Brimeyer, Steve Brimeyer, Molly (Mitch) Boge, Morgan (Dyllon Phillips) Zimmer, Madisen Zimmer, and Michael Zimmer, along with two great grandchildren; her siblings, Mag (Donnie) Hayes and Mike Haley both of Dubuque; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty (Clemie) Pins, Hubert "J.R." (Rose) Brimeyer, Larry Powers, Janet (Paul) Reiss and Barb (Lyle) Kramer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph Brimeyer, Marguerite Brimeyer, Florence (LaVerne) Simon, Dick (Susie) Brimeyer, Anna Mae Powers, Bill (Bev) Brimeyer, Helen Brimeyer, and Mary (Clete) Simon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Mayo Clinic for further research.

The family wishes to thank the entire medical staff at Rochester Mayo Clinic in Madison for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Delores M. Klein


Delores M. "Dee" Klein, age 85, of Dubuque, and formerly of Rickardsville, was called home peacefully at 3:15 p.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dee's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville, Iowa, with Rev. Richard G. Gaul officiating. To celebrate Dee's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dee was born on November 12, 1932, in Key West, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Anna (Pohl) Snodgrass.

Dee grew up on the family farm in Key West with her 2 sisters. She was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1950, where she received several awards for her short hand skills. Dee would put those talents to good use in the offices of several companies over the years of her working career. Delores married her first love, Douglas C. Taylor, in Dubuque on January 3, 1953, and they would be blessed with 2 sons before he was sadly called home ahead of her much too soon in March of 1963. Thankfully, Dee would find love once again with Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein, and the two would marry on May 11, 1979, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque and unite their two families with a common bond of love and devotion. They lived briefly on the Klein farm near Rickardsville before eventually moving directly into the city limits of Rickardsville. Dee's faith was an integral part of her life, and she was a long-time member of St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, and their Rosary Society. The simple things in life brought Dee great joy and she was well known for her gardening skills, along with her culinary skills in the kitchen. She cherished her friendships and always looked forward to her next outing with her girlfriends for lunch, and maybe even a little retail therapy. Most of all though, Dee loved her family; they all meant the world to her and gathering the entire family together for any kind of event was sure to bring an ear to ear smile to Dee's face. We will deeply miss our sweet wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but take comfort in the fact that we will all be reunited once again in our greatest family reunion being held in our Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Dee's memory include

her husband,
Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Robert (Chris) Taylor, Sioux City, IA,
Gary Taylor, North Carolina,
Michael (Sue) Klein, Epworth, IA,
Patrick Klein, Rickardsville, IA,
Lynne (Andy) Thomas, Dubuque, IA,
William (Mary) Klein, Peosta, IA,
Barbara (Ted) Maiers, Holy Cross, IA,
Beverly (Mark) Leibfried, Rickardsville, IA
Gregory Klein, Rickardsville, IA
and Paul (Cyd) Klein, Rickardsville, IA;

a sister,
Helen (Jim) Neuwohner, Osage, IA;

21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband, Douglas Taylor; a sister, Donna (Don) Herbst; and a son, Tom Klein.

In lieu of flowers, a Delores M. "Dee" Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dee's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided Dee, Whitey and her family throughout the years.

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

 



Pearl A. Kauffmann


Pearl A. Kauffmann, 88 of Farley, Iowa peacefully entered the gates of heaven to join her husband on Saturday, February 3, 2018 surrounded by her loving and supportive family at her home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Pearl may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 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 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Pearl will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding and Rev. John Ptacek concelebrating. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born August 12, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arnold and Alvina (Nauman) Schueller. She received her education from Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa. She was united in marriage on July 9, 1949 to Robert R. Kauffmann at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2006, Pearl has anxiously awaited to be reunited with Bob in heaven.

Pearl was a loving wife, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; devoted farm-wife and homemaker. Together with her husband they started farming in Asbury after uniting in marriage and moved to Farley to continue farming in 1976 where they later retired. She was an avid card player- Euchre and Rummy were her favorite games. She always bragged about having the cutest grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pearl touched the lives of many and was considered "Grandma Pearl" to all that met her. Pearl always had an open door for her many visitors who never left hungry or thirsty, up until her final days.

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

She is survived by two sons, Dave (Sandy) Kauffmann of Sherrill, IA, Rick (LuAnn) Kauffmann of Farley, IA; four daughters, Deb (Dan) Brimeyer of Balltown, IA, Jane (Marv) Schueller of Sherrill, IA, Nancy (Jerry) Pins of Peosta, IA, Teresa (Joe) Hosch of Farley, IA; 18 grandchildren, Dennis (Jessica) Kauffmann, Danielle (Pat) McIlrath, Jodi (Roger) Kress, Jessi (Kyle) Schipper, Denice (Andy) Genthe, Derek (Shannon) Brimeyer, Jill (Kevin) Hoeger, Jerry (Stephanie) Kauffmann, Daryl Kauffmann, Justin (Krystle) Schueller, Julie (Robbie) Kluesner, Wesley (Nicole) Pins, Jenna (Matt) Hosch, Rachael (Dusty) Ploessl, Alex (Sara) Pins, Amber (Coedy) Zuercher, Dillon (Keri) Hosch, and Hannah Hosch; 34 great grandchildren with two on the way; two sisters, Donna (Glen) Koetz and Alvina"Butch" (Don) Skelton both of Dubuque, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maurice "Hap" (Bernette) Kauffmann and Roger Kauffmann both of Dubuque, IA. Mary Margaret Kauffmann of Denver, CO.

She is preceded in death by her Parents; her Husband; two brothers, Raymond (Mary) Schueller and Walter "Pete" (Marie) Schueller; one sister, Delores (Philip) Kauffmann; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bert Kauffmann, Mary (Wilfred) Bradshaw and Joyce Nemmers.

A special thank-you to all her family and friends for all the good times they shared, card games they played and the memories they made. Thank you to Sr. Sharon Kelchen for always "staying in touch". Also, a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, therapists, Farley EMS and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care they gave to Pearl. Grandma Pearl's journey home was truly blessed by three special granddaughters in our family who are nurses, Thank-you Rachael, Jessi and Jill.

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



Marilyn Hallenbeck


Marilyn Hallenbeck, 97, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018 at home.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Lillian Daniel will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded.

Marilyn was born June 27, 1920 in Laurens IA, the daughter of George Weston and Dorothy Ester (Perry) Moor. On June 12, 1941 she married John P. Hallenbeck, the son of Harry E. and Florence M. (Wade) Hallenbeck Waterloo, Iowa.

She graduated from Laurens High School and continued her education at the Iowa State Teachers College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in June 1941 and obtained her Secondary Teachers Certificate. She served her country in the U.S. Army during World War II. She and John lived in Texas, California, Wisconsin and Florida and finally returned to Iowa where they lived until their deaths.  Marilyn was employed as a Special Education Teacher in the Dubuque Community School District. Into her early 90's Marilyn continued to enjoy volunteering as a Foster Grandparent at Irving Elementary School in the mornings and then went to "rock the babies" at Finley Day Care in the early afternoons.

Marilyn loved to travel with John and her family whenever she could.  She and John especially liked taking cruises in the Caribbean visiting new places.  With the children it was the era of the "road trips" across the USA!  Marilyn was an accomplished painter even though she would never admit it.  Well into her 90's she continued to paint whatever inspired her and gifting the paintings to family and friends.

Most of all Marilyn wanted to spend time with her family be it visits to her home, traveling with them or just those quiet times to talk.  She is survived by two children, Ron (Pam) Hallenbeck, and Deb (Pat) Hayes; three granddaughters, Katherine Hallenbeck, Sara (Dave) Miller, and Jen (Peter) Rosen and two grandsons, Greg (Nicky) Hallenbeck and Jim (Shawna) Hallenbeck; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her son, Gerry.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque who provided so much loving care in Marilyn's final days.

 

 



Darlene I. Crooks


Darlene Iris Crooks, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2018, at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6th, at the funeral home.

Darlene was born on July 5, 1941, in Decorah, Iowa the daughter of Floyd and Elsie (Kimber) Kipp. She graduated from Charles City High School in 1959. On February 9, 1963, she married Keith K. Crooks at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

She worked for the Dubuque Community Schools in food service at Hempstead High School. Darlene was a Member of Key City Sams Camping Club, the Northeast Iowa CB Club of Waterloo, past member of the Dubuque Eagles Club, along with the Charles City and Mason City CB Clubs.

Darlene enjoyed going to flea markets and making crafts. She loved spending time with her dog "Buddy".

She is survived by her husband Keith; three children, Richard R. (Noreen Daniels) Crooks, of Dubuque, Rhonda Robinson, of Brandon, Iowa, and Rodney (Amanda) Crooks, of Bernard, Iowa. Eleven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Two sisters Norma Engen, of Minnesota, and Frances (Mark) McCort, of Glendale, AZ; along with four brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Robert and Eva Mae Crooks and two brothers-in-law.



John M. Conley


John M. Conley, age 83 of Sherrill, Iowa, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Luther Manor of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Rev. Steven Lamb officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home. Burial and graveside services will be at Bethel Cemetery, Osterdock, Iowa.

John was born on April 15, 1934 in Colesburg, Iowa, the son of John E. and Marguerite (Roland) Conley. He married Donna Smith in Guttenberg, IA on August 7, 1951. They lived on a farm in Osterdock before moving to Dubuque in 1966. He was an electronic technician who worked at John Deere Dubuque Works 39 years before retiring in 1992. John was a great trouble shooter who could fix almost anything. He was a Jack-of-all-Trades and did master a lot of them. He could play almost any musical instrument however. The trumpet was his favorite which he played in the Frank Barry Band. John loved his 1947 Aeronca Champ airplane that he enjoyed flying in his younger years. He was a ham radio operator, WAODCB, and was a member of the Great River Amateur Radio Club. John designed and built his own house. He was a member of the Dubuque Astronomy Club and hosted their meetings on several occasions.

In the past John was on the Guttenberg School Board, the board at Center Grove United Methodist Church, a member of ARRL and UAW Local 94.

Surviving are his wife Donna of 66 years; daughter, Joanne Gebauer of Dubuque; son John "J.C." (Jeanne) Conley of Sherrill; 6 grandchildren: Jeff (Dr. Sarah) Gebauer of Steamboat Springs, CO, Jared (Rita Murray) Gebauer of Jackson Hole, WY, Sarah (Nick) Nelson of Belmond, IA, John David (Radquel Macalanda) Conley of Honolulu, HI, Samantha (John) Greene of Dubuque, IA, and Elizabeth (fiancé P.J. Donovan) Conley of Dubuque, IA; eleven great-grandchildren, Liam, Roman, Fiona, Eric, Cole, Elsie, Andrew, Peyton, Sterling, Zoey and Quelvid Kai.

Memorials may be given to Center Grove United Methodist Church.

The Conley family wishes to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care.

 



Daniel A. Bagge


Daniel A. Bagge, 80, of Dyersville formerly of Petersburg died Friday, February 2, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:30-9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Daniel was born May 8, 1937 in Petersburg on the family farm, the son of Joseph and Clara (Osterhaus) Bagge. He attended SS Peter & Paul Catholic School until 8th grade and graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School with the class of 1955. Daniel served in the United States Army Reserve after graduation. He married Myrna Lansing on September 19, 1964 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. He worked construction for a few years before moving to the home farm where he began his lifetime love of farming. He continued to help on the Bagge Family Farm for many years after his "retirement".

Danny's hobbies included playing Solo, his love of driving RED tractors, golfing with his friends and watching any sporting events on TV; especially the Dodgers, Vikings and Hawkeyes. He dearly loved his grandsons and made it a priority to attend all of their sporting events. Danny was a member of the Knights of Columbus and SS Peter & Paul Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna, children: Melanie (Tim) Krapfl, Matt (Tanya) and Mark (Shyla) Bagge all of the Petersburg area, 3 grandsons: Cameron Krapfl, Aiden and Alec Bagge, 2 sisters:Priscilla (LaVern) Moorman of Edgewood, and Mary Ellen Hoefler of Lamont, in-laws: Carol Bagge, and Joan (Tom) Jasper both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Elmer and Florence Lansing, siblings: Alice (Albert) Boeckenstedt, Pearl (Omer) Koelker, Jeanette (Cletus) Tauke, Jerome (Imogene) Bagge, Mila Bagge, Betty Bagge, Leon Bagge, Arnold Hoefler and 3 nephews, Bob Tauke, Mike Bagge and Joe Hoefler.

The family would like to thank the Bi County Ambulance for their quick response and Dubuque Mercy Hospital for the compassionate care he received.

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



Dorrance N. Roth


Dorrance N. Roth, 96, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Thursday evening, February 1, 2018 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena, IL.

Private family services and burial will be held at the East Dubuque Cemetery at a later date.  Military honors will be accorded by members of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Dorrance was born on November 9, 1921 on the family farm near East Dubuque, the son of Oscar and Cecilia (Klaas) Roth.  He was united in marriage to Edna Metzger on May 12, 1942 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on November 21, 2014.

He was a veteran of W.W. # 2, serving in the U. S. Army in the South Pacific for 2 ½ years.  Dorrance was employed at Caradco in Dubuque for approximately 33 years.  He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and was a member of the East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787.  Dorrance served one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps, served 3 years as President of the East Dubuque Conservation Club, and served four years on the East Dubuque City Council. He was a former member of the Lacoma Golf Club.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Dorrance & Edna also enjoyed camping.  They spent six months out of every year for 18 years as Camp Host at Yellow River Camp Ground's near Elkader, IA.  Dorrance was an avidChicago Cubs and Bears fan.  He was always ready for a good game of Euchre and Pinochle.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Roth of East Dubuque and Connie (Clarence) Weber of Hazel Green, WI; five grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Cecilia; his wife Edna; and a grand-daughter, Kimberly Muntz.

Karen, Connie and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Dr. Greg Vandigo for the wonderful care given to their father and grandfather.

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

 

 



Allan A. Jansen


Allan A. Jansen, 82, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 2, 2018, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by his loving family. Friends may call from 2-7:30 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. A scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Memorial Mass and burial will be held at a later date.

Allan was born on February 10, 1935, near Kieler, the son of Rudy A. and Anna L. (Weber) Jansen. He married the love of his life, best friend and partner, Denise S. Timmerman, on May 15, 1956.

Allan graduated from Cuba City High School. He was a good, hardworking family man who was a friend to so many. During his lifetime he worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 29 years and FDL Foods for several more, serving as union secretary/treasurer for the UFCW Local 150A and at Clare Bank in Kieler for 10 years. He also served as Jamestown Township Clerk for 38 years and was a Grant County Supervisor for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Denise; four children, LuAnn (Gregg) Johnson, Platteville, Daniel (Janet) Jansen, Dickeyville, Sandra (Mike O'Donnell) Jansen, Morton Grove, IL and Michael (Paula) Jansen, Hazel Green; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with two more great-grandchildren due in May; a brother, Vernon Jansen, Hazel Green; three sisters-in-law, Betty Jansen, Sun Prairie, WI, Charlotte Randall, Cuba City, and Clarice (Wayne) Holland, Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother-in-law, Tom Hendricks, Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudy and Anna; his brothers, Bob and Jerry; a sister, Elvira Hendricks; a sister-in-law, Pat Jansen; his mother and father-in-law, Melita and Leo Timmerman; a sister-in-law, Germaine Rokusek; and three brothers-in-law, Cletus Rokusek, Randy Randall and Eugene Timmerman.

An Allan A. Jansen Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Emil L. Hoffmann


Emil L. Hoffmann, 90, of Dubuque, died Friday, February 2nd, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Family will greet friends from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 5th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd, with a 7:00 p.m. Celebration of Life and Remembrance Service. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Emil was born December 14, 1927, in Dubuque, the son of Otto and Dorothy (Janssen) Hoffmann.    

He enlisted in the Navy in 1946, and after returning to Dubuquehe finished his high school education at St. Columbkille of Dubuque.  A few years later he met Betty Thatcher to whom he married July 28, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.  Together they were blessed with 4 children.

Emil's lifelong love of sports began with regular attendance at the Dubuque Boys Club.  He was among the better basketball and baseball players in the City Industrial league, utilizing his playing skills to land a job with Dubuque Packing Company where his career in the meat packing industry began and continued for over 42 years.

He was a member of Thunder Hills Golf and Country Club and Lacoma Golf Club for many years.  He was instrumental in forming several local golf tournaments which continued in popularity for many years. One of his fondest golf memories was his double eagle at Fillmore Fairways. Emil loved a golf game with his friends and family and as his golfing career slowed he became a fixture on the first tee at Lacoma well into his 80's, reminding everyone to keep up the pace of play!  This past summer Emil's family and friends celebrated a surprise 90thBirthday party filled will wonderful story telling and laughs.

Throughout his life Emil was blessed with many great friends. His years made him a wise man, always offering guidance and help to many.  His friendship, strength and guidance will forever be missed.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Dave(Sue) Hoffmann of Shelbyville, KY, Steve ( Diann Wilson) Hoffmann of Hawi, Hawaii, Julie Hoffmann of Fort Myers, FL and Dubuque and Scott Hoffmann of Farmington, NM, grandchildren Jill, Todd, Kelly,  great grandchildren Bailey, Jordan and Eli, several nieces and nephews and special companion Mary Lou Jacobi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, son-in law David Juergens, brothers Bill and Don Hoffmann, sister in lawsSandy Funk, Jackie Herburger and Beverly Winkelman.

The family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque.

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

 

 

 

 

 



Alma G. Brehm


Alma G. (Engelken) Brehm 93 formerly of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 5, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection 4300 Asbury Rd in Dubuque. Visitation will be 12:00 pm (noon) - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, with a 5:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Alma was born July 15, 1924 on the Hickory Valley Farm near Dyersville. She was the daughter of William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken. Alma received her education at the Hickory Valley rural school in the Dyersville area and at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. She married Charles William Brehm on April 8, 1947 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, he passed away on August 13, 2005. Alma was a member of the Church of the Resurrection. Alma's foundation of her life was her family and faith. She faithfully attended Sunday Mass and prayed the rosary daily. She treasured the time spent with family, friends, and family get togethers.

Alma enjoyed planting and growing a garden, canning fruits and vegetables, growing flowers, playing with the grandchildren, embroidery, and making baby blankets.

Those left to cherish her memory include; her eight children, David (Sherry) Brehm of Durango, Delbert Brehm of Potosi, Wisconsin, Allan (Debbie) Brehm of Durango, Daniel Brehm of Dubuque, Carol (Curtis) Dahlke of Earlville, Gary (Karla) Brehm of Farley, Richard Brehm of Dubuque, and Roger (Lois) Brehm of Earlville; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, George (Sherry) Engelken, and Cletus (Arlene) Engelken; a sister in-law, Irene Engelken.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; brothers, Edwin (Aletha), Julius, and Elmer (Mary Lou) Engelken.

The family would like to thank Shady Rest Care Center for their excellent care and also the family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for your care during this time.

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

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

 



Joseph E. DeMar


Joseph E. DeMar, 63, of Dyersville and formerly of North Liberty, ended his earthly journey Friday, February 2, 2018, from complications of muscular dystrophy at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, with a private burial at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.  Rev. John Haugen will officiate.

Joe was born July 31, 1954, in Iowa City the son of Francis and Norma (Rhoades) DeMar.  He graduated from Solon High School and worked in the lumber business until 2010, when muscular dystrophy forced his retirement.  Joe always enjoyed a great game of cards, a good round of golf and the thrill of a 300 game in bowling. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Karon (Ries), whom he married on October 25, 1980, and their sons: Chad DeMar of Dyersville and Travis DeMar of Boston, MA.  Family was everything to Joe and he needed nothing more than to be at home with them.  Also surviving Joe are his siblings: JoAnne (Earl) Ernst, Judy (Terry) McDougal, Dodie DeMar (Larry Krob), and Kay (Rich) Fulkerson.  Others who shared in Joe's life were his in-laws: Sharon (Bruce) Besler, Gladys (Dennis) Felton, Harold Ries, Lou Ann Hutchinson, Gerald (Betty) Ries, and Jane (Kevin) Linebaugh and many nieces & nephews.

Those waiting to greet him are his parents, parents-in-law: Herbert & Alvina (Sabers) Ries, siblings: Kenny, Jeff and Jack in infancy; in-laws: Rodney Hutchinson, Dianna Ries and Ethel Tholander, and a great nephew, Ian Felton.

Memorials are preferred to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org)

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

 

 



Cecil A. Duffy


Cecil A. Duffy, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 2:14 a.m., on Friday, February 2, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Cecil's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Cecil's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cecil was born on August 21, 1931, in Middlefield Township, Buchanan County, Iowa, son of Clement F. "Clem" and Genevieve "Jane" (Heffernan) Duffy.

Cecil was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn Herber, on October 8, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 52 years together, and 5 wonderful children, before Marilyn was sadly called home ahead of him on December 12, 2007. Cecil was a loyal employee of John Deere Dubuque Works for almost 38 years of his life after beginning his working career at the ripe young age of 15. In his free time, Cecil was fortunate enough to have many interests to occupy his mind along his 86 year earthly journey. A peaceful morning hunting for pheasant and quail, countless hours raising his hunting dogs, an afternoon boating on the river, or even an evening around the card table working on his best poker or euchre hands were always considered time well spent to Cecil. He also enjoyed sitting down in his comfy recliner with his trusty remote in hand when one of his favorite westerns were on, or if his beloved Hawkeyes or Bulls were playing. His faith was also very important to Cecil as he was a long-time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral and continued to participate in weekly communion even though he hasn't been able to physically attend church for some time now. Thankfully, all of these pleasant memories, and so many more, still remain for us to find comfort in after the sudden loss of our dear Cecil. Our hearts are heavy, but we know we'll find peace through faith and time, we trust Cecil is being joyfully reunited with his beloved Marilyn once again, and we discover true comfort in the realization that he'll have an entirely new collection of wonderful tales to share with us all when we finally join him again. May God continue to bless you Cecil, and thank you for all of the love you shared with the world while you were visiting.

Those left to cherish Cecil's memory include

his children,
Timothy (Nancy) Duffy,
Steven Duffy,
Molly (fiancé Dennis Bradley) Behnke
and Amy Peacock, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren;

his 14 great-grandchildren;

and his sister,
Dolores Morley, Dubuque, IA.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn Duffy; a daughter, Kathy Duffy; his siblings, Leo Duffy, Boniface (Ann) Duffy, Laticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Don) Smock, Marlene (Sonny) Hubbard, Margie (Bud) McMahon, Jean (Harold) Schuster; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Morley.

A Cecil A. Duffy memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their professional care and concern.

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

 



Cindy L. Heim


Cindy L. Heim, 59, of Onslow, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018, at her home in rural Onslow.

A celebration of Cindy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Clay Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Cindy Lou (Wiese) Heim was born on October 21, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Albert and Madeline (Batey) Wiese. She attended Maquoketa and Preston Schools. She married Paul Heim on April 3, 2004, in rural Scotch Grove, Iowa.

Cindy worked many jobs through the years including Wady's, Hound-Dog, Sunrise, City Limits, Longbranch and finishing with MedPlast in Monticello when her cancer no longer allowed her to work.

Cindy enjoyed spending time with her family the most, especially her grandchildren. She also loved cooking, mushroom hunting, and spending time out in nature. She loved the casino and going dirt roading with Edna.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Paul Heim of Onslow, IA; children Paul (Karmen) Heim of Muscatine, IA, Candida (David) Gregorich of Camanche, IA, Desiree (Kal) Vergauwen of Marshalltown, IA, Cassey (Jude) Abell of Anamosa, IA, and Chelsey Heim of Clinton, IA; 15 Grandchildren that meant the world to her: Andrew, Ashton, Brittani, Emily, Katelyn, Shaylee, Samantha, Sadie, Adelina, Adrian, Kyleigh, Tristan, Shaylee, Malachi & Micah; a brother, Charles Wiese of Oxford Junction, IA; sisters Janet DeLarm of Oxford Junction, IA and Edna Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Karl Vohringer and son Knathan Vohringer, brothers Ronald and Richard Wiese, sisters Sarah Manning and Alberta Bodkin, father-in-law Frank Heim and mother-in-law Rose Heim.

Special thanks to Hospice Above and Beyond, especially Lindsey, Sarah, Megan and Jennifer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Cindy Lou Heim memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Nancy K. Leibfried


Nancy K. (Doll) Leibfried, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, after a brave battle with cancer.

Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Dr., conducted by Rev. Tom Shinkle.  Visitation will also be 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Monday at the church prior to services.   Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Nancy was born in Bloomington, WI on December 24th, 1940 to Willis and Glennie (McCluskey) Doll.  She lived most of her early life in Lancaster, WI and graduated from Lancaster High School.  She married Roger L. Leibfried in 1960 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque.  Nancy was a master gardener, and her flower beds were pristine and admired by many.  Through the years she worked at Theisens, Hy-Vee, and Mercy Hospital.  She volunteered many years as a co-circle leader for Holy Ghost Catholic Church, the Arboretum and Mercy Hospital. Nancy will be remembered for the endless love and devotion for her family.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Roger of 57 years;  five children,  Cheryl (Lewis)  Burmeister of Gratiot, WI, Kim (Tim) Lower of Dixon, IA, Brian (Peggy) Leibfried of Dubuque, IA, Becky (Joe) Siech of Norcross, GA, Scott Willis Leibfried of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Jason (Michelle) Tuthill, Jessica Tuthill (Glen Frey), Ben Resch ( fiancé Shanley McGlaughlin), Megan, Kaitlin and Justin Siech, and Hillary Kapparos; three great grandchildren, Lilyan and Tate Tuthill, and Emarie Frey; in-laws, Jeanne Doll, Julie Jansen, Larry Timmerman,  Richard (Jane) Leibfried,  Ken (Jane) Lange, Bob (Margaret "Peg") Pitzen,  Joan (Dan) Shireman, Randy (Jane) Leibfried; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Glennie Doll; 2 brothers, Lloyd and Laverne "Shot" Doll; her father and mother in-law, Leo and Anastasia (Eggers) Leibfried; in-laws  Keith (Marlene) Leibfried, Jeff Leibfried, Shirley Blindert, Marilyn Sexton, Don Jansen, and Donna Rae "Dot" Timmerman.  

Memorials may be made in Nancy's name to Hospice of Dubuque or Grand View United Methodist Church.

The Leibfried family extends a special thank you to Mercy Hospital nursing staff and Hospice of Dubuque and their staff, especially Allison, Amy and Jan for their wonderful care, dedication and support.

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

 

 



Janice L. Kutsch


Janice L. Kutsch, age 80, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. To honor Janice's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 5, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Janice's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Janice was born on January 19, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Dorothy (Coyle) Sands.

Janice was a lifelong Dubuquer. After graduating from the Academy of the Visitation, Janice went on to study nursing in Marshalltown and obtained her LPN. She worked in the nursery at Xavier Hospital and cared for many newborns, and later worked with many families and patients at Stonehill Care Center for over 25 years. She married Ronald Kutsch on October 3, 1959 at St. Raphael's Cathedral Church. They were blessed with 58 wonderful years together, 7 children, 22 beautiful grandchildren, and 20 adored great-grandchildren, with 1 great-grandson due in April. Janice was a genuinely great person. She was sincere and thoughtful. She taught her children to love unconditionally as we continue to teach our children to do the same. She will be in our hearts forever.

She was especially proud of her family. Traveling to visit her children with Ron were some of her fondest times. She loved celebrating birthdays, going on picnics, family gatherings, and the holidays; with Christmas being her favorite. She was always sending birthday cards. She loved her frequent road trips with her brother, Jim, her annual Christmas dinner with her siblings, and going out to lunch with her sister, Judy, and many close friends. Janice also especially enjoyed her 80th birthday party which we just held for her on January 20th.

We know that heaven has gained a very special angel. She will be sadly missed by many.

Those left to cherish Janice's memory include

her loving husband,
Ronald Kutsch, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Carol (Louie Sutter) Bly, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Lynn) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Thomas) Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Jean (Mark) Fagan, Lexington, KY,
David (Teresa) Kutsch, San Antonio, TX,
Teresa (Todd) Sheeder, Lee Summit, MO
and Mark (Jeanne) Kutsch, Des Moines, IA;

her 22 grandchildren,
Melissa (Nick) Distler, Emily (Justin) Kaufman, Lee (Ken) Bowman, Bryan (Hayley) Bly, Matthew Kutsch, Nicole (Alex) Miller, James (J.P.) (Jean) Meisenburg, II, Marty (Ashlie) Meisenburg, Andrew Thill, Paul Thill, Kenny Fagan, Staci Fagan, Kristina (Mark) Maynard, Steven Fagan, Joshua Kutsch, Jacob Kutsch, Jon Kutsch, Lewis Sheeder, Megan Sheeder, Lauren Sheeder, Sarah Kutsch and Anne Kutsch;

her 20 great-grandchildren, with 1 more on the way,
Derrick, Levi and Austin Distler, Hailey, Kenna, Eli and Thea Bowman, Trent Kutsch, Weston Miller, Kyle, Natalie, Ashlie and Jack Kaufman, Carter Bly, Keagan and Lincoln Tate, Kaylee Maynard, Teagan, Aidan and LillyAnn Meisenburg and Matthew James Meisenburg, due in April;

her siblings,
Paul (Mary Ann) Sands, Bartlett, IL,
Judy (Dennis) Ball, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Janet) Sands, Madison, WI
and Jim (Patti) Sands, Dubuque, IA;

and her in-laws,
Ken (Donna) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA,
Joe Kutsch, Dubuque, IA,
Ginny Hurlburt, Dubuque, IA,
Norb (Linda) Kutsch, Sherrill, IA,
Linda Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA
and Lenny (Tyra) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray (Louise) Kutsch; a sister-in-law, Mary Clare Kutsch; and 2 brothers-in-law, Art Hurlburt and Ed Klinkhammer.

A Janice L. Kutsch memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Jean F. Hufnagel


Jean F. Hufnagel, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at her daughter, Margie and Ron's home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Jean's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Duane J. Thoman and Rev. Paul Ouderkirk officiating. To celebrate Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jean was born on October 27, 1918, in St. Catherine, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Pillard) Hilkin.

Jean was born and raised in St. Catherine and was very proud to have lived her entire life in the Dubuque area. She would meet, and eventually marry the love of her life, Ervin Hufnagel, on October 21, 1941, in Sherrill. The couple was truly blessed with 50 wonderful years together, and 3 loving daughters, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on July 21, 1992. Jean fully embraced her role as wife, mother and meticulous homemaker, and was also able to generously share her talents in the laundry department at Bethany Home for 15 years. Jean's faith was very important to her and she was an active and long-time member of Holy Trinity Church, and their Rosary Society. When she was fortunate enough to find some free time in her days, Jean was quite content to quietly sit down and work on her latest embroidery or crochet project, gather around the card table for some competitive and festive fellowship, or even venture out to the bowling alley to practice knocking down some pins. Above all though, Jean's family was the most important aspect of her life and she absolutely cherished every moment she was able to spend with Ervin, the girls, the grandchildren, and her siblings. We surely feel deeply blessed to have been given the gift of having Jean with us for 99 years here on this earth, and we also discover true comfort in the knowledge that she has now been lovingly reunited with her beloved husband, Ervin, along with all of her other family members who've been called home ahead of her. Thank you very much Jean for all of the love, lessons and memories you leave behind and know we will faithfully carry your wonderful legacy forward until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Jean's memory include

her 3 children,
Lillian (Jerry) Stumpf, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Tony) Hemmer, Dubuque, IA
and Margie (Ron) White, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Laurie (Dan) Krebiehl, Jill Barden, Angie (Kevin) Anglin, Eric (Beth) Hemmer, Aaron (Liz Caldwell) Hemmer, Kristy (Nick) Duran and Dan (Andrea) White;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Kiah and Domi Hall, William, Benjamin and Nicholas Barden, Michael Anglin, Andrew and Sam Hemmer and Isabel Duran;

and her brother,
Kenneth (Mary) Hinkel, Dubuque, IA.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ervin Hufnagel; her 2 sisters, Delores (Lloyd) Ouderkirk and Helen (Frank) Hinkel; and her brother, Earl (Ruth) Hilkin.

A Jean F. Hufnagel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Jean's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Jean, and her entire family.

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

 



Rosemary M. Hutchins


 

Rosemary M. Hutchins, 88, of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Ennoble Manor.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Friday from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. 

Rosemary was born September 24, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edgar and Ella (Renk) VanVors.  She is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and worked in the cafeteria at Washington Junior High for many years.

On October 14, 1949 she married Eldon Hutchins in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on July 19, 2013. 

She is survived by two children, Janice (Richard) Welsh of Waterloo and James (Barbara) Hutchins of Ankeny.  She is also survived by five grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers.

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

 

 



Kellie M. Galle


Kellie M. Galle, 36, of Dubuque passed away Sunday January 21, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Family and friends of Kellie may gather on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., where services will be held at 12:00 p.m.

Kellie was born on November 19, 1981 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Bruce Scheffert and Sheri (Cremer) Scheffert. She married Michael Galle on February 13, 2016.

Kellie had a heart of gold and an infectious smile. She cherished her memories with her family. She was creative, she wrote her own poetry, made jewelry and enjoyed making personalized gifts for loved ones.

She is survived by her husband Michael Galle; sons, Devon Scheffert and Alexander Frapolli; mother, Sheri Scheffert; father, Bruce Scheffert; grandmother, Cecelia Hofland; mother-in-law Sarajane Galle; father-in-law Dennis Galle; as well as siblings, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her son Kalvin Scheffert, grandfather Gary Cremer, grandparents Thomas and Mary Lou Scheffert.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this time.

In lieu of flowers a Kellie Marie Galle memorial fund will be established.



Alfred J. Montgomery


Alfred J. Montgomery, 85, of Dubuque died at home Saturday, January 27, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. A memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Al was born on November 20, 1932 in Monona, Iowa. He was the son of George and Theodora (Daugs) Montgomery. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1951, then served in the U.S Army from 1953-1955. Al was a part of a Nike Guided Missile unit, first in El Paso, TX then on Long Island, New York.

On September 10, 1955 he married Rita Tarnutzer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

For 23 years Al worked for The Adams Co., then was an antiques dealer for many years, with shops in Galena and Dubuque. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.

He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Al will be remembered for the love and care he gave to his family, as well as for his wit and charm.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; two daughters, Lynn (Bob) Trievieler and Lisa (Al Larson) Olson; five granddaughters, Jessica Krumm and Emily Olson, of Texas, Claire Hunt, and Paige Trievieler, great grandsons, Liam Krumm and Sawyer Hunt; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Lola (Lester) Deininger of Galena, IL; and brothers Lee Montgomery and Lyle (Patty) Montgomery of Dubuque.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; and by his brother Errol of Cedar Rapids.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in Alfred's name has been established.

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



Phyllis Nissen


Phyllis Nissen, 87, of rural Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully at Crestridge Care Center, Maquoketa, on Thursday January 26, 2018 after a short illness.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The funeral service will take place at The United Church of Christ on Thursday, January 8, at 11 am, followed by a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. A private burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery at a later date.

Phyllis was born on December 20th, 1930 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Walter and Beulah (Rimmer) Rugger. She graduated from Maquoketa Community High School in 1948, valedictorian of her class. Phyllis was editor of the high school yearbook and the first chair flutist in the high school band, and also sang in chorus. 

Following high school, Phyllis attended Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona on a full music (flute) scholarship. Because her father worked for the railroad, she traveled back and forth to school for free by train. While there, she earned several awards and honors in music and mathematics before leaving college to be married. She played flute and piccolo for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arizona State band and orchestra.

While on Christmas break from college in 1950, she met her future husband, Donald Nissen, after she was asked to complete a foursome for a pinochle game across the street from her parents. It was a match made in heaven! They married on April 22, 1951 and together they had four children: Cindy (1953), Chris (1957), David (1958) and Jonathan (1962).

Family was very important to Phyllis. When their children were in school, hardly a game or program was missed by Phyllis and Don. They continued to be supportive and play a large role in their children's and grandchildren's lives throughout all their days.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling with her family and was in all 50 states except Washington and Oregon. She and Don also loved birding and planned many vacations in order to see a specific variety of bird. They particularly loved Arizona and also took many trips abroad including Chile, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Antigua, as well as Canada and Mexico.

Other activities Phyllis took great pleasure in included counted cross-stitch, playing cards and dominoes, canoeing, gardening, collecting Dickens houses, reading, and having breakfast with her many friends.

Phyllis enjoyed being active in many local groups which included the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, PEO, Red Hat Society, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, Foster Care Review Board, Friends of the Maquoketa Caves, the Jackson County Historical Society, Friends of Ohnward, and also playing her flute for Peace Pipe Players.

Phyllis was devoted to the United Church of Christ (formerly the Congregational Church) where she first began attending as a child. She sang in the choir from 1943 - 2017 and even sang from her wheelchair 2 months before her death. Other church involvement included playing the flute and piccolo for numerous programs, and teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a longstanding member of the Women's Fellowship group holding several offices and was the first woman moderator of the UCC. Phyllis also enjoyed chairing the October Fest, working with the Cookie Walk, a Taste of Heaven, and helped compile a church cookbook. One of her last and most joyful activities for the church was being a mentor for the confirmation students.

Phyllis' employment history started when she worked at the local JC Penney store. After her husband purchased the John L. Jones Insurance and Real Estate Agency from his uncle in 1955, she started working there. Phyllis prepared taxes for hundreds of clients of this agency and other firms over the years. After retiring, she worked at Sue's Hallmark in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Phyllis' memory include her children: Cindy (Fred) Hoffman of Alpharetta, GA, Chris (Mara) Nissen of Maquoketa, and David (Lynn) Nissen of Maquoketa; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren and step great-great grandchildren; several nephews; and her honorary son Eduardo Gomez (of Temuco, Chile) who had spent a year living with the family as a foreign exchange student.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 65 years, Donald (in 2017), her son Jonathan (in 2008), three sisters and three brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to The United Church of Christ, Hospice of Jackson County, the Hurstville Interpretive Center, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, The Jackson County Historical Society and Museum, or the donor's choice.

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



Patsy L. McElmeel


Patricia L. "Patsy" McElmeel, 54, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Dubuque, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 1 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, January 31 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Patsy was born on February 2, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Gerald and Bonita "Bonnie" (Becker) Roussel.

She married her high school sweetheart, Scott McElmeel on October 3, 1992.

After graduating from Clarke College in Dubuque, she went on to receive her master's degree as an adult Nurse Practitioner from Arizona State University.

Patsy was a devoted and skilled Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Arizona for 23 years before taking her current position a Nurse Practitioner at Phoenix Heart Center. With her warm smile and caring manner, Patsy was a valued colleague and friend to many. Her gentle nature and cheerful demeanor resonated deeply with patients and helped to put them at ease during their appointments. In her time with the Phoenix Heart Center Cardiology Group she quickly distinguished herself with her skill set and clinical care.

For the past 22 years, Patsy was involved with the Phoenix College Cardiac Fitness & Senior Wellness. A wellness program she was especially passionate about, providing cardiac assessments and other key preventive tests to keep members healthy and achieve longevity.

Patsy was a 2015 recipient of the IASIS Chairman's Award, which recognizes employees who go above and beyond the scope of their job to make a positive and lasting impact on their community. Her accomplishments also include being a co-author and having been published in Critical Care Nurse magazine.

Patsy's willingness to serve led her on several mission trips to Mexico. She and her team provided free medical care in poor and vulnerable communities. She was a Site Steward for the Arizona State Parks and a member of the Catholic Order of Forester.

Patsy cherished time spent with her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, camping and hiking with her husband, cooking and entertaining, and shopping trips.

Patsy had a strong faith and a big heart. She had a passion to help others by improving health and wellness. Her legacy will live on through the many lives she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Scott; father and mother, Gerald and Bonnie Roussel; siblings, Julie (Bill) Reichle, Bill (Rose) Roussel, Linda (Rick) Rogers, Joe (Deanne) Roussel, and Jane Roussel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jill (Perry) Henkes, Terry (Tricia) McElmeel, Tim McElmeel, Jay (Pam) McElmeel, and Jeff (Stacie) McElmeel; numerous nieces and nephews; and God children.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Robert and Judy McElmeel.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.



Kathleen A. Joester


Kathleen A. Joester, 96, of Dyersville passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where Catholic Daughters of America and American Legion Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 10-11 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Kathleen was born June 3, 1921, in Dyersville the daughter of Ulrich "Ole" and Eugenia "Gene" (Milbert) Tegeler.  She attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School and High School, graduating in 1938.  She attended the University of Northern Iowa and Upper Iowa University.  She married Donald A. Joester on July 6, 1946, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  He preceded her in death in 1972.

Kathleen had a teaching career that spanned more than 60 years.  She began her career in 1939, teaching in rural schools for 9 years.  She then had the distinction of being the first lay teacher to serve at St. Francis Xavier Grade School and taught there for 27 years.  In her retirement, she continued to teach part-time for NICC's Adult Literacy Program for more than 20 years.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her 5 children: Pat (Lori) Joester and Pam (Scott) Nesteby of Dubuque, Peggy (Tim) Michaelsen of Monticello, Paul (Sara) Joester of Clearwater, FL, and Phyllis Becker of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Katie (Brian) Mitchell, Steven and Kristina Nesteby, Brian (Suni) Michaelsen, Bre State, Laura (Nick) Linder, Natalie, Aaron (Erin), and Stephanie Becker; 8 great grandchildren; siblings: Eileen Olberding of Dyersville and Conrad (Jeanette) Tegeler of Manchester, and a sister-in-law, Janice Tegeler of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, John and Minnie Joester, her husband, a brother, Larry Tegeler, a sister-in-law, Jane Joester, and a brother-in-law, Bob Olberding.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman High School.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

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

 

 



Lois G. Riege


Lois G. Riege 101 of Vinton, formerly of Dubuque passed from this earth to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab. A Celebration of her Life will be 12:00 pm (noon), Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury, Dubuque, Iowa where the family will greet friends 10:30 am until service time on May 12th at the funeral home.

Lois was born July 29, 1916 in Georgetown, Wisconsin, daughter of Lee and Hester Riege. Although she never married her family numbered in the hundreds of people and hundreds of animals she encountered during her life. She especially loved the years on the farm in Georgetown and in her later life the house she purchased when she was 92 in Vinton. She worked for many years at the Americana Nursing Home in Dubuque, but her real career was caring for others.

Survivors include her son Mike and the daughter she never had Bev, her grandson Kevin and granddaughter Lisa; 3 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Ben and Joe; special nieces and nephews, Sondra Narveson, John, Jim, Peter, Susan and Becky Riege; very special grand nephews and nieces, Tom and Beth Grashorn, Bob and Laura Linstrad, Linda Lang; and great nieces and nephews David and Katie Liu and Sarah Linstrad. Last, but not least was her adopted family at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Kenny (killed in WW2), Claude, George, Harold and very special niece Patricia Grashorn.

The family would like to thank Virginia Gay Hospital and Virginia Gay Nursing and rehab for all your care over the last 5 years.

Memorials may be directed to Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab and Friends of the Shelter in Lois' memory.

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

 



Joseph B. Riesselman


Joseph B. Riesselman 80 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 31th, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection where the family will greet friends 9:30 am until Mass time on Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Joseph was born November 20, 1937 in Dubuque the son of Leo and Josephine (Jacobs) Riesselman. He graduated from St. Columbkille Catholic High School then Loras College in 1961. Joseph earned a Master's in Guidance and Counselling from UW-Platteville in 1969. Joseph married Kay Matt on August 4, 1973 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Garnavillo. He was a science teacher at Sacred Heart, Senior High School, Benton High School and Jones Middle School before retiring in 2002. Joseph worked at Five-Flags and volunteered at Finley Hospital after retiring from teaching. He was a movie extra for the films F.I.S.T., Field of Dreams, Take This Job and Shove It, and participated in the Xavier Follies. Joseph was a member of the Lions Club, enjoyed gardening and yard-work, old western movies, real to real music, video production and enjoyed walking.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; children, Jill Riesselman and Thom Riesselman; 3 grandchildren, Dustin Riesselman, Kayden Selle and Savannah Riesselman; in-laws, Jean (Paul) Blaser and Bob Woodward; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Norma Woodward; his father and mother in-law, Duane and Ivanelle Matt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, Dr. Meurer, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Hospital for all your care and concern for Joseph.

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

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

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

 



Kathleen M. Kane


Kathleen M. Kane, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 28th, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at. St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Private family burial will be in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Garryowen. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Kathleen was born on September 15, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Maurice and Rachel (Shannon) Donovan. Kathleen was a foster grandparent with Hillcrest Family Services and also volunteered with many other organizations in the community.

She loved her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and enjoyed their time spent together.

Kathleen is survived by her two sons, Michael (Joan) Kane, of Minneapolis and Steve (Paula) Kane, of Kieler; four grandchildren, Robert (Susan) Kane, Theresa (Matt) Webber, Brian Kane and Adam Kane; five great grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Evan, Adalyn and Mia; her sister-in-law Doris Donovan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Ethel Feeney; brothers Gerald, Ray, Al, Bill and Leo; in-laws Bill Feeney, Eileen Donovan and Doris Donovan.

In lieu of flowers a Kathleen M. Donovan memorial fund will be established.



Earl J. Bartels


Earl J. Bartels, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, passed away at The Alverno on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A memorial gathering will be held starting at 10 A.M. prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place at Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa at a later date.

Earl Johannas Bartels was born April 14, 1926 to Johannas H. and Viola A.S. (Busch) Bartels on a farm near Baldwin, Iowa. He was a graduate of Elvira High School. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He worked as a farm laborer for 60 years. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

He is survived by brothers, Donald (Sandi) of Clinton, IA, and Frederick of Bryant, IA; sister, Ellen Behrens of Ft. Calhoun, NE; and several nieces and nephews as well as special friends, Donald and Roberta Schwartz of Clinton, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Fritz H.C. Bartels, a brother Harlan J. Bartels, and a sister Fern V. (Bartels) Randall.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the wishes of the family.

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

 



Gloria A. Fuller


Gloria Ann Fuller, 89, of Dewitt, Iowa formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 28, 2018 at West Wing Place in DeWitt.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Lilliam Daniels officiating. Burial will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on April 20, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Elza (Collins) Adams. She married Raymond "Ike" Fuller in 1945 and he preceded her in death in 1987. Gloria enjoyed doing crafts and bowling but mostly she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Randy (Cindy) Fuller, of DeWitt, Robin (Bob) Ambrosy, of Dubuque, Connie (Mike) Yarolem, of Maquoketa, and Scott (Kim) Fuller, of Dubuque. 19 grandchildren, many great grandchildren; her brother Ronnie (Sandy) Adams; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond; her daughter Christine Ann Fuller in 1974; her grandson Brian Fuller in 2009; and her sister Helen in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Jackson County and the West Wing Place at Genesis Medical Center.



Louise E. Welch


Louise E. Welch, 91, of DeWitt, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Louise's life will be held at 5 P.M., Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will follow in "The Bistro" at Carson's. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Louise Elizabeth Wieters was born on March 24, 1926 in Galena, Illinois, to Raymond and Lenice (Maahs) Wieters. She was a 1944 graduate of Galena High School. She married Clinton Brownell in 1946 in Galena, Illinios, and they had two children, Janice and Lyn. She and Clinton later divorced and on June 22, 1962 she married Richard L. Welch in Dubuque, Iowa.

Louise had first worked at the Galena Kraft Cheese Factory for several years. She then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and lastly at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa as a custodian.

Louise was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Louise's memory include her children, Janice Culbertson of DeWitt, IA, and Lyn (Neil) Latimer of Spring Branch, TX; a step-son, Richard Welch of Iowa City, IA; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Clarence, sisters Helen and Frieda, and her husband Richard on June 6, 2012.

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.



Charles C. Polkinghorn, Sr.


Charles Curtis Polkinghorn, Sr., 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on January 27, 2018, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque. He was born on October 3, 1954, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to John "Tony" William Knapp and Marcella Davenport and raised by Kurt Polkinghorn and his mother, Marcella. He attended school in Dubuque through the tenth grade.

In 1972, Charles was united in marriage to Sandra Murray in Dubuque. Three children were born to this union. The couple later divorced.

Charles worked as a custodian for Area Residential Care (ARC) in Dubuque. He loved listening to classic country music and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his three children, Charles Polkinghorn, Jr., and Zach Polkinghorn, both of Cedar Rapids, and Stephanie (Jason) Meck, of Platteville, Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Brianna and Tyler Meck.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Polkinghorn, and his sister, Margaret Trautwein.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home of Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Private family services will be held at a later date. 

 

 



Patrick A. Lansing


Patrick A. Lansing 79 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family after a short-but courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 5:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patrick was born December 27, 1938 in Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Leo and Ida (Wernke) Lansing. He served in the US Navy and on October 10, 1959 he married Mary Ann Pfohl at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Patrick enjoyed attending his grandchildren's events, playing cards, fishing, home projects and taking pride in his yard. He loved spending time with his family. Patrick worked for Miller Electric Supply Company for over 35 years.

Pat received a heart transplant in 2001 at UW-Madison Hospital and wanted to thank Tracy and Cathy and their families that Pat was given an additional 17 years of life.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; children, Cindy (Jim) Breiner of Sherrill and children, Mike, Matt, Kristy, Kim, and Keri; Steve Lansing of McHenry, IL and children, Jim, Cameron, Daniel, Cassie, and Julia; Dan (Chris) Lansing of Dubuque and children, Corey, Chloe, Cole, and Claire; 18 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Patricia (Richard) Theisen; sister, Betty (Vince) VanDenheuvel; sister, Jana Lammer; in-laws, Donald (Joan) Pfohl, LaVonne (Samuel) Sullivan, and Karen (Dave) Murphy; a very special niece, Becky Burks; and his special companion, Zoey.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Jerome, Robert, Roger, Eugene, and Mary Ann LeBee.

The family would like to thank UW-Madison Transplant Team for all your care over the last 20 years. They would like to especially thank Jen, Pat's transplant coordinator for all her support and care throughout the years. The family would all like to thank Dr. Steffen, Dr. Whalen and Dr. Engelman for all your care and concern, also Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.

Memorials may be directed to UW-Madison Transplant Center or Hospice of Dubuque in Patrick's memory.

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

 



Joseph H. Graves


Joseph H. Graves, 81, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Per Joe's wishes there will be no public visitation or formal funeral service. Cremation rites have been accorded.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

He was born on August 18, 1936 in Guilford, Missouri, the son of Doyle R. and Catherine (Seifert) Graves. Joe was united in marriage to Loretta J. Cavanaugh on February 11, 1956 at St. John the Baptist Church at Peosta, IA.

He was a self-employed logger and truck driver.  Joe was an avid card player, enjoyed camping, traveling and was a born instigator.  He would always ask about the weather and the current gas prices.

Surviving is his wife, Loretta; five children, Linda Graves of Dubuque, IA, Debbie (Tom) Splinter of East Dubuque,  Kathy (Kevin) Kammerude of Hazel Green, WI, Jake (Patty) Graves of Mt. Ayr, IA, and Shirley (Don) Kearney of Murray, IA; 17-grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Mary Westemeier of Dickeyville, WI, Betty Schneider of East Dubuque, Jerry (Carol) Graves of Monroe, WI, Jeanne Dura of Dickeyville, and Harold (Carla) Staudenrous of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jerry Graves, a brother, Jake Graves and sister-in-law, Irene Graves.

Loretta and family wish to thank Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Joseph Fuller for the wonderful care given to their husband, father and grandfather.

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

 

 



Robert J. Curnan


Robert J. "Bob" Curnan, 79, of Peosta died Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st at Hope Church, located at 11893 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Hope Church, with visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Bob was born on December 5th, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa.  He was the son Clem and Vera (Thode) Curnan.

He graduated from Davenport High School in 1957, Coe College in 1961 and Minnesota University School of Law in 1964.

On August 19th, 1961 he married Judy Meyer in Macomb, Ill.

Bob, with his wife, Judy, came to Dubuque in 1965 to commence employment in the O'Connor, Thomas Law Firm.  Over the years he also worked in the Fursete and Carew law firm, had his own private practice, and commencing in 1972, served eight years as Dubuque County Attorney, believed to be the longest ever to serve in that office at the time.  In 1980 he was appointed to the District Court bench by Governor Ray, where he served for 30 years, the longest serving Dubuque District Court Judge to date.

Bob was blessed with good friends.  He loved jokes, golf, the Minnesota Vikings, a friendly wager, his profession, the law, and his community.  Most of all, he loved his wife, Judy, his children, Debby and Linda, their families, and his God.

He was a member of the Dubuque County Bar Association, Iowa Judges Association, Hope Church and was a former president of the Dubuque Noon Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Curnan, of Peosta; two daughters, Debra Lynn (Scott) Engleman of Dubuque, Linda Meyer (Corey) Carlson of East Bethel, Minn., grandchildren, Rachael, Jessica, Joanna, Chase, Kieler, Hayden and Mack.  He is also survived by a brother, Bill Curnan; a brother in law, John (Jeanne) Meyer and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to Hope Church or Coe College.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, all the wonderful nurses working on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital, and to the Hospice Care team.  Your caring dedication and support was a blessing to Bob and his family.

 

 

 



Joseph L. Hickson


Joseph L. Hickson, 85, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Thursday January 25, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by family.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 29th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating.

Joseph was born March 19, 1932 the son of Frank and Edna (Martin) Hickson. He attended St. Lawrence Catholic Grade School in Otter Creek and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1949.

He married Ruth Cunningham on September 17th, 1955 and together shared 62 loving years.

Joe worked at Celotex Corporation as a maintenance supervisor for over 30 years.

He was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Joe was an avid fan of the
Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Iowa Hawkeyes and loved attending games over the years.

He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and his dog Smokey.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth; children, Rick (Regina) Hickson of Bumpus Mills TN, Pat (Kathy) Hickson of Dubuque, Karen (Steve) Conrad of Epworth, Ellen (Bob) Sarazin of Dubuque, and Jolene (Fiancé Rich Reinhardt) Arensdorf of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; Brothers, Robert (Rosie) Hickson of Bellevue IA, Raymond Hickson of Otter Creek IA; Brother-in-law David (Linda) Cunningham of Windsor Oregon, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edna Hickson; Father-in-law Francis Cunningham,; Mother-in-law Cora Kratz; and Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Naomi (Ray) Polsean.

A special thank you to Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque Police Department and Mercy Emergency room staff for their kindness during this difficult time.

A memorial fund will be established at later date.



Lorraine E. Makeever


Lorraine E. Makeever, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of the Quad Cities and Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A celebration of Lorraine's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, February 19, 2018, from the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and a private burial will be held at a later date from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. Lorraine has donated her body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The Carson Celebration of Life Center is caring for the family.

Lorraine Elizabeth Morehead was born on October 6, 1931 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Theodore Walter and Myrl Marie (Miller) Morehead. She was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then worked in Dubuque for a couple of years prior to her marriage. She married Robert Finck in 1952 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: Steven and Lori. She and Robert later divorced and on June 10, 1972 she married Russell Makeever.

Lorraine had worked as a secretary for an insurance company in Moline, Illinois for several years and upon her marriage to Russell they moved to the Chicago area where she worked for Herman Smith and Associates as a secretary for over 20 years.

Lorraine had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, and formerly the MG Car club. She loved to travel and take cruises, and spend time with her kids and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Lorraine's memory include her children, Steven Finck of Arlington, TX, and Lori (Darrell) Thordsen of Monmouth, IA; step-children, Phil (Christal) Finck of Truro, IA, Kip (Cathie) Makeever of Saugus, CA, Shelly (Dan) Kruse of Davenport, IA, and June (John) Schuh of Burnett, TX; sisters, Mildred Wilcox of Maquoketa, IA, and Joyce Clark of Dubuque, IA; a brother, Ronald (Linda) Miller of Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Dorsey of Apache Junction, AZ; 5 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell in 1998, 1 step-grandchild Julie, and a sister Marcella Dorsey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 



Larry E. McDermott


Larry E. McDermott, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home in Mesa, Arizona.

Friends and relatives of Larry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the Church.
Services for Larry will held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

Larry was born November 10, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emmett and Dorothy (Potts) McDermott. He is a 1966 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. Larry founded McDermott Excavating in 1978 and ran it successfully until his retirement in 2015.

He was united in marriage to Sharon Donovan on October 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA. Sharon preceded him in death on October 14, 2017.

Larry loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the Epworth American Legion-John White Post #650.
A strong supporter of emergency services in Dubuque County, Larry served for 30 years on the Epworth Community Fire Department Board of Directors. He was also a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

Larry shared with his dad and brothers a passion for Allis-Chalmers farm tractors. He enjoyed spending winters golfing with his friends in Mesa, AZ.

He is survived by his children, Troy (Kate Conlon) McDermott of Dubuque, IA and their children Natalie and Clara, Tara (Bo) Duggan of Pewaukee, WI and their children Cooper and Maverick and Tina (Jon) Humston of Iowa City, IA and their children, Levi and Dallas; his mother; Dorothy McDermott of Cascade, IA; six siblings, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, IA, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA and Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, IA, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, IA and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion, IA; one-brother-in-law , Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA; two sisters-in-law, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; along with several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; his father, Emmett McDermott; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford J. and Lucille Donovan.

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

A Larry McDermott memorial fund has been established at Fidelity Bank in lieu of flowers.



Frances A. (Dolan) Mescher


Frances A. (Dolan) Mescher, 98, passed away January 25th at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 29th, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Ralph Davis officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Frances was born on March 26, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James Edward and Mary (Murray) Dolan. She married Ray Mescher on July 22, 1942 and he preceded her in death.

Frances was a lifelong Dubuque resident, living all but 5 years of her life on State Street. She was also a lifelong member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Frances was an avid golfer and card player, and she had many friends and a zest for life.

Those left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Karen; her granddaughters, Sarah (David), Meg (Matt) and great grandchildren, Ava, Jacob, Charlotte and Sadelle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; infant daughter, Kathleen; parents, J. Edward and Mary Murray Dolan; sisters, Ann Marie Beckius and Sister Mary Edward, PBVM; and her brother Joseph.

The family wishes to thank MaryLou Johanningmeier, the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care the last 7 months.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Presentation Lantern Center of Dubuque.



Mary P. Gabriel


Mary P. Gabriel passed away January 25, 2018. She was born on April 20, 1959 in Dubuque, IA.

She was meant to be a mother and wife; she always took care of her family and put their needs before hers. Nothing made her happier than becoming a grandmother.

She married the love of her life, James Gabriel, on March 21, 1987 and had four daughters: Cassie (Jon) Lowe, Belinda (Chris) Petsche, Paige (Jesse Carner) Gabriel, and Allison Gabriel, as well as 4 grandchildren: Rylee Gabriel, Jayce and Izabella Carner, and Zelda Lowe.

When her children were older, she worked several jobs. Most recently as a homemaker for Luther Manor Care at Home, where she met many friends that she enjoyed the company of.

Mary's family would like to thank Elizabeth and Tim with Hospice of Dubuque for helping them keep mom comfortable, as well Dr. Engelman and Dr. Nachtman and their nurses Sarah, and Caitlin for the excellent care they provided.

Per Mary's request, no public visitation or service will be held. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Darlene M. Christ


Darlene M. Christ, 85, of Dubuque died peacefully at home Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with family by her side.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Darlene was born July 8, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of Carl and Margaret (Barrett) Casey. She was a graduate of the Visitation Academy. On June 23, 1951, she married Donald J. Christ at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2012.

Darlene was a loving wife and mother who took pride in her cooking and how she kept her home. She was a devoted member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Darlene always had a quick smile and great saying for any situation. She was adored by her children's friends and neighbors and will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by six children, Carla (Roger Bertsch) Christ of Viroqua, Wisc., Mike Christ of Alta Loma, Calif., Tim (Wendy) Christ of Ocala, Fla., and Carri (Tracy) Anderson, John (Debbie) Christ and David Christ, all of Dubuque. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters in law, Marilyn Callahan, Dianne Oppelt, Pat Casey and Mary Casey and a brother in law, Lester Entringer.

She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Molly Ann Christ.

The family would like to thank their brother and sister who cared for mom until her passing.



Sharon M. Fischer


Sharon M. Fischer, 73, of Earlville passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am Saturday, January 27, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Sharon was born June 8, 1944, in Dundee, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Frances (Bergfeld) Hildebrand. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School. She married Francis Fischer on May 31, 1965, in Earlville. She worked as a clerk at various area businesses.

Survivors include her life-long friend, Walter Heisler of Bankston, a sister-in-law, Wilma Hildebrand, of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews: Deanna Hanson and Jayne Hildebrand both of Cedar Rapids, Christopher (Joelle) McCallum of Yankton, South Dakota, Judy (Tom) Kramer of Freeport, IL and Barbara (DuWayne) Grutt of Marquette, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis in 2016, siblings, Robert Hildebrand and Imogene (Christopher) McCallum, a niece, Denise Glubka, and in-laws, Arnold (Anita) Fischer.

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



Lulumay Tate


Lulumay Tate, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, January 29, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Lulumay Soenksen was born on February 14, 1935 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Eugene and Berniece (Hamilton) Soenksen. She was a 1954 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Elnord "Al" Isacson. He preceded her in death. On November 9, 1995, she married Charles "Frank" Tate in Mesa, Arizona. He also preceded her in death.

Lulumay grew up in Elwood and moved to Mesa, Arizona for 46-1/2 years where she worked for the Mesa Lutheran Hospital in the kitchen department for 30 years. She moved back to Maquoketa in 2001.

Lulumay had been a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club. She enjoyed spending time with friends and relatives, playing cards, dancing, and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Elnora Egbert of Mesa, AZ; brothers, Harvey Soenksen of Maquoketa, IA, and Wally Soenksen of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Kristina, Tiffany, Steve, and Ryan; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces, Jean (Randy) Springer of Maquoketa, IA, and Kimberly Blake of Dubuque, IA; and 5 great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Al, and her husband Frank, 1 sister Beulah, 1 infant brother, and 6 sisters-in-law, Thelma, Laurel, Ruby, Virginia, Opal and Betty Sue.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lulumay Tate memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger Harold Tigges


Roger Harold Tigges, 82, was called to his heavenly home on January 23, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding just prior to the start of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting with arrangements.

Born in Dubuque, IA on June 28, 1935, Roger was the ninth of ten children born to Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges. Roger married Stella Kamm on June 18, 1955, at St. Patrick's Church and they lived in Dubuque for the last 63 years, where they raised a family of ten children. Roger was dedicated to his wife and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Through his younger days he had paper routes, worked at Diamonds Cafeteria in his high school days, Sears Roebuck for about a year, and General Dry Batteries. Roger spent a semester at Bayless Business College. He established a 35-year career at Universal Electric Supply where he achieved his dream of becoming an owner. He also served the community as a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters 330 Club and as a Lector and Commentator at Holy Ghost.

Roger's big personality with a witty pull-my-finger sense of humor will be surely missed. He loved playing cards (especially dominating family euchre tournaments), bowling, Bingo, "barber shopping" with SPEBSQSA, his daily walks, and attending morning mass. He loved being with his wife and grandchildren; especially their trips to Chicago Cubs games, going to the park, and "our ride to the airport". Two of their most memorable trips were when Stella and Roger went to Alaska and Niagara Falls with some members of their family.

Roger is survived by his wife Stella; his daughters: Nancy (Dale) Manders, of Bernard, IA., Theresa Biermann, of Dubuque, and Wendy (Neil) Aitchison, of Dubuque; his sons: David (Rose) Tigges, of Orland Park, IL, Terence (Elizabeth) Tigges, of Davenport, IA, Timothy (Poon) Tigges, of Johnston, IA, Gregory (Diane) Tigges, of Manor, TX, Kevin (Judy) Tigges, of Dubuque, and Wayne (Hiroko) Tigges, of Milwaukee, WI; his grandchildren: Stephanie (Andy) Huber, Matthew Edwards, Christina (Nathan) Edwards, Joshua (Jennie) Tigges, Nicholas (Renee) Tigges, Sarah (Brian) Goodwin, Terence Tigges, Jr., Harmony (Lopez) Tigges, Ryan Tigges, Troy Tigges, Melissa (Corey) Schulz, Ashley (John) Garde, Corinne (Nick) Huber, Daniel Perry, Benjamin (Laine) Tigges, Megan Tigges, Nichole Aitchison, Mark Aitchison, Elizabeth Tigges, Emily Tigges, and Rebecca Tigges; his step-grandchildren: Christopher Johnson Sr., Shawna Colvin, and Michael Aitchison; his great-grandchildren: Kayden Tigges, Maxim Huber, Jacob Tigges, Katherina Tigges, Bryson Goodwin, Jaxen Tigges, Sean Tigges, and Henry Utt; his step-great-grandchildren: Caleb Goodwin, Seth Goodwin, Chris Johnson Jr., Jack Colvin, Riley Colvin, Adrian Colvin, Caleb Gingerich, Ian Johnson, and Jace Aitchison; and his sister, Joan Klaas.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannine Perry; his parents, Oscar and Josephine; his brothers: Oscar Jr., Wilfred, Gerald, and Arthur; his sisters: Martha, Elaine, Marlene, and Catherine; and great-grandson Adam Lopez.

The family would like to thank all our friends and relatives for their support and prayers at our time of loss.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.



Bernard F. Loecke


Bernard F. "Ben" Loecke, 93, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Klein Center in West Burlington, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Ben may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Services for Ben will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, with Rev. Dennis Conway Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born January 14, 1925 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Frank and Mary (Noethe) Loecke. He received his education in the St. Paul's schools in Worthington. On May 30, 1949 he was united in marriage to Joan Wolfe. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2014. He was an electrician and owned the Loecke Feed store. He also farmed in the rural Worthington area.

In retirement he resided at River Bend Assisted Living in Cascade from July 2014 to March 2017. He resided at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington from May 2017 until his passing.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially deer hunting for 62 years. He truly had a passion for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is a World War II veteran, having served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific front and was part of the occupation force in Japan.

He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, the Worthington Sportsman's Club, the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served on the St. Paul School Board as a member and President. He was a member of the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department, for which he served as Chief for many years. He was also a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington and its Altar and Rosary Society, where he also served as usher.

He is survived by three children, LuAnn (Bob) Glaser of Burlington, Robert Loecke of Cedar Rapids, and William (Kim) Loecke of Mt. Vernon; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer Glaser-Koehler of Des Moines, Nick Loecke and Vanessa Loecke Naber both of Cedar Rapids, Tony Loecke of Mt. Vernon, Ben Glaser of Chicago, IL, Allie Loecke Pearson of Farmington Hills, MI, Cassandra Loecke Pudenz of Waukee, and Melissa Loecke Rose of Petaluma, CA; 12 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; his seven siblings, Doris Tucker of Manchester, Ruth Heims-Welch of Pahrump, NV, Walter Loecke and Rose Ann Krogman both of Manchester, Marian Peters of Delaware, David Loecke of Manchester, and Angela Harris of MN.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Verna Mae Roling; and a brother, Ralph Loecke.

Ben enjoyed the staff and his friends at River Bend Assisted Living. The family is sincerely grateful for the loving care Ben received while living at Great River Klein Center.

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



Barbara R. Wertheimer


Barbara R. Wertheimer, 72, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at home.  Private family services will be held at a later date.

Barbara was born March 13, 1945 in California, daughter of Robert and Virginia (Musacchia) Freeman.

She married Mark Wertheimer on June 27, 1977 in Anaheim, California.

She was a devoted and loving wife to her husband and was a thoughtful and loving mother and mentor to her children to whom she imparted her love of athletics, music and the arts.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Mark Wertheimer of Dubuque; three children, Natasha Wertheimer of Oconomowoc, Wisc., Melissa (Kevin) Pittner of Glenview, Ill., and Matthew (Cameron) Richmond of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Reilly; Grace and Nora; and Cameron, Shelby and Isamu.

She is also survived by her siblings, Arlene Hussey, David Miller, Cathy Miller, and Cheryl Miller and her step-father, Wayne Miller.

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

 

 

 



Anthony J. Faulhaber


Anthony J. "Tony" Faulhaber, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa entered peacefully into his eternal home on Monday, January 22, 2018 at home with family by his side.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tony was born on October 21, 1938, the son of Henry and Melita (Krier) Faulhaber. He married his High School sweetheart Carole Frommelt on September 19, 1959. Tony worked at John Deere for 30 years retiring in 1990.

He had many hobbies but his most treasured one was gardening, he loved beautiful flowers. He was an accomplished woodworker, who made beautiful hutches, end tables and cabinets. Tony had special writing skills having had two poems published. He was always well versed and ready to talk current news and politics with anyone.

Tony was diagnosed with Parkinson's after he retired but he remained as active as he could. He loved to ride his "scooter" up and down the streets of Alpine Park visiting with all the neighbors.

Tony loved to learn all he could from his iPad and enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and going out to dinner.

He is survived by his loving wife Carole; his daughter Laura (Billy) Murphy, and their son Jayme (Calla) Murphy. Sons, Steve Faulhaber, Ken Faulhaber and Jeff (Judy) Faulhaber and their children, Colin, Jesse and Lanie. His sister, Mary (George) Sharkey; brothers, John (Rose) Faulhaber and Jim (Jill) Faulhaber; brother-in-law Rick (Joan) Frommelt and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Cassy Murphy.

Our deepest thanks to Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish for their loving care of Tony all these years.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be given to ARC or Hospice of Dubuque.



Rex I. Lightle


Rex I. Lightle passed away peacefully on January 16, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospice House.

Rex was born December 8, 1942 in Griggsville, IL. to Phyllis and Ted Lightle.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Rose Ann Beau. They were married for 53 years.

Rex was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. He was very proud of his service. Rex attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute before he started his career as a graphic designer. Among the companies he worked for were WDAF and Valentine-Redford. Rex worked as a Senior Graphic Designer at Hallmark Cards for 27 years before retiring.

He is proceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Toni.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, 2 children, Kimberly Staples (Kevin), Tara Barnes (Michael) and 4 grandchildren, Ali Staples, Emily Staples, Maddie Barnes and Kate Barnes. He is also survived by two brothers, Gary Lightle and Richard Lightle.

Rex enjoyed creating a beautiful yard, spending time with his family, playing cards, and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. One of his favorite things to do was exploring the country on long road trips and making friends with everyone he met.

The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff at Johnson County DaVita Dialysis for their loving care and attention. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation.

A gathering for friends and family will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St., Mission, Ks. 66202. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com

 



Glenda M. Reinert


Glenda M. Reinert, 75, of Sherrill, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5131 Sherrill Road. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Glenda was born July 12, 1942, the daughter of Glenn and Gladys (Adrian) Orcutt. She graduated from Guttenberg High School and went on to graduate from Dubuque Beauty School. Glenda owned and operated Orcutt's Beauty Shop, and became the wife of Raphael Reinert on September 1, 1962. They became parents of Lisa, Chris, Renae, and Juanita, making the family complete. In March of 1964, they moved onto the family farm.

While the family was growing up, Glenda taught religion class (2nd grade) for 15 years, and was a leader for the Peru Achievers 4-H Club for 14 years. After moving from the farm, she worked at Bethany Home in Dubuque, retiring at age 70. 

Glenda's family always meant so much, and she made sure to remember everyone with birthday cards and gifts. She loved to sew, embroider, cook, and write out Christmas cards and letters. Her family and friends were her support in fighting breast cancer and bone cancer. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Raphael; four children, Lisa (Steve) Klein of Dubuque, Chris (Tina) Reinert of Dubuque, Renae (Dennis) Schueller of Durango, and Juanita (Kevin) Soppe of Sherrill; 8 granddaughters, Shelly, Nicole (Justin), Hannah, Ashley, Rachael, Shannon, Hailey, and Emily; 4 grandsons, Dan, Kyle (Stephanie), Matt, and Brett; one great grandson, Parker; her sister, Karen (Gerald) Kennicker of Millville; her siblings-in-law, Charles (Delores) and Frank (Bev) Reinert, both of Dubuque, Peter (Betty) Reinert of Hazel Green, WI, Bernard (Lori) Reinert of St. Louis, MO, Catherine Orman of San Rafael, CA, and Molly (Mike) Murray of Olney, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings-in-law, John (Margie), Tony (Pauley), and Joe (Karel) Reinert, Mary (Paul) Noesen, Lucy (Ken) Donovan, and Sr. Paul Clara and Herman Reinert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Glenda M. Reinert Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schultheis and his nurse, Jenny; Dr. Whalen; Dr. Kukla; and Stonehill Care Center for their care, kindness, and support shown to Glenda and her family. 

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



Jeana M. Simon


Jeana M. Simon, 33 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.
Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018. 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 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 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.

She was born March 13, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert L. and Connie F. (Augustin) Simon. She received her education in the St. Joseph's school in Keywest and attended Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. She was employed as a Lab Technician for Dairy Lab Services in Dubuque. She had a great love for all God's creatures great or small. One of her greatest joys was spending time on the farm milking the cows and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her parents, Connie Simon (and friend, Jay Williams) of Keywest, IA and Robert "Bob" Simon (and friend, Fern Ritter) of Lewiston, MN; her siblings, Janelle (Kurt) Hess of Sherrill, IA, Robby "Duke" (Nichole) Simon of Dubuque, Joni (Don) Ritter of Lewiston, MN, Randy "Buck" (Elley) Simon of Dubuque, IA and Jessalyn (Michael) McDermott of Farley, IA; her maternal grandparents, Don and Dorothy Augustin of Dubuque, IA; her nieces and nephews, Taya and Morgan Hess, Mackenzie Simon, Corey, Carley and Brandon Ritter, Jack, Madelyn, Ruby, Stella, and Kipton Simon, Sydney McDermott, Evelyn Jarding, Amelia and Eleanor McDermott, and along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved cat, Lenny.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ralph "Whitey" and Evelyn Simon and a nephew, Carter Simon.

A special thanks to all those who journeyed alongside Jeana through her battle with cancer. For all the love and support from those were touched by her infectious smile and contagious laugh.

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



John D. Staggs


John D. Staggs, 59, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, January 23 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where sharing of memories will begin at 6 p.m.

John was born on June 8, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Douglas and Juanita (Sagers) Staggs.

He was employed as a pit boss at various casinos.

He enjoyed fishing but sports were his passion. He loved all Chicago teams. Da Bears! Spending time with his friends and family were very important to him.

He is survived by his children, Hollie (special friend, Kevin Diesing) Lay, of Japan and Jeramy (Lindsy) Hennessy, of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren, Aryana and Aaliyah Lay and Adrian, Kalob and Arabella Hennessy; mother, Juanita Staggs; siblings, Christal (Richard) Fury, Steven Staggs, Jamie (special friend, Ron Link) Woolf, James (Susan) Staggs, Jacqueline (Mike) Merfeld, Jodi (special friend, Bill Collins) Bryson, and Judi Staggs; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Staggs.



Frances C. Davidshofer


Frances C. Davidshofer, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Worthington, Iowa died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Frances may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Frances will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Frances was born on March 29, 1933 in Dyersville, Iowa, Daughter of Herbert and Frances (Kremer) Benn. She received her education in Dyersville and graduated from Xavier High School in 1951. On April 21, 1953, she was united in marriage to Walter Davidshofer at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa. Walter preceded her in death on December 26, 2014.

Frances enjoyed living on the farm and raising her eight children. She planted a large garden and worked beside her husband to provide for her family. She enjoyed sewing, baseball, reading, playing cards, Bingo and watching her family grow.

She was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington.

She is survived by eight children, Ann (Larry) Lee of Manchester, IA, Mary (Luke) Oberbreckling of Mechanicsville, IA, Karen (Doug) Loney of Epworth, IA, Ken (Renee) Davidshofer of Earlville, IA, Bill (Ann) Davidshofer of Lisbon, IA, Peter (Lori) Davidshofer of Dyersville, IA, Christy (Scott) Deutmeyer of Worthington, IA, and Sandy (Scotty) Krogman of Dyersville, IA, 24 Grandchildren, 24 Great-Grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; three brothers, James (Margie) Benn of Dubuque, IA, Louis (Ruth) Benn of Manchester, IA and George (Linda) Benn of Dubuque, IA; two sisters-in-law, Gwen (Jim) Schmitt and Carol (Mike) Lundergan both of Dyersville, IA; one brother-in-law, Leo (Joyce) Davidshofer of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two grandchildren; six brothers, Charles (Charlotte) Benn, Tom (Jean) Benn, Herbert (Violet) Benn, Vernon Benn, Daniel Benn and Loras Benn; two sisters, Rosemary Harrington-Carlton, Ruth (Robert) Nurre; four brothers-in-law, Justin Harrington, Earl Carlton, Fred (Clara "Toots") Davidshofer and James C. ‘Wimp" Davidshofer, one son-in-law, Edward J. Hoefer.

The family would like to thank the Staff and Doctors at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, Oak Crest Manor and the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for all the care and support they gave to Frances.

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



Lynden C. Marshall


Lynden C. Marshall, 81, of Sherrill, passed away Friday, January 19, at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, at Sherrill United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Mound Rd., Sherrill, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Emily Blue will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Lynden was born July 11, 1936 in Price, Utah. He served his country with the U.S. Navy, where he met the love of his life, Jeanne Schepple. Lynden and Jeanne married on December 16, 1963.

He was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement. Lynden enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working in the yard. He loved having pets around, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears.

Lynden is survived by his wife, Jeanne; two children, Mike (Kelley) Marshall of Dubuque, and Corenna (Joe Golden) Marshall of Sherrill; grandchildren Matthew, Danielle, and Stephen Marshall, Matt Jackson, Cord Marshall,  Ryan and Crystal Hefel, and Angelique Kelly; several  great grandchildren,including Christian Marshall and Carter Kelly; and his brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Lynden C. Marshall Memorial Fund.

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

 

 



Jude A. Herrig


Jude A. Herrig 44 of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Prayer Service will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.  Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Monday, January 22, 2018 at the funeral home.

Jude was born October 25, 1973 in Dubuque the son of Arnold and Thelma (Kingsley) Herrig.  He married Amanda Kennedy on July 18, 2003.  Jude began working at Menards in Dubuque at 16 years old and most recently the Front End Manager.  He adored his wife and two daughters.  Jude was an avid music lover and karaoke fan.  He loved going to concerts, spoiling his girls, and taking his Wifey on date nights.  Jude was a huge Minnesota Vikings Fan and attended several games with his wife and just recently took his daughter, Grace to a game.  He always took an active interest in his daughter's activities, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.  Jude had an infectious laugh and was a friend to all.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda; two daughters, Grace and Riley; siblings, Deb Herrig, Dawn Rannals, Denise (Alvy) Kennedy, Dean Herrig, Jon Herrig, Dan Herrig, Stevie Herrig, and Doreen (Andrew) Lightfoot; his mother in-law, Sandy Kennedy-Sullivan; sister and brother in-laws, Sara (Eric) Weiland and Joe Kennedy; 25 nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives.

Jude was preceded in death by his parents; his father in-law, Pat Sullivan; his grandma Helen Czipar; and his grandparents Vincent and Lucille Kingsley and John and Mary Herrig.

The family would also like to thank the Staff at Finley ER and Chaplin for your care and concern during this time.

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

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

 

 



Jacqueline Kieffer


Mrs. Mark (Jacqueline) Kieffer, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Friday morning, January 19, 2018 at ManorCare Health Services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection, with Fr. Andrew Marr officiating. Friends & relatives may call from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family

 

 



Veronica M. Steuer-Pfiffner


Veronica M. Steuer-Pfiffner, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:57 a.m., on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Veronica's life, funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Veronica's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Veronica was born on October 12, 1925, in Jackson County, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas R. and Agnes A. (Smith) Thill.

Veronica was a long-time resident of Dubuque, where she invested over 25 years of her working career with the Dubuque Packing Company. She found love early in life and would marry Cletus Steuer on September 11, 1948. They were blessed with several years together, and 3 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her. Veronica would fortunately find love again with LaVern Pfiffner, and they would be united in marriage on May 12, 1990. Veronica was a faith filled woman who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church, but she also enjoyed attending mass at the Church of the Nativity on occasion. In her free time, Veronica enjoyed traveling the country, as well as creating beautiful craft projects to share with family and friends. Veronica's earthly journey has now ended, but we are forever grateful for the 92 years we had to spend with her. We love you, and will miss you tremendously, but take comfort in knowing that you are now resting peacefully in the arms of your loving Lord and Savior.

Those left to cherish Veronica's memory include

her husband,
LaVern Pfiffner, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Donna VonFumetti, San Diego, CA
and Terrance (Linda) Steuer, Dubuque;

her 10 grandchildren,

her 12 great-grandchildren,

a son-in-law,
Homer Weber, Cuba City, WI;

her step-children,
Robert (Ann) Pfiffner, Long Grove, IA,
Linda Krabacher-Bennett, East Dubuque, IL,
Kathy (Alan) Ernzen, Dubuque, IA
and James (Michelle) Pfiffner, Davenport, IA;

8 step-grandchildren;

and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

Veronica was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Cletus Steuer; a daughter, Janice Weber; a sister, Sr. Mary Thill; a brother, Joseph Thill; a son-in-law, Gary VonFumetti; and a step-son-in-law, Jack Bennett.

A Veronica M. Pfiffner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Veronica's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Veronica, and her family.

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

 



Rose Marie Foley


Rose Marie Foley, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson 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 Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Rose was born on April 15, 1930 in Calmar, Iowa the daughter of Ernest and Frances (Schmitt) Hauber.
She married William P. Foley on July 8th, 1950. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1972. The passing of William left Rose with the task of raising seven children alone at the age of 42. She lovingly and successfully dedicated herself to that cause and watched each of her children complete college or a professional program after high school.

The two most important things in her life were her faith and her family. Both things gave her tremendous comfort during good days and bad days. Throughout her life Rose attended daily mass. At services across Dubuque, you could find Rose comfortably situated in the back of the church, often accompanied by her children. She taught them to treat everyone with kindness and love and modeled it faithfully. She was extremely proud of her family. And her family was extremely proud of her.
Rose enjoyed a good game of cards with family and friends and time spent at the local casino, where most of her efforts were philanthropic. She was known to tool around town in her Jeep to local garage sales and grocery stores in search of a bargain before hurrying home to spend time with her beloved cat Gracie. But if the winter weather was about to turn bad, Rosie would stay put. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. She enjoyed a cold beer poured over a full glass of ice and a nice chat with her neighbors who she treasured dearly.

Rose was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She stayed in constant contact with her seven children, but her children knew not to call her between 6:30 and 7:00 while she was enjoying Wheel of Fortune.

She was the proud niece of local World War II hero Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt who saved many lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She proudly and honorably accepted his burial flag at his recently held military rites ceremony at Loras College.

She is survived by her seven children, Sue Makovec, of Dubuque, William (Shirley) Foley, of Dyersville, Michael (Marcia) Foley, of Katy, TX, Kathryn Foley-Hingtgen, of Fond du Lac, WI, Robert (Leslie) Foley, of Dubuque, John (Kristin) Foley, and Steven (Jaclyn) Foley, both of Bettendorf. Nineteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Frances Hauber; her sister Juanita (Marc) Ryan; son-in-law Steve Makovec; and two grandchildren Michael James Foley and Jennifer Makovec.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Dr. Allen Meurer and their staffs, along with the caring people at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care, kindness and compassion they showed Rose.

In lieu of flowers, a Rose Foley memorial fund will be established.



Loretta M. Wittstock


Loretta M. Wittstock, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Finley Hospital. She left this world to once again join hands, as they always did, with her husband, Bill.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 22 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Loretta was born on February 23, 1928 to Earl and Jovita (Kennedy) Williams. She attended St. Raphael's and St. Joseph's schools. Before staying home to care for her family, she worked at the Licorice Factory, Battery Factory, North Home (Flexsteel) and the Dubuque Packing Company. 

On November 18, 1950 she married the love of her life, William "Bill" Wittstock at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage before Bill passed on December 6, 2015.

Loretta was a wonderful mother and grandmother whose family enjoyed her cooking, especially her chili, meatloaf, baked beans, banana oatmeal cookies and macaroni and potato salads. She had an unmatched wit and spunk and was the heart of the family.

She enjoyed going to the casino and yearly vacations with her family, shopping and donating her purchases to local organizations and families in need. But more than anything, she enjoyed the company of her family and going to Saturday night mass and dinner with them.

Those left to cherish her memory include her five children, Sharon Lowe, David Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, Tim (Kim) Wittstock, and Deanne (Joe) Roussel; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Angela (Darby) Young, Jon (Cassie) Lowe, Brian Lowe, Krista (A.J.) Ligeralde, Lindsey (Adam) Riegler, and Nicole Wittstock; great-grandchildren, Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Joseph, Felicity, Audrey, Amelia, Alan, Zelda, and Jackson. She is also survived by sisters in law and brothers in law, Ruth Ballinger, Lorraine Hirsch, Dick and Rosalie Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois and Alan Jones, Ronald Hirsch, Tom and Carol Hirsch; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded by her son-in-law, Paul Lowe; daughter-in-law. Donna Wittstock; grandsons, Jeff Wittstock and Matthew Wittstock; sister, Jean Williams; sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Pete) Charley; and in- laws, Jack Hirsch, Dorothy McNinch, Sandy Kaesbauer, Donny Joe Hirsch, Don Ballinger, Jenny Hirsch and Jerry Loes.

The family wishes to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers who took care of mom in these last months, especially Dana and Amanda.



Donald F. Wiederholt


Donald F. Wiederholt, 83, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 18, while attending Mass with his brother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Donald was born December 12, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Francis and Margaret (Ludwig) Wiederholt. He graduated from Loras Academy with the class of 1952, and attended the University of Dubuque. Donald married Dolores Hayes on June 25, 1955 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He was employed for 30 years at Celotex Corp., including 3 years as a Production Supervisor at the Louisiana plant. Upon retirement, he and Dolores returned to Dubuque, where he worked at the City Water Department for 11 years. After retiring from the Water Dept., Donald immediately volunteered with the City Park Department, where he then became employed after a year, and finally retired after another 13 years.

Donald was an avid fisherman, enjoying many family fishing trips, and especially "Fishy Fridays" with his grandson, Aaron. He was a talented gardener whose landscaping was admired by all who saw it. His faith was very important to him, and he attended daily Mass with his brother Robert, served Mass, and whistled hymns on a regular basis. His grandchildren greatly enjoyed his elaborate train layout.

Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores; his children, Diane Wiederholt of Bettendorf, Desiree Miklusicak of Sun Prairie, WI, Doreen (Dave Bakey) Wiederholt of Dubuque, Delphine (David) Bergfeld of Epworth, and Donita (Tim) Remy of Park View, IA; grandchildren Holly (Cory) Anderson, Morgan Covarrubias, Jennifer (Wesley) Schilling, Aaron Grable, Debra (Joseph) Maxwell, Emily (Scott) Belloma, Michael (Brooke) Bergfeld, Matthew Remy, and Elizabeth Remy; great-grandchildren Katelyn and Cyril Anderson, Isaiah Covarrubias, Ava and Brayden Schilling, Madeline and Easton Maxwell, Emma and Bennett Belloma, and Hudson Bergfeld; brothers Robert (Donna) Wiederholt and Gerald (Sue) Wiederholt, both of Dubuque; and brothers-in-law, Ronald Hayes of Plaistow, NH, and Thomas (Suzanne) Hayes of Muskegon, MI; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his great-granddaughter Myianna Miklusicak; his brother, Floyd (Mary) Wiederholt; his parents-in-law Carl and Mary Ann Hayes; his brother-in-law Earl (Jean) Hayes; and his sister-in-law Shirley Hayes.

Memorials may be made to the family for later donation to Donald's favorite charities.

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



Marion Kjornes Mulligan


Marion Kjornes Mulligan, 96, of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.

Friends may greet the family from 1:00pm-4:00 pm on Sunday, January 21 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. The funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church 1870 Saint Ambrose St. at 10:00 am on Monday, January 22 conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marion was born September 4, 1921 in Janesville, Wisconsin daughter of Engebret Eivindsen and Gudrun Margrethe Dalen (Simensen) Kjornes. On November 28, 1942 she married her high school sweetheart James F. Mulligan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Janesville. Jim passed away in 2013 after 70 years of marriage. They were blessed with 2 sons, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Following graduation Marion worked at Parker Pen in Janesville during WWII, traveled with Jim while he was in the US Army Air Corp, moved to Dubuque when Jim began his career with John Deere. She also lived in Monterrey, Mexico for 3 years while Jim was on assignment for Deere there.

While they lived in Dubuque Marion enjoyed bowling, Swing Club at Bunker Hill, bridge with the ladies, volunteering at "Thing and Things" Catholic gift shop, sewing, quilting, cross stitch, embroidering and furnishing her dollhouse. Marion was a loyal Cub's fan and rarely missed watching a game.

After retirement Marion and Jim enjoyed being Snowbirds spending time in Arizona, Florida and Texas where they met many treasured friends. Marion was an avid reader especially enjoying biographies and current affairs. She was always interested in new things from computers, to cameras, to cell phones. She enjoyed writing and receiving e-mails from friends and family into her 96th year.

Marion was always very involved in her family's lives and tried to attend events from birthdays to school music programs to sports. She especially liked to play board games and card games, read, and color with the grandkids and great-grandkids. Marion will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. We were so blessed to have her in our lives so many years. She was such a gracious, kind, and caring person.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons Michael (Ann) of Dubuque and Patrick (Sarah) of Iowa City; grandchildren, Dan (Kelly) Mulligan of Dubuque and their children Eli and Jacob; Brian (Jody) Mulligan and their daughter Emmy of Salt Lake City, Utah; Lucie, Felix, and Henry Mulligan all of Minneapolis, Minnesota; siblings, Carrie (Dwayne) Rose of Janesville and Sonja Dowdy of Laguna Hills, California; in-laws Bernie Stewart of Libertyville, Illinois and June Kjornes of Janesville; and many very special nieces and nephews.

Marion was preceded in death by her sisters; Ruth Stewart, Eleanor Schultis, Betty Oertel Delitz and brothers; Gerald, Donald, Edwin, and Tom Kjornes, and in-laws; Donna Kjornes, Mary Ann Kjornes Treichel, Priscilla Kjornes, Catherine Kingsley, Larry Oertel, Red Delitz, Lynn Dowdy, and Ralph Kingsley.

Memorials in Marion's memory may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, St. Anthony's Church, Wahlert High School, Ennoble Manor Care Center, or as desired.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Ennoble Manor for the care and kindness Marion received while there for rehab and skilled nursing. They would also like to thank the staffs at Dubuque Internal Medicine and Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for the care they provided to Marion.

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



Mary Lea Braem


Mary Lea Braem, age 71, of Hazel Green, WI, was called home suddenly at 4:29 p.m., on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at home. To honor Mary Lea's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Mary Lea's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Monday, January 22, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary Lea was born on July 12, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leo C. and Euphemia (Lammer) McCarthy.

Mary Lea obtained her early education at St. Patrick's Grade School, graduated from Wahlert High School, and then went on to the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and finally the University of Dubuque, where she eventually earned her BSN. Mary Lea was united in marriage to the love of her life, Curtis Braem, on September 1, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 33 wonderful years together, and a truly adored son, before Curtis was sadly called home ahead of her on November 3, 2005. Mary Lea had a kind heart, and a caring nature, which served her well in her chosen profession of nursing. She invested many years of her career working in Chicago, Illinois and Bay, Indiana, before returning back to Iowa and graciously sharing her time and talents at Mercy and Xavier Hospitals, Dubuque Oral Surgeons, and also at the University of Iowa, before her eventual retirement. Mary Lea was undeniably a very active woman who thoroughly enjoyed a nice walk under the afternoon sun, or even a relaxing day of baiting her hook while waiting patiently for the catch of the day. But, where Mary Lea continually discovered true joy was in the moments where she was surrounded by her family. Her devotion and love for family and friends were routinely on display and if you held a special place in Mary Lea's heart, you could be sure she would always be there to remind you that it was so. We are absolutely broken hearted today with the sudden absence of Mary Lea from our earthly lives. The memories, lessons and love she leaves behind will be treasured by all who knew and loved Mary Lea and we pray that Mary Lea and Curtis' heavenly reunion is one of boundless joy. Thank you Mary Lea for diligently trying to make the world a better place during your 71 year journey and please know that we will miss you deeply until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary Lea's memory include

her son,
Levi (Danielle) Braem, North Liberty, IA;

her 2 grandchildren,
Mason and Madison Braem;

her siblings,
Rose (Mark) Flaspohler, Story City, IA,
Dennis (Suzanne) McCarthy, Dubuque, IA
and Roger (Ann) McCarthy, St. Charles, MO;

her special friend,
Trish (Bill) Folger, Dubuque, IA.

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

Mary Lea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis Braem; and a sister, Carol McCarthy in infancy.

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

Mary Lea's family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hazel Green 1st Responders, the Grant County Sheriff's Department, and the Grant County Coroner for all of their professional and compassionate care during this difficult time.

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



Jenifer Martin


Jenifer Martin, 56, of Dubuque met her savior in person on Sunday January 14, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather after 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.

Jenifer was born February 23, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa to Craig and Gretchen (Claussen) Nordenson. She attended four years at the University of Iowa and was employed as an Account Clerk at Prairie Farms. On September 14, 2013 she married the love of her live, Tim Martin in Spring Green, WI.

Jenifer was a founder and member of Aligrea singing group, Charter member of Riverstone Church of Dubuque, staff member of Ass-Wee-Pay, as well as a member of St. Peter's Choral Society in St Peters, MO. She was a lover of nature and pets. Jenifer was known as a woman with a lovely sense of humor and a joy to be around.

Surviving are her husband Tim; her father Craig of Dubuque; aunts and uncle Cathy Claussen of Dubuque and Ward (Kay) Peterson of Middleton, WI; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother Gretchen and uncle Paul Claussen.



Raymond B. Vaske


Raymond B. Vaske, 100, of Dyersville and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa passed away peacefully, Monday, January 15, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137/VFW Post 7736 service will commence at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137 and the VFW Post #7736. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate with Fr. Carl Ries concelebrating and Deacon Roger Riesberg assisting.

Ray was born November 21, 1917 in New Vienna, the son of Clemens J. and Rosa (Koopmann) Vaske. He married Mary Margaret Besler on November 23, 1943 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.

Ray served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946, stationed for one year in Japan. He was a cattle farmer on his family farm deeded from President Polk in 1846.

His passions were farming, golfing, fishing, deer and turkey hunting, and watching sports. He spent time at the golf course until the age of 97. From the time of his retirement at age 62 he wrote 7 to 8 letters a day to family and friends. He was a great story teller – he always said "I cut a seven foot swath with a 5 foot mower". Ray enjoyed family picnics and hot dogs, but hated grape jelly. Ray sang O Tannenbaum in German and "Five Golden Rings" with flourish. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived by himself at home until he was 100 years old.

Ray served on the St. Boniface School Board who helped start Beckman Catholic High School. He also served on the Dubuque County School Board who created the three county Keystone AEA. He was a member of the Dyersville Country Club, American Legion Post # 137, VFW Post #7736, and the St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include his children: Judith (Walter) Welling of New Vienna, Barbara Vaske of Des Moines, Connie Kruger of Salt Lake City, UT, grandchildren: Philip (Laura) Welling, Peter Welling, Sarah (Ed) Dring, Megan (Josh) Dugan, Ryan (Shalee) Kruger, great grandchildren: Logan Welling, Maddison Welling, Jadyn Welling, Coby (Emily) Nelson, J.J. Dugan, Chase Dugan, Andrew Dring, Alex Dring, siblings:, Inez Schultz of Dubuque, brother-in-law: Jake (Gerri) Besler of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother, Susan Vaske, his wife, Mary Vaske in 1987, siblings: Edgar (Louise) Vaske, Hugh (Dorothy) Vaske, Fr. Martin O. Vaske S.J., Minnie (Matt) Carroll, Larry (Kate) Vaske, Alphonse Vaske, Vince (Lucinda) Vaske, In-laws: Eldon Schultz, Bill (Eileen) Besler, Catherine (Chester) Polus, Lucille (A.J.) Warsek, Gladys (Allan) Bemis, Leo (Corky) Besler, Louis (Peggy) Besler, Tillie (Howard) McElmeel, Joe (Molly) Besler.

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



Virginia F. McNamer


Virginia F. McNamer, 94, of Dubuque left the challenges of her physical body and went to be with her beloved savior on January 16, 2018.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday January 22, 2018 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Family and friends may gather after 9 a.m. Monday until the time of services at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family with arrangements.

Virginia was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 29, 1923 to John and Louise (Schoenberger) Ney. She was married to Robert G. McNamer on December 4, 1942 and later divorced in 1989. She was eventually blessed with meeting and spending many years with her fiancé, Joseph Dolan, until his passing in 2007.

Virginia was employed full time as a "Mom" to many and part-time for the family business, Materials and Equipment, Inc. She was later employed by the Social Security Department as a payee for her clients.

Virginia was an avid volunteer throughout her life, having been named both the President and Governor's Volunteer of the year in 1992, 1995, and 2008. She was a role model for her family, teaching them to love and care for those in need and to share their talents to make the world a better place. She was very proud of the many years that she volunteered at Finley Hospital, the Arboretum, Luther Manor and St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by four of her five children, Sandra Plumley, Patricia (Norman) Boelk, Linda (Patrick) Kelly, and Michael (Deana) McNamer; her son-in-law, James Husemann; 10 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; and numerous great & great-great grandchildren and step grandchildren whose presence always lit up her world and brought forth her beautiful smile. She leaves a legacy of unconditional love!

Virginia was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Robert McNamer; her fiancé Joseph Dolan; her daughter, Kathy "Kate" Husemann; two son-in-laws Eugene Plumley and Robert Zickuhr; one granddaughter Kathy Jean Zickuhr; two sisters, Esther Lubbers and Genevieve Lee; and her brother, John Ney.

While her physical body was failing, she fought to be independent to the end and "did it her way".

The family would like to thank Dr. Wolbers, Dr. Whalen, and Dr. Johnson, the HomeHealth caregivers at Luther Manor, especially Janet and Deb, as well as the staff and residents at Luther Manor apartments for the love and care they showed their Mom.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in Virginia's name will be established with donations to be made to her favorite charities.



John Joseph Dolan


John Joseph Dolan, 80, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday January 15, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7p.m. Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 19th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born on May 13, 1937 to Albert and Marie (Basten) Dolan. John graduated from Loras Academy and went on to attend Barber College. He married Sheila Thompson on August 16, 1958.

After graduating from barber college, John started working with his father at Dolan Deluxe Barber Shop in July 1957, the barber shop his uncle started in 1928. John recently celebrated 60 years of cutting hair. John had a true passion for being a barber. He enjoyed his customers that became friends over the years and looked forward to catching up with them at their appointments. As John once said, "You know, it doesn't seem like 60 years to me. It really doesn't. I think part of that is I just enjoy working with people every day."

John was proud of his Irish heritage and he was an avid Cubs fan. He enjoyed gardening and everyone loved his famous salsa. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by those left to cherish his memory.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Sheila Dolan and two children Kim (Jim) Dolan-Backhaus of Hustisford, WI and Patrick Dolan of Dubuque, IA. He is also survived by three grandchildren Nicole Schueller of Brookfield, IL, Ashley (Ryan) Nyhus of Verona, WI and Austin (Erin Rebholz) Nicholls of Sandy Springs, GA, three great-grandchildren Morgan Schueller, Caidence and Wesley Nyhus; his siblings, Beverly Kluesner, Jenny (James)Givens, Albert (Nancy) Dolan and Bobby Dolan; and his sister-in-law, Jannan (Tom) Pauly.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Marie Dolan, his siblings Roger Dolan, Dory (Tom) Meyer and Denny (Betty) Dolan; and his parents-in-law, Elmer and Alo Thompson.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Arthur N. Lansing


Arthur N. Lansing, 89, of Dyersville, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate, Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist and Rev. Carl Ries and Rev. Richard Gaul will concelebrate.

Art was born November 25, 1928, in Dyersville the son of Lawrence and Amanda (Gaul) Lansing. He attended Country School until the 8th grade. He married Bernice Derga on June 11, 1960, in Worthington, Iowa.

He owned and operated Lansing Lime and Rock. Art enjoyed wood working, tinkering, fixing things and especially spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bernice, 4 children: Linda (Mark) Vorwald of Worthington, Lois (Steve) Winter of Marion, Larry (Janice) Lansing and Loras (Vicki) Lansing, both of Dyersville; 8 grandchildren: Matthew (Megan) Vorwald, Valerie Vorwald, Katie Lansing, Kelsey Lansing, Jackie (Alex) Sellner, Jacob, Joshua and Jenna Lansing; 3 great grandchildren: Annalyne and Wyatt Sellner and Amelia Vorwald; siblings: Catherine (Hugo) Engelken, Jerome (Mary Margaret) Lansing and John (Rita) Lansing, all of Dyersville Verna Rose (LeRoy) Bries of Guttenberg, and William (Joan) Lansing of Worthington; in-laws: Leon (Betty) Mullis of LaPorte City, Alvera Weber and Mary (Bob) Morris, both of Manchester, Grace Neuzil and Jane Hahn, both of Dyersville, John (Kathy) Derga of Worthington and Carol Derga of Racine, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Albert and Marcella (Leyendecker) Derga, siblings: Wilma Mullis, Joseph (Ruth) Lansing, Fr. Augustine Dreiling OSB; in-laws: Ralph Weber, Herb Hahn, Richard Neuzil and Albert Leo Derga.

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



Selma K. Marcue


Selma K. Marcue, age 96, of Potosi, Wi, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI.

Services for Selma will be 11:00 AM, Friday, January 19, 2018, at Davies Memorial United Church of Christ, Potosi, WI, with Pastor Maggie Lewis officiating. Visitation is Friday from 10:00 am to the time of the services at the church. Burial will follow in British Hollow Cemetery, Potosi, WI. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL, is serving the family.

Selma was a lifelong resident of Potosi, WI. She was born November 18, 1921, in a house boat on the Platte River, in Paris Twp. of Grant County, Wisconsin. She was the oldest daughter to Lawrence and Louisa (Wackershauser) Pickel. She married Clifford "Buck" Marcue in November 1939. He preceded her in death June 28, 1972.

As a child, Selma attended The School for the Blind in Vinton, IA. She later farmed in Potosi with Clifford until 1969. Selma also worked at the Dressen Nursing Home in Cassville, WI, and the Lancaster Care Center.

She is survived by her 2 sons, Larry (Judy) Marcue, Hazel Green, WI, and Lonnie (Sheila) Marcue, Potosi, WI; 7 grandchildren: Michelle, Barry, Tim, Bruce, Larry, Cathy and Sherri; 15 great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Larry (Dina) Pickel, Potosi, WI, and Jerry (Cheryl) Pickel, Dubuque, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Rosie (Bob) Murphy, her parents, 4 brothers: Delbert, Bernell, Ernest, and Harold; and 7 sisters: Goldie Eggers, Evelyn King, Elvira Merritt, Kathleen Wedig, Linda Sheldon-Reifsteck, Stella Haun, and Lila Trickle.

The family requests no plants or flowers; a Selma Marcue Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Karl T. Kurt


Karl T. "Butch" Kurt, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at 4:50 a.m. at Unity Point St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Karl may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a KC Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Services for Karl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Karl was born May 3, 1939 in Monticello, Iowa son of George and Barbara (Weber) Kurt. He received his education in the former St. Mary's School in Cascade. On September 19, 1970 he was united in marriage to Larita Horsfield at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa.

He was a dedicated beef producer and crop farmer. He farmed all his life in the rural Cascade area; he lost a leg in 1975 and continued to farm. He loved to play cards and visit with his friends and family.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930 and Jones County Cattlemen's Association and the Farm Bureau Association. As a couple they were inducted into the Jones County Cattlemen's "Hall of Fame" in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Larita Kurt; two children, Jolene (Doug) Kramer of Monticello and their children, Hunter, Bo and Karle Kramer; Michael Kurt of Prairieburg and his children, Christine and Colleen Kurt; one brother, Ronald (Pat) Kurt of Cascade; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vernon Becker of Hopkinton, Evadeen (Allan) Strang of Cascade, JoAnn Horsfield of Monticello, Daniel (Colleen) Horsfield of Cascade and Clarence Urbain of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steve Kurt in infancy and Rev. Allan Kurt, Ralph P. (Lorraine) Kurt; two sisters, Wilma (Clifford) Priebe and Sr. Lucy Kurt; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eleanor Urbain, Edward Meier, Mae Becker and William Horsfield.

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



Sylvester F. Loesche


Sylvester “Red” F. Loesche, 87, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am Friday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O’Connor will officiate.

Red was born May 13, 1930 in Petersburg the son of Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche.  He grew up on the family farm, attended grade school in Petersburg and graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. He married Alma Langel on Sept. 21, 1950, in Dyersville.  Together they farmed on the family farm near Petersburg until they moved to town in 2001. 

Red played baseball at Loras Academy and continued for years playing for numerous local teams as a pitcher over the years.  When he hung up the glove he turned to golf, spending many afternoons with his friends on the course.  He was an avid Cubs, Packers and Notre Dame fan.  Red and Alma loved to travel, especially to Arizona where they would attend the Cubs spring training and going to the casino.

Survivors include his wife, Alma of 67 years, children: Russ and Randy Loesche, and Dennis (Jean) Loesche, all of Petersburg, Margie (Cam) Kolle and Connie (Leon) Schuster, both of Dyersville, and Bonnie (Gary) Bass of Chico, TX; grandchildren: Jayme (Stefanie) Loesche, Ben Loesche, Billi (Dave) Mottet, Bob Loesche, Brittany (Cody) Radabaugh, Cory Schuster, Amber (Jeff) Lehmann, Carrie Wieneke (Josh Broghammer), Ashley (Jeremiah) Chapman and Amanda (Justin) Tucker; 15 great grandchildren; in-laws: Leona Niehaus of Dyersville, Helen Krogman of Dubuque and Arlene Langel of Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 daughters-in-law, Deb Loesche, Freida Loesche; a son-in-law, Wayne Wieneke,; siblings: Laurine (Clarence) Kruse, Lawrence (Maxine) Loesche, Andy (Melanie) Loesche, Bernice (Harry) Gassmann, Delores (Paul) Lammers; in-laws: Eldrew Niehaus, Leroy Krogman, Raymond (Sally) Langel, Lucille Langel, Esther (Clete Klein and Roger Sullivan) Sullivan, Evelyn (John) Gaul, Mary (Lyle) Neuhaus, Sylvester (Delores) Langel, and Ambrose (Arlene)Langel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Snyder, Dr. Eric Engelman, Oak Crest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and their staffs for the wonderful care they showed our father.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman High School and Oak Crest Manor.

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



Ronald W. Howell Sr.


Ronald W. Howell Sr., 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa surrounded by his family.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"© in remembrance of Ronald on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Ronald Wesley Howell was born on October 13, 1935 in Iowa City, Iowa to Glenn William and Eunice Tiny (Dague) Howell. He married Josephine Patricia Scharff on July 2, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Julie, Ronald Jr., Lynda, Kitty and Lonnie. "Pat" passed away on May 5, 1984. He later married Sharon Aileen Boltjes Caes on August 31, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald started out working for Bacon Veneer in Dubuque, Iowa on the circular saw, then became a buyer and a foreman. He then worked for the Kyle family, and for many years owned and operated R.W. Howell Logging, Inc., a successful business that exported to Japan, Germany and Switzerland. He and Pat were honored with a trip to Japan to show Ronald how his logs were processed.

Ronald enjoyed hanging out with family and friends but his true passion was logging. His whole life was centered around trees as he would almost drive off the road while looking. He also enjoyed going for rides with his brother Gene.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Sharon Howell of Maquoketa, IA; children, Julie (Kenneth) Fonck of Maquoketa, IA, Lynda Howell of Dubuque, IA, Kitty (Terry) Brown of Hazel Green, WI, and Lonnie (Jessica) Howell of Bernard, IA; step-children, Paula Howell of Maquoketa, IA, Shelly Kelly of Maquoketa, IA, and Kirk (Michelle) Caes of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers, Gene (Joyce) Howell of Maquoketa, IA, and Calvin Burnes of Dubuque, IA; 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Pat, seven brothers Carl, Tom, Dick, Earl, Art, Lindiss and Dan, a son Ronald Howell Jr, and a step-son Kane Caes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald Wesley Howell Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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



James G. Vogt


James G. "Jim" Vogt, 85, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Friday, January 19, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating with Military Honors to follow by American Legion Post #6. Family and Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with a wake service held at 2:45 p.m.

Jim was born October 13, 1932, in Dubuque, IA. The son of John and Mary (Bechen) Vogt. He served in the United States Army, during this time he served 8 weeks overseas in the Korean War. James married Janann Goedken on August 29, 1959, and together shared 58 loving years.

Jim's first job before joining the service was at Caradco in Dubuque. After returning he worked for John Deere and Riverside Bowl. He was a familiar face at Riverside Bowl working as the head mechanic and Co-Manager, where he retired after 36 years. Inline with his love for bowling he also installed the bowling lanes inside 3 different bowling alleys. Other jobs Jim had after his retirement included The Telegraph Herald, American Legion, Norton News and Dan Kruse.

Jim was a Past Commander at the American Legion from 1999-2000. He had 45 continuous years as a member of the Legion, during this time he spent his time working on numerous committees. James loved to bowl. He met his wife at a bowling alley and passed the love he had for bowling on to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. James was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1984 and Charter Member of the 700 Club. He also loved spending time on his houseboat the Que Pasa, as well as watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears. James had the greatest ability to fix things. He was a master of all trades and passed that on to his children as well.

Surviving are his wife, Janann; children, Stephanie (Steve) Beck, Greg (Joann) Vogt, and Cindy (Terry) Cottrell, all of Dubuque, Dan "Turtle" (Sue) Vogt of Littleton Co, and Molly Vogt of East Dubuque, IL; grandchildren Krystal (Chris) Shannon, Tiffany (Chad) Thomas, Kyle Wiest, Cody Beck, Amy (Chris) Dunn, Kristi (Chad) Miller, Amy (Dave) Kafer, Jolene (Luke) Heacock, Beth (Joe) Vermeulen, Ben (Shannon) Cottrell, Stephen (Mikki) Vogt, and Matt Vogt; 22 great-grandchildren; Sister-in-Laws Rita Vogt, Esther Goedken, Caroline Goedken, Delores Morley, Bonnie Ready, Marlene Goedken, Edith Goedken; Brother-in-Law Francis Goedken; many nieces and nephews; friends at the Diamond Senior Apartments; and his favorite bar stool at the American Legion.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Ross Morley; his brothers John and Ray Vogt; Step-Siblings Eugene Morley and Arnetha Marting; Brother-in-Laws Melvin Miller, Duane, Melvin, Vernon, Herbert, John and Richard Goedken; Sister-in-Laws Delores Miller, Naomi Vogt, Marion, Ann and Regina Goedken.

The Vogt Family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Runde, the staff at Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque VA for their kind, considerate care extended to their husband and father.



Colleen M. Brandenburg


Colleen Marie Brandenburg 58 of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 13, 2018 at home with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may call from 4 until the time of services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Colleen was born on April 13, 1959 in Dubuque, the daughter of Rosemary (Welsh) Michael. She married Clarence Brandenburg on May 28, 1994 in Dubuque. She was an avid bowler, and loved to play bingo and cards. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her husband Clarence; three children Ronald (Donna Brown) Key, Christi (Michael) Nelson, and Cody (Amber) Key; seven grandchildren Jordon, Michelle, Alexis, Damien, Stephen, Scott, and Adriana; her siblings Robert (Nancy) Michael, Norann Long, Pam Wachendorf, Debbie (Kevin) Linden and her twin brother Eugene Michael, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Tonya Key, and a sister Kathy Maus.

A Colleen Brandenburg memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff of American Home Health Care, Hospice of Dubuque and Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all the care and comfort they gave to Colleen.



Elizabeth J. Fondell


Elizabeth "Betty" June Fondell, 91 of St. Donatus, IA passed away on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, IA.

Visitation will be at St. Donatus Catholic Church from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018. Funeral mass for Elizabeth and Harold will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. Burial for Elizabeth and Harold will follow in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth was born June 5th, 1926 daughter of Charles and Anna (Buss) Cole in Lawler, IA.

She married Harold Fondell on June 26th, 1947 at St. Mary's Church, Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on April 7th, 2012.

She was a loving and proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, painting, crafts, sewing and quilting for family and friends. She and Harold loved to travel, they and their children traveled to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico.

Surviving children and spouses of Elizabeth and Harold:
Linda Mausser, Bonny (Mike) Boyd, Nicholas (Angela) Fondell, Charles (Suzanne) Fondell, Anthony (Julianne) Fondell, Jeanie (Greg) Kalmes, Joel (Joan) Fondell; daughter-in-law Tamara Fondell; 24 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren, shall continue to honor the wonderful family traditions established by them.

She is also survived by her siblings, Lucelle Gardner, Marion Stone, Raymond Cole.

She was preceded in death by her son Christopher Fondell; her son-in-law Joe Mausser; sister Charlotte Fisher and brother Charles Cole.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mill Valley Care Center and Hospice of Jackson County for their wonderful care and kindness given.



Irene E. Horkheimer


Irene E. Horkheimer, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:18 a.m., on Friday, January 12, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Irene was born on October 29, 1924, in Grant County, North Dakota, daughter of Joseph and Bessie (Hayter) Broadhead.

Irene was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edwin Horkheimer, on January 14, 1942. They were truly blessed with 63 wonderful years together, and 4 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 2, 2005. Irene definitely cherished her role as wife, mother and homemaker; always nurturing those she loved and proudly taking meticulous care of her home. She was a naturally gifted cook and baker who was well known for her delicious culinary creations, which she so eagerly shared with her family and friends. Irene was also an accomplished seamstress and quilt maker who was always anxious to start her next project which would eventually be shared with those around her. In her free time, Irene always enjoyed an evening with her favorite bingo dauber in hand, or even a fun, yet competitive, game of cards which anyone willing to sit at the table. All who were fortunate enough to spend time with Irene would quickly discover her great love of country music and were frequently sure to catch a familiar tune playing in the background. Most of all though, Irene absolutely loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and every conversation, visit, or gathering was continually viewed as an opportunity to create a memory to be cherished. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear mom, grandma, sister and friend; but we do take comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with her beloved Edwin, and they will be spending their first heavenly anniversary together again this year.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her children,
John (Carol) Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Judy) Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Wharton, Dubuque, IA
and Janet Howell, Maquoketa, IA;

her 10 grandchildren,

numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Doris Parr, Soldiers Grove, WI,
Helen (Donnie) Parr, Viroqua, WI,
George (LuAnn) Broadhead, WI,
Jim (Liz) Broadhead, WI
and Darrel Broadhead, WI;

and a brother-in-law,
Eustace Horkheimer, MI.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin Horkheimer; a grandson, James Wharton; a great-grandchild, Averee Howell; a great-great-grandchild, Sophie Marie Horkheimer; and her siblings, Robert Broadhead in infancy, Donald Broadhead, Arlene Bolstad and Kenneth Broadhead.

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

Irene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and ManorCare for all of their kind, caring and compassionate care of Irene, and her entire family.

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

 



Dennis J. Bauer


Dennis "Harry" J. Bauer, 65, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Monday, January 15, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque with a Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dennis was born December 19, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of LaVerne and Mary (Melloy) Bauer. He married Julia Neyen on July 16, 1983 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Dennis attended Senior High School and then transferred to Hempstead following the completion of the new school. He then served in the US Army from 1971-1973. Dennis worked for Giese Roofing and Barnstead Thermolyne (Thermo Fischer Scientific). Dennis spent countless hours in the garage and at the race track supporting his son's passion with the 9K race team. Dennis enjoyed spending time with family and friends, outdoors, fishing, camping, and boating. Dennis's love and passion was his grandchildren. Dennis was truly a loyal loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather, brother, and a true friend to many.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Julia; four children, Sadie (Jeff) Fick of Mason City, Jodie (Daniel) Krier of Dubuque, Troy (Jessica) Bauer of Dubuque, and Katlyn (Cody) Peacock of Sherrill; grandchildren, Delia and Brenna Fick, Olivia, Natalie, and Christian Krier, Kylie Bauer, and Jazlynn and Jace Peacock; his mother-in-law, Donna (Allen Schubert) Neyen-Shea of Dubuque; siblings, Donna (Mike) Dillion, Bob Bauer, Lois (Al) Lumley, and Barbara (Ron) Weidenbacher, all of Dubuque and Lois (Craig) Newholm of Marion, Iowa; his in-laws, William (Kelly) Neyen Jr., James (Kris) Neyen, Jolene (Doug) Osterberger; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Rick Bauer and Danny Bauer; his father-in-law William Neyen Sr.; and his sister-in-law, Christina Bauer.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Traci for all your unconditional care and support.

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

 



Myrtle R. Ihrig


Myrtle Ruth Ihrig, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 12, 2018, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Myrtle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, January 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. A private burial will held at a later date from the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Myrtle Ruth Waugh was born on October 18, 1921, to Edwin and Hermina (Ketelsen) Waugh on a farm near Elwood. She was a 1939 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Paul Walker in 1941 and to this union a daughter Janet was born. They later divorced. On January 12, 1951 she married Harold Ihrig in Dubuque, Iowa. They farmed at Iron Hill until his death January 17, 1988.

Myrtle enjoyed genealogy, gardening, and making braided rugs. She was also a writer, writing many short stories, and a book about her wonderful memories growing up with all of her cousins, aunts and uncles in "Waughtown". She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with them.

She was a member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and Ladies Aid, and a former member of the Maquoketa Garden Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Stange of Maquoketa, IA; five grandchildren, Laurie (Charles Jennissen) Stange of Shueyville, IA, Lisa (Jon Davidson) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Jeff (Kathleen Till Stange) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Dianne (Ian) Gutterman of Elmhurst, IL, and Brenda (James) Van Keuren of Mt. Airy, MD; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joan Waugh of San Jacinto, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother LaVern Waugh, sisters Bernice Schepers and Vera Schepers, and her son-in-law Dennis Stange.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the East Iron Hill Community Church or Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Eleanor McCarthy


Eleanor McCarthy passed away on January 10, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at St Columbkilles Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Eleanor was born on May 10, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Jack and Victoria Soltis. She was one of four children and loved being the sister of three brothers Ray (Laddie), Dick (Dottie), and Jim (Patty).

Eleanor married the love of her life, William (Bill) McCarthy (deceased) on November 6, 1948 in Chicago. Bill was a close friend of her brother Ray, and when Bill came home from the war looking to reconnect with his friend from the Navy, he found that Ray's sister had grown up while they were away. They were smitten and the rest is history. They lived in Chicago and started their family and eventually moved to Dubuque in 1966. They never gave up their proud Chicago heritage and were full of Polish and Irish ethnic pride.

They have five children: Daniel (Janet) McCarthy, Maureen Kottman, David (Karen) McCarthy, Donald (Katy) McCarthy, and Maribeth Hughes. And five grandkids: Michael Kottman (Katie), Morgan (Erick) Hutson, Meredith (Jeremy) Mayra, Caroline McCarthy and Natalie McCarthy. In addition, Eleanor presided as Bill's partner as the matriarch of the extended McCarthy/Soltis clan which includes nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces.

Eleanor and Bill became very attached to and involved in the Dubuque area community. Eleanor joined Bill representing the Dubuque area chamber of Commerce at various functions and promotional events. They were members of St Columbkilles parish. They thoroughly enjoyed their nearly 50 years living in the Oeth Court neighborhood where they cultivated strong friendships. In recent years, Eleanor moved to Bethany Home where she met many new friends and neighbors. They loved to travel and probably visited every state in the country and made several trips to Europe.

Upon graduation from high school, she took a job with a bank in Chicago before starting their family. Originally moving to Dubuque with her husband when he took a regional manager's position with Keebler Cookies, she started her own career as a bookkeeper and then office manager with the Kraft Butter Company operations in Dubuque.

She then worked with Bill for many years in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling business and eventually helped him start their own business. Their last business venture 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. Eleanor and Bill retired from the business in 2014.

In her later years, she was a regular customer at Capri Beauty School where she had her hair done every Friday and encouraged the students to be the best they could be. She seemed to be one of their favorite customers. And followed that up with a burger at Paul's with the regulars.

Beside children, she was the proud mother and grandmother to an extended family of dogs that she and Bill had over the years: Peanuts, Sam, Jody and Bailey but also to the many dogs that her kids owned over the years. She took the opportunity to help spoil them but not as much as Bill did. She may have shown off their pictures as much as her kids and grandkids, but one will never know.
Eleanor was all about the importance of family and friends. She was blessed with many opportunities to cultivate these relationships. She was an extremely loving and caring person and will remembered as such by those she leaves behind. She was dedicated to Bill and her family and that was her top priority in life. She told everyone that she had a great life and that we should all strive to live the same way.



Fredrick P. Schuster


Fredrick P. "Fred" Schuster, 62 of Bellevue died January 11, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Saint Joseph Key West. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Fred was born January 8, 1956 in Dubuque Iowa, son of Elmer and Margaret Schuster. Fred grew up on his family farm in Placid, Iowa (currently Timberline Golf Course). He had many stories to share about his youth, fondly remembering events of his childhood. Fred attended school in Farley, Iowa, and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1974.

Fred married Linda Berthel on June 7, 1980. Together, they raised three children in Peosta, Iowa. He was a father with endless patience and love. Along with instilling strong values in his children, he shared his quirky sense of humor and embraced the lighter side of life. After a divorce, Fred married Laura Norton on January 11, 2002. Together, they enjoyed spending time with close friends. They enjoyed lots of laughter and enjoying camping, NASCAR, watching the Minnesota Vikings, and other favorite activities.

Fred was the proprietor of Schuster Drywall where he was recognized for high-quality workmanship. He took great pride in his work. Fred was also a great teacher in passing this trade along to the many people he employed over the years. He not only took pride in his work, but also valued the connections he formed with other contractors and customers over the years.

Surviving are his wife, Laura Norton; children, Amanda (Jeff) Schuster-Davis, Angela Schuster, Adam Schuster; step-children, Brittney Norton, and Shaun Norton; siblings, Donald (Judy) Schuster of Dubuque, IA, Anna Mae (William) Hoeffer of Marion, IA, Dale (Sharon) Schuster of Camdenton, MO, Larry Schuster of Sterling, IL; 3 grandchildren, Ella and Carson Davis, and Deklan Norton; 12 nieces and nephews; and his loyal maltese, Stan-Lee.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret (Greenwood) Schuster; his siblings, David Schuster, Joseph Schuster, James Schuster, and Linda Boll.
In lieu of flowers,

A Frederick Paul Schuster Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they provided Fred over the past 13 months.



Marvin L. Herkelman


Marvin L. "Buster" Herkelman, 102, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 3 P.M., Monday, January 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2 P.M. Cremation will follow the funeral service and burial will be at a later date at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Marvin LaVerne Herkelman was born on April 28, 1915 in Elwood, Iowa the youngest of nine children to William and Louise Pauline (Goos) Herkelman. He was a 1933 graduate of Elwood High School.

He married Eva Francelia Hamilton on February 17, 1937 in Rock Island, Illinois. They were together for over 70 years prior to her passing on May 3, 2007.

"Buster" had first farmed west of Elwood and then settled south of Elwood from 1937 until retiring to Maquoketa in July of 1975. In retirement he continued to help his son Earl "Dude" Galloway farm as well as the Becker family.

"Buster" had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and then transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and watching sports, especially his son Bill's teams.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, IA, and Terre (Judy) Herkelman of Henderson, NV; a daughter-in-law, Donna Herkelman of Clinton, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece Darleen Simmons of Maquoketa, IA; and all the Fey kids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eva, brothers C. Elwin, Waldo, Arnold and Leo, sisters Elise, Eunice, Velma and Dorothy, a son Bill and his wife, Adena (Schmidt) Herkelman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood Cemetery Association, First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa or the Elwood United Methodist Church.

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



Francis J. Tekippe


Francis J. Tekippe, 86, of 62 Collins St., Dubuque died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018 at Saint Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation for will be Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 5:00 p.m.

Francis was born July 10, 1931 in Fort Atkinson, Iowa to Aloysius & Grace (Schmidt) Tekippe.

He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on December 16, 1955, and received a National Defense Service Medal.

He married Elizabeth "Betty" Runde on October 16, 1970 and became stepfather to her six children. He worked at Dubuque Packing Company and FDL Foods until their closure. Afterwards he worked at Medical Associates Clinic.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards.

He is survived by his stepchildren, Rick (Maureen) Runde, and Bob (Kim) Runde, of Peosta, IA, Lynn (Roger) Skemp, of Hazel Green, WI, Chris Runde, of West Des Moines, IA, Pat (Karen) Runde, of Sarasota, Florida, and Karen (Greg) Nank, of West Des Moines, IA. His grandchildren, Kate (Josh) Hermsen, of Peosta, IA, Theresa (Woody) Angel, of Denver, Colorado, John Runde, of Chicago, Michael Runde, of Vermillion, South Dakota, Zach Runde, of West Des Moines, IA, Tony (fiancé Jenny Dalton) Skemp, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Ben (Lauren) Skemp, of Dickeyville, WI, Lauren and Ella Runde, of Sarasota, Florida, Max (Katelynn) Nank, of Dyersville, IA, Alex (Sarah) Nank, of Waterloo, Iowa, and Peter and Charlie Nank, of West Des Moines, IA; along with seven great grandchildren. His siblings Joe (Janet) Tekippe, of Sherrill, IA and RoseAnn (Ray) Nienhaus, of Fort Atkinson, Iowa along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Benedict "Buddy" Tekippe and his wife Luella; his sister Ellen Soukup, and her husband Leonard Soukup; and a special friend Mary Spielman.

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

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates, along with the City of Dubuque Fire and EMS for all their care they gave.



Loras F. Gudenkauf


Loras F. Gudenkauf, 77, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Loras may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday.

Services for Loras will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born on February 26, 1940, in Monticello, Iowa son of Edward and Lucille (Trumm) Gudenkauf. He received his education from St. Mary's in Cascade, Iowa. He was united in marriage on June 19, 1962 to Mary Lea Recker at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. Loras farmed and also worked as a mechanic for over 25 years. He also drove bus for Western Dubuque school district during his retirement. In his legacy Loras has given the gift of life to others through organ donation.

Loras enjoyed his tractor and going on tractor cades. He also enjoyed playing cards, going out for dinner and spending time with his grandsons.

He was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lea Gudenkauf of Cascade, IA; two children, Richard Gudenkauf of Cascade, IA and Rhonda (Shane) Toms of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernadette (Robert) Staner of Cascade, IA, Joyce (Tony) Feldman of Earlville, IA and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper of Hopkinton, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Lavone Rollinger, father and mother-in-law, Leo and Levona Recker; brother-in-law, Kenneth Recker; sister-in-law, Sandy Rollinger.

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



Theodore F. Nims


Theodore F. "Ted" Nims, 72, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at his home in Andrew, Iowa.

A celebration of Ted's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 12, 2018, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Theodore Franklin Nims was born on March 19, 1945, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Carson Lawrence and Vivienne Lucille (Krolick) Nims. He was educated in the Maquoketa schools. He married Marie Yarolem and to this union two children were born: Tod and Charlene. He later married Carolyn Kay Clark Evans on October 4, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2012.

"Ted" had worked as a truck driver for various companies, most notably for Art Pape Transfer Company for several years, and lastly for Bullock's Inc.

"Ted" was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, and socializing at L.R.'s Place, Bill's Tap and the Eagles Club. Additionally, he liked animals especially his dogs "Bear Dog", "Twirp" and currently "Missy".

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Tod (Jennifer) Nims of Delmar, IA, and Charlene (Alex) Perez of Cumming, GA; step-children, Donald (Denise) Evans of Baldwin, IA, Mike (Carol )Evans of Maquoketa, IA, Pam (John) Schmidt of Monmouth, IA and Timothy (Becky) Evans of Maquoketa, IA; 23 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sheila Nims of Greenville, SC, and Laurel David of Ocean Springs, MS; and the mother of his children, Marie Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Zismer, a sister Karen Johnson, and a great-grandchild Julia Jean Evans.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Theodore F. "Ted" Nims memorial fund.

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



Richard W. Doerr


Richard W. "Dick" Doerr, 60, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 12 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, January 11 at the church, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Dick was born on January 17, 1957 in Dubuque, the son of William and Patricia (Kruse) Doerr. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1975. On June 21, 1980 he married Julie Boleyn at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

He was employed at Browns Publishing for over 35 years and ended his career at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Dick was a devoted sports fan. He loved attending Iowa Hawkeye Football games with his family, watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys from home. He had a passion for the outdoors and nature.

He was passionate about taking care of others. He dedicated his time visiting the elderly and helping those in need. He always put others' needs ahead of his own and only saw the good in people.

Dick is survived by his wife, Julie; children, Cassie (Jeff) Hiatt, Heather (P.J.) Tobin, both of Dubuque, and Tyler Doerr (Kalab Hamilton), of Cedar Falls, IA; grandchildren, Chandler Tobin, and Miles and Mila Hiatt; his mother and father, William and Patricia Doerr; siblings, Deb (Jerry) Kueter, Lynn Doerr (Aaron Baumann), Lisa (Mark) McGranahan, Craig (Lisa) Doerr and Julie Drake (Tim Ebeling), all of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Diane) Boleyn, Lynn Kerth, Bill (Kathy) Boleyn, Robin Boleyn, all of Dubuque, IA and Laurie (Kevin) Dreessens, of Hazel Green, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Robert and JoAnn Boleyn; and his nephew, Jason French.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Richard Doerr Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the exceptional doctors, nurses, and staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Brian Moran and Tabitha Heiar R.N. of Grand River Medical and the ICU nursing staff at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.



Virgil J. Murphy


Virgil J. Murphy, 90, of Farley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Virgil may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 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 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday.

Services for Virgil will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 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 Dubuque American Legion Post # 6.

He was born November 28, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James and Lucella (Harks) Murphy. He received his education in the Nativity schools in Dubque, Iowa. On May 10, 1952 he was united in marriage to Alvina Steil at St. Philomena's Catholic Church in Asbury, Iowa. Virgil farmed in the rural Dubuque and Farley areas since 1957. He was a United States Navy Veteran having served during World War II.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Virgil enjoyed growing his family farm with his right hand gal. Farming was never a job for Virgil, it was his life and passion! He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren; and felt blessed to enjoy their many friends and neighbors over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Alvina Murphy of Farley, Iowa; four children, Debra (Paul) Jarding of Dubuque, IA, Kathryn (Jon) Berkley of Dubuque, IA, James Murphy of Farley, IA, and Daniel (Christine) Murphy of Farley, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Eileen (Duane) Bruening of Decorah, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Betty Murphy of Dubuque, IA, Gerald (Gloria) Steil of LaMotte, IA, James (Jean) Steil of Asbury, IA, LaVern (Elaine) Steil of Dubuque, IA, Jude Steil of Bettendorf, IA, Norman Steil of Dubuque, IA, Mary Ann Derouin of Bristol, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Zachary Pust on September 10, 1992 and James C. Murphy on July 18, 2009; one brother, Louis Murphy; father and mother-in-law, Clement and Matilda Steil; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard Steil, Mary Ann Steil, Donald Derouin, Evelyn (Albert) Beecher, and Eleanor (Donald) Lombardi.

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



Donnie M. Weets


Donnie M. Weets, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donnie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 12, 2018, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, at a later date.

Donnie Max Weets was born on June 10, 1953 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Max and Vera (Edwards) Weets. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he began working at John Deere in Davenport. He worked there for over 30 years, retiring in 2017.

Donnie married Barbara Sturgeon on June 10, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donnie was a member of the Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He liked a good meal and enjoyed talking on his ham radio.

Those left to honor Donnie's memory include his wife Barbara Weets of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Connie March of MN, and Amy DeLarm of IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donnie Max Weets memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Al Huff


Al Huff, 89, of Morehead City, died December 22, 2017, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 11:00 AM at St. Egbert Catholic Church, with the pastor, Rev. Thomas R. Davis, officiating.

Al was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on June 17, 1928, to Earl and Evelyn Johnson Huff. After high school, he proudly served his country during WW II in the U. S. Navy. He worked briefly for an oil company in Tulsa, Oklahoma; but the timber trade swiftly became Al's vocation. He devoted his entire career to the wood business. On July 2, 1960, Al married the love of his life, Helen Duffy, in Dubuque, Iowa. His career took him, Helen and their two children to live in several different places within the U. S. and abroad, including a remote island in the South Pacific, Savai'i, Western Samoa. Returning stateside, Al and Helen settled in Morehead City, where he worked for Atlantic Veneer Corporation for nearly 30 years, until his retirement. His colleagues and the U.S. Forestry Service viewed Al as an expert in his field. In his spare time, Al enjoyed fishing, playing golf, scuba diving, and watching sports - especially Panthers football! An avid motorcycle rider, Al took to the road on his favorite bikes well into his 70's. He loved animals, a good joke, and fine dining. However, his greatest enjoyment in all that he did was spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen Huff; daughter, Kathy Huff, and husband, David Beittel, of San Leandro, CA; son, Mark Huff, and wife, Kendall, of Matthews, NC; sister, Claudine King, and husband, Charles; 5 grandchildren, Addison Huff, Logan Huff, Olivia Huff, Chloe Beittel and Alice Beittel.

In addition to his parents, Al is preceded in death by his brothers, Earl Huff, Jr. and James Huff, and 4 sisters, Virginia Barron, Emma Leah Stone, Grace Johns and Earline Mashburn.

A special thank you from the Huff family to the doctors and staff at Carteret Healthcare and the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials be made to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 



Carol A. Hemesath

Carol A. Hemesath, 79, of Dubuque died Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center. Visitation was from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there was a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Carol was born June 19, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Clem and Irma (Kielhold) Fransen. She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and worked as a dialysis tech at Tri-State Dialysis.

On October 26, 1957 she married Gerald Hemesath at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1988.

Carol was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, and met her husband while dancing at Melody Mill. She was a long-time volunteer with Hospice of Dubuque and was awarded the Governor's Volunteer Award by Gov. Branstad.

As Carol would have loved, she was surrounded by family in her final days. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Mother's Club for over 50 years. She was a homemaker raising her children and later working as a dialysis tech. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends.

She is survived by five children, Ross (Julie) Hemesath of Dubuque and their children, Eric (Michelle) and Brad (special friend Erika); Linda (Dave) Cabalka of Manchester and their children, Greg (April), Jordan (Katie), and Jay (Shellie); Laurie (Norm) Leliefeld of Dubuque and their children, Amy (Jon) Fangman, and Andrew (special friend Emily); Ann (Chris) Bandy of Bettendorf and their son, Nicholas (Jessica); and Brian (Crystal) Hemesath of West Des Moines, IA and their children, Quinn, Ellie and Ivy; a daughter in law, Bill's widow, Laura Hemesath and their children, Jennifer (Tejas) Shastry, Kaitlyn and Kimberly. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren and a brother, Paul (Ruth) Fransen of Peosta.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Bill Hemesath.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Finley Hospital and Dr. Whalen and staff for their wonderful care.



Mary L. Manders


Mary L. Manders, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Mary was born December 12, 1934 in Fillmore, IA, the daughter of Lawrence and Romilda (Rogers) Klostermann. She married Vince Manders on June 23, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fillmore.

Mary was a homemaker who spent many years taking care of her family. In her later years, she worked several part-time jobs, including at Mercy Hospital in housekeeping. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where she could be found every week sitting in the front row with Vince. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, trying her luck at the casino, and traveling. Mary was an avid Cubs fan.

Mary is survived by her husband Vince, of 61 years; three daughters, Joyce (Kevin) Dollar of Neshkoro, WI, Lisa (John) Schromen of Dyersville, and Jenny (fiancé Ken Raney) Manders of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Nickolas Dollar and Matthew (Annie Rozinski) Milligan; one great grandchild, Emma Milligan; her brothers and sisters, Lois (Dave) Gavin, Leo (Carol) Klostermann, Jean (Vern "Flute") Weber, Janice Beaman, Larry "Smiley" (Linda) Klostermann, and Gary Klostermann; her in-laws, Marie Manders, Delbert Manders, Jim Theisen, Arlene Kohn, Darlene Klostermann, Luella (Paul) Lueken, George Manders, Mary Jane Burcham, and Margie (Pat) Steger; two half-sisters, Geraldine and Geralyn; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, Joseph and Christina Manders; her brother, Carl Klostermann; and her in-laws, Myrlen "Bucky" Beaman, Lester (Doris), LaVerne, Sylvester, Jerry (Kay) and Norman (Rosie) Manders, Shirley Theisen, Harold (Diane) Manders, and Jim Kohn.

Memorials may be made to the Mary L. Manders Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for their care of Mary.

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

 



Elizabeth J. DeGree-Mueller

Elizabeth J "Beth" DeGree-Mueller, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa passed on January 5, 2018, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where an informal time of sharing and prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. A private graveside service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Beth was born in Dubuque, Iowa on September 19, 1962 the daughter of James and Marjorie (Looney) DeGree.

She graduated from Wahlert High School and Genesis Institute of Cosmetology.

She married the love of her life, Keith Mueller on July 27, 2002. Beth worked as a Cosmetologist for many years at the Hairberdashery
Beth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt who relished the time she spent with family and friends, all of whom she dearly loved.

She is survived by her husband, Keith and her children, Ian, Jill, Brandon (Krissy), Andy (Jenny), Erik (Tricia) Mueller. Grandchildren: Kaden, Rylan, Nash, Alayna and Porter Mueller. Her mother, Marjorie DeGree, her siblings, Mike DeGree, Linda (Chuck) Deutmeyer, and Tom (Martha) DeGree, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, James DeGree, and beloved niece, Laura.

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

The family wishes to thank Dr. Regan Wolbers, Dr. Mark Hermann, and all the nurses and staff at the Grand River Medical Oncology Department for their help and support during Beth's battle. Also, to our family and friends for their love and support.



Jacqueline J. Townsend


Jacqueline J. "Jackie" Townsend, 54, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 5, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance and celebration of "Jackie" on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1 to 4 P.M. in the gathering room at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jacqueline Joyce Nissen was born on July 31, 1963 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald Lee and Inez (Streets) Nissen. She attended Lost Nation and Delwood schools. She married Tom Rorah on October 8, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They later divorced, and on June 26, 1999 she married Paul Townsend in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Jackie" had worked various jobs throughout the years most notably as a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Maquoketa for many years.

"Jackie" enjoyed playing cards, camping, shopping and having coffee with friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and her best friend Kathy Duffey.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Paul Townsend of Lost Nation, IA; children, DJ (Kristin) Fuller of Lost Nation, IA, Shauna (and her husband Heth Davis) Rorah of Lost Nation, IA, Leaha (and fiancé Calvin Ash) Rorah of Anamosa, IA, Maggie Cade of Maquoketa, IA, Jacob Townsend of Dubuque, IA, Gretchen (Bob) Dryer of Maquoketa, IA, Hannah (Richard) Graham of Lost Nation, IA, and Todd Townsend of Bondurant, IA; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Tolly (Pam) Howell of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Nancy Miller of Lost Nation, IA, Donna (Kevin) Luna of Greene, IA, and Linda Thomason of Kingman, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Tiffany Nissen, and 2 grandchildren Aaron and Tyler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/jacqueline-j-jackie-townsend.

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

 



Elizabeth V. Meyer


Elizabeth V. "Betty" Meyer, 97, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

She was born on October 27, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of J. Raymond and Lucile (Voelker) Dettman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1938. On December 4, 1945 she married Robert Paul Meyer at St. Patrick's Church Rectory in Dubuque.

In her early years Betty worked as a secretary for the Adams Company, and then as a Guidance Secretary for Dubuque Senior High School for 17 years retiring in 1984.

Betty was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Betty is survived by her two children, Robert "Bob" (Linda) Meyer and Cathy Tieskoetter both of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Amy (Jeff) Osterberger, Bobby Meyer, Angie (Brian) Berntgen all of Dubuque and Eric (Heather) Tieskoetter, of Livingston, TX. Nine great grandchildren, Kaylee & Ellie Osterberger, Zoie, Brylie, and Ryker Tieskoetter, Bode, Hank, Isla, and Evie Berntgen. Sister-in-law Betty Hansen and brother-in-law Neil Ransford; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; her sister Altha "Ginger" Raisbeck; brothers-in-law, William Raisbeck, Carl Meyer, and Donald Meyer. Sisters-in-law Edith Kirkwood, Marion Burdt, Dorothy Dubyak and Darlene Ransford.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries and her staff and to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion they gave to Betty.

In lieu of flowers a Betty V. Meyer memorial fund will be established.



Marian Bowman


Marian Bowman, 87, died unexpectedly on January 4, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

At Marian's request, private family funeral services will be held at a later date.

She was born July 24, 1930, to Frank and Martha Wild. She married Bruce F. Bowman on November 22, 1951, at St. Mary's Church, Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on October 12, 2006.

She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and worked as a teaching associate for the Dubuque Community School District.

She was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Parish.

Marian is survived by Kathy (Larry) Miller and their children, Jeff (Kara) Miller and Jessica (Chris) Bleile, all of Dubuque; Jody (Bill Richard) Nelson and her children Davis (Sophie Stephenson) Nelson, of Iowa City, IA, and Dillon Nelson of Dubuque; Kerry Bowman and her children Claire and Chloe Schadl, all of Dubuque; daughter-in-law Donelda Bowman and her children, Cory and Eric Bowman of Dubuque; 5 great-grandchildren, Bryn, Tucker, Kellen, Jack, and Conner; brother William (Carol) Wild of Robins, IA; sister-in-law, Viola Wild; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; her son, Russ Bowman; brother, Gerald Wild.

The family wishes to thank her very special friend, Dorothy Kobs for her friendship.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at hskfh.com.



Leonard H. Helbing


Leonard H. Helbing, 90 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.

Leonard was born January 26, 1927 in Cuba City, Wisconsin the son of Jon and Ann (Hinderman) Helbing. Leonard served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He married Beverly B. Beresford on October 30, 1954 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, she passed on March 29, 2016. Leonard worked for the Fischer Company and retired after 28 years of service. He enjoyed bowling, carpentry work, and volunteered at the Arboretum after retiring.

Survivors include his 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, Joan (Merlin) Patzner, and Eileen (Dave) Lange; in-laws, Kate Bradley, Hazel (Erwin) Schulpletz, Robert (Carol) Beresford, Keith (Jane) Beresford, and Bunny Helbing.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; a son, Randy; parents; siblings, Joseph, Edward, Merlin "Merks", William, Margaret, Louise, Liz, and Evelyn.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Manor for your care of our father and grandfather, also the family would like to thank Dr. Jones and Mercy Medical Center Cardiology staff for their care in Leonard's final hours.

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

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

 



Dorothy L. Ward


Dorothy L. Ward, 87, of Delmar, IA, died on December 28, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport, IA.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held sometime this spring, possibly in April. There is no visitation and burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dorothy Louise Ward was born on April 16, 1930 in Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Collister) Ward. She grew up in Delmar, Iowa, and graduated from Delmar High School and the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA.

Dorothy was an elementary school teacher. She taught for 25 years at Hayes Elementary School in Davenport, IA. She also taught in Elwood, IA and Delmar, IA and also served as a special needs and gifted student specialist in Delmar.

She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie (Cleve) Morse of Marion, IA, and Alyce (Carl) Jenkins of Cedar Falls, IA. She is also survived by three nieces, Julie Morse, Rebekah (Clayton) Campbell, Monica Morse, and three nephews, David Morse, Donald Morse and Thomas Jenkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Cleve Morse.

Dorothy's retirement years were brightened by many helpful visits from her niece, Julie Morse, shopping and transportation assistance from friend Joyce Mitchell, and by the frequent expressions of appreciation she received from the many students she helped guide during her long teaching career.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Delmar United Methodist Church.

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



Frank Carbone


Frank "Tony" Carbone, 67, of Dubuque, IA formerly of Potosi, WI, passed away on January 3rd, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. on his birthday at home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Jumpers Sports Bar and Grill located in Plaza 20, on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Frank was born on January 3, 1951, in La Crosse, WI, the son of Cosmo and Jessie (Blask) Carbone.

Tony was married to the love of his life Rhonda Murphy on May 17th, 1986. He worked for Matthews distributing for 31 years where he proudly distributed his favorite beer, Coors. Tony is an avid Packer fan. He truly had a love for life and would do anything for anyone. He was most proud of his family. He lit up a room with his smile and sense of humor. He was the friend everyone wished they had and will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Carbone; loving father to three daughters and two sons, Angela (Rick) Hoppert of Berlin, WI, Jaime (Aaron) Redfern, of Windsor, WI, Tony (Jeanie) Carbone, of Kieler, WI, Kayla (Nick) Lattner, of Peosta, IA and Corey Carbone of Dubuque, IA. He is the proud grandfather to 8 grandchildren and 1 on the way. Sisters: Linda Carbone Nannenga of Bellevue, IA and Lissa Leibfried of Fennimore, WI. 11 in-laws and 15 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jessie and Cosmo Carbone.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Laurie Gutmann and Erin Springer from UIHC for all their loving care and support.



Patricia A. Johns Steines


Patricia A. Johns Steines, 49, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Patricia on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patricia Ann Johns was born on October 23, 1968 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Thomas and Janet (Pray) Johns. She grew up in Clinton and attended Clinton schools. She married Barton Steines in 1997 in Clinton, Iowa.

Patricia had worked for TNT Restaurant in Maquoketa for several years and also as a private Certified Nurses Aide. She enjoyed arts and crafts, baking, her kitty cat "Bootsy" and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Heather Kohl of Maquoketa, IA, Robert Kohl of Clinton, IA, Justin (and fiance Taryn Bogart) Steines of Maquoketa, IA, Lanie (Jake) Mackin of Maquoketa, and Cheyenne (and fiance Blake Huskey) Vanderleest of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren; brothers, David Pray, James Johns, Jason Johns, Thomas Johns, and Joel Witting; and sisters, Tracy Jones and Laura Johns.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/patricia-a-johns-steines.

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



Mary Kennedy

Mary "Lavonne" Kennedy, 91, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be 12:00 pm (Noon), Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Chapel Adjacent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Family will greet friends 10:00 am until service time also on Saturday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Lavonne was born March 7, 1926, in Graf, Iowa, the daughter of Leland and Regina (Mohr) Schmitt. She married George R. Kennedy on March 15, 1947, in Dubuque, he passed on August 9, 2005. Lavonne worked at Licorice Factory, General Dry Battery Company and co-owned Windsor Park Retirement Home and also owned Granny's Greeting Cards. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Colts with her daughter, Barbara, and playing penny slots at the Casinos.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Charles "Chuck") Martelle, Georgia (Tim) Schmit, Gary (Kathy) Kennedy, and Patrick (Patricia) Kennedy; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; a sister, Sandra (Robert) Connolly; brothers and sister in-laws, Jack (Moomie) Kennedy, and Joan (Terry) Vosberg; step brothers in-law, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman, and Terry (Tami) Gassman.

Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Laura Ann Martelle; father and mother in-laws; Lillian and Milton Gassman and George Kennedy, Sr.; brother and sister in-laws, Robert Kennedy, Juanita (Leo) Oswald, Jean (Duane) Langtimm, Jim (Deane) Kennedy, Jerry (Joyce) Kennedy and Al Steve, Sr.

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

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

 



Marlyce R. Yeager


Marlyce R. Yeager, Jane-of-all-trades, with her love for life and for all people, has passed on to rejoin her blessed partner in spirit and soul. Always putting others before herself, she used her strength and creative energies in every pursuit. We, those who knew her and shared her life, will miss her earthly presence, but will never be far from her influence. Our wish is that she is finally able to find rest and have the means to travel and learn endlessly.

Family left to honor her memory include her children, Pamela (and her husband Mark) Meyer of DeWitt, IA, and Bruce (and his wife Cynthia Lett) of Chicago, IL; 4 grandchildren: Brigitta, Amber, Evan and Aneliese; and sisters, Janice Mills of Milan, IL, Connie Dumit of Raymore, MO, Pat Zidlicky of Postville, IA, and Terri Marsho of Hampton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Leroy Trimble, and the truest love of her life, of which she shared 17 years, Vittorio Emanuele Brandonisio (Vic Brando).

Marlyce's Celebration of Life gathering and reception will be held on her birthday, from 11 A.M. until 2:30 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in DeWitt, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.

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

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

 



Roberta A. Wolbers


Roberta A. "Bobbie" (Thill) Wolbers, 50, of Eldridge, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Bobbie was born January 28, 1967 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sandra (Jones) Thill. She graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1984, and married Curtis Wolbers on April 26, 1985 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Bobbie went on attend Genesis School of Cosmetology in Dubuque, and graduated from NICC with a degree in Marketing. She was employed as a manager for Payless Cashways Lumberyard, and most recently as a manager at Hy-Vee, until her illness required her to retire.

Bobbie was an avid golfer, and enjoyed shopping and travelling- especially to the Caribbean. She had a passion for Shirley Temple movies, and collected Isabel Blooms. Family was the center of her life, and she loved spending time with them.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Curt, of Eldridge; two children, Trenton Wolbers of CA and Heather Wolbers of FL; her father, Deacon Jim Thill of Dubuque; her siblings, Jim (Jennifer) Thill Jr, Kelly LeGrand, and Renee (Harold) Benedict, all of Dubuque; her mother-in-law, Phyllis Wolbers of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law, Russ (Jeni) Wolbers of Dubuque and Scott (Amy) Wolbers of FL; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandy Thill; her nephew Nicholas LeGrand; her niece, Stephani Wolbers; her father-in-law Sam Wolbers; and her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Roberta Wolbers Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers she has had throughout her life, especially the staff at Sunnycrest Manor.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



William E. Russell


William E. "Bill" Russell 83 of Dubuque passed away Monday January 1, 2018 at Manor Care.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 6, 2018 at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Lillian Daniels officiating. Military honors will take place at the church following services by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born on May 23, 1934 in New York, New York, the son of Milo E. and Nellie (Burns) Russell. He graduated in 1951 from East High School in Waterloo, Iowa. He served in the US Navy from 1951 - 1971 as Senior Chief Petty Officer, during his time he served 4 tours of Vietnam.

While serving in the Navy Bill's mother introduced him through letters to Janet Potter. Bill and Jan wrote for seven to eight months and through those letters got to know each other very well. Jan and her two daughters who were 1 and 3 met and got close to Bill's two sons who were 5 and 7, the four children became close before Jan and Bill met face to face. Through the letters Bill eventually asked Jan to marry him. They met on, August 22, 1966 at the Lemoore Naval Base in California and the next morning they were married by the Chaplain at the base. After 4 years of marriage they had their youngest daughter, making their family complete. Bill and Jan had 51 wonderful years of marriage together.

His last cruise while in the Navy was aboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS America. The ship did a around the world tour and he was proud to retire with that memory. He was also able to be on the Honor Flight in 2013.

After retiring from the Navy, Bill sold Snap-On-Tools, and later worked at Menards until 2010. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, American Legion Post #6 and the Fleet Reserve Association for 46 years. Bill enjoyed fishing, camping, and photography, but most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Janet "Jan" Russell; his children Timothy (Lynn) Russell, of Monument Beach, MA, Thomas Russell, of Dubuque, Kimberly (Scott) Klauer, of Dubuque, Brenda (Greg) Fuglsang, of Ankeny, Iowa, and Cheryl (Buck Jackoniski) Muntz, of Dubuque. Eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and a sister Beverly Wildey, of Waterloo, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law Leola and Hubert Potter; brothers-in-law Jerry Potter and Richard Wildey.

In lieu of flowers a William Russell memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care Health Services for all their wonderful care they gave to Bill.



Ronald L. Oberbroeckling


Ronald L. "Ronnie" Oberbroeckling, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 4th, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Born December 22, 1940 to Jude & Thelma Oberbroeckling in Ft Dodge Iowa, he was married to Joan Lundberg for 54 years. Ron was a self-made man, in his 77 years he served in the 101st Airborne Infantry as S. Sgt. for 2 tours in Viet Nam 1967-1968 & 1969. He left behind a distinguished record awarded twice the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, three times the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Good conduct medals for Exemplary behavior and a Master Parachute badge, the mark of expertise at his "trade".

After being wounded, he came to Dubuque with his young family to pursue his love of farming. Starting on shares he moved on to own 3 farms all while in his spare time he sold Insurance fulltime, along with several business adventures along the way including Obie's Tap on Rockdale Rd.

He sold insurance for Farm Bureau for 11 years, then with his office manager Diane Schmitt and his partner Bill Stockel they started John Deere Insurance which later became Oberbroeckling Insurance. While his military and business careers were admirable nothing was more important to him than his family. His son Dick was his pride and joy and carried on his love of farming & daughters Terri & Rhonda he guided with a firm hand and a generous heart. He also served on the ASCS Committee & Dubuque County Board of Trustees, and St Joseph Parish Council in Key West.

Left to cherish Ron's memory are his children Dick (Ronni) Oberbroeckling, Terri (Tim) Lawler, and Rhonda (Jim) Jones; Grandchildren Jeremie, Carissa (Austin Ament), Dallas (Ben) Urbain, Becky (Jake) Kilburg, Kylee, and Keegan; Great Grandchildren Colton, Nate & Cayden Urbain & Brinley Oberbroeckling & soon to arrive Great Granddaughter Kilburg. His sister Judy (Jim) Glosser; sisters-in-law, Eileen Segar & Mary (Bob) Klein. Glenn (Midge) Nicholas who was like a brother to him and many friends from several local establishments especially the Eagles & Happy's Crew who enjoyed many laughs and solving world problems together.

Those proceeding Ron were his loving wife Joan; his parents Jude & Thelma; and his brother Gary (Obie) Oberbroeckling.

The family would like to thank Ron's loyal Office Manager Diane Schmitt for all her years of service and friendship, Hospice of Dubuque especially Dawn for all you did for Ron & Dr. Hermann and staff for all the years of excellent compassionate care.

He did it his way!



Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, BVM

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, BVM, 91, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away January 1, 2018, at Marian Hall.

To celebrate Sister Mary Paul Francis' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. An opportunity for a Sharing of Memories will follow the visitation at 11:15 a.m. To honor Sister Mary Paul Francis' life, a funeral liturgy will be at 1:15 p.m. on Friday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was an economics professor, a student loan officer, and also worked in the student accounts department at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Mary Paul Francis also taught at LaSalle High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as serving as the high school treasurer and a college professor in Chicago. She also taught elementary school in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Rock Island, and Clarksdale, Mississippi; where she also taught high school typing and shorthand.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was born in Springfield, Illinois, on July 21, 1926, a daughter to Earl Ellis and Ann Harriet (Wanuka) Bailey. She entered the BVM congregation September 8, 1947, from St. Vincent Parish, Chicago. She professed her first vows on March 19, 1950, and claimed her final vows on August 15, 1955.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Virginia Harriet Bailey; and a brother, Earl Walter Bailey.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey is survived by nieces, nephews and her loving Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared 70 years of her life.

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.

Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, is in charge of arrangements.



Romayne R. Schmitt


Romayne R. Schmitt, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:50 p.m., on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Romayne's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. To celebrate Romayne's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Romayne was born on March 20, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Ina (Palmer) Roggensack.

Romayne was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, before going onto Bayless Business College to complete her education. She would put her degree to good use at Farley and Loetscher, until she eventually met and married the love of her life, Chester Schmitt, on January 15, 1944, and finally became a loving and full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Romayne and Chester were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on September 30, 2005. In her free time, Romayne enjoyed the many friendships she developed within her membership in the Eastern Star, with her classmates from the Class of ‘42, and also with all of her fellows residents at ManorCare. She also enjoyed hiking and biking on Heritage Trail with Chester, but what truly brought Romayne joy was the precious time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren. We are definitely beginning 2018 with broken hearts, but we accept that Romayne's 93 year journey has been completed now and we are forever grateful that she is, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Chester, and her parents. We love you, we will miss you, and we are thankful for the time the Lord was kind enough to share you with us Romayne. May God continue to bless you until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Romayne's memory include

her children,
David (Sue) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Ernestine) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA
and Diane (Pat) O'Rourke, Maquoketa, IA;

her grandchildren,
Ron, Jon and Adam (Ashley) Schmitt
and Keevin O'Rourke and Aubrie (Jeremy) Stuckey;

her great-grandchildren,
Colton, Carter, Kayla, Ethan, Hunter and Tristan.

Romayne was preceded in death by her parents; and her loving husband, Chester Schmitt.

A Romayne R. Schmitt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Romayne's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare, especially Lynn and Donna, for all of the kind, compassionate, and professional care of Romayne, and her family these past years.

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

 



Robert N. Ungs

Robert N. Ungs, 88, of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and military honors will be accorded.

Robert was born September 26, 1929, on the family farm near Luxemburg, the son of Aloysious and Emma (Brecht) Ungs. He married and had 8 wonderful children, but they later divorced. He served in the US Army from 1953 - 1955, and when he returned home he farmed on the family farm. He enjoyed working hard in the shop, and woodworking. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Farm Bureau, and the Holy Trinity Parish. He was family oriented and enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his children: John (Aubrey) Ungs of Dubuque, Matt Ungs of Lincoln, NE, Maria (Terry) Gordon of Sumter, SC, Theresa Ungs (Charles Truitt) of Dyersville, Nick (Ashley) Ungs and Phil (Cindy) Ungs, both of Luxemburg, Patrick Ungs and Sarah Ungs, both of Dyersville; 11 grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Iva Ungs of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Peter Joseph Ungs in 1983, and a brother, Marvin Ungs in 1998.

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



Jocelyn K. Rios


Jocelyn K. Rios, age 56, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:27 a.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor and celebrate Jocelyn's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jocelyn was born on August 31, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a daughter of Jerald and Sybil (Fragas) Ulmer.

Jocelyn was blessed to have spent the majority of her earthly journey on the beautiful island of Oahu. She was eventually united in marriage to her true love, Joseph Rios, on July 12, 2002, and they began their 15 year commitment with a joyful determination which absolutely made her heart sing. Jocelyn's spirit and attitude would always remain a perfect reflection of her love for the islands, but as she and Joseph ventured stateside, she would also graciously share her kindness, and love for life, with all whom crossed her path. Jocelyn was truly a generous soul who strived daily to be a positive influence on the world around her. In her free-time, Jocelyn regularly enjoyed sitting down to watch a good comedy, or quite often listening to some of her favorite traditional Hawaiian music hoping to discover the mood to break out into a little light-hearted dance; but what really brought Jocelyn joy was the time she was able to spend with her family and friends. Jocelyn understood the value of personal relationships and if you were adored and appreciated by her, you were sure to know and feel her presence in your life. Jocelyn also enjoyed traveling whenever possible, as much as she savored any opportunity to spend the day on the warm sand watching the waves roll in. We are beyond broken-hearted today with the sudden loss of our dear Jocelyn, her wonderful sense of humor, and her forever loving spirit; but we trust that the Lord has a plan in all things and we know that she is finally free of her health issues, and thankfully resting peacefully in her new perfect body while simultaneously enjoying a most glorious reunion with her parents who were also called home much too early in life. Thank you Jocelyn for all of the joy, love and lessons you shared with the world along your journey, and know that we will surely miss you everyday until we are all reunited once again in time.

Those left to cherish Jocelyn's memory include

her husband,
Joseph Rios, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Jerald (Joseph) Ulmer, Honolulu, Hawaii
and Jodi (Todd) Benevides, Flower Mound, Texas;

and her nieces,
Christina Benevides
and Codie Benevides, both of Texas.

Jocelyn was preceded in death by her parents.

A Jocelyn K. Rios memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional, sincere and compassionate care of Jocelyn, and her family.

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

 



Edward J. Herbst


Edward J. Herbst 74 of Sherrill passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ed was born November 29, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Kathy (Nicholas) Herbst. He married Gloria Heacock on June 20, 1964. Ed owned and operated Dubuque Truck Repair for over 25 years, retiring in 2003. He collected Allis Chalmers items, a member of Allis Connection for over 20 years, farmed with his wife Gloria, and served on the Board of Camp Albrecht Acres for 12 years. Ed's pride and joy was his grandchildren and his happy place was driving his golf cart and being in his shop. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria; a daughter, Janet (Allan) Smith; grandchildren, Holly, Kyle, and Jesse Arlen; a brother, Gary (Cathy) Herbst.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gene Herbst in 1998 and a brother, Jim Herbst.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Tim and Finley Home Care Nurses, especially, Tracey and Heidi for your loving care of their, husband, dad, and grandfather during this time.

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

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

 



Stuart LeRoy Anderson


Stuart LeRoy Anderson, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 27, 2017, at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors following the service. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 1, 2018, from 2 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Stuart LeRoy Anderson was born on July 18, 1942, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Marvin and Helen (Woods) Anderson. He grew up in the Bliedhorn Church area and attended Welton schools. He then served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Jean Mohrfeld on February 2, 1974, in Maquoketa, Iowa, and they had two children, Jerod and Jennifer.

LeRoy first drove truck for Bullocks, Inc. in Maquoketa and delivered milk for Sanitary Dairy. He then farmed with his brother and also worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service retiring in November of this year.

LeRoy was a proud member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jean Anderson of Maquoketa, IA; children Jerod (Jackie) Anderson of Ankeny, IA, and Jennifer (and her husband Michael Griffis) Anderson of Lakewood, CO; 3 grandchildren, Quentin, Mason and Nolan Anderson; sisters, Mary (Blaine) Bock of Maquoketa, IA, Madeline (Terry) Widel of Maquoketa, IA, and Marcia (Phil) Hardy of Decorah, IA; and brothers, Phil (PK) Anderson of Crocket, TX, Mark Anderson of Maquoketa, IA, and Marvin Owen Anderson of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronnie Anderson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stuart LeRoy Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Ellen (Westemeyer) Quade


Mary Ellen (Westemeyer) Quade, 81, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 1, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Quade Family Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born January 28, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Linus and Charlotte (Bock) Westemeyer. She married Ernest Quade on May 24, 1952; he passed on January 2, 2000.

Mary Ellen was a homemaker, raising 8 children and always loved being with her family. She was a hard worker, devoted mother and grandmother, a great cook and especially enjoyed hosting all of the holidays. Mary Ellen was very blessed to be with her family all the way up to this very last Christmas.

Survivors include her children, Mitchell (Kristen) Quade, Susan (Lee) Merrick, Sandra (Baree) Weber, Mark Quade, Sally (Michael) Schneider, Barbara (John) Roethke, Karen (John) Freiburger, and Laura Quade (Kurt Gudenkauf); 21 grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren; gentleman friend, Mark "Red" Burds; siblings, Robert (Donna) Westemeyer, Ronald (Caleen) Westemeyer, and Luann (Tom) Flury; brother in-laws, Gerald Beaver, Don Quade, and Paul Quade, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Ernest Quade; siblings, Katherine "Kate" Beaver, Frederick "Fritz" (Carol) Westemeyer, Gerald (Mary) Westemeyer, Leonard Westemeyer, Linus and John Charles in infancy; and a granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Chapman in infancy, brother in-laws Bill (Lucy) Quade, Bob (Jean) Quade, Jim Quade, and Raymond Quade, nephews Ronald Beaver and Lloyd Schromen Jr.

The family would like to thank Drs. Sullivan, Janes, Holm, and Whalen and their staff for all of the loving care given to their mom these past 15 years. The family also would like to thank Mercy Medical Center ER Doctors and staff for caring for their mother.

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



Juanita Mae Erschen


Juanita Mae Erschen died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 5th, 2018 at the church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 5th, at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Juanita Mae Channell, on April 22, 1921 in Suffolk, VA to Willie Joseph Channell and Rosalie Margaret Channell. After graduating from Hopewell High School, she earned an RN degree from Petersburg Hospital in Petersburg, VA.

During WWII, at age 21, she enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps. Soon after enlisting she was given an assignment to care for our wounded soldiers in England. While stationed there, she met, fell in love with and married Robert J. Erschen who was recovering from his war injuries in England.

After the war ended, they were both transferred back to the United States where Nita gave birth to their first daughter at Fort McPhearson, Georgia. When Nita and Robert were discharged from the army they decided to make their first home together in Dubuque, Iowa, in the house where Robert grew up. After having 2 sons and 3 daughters they built a new house at 220 N. Booth St. to accommodate their growing family.

Nita was a wonderful wife and caring mother. She and Robert took their 5 children on many camping and fishing trips in the summer months and helped them with snowmen, snow angels and ice skating in the winter. Nita was fond of reading to all of them from the Books of Knowledge in the evenings after their homework was finished. She inspired the children with her artistic skills.

As a member of a Dubuque art club she produced lovely figure drawings. She also loved painting landscapes and handmade greeting cards throughout her long life. Her flower gardens were always a thing of beauty as were her vegetable patches full of lettuce and tomatoes, herbs, spinach and green beans.

On Saturday nights Robert and Nita often joined friends for dinner and ballroom dancing or made an evening of playing euchre or other card games with family and friends. They also loved fishing and boating on the Mississippi River.

Nita was a prolific correspondent who always made time for writing long, handwritten letters to old friends and her adult children who moved away from Dubuque. She wrote to her daughters once or twice a week for nearly 50 years. She somehow managed to do all of this at the same time she was caring for her aging mother, Rosalie Grant, and her in-laws, Joseph and Mary Erschen.

Nita was a delightful person, full of fun and laughter. She always had a lot to say and plenty of energy to converse with everyone. She loved bird watching and fed the wild birds on a regular basis. Her back yard was full of birdseed and hummingbird feeders and, of course, birds.

Nita was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws and her husband Robert J. Erschen.

She is survived by her five children: Olivia Erschen, Joseph R. Erschen, Joan Michele (Miki) Erschen, Janice Erschen and Edward Erschen. She also had 7 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was loved by many, including her devoted caregivers, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Donations may be made in her name to the Dubuque Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.



Mrs. Robert (Alice L. Trumm) Sieverding


Mrs. Robert (Alice L. Trumm) Sieverding, 87 years old, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of LaMotte, Iowa, passed into eternal peace on December 27th, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers and Deacon Stan Scheiding officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born on October 9, 1930 the youngest daughter of Joseph M. and Angeline (Clara Wieser) Trumm. Alice was educated in Dubuque at Holy Ghost elementary school, St Joseph Academy for girls, and at Loras College.

She learned to "tint" photos and soon became an excellent artist, using chalk or oils. Some of her art work is displayed in the homes of family members to this day.

Alice loved to travel and experience life. She lived and worked in San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, and in Dubuque, IA, working as a receptionist, administrative secretary, and switchboard operator; for many years at Interstate Power Company.

In 1982 she married Robert (Bob) Sieverding, moved to LaMotte, and began her "life on the farm". She and Bob shared a strong faith, enjoyed 29 years together, made many friends, did some traveling and spent time with family. He preceded her in death in February 16, 2012.

While living in the Dubuque area she was a member of Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Holy Rosary Church in LaMotte, and St Joseph Church in Key West. She was an active member of The Rosary Society.

Throughout the years, she treated her nieces and nephews to movies, ice skating, homemade ice cream, "Sandy's Drive-in", train trips to Chicago for shopping, picnics at the farm, and gifts of art. She loved pets, especially kittens, and her favorite cat, Muffie.

She will be sadly missed by her many family and friends. Surviving are her nieces Kris (Jerry) Kieffer, Gayla (John) Roarig and Stacey MacNider her brother-in-law Tony (Gert) Sieverding and their family Loras (Mary) Sieverding, Ann (Stan) Scheiding, Mary (Steve) Foust, Sandra (Tom) Brus, Laura (Bill) Grams, Carol (Dave) Dunne, Luke (Linda) Sieverding and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; siblings, Raymond Trumm and Edith (Robert) Ball; half siblings Maurice, Carl and Bertille Trumm, nephews Thomas Ball, Steven Ball and Gary Ball, in-laws Anton and Josephine Sieverding, Betty Sieverding, and a nephew-in-law Mark Sieverding.

In lieu of flowers an Alice Sieverding memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and medical care. A special thank you to Loras Sieverding, Kris Kieffer and her late sister Edith Ball for all their care of Alice in the last years of her life.



Barney J. Hankner


Barney J. Hankner, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Barney's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at 2 P.M. Wednesday at the Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barney Joe Hankner was born on May 28, 1954 in Waverly, Iowa, to Theodore Adam August and Evelyn (Sorensen) Hankner. He was a graduate of Waverly High School and received his Associates Degree in Retail Management from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. On May 1, 1976 he married Melissa Ann Witt in Davenport, Iowa, and they had two children, Molly and Danny.

Barney first worked for Shultz Bros. in Maquoketa as store manager. He then co-owned and operated Gambles/True Value Hardware Store for many years with Dean and Maxine LeClere. In the early 1990's he became involved with the insurance industry selling mainly supplemental policies for EMC National Life and Central United Life. Following a triple bypass surgery in 2010, he began working regularly with Stub Pape, doing home improvement and property maintenance.

Barney was an active member of Faith Community Church where he served as a trustee & volunteer janitor. He enjoyed fishing in his earlier years, and as an avid railroad enthusiast, he took great joy in watching trains and running his own model trains, of which his favorite railway was the Chicago Great Western. He enjoyed starting his mornings having a cup of coffee with the guys at KJ's in Maquoketa.

Barney was a humble man, a loving husband, a warm and caring father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will be missed far more than he ever knew.

Those left to honor Barney's memory include his wife, Melissa Ann Hankner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Molly (Mike) Heiar of Dubuque, IA, and Danny (Megan) Hankner of Davenport, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Henry and Joy Heiar and Macy and Charlee Hankner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Caleb Hankner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Barney J. Hankner memorial fund has been established.

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



Arthur J. Miller, Jr.


Arthur J. Miller, Jr., 77, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson Street, Dubuque, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Visitation will also be held Saturday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Art was born January 23, 1940 at the McGrath Farmstead in Lattnerville, Iowa, son of Arthur and Annetta (McGrath) Miller Sr.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Dubuque. Art received his teaching certification and master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

On May 30, 1964, he married the love of his life, Sally Koehler at Immanuel Congregational.

Art began his nearly 40 year teaching career teaching in Elizabeth, Illinois in 1963. He then taught social studies at Thomas Jefferson Junior High/Middle School from 1964 to 2002, where he also coached many boys and girls sports over the years.

Art was an active and dedicated volunteer and held many positions with the Dubuque Education Association, IntegrUS Credit Union (fka Dubuque Teachers Credit Union) and Immanuel Congregational. For the last 14 years he has volunteered with the SHIIP program at UnityPoint Health assisting seniors with selecting their Medicare prescription benefits. He also has been a strong supporter of the Dubuque Arboretum and Dubuque Historical Society.

Art enjoyed traveling with his wife and family across the United States and around the world during numerous family vacations, cruises and bus trips. An avid gardener, he shared his vast knowledge and the bounty of produce and fruit to friends, neighbors and family. He always took time to make sure a "lovely lady" got a "lovely rose."

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Art was always a loyal fan of his Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Iowa Hawkeyes through the good and bad seasons alike.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Miller of Dubuque; four sons, Jonathon (Beth) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Jonathon Caleb and Koehler; Joel (Alisha) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Kyler and Aiden; Kurt (Amy) Miller of Davenport and their children, Hayden and Addison; and Adam (Valentina) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Boris and Anastasia. He is also survived by three siblings, Robert (Janice) Miller, Nettie (John) Combs, and Charles (Marie) Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health ICU and Dr. Schope and Dr. Salas for their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Arthur J. Miller Jr. Social Sciences Award in care of the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools, 700 Locust St., Ste. 195, Dubuque, IA 52001

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



Mary Jane Feldman


Mary Jane Feldman, 82, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 1, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary Jane was born December 11, 1935 in Delhi, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Doris (Werner) Goldsmith.  She married Jerome Feldman on May 31, 1958 at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, St. Jude's Mothers Club, and delivered meals on wheels for 19 years.  She was an extraordinary minister and led the rosary in her parish for many years.  Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Jerome; six children: Kathy (Dan) Steffen and Mark (Mary Ann) Feldman both of Dyersville; Joan (Al) Hellmann of Marion, Rose Freese of Marshalltown; Chris Feldman of Dubuque; Diane (Andrew) Edgar of Helena, MT, grandchildren: Beckie (fiancé Charles Grim) Steffen, Matt Steffen both of Ames, Emily (Josh) Schindler, Molly Feldman both of West Des Moines, Ellen Feldman of Jesup, Jessie (Chris) Ketchum of Cedar Rapids, Angie (Max) Perkins of Mountlake Terrace, WA, Brandon Freese of Fort Dodge, Sam Edgar of Helena, MT, 2 great grandchildren: Landon and Eli Ketchum of Cedar Rapids, 1 brother, Darrel "Red" Goldsmith of Delhi, in-laws: Theresa Burkle of Manchester, Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Irvin Feldmann, Tony (Joyce) Feldmann all of Earlville, Floyd (Rita) Feldmann, of Edgewood, Elmer (Dorothy) Feldmann of Hopkinton, Les (Joan) Feldmann of Rickardsville, Dave (Sandy) Feldmann of Alburnett, Loras (Mary) Feldmann of Farley, Gerald (Barb) Feldmann of Epworth, Dan (Barb) Feldmann of Cedar Rapids, Leanna Feldmann of Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Anton and Isabella Feldmann, in-laws: Ann Goldsmith, Paul Feldmann, and Leon Burkle.

Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa and Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 

 



Ricky A. Starr


Ricky A. "Ringo" Starr, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Ricky from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the gathering.

Ricky Allen Starr was born on March 3, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Earl Rupert and Ione May (Carr) Starr. He grew up in Maquoketa and then attended high school in DeWitt. He married Debra Good on July 28, 1973 in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Jennifer, Heather, Ashley and Jolene. Ricky and Debra later divorced. On January 19, 1999 he married Pamela Miller Robinson in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ricky had worked various jobs throughout his life. He first drove truck for Thomas Pressley in the Quad Cities for four years. He then worked at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa as a supervisor for five years and later for Kelly Radiator in Cedar Rapids and John Wagener Ford in Maquoketa. Additionally, he had worked at Red Jacket for nine years and lastly for O'Reilly Auto Parts in Maquoketa for two years. For many years he has owned and operated RAS Auto in Maquoketa.

Ricky enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, going to the casino, mushrooming, and going out to eat with family and friends. He especially loved drinking coffee.

Those left to honor Ricky's memory include his wife Pam Starr of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jennifer (Chris) Ellis of Lost Nation, IA, Heather (Chad) Niec of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ashley (Sean) Reiter of Maquoketa, IA, and Jolene Starr of Lost Nation, IA; step-children, RJ Robinson of Maquoketa, IA, Steve Robinson of Princeton, IL, and Nikki Robinson of Maquoketa, IA; 14 grandchildren, Matthias, Theron, William, Liberty, Leia, Lane, Alexys, Keira, Breanna, Dillan, Cadyn, Eidyn, Aiden, Alya; 2 great-grandchildren, Azlyn and Samarah; a brother, Randy Starr of Grand Mound, IA; and sisters, Carol (Mike) Evans of Maquoketa, IA, Dona Rawlins of DeWitt, IA, Glenda Richards of Indianola, IA, and Judy Marvin of East Moline, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, uncles Frank Starr and Carl McNamee, a niece Lisa Yarolem, a nephew Ryan, and a great-nephew Travis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ricky A. "Ringo" Starr memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Herron L. Hinman


Herron Lynn Hinman, 66, of Dubuque Iowa, passed away December 25th 2017 from complications of a long history of prostate cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date.

He was born on October 18, 1951 in Dubuque Iowa, son of Lynn D. and Harriett H. Hinman.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High school in 1969. He was involved in Cross Country and Track while attending Senior, and held a school record in Track for many years. He attended NIACC Community College in Mason City, Iowa, returning to Dubuque to work at John Deere and later McGraw Hill, retiring in 2008.

He was an avid fisherman, loved cookouts and outdoors. He was a loyal Vikings fan, an Iowa Hawkeye fan, and an Iowa State Cyclone fan, when they weren't playing the Hawkeyes. He enjoyed family gatherings and Bud Light in bottles.

He is survived by his brother Jerry Hinman; sisters Melanie Hinman, Eleanor (Scott) Wallace; a sister-in-law, Anne Chesterman. Nieces, Barb (Kevin) Kehl, Jane (Vikram) Chesterman-Chinchankar, Beth (Will) Chesterman-Sands, Lynn (Jessie) Nelson, Hannah (Nick Konzen) Wallace; one nephew Tyler Wallace; seven great nieces and nephews, and special friend, Sallie Moore and her family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother Robert Chesterman.

In Herron's honor, donate to your favorite charity, feed the birds, or plant a tree.

Thank you to all Herron's lifelong friends and family who've helped him these past few years and all the many health care personnel he met along the way.



Sr. John Eudes Courtney, OP

Sister John Eudes Courtney, OP, died Dec. 22, 2017. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service will be held there at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Her ministry as an English teacher was at the following high schools: Holy Trinity, Bloomington, Ill.; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, Minn.; St. Catherine, Anaconda, Mont.; St. Cecilia, Omaha, Neb.; Visitation, Chicago; Freeport Aquin, Freeport, Ill.; Dominican, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; St. Cecilia, Nashville, Tenn.; and Boylan, Rockford, Ill. She received a master's degree in English from the Catholic University of America. Other ministries included one year as librarian at Christendom College, Triangle, Va., and as a pastoral enabler at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle. She also ministered for one year as neighborhood organizer and prison visitor while at Annunciation Parish, Chicago. 

She returned to serve at the Dominican motherhouse in 1989 and served for 26 years there before joining the St. Dominic Villa community in June 2015.

Sister John Eudes was born Sept. 26, 1922, to Harvey and Josephine (Ogden) Courtney in Chicago, Ill. She is survived by nieces and nephews, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.

Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, is handling arrangements. 

 

 



James A. Pearson


James A. Pearson, MD, 84 of East Dubuque, IL and formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital from acute brain tumors.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 30, 2017 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
He was born on June 13, 1933 in Anamosa, Iowa the son of August and Helen (Boos) Pearson. He married Nancy Digman on November 9, 1996 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, IL.

Jim graduated from Anamosa High School and the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He served his residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, and at Hermann Hospital in Houston. He became a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. From 1960 to 1962 he served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Dr. Pearson practiced in Dubuque for many years until retirement. He was a partner along with Dr. Julian Nemmers and Dr. Gerald Meester at Dubuque Orthopedic Surgery on Grandview Avenue, and practiced at Finley Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.
He was a member of many professional associations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Iowa Orthopedic Association, Iowa Medical Society, Dubuque County Medical Society, and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #6 in Dubuque.

Jim loved the practice of medicine, his patients and the people he worked with. Piloting planes and travel brought him great joy. He also loved his home and nature.

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife Nancy; his daughters Michelle (Tobias) Henriksson, and Amy Carapella; a son James Pearson and 11 grandchildren. His two sisters Marilyn Binion and Mary (William) Sterba and a brother John (Jan) Pearson; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Susan; a brother Lawrence Pearson and a sister Martha Pearson.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care that Jim received.

"Always Loved Never Forgotten"



Merlin Schuster


Merlin "Nick" Schuster, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, in Cedar Falls, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Nick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Nick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Nick was born on February 3, 1945, in Key West, Iowa, son of Clarence and Lucille (Welbes) Schuster.

Nick attended St. Joseph Grade School in Key West and then went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1963. Nick honorably served his country as a Sargent with the U.S. Marines spending 2 years in Vietnam. After returning from his service overseas, Nick went to work in the maintenance department with the Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years, before moving on to Flexsteel and finally the Diamond Jo Casino, where he eventually retired at the age of 67. Nick would meet and marry the love of his life, Norma Konrardy Manders, and they were blessed with 41 years together and a wonderful family. Nick had a love of electronics and being quite the self taught, "tinkerer", he would spend hours in the garage work shop fixing everything from computers to reel to reel movie projectors. In his younger years, Nick could easily be found out on the river with Norma and all of his "troops", enjoying some fun in the sun. Nick was always very proud of his service with the U.S. Marines and was very involved with the Dubuque Marine Corps League, where he did a little of everything, from holding office, volunteering for fund raising events and Toys for Tots, to being a regular member of the military funeral detail. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend on Christmas Eve, but take comfort in the knowledge that Nick joined his loved ones in Heaven for the most glorious Christmas Eve Mass he's ever attended.

Those left to cherish Nick's memory include

his loving wife,
Norma Schuster, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 daughters,
Brenda (fiancé Jerry Teague) Vowers, Littleton, CO,
Shari (Racil) Mapes, Titusville, FL,
Lisa (Scott) Stella, Titusville, FL,
Michele (Patrick) Botwright, Kodak, TN,
Connie (Nathan) Stickley, Parkersburg, IA
and Becky Manders, Aurora, CO;

his 14 grandchildren,
Savanah, Logan, Nicholas (Kevin), Ashley (Brandon), Justin, Andrew, Ben, Isabella, Remek, Eli, Noah, Bayley, Tyler and Drew;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Jayden and Eliana;

his 3 sisters,
Margie Nauman,
Jeanne (Dick) Stierman
and Loie (Whitey) Leytem, all of Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Ruth Schuster, Sherrill, IA.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cletus Schuster, and a brother-in-law, Herman "Boots" Nauman.

A Merlin "Nick" Schuster memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Robert J. Leick


Robert J. "Bob" Leick, 63, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at home, after a brief battle with cancer.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 5, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Bob was born May 7, 1954 in Dubuque, the son of Anthony P. and Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick. He graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1971, and was employed for 45 years at Flexsteel.  He married Lucy Lenaers Ward on April 6, 2012.

Bob enjoyed golf and fishing. He was an avid gardener, and was especially talented with tulips. Bob was a simple man overflowing with love and laughter. Bob greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lucy; two children, Rob (Kari Brashaw) Leick of Dubuque and Nicole (Drew) Wojciechowski of Temecula, CA; two step children, Aaron (Theresa) Ward and Shannon (Josh Kelly) Ward, both of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Avery and Bryce Wojciechowski, Evelyn and Brianna Ward, and Madyson Akers; and two brothers, Donald Anthony Leick and Thomas Joseph Leick, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley Hospital for their compassion and care.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 

 



Ruth A. Meyer


Ruth A. Meyer, age 74, of Peosta, was called home peacefully at 10:50 p.m., on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ruth's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on September 15, 1943, in Cuba, Missouri, daughter of, Raymond Coffman and Eleanor Dryer.

Ruth was united in marriage to Charles Frazier in February of 1963, they were blessed with only 4 short years together and an adored daughter, before he was called home ahead of her suddenly in 1967. Ruth would then move to Dubuque in 1969 with her family, and made it her permanent home. She was a faithful employee, who truly loved her work with the Sisters at St. Dominic Villa, for 43 years until her well earned retirement in 2010. Ruth would be fortunate enough to find love again, and would marry Warren Meyer in 1991, however he too would sadly be called home ahead of her in 2010. In her free time, Ruth could be found sitting down at the sewing machine creating her next masterpiece or out and about on her weekly run to Goodwill in search of her next great bargain. She also had an extensive doll collection and a great love of animals, especially her little dog, Tashia. Ruth enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors whether it be hiking, exploring caves or hitting the open road on the back of a Harley. She also found great joy traveling with her family all across the country. Undeniably Ruth's greatest love was her family, she treasured time spent with her daughter and grandchildren more than words can express. We are deeply saddened at losing our mom, grandma, sister and friend this Christmas season, but take comfort in the knowledge that she is now free of the health problems that she has faced these past few years, and is now reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her daughter,
Tina (John) Yelden, Peosta, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Matthew (fiancé Katie Ambrosy) Tigges, Dubuque, IA,
David Tigges, Dubuque, IA,
Robert Yelden, Knoxville, TN
and Candice (Drew) Cox, Epworth, IA;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Lillianne Yelden, Brandon Kringle, Oakley Tigges, Harper Cox, Misty Tigges and Asher Cox;

her siblings,
JoAnn Marburger, Dubuque, IA,
Lucille (Tom) Casey, West Des Moines, IA,
Bert Coffman, Galena, IL
and Tony Earl (Alva) Coffman, Cuba City, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Patty Coffman, Dubuque, IA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Charles Frazier; her 2nd husband, Warren Meyer; and a brother, James Coffman.

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

Ruth's family would like to thank the amazing doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Ruth and her family.

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

 



George C. Fox


George C. Fox, age 89, of Dubuque, died at 12:35 p.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Windmill Manor in Coralville, IA. To honor George's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

George was born on July 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Newcomb) Fox.

George proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, and was assigned to the Marine 1st division in Korea. He was united in marriage to Edith "Nancy" Bennett, on June 5, 1965, in Dubuque. George and Nancy were blessed with 38 wonderful years together and 3 children before she passed away on January 12, 2004. George was a hard worker who put his talents in maintenance and manufacturing to good use at several companies throughout the years. He was a "do-it-yourselfer", performing all of his own plumbing, electric and carpentry work around the house, as well as taking care of his automobiles. George was a voracious reader, a love which was passed on to his children and grandchildren. Above all George loved his family, they meant the world to him and he especially looked forward to any time spent with the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our father, grandfather and friend this Christmas season, but take some comfort in the knowledge that he is now with his beloved wife, Edith Nancy, and all of his departed loved ones.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his 3 children,
Francis (Lisa) Fox, Vinton, IA,
James Fox, Dubuque, IA
and Nancy Fox-Sass, Iowa City, IA;

and his 7 grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; and his loving wife, Edith.

A George C. Fox 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

 



Donald G. Durey


Donald G. "Sonny" Durey, 81, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Although named Donald at birth, all of his family and friends knew him as "Sonny."

A funeral service will be held at 11;00 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

The most important treasures in Sonny's life were all of his family. He cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whether the kids called him grandpa, papa or pappy, he couldn't have loved or been more proud of them as each new member joined the family. He always had a story to share with anyone who would listen!

Sonny's love of family extended beyond those in his immediate family. Throughout the years, Sonny and his wife, Ruth, welcomed many foster children into their home. Regardless of the time each child spent with the family, Sonny and Ruth considered them to be members of the family and made certain that everyone else did too. Sonny and Ruth's definition of family was not defined by a bloodline, but rather by a "heartline."

Sonny spent many years as a mechanic and loved to work with his hands. He was working at the Gulf Station when he met his wife, Ruth. Throughout the years, he continued as a mechanic, working at Mutual Wheel and finally at Flexsteel for many years prior to his retirement.

Just as Sonny served his family with pride, he also proudly served his country in the army. He served both in the United States and Germany. In May of 2014, Sonny was able to travel to Washington DC as a member of an Honor Flight This experience touched him deeply and remained a treasured memory for him.

While raising his family, and as his children raised theirs, Sonny was sure to share his love of camping and fishing with them. Many days were spent holding a pole around some waterhole during the day and laughing around campfires by night. When the days were too cold to be outdoors, he had a bowling ball in his hands. He taught his children and grandchildren to bowl; and throughout the years, many of them played with him on family leagues. He remembered the high score of everyone and was thrilled with each time they "broke their record."

At each family gathering, Sonny could be found at a card table in a feisty game of Euchre. He was happy to teach anyone willing to learn, explaining all of the nuances of the game. However, when the "real card games" began, he was a fierce competitor!

Sonny loved taking his family on vacations, attending country music concerts, and sharing rodeos with his son, Ed.

During his short illness in the end, Sonny continued to show his fighting spirit. He was a strong-willed and proud man. He fought hard until he could, with the help of Hospice, be transferred home from the hospital. Once at home, with family surrounding him, country music filling the room, and kids and dogs crawling on his bed, he was finally able to stop fighting, and he calmed and soaked in the love that surrounded him. Only when he was certain that the family was all together and could support each other, did he take his last breath. He celebrated his family in death just as he had throughout his entire life.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; daughters, Chris McCarron, Cathy Ruden, Candy Frommelt, and his son Ed Durey, all of Dubuque. His siblings, Donna Gayle Ware, of Bixby, OK, Phyllis Herbstreith, of Dubuque, Richard (Ann) Durey, of Moline, IL, and Lorraine Heskett, of Nampa, ID; sister-in-law Barbara Durey, of Dubuque; and his special pups Huckleberry and Mindy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Burdette and Leona Durey; grandparents William and Maude Phillip; sister, Marlyn Langevin; brother Robert Durey; brothers-in-law Leon Herbstreith and Leo Ware; son-in-law George Frommelt; mother and father-in-law Edward and Pearl Gerstkamp.



Vern Kuhle


The big heart of a big man finally gave out. Vern Kuhle of Dickeyville, WI, formerly of rural Hazel Green, WI, died on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, IA, of an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Private family burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.  Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Vern was born August 29, 1931 in rural Hazel Green to Lydia and Joseph Kuhle.  He was raised by his mother and step-father Cletus Eckert. He attended school in Kieler, WI, and at Loras Academy in Dubuque.

He married Doris Mary Hilby on February 7, 1950 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, IL, and spent the next 66 years making a life together and raising a family.  His heart broke the day he lost Doris on May 15, 2016.

Vern was a farmer and carpenter for over 50 years.  He built many homes with his brother Bernard at Kuhle Construction and later for Schultz Construction. As each of his children became homeowners there were plenty of remodeling jobs and projects that needed Dad's expertise as well.  In his spare time Dad loved working with his horses, going to grandkids sporting events and of course a good card game.

Vern is survived by his children, Pat(Tom) Fleege, Diane O'Shea, Steve Kuhle, Rick (Karen Hartnett) Kuhle, Dan (Claire) Kuhle, Mary Jo (Beaner) Runde, Ron (Carolyn) Kuhle, Kate (Bill) Vickerman, Ken (Jane) Kuhle and Tina (Kimberly Anderson) Kuhle; many grandchildren and great grandchildren and a new great great grandson; his siblings, Ruth Klein, Edwin (Joyce) Kuhle, Sister Joselda Kuhle, OSF, Bonnie Tranel and Karen (Ed) Buchanan; inlaws, Ione (Ralph) Turman, Joan Hilby, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, Mary Ann (Paul) Burbach, Jack (Rose) Hilby and Mark Hilby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Cletus Eckert; daughter and son-in-law Janet & Jerry Kowalski; grandsons, Adam Runde and Alex Kuhle; brother, Bernard Kuhle; in-laws, Joe Klein, Roger Tranel, Jackie Kuhle, and Margie and Bill Burroughs.

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

 

 



Bernadine C. Ambrosy


Bernadine Catherine Ambrosy, 86 of Dubuque and formerly of Bernard passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Sacred Heart Cemetery Fillmore.

She was born on March 9, 1931 in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Duschen) Pfab. She married Lester A. Ambrosy on November 26, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church, Fillmore. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2013.

Bernadine and Lester farmed together in Bernard for many years until retirement. She enjoyed being outdoors and working in her flower garden. She also enjoyed shopping, reading and traveling when ever she got a chance, and will be remembered for her famous chocolate chip cookies.

She is survived by her three children LuAnn Ambrosy, of Dubuque, David (Rebecca) Ambrosy of Bernard, and Rita (John) O'Connell of Bernard; eight grandchildren Andrew (Jolene Stecklein) O'Connell, Kristin (Bradley) Chrest, Jennifer, Brandon, Justin, and Jamie Ambrosy, Samantha and Dylan Heins; a sister Peg Pfab-Houge, and a brother Howard Pfab.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lester; a daughter-in-law Crystal Ambrosy; brother Harvey Pfab; and two sisters Callista Ambrosy and Alverna Schuster.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers who helped Bernadine over the years especially the staff at Sunset Park Place. Also to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, Dr. John Viner and their staff's along with the nurses and staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. 



Jeannette E. Correll


Jeannette E. Correll, 97, of Dubuque, formerly of Waterloo died peacefully Saturday, December 23, 2017 at home.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Visitation will also be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.

Jeanette was born April 4, 1920 in Waterloo, daughter of Harold and Delila (Gratriex) LeVan.

She married Gerald Fred Bartelt on June 19, 1941. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1978.  She married John F. Correll on March 3, 1983.  He preceded her in death on September 7, 1997.

She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Waterloo.  She was a homemaker who liked to sew, read, garden and cook.  She also loved animals.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Kay (Charles) Gantenbein; step daughters, Jane (Dale) Zander and Mary Bollman; grandchildren, Thomas (Peaceful Spirit) Gantenbein, Terrance Gantenbein, Ronald Trumbauer, and David Trumbauer; step grandchildren, Kari (Walt) Gjavenis, John Correll, and Mark Bollman; and great grandchildren, McKayla, Kate and Alexa Gantenbein; Jayson and Jenna Zick; and Katie and Kyla Bollman.  She is also survived by nieces, Linda (Joe) Miller, Lisa (Steve) Steward, Ginger (Charles) Logan, Lynn Kuklieski, and Julie LeVan.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janice Marie Trumbauer, step son and his wife, John and Bertha Correll; brother and sister in law Bob and Lois LeVan; step grandchildren, Charles "Chip" Correll, Rebeccah Johnson, and Jeffery Zander, great grandson, Jake Johnson and nephew, Eric LeVan.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home for their wonderful care.

 

 

 

 



Dolores A. Timmerman


Dolores A. Timmerman, 93, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dolores was born on November 16, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Rudolph and Ann (Lyke) Beversdorf.  She was formerly a waitress at the Elks Lodge and The Dodge House in Dubuque. Dolores was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during World War # 2.

Surviving are five daughters, Sharon (Terry) Donath, of Dubuque, Margaret Fox of East Dubuque, Kelly (Frank) Yurasek of Oak Park, IL, Jean (Steve) Tigges of Key West, and Dawn (Dale) Patterson of Zwingle, IA; eight grandchildren, Troy (Sara), Jason (Jenny), George, Jamie, Holly (Greg), Christopher (Jenny), Jeffrey (Jamie), and Toni Jo (Ronnie); 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Tina Key of Dubuque, one brother, Duane Beversdorf of California, and a lifelong friend, Bee Buelow of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Larry Stoedter whom she married in 1946, and Eugene "Matty" Timmerman, whom she married in 1958; three grandchildren, Jodi Lee Donath, Jenny Green, and Marshalle Pfab; her siblings, Rudolph "Bud" and Richard Beversdorf, and Beverly Gregory; and son-in-law, George Fox.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care provided to their mother.

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

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.



Patrick J. Splinter.


Patrick J. Splinter, 56, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at home following an extended illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pat was born June 14, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Frederick T. and Marilyn A. (Runde) Splinter.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1979. Pat was formerly employed as a mechanic and driver for the Jo Daviess County Workshop, a driver for Tri-State Travel both in Galena, worked on the Splinter family farm and most recently was an inventory specialist at the Heritage Center for the University of Dubuque.

Pat loved to work on cars, especially Chevrolets. He enjoyed being with his friends, was an avid euchre player and a Chicago Bears fan.

Surviving are his parents, Fred and Marilyn Splinter of East Dubuque; his siblings, Joe (Kitty) Splinter of Hanover Park, IL, Steve (Vicki) Splinter of Virginia Beach, VA, John (Barb) Splinter of Hazel Green, WI, and Sue (Rich) Conlon of Durango, IA; nieces and nephews, Rachael & Marissa, Katie, Chuck, Zach and Sarah, Conor, Luke and Kaley, and Sam and Lucy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Agnes (Puls) Splinter, and Alfred and Irene (Cullen) Runde, his nephew, John Thomas Splinter, and his uncles, Paul J. Runde, and Eugene Splinter, and aunts, Rosalyn Splinter and Marie Splinter.

A Patrick J. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

Pat's family wishes to express sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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

 

 

 



Delores M. Neuhaus

Delores M. Neuhaus, 85, of New Vienna passed away Friday, December 22, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. 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 am Friday, December 29, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Delores was born August 16, 1932, on the family farm near New Vienna the daughter of Alphonse and Alvina (Pape) Klostermann. She attended St. Boniface Grade School and High School and graduated in 1950. She was a member of the St. Boniface Youth Sodality and the 4-H Clever Clover Club.

After graduation she worked in the office of Dr. David Ungs, DVM and later in the office of Neuhaus Feeds and Dairy Supply in New Vienna. She also helped on the family farm after her father's death in 1949.

On June 8, 1954 she married Bernard Neuhaus at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Seven children were born to this union.

Delores was active in the community. She was instrumental in organizing the New Vienna Area Historical Society and served as the first Secretary. She was a volunteer and a tour guide at the Heritage House Museum and was a successful grant writer for the Museum as well as many other organizations in the area. She recently served as the society's President and Historian. She worked hard to place ten acres of the town of New Vienna on the National Registry of Historical Places. She served on the committee for the recently published book, "Roots and Wings".

Delores served on the Dubuque County Historical Preservation Board for many years. She worked as an election official and was the Vice Chair-Person for Precinct 43.

Delores was a member of St. Boniface Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society and served as President and Vice president and as a group leader. She served as a member of the St. Boniface Adult Choir and as a Eucharistic Minister. Delores was a member of the Beckman Booster Club and served on the Beckman Endowment Board. She served on the New Vienna Economic Development Committee. Delores also was a member of the Dyersville Area Historical Society.

She operated an In-Home Day Care service for 25 years and cared for over 120 different children. Delores and Bernie liked to travel and visited many foreign countries as well as the many attractions in the United States.

Delores received many awards for her preservation efforts and her dedication to research of area people and events. She received the Outstanding Citizens Award from the New Vienna Business Boosters. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Dyersville Area Chamber and received a certificate of appreciation from the Hennessy School. She also received an appreciation award from the New Vienna Area Historical Society. She was also a Governor's Volunteer Award recipient.

Delores enjoyed traveling, quilting, playing cards, flowers, her fish pond, her dog, reading, writing, but most of all her family and friends. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs Fan. Delores loved making things for her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include 4 daughters: Jane (Arnie) Bruggeman of Hopkinton, Susi (Dave) DuBois of New Vienna, Nancy (Randy) Lenz of Oxford, WI, Amy (fiancé Al Steger) of Colesburg, 2 sons: Michael Neuhaus of New Vienna, and Steve Neuhaus of Galena, IL; grandchildren: Ben (Rachel) Bruggeman of Sand Springs, Tony (Jennifer) Bruggeman of Manchester, Steve (Amy) Bruggeman of Cascade, Jon (Miranda) DuBois of North Liberty, Gina (Corey) Schultz of Adel, IA, Laura (Tyler) Bushman of Marion, Alex Lenz and Emily (Daniel) Henning of Marshall, WI; step grandson: Andy (Dawn) Bruggeman, great grandchildren: Lauryn and Avarey Bruggeman, Owen Bruggeman, Clara DuBois of North Liberty, Addison, Molly and Ryan Schultz of Adel and Finley Rowe and Kit Bushman of Marion, step great grandchildren: Michael, Bryce, Kurtis, Mikayla, Brooke, Tori, Tyler and Shyla, two sisters: Marian Klostermann of New Vienna and Norma Jean Venteicher of Edgewood, two sisters-in-law: Germaine Foxen of Luxemburg and Alvera Morman of Dubuque. She will be greatly missed by her special companion, Max, her faithful dog.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie on December 18, 2001, her son, John on August 2, 1967, her parents, Alphonse on December 13, 1949, and Alvina (Pape) Klostermann on January 6, 1989, her brother, Gerald in 2017, her in-laws: Barney and Theresa Neuhaus in 1953 and 1971, other in-laws: Janet Klostermann, Alvin and Clara Neuhaus, Emmett Foxen and William Morman.

Memorials are preferred and a memorial has been established.

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



Cordiadell T. (Althaus) Tucker


Cordiadell "Corky" T. (Althaus) Tucker, 83, of Asbury, passed away on December 21, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends of Corky may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Corky was born April 23, 1934, in Dubuque, the daughter of Claudia (Haase) and Maynard Althaus. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1952. Following graduation, she worked at Hartig Drug as well as at the offices of Drs. Straub and Moeller before marrying and becoming a full-time mother.

Corky was united in marriage to Robert J. Tucker on November 28, 1964, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church; they later divorced but remained lifelong friends.

Faith and family meant everything to Corky, and she was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She supported their interests in every way possible, from attending concerts and sporting events to volunteering in the schools and organized club activities.

Corky's love for children extended far beyond that of her own family when she opened her doors and heart to provide a nurturing and loving in-home daycare environment. She grew close to these families and remained in touch with many of them for years to come. Her laughter was infectious, and she was known for her mischievous sense of humor.

Corky enjoyed reading, crocheting, fishing, watching birds at the feeder as well as going to local symphony and theater performances. She was an avid and enthusiastic traveler who visited many of the national parks, cruised through Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean plus made frequent trips to Walt Disney World. She loved puzzles and games of all kinds, from euchre and rummy to small electronic handhelds, and followed the Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers.

An incredible cook, Corky operated a catering company with her close friend, Bev Hall.

Corky is survived by three daughters: Jean Tucker, of Asbury; Tammy (Joel) Gehling, of Dubuque; and Barbara Tucker, of Asbury; and a son, Marc (Denise) Tucker, of Marengo, Iowa. Corky has five grandchildren: Madison, Emily, and Elizabeth Gehling, Jacob (Jessica) Freemyer, and Kaylie (Anthony) Fogle, as well as two great-grandchildren, Dallas Freemyer and Gabriel Fogle. She is also survived by a brother, Dale (Reta) Althaus of Ankeny, and four nephews.

Corky was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Donita Althaus, brothers Gene Althaus and Larry Althaus, and Robert Tucker, the father of her children.

The family would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Stonehill Care Center for its loving care of Corky these last four and a half years. The staff were her extended family and enriched her life in so many ways and brought her much joy and happiness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stonehill Care Center, 3485 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque.



Louis J. White


Louis J. "Louie" White, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:45 p.m., on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Louie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Louie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Louie was born on January 22, 1931, in Medford, WI, son of Louis A. and Agnus (DeMuth) White.

Louie honorable served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He understood the value of hard work and loyally devoted 10 years of his life working with Regency Printing, before finishing with another 7 years as a driver for Dan Kruse, until his eventual retirement. Louie was surely a man of faith who was proud to be a longtime, and very active member of St. Patrick's Church. He continually discovered great satisfaction in working through his faith and especially enjoyed volunteering with the Wednesday night meals. Louie was a faithful member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as well as a 63 year member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. In his free time, Louie regularly looked forward to any time he was able to spend in the great outdoors. It didn't matter if he was simply going for a hike, heading out on a fishing excursion, or even just an afternoon of working out in the yard; what Louie knew was that if the warm sun was shining upon his face, he was a very happy and content man that day. He was always interested in what was going on in his neighborhood and was well known for his love of animals, especially his beloved cat, Frito. Louie also enjoyed taking bus trips with friends and would use those trips to put his love of photography to good use. Louie was a kind, simple, and humble man whose mild mannered nature will be greatly missed by all those who had the distinct pleasure of crossing his path along his 86 year earthly journey. We grieve for our loss today, but we are forever grateful that Louie has finally discovered his ailment free body and is surely celebrating his most glorious Christmas ever this year with his new heavenly family. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant.....Job Well Done!

Those left to cherish Louie's memory include

an aunt,
Beulah Metz, who is 101 years young;

a niece,
Monie Pope Metz;

his close friends,
David Becker and Sandy Shaffer;

and his St. Patrick's Church family.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Louis J. "Louie" White memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Louie's friends and family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the VNA, Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of his neighbors, for the kind, professional and compassionate care they have provided Louie throughout the years.

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

 



Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP

Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP, was called home on December 19, 2017. To honor Sister's life, the funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse. To celebrate Sister's life, a wake service will be held at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite "Marge" Devlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 6, 1929, daughter of John and Margaret (Ryan) Davlin.

After graduating from Rosary College (now Dominican University), she completed master's degree study in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught in Chicago high schools before entering the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. After profession, she taught at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., for three years, before studying at the University of California-Berkeley and receiving her Ph.D. in English. She returned to Edgewood College, teaching seven more years there before joining the English Department at Rosary College in 1970. During her years there, she published many articles and three books. Besides her scholarly works, she was best known as a caring teacher/mentor who touched thousands of lives during the course of her life. Her love of music focused on the violin, and she was a member of the Oak Park (Illinois) Symphony for over 40 years. She joined the community at St. Dominic Villa in 2016.

Those left to cherish Sister's memory include her cousins, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.

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

 



Gary F. Houy


Gary F. Houy, 48, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a service of remembrance at 7:30 p.m.

Gary was born July 5, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa.  He graduated from Galena High School in 1987.

Gary was part owner of Quality Contractors.  He was an avid pool player, Cubs, Cowboys and Hawkeye fan, and played softball.

He is survived by his mother, Karen Houy of Galena; father, Mike Houy of Galena; a daughter, Courtney Houy of Dubuque and her son, Zane; and many cousins, including Navin Valentin and Tessa Sigworth, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Gary Houy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank everyone who came out to support the benefit for Gary last Saturday.

 



Edward A. Coleman


Edward A. Coleman, 77, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at home.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 pm Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 pm.

Edward was born September 29, 1940 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Luella (Pfeiler) Coleman. He attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Loras Academy.

After graduating, he served in the US Air Force from 1958 to 1962.

He married Joyce Berkley on October 3, 1964 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Edward worked as a firefighter for the City of Dubuque for 29 years, retiring January 1, 1993 as Assistant Chief, and was a member of the Dubuque Professional Firefighters Asscociation.

Edward loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading and was an avid golfer and member of Lacoma Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Coleman of Dubuque, two children, Michael E. (special friend, Amy Wernimont) Coleman of Dubuque and Patrick J. (Rhonda) Coleman of Peosta; four grandchildren, Alexia Weidemann, Samantha (Shawn) Thomas, and Colin and Aspen Coleman; three great grandchildren, Kelsie, Brody and Brynnlee and two sisters in law, Barbara (Gary) Quinlan and Mary (Duane) Manderscheid.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law, William Berkley.

An Edward Coleman Memorial Fund has been established. 

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

The family would like to thank doctors Tom Sinksy and Christine Holm and their staffs as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Ardella E. Hoffmann


Ardella E. Hoffmann, 93, of Dyersville, formerly of Worthington, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 8:30- 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ardella was born June 29, 1924 in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Clemens and Oda (Goedken) Bildstein. She married Monroe C. Hoffmann on February. 4, 1947, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed near Worthington until retiring to town in 1973.

Ardella moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center on November 7, 2013, and she enjoyed her time there very much. Her favorite pastime was playing Solo and Euchre. Ardella's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Survivors include her children: Kenneth Hoffmann of Dubuque, Francis (Shari) and Gary (Theresa), both of Worthington; 9 grandchildren: Scott (Amy) Hoffmann, Sharlyn Donovan, Michelle (Bob) Rausch, Shawn (Jodi) Hoffmann, Shyla Kae (Scott) Wulfekuhle, Shamus (Lori) Hoffmann, Aaron (Leah) Hoffmann, Amanda (Rob) Baumhover, and Lee (Diana) Hoffmann; 19 great grandchildren; siblings: Olga Helle of Manchester, in-laws: Norma Fortmann of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her husband Monroe, parents, parents-in-law: Nick and Leona (Meyer) Hoffmann, siblings: Mathias "Mattie" (Adell) Bildstein, Esther (Gilbert) Digmann, and Henry "Jr." (Eileen) Bildstein, in-laws: Martha (George) Kramer, Mabel (John) Kremer, Bernice (Melvin) Mai, Donald (Bernie) Hoffmann, Hazel (George) Mullis, Merlin Fortmann, and Marvin Helle.

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



Patricia J. Biedermann


Patricia J. Biedermann, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on July 29, 1930 in Indiana the daughter Louis and Opal (Stark) Avery. She married Dean Biedermann and he preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2011.

She loved doing crafts and loved being outside and the wildlife.

She is survived by her five children, William (Jean) Stark), of East Dubuque, IL, Linda Schwager, Elizabeth (Beth) Carroll, James (Bernadetta) Stark, and Susan (Jeff) Paisley, all of Dubuque. Her step children, Edwin (Jan) Biedermann, Michael Biedermann, and Linda Biedermann, all of Dubuque. Her grandchildren, Billie Jo Stark, Dakota (Kristy) Stark, of East Dubuque, Shawn (Tom) Kohnen, Jeremy Sanders, Andrea Koppes, Ashley Deppe, Carrie (Pat) Boots, Cory Schlitter, Jamie Stark, Sterling Stark, Solomon, Stark, Kazmira Stark, and Nikki (Dan) Prejmak all of Dubuque. Step grandchildren, Donna (Al) Weber, Scott (Danielle) Biedermann, Jake and Jessica Biedermann, Crissy Lenz and Deana Brothers. Along with many great and great great grandchildren. Her sister, Sr. Anne Avery, of Louisville, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean, a daughter Penny in infancy, stepson William Biedermann, step-granddaughter Barbie Gatena, son-in-law Lauwrence Carroll and brother Walter Avery.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Stonehill, the 3NW staff especially Stacy and Trinity and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Sara.



Ellyn J. Bechen


Ellyn J. (Genz) Bechen, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 23, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Friday, December 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Ellyn was born January 17, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Meretta (Munger) Genz. She married Joseph E. Bechen Sr. on December 27, 1954 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Ellyn was employed at Mercy Hospital for over 30 years, as well as at Clarke (College) University. In her younger years, Ellyn spun records at Neisners drug store, where she met the love of her life.

She was a longtime member of St. Raphael Cathedral, and an avid supporter of the St. Jude Society. Ellyn loved music of all kinds, and was also a member of the Dubuque Chorale. She was a gracious lady who welcomed everyone. Animals held a special place in her heart. For Ellyn, family came first, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and celebrating holidays with her family.

Ellyn is survived by her husband, Joseph Bechen Sr. of Dubuque; five children, Connie (Arthur) Leuschner of Dubuque, Susan Wahlert of Dubuque, Melissa (John Sr.) Jensen of Cedar Falls, IA, Jennifer (Roger) Bahl of Dubuque, and Joseph (Tammy) Bechen Jr. of Urbandale, IA; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild, due in May.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law James R. Wahlert; her brothers, Joseph Genz Jr. and Bobby Genz; and her sisters, Theresa Janzig, Marjorie "Sally" Erne Saeugling, Mary "Mitzi" Fuller, and Darlene Genz.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to thank Ellyn's caregivers and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Mary Gertrude (Richard) Donar


Mary Gertrude (Richard) Donar, 88, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church, Menominee, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL, where the parish and St. Ann's Society rosary will be recited at 3:15 p.m. Friday, and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Saturday, December 23, at the Church.

Mary was born on April 12, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Edith (Lippe) Richard. She was united in marriage on Frebruary 5, 1946 to Leo N. Donar, at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2004.

Mary was proud of her role as a farm wife. She loved arts and crafts, especially sewing, and to cook and can garden produce. She dedicated her life to helping her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a volunteer at the Nativity BVM Church and School and a former member of the Galena Kiwanis Club. She worked a short time in the cosmetic department at Roshek's, Dubuque, IA, and later in life at craft and antique businesses.

Surviving are five (5) children: Theresa (Lewis) Riniker of rural Galena, Linda (Donald) Stierman of Toledo, Ohio, Brenda L. Vickerman (Ron) Donar of Cuba City, Wis., Daniel (Mary Kay) Donar of rural East Dubuque, and Lee (Vickie) Donar of rural Hazel Green, Wis.; 31 grandchildren/step-grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren/step great- grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers William Richard and Edward Richard; sisters Ruthann Winger, Carole (Bob) Bussan and Judy (Ron) Anger; sisters-in-law Marie Donar and Nancy Richard (Peter)Spray; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; her in-laws, Henry and Theresa (Bishop) Donar; three (3) brothers, Daniel, David and George; a granddaughter Rebecca Riniker; and great-granddaughter Alazaya Vickerman; three (3) brothers-in-law, John, Clement and Nicholas Donar; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Donar, Mary (Roesph) Richard, Catherine (Stewart ) Richard and Sandralee (Pfeiler) Richard.

Mary's family thanks Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris, for the wonderful care given to Mom and for the support and counsel provided to our family during her final days.

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



Jean E. Curtis

Jean E. Curtis, 90, of Dubuque, died December 18, 2017, peacefully at her home.

A private family memorial service will be held.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Homes, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family.



Rosemary Marie Smith-Schoen


Rosemary Marie Smith-Schoen, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 7 p.m. Interment will be private at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Every life to God is significant and He has an important plan for every person He creates. Such as it was with Rosemary Marie Elgin, a babe born into this world on a cold & snowy Dubuque, IA day. January 11, 1931 to be exact. So unique was she, that though her quiet little life started almost unnoticed, it quickly gained momentum and blossomed like a rose to full bloom. Beautiful. 

Born into the era of the Great Depression, Rosemary would help her dad Charles deliver milk on his dairy route. They loved each other deeply and his pet nick-name for her was "Butch". The small family of 4 soon moved for a time to sunny California in hopes of a better life and after a few years returned home to Dubuque to build the Siesta Hotel on Hwy 20.

As a young girl "Rosi" enjoyed ice-skating at Comisky Park. In high school she met and married a dashing, confident young man by the name of Richard J. Smith (Dick). They had 3 boys ( Richard Jr., Ross, Rod) and a daughter (Regan). Richard Sr. soon began what would be a 30 year career with Met Life and Rosemary was a stay-at-home mom. They loved to dance to Big Bands at Melody Mill Ballroom and had won several contest trophies.

Rosi's free spirit, style and panache would simply bring an energy and life into every situation she engaged in. She became an antique hobbyist who later turned her small network of friends and followers into a part-time business. She later married Dulane Schoen and they opened Schoen's Antiques on 1st & Locust streets in DBQ. Rosi's style and determination developed the fledgling store front into a notable local, regional and national antique dealer. She even captured the attention of the National Observer Magazine where they featured their store on the cover. Schoen's Antiques endured for more than 25 years until they retired.

A bright, forward-thinking, idea machine of a woman, Rosi was highly sought after within the Dubuque community where she stayed actively involved for years. She was a pioneer & instrumental in the DBQ Historical Society, Ham House Museum, DBQ Trolley and the Ice Harbour just to name a few. 

In full bloom, Rosi became a voice for the unborn children of Dubuque aiding Dubuque County Right to Life. She designed, fundraised and posted billboards around DBQ to educate women in hopes of saving the unborn from abortion. She also participated in organizing rallies and other public awareness programs to give voice to those who didn't have one. She also developed, funded, managed and hosted a Christian program on local access T.V. that covered many important topics of concern to people of faith for more than 2 yrs.

She also loved her pet poodles and soon became a champion for better animal treatment & adoption. Through her tireless efforts she became the catalyst of change to improve the treatment of the animals which ultimately helped the DBQ Humane Society transform its model of business and location as we know it today.

Rosemary Smith-Schoen was a vibrant, colorful, firebrand of a woman who loved BIG, put her finances and efforts where her heart was, and made a significant difference in this life for so, so many. She loved Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord and by His promise to those who love Him, she is now in the presence of The Almighty.

Rosemary had 4 children, Richard, Ross, Rod (Kathleen), and Regan (Kim) Smith-Steffen; 10 grand children; Molly Rose, Gabriel, Paul, Regina, Steven, Ryan, Kali Lynn, Javan, Kidron, Micaiah & 14 great-grand children; Gabriel, Asher, Isaiah, Noah, Seth, Levi, Naomi, Natalie, Drew, Teegan, Faith, Eviana, Liviya, and Bella.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dubuque County Right to Life or the Dubuque Humane Society. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bethany Home for their outstanding loving care and attention to Rosemary.

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



Edward R. Doerr


Edward R. Doerr, 86, of Dubuque passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. The family will greet friends 9:00 am untill service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ed was born April 7, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George E. and Pearl M. (Hartman) Doerr. He served in the US Army 1952-1954 during the Korean War.

Ed married Sally Schmidt on July 1, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He worked at A.Y. McDonald for 25 years, 10 years at John Deere in Dubuque and at the Lock and Dam in Bellevue.

Ed enjoyed swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and traveling, expecially to the casinos in Laughlin Nevada.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; children, Randy (Annette) Doerr of Dubuque and Cathy (Bryan) Beaulieu of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Chantel (Eric) Langkamp, Jacob and Sarah Beaulieu, and Dennis Doerr; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Damian, and Logan; siblings Ron (Cam) Doerr and Carol (John) Brimeyer; Brother in-laws, Bruce (Sue) Nagelmaker and Brice (Bea) Nagelmaker.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert (Helen) Doerr, LaVon (Dwayne) Marshall, and Merlin (Barb) Doerr.

The family would like to thank Dr. Whalen and Dr. Ramabadran and their staff and the nurses and staff of 3rd floor Mercy Medical Center for your support and kindness during this time.

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



Sister Dolores O’Dwyer, BVM (Wilmetta)

Sister Dolores O'Dwyer, BVM (Wilmetta), 94, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Dec. 16, 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories. Funeral Liturgy will immediately follow. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Dolores taught elementary school in Berwyn, Ill.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Glendale and Los Angeles, Calif., where she was also principal and later served as school volunteer.

She was born in San Francisco, on August 28, 1923, to William and Margaret Meaney O'Dwyer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1941, from St. Paul Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1944, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rev. William O'Dwyer; and sister, Mary Catherine O'Dwyer, BVM (Paul Anthony). She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 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.



LeAnn M. Blake


LeAnn M. Blake, age 74, of Key West, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 17th, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:30am on Thursday, December 21st at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Toale officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 2pm.

LeAnn was born on June 20th, 1943 in Dubuque, IA the son of John and Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler and was the second of seven children. She grew up in Key West, Iowa, where she attended St. Joe's Key West.

In 1959, she met Ted Blake and they married on November 5th, 1960. The two enjoyed 57 years of marriage filled with love, laughs, family, friends, and lots of beer.

LeAnn drove school bus for the Dubuque Community School District for 26 years. She was a "Road Checker". Here she also earned the nickname "Ma" and was referred to as "Ma" by many of her students.

Following her retirement, she pursued her passion and spent much of her time cooking and baking. Her kitchen creations enabled her love to give, and she always put her heart and soul into her into gifts. Everyone is welcome in LeAnn's kitchen. She also enjoyed sewing quilts, gardening and canning. Her friends and family were cherished. Some of her favorite activities included having breakfast at Market on Saturday mornings, dinner and lunch dates with girlfriends, and playing dominoes. She also enjoyed cooking for her grandchildren and watching them all excel in sports. Her grandchildren will forever cherish the days when they could walk into Grandma's house and be greeted by the smell of freshly cooked bacon. Her grand-puppy, Sandy, was her greatest companion, and he will miss the human food treats he could count on from Grandma. She was also very proud of her most recent title, great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband: Ted, Key West, IA, her five children: Jeff (Ann) Blake, Key West, IA, Gary (Dawn) Blake, Dubuque, IA, Lynn (Dave) Tomkins, Dubuque, IA, Jay (Jamie) Blake, Dubuque, IA, MaryAnn (Carl) Reimer, Peosta, IA, her nine grandchildren: Dan (Tiff) and Rob Blake, Brittany Blake, Chris Tomkins, Michael, Jessica, and Johnny Blake, Lynsey and Cody Reimer, her two great-grandchildren: Maddelyn Blake, Mason Tigges, and two step-grandchildren: Whitney and Austin Putchio, her mother-in-law: Dorothy Blake, Omaha, NE, her former daughter in-law: Vicki Blake, her siblings: Mary Jo (Jim) Latimer, Oregon, WI, Daryl Biechler, Dubuque, IA, Dean (Denise) Biechler, Ames, IA, Dan (Nancy) Biechler, Marion, IA, Denis (Connie) Biechler, Ames, IA, and many girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Laura Tomkins, parents: John and Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler and brother: Richard Biechler.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen, Dr. Ringold, and the staff at Tri-State Dialysis for the loving care and support over the last ten and a half years. LeAnn considered everyone at Tri-State Dialysis family. They would also like to thank Mercy CVU and ICU staff.



Edward E. Edwards


Edward E. "Eddie" Edwards, 62, of rural Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where friends and relatives may call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Eddie was born on September 7, 1955 in Darlington, Wisconsin, the son of Sherrel and Barbara (Colin) Edwards. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School and was a farm hand and general laborer. Eddie served in the U.S. Army.

Surviving is his long-time companion, Donna Harris, Shullsburg, WI; his mother, Barbara Hoppe; siblings, Tony (Julie) Edwards, both of Galena, and Beth (Danny "Skinner") Staver of Scales Mound, and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

An Eddie Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Leon F. Funke


Leon F. Funke, 79 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Unity Point Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Leon was born January 6, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke. He entered the service October 1956 and served through July of 1958.

Leon married Karen Rahe on September 9, 1959 in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed east of Dyersville and he was a district seed salesman until his retirement.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa State fan and took great pride knowing all of his children and grandchildren attended the local Catholic school system. Leon enjoyed family time and giving his grandchildren a hard time. He was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member, a Dodge County Trustee and served on many parish boards.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Karen, children: Fred Funke, Joyce (Lenny) Heims, Richard (Marcia) Funke, Russ (Lori) Funke, Karol (Jerry) Goedken, Carmen (Rod) Naber, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, Chuck (Michelle) Funke all of Dyersville, Jackie (Terry) Bell of Hopkinton, Colleen (John) Bonert of Petersburg, grandchildren: Kristi Kunz, Matt & Troy Heims, Kelli, Kyle & Kara Bell, Jessica, Emily & Morgan Funke, Ashley Wilson, Rachael Trenkamp, Amy Olsen, Chelsey, Holly & Luke Funke, Kaitlyn & Ben Goedken, Tony & Cody Naber, Jodi Troutman, Jenna, Amber, Erin & Derek Bonert, Terra, Brooke & Trent Koelker, Megan, Ryan & Leah Funke, great grandchildren: Parker & Avery Kunz, Bria & Will Olsen, and baby Wilson due in January, siblings: Verna Lee Digman, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing, Floyd (Janet) Funke, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler, Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, in-laws: Laverne Mensen, Bob Burlage and Ken (Shirley) Rahe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law: Gerald (Agnes) Rahe, son-in-law, Todd Koelker, three infant grandchildren: Carrie Naber, Mitchell & Melissa Goedken, siblings: Dorothy (Leo) Mensen, Mary Lou Funke, Janice Mensen, in-laws: Edward Digmann and Marilyn Burlage.

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



Noah L. Zerbee


Noah L. Zerbee, a precious 4 month old baby boy from Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 9:34 a.m., on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Noah's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Noah was born on August 2, 2017, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Tyler Zerbee and Emmaretta Brockmeyer.

How do we begin to put into words the life of our baby boy Noah? To say that he brightened every room which adorned his presence is an understatement. To consider the positive impact he had on the world is now undeniable. To feel his sweet little hand tug on you was instantaneously inspiring. To hear his tiny breaths in your ear would fill your heart with a peace and love which can only be found in such innocence. To smell his pure essence after his daily bath was to know true serenity in a physical form. To see him smile at you with such an unconditional love in his eyes was to know Heaven on earth for a moment. But, to have to face the days ahead knowing that our precious Noah has been called home from his earthly journey much too soon is more than any human heart should have to bear. The love and joy he shared in his 4 short months will sadly have to try to fill the rest of our lifetimes and we humbly ache at the mere thought of even having to try to complete that task. Noah, we love you more than words could ever express, we'll miss you more than our minds can comprehend, but we know, and trust, that you're safe in Heaven now and will be joyfully celebrating Christmas with the real Baby Jesus this year. Farewell for now our sweet baby Noah!

Those left to cherish Noah's memory include

his loving parents,
Tyler Zerbee and Emmaretta "Emma" Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
Michael Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Kristine Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Gina Welsh, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Daryle Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Brian (Teddie) Boeh, Eldridge, IA,
Darlene Zeien,
Roger Zeien
and George Welsh Sr.;

and 3 uncles,
Anthony (Krystal Davis) Hughes, Dubuque, IA,
Trent Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Trevor Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Noah was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Jacque Kroeger.

A Noah L. Zerbee memorial fund has been established.

Noah's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa, as well as all of our extended family and friends, for all of the love and support you have shown us during this difficult time.

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

 



Kathryn H. Lincoln


Kathryn H. "Katie" Lincoln, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 13th, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, December 18th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum, at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Katie was born on September 19, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Howard and Emily (Foust) Herron. Katie grew up in Zwingle on the family farm and the family later moved to Delhi when she was eleven. While living in Delhi, Katie met the love of her life David who she would later marry on October 10, 1964 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they shared 53 wonderful years.

After moving to Dubuque at the age of 15 she attended and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and later worked along side David at the Walsh Stores as a bookkeeper, later at Walsh True Value, and finally at the Bait Shack until retirement.

Katie enjoyed many things including sunflowers, zinnias, humming birds, owls, and sitting in the boat reading a good book while David fished. They also enjoyed many long walks together. She always gave an infectious smile and a genuine heartfelt hug to all that she met.

Katie is survived by her husband of 53 years and their four children Gregory (Kristi) Lincoln, Aaron (Diane) Lincoln, Pamela (Brian Phillips) Lincoln, and Nancy (Patrick Brickel) Lincoln. 9 grandchildren Heather, Joscelyn, Hunter, Wylee, Howie, McKenna, Carly, David, and Tula; 2 great grandchildren Lucy and Lily. Sister Ann (Frank) McMahon and her brother Mark (Karen) Herron. Brother-in-Law Norman (Donna) Lincoln, and Sister-in-Law Marion Vogts; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Hailey, and sister Louise.

In lieu of flowers a Katie Lincoln memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her friends Sharon and Linda, her sister-in-law Donna and Dubuque Specialty Care nurses and staff for their loving care and support.



Loras M. Herting


Loras Michael Herting age 76 of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on December 13, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

There will be a visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A celebration of life service by Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Loras Herting Memorial Fund at the DuPaco Credit Union. Please join us in celebration of a life well-lived.

Those of us who were privileged to have known Loras know what an incredible brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather he was. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying the company of his family and traveling around the country with his soulmate, Claire. He was a man of few words, but what he did say mattered. Strong and hardworking in his youth, he became a tender and caring grandfather in his later years. Loras was a gentle, loving soul who will be sorely missed by all.

Loras Michael Herting was born in Dubuque, Iowa on October 12, 1941, to Leona (Roling) and Michael Herting and had twelve siblings. He served honorably in the US Air Force from 1959-1965 during the Vietnam Conflict. It was during this time that he met the lovely Claire Marie Rose Filteau in Canada, and held the rare distinction of being escorted back over the border into America by Canadian Mounties on several occasions, such was his desire to be with his love. They married on December 28, 1963, and went on to have five children.

Loras and Claire bought the farm they wanted in 1975. He was great with his hands, building the family home single-handedly over a span of years. Loras was always willing to lend a hand to others and loved fixing things. He worked in maintenance for the Fischer Company in Dubuque for over 20 years, then retired after working as a plumber for Willenborg Plumbing. For over 40 years, he and Claire had a corner at the Dubuque Farmers Market and many of you would be quick to recognize his smiling face working there every weekend.

In later years, he loved going on the annual family fishing trip to Cass Lake, MN and vacationing/visiting family with Claire. He was also a proud member of the American Legion, Post #6.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claire; children: Mike (Laura), Chuck (Amy), Robert (Norma), Tony (Laurel) and Sonia (Billy) Wodrich; grandchildren: Marcus, Adam, Shalia, Tyler, Joan Claire, Elizabeth, Robert, William, Samantha, Gregory and Charlie; great-grandchildren: Bryson and Zayden; siblings: Emil, Nancy, Mary, Judy, Linda and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Leona; siblings: Earl, James, Luetta, Norma, Vern, Janet, and Anita.



John L. Paulsen Sr.


John Lee Paulsen Sr., 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, December 14, 2017 at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

John Lee Paulsen Sr. was born on December 28, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa, to Alfred John and Leona Grace (Haack) Paulsen. He attended Clinton schools. He married Shirley Ann Eye on January 14, 1961 in Anamosa, Iowa.

John had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then worked in the foundry at Climax in Clinton for several years. He also did various other jobs throughout the years including working as a self-employed carpenter and painter. He was a jack-of-all-trades.

John liked fishing, watching WWE wrestling on television, going to the casinos, drawing and painting, and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor John's memory include his wife, Shirley Ann Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; children, John Lee (Jody) Paulsen Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Ronald (Sheryl) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA, and Tina (Don) Holdgrafer of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister Joyce Eye of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Arlene Adler and Mary Jane Wentworth, and three brothers Don and Tom and one in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John Lee Paulsen Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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



Carolyn A. Oswald


Carolyn "Cary" Ann (Jungers) Oswald, age 74 of Dubuque, formerly of Rickardsville, IA passed away peacefully December 13th, 2017 after a long illness, with family by her side at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday December 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday December 17th, 2017 at the Funeral Home.

Cary was born on July 30th, 1943 daughter of Vincent and Mary (Schmitt) Jungers. She graduated from Senior High School. Cary married Keith Oswald on August 31, 1963. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2011.

Cary worked at Montgomery Wards until its closing. She then ran her own interior decorating business for many years. Cary enjoyed crafts, playing Dr. Mario with Keith, going to the casino and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was also an avid bowler, enjoyed golfing with her nephew, Tim and really enjoyed her girl's night out with her niece, Cathy. Cary always looked forward to her & Keith's winter trips to Florida and Arizona. She had been through more than any one person should, beating cancer twice. Her grandson often referred to her as a "tough cookie".

Cary is survived by her son; Tony (Kelly), a grandson; Justin (Ronalyn), a granddaughter; Becca, step-grandchildren; Lane, Kenzie, and Ashlyn. Her siblings; Pat Kenyon, Ron (Loie) Jungers, and Paul (Shari) Jungers and several nieces and nephews.

Cary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son; Mark, a daughter; Tracey, and a sister, Donna Zaug.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Duane F. Lyster


Duane F. Lyster, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017, 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 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Duane was born on December 23, 1939, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Del and Edwina (Ginter) Lyster. He married Patricia "Pat" Burbach on January 10, 1959, at St Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City.

Duane worked at John Deere and ran the Mobile Station in Cuba City with his father for five years. He was an avid camper, loved to travel, and enjoyed going to flea markets and antique shows. Duane liked playing the banjo and was a history buff who enjoyed learning and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; two sons, Marty (Rita) Lyster, of Cuba City and Steve (Mary Lea) Lyster, of Greensboro, North Carolina; a sister, Lynn (Ron) Cunzenheim, of Fond du Lac; three grandchildren, Trevor, Alec and Logan Lyster; a step-granddaughter, Andy (Joe) Deckert; two great-grandchildren, Dallas and Grace Deckert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Del and Edwina; and a son, Mark.

A Duane F. Lyster Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Beatrice M. “Beatie” O’Neill


Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Beatie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Beatie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Beatie was born on September 29, 1929, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Phillip "Bud" and Hilda (Martin) Greibe.

Beatie grew up in Galena and was fortunate enough to eventually find the love of her life, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill, right in her own backyard. The loving couple was soon united in marriage and they were truly blessed with 37 wonderful years together, and 2 deeply adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her, much to soon, on March 8, 1987. She and Ebbie would almost immediately move across the river to Dubuque and begin their family. Beatie diligently invested many years working outside of the home with Court Reporting Services, before finally moving on to Carlisle Publishing, as a proofreader, until her well earned retirement. In her free time, Beatie could usually be found tending to her beautiful yard and bountiful gardens, enjoying a relaxing walk, or curling up in a comfortable chair with her favorite book of the day. But, without a doubt, Beatie's favorite times where definitely the opportunities she was able to spend with her family. She, and the family, always looked forward to their yearly vacations in Sayner, Wisconsin, where they were definitely guaranteed to spend some quality time together in the cabin, with an abundance of great memories to be taken away by all. Our hearts ache today at the mere thought that we will not be spending this Christmas with our dear mom, grandma, sister and friend; but we accept that a cure was not to be and discover peace in knowing that she will be spending Christmas with Ebbie, and the rest of her heavenly family, once again this year. Thank you very much Beatie for all of the love you shared, and for the open honesty you never hid, along your 88 year earthly journey, and please know that we'll treasure every memory you leave behind until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Beatie's memory include

her 2 children,
Susan Kay Bahr, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Anne) O'Neill, Palm Springs, CA;

her 3 grandchildren,
Kelly (Chris) Lehnhoff, East Dubuque, IL,
Josh (Jen) O'Neill, Lakeville, MN
and Jake (Katie) O'Neill, Farmington, MN;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Hannah, Courtney and Payton Lehnhoff and Clayton O'Neill;

her siblings,
Phillip (Craig Divine) Greibe, Palm Springs, CA,
John Greibe, Galena, IL
and Darlene Ray, Galena, IL;

and many nieces and nephews.

Beatie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill; and her siblings, Susan Grossbier, Lucille Fleming, Pauline Lake, and Billie Greibe in infancy; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Ray and Tom Fleming.

A Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Beatie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, professional and compassionate care they have provided to Beatie, and her family.

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



Edward J. Neyens


Edward (Ed) J. Neyens, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on December 10 surrounded by family.

Friends and family may visit Wednesday, December 20 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Hoffman-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, December 21 at Holy Spirit-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Christian burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ed was born December 27, 1926, the son of Claude and Imelda (Burgmeyer) Neyens. A true patriot, Ed enlisted in the Army at 17, serving in Japan during WWII as a paratrooper. He joined his unit, the U.S. Army's 127th Combat Engineer Battalion of the 11th Airborne Division, shortly after it liberated the Philippine Islands capital city of Manila.

Ed was blessed to take part in the Honor Flight with fellow veterans to Washington DC in May of 2010. After the honor flight Ed was quoted as saying, "I never thought I'd see it. It was great. The reception we got from the people brought tears to my eyes. I never really had anybody thank me (for my service). It was unbelievable."

Upon his return from his service to our country, Ed met and married his true love, Ruth Keller. They were joined in holy matrimony on January 17, 1948 and continued to celebrate their love together for 70 years. Ed and Ruth were blessed with five children: Sandra (Herk) Hammerand of Dubuque, Edward (Debby) Neyens Jr. of Scottsdale, AZ, Susan (Joseph) Haas of Dubuque, Larry (Tina) Neyens of Marion, IA, and Mark (Jaclyn) Neyens of Hiawatha, IA.

Ed was a man of great integrity, whose handshake and word meant more than any legal document; a man of great faith who would pass this down to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; a hard worker who devoted over 35 years to his career at John Deere Dubuque works; a curious and creative man who would receive patents for several ideas and inventions he created to solve problems he and others encountered; an expert handyman; an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting; and a master story-teller and jokester.

Above all, Ed was devoted to loving his family and friends. He and Ruth traveled the country after retirement leaving a trail of new-found friends in almost every state. He kept his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren enthralled for hours with war stories, tales of his youth or practical jokes. His love was endless and his smile will forever be etched in our memories.

Those left to cherish Ed's memory include his wife Ruth, his five children, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren (with 2 on the way) and four siblings: Claudette Coleman, David Neyens, Michael (Karen) Neyens, Dianne (William) Zwack and in-laws, Delores Neyens and John Meehan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Neyens, a sister Naomi Meehan and in-laws, Joyce Neyens and Don Coleman.

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



Shirley M. (McGinnis) Pottebaum


Shirley M. (McGinnis) Pottebaum, 82, of Dubuque passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Friends may call from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. A prayer service will be held Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Shirley was born December 7, 1935 in Dubuque the daughter of Edward and Vera (Phillips) McGinnis. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and on March 14, 1953 she married Leo C. Pottebaum; he passed on June 22, 2005. Shirley worked for the Telegraph Herald for many years.

She excelled at baking, made the best strawberry jelly & was known for her homemade donuts.

Shirley was devoted to her family, enjoyed hosting the holidays and always welcomed those who otherwise would spend the holiday alone. She enjoyed travelling, crafts, crocheting, scrollwork, gardening, and canning. Shirley was a member of the UAW Auxillary & the VFW Auxillary. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children; Dan Pottebaum of Dubuque, Sue (Kevin) Leute of East Dubuque, Linda (Steve) Wesenberg and Jill (Howie) Bradbery of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tina (Jeffrey) Wilson, Andrea (Aaron) Duggan, and Travis (Sarah) Troy; great-grandchildren, Dakota Goarcke, Samantha Cross, Kaylee Goarcke, Sierra Schlitter, Maci Troy, and Ashlyn Duggan; great-great grandchildren, Aiden, Sophia, Nolen, and Aubree; siblings, Jim (Pam) and Wayne (Cindy) McGinnis; sister in-laws, Sue McGinnis and Bernadette "Mickie" (Dan) Leibfried.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Amanda Wesenberg; siblings, Barb (Don) Pregler and Larry McGinnis.

A special thank you to Finley Homecare, Finley Hospital & Sherrill Fire Department, especially Kevin and Nicole. Also a huge thank you to Shirley's friends, who picked her up for lunch.

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

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



Ann Lucille Riste


Ann Lucille Riste, 74, of Waukon, Iowa, passed away on December 11, 2017 in La Crosse, WI.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating.

Ann was born on May 26, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Smith) Knockel. She married Mike Riste in May of 1976 at the Little Brown Church.

She is survived by her siblings, Lorraine Muenster, of Dubuque, Shirley Anderson, of Wheaton, IL, Mike Knockel, of Dubuque, Norman (Karen) Knockel, of Bernard; her sister-in-law Grace Knockel and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Mike; sisters, Bernice, Patricia, Barbara and Margerita; brothers Herman Jr., James, and Otto.

The family wishes to thank the Gunderson Health Center in La Crosse and all their doctors, nurses and staff who were so kind and caring to Ann in the ICU unit; also to all her neighbors and friends for all their thoughts and prayers.



Daniel D. Boge


Daniel D. Boge, 82, joined his beloved Mil on Monday, December 12, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16th, 2017 St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass Saturday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is handling arrangements.
Dan was born in Dubuque, IA on April 5, 1935. His mother and father, Cyril & Isabel (Hanten) Boge, raised him on a farm in North Buena Vista.

From his first marriage to Donna Strong, he has 5 children: Diane (John) Boleyn, Cynthia Erickson, Kim Boge (fiancé Martin Eisenberg), Joan (Dennis) Holmes, and Amy Jo Moore. He also has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

From his second marriage to Mildred Atkinson, he has 6 step children: Lynn (Randy) Bullard, Jim (Mary) Pregler, Tom Pregler, Jodie (Ralph) Darrow, Deb Kreiss, and Jude Andresen. He also has 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He also fosters a child from Columbia through contributions.

He is also survived by his siblings, Darlene Hantelmann, Loras Boge, Joanne Haywood, Samantha "Blondie" Boge, Geraldine "Geri" Vesely, Deborah Husted, and Steven Boge.

Dan has had a colorful life of jobs and business ventures. Along his journey, he attended ROTC Loras Academy; in which he was a member of the National Guard for 14 years, was a U.S. mail contractor for many years, owned the first self-service gas station in Iowa, owned a bar, was an over the road truck driver for 47 years; during which time he was also part owner of a trucking company, and owned a laundromat and properties.
He continued owning, building, trading, renting, and managing real estate during his retirement.

Dan was a lifetime NRA member, he was also a member of the American Legion, Home Builders Association, and the Landlords Association.

As a lifetime Republican, he gave numerous donations. He also gave to many charities, including The Dubuque Humane Society and Camp Courageous.

Dan was a trooper in surviving his progressive cancers for 18 years.

Dan would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Victoria Famuyide, Dr. Heiar, Dr. Salas, and Dr. Dolehide for their extra care and for adding four extra years to his life. Also, thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.

Dan left this world and will rejoin many family members and friends that have gone before him.

He will be very sadly missed by his family and friends, including his longtime friends at Arby's: Dick Heller, Galen & Anna Mae Smith, Gary, and Kim.



Sally J. Klein


Sally J. Klein, age 81, of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:45 p.m., on Monday, December 11, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sally's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Sally's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 15, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friend may also visit one hour prior to the service at St. Francis Church on Saturday. Burial will be in the St. Francis Church Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sally was born on June 5, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Minnie (Rupp) Whitfield.

Sally was born and raised in the Dubuque area, where she quickly developed an appreciation for those around her whom displayed not only a strong work ethic, but also a strong devotion to family and friends. Periodically, throughout her 81 year earthly journey, Sally would put those principles to good use outside of her home also. She was always proud of her time as a secretary with the John T. Klein Construction Company in Rickardsville, in helping to keep the dishes clean at Breitbach's Country Dining, and also with her time at the family business, 5 Points Tavern, where she would eventually meet the love of her life, Kenneth Klein. The couple was united in marriage on June 27, 1956, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 10 truly adored children. After Sally and Ken started their family, she would joyfully embrace her role as full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Her talents at home quickly became apparent to all who knew and loved her. Whether she was creating magic in the kitchen, working on the days laundry, or quietly sitting at the table while listening more than talking; you knew that if you held residence in Sally's heart, all was well. She was a kind, simple and humble woman who had an honest warmth about her that was absolutely undeniable. Sally treasured all of the years she had the opportunity to spend with, and care for her family and home, but when a little downtime found it's way into her day, Sally could regularly be found watching Wheel of Fortune and Days of Our Lives, or simply nibbling on some of her favorite hard candy while singing a tune for those fortunate enough to be in the room. Sally also had a natural affinity towards children, especially her dear grandchildren, and they were continually drawn to her, and her always sweet disposition. Sally's family has not only marveled, but also finds great pride, in the fact that Sally never had an unkind word to say about anybody, or a swear word which would easily venture through her mouth; a trait few of us can actually lay claim to when our final testimony is written. We are all deeply saddened at the quick and sudden loss of our beloved Sally, especially so close to Christmas; but we find subtle moments of peace in knowing that Sally is spending this Christmas with her Lord, her Savior, and her family who've been awaiting her eventual arrival into the beautiful eternity set aside especially for such a beautiful woman. We will miss you more than you'll ever know Sally, but we are forever grateful for all of the love, memories and the wonderful legacy you leave behind!
Those left to cherish Sally's memory include

her loving husband,
Kenneth Klein, Balltown, IA;

her 10 children,
Amy (James) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Laurie (Rick) Juran, Dyersville, IA,
Penny (Dan) Murphy, Dubuque, IA,
Peter (Carmen) Klein, Arlington, TX,
Julie (Dennis) Donovan, Branson, MO,
Paul (Lupe Sanchez) Klein, South Bend, IN,
Tony Klein, Balltown, IA,
Todd (Heidi Hagerty) Klein, Holy Cross, IA,
Dave (Amanda) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Kenneth "Chip" (Elsa) Klein, Alvarado, TX;

her 22 grandchildren,
Jesse Schmitt, Brian Schmitt, Sarah Hunter, Luke Juran, Molly Murphy, Meghan Murphy, Becky Klein, April Klein, Giselle Klein, Holly Donovan, Danny Donovan, Kasey Klein, Nina Howard, Kenny Paul Klein, Damian Klein, Ben Klein, Dan Klein, Nick Klein, Adam Klein, Quinton Klein, Carter Klein and Melina Hutchingson;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Colton Schmitt, Nathan Schmitt, Kaia Hunter, Preston Hunter, Levi Juran, Gracie Klein, Zara Klein, Aidan Klein, Ella Klein, Tiana Klein, Alayna Klein, Stephanie Klein, Morgan Klein, Emily Klein, Leo Klein, Jace Neely, Frances Altman-Donovan and Kayln Myers;

and her siblings,
Jim (Belia) Whitfield, Yuma, AZ,
Karen (Larry) Dunne, Belvidere, IL
and Mike Whitfield, Viroqua, WI.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lillian (LaVerne) Schmitt; and her sister-in-law, Sonja Whitfield.

A Sally J. Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Sally's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tim, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sally, and her family. Also, a special thanks to our wonderful friends and neighbors, Shannon and Derek Brimeyer, for all of their help; as well as to Mike and Cindy at Breitbach's Country Dining, for their thoughtfulness in ensuring that every Friday night she had a hot meal, and memorable conversations along with lots of laughs and hugs....thanks Mikey, Ben and Annie.

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

 



Roberta A. Comer


Roberta "Bonnie" Agnes Comer, 96, of Dubuque passed away on December 12, 2017 at Bethany Home.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held on Friday December 15, 2017 at 11:00 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Family and friends may visit at Westminster Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Bonnie was born on March 7, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa daughter of Agnes Bradley Brady. After her mother passed away at the age of 36 she and her sister were nurtured by their mother's kind-hearted younger sister, Mary Bradley, who lovingly took on the task of raising two little girls on part of the original farmstead of Cornelius and Amanda Bradley. Bonnie attended a one-room school house through grade school and graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1938 where she was affectionately referred to as Itty Bitty Bonnie Brady. After attending the University of Dubuque for two years she married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Comer, on September 20, 1941. Together they were blessed with three sons and one daughter and worked and resided on the farm where Bonnie had grown. After 38 years of marriage Glenn passed on to be with his Lord on October 14, 1979.

While her husband worked the farm, Bonnie kept busy raising chickens until they got too messy, took pride in her huge vegetable and flower garden, enjoyed canning vegetables for the winter months, cooking large family meals and baking the best desserts a family could ever dream of. She tended to the farm with respect and kept it looking wonderful. Bonnie also loved every holiday and put up decorations for each one, big and small, for her cherished family to enjoy. However, her birthday was truly a day to be celebrated. She had a little girl spirit and enjoyed every moment of her special day.

Bonnie was a lifetime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon and taught many years as a Sunday school teacher. She also volunteered for The Finley Hospital Auxiliary and mentored children at St. Mary's school. After her youngest left for college, Bonnie worked for the Dubuque Telephone Answering Service for several years. As her eyesight faded from the effects of Macular Degeneration she found much joy attending activities at Tri-State Independent Blind Society.

Left to treasure her loving and positive nature is her son Wendell of Dubuque and his children Lisa Comer of Saginaw, Michigan, Terri Comer of Washington D.C. and Brad Comer of Alpharetta, Georgia; her son Wayne (special love, D'Ann) of Houston, Texas and his children Gregory (Sandra) Comer also of Houston, and Lindsay (Wyatt) Thomason of Austin, Texas; her daughter Nancy (Marty) McNamer of Dubuque and their children Will and Tony Goodmann and Joseph McNamer of Dubuque, and Jason McNamer of Denver, Colorado; and finally her dear, 100 year old sister, Mary Radle of Union, Kentucky. Similarly, she was blessed with many great-grandchildren which include Andy, Julia, Andrew, Rafe, Jacob, Mia, Brody and Ellie. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother and husband, Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved son Gary, her daughter-in-law Janis, and her brother-in-law Woodrow Radle of Tipp City, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, please consider having your memorials sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bethany Home, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, Hospice of Dubuque, or by simply doing an act of kindness for someone in need.

Special gratitude goes to Hospice of Dubuque for warmly embracing our mother, and to each and every employee of Bethany Home for tenderly and compassionately loving Bonnie.

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

 



Kayla M. Decker


Kayla Marie Decker, 21 of Dyersville passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Kayla was born April 15, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Paul and Jolene (Pfeiler) Decker.  She attended LaSalle Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Beckman Catholic High School in the class of 2014.  She participated in Cross Country, Basketball, and Softball throughout her years at Beckman and recently ran her third half marathon.

Kayla was currently attending St. Ambrose University and was due to graduate from their nursing program with her BSN in May of 2018. After participating as a dancer her freshman year she immersed herself in SAU Dance Marathon, the organization she fell head over heels for.  Her sophomore and junior year she served as Morale Captain, and this year she was blessed with the opportunity to be the Morale Director.  In Kayla's words "I dance so the kiddos can grow up and live out their wildest dreams - to be the firefighter who saves people from burning buildings or the artist who paints better than Picasso". She will forever be dancing in our hearts.

Kayla completed a nursing internship last summer alongside her dad at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. She was a CNA at the Good Neighbor Home for four years, and was an athletic trainer assistant at SAU throughout college.

Kayla could give the warmest hugs that would brighten your day. Her glowing smile and contagious laughter would light up the room the moment she walked in.  Her heart of gold and caring personality inspired everyone around her.  Kayla was the best daughter, sister, auntie, girlfriend, friend and now she will forever be our guardian angel.   

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Jolene Decker of Dyersville, Paul (Sheri Hall) Decker of Holy Cross, two brothers, Justin (Zara Montgomery) Decker and their son, Kayla's Godson, Avan Louis of Farley, Ryan Decker of Des Moines, boyfriend, Luke Stovall of Channahon, IL, grandparents, Pat Decker of Holy Cross, Lyal and Melita Pfeiler of Rickardsville, Godmother, Doris Hannan, aunts and uncles, Wayne (Kathy)Decker, Mike (Laura) Decker, Julie (Dan) Neebel, Joe (Kathy) Pfeiler, Janet (Rod) Hess, Jim (Mary) Pfeiler, John (Lori) Pfeiler, Joyce (Tom) Pasker, and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandpa Louis Decker in May 2015.

Memorials may be directed to Kayla's SAU Dance Marathon https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=322094.

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

 

 



Lois M. Hosch


Lois M. Hosch, 91, of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, with Rev. John O'Connor Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Lois was born June 6, 1926 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Louise (Kirsch) White. She graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington, IA in 1944. She was a rural school teacher. She was united in marriage to George Hosch on April 27, 1949 at the St. Paul's in Worthington, IA. Together they farmed in rural New Vienna until they moved to town in 1976. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2003.

She was a member of the St. Boniface Parish and its Altar Society. Lois volunteered at St. Boniface School for many years. She was a charter member of St. Mary's Hospital auxiliary and also helped at the hospital gift shop. Lois was a member of the St. Boniface quilters and the Heritage House quilters. Sewing and gardening were some of Lois's favorite things.

She is survived by two sons, Earl (Joan) Hosch, Gene (Sara) Hosch both of New Vienna, IA, one son-in-law, Pete Huettl of Madison, WI; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas (Alecia) Huettl, Paul Huettl, Philip (Katie) Huettl, Karla (Dan) Hagerty, Sara (Luke) Domeyer, Lisa (Tim) Bernhardt, Brett (Lauren) Hosch, Tina (Fiance James), Abby (Dustin) Harle and Jared Hosch; 16 great grandchildren; three siblings, Janice Tegeler of Dyersville, IA, Ann (Wayne) Klaren and Harry (Mary Lou) White both of Worthington, IA.; three sisters-in-law, Mary White of Dyersville, IA., Julie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Katie Knipper of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Joyce Huettl; one granddaughter, Paula Hosch; one brother, Elmer White; one sister, Delores (Justin) Runde; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry Tegeler, Harry (Irene) Hosch, Margaret (Don) Koopmann, Eddie (Millie) Hosch, Mary Claire (LeRoy) Trumm, Rosie (John) Koopmann, John Hosch and Larry Knipper.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the amazing staff at Shady Rest who treated Lois like their own family.

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



Onalee A. Gisel


Onalee A. Gisel, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

A memorial service celebrating Onalee's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 15, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A gathering and reception in "The Bistro" at Carson's will immediately follow the service. A private burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Onalee Ann Bollinger was born on November 22, 1933 in Clinton County, Iowa, to John and Erma (McCutcheon) Bollinger. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard Gisel on December 24, 1951 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2006.

Onalee was a homemaker and also assisted her husband as office manager in his real estate business for many years.

Onalee enjoyed animals including cats, dogs and horses. She loved spending time with her family, liked to travel and was known as an excellent cook. She was extremely close with her sister Lorraine and was an avid sports fan with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls being her favorites.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Scott Gisel of Milan, IL, and Valerie Gisel of Schaumburg, IL; a sister, Lorraine Miller of Bellevue, IA; and brothers, Tom (Donna) Bollinger of Maquoketa, IA, and Bill (Dolores) Bollinger of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jack Bollinger, and sisters Jean Gisel and Margaret Rowe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Onalee Ann Gisel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Muriel D. Bahr


Muriel D. "Babe" Bahr, 87, of rural Shullsburg, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 10, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at the New Diggings Primitive Methodist Church, with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena,Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, Illinois, and after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the church until the time of service.

Babe was born on July 11, 1930 near Galena, Illinois, the daughter of William and Edna (Bainbridge) Dayton.  She attended Galena High School and on July 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Dale C. Bahr in Galena.  He preceded her in death on June 23, 2007.

Babe loved cooking, feeding and sharing with others, gardening, working with crafts, collecting bells, but will be remembered by family and friends for her pie making expertise.  She dedicated her life to helping her family.

Surviving are two children, Darlene (Francis) Fishler of East Dubuque, Illinois and Dennis D. Bahr of Shullsburg; two grandchildren, Kristine Fishler and Jennifer (Michael) Onken both of East Dubuque; and two great grandchildren, Mikayla and Ryan Onken; two sisters, Ruth Bein of Highland, Indiana and Joyce McClain of Dubuque, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Marian Dayton of Scales Mound.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale, and two brothers, William Dayton, Jr and Robert Dayton.

Babe's family wishes to thank aunts Joyce and Marian for all their visits, her caretakers Patty and Linda and to St. Croix Hospice of Platteville for the wonderful care given to their Mother.

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

 

 



Sandra L. Funk


Sandra (Sandy) L. Funk, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home, in the care of her daughters, on Sunday, December 10, 2017.  She had just been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer 2 weeks prior to her death.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St. in Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Jonathan Crawford will officiate.  Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Sandy was the youngest of four daughters, born December 4, 1935 in Marshalltown, IA, to the late Harold and Hellen (Ellery) Thatcher.  She married the love of her life, Donald C. Funk on July 11, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque.  They were married just short of 62 years, when he died on June 16, 2015.

Sandy graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953.  She worked outside of the home for nearly 30 years.  Sandy enjoyed the outdoors, and in her younger years was an excellent swimmer, water skier and figure skater.  Her family meant the most in her life, and she was always there for them with her love and support.  She was an avid reader; and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing; boating and playing golf with her family.  Her most treasured personal accomplishment was completing extensive research of her family ancestry, and finding an ancestor who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  She was  proud to be accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).    

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Robin (Jeff) Sanford and Lisa Cox (Sid Turner), both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Sara Sanford of Atlanta, GA and Amy Sanford Smith and great grandson, Steven J. Smith of Marion, IA; two brothers-in-law, Emil Hoffmann of Dubuque and Otis Winkelman, Charlotte, North Carolina; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law Jacqueline and Gerald Herburger; sisters, Beverly Winkelman and Betty Hoffmann; and her son in law, David Cox.  

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries (and staff) who cared for Sandy for many years; Rev. Jonathan Crawford; and Hospice of Dubuque staff: Jennifer F., Katie, Barb and Shirley, who provided urgent services and support to the family in Sandy's last hours.  

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque, IA or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Elaine M. O’Brien


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Catherine M. Steffen


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

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

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

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

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

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



Daniel J. Dossey


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"OOHRAH"



Gary F. Harry


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Phyllis E. Duhme


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Elsie M. Babcock


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Murial Y. Roberts


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

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

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

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

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

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

A Muriel Y. Roberts Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Constance A. Schaecher


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Edward T. Smothers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com  

 

 



Angella T. Walsh

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

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

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

She was a member of New Melleray Parish.

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

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

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

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



Martha M. Burger

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



Theresa C. Hankemeier


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Joe A. Smith


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Patricia J. Cawley


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

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

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

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

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

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

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

and a great-grandson,
Holden Cawley.

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

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

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

 



Janet K. Wernke


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Robert L. McCarron


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

 



Natalie G. Sanders


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Charles V. Plein


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bonnie K. Waller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Janice K. McCarthy


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Russell L. Paulsen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Arleen Anderson


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

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

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

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

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

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



Bruce J. Noel


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

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

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

A Bruce J. Noel memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard F. Burlage


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Gunnar Ant


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Gunnar's memory include

his loving wife,
Iyla Ant, Dubuque, IA;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Carl D. Sanman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



William Jester


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

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

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

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

Will was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Mark A. Dalen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Janice M. Decker


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

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

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

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

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

A memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Elizabeth O. Helling


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Brian Joseph Kass


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

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

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

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

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

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



Margarete Mary Martin


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

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

her 2 granddaughters,
Amy and Jenny;

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

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

and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

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

 



Richard D. Rath Sr.


Richard Duane Rath Sr., 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor David Barna officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born on March 5, 1927 in Manchester, Iowa the son of Henry and Nevada Grace (Fogel) Rath. He served in the United States Navy from 1946-1947 in Japan during WWII.

He married Esther Thomas on December 5th, 1948 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary next week.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement.

Richard was a master fisherman, which he taught his kids and grandchildren. He enjoyed being part-owner of the Eagle Point Fishing Barge in his retirement. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs Fan.

He always had a smile and helped anyone who needed it. He was called "Pops" by many that knew him. He loved his family and loved spending time with them.

He is survived by his loving wife Esther; his children, Gary (LaNae) Rath, Steve (Roseanne) Rath, Dixie (Bill) Waterman, Richard (Sue) Rath, Jr., Debbie (Mark) Hines, Becky (Bill) Welter, David (Ellen) Rath, and Tammy (Jeffrey) Robbins. 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. His step siblings, Judy Cottrell, Rita Cottrell, Ruth Rath, Denny Rath, Tom Rath, and Armand Rath.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Henry (Eleanor) Rath, Cecil (Florence) Rath, and a grandson Marc Rath.

A Richard D. Rath memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and his nurse Kate, Hospice of Dubuque especially Barb, Home Health Care especially Kelly, and to all the nurses who helped care for Richard.



Allen R. Mescher


Allen R. Mescher, age 101, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:05 p.m., on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Allen's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with his son, Rev. Michael Mescher, officiating. To celebrate Allen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on October 19, 1916, in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher.

Allen honorably served his country as a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. He was very proud of his service and continued to celebrate every Veteran's Day by still wearing his original dress uniform. He would marry the love of his life, Violet Holl, on November 13, 1948, in Dubuque, and they would be blessed with 69 years together, as well as 4 truly adored children. Allen was no stranger to the value of an honest day's work and loyally devoted 37 years of his working career to Georgia Pacific, before eventually retiring as general manager. Faith was also a very integral part of Allen's life and he displayed it prominently, not only in his daily words, thoughts and actions, but quite regularly he could be found volunteering his time with his beloved St. Anthony's Church. Allen was very handy with a tool belt and was not only competent enough to tackle any task which was laid before him, but he is also one of the few men who can actually claim that they built their own home with their own two hands. When Allen was fortunate enough to find some down time, he always looked forward to loading up the family and heading out into the great outdoors for their next big camping adventure. Above all though, family was the most important aspect of Allen's life and he absolutely cherished every opportunity to spend some quality time with those he loved. Allen has surely seen many changes in the world around him during his 101 year journey on this earth, and we now pray, as his heavenly journey begins, that he's enjoying the perfect splendor of his new world in the companionship of his family members' who've been called home ahead of him. We will miss you dearly Allen, but we'll find peace in time while you rest easy in your Heavenly Father's arms until we are all joyfully reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Allen's memory include

his loving wife,
Violet "Vi" Mescher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Rev. Michael Mescher, Tama, IA,
Dr. Scott (Claudia) Mescher, Hibbing, MN,
Sally (David) Mescher Allen, Littleton, CO and
Alice (Fred) Altmix, Nashville, TN;

his 7 grandchildren,
Meredith (Colin) McCowan, Emily (Nathan) Wirkkula, Dr. Craig (Sara) Mescher, John Allen, Tatyana Allen, Caitlyn (Andrew) Boza and Evan Altmix;

his great-granddaughter,
Cora Boza;

his sister,
Rose Johanningmeier, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Fran Mescher, Dubuque, IA
and Marion Mescher, Melbourne, Australia;

his brother-in-law,
Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Elmer Mescher and Donald (Betty) Mescher; his brother-in-law, Elmer "Moe" Johanningmeier.

An Allen R. Mescher memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Allen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all of the kind, caring and professional care they have provided to Allen, and his entire family throughout the years.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Duane J. Heiderscheit


Duane J. "Harry" Heiderscheit, 74, of Holy Cross died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross.  Visitation will also be held from 9:30-10:30 am Saturday, Dec. 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  A private burial service will be held at a later date.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Harry was born May 2, 1943, in Holy Cross, the son of Harold and Josephine (Hefel) Heiderscheit.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School with the class of 1961.  He married Donna Mae Schueller on May 15, 1965, in Sherrill, Iowa.  Together they raised their family & farmed near the Holy Cross area.  Harry also ran Harry's Place in Holy Cross from 1998 - 2001.  After retiring from farming and Harry's Place in 2001, he began working for Steger Construction.  He was very active in the community, selling raffle tickets for the HC Athletic Club and Fire Department.

Harry was a family man who loved watching his children and grandchildren in their sports, and going on a recent family vacation to South Dakota, where Harry and Donna honeymooned and revisited upon their 25th Anniversary.  He was an honest and sociable person with a sense of humor which people of all ages enjoyed.  He played softball for many years, loved gambling, following the Hawkeyes and Cubs and a good game of Euchre. 

Survivors include his wife, Donna, 5 children: Patrick and Dave, both of Holy Cross, Steve (Desiree Pope) and Peggy (Tim) Stockel, both of Dubuque and Debbie (fiancé Phil Bemer) Klein of Ely, IA; 15 grandchildren: Billy, Clint, Danny and Sabrina Heiderscheit, Jake, Jordyn, Delaney, Devyn and Jackson Heiderscheit, Gage Heffernan, Shyla and Carissa Stockel, Alyssa (Quintin) Embray, Mariah Klein and Austyn Bemer; 1 great grandchild, Alivia Embray, who is expecting a brother in February; siblings: Lyle (Pat) Heiderscheit of Bankston, Ed (Myrene) Heiderscheit of Peosta, Linda (Jerry) Brenke of Dubuque, Laura Brokish of Cleveland, TN, and Roger (Judie) Heiderscheit of Holy Cross, Ron (Elaine) Heiderscheit of Dixon, IL; in-laws: Helen Heiderscheit of Dubuque, Dorothy Kennicker Crews, Diane Boge, Joe Schueller and Bonnie (Jerome) Garner, all of Dubuque, Ron (Doris) Schueller of Pflugerville, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Daniel, parents-in-law, Joseph and Stella (Leonard Backes) Schueller; in-laws: Eugene Schueller, Leon Kennicker, Francis Crews, Ron Boge, Deb Schueller.

We would like to thank the Holy Cross Fire Department and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials are preferred to the Holy Cross Fire Department, LaSalle Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Linda Ward


Linda Ward, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 28, 2017.

A private service will be held by her immediate family.

Linda was born on March 27, 1944 to Henry and Elfrieda (Will) Feuss in Lost Nation, Iowa. She was the 7th if 11 children. She attended Lost Nation High School and graduated in 1962.

She married her first love, Richard Ward, on September 9, 1962 and moved to Monmouth, Iowa. She was a farm wife and homemaker and they were soon blessed with four children over the next 8 years. Roger (Anna) of Indio, CA; Sharon (Loren) Ditch of Branson, MO; Dennis of Ventura, CA; and Tammy (Eric) Brooks of Manchester, Iowa.

They moved to Wyoming , Iowa where they owned and operated a dairy farm and Linda worked at the Jackson County Pubic Hospital. In 1978 they settled in Maquoketa and opened Wa-Ka Restaurant, which she managed for eight years.

When their children were grown, Linda became active in flower gardening, bird watching, and RV travel. She also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

Linda was given the title of Grandma to: Elizabeth, Gabriel, Devin, Addison, Mackenzie, Aaron, Kobe and Michael. She enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them to sew, cook, and enjoy nature. She enjoyed watching their activities, zip lining, water tubing, paint balling and eating homemade ice cream.

Linda enjoyed her summers at Table Rock Lake as the families gathered for their vacations. She enjoyed traveling south for the winters and playing Dominoes with her fellow RV travelers. When Linda wasn't traveling, she was a volunteer with Jackson County Hospice and Master Gardeners.

Linda is remembered as having a kind and generous heart with a love for life. If she touched your life, she touched your heart.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Jackson County Hospice in her honor.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



Rita Ann Navigato

Rita Ann Navigato, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, after a brief illness.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include her children, Sheila (Ed) Adamson, Warrenville, Illinois, Cathy (John) Osweiler, Dubuque, Iowa, David (Debbie) Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Dan (Cathy), Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Ben Navigato, Fredonia, Wisconsin, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date where she will be buried next to her husband Ben, at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

Local arrangements are being handled by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Geraldine L. Fleege


Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:18 a.m., on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Squirt's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Squirt's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Squirt was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Hilda (Nachtman) Kohnen.

Squirt was a longtime resident of Dubuque and would eventually meet and marry her soul-mate, Ronald "Bun" Fleege, on September 4, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 61 years of marriage, and 3 adored children, before Bun was sadly called home ahead of her on March 9, 2008. Squirt was personally driven to devote her time and energies to nurturing her family and caring for her home, but she was also motivated to find the time to work outside the home at both the Battery Factory and Janlin Plastics for several years. Squirt was known for her sweet disposition and it was not uncommon to catch her breaking out into a joyful song at a moments notice. She also had a bit of a competitive side, which would playfully show itself during a spirited game of cards with family and friends. We are deeply saddened during this holiday season with the loss of our dear mom, grandma and friend, but we know that she'll be enjoying a most glorious of Christmas celebrations with her heavenly family now and that one day we will all be able to sit and listen to mom sing carols with the Angel's Choir. Thank you for making the world a better place during your 91 year earthly journey Squirt, and we are forever grateful that you have left such an abundance of beautiful memories for us to treasure as we continue along ours.

Those left to cherish Squirt's memory include

her children,
Sandy Dodson, Mesquite, TX,
Donna (Roger) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA
and Michael (Patty Schissel) Fleege, Galena, IL;

9 grandchildren,
Ron Smith, Tim Smith, Julie (James) Dodson, Caroline (Saad) Dodson, Tracy (Don Hentges) Dillon, Kristie (Chad) Hefel, Dan (Terra Freese) Pfeiler, Willa Fleege and Josie (Jeremy Powers) Fleege;

7 great-grandchildren,
Morgan (Justin) Howe, Weston Hefel, Eva Hefel, Zach Dillon, Mallory Dillon, Asah Pfeiler and Koben Fleege;

a great great-grandson,
Brantley;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Kohnen, Dubuque, IA.

Squirt was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ronald "Bun" Fleege; and 4 brothers, Robert Kohnen, Merlin (Rosemary) Kohnen, her twin, Gerald (Helen) Kohnen and Richard (LaVonda) Kohnen.

In lieu of flowers, a Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Squirt's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kristin Nelson, her nurse, Joni, and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and professional care they have provided to Squirt, and her family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Frances Dale Elwood Melvold


Frances Dale Elwood Melvold, 94, of Maquoketa died Monday afternoon, November 27, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa from complications of dementia.

Her body was donated to science at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine in Iowa City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Maquoketa United Church of Christ with the Rev. Stephanie Haskins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Jan. 11 at the church.

Frances was born August 28, 1923 in Elma, Iowa, the first of four children born to Francis Dale and Marian Lucretia George Elwood. She grew up in Cresco, Iowa, and graduated from Cresco High School. She attended the University of Iowa. She taught school in Norway, Iowa for about two years during World War II.

On February 19, 1944 she married Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Thomson Melvold of Cresco in the chapel of the U.S. Naval Base in New Orleans, La., where he was stationed at the time during World War II.

After his discharge from active duty following the end of World War II, the couple embarked on their dream of owning and operating a community newspaper and searched for a newspaper to acquire. They came to Maquoketa and on May 1, 1946 purchased the weekly Maquoketa Community Press. Thus began a partnership in the community newspaper and commercial printing businesses that continued for nearly 60 years, until her husband's death in 2005.

On Jan. 1, 1952 they purchased the rival Jackson Sentinel and merged the two newspapers into twin weeklies and later, into a semiweekly. They acquired the DeWitt Observer in 1954, the Galena, Ill., Gazette in 1961, and the Bellevue Herald-Leader in 1972. Together with their partner in DeWitt, Robert Parrott, they founded the North Scott Press in 1968. They were active members of the Iowa Newspaper Association and were Heritage Club members of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

They also spun off the commercial printing activity of the Maquoketa newspapers in the 1950s and formed a separate company, Eastern Iowa Printing Co., later reorganized in 1973 as Tri-State Graphics. Frances was involved in the management of that business, which at one time had sales offices in all of the affiliated newspapers and operated quick-print shops in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. She and her husband also owned a printing business, Englewood Print Center, for several years in Englewood, Fla.

Frances was active in the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, serving as Sunday school superintendent for many years and holding state-level positions in the church. She served on the Iowa Vocational Education Advisory Board, including a year as chair, as an appointee of Gov. Robert Ray.

She worked to provide services to people with disabilities and was instrumental in the founding of Area Residential Care in Dubuque and of the Jackson County Developmental Activity Center, later known as DAC Inc. and now Imagine the Possibilities, which serves individuals with disabilities.

She also was instrumental in the formation of the Jackson County Volunteers organization, which provided volunteer help to many organizations and projects. She was instrumental in starting the annual Thanksgiving Day community dinner. She was a 60-year-plus member and past president of Chapter BX of PEO Sisterhood in Maquoketa.

She held strong views on political issues and social causes. She actively supported causes for world peace, social justice, disarmament and conservation. She joined marches in Chicago during the civil rights movement and was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.

She was an advocate of conservation of natural resources. She and her husband completed the Master Conservationist course through Iowa State University Extension. She was an active member of the Democratic Party.

She enjoyed reading and playing bridge and took up golf with her husband in their later years.

She enjoyed spending winters with her husband and friends at Boca Grande, Fla., where they owned a condominium for nearly 30 years. She also enjoyed family houseboat trips on the Mississippi River and summer family vacations at resorts on lakes in northwest Wisconsin. She and her husband took several trips abroad in their later years. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings for any occasion.
She resided in her home until April of 2017, when she moved to Clover Ridge Place.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas (and Mary) and John (and Mary McAllister), both of Maquoketa, and Robert "R.B." (and Beth) of Park Falls, Wis.; three daughters, Miriam (Mrs. William) Brown of Iowa City, Dr. Janis (Mrs. David Pesetsky) Melvold of Lexington, Mass., and Annette Sohl of Maquoketa; six grandsons, Tim (and Hillary) Melvold of Peosta, Tyler Sohl of Portland, Ore.; Noah Brown of Brookline, Mass., Benjamin Pesetsky of Somerville, Mass., Jonathan Pesetsky of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Jacob Melvold of Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Emily (Mrs. Levi) McClimon of Waverly, Iowa, and Rachel (Mrs. Eric) Manson of Maquoketa; one great-grandson, Landon Melvold of Peosta; two great-granddaughters, Valerie and Tessa McClimon of Waverly; one brother, Henry (and Carol) Elwood of Cresco, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years on October 28, 2005; one sister, Mildred Butler; and one brother, George Elwood.

Memorials may be given to the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

The family expresses special appreciation to the staffs of Home Instead, Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their attentive care to Frances during the final stages of her life.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



Sister Mary K. O’Brien, BVM

Sister Mary K. O'Brien, BVM (Jean Catherine), 84, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Nov. 27, 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary K. taught elementary school in Sioux City, Iowa; Bellerose, N.Y.; and Grayslake and Chicago, Ill. Also in Illinois, she was elementary school principal in Chicago and Wilmette, and served as elementary school resource person in Mundelein.

She was born in Chicago on Oct. 31, 1933, to John Philip and Katherine Gilmore O'Brien. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1951, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, John (Jack) P. (Mary Jean) O'Brien, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; a sister, Margaret (Peg) Connolly, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 66 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Carl R. McNamee


Carl R. McNamee, 70, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017, at his home in Delmar surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 1, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with Rev. Dr. Leonard Ranson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, with military honors.

Carl R. McNamee was born on October 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Arlo and Ruth Gladys (Carr) McNamee. He attended Chattanooga Country Grade School and graduated from Delwood High School in 1966. He was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served his country until receiving an honorable discharge in 1969.

He married Verna Lou Baker on February 4, 1970 in Delmar, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Mark, Tammy and Richard.

Carl had worked at Clinton Engines and then International Paper in Clinton until he was drafted. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he returned home and again worked for International Papers for 35 years as a Printer Pressman. In retirement he worked for Garien Salvage for many years until taking full retirement.

Carl was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In August of this year, Carl went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and in November of this year he received a Quilt of Valor.

Carl enjoyed antique tractors, hunting, fishing, camping, mushrooming, playing cards every morning at McDonald's, and attending the Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers every year. He especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carl's memory include his wife, Verna McNamee of Delmar, IA; children Mark (Dana) McNamee of Wilton, IA, Tammy (Marty) Balliu of Maquoketa, IA, and Richard (Carla) McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 9 grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Mathew, Reece, Gannon, Nicole, Miranda, Keelyn and Ella; 10 great-grandchildren, Ian, Landon, Mason, Keegan, Bentley, Eli, Isabella, Jaylynn, Aspen and Sophie; a brother James "Jim" McNamee of Delmar, IA; and sisters-in-law, Gaye Riches of Anamosa, IA, and Diane (Charlie) Carr of DeWitt, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ione Starr, and 3 infant angel grandbabies.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carl R. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



John L. Haberkorn


John L. Haberkorn, age 50, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at his home in Middleton, WI. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, at Behr Funeral Home. A private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery on Monday, December 4, 2017, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born, along with his twin brother Jim, on December 21, 1966, in Dubuque, son of Allan and Janaan (White) Haberkorn.

John spent his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves where he honorably served his country as a Corpsman. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Elmhurst College and spent most of his working career as a Quality Engineer. John became a proud member of the Middleton Fire Department, and soon discovered a special home among his fellow firehouse family. He also served on the Department's Honor Guard. John also found time to have fun with family and friends. Whether he was playing at the annual Loras College Alumni hockey game, watching his Cubbies "finally" win the World Series, confidently sporting his newest Batman t-shirt, or watching Smallville for the "Hundreth" time. His devotion and love for his children, Hannah and Noah, were undeniable. The world is definitely a lesser place today with the absence of John from our lives. We are forever grateful that his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. It is comforting knowing that John, and his twin-brother Jim, are together once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include:
his children,
Hannah Haberkorn
and Noah Haberkorn, both of Middleton, WI;

his mother,
Janaan Haberkorn, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers,
Richard White, Dubuque, IA
and Allan (Polly) Haberkorn, Canyon Lake, TX;

his nephews,
Michael (Rachael) White
and Grant Haberkorn, both of Dubuque, IA;

his nieces,
Theresa (Aaron) Dunn, Rota, Spain,
Jeana Owens, Dubuque, IA
and Michelle Haberkorn, Moncks Corner, SC;

John is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews, and his loyal fur baby, Nux.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his twin brother, Jim in 1989.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dane County Humane Society, the American Heart Association, or to the Education Fund that has been established to benefit his children, Hannah and Noah, at Summit Credit Union, 5419 Blue Bill Park Drive, Madison, WI 537604.

There will also be a memorial gathering in January at the Middleton Fire Department, Middleton, WI.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Leona T. Breitbach


Leona T. (Ellerbach) Breitbach , 94, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday November 25, 2017 just one day short of her 95th Birthday. She was with family, her two daughters, Nancy Inserra of Utica, New York, Linda Olsen and son-in-law Gary Olsen of Dubuque, and her brother, Ray Ellerbach of Dubuque.  

Funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost  Catholic Church.  Family will greet friends 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Thursday at the church.  Local arrangements  with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Leona was born in Sherrill, Iowa, November 26th on Thanksgiving Day, to John and Mary (Freiberger) Ellerbach. A neighbor, Mrs. Haberkorn, assisted in the birth.

Leona spent her childhood on a farm in Sherrill, IA, and like many families in the Depression era, they moved to Dubuque. She worked to help support the family at the Dubuque Battery Factory and Farley & Loetscher Manufacturing. She married Francis (Frannie) Breitbach in 1942.

Leona continued to work at the Dubuque Packing Company for 20+ years while raising her family. Francis typically worked second shift at John Deere while Leona worked a day shift so someone would always be home to take care of their children. Their goal was to provide their children with opportunities they themselves didn't have. Despite a lifetime of hard work, Leona maintained her trademark sense of humor.

Leona was a wonderful cook and baker. Her caramel frosted hickory nut cake was legendary. Sunday dinners were epic. Standing rib roasts, amazing green beans, beets and tomatoes from Frannie's garden, creamed cucumbers, mashed potatoes and gravy made from the roast. There were fruit salads and her personal favorite orange Jello with mandarin orange slices suspended in the mold at first glance like little swimming gold fish. There were so many dishes and bowls on the table, it took a half hour to wash and put them all away! Everyone pitched in. "C'mon get a towel a whippin'!" she would say.

And when the family could afford to take vacations, it was all out fun. Fishing trips to Canada, tours of the American West. There are many fond memories fishing on Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Fall hunting season she took to the fields alongside her husband with her own Browning "Sweet 16."

After she and Frannie retired, they bought a motorhome and toured the West, ultimately picking a favorite place, Spencer, Idaho, where they stayed summers mining opal for Frannie's jewelry making enterprise, fishing and spending time with friends. They had many great years out West.

Preceding Leona in death was husband Francis (2012), baby brother John, Joe, Harold and sister Eileen (Renkert). Particularly heart breaking, was the loss of her grandchild, Georgie, who died of leukemia in 1994. He was the son of Nancy and George Inserra. Brothers in-law Irvin, FL

Nephews and nieces: (Ellerbach) Merlin, Dennis (Julie), Joe, Sandy, Judy, John, Debbie, Richard, Sharon and Pam. On the Breitbach side are Jimmy, Timmy, Mike, Patty, Jerry (deceased), Darlene, Eldon, Gene, Melinda, Sharon, Mary Lou, Dennis and Danny.

Leona was residing at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque for the last four months, and the extraordinary and compassionate staff there took exceptional care of her for which her family is forever grateful.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com

 

 

 



Mary Rita Zehentner


Mary Rita Zehentner, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:57 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 1, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson and Rev. Dennis D. Juhl officiating. To celebrate Mary Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Rita was born on August 14, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hillard) Herber.

Mary Rita was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who received her primary education from Sacred Heart Grade School, and went on to graduate from Immaculate Conception. She met the love of her life, Robert Zehentner, and the cute couple was united in marriage on November 3, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with over 60 years together, and 7 wonderful children, before Bob was sadly called home ahead of her on September 10, 2004. Mary Rita was a naturally meticulous and diligent worker who not only took great pride in raising her children and caring for her home, but was also the manager and buyer for Zehentner's Ski Shop for many years. As the manager of the family's Sporting Good and Ski Shop, Mary Rita had the distinguished honor of giving dozens of local kids their first "real" job while patiently teaching them many of the responsibilities and life-skills they could continue to employ throughout their careers and personal lives. She was also a very active participant in her children's education and was a faithful member of the Catholic Mother's Club. Mary Rita strived to find joy in everything she did; from making magnificent family meals with always an abundance of left-overs to share, to spending the afternoon on the slopes or the evening on the bowling lanes, to regularly chasing the little white ball around the golf course, and even relishing any opportunity for her and Bob to dominate a family friendly game of Euchre. But, at the end of it all, family was always the number one priority in Mary Rita's life; and her love for family gatherings, especially at Christmas time, were an undeniable pleasure which she always welcomed with open arms. We will definitely miss our dear sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend; but we discover some comfort in the fact that she will once again be celebrating Christmas with her beloved husband this year, and that thankfully Mom's attempt at heavenly haircuts will be perfect every time she tries moving forward. Thank you for your 96 years of love, wisdom and positive role-modeling Mary Rita and may the Lord keep you and Dad safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary Rita's memory include

her children,
Mary Louise (Richard) Lorenz, Dousman, WI,
Jayne Zehentner, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Bob Griffin) Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Teri Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Bob (Andrea) Zehentner, Friendswood, TX,
Barb (Mike) McKinlay, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Marina Ruiz-Molina) Zehentner, New York, NY;

14 grandchildren,
Gina (Yoann Taboyan) Lorenz, Lisa (Matt Helbing) Lorenz, Bob (Alison Andolena) Griffin, Dan Griffin, Tom Griffin, Gabriel Clandorf, Donato Clandorf, Livia Clandorf, Zoe Clandorf, Andrew Zehentner, Claire Zehentner, Sophie Zehentner, Jen (John Peterson) Becker and Jessie (Adam May) Becker;

6 great-grandchildren,
Henry and Theodore Helbing, Liam Taboyan, Layla, Ellee and Gracie Peterson;

and her wonderful sister and best friend,
Dolores Apel, Dubuque, IA.

Mary Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert Zehentner; her son-in-law, Michael J. Becker; 9 of her siblings and their spouses, Peter (Dorothy) Herber, Art (Treas) Herber, Viola (Raymond) Nicks, Fred (Ann) Herber, Arnold (Eunice) Herber, Mildred (Fergus) Gallagher, Herb (Ruth) Herber, and 2 sisters in infancy, Evelyn and Eleanor; and 1 brother-in-law, Jack Apel.

A Mary Rita Zehentner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the outstanding compassionate care they have provided to Mary Rita, and her family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



James D. Newell


James D. Newell, Sr., 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of James on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 2 to 4 P.M. at the family residence at 311 East Angus Court in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

James Dennis Newell, Sr. was born on June 11, 1949 in Dallas, Texas to Carl Wolf and Sylvia Amorio (Myers) Newell. He was a 1968 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California and then served his country in the U.S. Air Force until receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. He later would serve in the U.S. Army National Guard. He married Claudia Jo Martin on August 3, 1974 in Paramount, California. To this union three children were born: Melissa, Cynthia and James, Jr.

James had worked as a truck driver for many years until retirement. He had lived in several states including Texas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah before settling back in Iowa.

James enjoyed fishing, golfing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Claudia Jo Newell of Maquoketa, IA; children, Melissa Newell, Cynthia Newell and James D. Newell, Jr., all of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Kelly, Chrissy, Lizzie and Michael Newell; and siblings, EB (Sharon) Whiteman, Wayne (Patti) Bell, Chuck Pointer, Les Paul Fowler, Ted (Judy) Bell, Sandra (John) Hunt, and Linda Lucas Tope. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Ann Schaeffer.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Robert J. Andresen


Robert J. Andresen, Sr. 71 of Dubuque reunited with his beloved wife Shirley in heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Memorial Services will be 1:00 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 12:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.

Bob was born January 22, 1946 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Donna (Beast) Andresen. He served in the US Army 1967 - 1970 during Vietnam. Bob received a Purple Heart, Silver Service Star and Bronze Star Medal while serving in Vietnam. He married Shirley Mae Buchholz on April 15, 1972, she passed on February 3, 2017.

Bob enjoyed camping, playing cards, watching NASCAR, spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and taking trips to the casino. He will be especially missed by his beloved cat Blue.

Survivors include children, Tina (Scott) Coulson, Donna (Darb) Blackburn, Sabrina Andresen, and Bobby "Rock-n-Rob" Andresen; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a granddaughter, Tanya.

A memorial fund has been established in Bob's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com

 



Travis J. Augustin


Travis J. Augustin, 33, of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at home following a sudden illness. A private family service will be held at the Rockdale United Methodist Church.

Travis was born on December 9, 1983 in Dubuque the son of Dennis J. Augustin and Linda Lou Clarke. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends, a good book and cheering on the Atlanta Falcons.

He is survived by his mother Linda Lou (Gerald) Clarke-Fossum; his step mother Donna M. Augustin; six sisters Katherine (John Young) Augustin, Melissa Bremer, Jessica (Kevin Freiburger) Augustin, Amanda Augustin, Elizabeth Fossum and Emily Fossum; three brothers Michael Fossum, Matthew (Erin) Fossum and Christopher Fossum; paternal grand father Frank Augustin and maternal grandmothers Barbara Clarke and Carol Fossum; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Dennis in 2011; grandparents Helen Augustin, Jerry Clarke, Richard Fossum, and Andrew and Bernice Boll along with his aunt Jacqueline Schroeder.



Carl W. Witter


Carl W. Witter, 90 years old, of Bethany Home went to be in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 22, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. at Bethany Home with family by his side.

A private family wake and Christian funeral service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, on Friday, December 1st with a flag presentation by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carl was born on June 23, 1927 in Dubuque, IA the son of Carl & Esther (Schoenbeck) Witter. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. He went on to serve in the US Navy during World War II. Carl married Carmelita Till of Bellevue, IA on October 16, 1950 in Bellevue, IA. He began his career at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, IA and then spent many years working as an Engineer for John Deere Dubuque Works. He ended his career working for Coors in Denver Colorado.

Carl was a member of the American Legion and The Church of the Resurrection. Carl was a man of great faith. He was a craftsman and taught all of his children work ethic, how to solve problems, and t