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Sister Carmelina Meyers

Sister Carmelina Meyers, BVM, 91, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Marian Hall.Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories at 10:15 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Carmelina taught elementary school in Hempstead and Bellerose, N.Y.; and in Maywood and Grayslake, Ill. In Chicago, she taught elementary and secondary school and served in high school campus/youth ministry.

She was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 29, 1926, to James Peter and Catherine Johanna Wiltgen Meyers. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1942, from St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1944, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Beatrice L. Kalmes, and brother James F. Meyers.

She is survived by a sister Patricia J. Krase, Northbrook, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 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 & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA., 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Sharon E. Riesselman


Sharon E. Riesselman, 55, of Dubuque, beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend, passed peacefully from this life the evening of May 10, 2017 after a short, but valiant fight with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Sharon was born Dec. 9, 1961, daughter of Harold and Darlene Riesselman. She graduated from Hempstead H.S. and would go on to work at Mount St. Francis, Kay Jewelers, and Molo Big 10 Mart.

She loved the Chicago Cubs, animals, the color purple, but most of all she adored her daughter Emily, who was the light of her life. Sharon never missed a practice or basketball game if Emily was playing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sharon is survived by her daughter Emily, her mother Darlene Wieseler, her brothers, Donald (Tina) Riesselman, Jeff (Barb) Riesselman , and Sister Kristy (Jason) Berry. Nieces Tara Riesselman and Nicole (John) Montgomery and Nephews; Matthew Riesselman, Alex Berry, and Gavin Berry. As well as Randy Mott (Emily's Dad), Paula Riesselman (Sister-In-Law), and her best friend Leslie Sweeney.

She was preceded in death by her father Harold Riesselman and her step-father Kenneth Wieseler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kristy Berry 10488 Emberwood Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001.

A special thank you to Dubuque Senior RAM FAM for all their love and support. Carol Copeland, Linda Neumann, Executive Management, Sisters of the Visitation, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Hermann and Dr. Heiar, Steve Bartmann, Dan Zenner, Mark Miller, The guys of Molo Big 10 Coffee Club, as well as the numerous individuals who showed their concern and support through Sharon's gofundme page.



Leslie M. Shaw II


Leslie Mortier Shaw II of 16605 Carmen Oaks Drive, Durango, Iowa passed away Friday May 5th at Hawkeye Care Center.

Leslie was born June 17th, 1940 in Marshalltown, Iowa where he attended grade school. After his family moved to a farm near Melbourne, he transferred to Melbourne High School, and later graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. He received a BA degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a major in music theory and a minor in organ.

He went to Boston for two years, before living part time with his mother back in Marshalltown for much of his life. He passed many summers in Denver, Colorado, and eventually resided there, as well as in San Francisco, and something over a year in Fort Lauderdale. He traveled widely throughout this country, and spent six years in Europe.

Leslie leaves behind more than 100 "regular length" compositions in addition to some 150 chorales. He wrote music for piano, organ, and voice; string quartets, sonatas for flute and other solo instruments, divertimentos for two clarinets and bassoon. Many of such compositions bear the titles of communities or sights therein which inspired them. Shaw played the organ for Marshalltown churches in his youth. Several books and numerous original recipes further enlarge his creative output.

Leslie was the son of Leslie Mortier Shaw originally from Irene, South Dakota, and of Margaret Edna Estel, whose Father, William Frederick, founded the Estel Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Mr. Estel built up a landed estate which Leslie did much to expand. Among his contributions stands out a union of six scenic and productive parcels totaling a mile square called Campidoglio Farm (after one of the seven sacred hills of Rome) - with its various parts named after Shaw's preferred composers.

All family proceeded the deceased in Death.

A celebration of life will take place at Blades Chapel on University of Dubuque Campus, 2000 University Avenue, on Tuesday May 23rd at 5pm followed by dinner at 6:15.

Leonard Funeral Home & crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.



Martin W. Hammerand


Martin W. "Marty" Hammerand, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at home, after a sudden illness. To honor Marty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Marty's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 15, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marty was born on March 12, 1937, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of John and Velma (Hartbecke) Hammerand.

Marty was united in marriage to Norma Jean Oberfoell on February 2, 1963, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. They were blessed with 51 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before she was called home ahead of him on June 5, 2014. Marty was a lifelong dairy farmer who earnestly worked his family farm in the Mud Lake area. Marty truly loved caring for his piece of God's creation, but when he wasn't out in the fields, or tending to the livestock, he could easily be found at the waters edge relaxing on his favorite bench and visiting with all the passer by's. He also found great joy in every opportunity to gather with family and continually found contentment and happiness whether it was a simple visit out in the yard, a friendly game of cards with friends, a little time to hang out with the grandkids, or even the especially treasured memories created on the annual family camp-out. He was also a man of strong character and faith who was quite proud to be a longtime member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. We are deeply shocked and saddened by Marty's sudden passing from this life to the next, but we definitely take comfort in knowing that he and Norma Jean are once again reunited and now preparing their heavenly home for future family gatherings while Marty is surely refining his legendary sense of humor to accommodate nothing but clean jokes from now on.

Those left to cherish Marty's memory include

his 4 children,
Tim (Lynne) Hammerand, Dubuque, IA,
Douglas (Christine) Hammerand, Carlisle, IA,
Victoria (Brian) Hein, Durant, IA
and Amy (JR) Gregoire, North Liberty, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Elizabeth (Tommy) Schmitt, Jennifer Hammerand, Derek Hammerand, Brittan, Trey, Garrett and Noah Gregoire, Grant and Elise Hein;

3 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand;

and his siblings,
David (Carol) Hammerand, Sherrill, IA,
JoAnn (Raymond "Blackie") Waller, Key West, IA,
Arlan (Midge) Hammerand, Sherrill, IA,
Walter (Dorothy) Hammerand, Fennimore, WI,
Gloria (Doug) Lenhart, Zwingle, IA
and Alice (Don) Welter, Bankston, IA.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Norma Jean Hammerand.

A Martin W. "Marty" Hammerand 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

 



Richard T. “Dick” Rubie


Richard T. "Dick" Rubie, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dick was born on November 28, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Marie (Gronau) Rubie.

Dick was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Jean Miller, on July 16, 1977, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Together they would raise their family on the farm just south of town and embrace the true joy of country living. Dick understood the value of hard work and he would also go and invest another 41 years of his time and talents with A.Y. McDonald's. When Dick found a little free time in his days you could find him working on his next perfect 300 game at the bowling alley, heading out into the timber on his next hunt for bragging rites on the biggest rack, or even just sitting down in his favorite chair at home watching a favorite western like it was the 1st time he'd ever seen it. Many memories of Dick remain today and we will always treasure his unique words of wisdom and continually laugh at his humorous admiration of both the real and imagined "squirrels". Sadly, Dick has spent his last evening around the campfire and now most of the stories will thankfully be about the wonderful legacy he leaves behind. We will miss Dick with all of our hearts, but thankfully find peace in our minds with the faith that we will all see him again in time.

Those left to cherish Richard's memory include

his loving wife,
Jean Rubie, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Laura (Mike) Kapparos, Hazel Green, WI,
Paula (Jake) Rios, Dubuque, IA
and Joshua Rubie, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Alexandria, Aven, Justin, Victoria, Juliet and Catherine;

his 2 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Irene Jecklin,
Arthur (Helen) Rubie,
Lois (Dave) Hartman
and Fred (Doty) Rubie, all of Dubuque, IA.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Rubie; 2 sisters, Eleanor (Don) Palmer and Helen (Frank) Augustine; and a brother-in-law, George Jecklin.

A Richard T. "Dick" Rubie memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Richard's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care of Richard and his family.

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



Matthew J. Gaul


Matthew J. Gaul, 30 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Worthington, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at his home in Cedar Rapids due to natural causes.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Matt was born July 4, 1986, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Patrick and Nancy (Kelly) Gaul.  He was diagnosed at a very young age with Autism, but attended the Early Childhood Development Center in Epworth and earned his High School Diploma from Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg.  Some of the things that gave Matt great joy were taking rides in the van, going for walks and having a good meal.

Survivors include his parents, Pat and Nancy of Worthington, two sisters: Melissa (Mike) Salow of Minneapolis, MN, and Elizabeth Gaul of Worthington; aunts & uncles: Cathy (Kraig) Leuthard of Eden Prairie, MN, Paul (Connie) Kelly of Brentwood, CA, Julie (Bruce) Berstler of East Dubuque, IL, Brian (Julie) Kelly of Phoeniz, AZ, Nancy (Jim) Stock and Tom (Kate) Gaul, both of Dubuque, Dave (Leanne) Gaul of Monticello, IA, Dan Gaul of Covington, LA; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Faith Kelly, paternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Gaul, and an aunt, Jane Marie Gaul.

We would like to thank Matt's caregivers, Tammy Kayokela and Ann Sopousek, and the rest of the staff at REM Services.

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

 



David Gerard Knipper


David Gerard Knipper, 56, of Marion, and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from complications of Angiosarcoma of the liver diagnosed December 2016.

Visitation will be held from 2:00p.m to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dan Knipper (Dave's Uncle) will officiate. Per Dave's request, casual dress is appropriate.

When Dave was diagnosed with cancer he didn't let that cancer rule him. He ruled it. Dave's ‘herd was formed' and helped him work through his bucket list, and supported him through his journey.

Dave, the son of Larry and Katie (Hosch) Knipper, married Victoria Thiede on August 4th, 2001 in Dyersville. 

He worked up until the day he died, letting nothing stop him. Along with this, he continued to cheer on Andrew and the Hawkeyes, and usually was the loudest fan in the stands.

Euchre was his favorite card game, and he never liked to lose.

Dave was very proud of the work he did to ensure the success of the dairy and beef farmers that he helped throughout the years as a salesman for Prairie State/ Select Sires. He was very proud of his four-legged wives.

Dave was someone who always put others first, willing to help out when needed, and was a strong religious man. He did not inherit his father's handy man skills, and was lovingly called "The bolt breaker" by his family. He was many times seen as a human jungle gym to all of his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife, son, Andrew Harrison, siblings: John (Deb) Knipper of Clear Lake, IA, Michele (David) Kucharczyk of Onalaska, WI, Jude (Stacy) Knipper of Elk Horn, NE, sisters in-law: Shirley (Mark) Singsank of Dyersville, Audrey Spangenberg of Dallas TX, and Barbara (David) Michel of Preston IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Peter.

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

In lieu of flowers or momentos of remembrance, Dave's wish is that a memorial fund would be established in his name, and/or for the future education of Andrew.



Mary Lou Kruse


Mary Lou Kruse, 65, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 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 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, May 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate.

Mary was born July 15, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clement and Leona (Arens) Demmer. She graduated from Beckman Catholic High School with the Class of 1969, and began working at American Trust Bank in Dyersville.

She married Ronald L. Kruse on Nov. 13, 1971, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed and milked cows near New Vienna and Dyersville while they raised their family. She later worked for Beckman High School and went on to work for TOMY for 14 years until retiring in 2013, to spend more time with her family and especially grandchildren.

Mary and Ron were a St. Francis Xavier General Chair Couple and a Marriage Sponsor Couple. They were also members of the Beckman Booster Club Board, and Mary was a youth league softball coach. She enjoyed biking, gardening, dancing, golfing, Monday Night Volleyball, other sports and especially being a mom and grandma. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family to keep the "treat drawer" full.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Ron; children: Michelle (Troy) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Craig (Heather) Kruse of Phoenix, AZ, Kim (Ben) Page of Des Moines, IA, Ted (Terese) Kruse of Dyersville, Tony (Melissa) Kruse of Johnston, IA; 12 grandchildren: Shawn Deutmeyer, Olivia and Lila Kruse, Sophie and Bryce Page, Maria, Luke, Theo and Micah Kruse, Grady, Beckett and Maddox Kruse, siblings: Donald (Nancy) Demmer of Dyersville, David (Betty) Demmer of Farley and Merlin (Becky) of Dyersville, Robert (Sharon) Demmer of Dundee, Doris Weber (friend Bruce Johnson) of Sun City, AZ; in-laws: Henry (Doris) Kruse of New Vienna and Rose Mary Kruse of Bankston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Marvin Demmer, and in-laws: Daniel, Robert, Richard, David Kruse.

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

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



Donald L. Hildebrand


Donald L. Hildebrand, age 76, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:05 a.m., on Monday, May 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born on September 25, 1940, in Dyersville, son of Clement and Lorraine (Kramer) Hildebrand.

Don grew up in the Dyersville and Dubuque area and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1958. He would immediately join the U.S. Marine Corps at the spry young age of 17 and honorably devoted 3 years of his early adult life to the Corps before finally returning home to begin his 31 year tour with John Deere Dubuque Works. He enjoyed his time, and companionship with friends, in the Tool Shop at Deere's until his eagerly anticipated retirement became a reality in 1998. Don would eventually meet his beautiful bride, Carolyn Theis, and they would be united in marriage on February 2, 2002. They were blessed with 15 wonderful years together, and a combined family of 5 children and 10 grandchildren, before Don was called to his eternal home this morning. Don loved his family, friends, country and Corps and would continually display his admiration for all on a daily basis. Don also diligently invested years of his life to the Dubuque Detachment Marine Corps League and was not only a very active and willing volunteer on the funeral detail, but also held the distinction of Commandant during his service. Sadly, Don has solemnly saluted his last fellow veteran while standing at their graveside. This week a final salute will be raised in Don's honor as we say a temporary goodbye to our loving husband, father, friend and hero. We thank you Don for all of the sacrifices you've made during your 76 years here on earth and we pray that the Lord keeps you safe and comfortable in His arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife, Carolyn Hildebrand, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Christopher (Julie) Hildebrand, Madison, WI,
Mary Lynn (Allen) Hitz, Prior Lake, MN
and Matthew (Katie) Hildebrand, Barrington, IL;

his 2 step-children,
Dave (Julie) Theis, Dubuque, IA
and Deb (Scott Smith) Theis, Dubuque, IA;

his 10 grandchildren,
Jacob and Claire Hitz, Anna and John Hildebrand, Aiden, Ella and Gavin Hildebrand, Chris and Katey Theis and Kelly (Nicole Launspach) Hoffmann.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

A Donald L. Hildebrand memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Don's family would like to thank all of Don's friends, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the support, kindness and compassionate care of Don, and his family, these past few weeks.

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

 



Nancy Ann Schneider


Nancy Ann Schneider, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:45 a.m., on Monday, May 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Nancy was born on January 27, 1942, in Dubuque, daughter of Theodore and Delores (Eichenburg) Olds.

Nancy was born and raised in Dubuque and would spend many years working at the Mitten Factory, Hotel Julien, Loras College, Mercy and Finley Hospitals and finally at McDonald's. Nancy was strong in her faith and would definitely walk her spiritual path with a confidence and a hope for a better tomorrow and a perfect eternity. She has sadly played her last Euchre hand with her loved ones today and is now resting safely and securely in her Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include

her husband,
Richard Schneider, Dubuque, IA;

her 2 children,
Larry Latham, Wisconsin
and Lora (Daniel) Latham-Tracy, Sherrill, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Molly (Tony) Summer, Matthew Timmerman, Michael Timmerman, Loni Latham, Heather Latham and Rebecca Latham;

and her sister,
Eva (Frank) Schneider, Dubuque, IA.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents.

A Nancy Ann Schneider memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Holly from Hospice, for all of their wonderful care of Nancy and her family

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



Gloria A. Morris


Gloria A. Morris of Dubuque, 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.

Gloria was born on November 27, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George T and Lillian A (Schmidt) Geisler. She married Thomas H. Morris on August 3, 1946 in Milwaukee, a marriage that truly stood the test of time, as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last August.

During World War II, while Tom was at sea with the Coast Guard, Gloria aided the war effort by working as a radio technician at Wright Air Force Base. After the war, she took time to raise her young children. Then in the 1960s she and her husband started, owned and operated Tom Morris, Inc., an advertising agency on the outskirts of Chicago. Not only was Gloria then a full-time mother, she was also vice president and accountant for the company.

Tom and Gloria had three daughters. When asked to describe their mother, each states, without hesitation, "she was self-less." Gloria truly lived the principle of ‘loving your neighbor as yourself.' Besides working for their family business, you would always find Gloria giving of herself to others. Whether it be sewing clothes for her daughters; baking for friends and neighbors; nurturing their garden; singing for the church choir; or simply comforting those around her as they walk through a trial; she truly exemplified a lifestyle of giving. To those who knew her, her example will be a lasting legacy.

Surviving her is her husband, Tom; their children Judy (Kirk) Leoni of Weare, NH, Susan (Steve) Mill of Yarmouth Port, MA, and Jill (Steve) Carter of Mesa, AZ; and grandchildren Ben and Meredith Leoni, Meghan Mill (Drew Cameron), Lindsey (Daniel) Khamir, and Heather (Ivan) Valenzuela; and great-granddaughter, Emersyn Khamir.

Private family services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Rosemary C. Kremer


Rosemary Catherine Kremer, 88, of LaMotte, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her daughter's home. She peacefully entered heaven while surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, Iowa, with Fr. Jerry Kopacek and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the mass. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. The prayer service will be at 2:45 p.m.

On June 19, 1928, Rosemary's story began. Since Rosemary was born in the same year as Mickey Mouse, it was only destiny that she fell in love with this Walt Disney character.

Rosemary was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Pribyl) Rhomberg. Her family moved to a farm in LaMotte at the age of 10. As a young adult she worked at the Dubuque Licorice Factory and Flexsteel.

She married Lawrence Kremer on September 16, 1948. Rosemary and Lawrence started their life together in LaMotte on the family farm where Lawrence was raised. Lawrence preceded her in death on February 15, 1989. In 2006, the family's farm was honored as a Century Farm by the State of Iowa. Rosemary remained on the farm until the age of 88.

Rosemary truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: cheering on the Chicago Bulls, working in her garden, mending clothing, completing puzzles, smiling at anything purple, and spoiling her beloved dog Mickey.
Her wit and personality made her loved by many. Family was everything to Rosemary. She was so proud to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up and loved having them visit the farm. Her extraordinary work ethic was truly inspiring. Her influence will remain forever in the lives of those who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include her children: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer of LaMotte, Jean (Ted) Huseman of North Aurora, Illinois, Jim (Jan) Kremer of LaMotte, Jane (Paul) Vetter of Lakeville, Minnesota, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer of LaMotte, and Mary (Chuck) Michel of Bellevue, Iowa; grandchildren: Stephanie Valentine, Matt Kremer, Tricia Carty, Laura Duncan, Rachel Kremer, Nick, Eric, and Curt Schiesl, Jessica Willimack, Jena Petersen, Derek, and Jared Hueneke, Staci, Brad, and Jillian Huseman, Jamie and Jackie Kremer, Christi, Brianna, and Skylar Vetter, Tyler, Holly, Megan, and Amber Kremer, Taylor, Jack, Sam, and Kendall Kremer, and Tori and Jonathan Michel, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Genevieve Theis, Veronica Rhomberg, and Mary Lou Rhomberg.

Rosemary was also preceded in death by her parents, her sons Alvin and Melvin Kremer, daughter-in-law Sharon Kremer, grandson Nicholas Michel and brothers Ray, Alfred, and Leonard Rhomberg.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Christopher Stille, the Mercy Medical Center staff, Jackson County Hospice for their compassionate care, and Deacon Loras Weber for his guidance throughout this journey.



David H. Lorenz


David H. Lorenz, 70, of Mission Texas, formally of Dubuque, Iowa died March 22, 2017 at Alfredo Gonzales Texas State Veterans Home.

Visitation will be held at Linwood Cemetery chapel from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

David was born September 23,1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Harry and Rosemary. He married Nancy Goin on June 27, 1998. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam. David was employed by Adams Pet Hospital as a pet groomer. He was a member of the American Legion and Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Association.

David enjoyed reading, camping, walking "buddie", and sitting on the porch visiting with friends. His sense of humor was with him to the end. He is so greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife Nancy, step-daughter Brenda Henkel, 2 brothers, Carl (Cindy) and James (Kyle); 1 niece and 3 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sandra and Mary, and brother Michael.

The family requests no flowers; a David Lorenz memorial fund will be established in care of his wife Nancy.



Theodore J. Manternach

Theodore James Manternach, infant son of Isaac & Lauren Manternach was born on May 5, 2017 and passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.

Theodores loved ones include his parents, Isaac and Lauren Manternach of Worthington, Paternal grandparents: Brent and Ruth Manternach of Worthington, maternal grandparent, Carla Gibbons of Dubuque.

Theodore was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Gibbons.

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

 

 



Dorrance J. Dean


Dorrance J. Dean, 69, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

Services will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Private family burial will be in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Kieler. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dorrance was born on September 12, 1947, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Irma (Burbach) Dean. He married Sherry L. Liddle on June 11, 1966. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2010.

Dorrance worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 37 years and was also a semi truck driver for eleven years. He served as a Boy Scout Master for eleven years.

Survivors include his son, David (Stacy) Dean, of Cuba City; a daughter, Deborah Darosh, of Washington; a sister, Mary Bleile, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Larry Liddle, of Dubuque; three sisters-in-law, Barb Dean and Beverly Oestrich, both of Dubuque, and Linda (Terry) Slater, of Platteville; five grandchildren, Brody and Kenleigh Dean, and Jenny, Matt and Courtney Hefel; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Delvin and Leonard Dean; a sister, Donna Bobo; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Bleile.

A Dorrance J. Dean Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care and Southwest Health Center for their care.

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



A. Bernice Frank


A. Bernice Frank, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 5, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bernice's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Agnes Bernice Widel was born on September 15, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Jerry M. and Hilda (Atzen) Widel. She went to Jackson County country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Jim Frank on June 12, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2009.

Bernice had worked for Bill Frey at the Maquoketa Music Store and then owned and operated it after Bill passed away under the name B & F Music Store. She then worked for Ross River Feed, Swiss Valley as a milk tester, and lastly was a homemaker.

Bernice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed counted cross stitching, walking, had an extensive Santa Clause collection, and enjoyed a good glass of wine.

Those left to honor Bernice's memory include a daughter, Sandra Valbert Rockwell of Des Moines, IA; 2 grandsons, Scott (John Carstensen) Valbert of Des Moines, IA, and Philip (Samantha) Valbert of Bend, OR; 2 great-granddaughters, Anna and Madison Valbert; a brother, Kenneth (Alice) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Frances Willey of Maquoketa, IA, and Janice (Jerry) Edwards of Camanche, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters Helen Meyer and Maxine Anderson, and brothers Frederick, Paul and James Widel.

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

 



Mary R. Besler


Mary Rosella Besler, 81, of Farley, Iowa, died at 10:57 p.m. on Thursday,, May 4, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.

Mary was born June 1, 1935 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Helen (Bakey) McLaughlin. She received her education for Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On November 12, 1955 she was united in marriage to Donald I. Besler at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2014.

Mary raised six children and helped her husband on their 120 acre hog farm north of Farley. They both took great pride in the beautiful Quarter Horses that they showed weekly. Mom had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to have fun! She was known to start water fights in the house, play Mario Bros into the wee hours of the night, and take extravagant shopping sprees with her grandchildren to Theisens and Sindt Motor. She purchased ponies by the trailer load, boxes of baby chicks, and puppies by the litter. Mom hosted neighborhood ball games, adored her nephew Mark Healy, and valued time spent with family. She was unabashedly biased toward her grandchildren and was glad to steal your ear and tell you all about their activities and accomplishments. She had a sweet tooth that would make Shirley Temple blush. She was an Irish firecracker, and if you were lucky enough to be loved by her, she was ferociously loyal. Losing her son Paul was the heartbreak of her life, and our family takes great comfort in knowing they are finally reunited.

She was a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by five daughters; Jodie Sheeley of Dyersville, IA, Jayne (Joe) Houselog of Dyersville, IA, Jean (Bob) Hingtgen of Peosta, IA, Jill (Paul) Brown of Farley, IA, and Janel (Dr. Todd) Kluesner of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren; Paul, John and Lauren Sheeley, Nic Houselog, Hannah, Heidi, and Ben Hingtgen, Joe, Jim, Jon and Jenna Brown, Caroline, Anna, and Jack Kluesner; one sister-in-law, Venita McLaughlin of Dubuque, IA; six sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Jean (Mike) Knepper of Dyersville, IA, Shirley (Jim) Manternach of Monticello, IA, Verla (Pat) Horsfield of Epworth, IA, Norma (Jim) Butcher of Farley, IA, Helen (Dick) Schnier of Dyersville, IA and Theresa (Steve) Gulyash of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son; Paul Besler on May 21, 1976; one grandson in infancy, Anthony M. Wolf; one sister, Patricia (Ed) Healy; one brother, TJ McLaughlin; and one nephew, Mark Healy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Memory Care Unit at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Mary's family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Shady Rest Memory Care, and the numerous in home caregivers who provided comfort and care in very rough waters, especially angels Karla Garrett and Malleri Goerdt. We are eternally grateful.

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

 



Father Louis Trzil


Father Louis Trzil, 91, died on May 3, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids, with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale as homilist. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Father Trzil was born April 10, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, the eldest son of Louis and Georgianna (Nejdl) Trzil's four children. He received his early education at Catholic schools in Cedar Rapids. He attended St. Procopius College, Lisle, Illinois, and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1946. He studied theology at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained on May 27, 1950, by Archbishop Leo Binz in Dubuque.

His first assignment was as associate pastor at Holy Trinity in Protivin and Holy Cross in Schley (1950-55). He then served at St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids (1955-60).
Father Trzil served as pastor of the following parishes; Assumption of the BVM in Little Turkey, 1960-62; St. Joseph in Prairieburg, 1962-68; St. Wenceslaus in Spillville, 1968-77; St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids, 1977-83; Holy Trinity in Protivin, 1983-88; Holy Cross in Schley, 1985-88; St. Patrick in Buffalo Center and Sacred Heart in Woden, 1988-90; Immaculate Conception in Wexford and St. Ann-St. Joseph in Harpers Ferry from 1991-2010 and St. Pius V Parish in Cherry Mound from 1999-2010.

He was well known for his concern for people in need, volunteering and assisting at the following: Pine Ridge Native American Reservation, South Dakota, the Appalachian region in Kentucky, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Association for Retarded Children (ARC) in Iowa, and Luster Heights Minimum Security.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jerome.

He is survived by his sisters Mary Reu (Cedar Rapids) and Rose Ann Trzil, S.S.S.F (Milwaukee); nieces and nephews Lisa and Mark, Steve and Pam, Janice and Jody, Joe; and seven great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be given to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation.



Louise M. Jones


Louise M. Jones, 67, of Dubuque Specialty Care, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Private family services will be held at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Louise was born on April 6, 1950 at Ionia, Iowa, the daughter of John and Olivia (Huegel) Orthaus.  She was a 1968 graduate of Don Bosco High School at Gilbertville, Iowa.  Louise was united in marriage to David R. "Bob" Jones on October 6, 1972 at Epworth, IA.

She was office manager for Sitco in Dubuque until her retirement in 2014. Louise loved to cook and enjoyed watching television and movies.

Surviving is her husband, David R. "Bob" Jones of Dubuque, three children, Bob Jones and Michelle (Jason) Madison both of Dubuque and John (Kelli) Jones of East Dubuque; two grandchildren, Erik and Calista and twin Jones babies on the way; her siblings, Richard (Phyllis) Orthaus of New Hampton, IA, Sister Kathleen Orthaus, OSF, of Mt. St. Francis Convent in Dubuque, Joanne (Richard) Gleason of Gilbertville, William (Therese) Orthaus of Ionia, Thomas (Marilyn) Orthaus of Central City, John (Eileen) Orthaus of Urbandale and Linda (Bill) Noehl of New Hampton; a sister-in-law Wilma Orthaus of Rochester, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Gerald Orthaus.

In lieu of flowers a Louise M. Jones memorial fund has been established.

Louise's family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care provided to their wife and mother.

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

 

 



Ernest J. Davidson


Ernest J. "Ernie" Davidson, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Ernest's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ernest Jeffery Davidson was born on July 28, 1964 in the Quad Cities to Ernest Roger and Becky Jill (Hawotte) Davidson. He was a graduate of Andrew Community High School and attended St. Ambrose University. He married Linda Rorah Mendel on January 15, 1999 in Andrew, Iowa.

Ernie had worked for his family at the Sand Prairie Quail Farm in Maquoketa for many years. He had also worked at Iowa Concrete Products in Maquoketa for several years, and from 2014 to 2017 for Devenish Nutrition in Maquoketa.
Ernie had attended Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed shooting guns, playing chess, fishing, cooking, and mushroom hunting.

Those left to honor Ernest's memory include his wife, Linda Davidson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tanner Bowling of Ames, IA, Carrie Mendel of Lost Nation, IA, Hannah and Alexis; 1 grandchild, Paeton Miller; his father and step-mother, Ernest and Diane Davidson of Moline, IL; his mother and step-father, Becky and Dale Davidson of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Julie (Rod) Blake of Grand Mound, IA, Rebecca Davidson of Bettendorf, IA, Jennifer Davidson (Dan) Devens, and Lana Justice of NM; brothers, Eric (Sara) Davidson of Davenport, IA, Joel (Erica Barker) Davidson of Maquoketa, IA, and Scott Davidson; and a special joy, Millie Jean. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, a son Joshua Mendel, and a nephew Mitch McConnell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/ernest-j-ernie-davidson-2

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

 



Rendy I. Capelle


Rendy I. Capelle, 40, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Rendy's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, May 13, 2017, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rendy Ipraim Capelle was born on May 13, 1976 in Pingelap, Micronesia to Ipraim and Nora (Charley) Capelle. He attended the Pingelap Elementary School, Pohnpei Island Central High School, and later the Hawaii Job Corps. He married Yulihner Ioanis on September 30, 2006 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rendy had worked as a forklift operator at Family Dollar in Maquoketa for over ten years. He was a member of the Maquoketa Island Church and enjoyed visiting family and friends.

Those left to honor Rendy's memory include his wife Yulihner Capelle of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Miora Renselihna Capelle of Maquoketa, IA; his father Ipraim Capelle of PNI; siblings, Rosalihna (Sosiro) Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Clanry (Marlinda) Capelle of PNI, Enselihna (John) Ezekiel of PNI and Dexter (Etrihse) Capelle of Andrew, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Nora Capelle.

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



Brandon M. Fischer


Brandon M. Fischer, 23, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, April 27th.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a celebration of life and time of remembrance service will be held at 7 p.m.

Brandon was born on September 8th, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cathie Seippel and Tom Fischer.

After being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of 11 in 2005, Brandon fought long and hard to come out on top, officially being done with treatments in 2010, and being given the free and clear, cancer-free thumbs up in 2015.

During those years, Brandon idolized the United States Marine Corp. and all things military. His dream was to enlist in the Marine Corp when cured. His free time was spent with the Dubuque Military Explorers program, a basic training camp for kids interested in enlisting someday. He was awarded the Cadet of the Year award in 2008 in recognition for his diligence and selfless determination and a relentless dedication to excellence - sounds like the stubborn, bull-headed Brandon we all knew.

Brandon had a smile that lit up the room, which would make you take a second look because he was always filthy and covered in mud from head to toe. He loved playing in the dirt with his job and his big uncle Steve at InfraSource as a pipe liner. He also enjoyed taking whichever truck was up and running for the week mudding. He was a true cowboy and redneck, all rolled into one hell of a gentleman who would give you the shirt off of his back, probably with cut-off sleeves, and then invite you to a bonfire where you would be handed a PBR or bottle of Jack.

He loved the outdoors and just being in nature. Brandon also loved to travel, having recently visited Las Vegas, work in North Carolina, Washington, and having moved to Arizona to be with family.

Family always came first for Brandon and it was never about blood relation. It was about the circle of family and friends together, being surrounded by good humans and great memories.

Those left to celebrate Brandon and his amazing life are his mother, AKA mama-san, Cathie Seippel, Dubuque, IA; his two annoying but loveable siblings Samantha Seippel (David Johnson), Dubuque, IA and Nick Fischer (Kerry Cooper), Dubuque IA; his father, Tom Fischer (Sarina), West Virginia; his grandfather Peter Seippel (Cathy), his mentor and hero uncle Steve Seippel (Sara), an aunt and uncle in Colorado, Chris Ortiz (Bill) and John O'Brien (Krista), and many more adoring great-aunts and uncles, cousins, and the best friends anyone could ask for.

He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandmother, Patricia; paternal grandmother, Carol; great aunts, Darlene and Gertie; great uncles Bob, Joe, and Kenny.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brandon Memorial through Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory.



Mary Belle Binns


Mary Belle Binns, 98, of Maquoketa passed away Monday evening, May 1, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Mary Belle's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mary Belle Freeman was born October 13, 1918 in McGregor, Iowa to Rob Roy and Clare (Curran) Freeman. At age two her Mother passed away and she was sent to live with an Aunt in Caledonia, Minnesota. Several years later her father married Anna Entringer and the family was reunited. Her Father moved his family from McGregor to Cascade, Iowa where the Narrow Gauge Railroad ended in which he was the conductor. Mary Belle grew up in Cascade and graduated in 1936 from East Cascade High School. She married Fred Binns October 1936 in Marion, Iowa. Fred passed away in 1978. He was a farmer in the Iron Hill area. She enjoyed being a farm wife, doing her share of caring for the animals and the daily chores. They had a son, Gary Franklin and an infant son dying at infancy. She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Emeline, Iowa and later became an active member of the East Iron Hill Community Church where she enjoyed the Sunday sermons and fellowship with other members. She belonged to the Ladies Aide. She was a housekeeper and helped in many homes in Maquoketa. She was a cook working at Crestridge Nursing Home, Michel's Truck Stop, Lake Hurst Supper Club and Decker House. She loved to cook and prepare delicious meals for special occasions. She founded the Rake and Hoe Garden Club. She loved her family, enjoyed reading; she was also an artist who could "paint on anything". She made quilts and was a member of Lola's Quilting Class where they made many quilts for the Lions Club.

Those left to honor Mary Belle's memory includes her four granddaughters, Michelle Hager (Kevin), Trisha Jaehrling (David), Kathleen Resendiz (Alex), and Mara'Lee Nickell (friend -Mike), Daughter in law, Mary Jane Binns, 11 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, her son Gary, infant son, her parents, 2 sisters Marguerite Winger and Lola Hardin, two brothers Robert and Merle, one half sister and one half brother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Belle Binns memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to give special thanks to the entire Diesing family and Kay Tracy for all they have done over the years for Mary Belle.

 



Roseann M. McComish


Roseann M. McComish, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Roseann's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Roseann's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Roseann was born on June 15, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Pansy (Savary) Mullen.

Roseann was united in marriage to Robert McComish on October 28, 1960, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 33 years, and 4 children, before he was called home ahead of her on July 9, 1994. Roseann was a devoted wife and mother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. Family was always the most important aspect of Roseann's life, but she also had a great love for nature and the great outdoors. She could often be found out walking, enjoying a family picnic at the park, or even just sitting and watching the birds. Roseann also enjoyed curling up with a good book and embracing a nice little escape for a few hours. We are deeply saddened with the lose of our sweet mother, but thankfully take comfort in knowing she is reunited with the love of her life, Robert, and all of her loved ones who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Roseann's memory include

her children,
Suzanne Fox, Alice, TX,
Diane McComish, San Antonio, TX,
Jerry (Karen) Dress, Camarillo, CA
and Greg (Mary) McComish, San Antonio, TX;

her 4 grandchildren;

her 6 great-grandchildren;

and 1 sister-in-law,
Mary Mullen, Dubuque.

Roseann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert McComish; a sister, Frances (LeRoy) Stahl; and 3 brothers, Clement (Jeanann) Mullen, John "Abe" Mullen and Donald Mullen.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate, and professional care of Roseann, and her family, these past few years.

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



Judith F. Daniels


Judith F. Daniels, 77, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Judy's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Judith Faye Keil was born on January 15, 1940 in Bellevue, Iowa, to George and Esther (Paulsen) Keil. She attended Bellevue schools and married Delbert L. Daniels on May 6, 1956 in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Steve, Mark, Barb and Lura. 

Judy had first worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue for several years and then at the Savanna Army Depot. She lastly worked at the Baldwin Locker from 1974 to 1981. She then became a stay-at-home mom and grandma. 

Judy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Merry Knitters Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, bird watching, cooking and listening to KMAQ Radio. She especially enjoyed her morning coffee with her neighbors.

Those left to honor Judy's memory include her children, Steve (Cindy) Daniels of Maquoketa, IA, Mark Daniels of Maquoketa, IA and Lura (Mike Duhme) Daniels of Zwingle, IA; 7 grandchildren, Brenda Huffman, Missie (John) Vaughn, Katie Daniels, Joshua (Sierra) Daniels, Will Baker, Zach Baker and Taylin Baker; and 5 great-grandchildren, Reighan Huffman, Alexa Huffman, Isabella McNamee, Alayna Daniels and Eli McNamee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Delbert on April 20, 1994, a daughter Barb on October 4, 1981, brothers Norbert and Darrell, and a sister Alice Downey. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Judith F. Daniels memorial fund has been established.

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



William P. Schiel


William P. "Billy" Schiel, age 57, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Billy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Billy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 4, 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 Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Billy was born on June 27, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John "Honus" and Margaret "Ginny" (McPoland) Schiel.

Billy was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1977. He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who eagerly invested his work life with FDL, Chi-Chi's, and finally with the Mystique Casino since its beginning over 21 years ago. He was known as the "friendly bartender" who may not have always known your name, but definitely remembered your favorite drink. Billy was a loyal family man who thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to bond with his family. Billy faithfully managed the family's vacation fund and looked forward to their regular excursions together where the worries of work could be left behind and the joys of family could be embraced. Billy was also a fun loving man who happily anticipated his well earned trips with friends to both Las Vegas and Mexico. In his free time, Billy was always up for a friendly hand of cards, or generously helping out anyone who needed a hand. Billy was well known, within his inner circles, for his tenacious ability at practicing the art of "patience" on the golf course and also on repair projects around the house. Sadly, our time here on earth with Billy has been far too short, and our hearts ache with the pain of loss which only faith and time can heal. But we thankfully find subtle amounts of peace and comfort in trusting that Billy is once again reunited with his Dad and that they'll both be in good company until we see them again.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include

his adoring mother,
Margaret "Ginny" Schiel, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 siblings,
Bruce Schiel, Fort Myers, FL,
Robert "Bo" (Ronda) Schiel, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Ana) Schiel, Winston-Salem, NC,
Diane (Richard "Byrd") Hoffman, Dubuque, IA,
Janet (Ronald "Woody") Stumpf, Dubuque, IA
and Nancy (Dan) Biechler, Marion, Iowa;

14 nieces and nephews;

and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his father, John Schiel; and a brother-in-law, Stephen Stumpf.

A William P. "Billy" Schiel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Steffen, Dr. Eric Engelman, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bill and his family.

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

 



Norma J. Treanor


Norma J. Treanor, 84, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, at Resurrection Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 7:00 p.m.

 She was born on December 19, 1932, in St. Olaf, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Stella (Johnson) Peterson.  She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1951.  She married the love of her life, Clifford Treanor, on January 24, 1953.  He preceded her in death on September 22, 2006.

She worked as an administrative secretary at Dubuque Hempstead High School, retiring in 1991.

Norma loved spending time with her family.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her so much joy.  She was an avid golfer, card player and bowler.   She also loved to shop and travel.  She was a member of Lacoma Golf Course, Bunker Hill Golf Course and The Moose Lodge.  She was a volunteer for Finley RSVP, The Grand Opera House, The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and The Mississippi River Museum. 

Surviving are four children, Ron (Nancy) Treanor, of Bettendorf, Gary (Ann) Treanor, of Cedar Rapids, and Rick (Sherri) Treanor and Jodi (Jim) Nemmers, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Brian) Pins and Sheena (Brett) Mahan, Peter (Claire), Nick and Jacob Nemmers;  five great-grandsons, Brayden, Tyler, Keegan, Luke and Benjamin; one brother, Larry (Alice) Peterson of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Lela Peterson, of Freeborn, MN; many nieces and nephews, and a very special friend, Mary McDermott.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cliff, two brothers, Peter and Fred Peterson; a sister, Bernice (Stan) Robey;  father and mother-in-law, Peter and Amanda Treanor;  brothers-in-law, Dean (Marge) Treanor, Karl (Pat) Treanor, Don "Mud" (Gloria) Treanor, Versal "Curly" Treanor;  two sisters-in-law; Opal (Whitey) Wiezorek and Myrl Treanor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.  Norma's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their gentle guidance and support during this difficult time; especially Tammie, Heather and Jennie.

 

 



Anna Marie Schmitt


Anna Marie Schmitt, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Rickardsville, Iowa passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 9 - 11:30 am Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon Thursday, May 4, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and Rev. John Chrzan will be the homilist and concelebrant.

Anna Marie Arlen was born in Farley, Iowa, on September 27, 1918, daughter of John and Anna Julia (Kofmehl) Arlen. She married Raymond J. Schmitt on June 22, 1938, at Annunciation Church in Lattnerville, Iowa. Marie and Raymond lived in Graf until 1943, when they purchased a farm in Rickardsville, Iowa, which became their home where they raised seven children. Raymond passed away on June 15, 1992. Anna Marie continued living on the farm until December 2014.

Marie, as friends and family knew her, lovingly cared for her husband, family, friends, farm, and garden. She could be spotted wearing the big straw hat while spending much of the warm weather tending to her garden and other fruit bushes and trees. She spent countless hours raising poultry for the family use and to sell at the Dubuque Farmer's Market, and delivering to individual homes.

Marie milked the farm's dairy cows, fed animals or helped with field work, especially during harvest season. After spending many hours helping with the outside chores, she would have the table laden with special homemade dishes for dinner and supper. Family and friends raved about her baked goods, especially her caramel rolls and fruit pies, as well as her fried chicken, which was a reunion's favorite dish. She spent many hours in the kitchen of her choice, often the small kitchen next to the milk house, before family reunions and silo filling crews. Marie always had food and room for one or more at a meal, in her home, and in her heart.

In her later years, Marie volunteered many years at Albrecht Acres. She worked in the kitchen and added her special touches for the campers. She enjoyed relaxing with daytime soaps between working in her garden, mowing the lawn, and working around the farm. The multi colored buildings and yellow smiley face on the garage door gave her a sense of pride in her farm. Attending her children's and grandchildren's activities gave her much joy. She enjoyed traveling by car, but especially taking plane trips. She loved taking photographs and often had several cameras at her disposal to capture the moment.
Her family and faith were very important to her.

Survivors include her children: Donald R. Schmitt of Holy Cross, Sr. Donna Schmitt, OSF, of Grayslake, IL, Diana Schmitt of Palmetto, FL, Ann (Mike) Bergen of Cooper City, FL, Dr. Mary Ann (Kent) Sander of Platteville, WI, Michael (Michele) Schmitt of Rickardsville, 9 grandchildren: Charles, Lisa, Paul and Diana Bergen, Christopher (Morgan), Nicholas, Ryan, Zachary (fiancé Blair) and Alex Schmitt, 2 great grandchildren: Beau and Rae Schmitt; in-laws: Jean Schmitt of Durango, Clem Schmitt of Graff, and Leta Wagner of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, one son, Ronald Schmitt, her siblings: Charles Arlen, Clarence Arlen, Rita Breitbach and Eda Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Albrecht Acres or Stonehill Care Center in Marie's name.

The family is deeply grateful to Stonehill Care Center for the care and concern given to Marie over the past two years, to hospice for its support, to Dr. Kirkendall and nurse Kate, and all the family and friends who spent time with Marie over the last few years.

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



Andrew "Andy" Frommelt


Former Iowa State Senator Andrew "Andy" Frommelt, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, after a brief illness.

To celebrate Andy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services which begin at 12:00 p.m., on Monday the 1st of May at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be at a later date.

To honor Andy's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Andy was born on October 18, 1921, in Dubuque, IA, son of Andrew J. and Pauline (Hemmi) Frommelt.

Andy was united in marriage to Bernice Kranich on April 24, 1948 in Dubuque. Together they would own and operate the Andy Frommelt & Associates Insurance Agency. Andy was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives from 1953-1959 where he was initally one of only three Democratic members. They famously caucused in a phone booth. There he quickly rose to become Minority Leader.

He then served in the Iowa State Senate from 1959-1971 as Majority leader. As Senator he held the position of Majority Leader. During his time there among his many impressive legislative accomplishments he wrote the law repealing Capital Punishment in Iowa, and was instrumental in legalizing Liquor By The Drink. Andy was a powerful voice for liberal values within the Democratic party for many years and a strong leader in the fight for labor rights and civil rights through a tumultuous time in our history.

His loss leaves a gap in our lives that will never be filled.

Those left to cherish Andy's memory include

his wife,
Bernice Frommelt, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Alan Frommelt, Dubuque, IA
and Gayle Guilliams, Louisville, TN;

his 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren;

and a sister-in-law,
Bernice Frommelt, Dubuque, IA.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents; and his 5 brothers, Clarence
(Ruth) Frommelt, Anthony (Virginia) Frommelt, John (Dolores) Frommelt, Karl
Frommelt and Bill Frommelt.

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



Dorothy J. Tigges


Dorothy J. Tigges 82, passed away Tuesday April 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Hilary Aidoo officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Dorothy was born on May 27, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Marie (Simon) Merfeld. She graduated from St. Anthony School in 1949. She married Martin Tigges on September 6, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2006.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Most important to her was being a lifelong homemaker and always being there to care for and support her family's needs. Dorothy waitressed at various restaurants in Dubuque. She was a seamstress, enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning and playing cards and bingo.

Surviving are her children Randy (Ann) Tigges of Maquoketa, IA, Joan (Terry) Leibold of Dubuque, IA, Patty (Jim) Even of Cascade, IA and Steve (Teri) Tigges of Port Byron, IL; her grandchildren Gwenn Snook, Matthew (Shana) Tigges, Brian (Tiffany) Leibold, Keith (Samantha) Leibold, Jeffrey (Tracy) Leibold, Tina (Steve) Clemmons, Brenda (Jaime) Phelps, Eric (Jenny) Even, Alisha (Cody) Kauffman, Jessica (Brad) Meier and Trevor Tigges; her great grandchildren Caleb, Denver and Emmi Snook, Gavin, Olivia, Brady, Madelynn, Allyson, Carter and Stephanie Leibold, Broderick and Sullivan Clemmons, Aidan and Malin Phelps, Tucker and Baby Meier (due in July), Mason Kauffman, Braxton and Aubrey Tigges. She is also survived by siblings Millie (Randy) Dolter, Bill (Pat) Merfeld, Eldon (Connie) Merfeld, Shirley Smith, Diane (Don) Schemmel, Carol Miller, David (Sheila) Merfeld, sister in law Adele Merfeld and brother in law Jerome Tigges.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Martin; her son Duane; infant granddaughter Rachel Tigges, brothers Bernard Merfeld, Merlin (Mary) Merfeld, Larry Merfeld, and brothers and sisters in law Sue Merfeld, Bill Smith, Francis and Bernard (Karen) Tigges, Sister Mary Rita Tigges OSF, and Hazel Tigges.

In lieu of flowers a Dorothy J. Tigges Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to family and friends for their love and support, and the doctors and nursing staffs at Tri-State Dialysis and the 3rd floor nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

 



James M. Schueller


James M. Schueller, age 88, of Peosta, was called home peacefully at 10:25 a.m., on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Jim was born on November 2, 1928, in Dubuque, son of Robert and Helen (Kunlow) Schueller.

Jim was born and raised in the country and would eventually devote his entire life to the mission of caring for his family's personal piece of God's creation. Year after year would slowly, yet swiftly come and go; the livestock continued to flourish and thrive, the crops were carefully planted for a fruitful fall harvest and Jim's place is this great big world was one of contentment and complete satisfaction. Never finding true love along his earthly journey, Jim would gladly embrace life on the farm as his bride. Jim did leave his post temporarily though during the Korean War, as he went off to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army. Jim would also serve his local community as a longtime member of the Centralia Volunteer Fire Department and a faithful member of St. John's the Baptist Church. When Jim wasn't taking care of the land, his gardens, or those around him, he could be found watching his Hawkeyes or Cubs working on their next win, heading out for an exciting coon hunt with friends, or even sitting around the card table with the boys. Jim has surely left his mark on the world he leaves behind, and the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him are definitely feeling quite heavy today. We trust that in time our sorrow will become much more tolerable, but for today, we simply find peace in knowing that Jim has finally arrived at his eternal home and is resting from his labors and recently declining health issues.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his 3 sisters,
Marian (Francis) Koetz, Centralia, IA,
Darlene (Francis) McDonald, Dubuque, IA
and Ruth Leibold, Peosta, IA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Betty Schueller, Menominee, IL
and Shirley Schueller, Epworth, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia (Harold) Banwarth; 2 brothers, Jack Schueller and Wayne "Bud" Schueller; and a brother-in-law, Donald Leibold.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere and compassionate care of Jim and his family.

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

 



Allen N. "Al" Denlinger


Allen N. "Al" Denlinger, 86, of Marion, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Al's life will be held at 4 P.M., Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Allen Nicholas Denlinger was born on July 12, 1930 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Clarence and Ruth (Hoerner) Denlinger. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Marilyn Joan Satchell on September 24, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Linda, Robert "Bob", Susan and Cindy.

Al had worked as a truck driver for Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He then worked for the City of Maquoketa as a Meter Reader for ten years, retiring in 1992.

Al enjoyed baseball, golfing and hunting. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor Allen's memory include his wife, Marilyn Denlinger of Marion, IA; daughters, Linda (Frank) Gertcher of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Cindy Hardman of Marion, IA; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Martin and Bob, sisters Phyllis Johnson and Lorraine Cueno, a daughter Susan Giles in 1992, and a son Robert "Bob" in 2000.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Allen N. "Al" Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard T. “Dick” Schmid


Richard T. "Dick" Schmid, 65, of Dubuque, IA, owner of Crescent Electric Supply Company, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. Fr. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral Mass. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Dick was born on January 7, 1952 in Dubuque, IA. Dick was the oldest son of Thomas "Tom" B. and Elizabeth "Libby" (Thompson) Schmid. Dick was proud of being the first born in his family and would often point out his position within the family by describing himself as "the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest son, the first born of the first born of the first born." Dick took his birth order seriously and led by example. He looked to the other "firstborns" that came before him, his father Tom and his grandfather Titus, and carried on their traditions of putting family first, achieving and maintaining success in business through ethical means and being civic minded in their philanthropy.

While Dick was born and raised in Dubuque, he was educated in various schools throughout the upper Midwest. He attended public and private school as a young child in Dubuque. He attended 7th and 8th grade at Sacred Heart Military Academy in Watertown, WI, high school at St. John's Preparatory in Collegeville, MN, and college at St. Norbert's in West De Pere, WI. Although having spent his formative years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he never became a fan...to put it mildly.

After graduating from college in 1975, Dick entered the Financial Management Program with General Electric in Salem, VA and in 1976 moved to Atlanta, GA and entered General Electric's Technical Marketing Program.

On April 4, 1977, Dick went to work for his family's business, Crescent Electric Supply Company where he remained for 40 years. Dick held various positions within the company during his tenure. He began in sales in the Chicago area and was eventually promoted to branch manager of various locations in and around the Chicago area. While in sales, Dick was number one in the company for a few years running. When asked what he loved best about sales, Dick said, "Interacting with people." In 1989, his uncle Jim Schmid, CEO and President at the time, asked that Dick return home to Dubuque to work at the corporate offices of Crescent Electric Supply Company in East Dubuque, IL. Dick liked to tell the story of his return to Dubuque as him coming back home, "kicking and screaming." As a young single man, he had grown to love his life in Chicago and his beloved team, the Chicago Bears.

While working for Crescent Electric's corporate offices, Dick would eventually lead the sales and marketing efforts for the entire company. As Crescent grew, Dick's focus became strictly marketing. Under Dick's leadership several memorable successful marketing programs were implemented with trips and gifts as rewards. Dick's many friendships with folks from across the United States in the electrical distribution industry were created, renewed, and cemented through trips taken to places all over the world. It was in these venues and entertaining in the home where Dick enjoyed himself the most. He was able to get to know and "interact" with his customers, employees, and vendors in intimate and celebratory settings.

While Dick's career with Crescent Electric was successful and eventually led to a position as Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, Crescent Electric also experienced success. In 2014, Crescent Electric celebrated its 95th year in business as a privately held company and is one of the most respected and successful electrical wholesalers in the United States.

Dick always considered his employees part of his extended family. He understood the importance of taking care of his employees. They were not just individuals whose efforts contributed to the bottom line, but people with families to provide for. The most distressing thing for Dick was the decision to lay off employees during the Great Recession of 2007-08. Dick took it upon himself to pen holiday missives for the employees of Crescent Electric and called them personally on their anniversaries to recognize their dedication and thank them for their years of service.

Dick was always concerned with doing the right thing and in the right way which was not often easy. Whether in the workplace or at home, the path of least resistance was not Dick's path. Much like his beloved Jack Russell Terriers, Fritz, Sassy, and Midge, Dick was creative, intelligent, and tenacious. Dick was a considered, critical thinker with high, exacting standards. Those were his strong suits. Patience, not so much. It was well known that Dick did not suffer fools and fools did not suffer Dick, but if you were lucky enough to know him, love him, and call him friend, you became a better person as a result.

Dick was patriotic. He understood the importance of the sacrifices that men and women of the armed forces make every day for the protection of our freedoms. Dick was a true Capitalist. He loved America and the free market system. His father's and grandfathers' legacies of the American Dream were passed on to and carried on through Dick.

Dick's personal life was also one of success and reward. When Dick moved back to his hometown of Dubuque in 1989, he was a "relatively young" single man and having just moved from Chicago would frequent the coolest bar Dubuque had to offer. It was at The Lounge on Locust Street where he met his wife of 23 years, Carrie. She was the bartender at the time, and after Dick hired her away to work at Crescent Electric in Inside Sales, the relationship grew and they were married in 1994. Overnight, Dick became a husband and father to Carrie's sons, Mike and Chris. Dick was blessed to have 3 grandchildren in his life, Mason, Hailey, and Emma. The highlight for the grandkids were summers spent together at Grandpa Dick's for some cousin camaraderie and corn on the cob, with Grandpa Dick manning the grill and leading the lessons on table manners. "Family First" was Dick's motto and he lived it. Dick was a mentor and symbol of strength for Carrie and her sons and grandchildren, and his counsel and love will be sorely missed.

Creative, intelligent, and considered are words that not only describe Dick's personal and professional life, but his philanthropy as well. Dick's financial support and guidance in the creation of The Crescent Community Health Center, The Schmid Innovation Center, and the Schmid Philanthropic Initiative offers citizens of Dubuque opportunities to dream big, stay well, and enjoy a better quality of life. Dick's thoughtfulness as a philanthropist led him and his wife, Carrie, to create their guiding principles of philanthropy: 1) Dubuque is a great place to live and work. 2) Celebrate our heritage while looking to the future. 3) Collaboration is key. 4) A hand up, versus a handout.

Dick saw involvement in civic affairs as a natural, sensible extension of his business knowledge and success. He came from a long line of successful, civic minded men and women. Dick's father was quoted as saying, not only is "involvement in civic affairs...an obligation...for any young man making a career in a city...one never finishes one's civic responsibility." This philosophy informed Dick as a child and helped him become the man he was. He was a Junior Achievement Volunteer, served on G.E.'s Lamp Market Advisory Council, and represented Crescent Electric as a member of NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors), and ELECTRI International. Locally, Dick was a member of the Innovation Consortium for the Sustainable Committee of Dubuque. Dick felt fortunate to have achieved the success necessary to give back at a time when Dubuque was experiencing an economic revival. Dick was grateful for the input from Envision 2010 and for all of the associations and friendships gained along the way through his philanthropy. Now it's up to the city officials and other civic and like-minded leaders, whom with his passing, have been entrusted to carry on with his blessing, and support the spirit of innovation already begun in our community.

Immediate family members left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carrie; his sons, Mike Sorensen and Chris (Jenna Van Cleve) Sorensen; his grandchildren, Mason Sorensen, Hailey Van Cleve, and Emma Sorensen, all of Dubuque; and a sister, Susie Schmid of Minneapolis, MN. Extended family members include many in-laws, out-laws, cousins, aunts (including his favorites, Janet Rhomberg and Mary Schmid), uncles, nieces, nephews; and a wonderful mother-in-law, Angie Wemmer.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarah; a brother, Frederic "Fritz" Schmid; a brother-in-law, Billy Foley; his father-in-law, Roy Wemmer Jr.; a sister-in-law Christine Wemmer; and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on behalf of the Crescent Community Health Center.

Over the past several years, Dick has received wonderful care from many people, and his family would like to thank the staff of Finley Hospital, especially 5th floor Med/Surg, his buddy, Travis Klinefelter, and the home health aides; all the physicians at Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. Hillard Salas and Dr. Josef Kahn for their care, and Dr. David Oppert for his honesty at a time when it was needed; the staff at Manor Care and Stonehill Care Center; Dubuque EMTs and Fire Department, Paramount Ambulance, Hartig Pharmacy staff; his friends at The Jule; and the staff at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home. 

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



James E. Ralston, Jr.


James E. Ralston, Jr., 54, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, April 21, 2017, in Onslow, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Monmouth, Iowa Community Center. Burial will be at a later date in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

James Ernest Ralston Jr. was born on August 7, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Ernest Sr. and Linda (Manning) Ralston. After receiving his basic military training James returned home to Iowa where he was self-employed and did odd jobs. He later moved to Oklahoma for a short time and then moved back home to Iowa where he remained self-employed.

Those left to honor his memory include his longtime special friend, Chenoa DeNolf of Onslow, IA; children Christopher Filloon of Sioux City, IA, Cheyenne Ralston of Onslow, IA, Sierra Ralston of Onslow, IA, and Noah DeNolf of Onslow, IA; a step-son Dakota DeNolf of Onslow, IA; his mother Linda Ralston of Monmouth, IA; a brother John (Jamaica) Ralston of Monmouth, IA; sisters Lynda Young of Lost Nation, IA, and Jolene Leperovest of OK; and 4 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James E. "Ernie" Ralston Sr., on February 6, 2001.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/james-e-ralston-jr.

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



Sharon R. Miller


Sharon R. Miller, age 71, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:20 a.m., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sharon's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sharon's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Friday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sharon was born on June 3, 1945, in Dubuque, daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth (Mergan) Fleckenstein.

Sharon was a loving wife and mother who was united in marriage to her soul-mate, James G. Miller, on August 20, 1975, in Asbury, IA. The couple was blessed with 25 years of marriage before he was called home ahead of her on January 3, 2000. Sharon invested over 29 years of her working career at Mercy Hospital and joyfully welcomed her well earned retirement in 2009. Her faith life membership was devoted to St. Mary's Church and her free-time to the Moose Lodge #355. But Sharon knew there was more to life than just work, church and home. She could regularly be seen dancing to her favorite 50's and 60's tunes, sitting on the shoreline with a freshly baited hook in hand, or even simply enjoying a pleasant ride on the river to capture the beauty of the fall leaves. She also found great joy in traveling and was always excited when the opportunity to spend the evening at the Circus 21 Dinner Theater arose. Sadly, today Sharon's 71 year earthly journey has come to its conclusion and her craft table sits quietly empty as our hearts fill with sorrow. We were not prepared to lose our dear mother and grandmother so soon, but we pray for peace and are thankful that she's surely dancing with James once again.

Those left to cherish Sharon's memory include

her daughter,
Connie Jo Miller, Dubuque, IA;

2 step-daughters;

her 9 grandchildren,
Carissa Daniel, Ashley Jacoby, Nikeya Lawlor, Alyssa Lawlor, Reilly Gilbert, Brenna Harris, Michael (Victoria) Gallucci, Anthony Gallucci and Dominic Gallucci;

and her 9 great-grandchildren.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James.

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

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and compassion.

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



Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier


Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 24, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial mass celebrating Jackie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for a memorial visitation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jacqueline Mae Basten was born on October 20, 1926 in Oelwein, Iowa, to Matthew and Clara (Steffen) Basten. She grew up in Oelwein and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Oelwein, Iowa. She married Andrew J. "Andy" Bellendier on August 30, 1949 in Oelwein, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Michael, John, Lynne, Marcia and Ann.

Jackie was a homemaker who raised a family and had also worked in the sales and advertising department at the Maquoketa Sentinel Press for over ten years.

Jackie was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Jacqueline's memory include her children, Michael (Jean) Bellendier of Davenport, IA, John (Connie) Bellendier of Davenport, IA, Lynne (Patrick) Frank of Davenport, IA, Marcia Bellendier of Iowa City, IA, and Ann (Steve) Ambrozi of Bettendorf, IA; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 8 sisters, a grandson David in 1988, and her husband Andy on January 26, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier memorial fund has been established.

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



Ethel M. Zenner Munz


Ethel M. Zenner Munz, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:38 p.m., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Ethel's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Ethel's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ethel was born on August 31, 1922, in Dubuque, daughter of Bernard and Christina (Terfruchte) Osterhoff.

Ethel received her education at the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1940, and would remain a proud member of the Alumni throughout her life. She would discover love for the first time with Henry M. Zenner, and the couple would be united in marriage on October 14, 1945, at St. Patrick's Church in Wisconsin Rapids. They would be blessed with only 13 years together, and 2 beautiful children, before Henry was called home much to early on February 18, 1959. Ethel would find her second opportunity for loving companionship with Arthur W. Munz. They would be united in marriage on February 2, 1985, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Ethel and Arthur would enjoy over 22 years together before he was also called home ahead of her December 5, 2007. Ethel was truly a woman of faith who joyfully devoted years along her earthly journey to St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Rosary Society, the Auxiliary Legion of Mary and St. Patrick's Church. Ethel was also a woman of business who was not only a loyal member of the American Business Women's Association for years, but also diligently invested over 15 years of her time and talents, first with Spensley and Gallogly Insurance, and finally with Bisanz, Drozda and Evitts Insurance Company, before eventually retiring in 1987. But let's also remember the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend who strived to make the world around her a better place each and every day. Whether sitting down to watch her Cubbies hit the field, playing a friendly game of cards with the ladies, or simply some valuable family time with loved ones; Ethel never missed an opportunity to brighten the day. Ethel was surely blessed with the gift of 94 years to spread her love among those who knew and loved her and we are forever grateful for the abundance of beautiful memories she leaves behind. May God continue to bless you Ethel until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Ethel's memory include

her 2 adoring children,
Ann (Richard) Thill, Nowalk, IA
and John Zenner, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 loving grandchildren,
Jennifer (Troy) Taylor, Norwalk, IA,
Steven (Azure) Thill, Geneva, IL,
Nicole (T.J.) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA
and Rachel (Matthew) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 precious great-grandchildren,
Alex and Lucas Taylor, Hannah Thill, Dakota, Dylan and Drew Wernimont and Evan and Ava Dougherty;

and a few nieces and nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Henry W. Zenner; her 2nd husband, Arthur W. Munz; her brothers, Arnold (Rita) Osterhoff, Aloysius Osterhoff and Joseph (Louise) Osterhoff; and her twin sister, Evelyn Osterhoff, who was called home shortly after birth.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Muir, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere and compassionate care of Ethel and her family.

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

 



Paul W. Clasen


Paul Wilfred Clasen, 64, of LaMotte, Iowa passed away on April 23, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Paul was born on March 1, 1953 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Vincent and Alverda (Bonifas) Clasen. He graduated from Marquette High School and also completed EMS Training.

He married Lois Hutchcroft on June 8, 1974 at Holy Rosary Church.

Paul worked for Edwards Concrete Contractors (ECCI) in Dubuque from 1972 until retirement in 2015.

He was a member of the Bellevue Golf Course, Volunteer and EMS Director for LaMotte Fire Department, City Council Member for LaMotte and a member of St. Joseph Church in Key West.

Paul was an avid outdoorsmen, he enjoyed gardening, golfing, camping and hunting. He also enjoyed woodworking projects, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois, Three children, Chad Clasen, Keith (Inna) Clasen, Kayla (Justin Hanson) Clasen. Two grandchildren Aiden and Mila Clasen. His siblings, Rosey (Ray) Stephan, Chris (Connie) Clasen, Alice (Dave) Schwager, Doris (Mark) Denniston, William (Connie) Clasen, Dorothy (Gary) Snyder, Mary (Marv) Budde, and Sandy (Jerry) Christensen. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation for all the family and friends who helped support us through this difficult journey.



Bridget M. Manternach


Bridget M. Manternach, 72, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bridget may call after 9 am on Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Bridget will be held at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Cascade, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade. Following committal services the family is inviting everyone to a celebration of life at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cascade.

Bridget was born July 6, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Zita (Zwack) Sutton. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On October 5, 1963, she was united in marriage to Ronald Manternach at St. Columbkille's in Dubuque. After high school she worked as a secretary for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and later as a legal secretary.

She had a very friendly personality and great sense of humor. She enjoyed taking day trips and fine art. She had a special fondness for her dog, Charlie.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Manternach of Cascade, IA; two daughters, Paula Manternach (& her partner Jennifer McHenry) of Iowa City, IA, and Tracey Manternach of Des Moines, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim Collins of Richfield, MN, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan Hoffmann, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach and Lois Manternach all of Cascade and Clarence Quint of Manchester, IA; a step-sister-in-law, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother-in-law, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Juanita Collins and one brother, Tim Sutton in infancy; her in-laws, Florence (Harry) Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina (Robert) Greif, Eva Mae (Elmer) Klocke, Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, Veronica (Herman) Welter, Larry Manternach and Harry Rockzein; step-brothers-in-law, Donald (Mary) Manders and Jack Callahan.

In lieu of flowers memorials maybe given to the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.Com



Eugene F. Hasken


Eugene F. "Gene" Hasken, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Stephanie Malin officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Gene was born on February 22, 1935, in Galena, Illinois, the son of Francis and Mary (McCabe) Hasken. He married Norma J. Roesch on April 12, 1958. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2016. Gene worked as a driver for 7-UP Bottling and for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years retiring in 1995. He served in the Army National Guard.

Gene was a meticulous person who took pride in detailing his vehicles and taking care of his yard and garden. He enjoyed playing euchre and loved sweets, particularly good desserts. Family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was very important to him.

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

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Clark and Vida Roesch; a son-in-law, Ken Downs; a daughter-in-law, Julie Hasken; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Donald Plear; and a nephew, Tim Plear.

An Eugene F. "Gene" Hasken Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Mildred L. Stuart


Mildred L. Stuart, age 95, of Monticello, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade. To honor Mildred's life, memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred was born on May 23, 1921, in Joplin, Missouri, daughter of Carl and Lillian (Henson) Davis.

Mildred spent her early years growing up in Joplin before eventually meeting her husband to be, Howard Stuart. They would be united in marriage on October 6, 1945, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Their union was blessed with 56 wonderful years together, and one adored son, before Howard was called home ahead of her on February 20, 2002. Mildred was a proud and loving wife and mother who earnestly devoted herself to caring for her family. She did find some time to work outside of her home with a few different companies over the years, but at the end of the day, Mildred's heart was always at home with her family. Mildred and Howard shared a strong faith in unity and were longtime members of St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque. They also enjoyed traveling together, and besides their well embraced status as Winter Texans, they would also spend their free-time venturing around the U.S. capturing all of the most desired sites firsthand. Mildred has spent 95 years making the most of her earthly journey and has surely left a legacy of love behind for those who knew and loved her to share. Sadly, she has created her final family quilt and placed her knitting needles down for now, but we know and trust that she has been reunited with her eternal family, once again, and that we will all have our new angel dutifully watching over us until we arrive.

Those left to cherish Mildred's memory include

her son,
Donald (Ellen) Covert, Platteville, WI;

her 3 grandchildren,
Robert (Rebecca) Covert, Murfreesboro, TN,
Linda (Sherrie Strand) Covert, Pardeeville, WI
and Thomas (Donna) Covert, Platteville, WI;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
James (Crystal) Covert,
Alysha (Fiancé Patrick Stambras) Mayo,
Danielle (Wade) Wilson
and Casey Beasley;

her 2 great-great grandchildren,
Faith Covert
and Serenity Covert;

her sister,
Betty Howard, Cartharge, MO;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mildren was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; her sister, Leona Givens; and 2 brothers, Robert Davis and Donald Davis in infancy.

A Mildred L. Stuart memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mildred's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest, and Above and Beyond Hospice, for all of their care and support.

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

 



Frederick H. Schilling


Frederick H. "Fred" Schilling 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m

Fred was born on September 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Fred and Florence (Winters) Schilling. He married Shirley Ann Oberhoffer on January 23, 1951 and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past January. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years and was a member of the Meat Packing Union.

Together Fred and Shirley built their loving home, he was a loving husband and father to their seven children. Fred enjoyed to play, horseshoes, hunt with his sons and friends, family bonfires, traveling, and read. He also enjoyed to garden and was famous for his asparagus and rhubarb.

Those left to cherish his memory are, his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley; children, Terry (Dee) Schilling, of La Motte, Iowa, Lynn Buchholz, of Chanhassen, MN, Gary (Sharon Koltes) Schilling, of La Motte, Cindy (Edwin) Braude, of Independence, Ohio, Susan (fiancé Robert Hurley) Schilling of Townsend, Montana, Barb (Randy) Schoop, of Dubuque, and Larry (Carey) Schilling, of Epworth, Iowa. Grandchildren, Lisa, Jason, Stacy, Jessica, Kara, Gina, Myles, Trenton, Alaina, Miranda, Amber, Corey, Jacob, and Hailey. Great grandchildren, Tyler, Bella, Julieann, Connor, Kate, Ryder, Maddox, Lyla, Jaxon and Ava. His sisters, Darlene Berzle of Dubuque, Rita McFadden, of Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt, of Peosta, Iowa and Jean (Virgil) Hansen, of Dubuque. One brother John (Vicky) Schilling, of Rickardsville; sister-in-law, Madelyn Schilling, of Peosta and Dorothy Schilling, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Wilma Schilling and Mary (Matt) Maas; three brothers James Schilling, David (Joyce) Schilling and Robert Schilling; brothers-in-law Pete McFadden, George Schmitt and Joe Berzle.

In lieu of flowers a Fred Schilling memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Ennoble Manor for their wonderful compassionate care. Also to our supportive family and friends, thank you! He was an amazing man who gave love and kindness freely and he will be greatly missed.



Harold L. Williams


Harold L. Williams, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 1:55 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque on Friday, April 21, 2017 surrounded by his loving family after bravely fighting a long battle with lymphoma.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Major Tom Mason and Major Kay Mason officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by American Legions Post #6 will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service.
Harold attended school at City High in Iowa City. He enlisted with the US Navy from 1957-1961 and served on the USS Bennington.

He married Virginia Zachmeyer, in Iowa City on August 31, 1974.

Harold was a truck driver for over 30 years and drove for Swiss Valley until retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters 421 and American Legion Post 6.

Harold loved being outside in nature doing all kinds of activities. He especially loved feeding the birds. He was a great handyman, loved to help his family with projects.

Harold was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of 42 years, daughters, Deborah (Brad) Gilpin, of Iowa City, Coleen (Mike) Scherrer, of Riverside, Kim Schmit, of Dubuque, Brenda Lee (Ray) Gibson, of Heathrow, FL and one son, Ray Steege, of West Union, IA. His brother Rolland Williams, of Elberon, IA and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and a daughter, Joni Williams.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society & The Salvation Army.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Christian Schultheis and his nursing staff at Medical Associates East in Dubuque.



Lawrence M. Decker


Lawrence "Larry" Michael Decker, 62, of Bernard, Iowa went home to Jesus on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa, following a heart attack.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday, April 25th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26th at Leonard Funeral Home with the burial following at St. Patrick's, Garryowen Cemetery and a lunch with family and friends after.

Larry was born on September 29th, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Earl and Rose Mary (Feldman) Decker. He married the light of his life, Lynn Marie (Sewell) on May 31st, 1975.

Larry was a farmer first and foremost, and for the past 22 years he engraved thousands of rocks for his customers at Big River Specialty Company, his true passion. He graduated from Area One (NICC) and worked for many years in Dubuque as an auto mechanic, a profession he carried with him for the rest of his life. His creative spirit led him to many projects for the local community and his family. He was a true entrepreneur in everything he did.

He was passionate about living his life to the fullest, was an avid puzzler and an accomplished woodworker. He especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and all the animals and pets on his hobby farm, particularly his dogs Pebbles and Lola. If you were lucky enough to know Larry, then you knew that he was a gentle spirit who adored his family, enjoyed helping others, and had a love of the land with a passion for conservation.

He was an active board member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau, a proud member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and of the Iowa Chapter of the Walnut Council.

Larry is survived by his wife, Lynn, and three children, Matt (Katie) Decker of Bernard, Emily (Conrad) Utley of Bettendorf, and Suzy Decker of Cedar Falls; his two grandchildren, Charles and Elnora Utley; his step-mother, Carmie (McDonnell) Decker; his five siblings, Bonnie (Gary) Hancock, Debi O'Brien, Jay (Marlene) Decker, Pearl (Dave) Shanahan, and Margie (Zip Gassman) Bradley; and sixteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother David, his beloved brother-in-law Steve Bradley, and his niece and nephews Rachel Decker, Gabe Glasman, and Scotty Hall.

The family would like to thank the Jones County EMS and the Jones Regional Medical Center staff for their tremendous care and assistance.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the Larry Decker Memorial Fund can be found on the Leonard Funeral Home Website, www.leonardfuneralhome.com

He was our "Rock".



Lester V. Miller


Lester "Buddy" V. Miller Jr., 72, of Dubuque died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church.

Lester was born November 22, 1944 in Dubuque, son of Lester and Marion (Burnett) Miller Sr. He married Sonja "Sonnie" Ahlers on January 2, 1965 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 8, 1999. He married Carol Boge on August 3, of 2004 in Dubuque.

Lester worked most of his career as a truck driver for Art Pape Transfer. After retiring, he owned and operated Miller Window and Screening.

He enjoyed being outside, either working in his garage, fishing, camping or golfing. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, playing (ripping them up) cards with family and friends, and being with his beloved dog, Lexi.

Lester is survived by his wife, Carol of Dubuque; four children, Michael (Lisa) Miller of Lancaster, WI., Mark Miller of Davenport, Rod (Sara Thilmany) Miller of Dubuque and Jody (Bob Mabe) Miller of Concord, OH.; three step-children, John (Jen Haile) Boge of Dubuque, Jeff (Tonya Ahlers) Boge of Dubuque and Renee (Raven Hohmann) Campbell of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Cory, Heather, Devon, Brooke and Kaity Miller; and three step grandchildren, Devyn, Austin and DJ Campbell; and Sophie Beecher.

He is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Fluhr, Loretta "Cookie" Lesch, Lois (Tom) Becker and Donna Miller.
Lester was preceded in death by his grandson, Kyle Miller; sister, Eileen Hefel; and two brother in laws, Gene Fluhr and Jim Lesch.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lester Miller Jr. Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their help.

 

 



John R. Casper


John Robert "Bob" Casper passed away Thursday at home in Dubuque after a 2-year struggle with ALS. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday April 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church where funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery.

He was born November 27, 1935 to Jack and Alta (Watson) Casper in Shullsburg, WI. As a child, he recalled spending summers with his favorite Aunt Florence Watson at the Watson General Store (now Anton's) in New Diggings, running around in the woods and the creek in back. In high school Bob was active in sports and was the pitcher for the tiny Shullsburg team when they incredibly made it to state one year.

Bob then attended the University of Dubuque on a music scholarship with singing skills honed at the Shullsburg Primitive Methodist Church and, as legend goes, a few of the local watering holes as a youngster when his dad would prop him up on a barstool.

Through Bob's younger sister Suzie he met Zoe Ann Egelhof and the two were married at the University of Dubuque Chapel on an extremely hot August 10, 1958 with Bob in a spiffy wool suit. Life soon became very busy for the two students as son Steven and daughter Liza came along as they continued to finish their education. During this time, Bob also worked nights at John Deere as a tool specialist.

After the pair graduated from UD, they packed up the family and moved to Milwaukee where Bob and Zoe attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. Soon after they returned to Dubuque where Bob joined his father-in-law Chuck Egelhof and Zoe's uncle David Egelhof at the Egelhof Funeral Home on Locust Street. The funeral business became Bob's lifelong profession, and by all accounts it was a perfect fit for his personality and business skills.

In addition to his work at the funeral home, Bob continued to sing at church, weddings, funerals and many public gatherings for the rest of his life. One of the favorites of the family was when he sang Let There Be Peace during the Memorial Day services at Linwood for the veterans. In addition, Bob utilized his singing skills in several local musicals just for fun.

Spurred on by his father-in-law Chuck, Bob got the racing bug in the mid-'60s, first running hydroplane boats and then racing karts in the summer and on the ice at Frentress Lake in the winter. He loved to tinker with the engines and was always searching for the latest hot parts to get the edge on the competition. Next it was drag racing followed by stock car racing in his #30 electric blue Buick V-6. In later years Bob loved attending the Legends Night at Farley where his name resides on the Wall of Fame.

Nearly all his life Bob was an exercise fanatic and pursued lots of sports that gave him a good workout and were fun at the same time. Racquetball, weight-lifting and swimming at YMCA, tennis, running, bicycling, SCUBA diving and snow skiing. Perhaps his favorite was water skiing on the Mississippi and entering the water ski marathons which were a big deal back in the '70s. He won several of the competitions and one year went for nearly seven hours on one ski without stopping!

Bob helped with many charity drives over the years and was a member of several service organizations and, his favorites being Rotary and High Twelve. His other treasured club was 990 at the Shooting Park, which had nothing to do with service or charity, but rather good food, great friends, card games, and tall tales.

Bob loved to go on trips and he and Zoe were fortunate to have the opportunity to zig-zag across the country for many decades, visiting family and friends. Vero Beach in Florida has been a favorite winter destination for almost 15 years, driving down in the Crown Vic. They also enjoyed a lot of motorcycle touring with many good friends over the years.

More recently Bob enjoyed meeting with the Thursday Night Galena Walking group, the Saturday morning breakfast gang, and his Wednesday lunch group. Whoever might be up for an afternoon boat ride on the Mississippi was another joy of Bob's.

What struck most people who knew Bob was his zest for living life to the fullest, while at the same time being a good, loyal friend to so many. In fact when ALS began to strike him down, the outpouring of everything he had given to so many throughout his life, appeared to come back tenfold, making these last two years very meaningful to all involved.

Bob is survived by his wife Zoe Ann, son Steven, daughter Liza (Kit) Clark, granddaughters Natalie (Rodrigo) Clark Nieto, Madeleine Clark, Penelope and Paulina Casper and great-granddaughter Vida Magnolia Nieto. He is also survived by his sister Sue (Terry) Harris, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church or ALS Association, 3636 Westown Pkwy, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison and Stacey, who were such a big help in giving Bob the best quality of life possible during this past year.



Scott “Scooter” David Hammel


Scott "Scooter" David Hammel, 40, of Dubuque Iowa passed away Sunday April 16th, 2017.

Scott was born May 11th, 1976, in Dubuque, the son of David and Kathryn Hammel. Scott attended Dubuque schools and graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1995. Scott worked various construction jobs, most recently for Downs Home Improvement.

As a lifelong resident of Dubuque, Scott had a wide circle of close friends and family that he loved spending time with. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, hiking and being with his friends. Known for his generous big hugs, goofiness, kind heart & gentle soul - Scott will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Loved by many, Scott was the friend you knew you could always count on.

Scott is survived by his parents, Dave and Kathy Hammel; his brother Chris (Aimee) and nephews Colin and Ryan of Clinton, IA. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins and many many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Helen Morey & Clem and Esther Hammel.

To honor Scott's wishes, a social gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview funeral home is assisting the family.

Online condolences and memories can be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Kay Ann Shankland


Kay Ann Shankland, 79, of Anamosa, Iowa died Saturday April, 15 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may gather at 10 am Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Anamosa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held after mass at the Lawrence Center in Anamosa. Burial will be held in Castle Grove Cemetery at a later date. Officiating will be Rev. Scott Boone.

Kay was born on December 24, 1937 at home in Cascade Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Marie (Welter) Hosch. She married Lyle Shankland on September 12, 1959, in Castle Grove, Iowa. Kay attended Sacred Heart schools in Monticello. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Morley Women's Club and Paint N Pallet. She was an avid cook; painter; bird watcher; gardener; and thrift store shopper.

Survivors include her children: Cynthia (fiancé Don Clark) Rutan, Catherine Brown, and Chris (Lois) Shankland; grandchildren: Alan (Heather) Rutan, Michael (Rachael) Rutan, Kevin Rutan, Kasey (Sarah) Brown, Jesse Brown, Danaisa Brown, Brooke Shankland, Chelsea Shankland, Michael Rutan Jr.; siblings: Connie (Lance) Booth, Terry (Diane) Hosch), Sheila (Chuck) McGuire, Kenneth (Ethel) Hosch; and brother in law, Alvin (Marge) Shankland.

Kay's children would like to leave a special thank you to their Mom and Dad.

Thank you to our Mom and Dad, for being the best Parents Ever! You will be missed

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lyle Shankland.

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



Vincent John “Vince” Elliott


Vincent John "Vince" Elliott, 69, of Dubuque passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday April 20, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Michael Elliott officiating. Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Vince was born on January 20, 1948, in Dubuque the son of Vincent Gerald Elliott and JoAnn (McLennen) Klimeck. He married Shirley M. Keating on July 3, 1971 at Center Grove United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Vince was a self-employed contractor for many years and later worked for Eagle Window and Door until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the AMVETS and enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, playing darts, and many family events.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; three children, John Elliott, Carrie (Matthew) Maas, and James (Holly) Elliott; five grandchildren, Hannah, Macy, Carter, Mavrick, and Tristin; seven siblings, Patricia (Fred) Kitelinger, Sharon (Justin) Wolbers, Barbara (Ray) Miller, Rick (Jolaine) Elliott, Mike (JoAnn) Elliott, Kenny (Becky) Elliott, Carol (Rick) Renslow along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Joan Elliott in infancy and a sister Juanita.

The family wishes to thank their wonderful family, all of the great doctors and nurses, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and kindness they gave to Vince these last weeks.



Billie Ruth Miller


Billie Ruth Miller, 95, of Dubuque, formerly of Fond du Lac, WI passed on to a better world Saturday April 15, 2017.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Russell.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.

Billie Ruth was born March 9, 1922 in Wiggins, MS daughter of Ernest and Alice (Lott) Jenkins. Billie's family soon moved to Gulfport, MS, where she and her sister grew up and spent many hours swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. She met the love of her life, Russell Miller, during World War II while he was stationed at Biloxi and Gulfport Fields in Mississippi. He and Billie Ruth were united in marriage on August 5, 1944 in Appleton, WI. After Russell returned from a tour in occupied Japan they resided in several Wisconsin cities before settling in Fond du Lac, WI for 61 years.

Billie Ruth relished her role as homemaker and mother. She never forgot her southern roots with the family making frequent trips to Mississippi and Texas. Billie's southern drawl would thicken noticeably whenever she was on the telephone with her dear sister. 

As Billie's sons grew older and moved away, she embarked on a long career at the Fond du Lac Ben Franklin Store where many good friendships began.

Billie was a member of Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a long time member of the church's Martha/Ruth Circle. Their cards and notes of love continued even after she moved away and were much appreciated. 

Billie Ruth and Russell moved to Dubuque in 2013 to be closer to family. They made many friends at Luther Manor and joined First Congregational United Church of Christ. Russell and Billie Ruth were married for over 70 years.

Billie Ruth is survived by sons, William (Ann) Miller, Dubuque, and Robert (Rae Ann) Miller, Mauston, WI; grandchildren David (Sara) Miller, Epworth, IA and Emily (Todd Olmstead) Miller-Olmstead, Brooklyn, NY; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Russell, James, Elizabeth, William and George Miller, Epworth, IA.

Billie Ruth was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, her husband, sister and parents. 

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church of Fond du Lac, First Congregational UCC of Dubuque or Hospice of Dubuque. 

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

The family extends special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor who provided Billie with love and comfort in her final days.



Linda Kay Horan


Linda Kay Horan, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, due to cancer.

A funeral mass celebrating Linda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sugar Creek. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Linda Kay Horan was born on November 25, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James and Marie (Schreiber) Horan. She was a 1974 graduate of Northeast High School in Goose Lake, Iowa.

Linda worked at various printing companies in the Quad Cities for over 25 years. She lastly worked for Welu Printing in Dubuque where she quickly became friends and considered the best job she had in 40 years. Unfortunately, after one year she had to stop working due to her cancer.

Linda also had worked as a custodian for many years at Clinton Community College, Maquoketa Campus. She was a firm believer in working for what you need with having several part time jobs plus a full time job.

Linda enjoyed doing construction around the house, fixing things, going to casinos and visiting with her family and friends. She had done sewing and made quilts as a business for many years.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include brothers Robert (Sharon) Horan of Shorewood, IL, Dale (Cheryl) Horan of Bellevue, IA, and Gary (Jean) Horan of Charlotte, IA; sisters, Betty (Bob) Kirst of Thomson, IL, and Mary (James) Burken of Preston, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her two cats, Rick and Rachael. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Donald and Francis, a niece Diane Holman, nephews Terry Burken, Ryan Horan and Bryce Murry, and a sister-in-law Jeanette Horan.

"Linda wanted to whole-heartedly thank everyone who has been so kind and helpful during her illness. Words cannot express how much she appreciated it. Thank you everyone."

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

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



Audrey C. (Pfohl) Oberfoell


Audrey C. (Pfohl) Oberfoell, 85, of Sherrill, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial in Ss Peter and Paul Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Audrey was born December 4, 1931, daughter of Roy and Viola (Kintzle) Pfohl. She married Melvin A. "Bucky" Oberfoell on Sept. 20, 1948, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He passed away on January 24, 1999.

She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, and the Rosary Society. Audrey farmed with her husband until 1977 when they moved into Sherrill, and in 2012 she moved into Dubuque. She worked for over 25 years at Leiser's/Sweeney's Resturant. Audrey enjoyed her grandchildren, music, a good card game, and an occasional trip to the casino. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Janice (Ken "Butch") Hammill, of Benton, Wis., Sandy Klein-Pierce (friend Clair) of Sherrill, Randy (Debbie) Oberfoell, of Dubuque, Connie (Dave) Kress, of Epworth, and Nancy (John) Brimeyer, of Davenport, IA.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Anthony; a brother, Harlan (Janet) Pfohl; a sister-in-law, Pat (Dave) Hefel; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred Scharf, Lillian (Don) Huff, Marty Hammerand, Diane (Bill) Kreiman, Shirley Oberfoell, Karen Oberfoell, Lillian Oberfoell, Jerome (Ruby) Oberfoell, Katie Oberfoell, Richard Griebel, Joan Oberfoell, and Albert Oberfoell.

Audrey was also preceded in death by her, parents; a brother, Robert Pfohl; sons-in-law, Lyle Klein and Robert Pierce; brothers-in-law, Merlin Anthony, Wayne Scharf, Paul Oberfoell, Delbert Oberfoell, James Oberfoell, John Oberfoell, and Peter Oberfoell; and sisters-in-law, Irene Griebel, Effie (Don) Smith, Alice Mooney, and Norma Jean Hammerand.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of our mother and grandmother.

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



Paul Stephen Gorrell


Paul Stephen Gorrell, 64, of Dubuque was taken too soon from his family on Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Eugene Kutsch officiating. Burial will take place in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Paul was born on August 24, 1952, in Sac City, Iowa the son of Richard and Rosemary Gorrell. They moved to Maquoketa in 1953. Paul graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1970 and West Mar College in 1974. He wrestled throughout high school and college with his dad being his greatest fan.

He met the love of his life in High School Biology Class, Bonnie Slattery. They were married in 1974; Paul always said "I married my best friend."

Paul was a teacher after college and then worked for Coca Cola for 35 years retiring at the age of 55. He then worked for Radio Dubuque for several years and most recently at Grand River Medical Group. He also returned to his first career and became a substitute teacher. He loved teaching the younger students and his favorite assignments were at his grandchildren's schools.

Paul was a volunteer with a huge heart. Paul donated countless years to the Iowa Special Olympics. He was the person primarily responsible for the growth of the Iowa Special Olympics Winter Games. The first year 8 athletes participated. At the time of his retirement 25 years later over 300 athletes participated. He was a member of the state board and served as president of the board for several years. Who can forget the site of Paul doing the Polar Plunge?

After Special Olympics, he moved to the board of Albrecht Acres, where he continued his efforts for those with special needs. Paul was a member of the Dubuque Senior High Booster Club during his sons' high school years and again was president of the board for several years.

Through their growing years, he coached his sons in baseball and basketball. Paul was known for his "calm and even tempered" interactions with umpires and referees.
He was a member of the Kiwanians for many years, devoting many volunteer hours for fund raising especially the booth at the Dubuque County Fair.

Paul is survived by his brokenhearted wife Bonnie; his two beloved sons, Christopher (Meggan) Gorrell and Adam "A.J." (Jennifer) Gorrell; and the center of his world, his grandchildren, Sam, Aidan, Joe and Molly. In addition he is survived by two brothers, Dean (Amy) Gorrell and Lee (Denise) Gorrell; several nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces; along with three brothers-in-law and additional two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rosemary Gorrell; a sister, Carol Schwarz; and his mother- and father-in-law, James and Imelda Slattery.

Paul's passing will leave a gaping hole in our lives that we will never be able to fill. He touched countless lives thru the years and the world will be a duller place without Paul in it. My darling, I love you more than words can say and I give thanks every day for the gift of you.



Phyllis R. Muhlhausen Carmichael


Phyllis R. Muhlhausen Carmichael, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Saturday afternoon, April 15, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 4 P.M. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Phyllis Ann Muhlhausen was born on August 11, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Carl and Lisette (Wenzel) Muhlhausen. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1946. Phyllis worked as a telephone operator and later as a dental assistant. She moved to Washington, D.C., then to Fort Carson, Colorado where she began a civil service job. Later, she was transferred to Germany to work as a dental assistant. During this time, she met Major David Roe. They wed in Switzerland in 1957. Phyllis and David lived in Germany and traveled Europe together before moving back to the United States. In 1959, David drowned saving a family member in Lake Coeur D'Alene in Idaho. After David's death, Phyllis returned home where she spent time with family. In 1961, she moved back to Colorado where she met Bob Carmichael. They were married, and then moved to Alaska where she was the vocalist with the Stardust Orchestra, Air Force Band of the Far North. They moved to Ohio, England and then back to Colorado. Phyllis and Bob divorced in 1985. Phyllis remained in Colorado until November 2015. Phyllis enjoyed traveling as well as spending time with family and friends. She was very active in the Colorado Springs area where she started the women's A.A. program. Phyllis was a mentor and role model to countless men and women.

Those left to honor her memory include brothers Carl (and the late JoAnn) Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA, and John (Carol) Muhlhausen of Bettendorf, IA; and many nieces and nephews who loved and adored her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, and sister-in-law, JoAnn Muhlhausen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Ernest H. Wulfekuhle


Ernest H. Wulfekuhle, 80, of Dyersville, formerly of Petersburg, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, 750 12th Ave. SW. A continued visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday from 9 until 10 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ernie was born June 2, 1936 in Earlville, the son of Gregory and Cecelia (Bonert) Wulfekuhle. He married the love of his life, JoAnn Cavagna, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Portland, OR on August 6, 1966. Ernest and JoAnn moved to their family farm north of Petersburg after their marriage and remained there until his retirement in 2006.

Ernie's life centered around his love of farming, but most importantly, family. He cherished time spent with his friends, wife, kids, and grandkids. Ernie's generosity was evident in his involvement in his church parish and Beckman Catholic High School.

Survivors include his wife JoAnn; 3 children: Kim Baumler (fiancé Vern Isaac) of Dyersville, Craig (Karen) Wulfekuhle of Petersburg, and Kari (Korey) Stillman of Marion; daughter-in-law Lila Wulfekuhle of Dubuque; grandchildren: Danielle and Cody Baumler of Dyersville, Amie Conrad, Emily, Charley and Zachary Wulfekuhle of Petersburg, Addison and Malorie Stillman of Marion; brother Joe (Pat) Wulfekuhle of Petersburg; sisters: JoAnn (Eddie) Loeffelholz of Dyersville, and Darlene (Joe) Szymusik of Rescue, CA; and mother-in-law Amalia Pienovi of Milwaukie, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Scott P. Wulfekuhle; father-in-law Joe Cavagna; brother-in-law John Cavagna; and step-fathers-in-law David Williams and John Pienovi.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman Catholic School.

Special thank you to all the nurses and Dr.s from Medical Associates, Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and University of Iowa Hospital that took such good care of Ernie with love & compassion.

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



Veronica M. Voss


Veronica M. Voss, age 88, of Tiffin, IA, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Veronica's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Edmund Dunn officiating. To celebrate Veronica's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Veronica was born on February 8, 1929, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Arion and Mary (Heiar) Lampe.

After Veronica graduated from high school, she went on to proudly attend the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She would eventually develop her skills and open her own salon, Stylistic Beauty Shop, where she would happily serve her committed clientele for over 35 years. Even after retirement, Veronica would continue to assist some of her favorite friends she'd made over the years right in their own homes. Veronica was united in marriage to her true sweetheart, Richard Voss, on July 10, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Veronica and Richard would not only enjoy all the quality time they would be blessed with together within the confines of their own home, but they would also spend many years traveling around the world seeing all the wonders of God's creation while hand in hand. Although she and Richard never had children of their own, Veronica absolutely loved children, and any opportunity to get in some quality babysitting time for family members was always a joy she fully embraced. Veronica was also naturally talented in the kitchen, and many fond memories will remain of the delicious meals, and hours of friendly fellowship, which occurred so frequently around Veronica's table. Sadly, Veronica has played her last spirited game of cards, and tended to her final flower and vegetable gardens here on earth; but thankfully we'll cherish all of the beautiful memories she leaves behind until we are all reunited once again.

Those left to cherish Veronica's memory include

her loving husband of 45 years,
Richard Voss, Tiffin, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Marcella Lampe, Key West, IA,
Jane Lampe, Dubuque, IA
and Katie Lampe, Bettendorf, IA;

her nephew and special Godchild,
Tom Lampe, Jr., Iowa City, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Veronica was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers, Herbert Lampe, Cy (Kay) Lampe, Thomas Lampe, Dr. A.E. Lampe and Alfred (Bernice) Lampe.

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

Veronica's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Veronica and her family.

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



Aileen M. Althoff


Aileen M. Althoff, 95, of Otter Creek, passed away on April 15, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Maquoketa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Aileen was born on December 25, 1921 in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Frances (Dehner) Hemmer.
She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cascade. She married Al Althoff on February 18, 1941 at St. Mary's in Cascade. Together they farmed in Temple Hill and Cascade, and in 1952 they moved to Otter Creek and farmed until their retirement. Al preceded her in death on September 20th, 1994.

She enjoyed cooking and sewing, was talented but humble, but most of all was a very loving homemaker. Aileen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her eight children, JoAnn (Dave) Delaney-Howe, of Key West, Iowa, Carole (Dick) Kleis, of Zwingle, Donna (Don) Klostermann, of Farley, Ron (Carol) Althoff, of La Motte, Ken (Mary Lou) Althoff, of Maquoketa, Jan (Dave) Till, of Eldridge, Iowa, Joyce (Wayne) Bockenstedt, of Luxemburg, Iowa, Wayne (Alice) Althoff, of La Motte; 34 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, with 2 on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; siblings Catherine Kearney, Edna Althoff, Joe Hemmer, and Betty McDermott; her grandchildren Sherri and Tommy Klostermann, Shelley and Tara Althoff, and Scott Althoff; great-grandchildren Addison and Emma Destival; and her son-in-law, Loras Delaney.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and all the Health Care Professionals who cared for Aileen.



Doris V. Donovan


Doris V. Donovan, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:48 p.m., on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will pray the rosary prior to the services at the church. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris Donovan had reached the age of 98 with a life filled with faith and love. In Flandreau, Moody County, South Dakota, where Iowa and South Dakota meet, Doris was born on October 4, 1918, to Nick and Emma (Dunne) Bechen. The mustard seed of her youth began when drought and the edge of the Dustbowl drained the life out of the land and her father was forced to sell everything and move to Iowa in 1928. The mustard tree continued to grow when she met Gerald Donovan, the love of her life, and started a family of 12 children. The most appropriate word to describe our mother would be "home". The branches of her life gave her children a place to return from the sometimes turbulence of youth. Her children knew she was always there for them. They knew on Sunday there would be baked chicken and baked potatoes when they returned from Mass. They knew her faith in the Blessed Mother carried her through the myriad of problems raising 12 children. They knew birthdays, graduations and especially liturgical events would be celebrated. Like the mustard tree of the scriptures, her branches provided shade and rest for her family. She made a house a home. Recently she was asked what it was like to raise such a huge family and her face glowed. She said, "I loved it".

Those left to cherish Doris memory include

her 11 children,
David (Ann) Donovan, Dubuque, IA,
Jan Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Becky) Donovan, Rock Hill, SC,
Mary Jo Weiland, Dubuque, IA,
Judy Hoffmann, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (A.J.) Becker, East Dubuque, IL,
Chris (Pat) Murphy, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis Donovan, Dubuque, IA,
Deb (Ted) Beaves, Dubuque, IA,
Kevin (Missy) Donovan, Dubuque, IA
and Kelly (Jerry) Lazore, Galena, IL;

33 grandchildren;

56 great-grandchildren;

7 great great-grandchildren;

a sister,
Dotty McWhorter, Alexandria, LA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Kathleen Kane, Dubuque, IA
and Jean Bechen, Melbourne, FL;

and a daughter-in-law,
Sonnie (Bob) Karr, Zanesville, OH.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald Donovan; a son, James Donovan; a great-granddaugher, Hailie Weiland; 3 sons-in-law, Herbert Hoffmann, Ron Smith and Jim Weiland; 2 sisters, Delight Pederson and Darlene (Sandy) Sanderson; and 4 brothers, Sam, Delbert, Tuffy and Darrell Bechen.

A Doris V. Donovan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Doris' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their exceptional, kind, and loving care of Doris and her family.

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

 



James C. Weiland


James C. Weiland 69, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with the Rev. James Miller officiating. Committal services will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity.

Jim was born on March 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Vincent "Vince" and Martha (Tigges) Weiland. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Wahlert High School, class of 1966 and Loras College until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1968. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

Jim married the love of his life, Mary Jo (Donovan) Weiland on May 23, 1970. Having two children Eric (Sara) Weiland and Carrie (Tom) Culbertson.

Jim worked for Trus Joist as a Technical Representative until retiring in 2009 after a 37 year career. Recently, he was able to fulfill his life long passion of landscaping, caring for the flower beds at The Meadows Golf Course.

Jim loved his family and friends. Time with his wife was priceless. He treasured any opportunity to hang out with his kids. He cheered on his grandkids at all events. Time with his friends was always memorable. He worked hard making sure his family, flowers, and garden flourished. He made sure to stop and smell his perfectly planted flowers with a cold beer in hand. Jim never missed a Packer game, consistently cheered on the Hawkeyes, and was a Cub fan long before they were champs. He loved his time on the golf course either with his best friend Murph, son Eric, or grandson Brandt. He took care of so many people, supported everyone, was always there for anyone, and was kind to all. He will be sadly missed by all who had the honor to know him.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo of Dubuque; his son, Eric (Sara) Weiland of Schaumburg, IL and daughter, Carrie (Tom) Culbertson of Dubuque. Grandchildren Brandt, Lauren, Ellana, and Luccia Culbertson of Dubuque, Reese Weiland and Morgan Gold of Schaumburg. Brother Jerry (Sherry), sisters Sandi (Ulo) Ant, Jeanne Burke, and Cathy Hacking. Sisters-in-law Jan Smith, Judy Hoffmann, Kim (AJ) Becker, Chris (Pat) Murphy, Deb (Ted) Beaves, Kelly (Jerry) Lazore. Brothers-in-law Dave (Ann) Donovan, Mike (Becky) Donovan, Dennis Donovan, Kevin (Missy) Donovan. Goddaughter Molly (Murphy) Fecht along with several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vince and Martha Weiland. Granddaughter Hailie Coe Weiland, and nephew Brian Weiland, and four brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, a James C. Weiland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James R. Fondell


James R. Fondell, 82, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday April 19, 2017 with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jim was born on March 9, 1935 in Dubuque the son of Andrew and Mary (May) Fondell. He married Patricia Larsen and she preceded him in death in 1980. He later married Judy Friedlein and she preceded him in death in 2005.

Jim loved his family and frequently enjoyed a good meal followed by a good cigar, and always had a friendly smile.

He is survived by his 4 children Pam (Peter) Jones, of Geneva, IL, Joann (Michael) Pregler, of Dubuque, Mary Jane (Edward) Larson, of Dubuque, and James A. (Mary) Fondell, of Ft. Meyers, FL; his 11 grandchildren, Michael, Allan, Carey, David, Dawn, Joshua, Joseph, Autumn, Logan, Magen and Nicole, and 10 great grandchildren, Dylan, Tarver, Lucy, Clara, Jacob, Leah, Scarlett, Briar, Carter and Leo; 3 step children Scott, Kris and Michelle Belding; a brother Dave (Deb) Fondell, of Dubuque; and two nephews who he loved as sons Tom (Jean) Fondell and Mark (Sarah) Fondell.

He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Mary, wives Patricia and Judy and a son Allan in 2015. He was also preceded in death by a brother Joseph his wife Rita and their 4 daughters Faye, Karen, Jeanne, and Dawn in an accident in 1966.

The family request no flowers a memorial fund will be established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care, to Dr. Runde and Dr. Herman, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassion and loving care they gave to Jim.



Mary L. Ruroden


Mary L. Ruroden, 94, of Galena Stauss Senior Care, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in East Clermont Lutheran Cemetery, Clermont, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on January 4, 1923 in Gregory's Landing, Missouri. She grew up in Alexandria, Missouri. During WWII Mary was a driver for the Ordnance Plant in Burlington, Iowa. In 1950 she moved to Dubuque where she was employed at Kroger's. When Kroger's closed she worked at Kraft Foods.

She married Leslie L. Ruroden on January 12, 1966 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on August 17, 1999.

Mary was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her nieces, Emma Bussan, Nadine Barrows, Gail (Dick) Meyers and Marilyn (Rod) Cooper; and nephews, Ryland (Sheri) Eddleman, Neil (LaDonna) Hand, and Steve (Nancy) Hand, and Kevin Hull.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Doris Lee; 3 brothers, James, Robert and Kenneth Hand; and her faithful companions, Chico and Annie.

Memorials may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Special thank you to Dr. Gregory Vandigo, the nurses, CNA's and caretakers at Galena Stauss Senior Care for your wonderful care and to Pastor Kincaid for all of the time you spent with Mary.



Marc E. Karrmann


Marc E. Karrmann, 80, of Dubuque died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where there will also be a visitation Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.

Marc was born November 13, 1936 in Platteville, Wisc., son of Elton and Blanche (Johnsen) Karrmann.  He graduated from Shattuck High School in Faribault, MN and received his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

On April 9, 1960, he married Sharon Grunewald at St. John Lutheran Church, Prairie du Sac, WI.  They lived in Port Huron, Mich. for several years, before moving to Dubuque in 1976.

Marc worked at KDTH as a broadcast engineer for 23 years before his retirement.  He was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and Kiwanis International.

He was an avid hockey fan and was a Dubuque Fighting Saints season ticket holder. He enjoyed camping, traveling and loved taking his grandchildren to Disney World.  He and Sharon visited all 50 states, 46 of them in their RV.

Marc is survived by his wife, Sharon Karrmann of Dubuque; four children, Jim (Nancy) Karrmann of Madison, Cheryl (Duane) Beckman of West Burlington, John (JoDee) Karrmann of West Des Moines, Iowa and Marc W. Karrmann of Cannon Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff), Ashley, Derek (Lis), Blake, Andrew (Jordyn), Megan, Kayla (Chris), Allison, Jessica and Natalie; and three great grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, Phil (Barbara) Karrmann of Platteville; sister-in-law, Kay Bailey of Sun Prairie, WI, brothers-in-law, Dan (Patricia) Grunewald of Prairie du Sac, WI and Bill (Kim Diehl) Grunewald of Sauk City, WI; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.  

 



David L. Bassler


David L. Bassler, 53, died on Thursday April 13th, after a brave, seven year battle with cancer. He always fought hard, never gave up or complained. Dave lived his life in full speed up until the last several months. Dave had many joys in life; his family, playing volleyball and tinkering with anything that needed fixed.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm-8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Dave was born on August 25, 1963. His parents were Eugene and Genevieve Bassler of rural Jackson County. Dave was the 11th child of 12. He attended school in Otter Creek and Andrew Iowa. He was always known for being very athletic and full of energy. Over the years Dave had several nick names, including, Super Dave, Baz and Giselle Boy. Many people knew Dave because of his involvement in volleyball; he had a vertical leap that others envied and he covered a lot of ground.

Dave started his own construction business, Super Dave Construction, in the mid-90s. You may have seen his superman logo on his truck or trailer. Everything he learned was self-taught and he was self-motivated to learn every aspect of construction. He was always willing to lend a hand and help a fellow neighbor or friend with their projects.

Dave met Teresa in 2004 and they soon realized they were the one for each other. They married in 2007 and their two families became one. Teresa was a friend, companion and a guiding light for Dave.

He was always known for his great sense of humor. Whether it be the funny shirts he would wear, funny jokes he would say or the funny faces that he would make. No matter the situation, Dave could always make anyone laugh. Even while fighting this battle, he found a way to make the doctors and nurses laugh. His favorite phrase, "Gotta leave 'em laughing".

Those left to honor and celebrate his life include his wife, Teresa Bassler, daughter, Brianne (Adam) Fagan, step-daughter, Michelle (Bruce) Brokus, step-son, Justin (Brandi) Durant, mother-in-law Marilyn Peckenschneider, and father-in-law Dennis (Bonnie) Peckenschneider. Dave and Teresa's grandchildren: Katelyn, Addilyn, Aidyn, Stella, Kinnick and Baby Boy Fagan expected on "Papa's Birthday". Dave's 11 siblings, Denise (Bob) McCarthy, Donna (Rocky) Andracchio, Louis (Mindy) Bassler, Bruce (Julie) Bassler, Mary Jean (Steve) Bock, Tim (Lori) Bassler, Bob (Ellen) Bassler, Becky (Rick) Brame, Tina Hansen, Steve (Tammy) Bassler, Paul Bassler, brother-in-laws, Mark (Karen) Peckenschneider and Dean (Mechelle) Dittmer. His faithful companions, Little Buddy and Gigi. In addition to his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Eugene and Genevieve Bassler, as well as two brother-in-law's Jerry Laufenberg and Doug Hansen.

A special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse Tim, for all their support.

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

 



Janet E. Kohl


Janet E. Kohl, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 17th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.
Janet was born on August 6, 1933 in Epworth, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Elsie (Gronau) Beresford.

She married the love of her life, James P. "Buzzy" Kohl on February 14, 1953, and they were blessed with 62 more wonderful Valentine's Days together. He preceded her in death on October 30th, 2015.

Janet was a loving homemaker, she cared for her seven sons and one daughter with so much care. In her later years, she worked for Casey's General Store in Key West.
She was a member of the Leaky Lodge at the Grand Tap.
Janet enjoyed time at the casino, spending time with her family and friends and playing euchre especially with Carrot, Mary and Patty.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Jane) Kohl, Dale Kohl, Robert (Chris) Kohl, Ken (Donna) Kohl, Richard Kohl, Kelly Kohl, David Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; her 14 grandchildren, Jessica (Bill) Lanz, Dublin, OH, Jennifer (Travis) Shaffer, Coralville, IA, Jillian (Tim) Castro, Mt. Horeb, WI, J.J. Kohl, North Liberty, IA, Casey (Leslie Schumacher) Kohl, Travis (Nicki) Kohl, Tiffany (Jake) Roling, Jordan (Sidney) Kohl, Tyler (Kaitlin) Kohl, Kyle Kohl, Brandon Kohl, Keith (Katie) Kohl, Amber (Jeremy Torchia) Kohl, Heath (Jenny) Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; her 9 great-grandchildren, Weston and Scarlett Lanz, Colsen and Chloe Shaffer, Jamie Castro, Brady Kohl, Carsyn Roling, Cooper Roling, Kollins Kohl, Sierrah Torchia, Luca Kohl, and one on the way. Her siblings, Bonnie (Joe) Smith, Carol (Chuck) Miehe; sister-in-law Bernice Beresford, along with several nieces and nephews and a lifelong friend Karen Digman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James; a son Ronald; brothers, Dale (Kay) Beresford, Donald Beresford, Ken Beresford and Wayne Beresford.

In lieu of flowers a Janet Kohl memorial fund will be established.

Thank you Mom, We Love You!!



Dorothy J. Avenarius


Dorothy J. Avenarius, 92, of 15560 NW 136th St., Platte City, MO died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at her home.
Services will be at 9:00 am Saturday, April 22nd at the Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial will be at Mt Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy worked at the Battery Factory in Dubuque and later worked for JC Penney's Catalog Dept. for many years, and as a seamstress in her spare time. She was born on March 18, 1925, in Dubuque, daughter of William "Van" and Frances (Albert) Schmitt. She was born and raised in Dubuque, then later moved to Buffalo Grove, IL.

Dorothy loved spending time with her boys, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. She enjoyed sewing and traveling back to Dubuque to visit her family.

Surviving are her children, Scott (Nancy) Avenarius of Cary, IL and Richard "Rick" Avenarius of Cape Coral Florida, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by 12 sisters, Irene Lute, Mable Schmitt, Florence Cole, Gladys Henry, Mabel Carew, Agnes Gans, Mary Bushman, Velma Kuehn, Adeline Wagner, Leora Gaston, Coletta (Cleo) Zaszczurynski, and Helen Dougherty; 5 brothers Ivan, Leland, Warren, John "Joe", Robert "Bob" Schmitt and her parents. Dorothy was the last of 18 children.

A Dorothy J. Avenarius Memorial Fund has been established.

The Avenarius family would like to extend a special thank you to Kansas City Hospice and her nurse Robin, Father Terrel and her family and friends that was with her. The family would also like to express a special thank you to Jerry and Darlene for the wonderful treatment they gave her throughout her stay and illness. Dorothy was so loved by so many and will be deeply missed.



Eldora C. Ploessl


Eldora C. Ploessl, 82, of Guttenberg, formerly of Holy Cross, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque after her courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A continued visitation will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to funeral services Tuesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Eldora was born August 5, 1934, in Holy Cross, the daughter of Ervin and Clara (Pottebaum) Henkels. She married Francis J. Ploessl on January 17, 1970 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Together they farmed northwest of Holy Cross.

Eldora enjoyed crocheting, quilting and a good card game. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and volunteered at Oakcrest Manor for many years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her 2 children: Charles (Heidi) Ploessl of Holy Cross and Christine (John) Selchert of Dubuque; 3 granddaughters: Lindsey Ploessl of Dubuque, and Chloe and Grace Ploessl of Holy Cross; 2 step-grandsons: Andrew (Christina) Selchert of Kansas City, MO, and Nickolas (Ashley Quick) Selchert of Dodgeville, WI; 2 step-great-grandchildren: Carson and Averie Selchert of Kansas City, MO; 2 brothers: Joe (Jeanette) Henkels of Dubuque and Erv (Mary) Henkels of Hiawatha\; sister Anna Marie (Joe) Wille of Garnavillo; in-laws: Andrew Jr. Ploessl of Dubuque, Jim Paisley of Balltown, Marvin (Linda) Brimeyer of Sherrill, Lorene Ploessl of Dubuque, Rosemary Ploessl of Holy Cross, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank on April 26, 2002; an infant son; brothers: Raymond and Emmet Henkels; in-laws: Edwin (Margaret), LaVern (Rita), Alvin, James, John, and Donald Ploessl, Pearl (Jim) Klein, Mary Brimeyer, Joan Paisley and Mary Ploessl.

Eldora's family would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Kukla, the nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their kind and compassionate care.

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



Orville S. Ludwig


Orville S. Ludwig, 85, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta, with Military Honors. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 17th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m.

Orville was born May 23, 1931 in Rewey, WI, son of Irven and Margaret (Kramer) Ludwig. He married Marguerite ‘Maggie' Stoffel May 1, 1956 in Holy Family Church, Peosta. She preceded him in death February 23, 2002.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed as an experimental mechanic at John Deere Dubuque retiring in 1987.

He was a member of Holy Ghost parish and the Knights of Columbus #5513.

Surviving are four sons, William F. Ludwig, of Millersburg, IA , John G. Ludwig, Tim F. (Jodi) Ludwig, and Thomas I. Ludwig; a daughter, Susan M.(Michael) Brothers, all of Dubuque; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister, Joyce (Don) Ahman, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Pete Exstein, of Mount Horub, WI.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James J. and Peter P. Ludwig; a brother in infancy, Earl Ludwig, and three sisters, Helen Boldt, Lenice Alan and June Exstein.

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



Charlotte V. Shollenberger


Charlotte V. Shollenberger, 95, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Kahl Home in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Charlotte on Friday, April 14, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Charlotte Viola Conery was born on March 13, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Benjamin Franklin and Florence Luella (Rollf) Conery. She was a 1940 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then immediately went to work for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator until 1946. She notably was on duty on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. On March 19, 1946 she married George Arthur Shollenberger in Bedford, Ohio.

Following her marriage, Charlotte became a housewife and raised a family. She was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church, UMW, and the New Century Women's Club in Delmar. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and her flower garden.

Those left to honor Charlotte's memory include her children, Leslie (Susie) Shollenberger of Davenport, IA, and Renne (Rusty) Lietz of Delmar, IA; 3 grandsons, Jason (Stacey) Lietz of Solon, IA, Jeff (Heather) Lietz of Colfax, IA, and Tyler Shollenberger of Davenport, IA; and 4 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Kassidy and Kobi Lietz of Solon, IA, and Jacob Lietz of Colfax, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on January 14, 1999, 2 brothers Verney and Marion, and 4 sisters Opal, Obeata, Beverly and Camilla.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charlotte V. Shollenberger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Victor Howell

Victor Howell, age 80, of Sterling, IL, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Hope Howell of Sterling, IL; one son, Victor Howell of Machesney Park, IL; one daughter, Vonnie Howell of South Elgin, IL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Logan Hawkins of Geneva, IL, a special young man who shared Victor's birthday.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and four sisters.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, IL. Funeral services will be Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Porter of Abiding Word Church officiating.

An alternate visitation will be Monday, April 17, 2017, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa with funeral services at 2:00 PM with Chaplain Colleen Petaros officiating. Burial will be at Bridgeport Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com or www.carsonandson.com.

 



Donald L. Powlistha


Donald L. Powlistha, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 10, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 14, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donald Lee Powlistha was born on Janauary 29, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Louis and Ruth (Fisher) Powlistha. He was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Mary Jo Garrity in Maquoketa, Iowa, and to this union three children were born: Richard, Michael and Donna. He later married Linda Woods Battles on May 16, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 19, 2014.

Donald had a long career working for the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Road Maintenance Department. His career began while in high school, continued after the military, and totaled over 44 years, retiring on his 62nd birthday.

Donald was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He had been active in many community organizations including serving as a coach and past president of the Maquoketa Youth Baseball program for many years. He also was a volunteer at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa where he was instrumental in the building of it. Other organizations he was involved in were the Jackson County Tourism Council and Friends of the Maquoketa Caves.

Donald enjoyed playing cards, making fudge at Christmas time for his kids, woodworking, going to all the shows at Ohnward, and traveling. He was family oriented and especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his children, Richard (Jerrie) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Michael (Becky) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Donna (Jerry) Gilbert of Antioch, IL and Lisa Battles Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kristy Powlistha, Thomas James Gilbert, Matt Gilbert, Jacob Powlistha and Wyatt Hinz; 1 great-grandchild, Jeremiah James Gilbert; 2 step-grandchildren, Travis Sumpter and Zach Sumpter; and a brother-in-law, Willard "Bill" Woods of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Doris, brothers Robert, Charles and Gerald, a son Larry Lynn Battles, and his wife Linda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com



Martha A. Etscheidt


Martha A. Etscheidt, 86, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Martha may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watkins, Iowa.

Services for Martha will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watkins, Iowa with Rev. Craig E. Steimel presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watkins, Iowa.
She was born August 10, 1929 in Luzerne, Iowa, daughter of John and Blanche (Dvorak) Lagos. She is a graduate of Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On June 10, 1947 she was united in marriage to Lloyd G. Etscheidt at St. Patrick's Church in Watkins, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 7, 2011.

She was employed as a bookkeeper for J.C. Penney's in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa, a former member of the Dyersville American Legion Auxiliary, and a volunteer driver for RTA.
She is survived by five children, Steven Etscheidt of Dyersville, IA, Randolph (Susan) Etscheidt and Elizabeth (Tom) Przybylski both of Cedar Falls, IA, Dr. Mark (Susan) Etscheidt of Lexington, KY, and Patricia (Robert) Holmes of Millington, IL; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dennis John Etscheidt in 1948; two daughters-in-law, Monika M. Etscheidt and Sherry Etscheidt.

A Martha A. Etscheidt memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Jane (Conaway) Anderson


Jane (Conaway) Anderson, 78, a woman of great faith, was called home on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Dubuque, where friends may gather to celebrate her life and greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Jane was born March 15, 1939 in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Teddy and Florence (Dolan) Conaway. In 1957, Jane graduated from Craig High School in Janesville, and on May 11, 1957, Jane married Thomas P. Anderson at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Janesville. He preceded her in death on September 30, 2002.

After her retirement from J.C. Penney, Jane volunteered at Finley Hospital for several years where she served as volunteer coordinator for tray favors.

Mom had boundless compassion, which she demonstrated by providing foster care for babies awaiting adoption, and toward animals of all kinds, especially Pippi and Cuddles, her favorite dogs. Jane enjoyed gardening, sewing, and was an avid reader. Our Mom loved to sing, and was a talented cake decorator who made all her children's wedding cakes.

Mom's memory will be cherished by her children, Deborah J. (Merlin) Leick, Linda L. (Joe) Budden, Cynthia K. (Mike) Thill, and Michael T. (Beverly L. Johnson) Anderson; her grandchildren, Steven (Marie) Leick, Sarah (A.J.) Fitzsimmons, Mark Budden, Tracy (Joshua) Weddle, Nick (Sarah) Budden, Joshua, Ryan, Seth, and Luke Thill, and Colten (Miranda), Brandon, Dalton, and Jaden Anderson; her great-grandchildren, Riley F., Aidan M., and Connor W. Leick, and Vivienne and Aurora Weddle; and her sister, Juliette (Don) Wentz Monroe.

In addition to her husband, Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Nicole K. Thill; her brother, Donald (Phyllis) Conaway; her brother-in-law, Howard Wentz; and her sister-in-law, Nancy (Terry) Lee.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque; or to Our Lady of the Sioux, Oglala, SD.

Jane's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin; Unity Health Home Care, especially Jen; and Finley Hospital.

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



Charles F. Risden


Charles F. "Chuck" Risden, Jr., 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 9, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Chuck's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 14, 2017, from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Charles Franklin Risden Jr. was born on May 31, 1964 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Charles Franklin Sr. and Bonnie Mae (Sutton) Risden. He was educated in Maquoketa and later Monticello schools. He married Shirley Ann Manning in 1992 in Jackson County, Iowa. They later divorced.

Chuck had worked various jobs throughout the years including working at Sitco in LaMotte, ADM in Clinton, Mike's Tree Service and most recently for Howell Logging. He had also drove a semi and was a handyman who could fix anything.

Chuck enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing on rivers and creeks, and being outdoors. He was a practical jokester who always had a smile and was the life of the party.

Those left to honor Chuck's memory include his children, Valerie Hute of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Lonnie) Howell of Bernard, IA, and Charles (Carrie) Risden III of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Bonnie Mae (Larry Sawyer) Osterkamp of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Wendy (Ken) Thomas of Georgiana, AL, Charlene (Michael) French of Onslow, IA, Sue (Phil) Gibson of Des Moines, IA, and Heidi (Bobby) Krum of Amber, IA; 8 grandchildren, Victoria, Emily, Sara, Alexis, Shawn, Shane, Little CJ, and Ethan; and was a father figure to Elijah, Cameron, Jaden and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles F. Risden Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Monica B. Hoerner


Monica B. Hoerner, 85, of Zwingle, Iowa died April 9th, 2017 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Monica may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Today, April 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A family rosary will be said at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of mass. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch, rural Zwingle.

Monica was born January 12, 1932 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of John Sr. and Kathyrine (McCarthy) Regan. She was a graduate of Holy Rosary School in La Motte. On February 17th, 1953 she was united in marriage to John Carson "J.C." Hoerner at the Holy Rosary Church in LaMotte. Monica worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years as a clerk and then a Postmaster. She was a member of St. Lawrence Otter Creek Church, the Sylvia Switch Rosary Society and the Zwingle Recreation Association.

Monica loved to dance when given the opportunity, she was a classy lady who loved to wear her hats. She also enjoyed being outside and mowing with her John Deere riding lawn mower. She had a soft spot for all the birds that came to feed on her acreage and fed them so much she thought she should be able to write them off on her taxes! Surprisingly, Monica continued to wash throughout the years with her Maytag ringer washer. She collected used Maytags like Jimmy D. collects classic cars!

Monica is survived by her ten children: Deb (David) Hanson of Parkview, Jim (LouAnn) Hoerner of Zwingle, John (Cindy) Hoerner of Dubuque, Joe (Pam) Hoerner of Davenport, Jerry (Sheila) Hoerner of Davenport, Jeff Hoerner of Moline, Lisa (Steve) Hoerner Hanson of Davenport, Jason (Cim) Hoerner of Eldridge, Angie (Shawn) Fluhr of La Motte, Sue (Shane) Veach of Eldridge. Monica has l3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters-in-law, Natalie (Jack) Regan of Grand Mound, Shirley (Jukes) Regan of Dubuque, Joyce (Fred) Regan of Zwingle and Della (Eldon) Hoerner of Epworth; a brother-in-law, Gene (Margaret) Stillmunkes of Zwingle.

Monica is preceded in death by her parents John C. Regan and Kathyrine; her husband, J.C. Hoerner on November 26, 1991; her father and mother-in-law, John C. Hoerner and Neva; her siblings, Rita Regan, Kate (Ray) Kemerer, Amelia (Neil) Bruck, John "Jack" (Mary) Regan, Agnese (Joe) Hayes, Fred Regan, Margaret Stillmunkes, Pauline (Harold) Takes, Julian "Jukes" Regan, James "Worm" Regan, J.C. Ripple, Eldon Hoerner, Paul "'Winkie" (Bernadine) Hoerner and Edith (Bob) Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Monica Hoerner memorial fund.

The family of Monica would like to thank Dr. Eric S Engelman and his nurse Sarah, the staff of Clarissa C. Cook Hospice of Bettendorf, Hospice of Dubuque, Lisa Flannigan of By Your Side Care and Rose Veach. Also, thank you to all family and friends who supported us with their prayers.



Kathy J. Walters


Kathy J. Walters, age 64, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:16 p.m., on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, after a long and courageous battle with dementia. To honor Kathy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Kathy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kathy was born on July 2, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Iris "Buck" and Georgia (Petrakis) Walters.

Kathy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1970. After school, she would begin her working career in the clerical field and put her talents to use with several different firms around town. Kathy had a naturally kind and caring nature about her, and would graciously become a compassionate caregiver for her parents in their later years. She also had a friendly, outgoing personality which definitely drew people into her world. A conversation with a complete stranger was a very common occurrence in Kathy's day; and if there was a kiddo or a dog in the mix, the opportunity to make a new friend was a guarantee. Kathy also loved spending time with family, and a sisters shopping trip would always bring a joy to her heart which could never be undone. Kathy was a delightfully wonderful daughter, sweet sister and loving friend, and we are truly saddened by her passing from this world to the next. We do, however, take comfort in knowing that she is no longer plagued by her earthly ailments, which she faced quite bravely here, and that she is joyfully reunited with her parents once again.

Those left to cherish Kathy's memory include

her sister,
Dianne (James) Hoppman, Dubuque, IA;

2 aunts,
Rita Sullivan, Dubuque, IA
and Barb Walters, Des Moines, IA;

and several cousins.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and several aunts and uncles.

A Kathy J. Walters memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Kathy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her cousin, Julie Houselog, and her other caregivers, JoAnne Jack and Marilyn Gilloon, for all of the loving care they have provided Kathy. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, Hospice of Dubuque, and No Place Like Home, especially Diane, for all of the kind, professional, and compassionate care they provided to Kathy and her family.

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

 



Sydney T. Datisman


Sydney Thomas Datisman, 94, of Durango, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday April 13, 2017 at Sherrill United Methodist Church, with a Memorial Service to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery following the service.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Sydney was born November 29, 1922 in Durango, the son of John Leo and Hannah (Hinde) Datisman. He married Dorothy Pugh on April 23, 1948 in Riverside, California. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1999.

Sydney farmed in Durango, and also owned and operated Datisman Heating for many years. He enjoyed farming, being outdoors, and woodworking. He was a regular jack-of-all trades who could figure out how to do anything. He played steel guitar, bass, and guitar in many bands, including the Durango Doodlers. Sydney loved spending summers in Wyoming with his daughters. He served as President of the Jefferson Township School Board for over 20 years. He was a member of Sherrill United Methodist Church, where he served on several church boards over the years.

Sydney is survived by his children, Marjorie Henkels of Durango, Jane Datisman of Rozet, WY, John (Lori) Datisman of Durango, and Cheri Siegert of Gillette, WY; his grandchildren, Mike (Jamie) Siegert, Toby Siegert, Jeremy (Brooke) Kaune, Jessica (Sam) Weiland, Dawn (Tom) March, and John Datisman; his great grandchildren, Naomi, Bailey, and Kassie Kaune, Emma and Lloyd Weiland, Sophia Siegert, and Hayden and Mason March; one great-great granddaughter due on April 26; his nephew, Dwight (Joyce) Henson; and his niece, Holly (Greg) Judge.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Cari Lea Siegert; and two sisters, Mabel Datisman and Ruth Henson Thatcher.

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

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



Connie J. Yarolem


Connie J. Yarolem, 69, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at her home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Connie on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Connie Jean Currie was born on May 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James and Shirley (Burback) Currie. She grew up in Baldwin, attended Baldwin schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Robert Yarolem on December 18, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1996.

Connie had worked in the housekeeping department, first at Maquoketa Care Center and lastly at Wheatland Manor, for a combined twenty years.

Connie enjoyed taking care of her animals, plants, gardening and being outside with nature. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her children, Randy Yarolem of Baldwin, IA, Rusty (Cherie) Yarolem of Stilesville, IN, and Cheri (Ron) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Jamie on March 2, 2014, and a daughter-in-law, Lisa Yarolem on September 7, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Connie Jean Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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



Judith D. Wilhelm


Judith Dorothy (March) Wilhelm, 74, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 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 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, April 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Judy was born October 22, 1942, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Germaine (Lammers) March. She grew up in Worthington, Iowa, graduating in 1960 from the former St. Paul's School. She was united in marriage to Henry J. Wilhelm on April 28, 1962, at St. Paul's Parish in Worthington, Iowa. Together they raised their family in Dyersville. For over fifty years, Judy worked as a childcare provider, and was fondly known to many as "Grandma Judy." She has blessed many with her handmade gifts, especially her hand knitted Christmas stockings. Judy especially enjoyed researching her family's heritage and genealogy, as well as putting puzzles together. Judy was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by her husband, Henry of 54 years of marriage; six children: Ann (Paul) Rechterman of Coggon, IA, Debbie (Carl) Vorwald of New Vienna, IA, Donald "Donnie" (Kathleen) Wilhelm of Epworth, IA, Tammy (James) Clemen of Dyersville, IA, Tina (Gerald) Trowbridge of Urbandale, IA, and John (Bridget) Wilhelm of Peosta, IA; 16 grandchildren: Doug (Danielle) Fortmann, Jessica (Collin) Mack, Brian, Tim, Kristina, and Matthew Vorwald; Nichole, Rebecca, Kaitlyn, and Joseph Clemen; Dominic, B'Elanna, and Remy Trowbridge; and Lucy, Henry, and Patrick Wilhelm; 4 great grandchildren, with another 2 expected in May; siblings: Rosemary (Robert) Lahr of Manchester, IA, William "Bill" (Mary Lou) March, of Hopkinton, IA, Jean Harbaugh of Tucson, AZ, Joan (William) Lansing of Worthington, IA, Joyce (Ronald) Dudley, of Anchorage, AK, John "Jack" (Mary Pat) March of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Dean March, of Dubuque, IA, David (Claudia) March of Balltown, IA, Donald (Carol) March of Dubuque, IA, Walter (Dianne) March of Worthington, IA, and Pam Pasker of Tucson, AZ; In-laws: James (Norma) Wilhelm, Tom (Judy) Wilhelm, Mary Ann Nachtmann, and Charles (Donna) Wilhelm, all of Dyersville, IA, and Jean (Gerald) Conrad of Epworth, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law: Norbert Nachtmann, William Willenbring, and Lyle Harbaugh, and sister-in-law, Betty March.

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

 

 



Joseph F. Runde


Joseph Francis Runde, 97, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away Sunday morning, April 9, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of Dubuque American Legion Post # 6.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.  Family & friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church.

Joe was born on February 8, 1920 near Sinsinawa, WI, the son of Lawrence and Frances (Fleege) Runde.  He was united in marriage to Marie E. Hall on November 27, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on December 3, 2003.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish at Sinsinawa and American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque.

Joe was a W.W. II veteran serving with the U. S. Army.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and participated in the European and North African campaigns, serving under Gen. George Patton, until his discharge in September of 1945.

He farmed, was self-employed and owned Runde's Feed & Farm Supply in Hazel Green.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Rita) Runde, of Leesburg, VA, Mary (John) Kuncaitis, of Rochester, MN, Mark A. Runde and Steven M. (JoAnn) Runde both of Hazel Green, WI; four grandchildren, Christopher Runde, Amy Brantis, Sara Kuncaitis-Wall and John D. Kuncaitis; seven great grandchildren; and his siblings, Mary Lou Tressel and Tony Runde both of Hazel Green, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence & Frances, wife Marie, a brother Ralph Runde and two sisters, Dorothy Burbach and Helen Meyer.

Joe's family wishes to express "special thanks" to Hospice of Dubuque and the girls on 2nd floor at Stonehill for the excellent care provided to their father.

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

 

 



Richard A. Weber


Richard A. "Dick" Weber, 72, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Saturday, April 8, 2017, at home after battling cancer for a year and a half. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on August 20, 1944, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Anton "Ed" and Anna Loretta (Johnson) Weber. Dick was in the seminary and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. He met Mary C. Otting at the race track in Darlington during stock car races. Later they were married on August 28, 1965, in Dubuque. Dick worked at Celetex, Farmland, FDL-Dubuque, Hypro, Weber's and retired from Badger Machine. He also filled his time at Hazel Green Auto Sales as a mechanic.

Dick was a big NASCAR fan and raced cars for three years in Dubuque and Farley. He stayed involved for several years helping other racers. Dick was an inventor, tinker and handyman. He enjoyed building things from scratch like go-carts for his grandchildren and his little two-wheeler that he drove in parades. Dick was a member of the American Legion, Hazel Green Fire Department and a Boy Scout Leader. A favorite past time was hanging with his grandchildren and his best friends, Steve Symons, Don Loeffelholz and Gary Lowing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Sheila (Kent) Kitelinger, of Dodgeville and Jodie (David) Rukamp, of Germantown; two sons, Jeff (Michelle) Weber, of Platteville, and Scott Weber, of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Karissa (Austin) Henze, Jessica Kitelinger, Tyler and Derek Rukamp, Brittney and Brianna Smith, Jesse and Sydney Weber, and Danielle (Jon) Tiedt; six sisters, Alvina (Pat) Runde, of Madison, Betty Wedig, Agnes Weber and Dorothy Tranel, all of Cuba City, Sandra (Michael) Alt, of Marion, Iowa, and Carolyn (Roger) Fries, of Cuba City; and four brothers, Vernon (Myrt) Weber, Verdon (Linda) Weber, Homer Weber and Joe Weber, all of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Lawrence "Buddy"; a brother-in-law, Art Wedig; and three sisters-in-law, Jane, Denise and Jan.

A Richard A. "Dick" Weber Memorial Fund has been established.

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



George W. Beaves


George W. Beaves, 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Very Reverend Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

George was born December, 24, 1929 in Dubuque to George I. and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He attended Loras Academy and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. He was stationed at Empire Air Force Base in Empire, Michigan, where he met his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, in nearby Traverse City. George and Dorothy (Zakoscielny) were married on October 22, 1955, at Visitation Church in Detroit, Michigan.

George worked in the plumbing and pipefitting trade and was a member of UA Local 66, for which he has held the positions of secretary and president. He was also enshrined in the Dubuque Labor Hall of Fame in 2016. He started his long career working for his father at Beaves Plumbing & Heating. He went on to work for others such as Braconier Plumbing & Heating and Dubuque Plumbing & Heating, as well as for contractors during the construction of the Byron nuclear power generating station in Byron, IL. After his retirement from the trade in 1987, George worked for the City of Dubuque Parking Department.

George has been a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish and has served in many capacities, including as a member of the School Board for more than 12 years. He was also elected to the Dubuque Community School Board, and served for 15 years.

Bowling and the brewing of beer, wine, and soda were among his interests, and he was also an avid reader and popcorn aficionado. He was a member of Trees for Dubuque, and enjoyed living in the great outdoors with his sons as members and Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts Troop 12. George was one of the original owners of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and was also instrumental in organizing the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association. After his retirement, George met regularly with friends at the Fisher Building Café and later at the Locust St HyVee for coffee and conversation. It was at these "meetings" where the gang would solve all of the world's problems.

George is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons George I. of Rockford, IL, David (Beth) of Asbury, IA, Gregory (Sara) of Houston, TX, Mark (Tracey) of The Villages, OK, and his "favorite daughter" Mary Kay (Dennis) Weber of Peosta, IA, as well as 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Peter (Margaret) Beaves, sisters-in-law Eileen Beaves and Betty Church, and many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, sisters Mary Ellen (James) Kadra and Charlotte (Bill) Hanley, brothers Richard (Gerry) and Theodore, very close cousin Jack (Veronica) Murphy, sister in law Ann (Joe) Jackowski, and brother in law, Joseph Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for later donation to George's favorite charities.

George's family extends their sincerest gratitude to the doctors, especially Drs. Whalen and Kirkendall, the nurses and the entire staffs at Grand River Medical Group, Finley Hospital, Oak Park Place, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all their kind, compassionate and professional care.

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



Darlene J. Potter


Darlene J. Potter, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:42 p.m., on Friday, April 7, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Zwingle, IA.

Darlene was born on March 22, 1929, in West Point, IA, daughter of Casper and Helen (Langhorst) Dieter.

Darlene was born in West Point and learned very early on, not only the responsibility and rewards of hard work, but also the joys and valuable life lessons which can only come from growing up on the family farm. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Frank Potter, and they would be united in marriage on September 22, 1948, at St. Mary's Church in Vinton, Iowa. Their union was blessed with 68 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children. Darlene spent her early years in the working world as a receptionist for Dr. Frey, but she would soon discover her true purpose in life and completely devote her energies to being the best wife, mother and grandmother the world has ever seen. The family would move to Dubuque where she would continually love and support her husband, instill copious amounts of love and guidance into her children, and in time develop her skills as the gentlest of grandmother's who would leave no doubt in the hearts and minds of those whom she loved that they were beyond precious to her. In her free time, Darlene had many joyful interests which would include everything from baiting a hook on the waters edge, to effortlessly twisting her crocheting needle, to creating magic at her sewing machine, and of course, a delightfully competitive game of cards with family and friends. Darlene has diligently, and purposely, left a legacy of love behind for those who knew and loved her to treasure for years and generations to come. Sadly, our hearts ache today with an unquenchable sorrow, but we know that Darlene's 88 years here were abundantly full, and that gratefully we will see her again one day, along with the rest of our family who've been called home already.

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her loving husband,
Frank Potter, Dubuque, IA;

3 daughters,
Peggy (Dave) Schuster, Zwingle, IA,
Kathy (Ron) Arensdorf, Dubuque, IA
and Tracy (Dan) Laughlin, Andrew, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Carrie (Randy) Gelh, Jennifer (Bill) Hellman, Dan (Stacy) Schuster, Brenda Burkart, Stacy Shares, Sean (Ashley Frederick) Laughlin, Cohl Laughlin, Brianna Laughlin, Josh (Dawn) Potter, Jay Potter and Matt Vogt;

and 14 great grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary Ann Potter; a son, James Potter; 2 granddaughters, Melissa Schuster and Kristen Vogt; 2 grandsons, Scott Arensdorf and Jared Potter; a sister, Delores (George) Shultz; and a brother, Don (Colleen) Dieter.

A Darlene J. Potter memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Darlene's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Eagle Pointe Place, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the compassionate and loving care they provided to Darlene and her family.

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

 



Sr. Therese J. Jacobs

Sister Therese J. Jacobs, BVM (Therese Carmelle), age 87, of Marian Hall, Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sister Therese's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, 1050 Carmel Drive, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Therese's life, a funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Therese was born on May 9, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa, the beloved daughter of Harry Franklin and Mary Josephine (Mullahey) Jacobs. She joyfully entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Mary Parish, Clinton, Iowa; professed her first vows on March 19, 1950, and her final vows on August 15, 1955, before faithfully devoting her life in service to the Lord.

Sister Therese taught seventh grade, eighth grade and music at St. Martin ES in Cascade, Iowa, and served as the formation director at Mount Carmel in Dubuque. She taught music in elementary and secondary schools in Davenport, Iowa; Kauai, Hawaii; Chicago, Illinois; Mundelein, Illinois; and St. Paul, Minnesota. She also faithfully served as BVM regional in Davenport, Iowa and also ministered on the college faculty and formation staff in Los Gatos, California. She served in pastoral ministry in Des Moines, Iowa; Jackson, Mississippi; and Kumasi, Ghana.

Those who remain to cherish Sister Therese's memory include

her brother,
Francis J. Jacobs, St. Paul, MN;

a brother-in-law,
Stewart Iliff, Warrenton, MO,;

a sister-in-law,
Marion Jacobs, Cedar Rapids, IA;

many nieces and nephews;

and her fellow Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared 69 years of her earthly journey.

Sister Therese was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Richard, Edwin, Bernard, Donald, Earl and John Paul; and her sisters Mary Ellen Clark and Bernice Ann Iliff.

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.

 



Neil F. “Schnitz” Hirtz


Neil F. "Schnitz" Hirtz, 67, of Litchfield, New Hampshire passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:20 am, in Manchester, New Hampshire after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 am Friday, April 14, 2017, at the St. Francis Cemetery Chapel in Dyersville. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Friends and relatives may gather at 9 am at the chapel. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Neil was born in Anamosa, Iowa on July 24, 1949, the son of Paul and Grace (Schockemoel) Hirtz. He was raised in Temple Hill, Iowa before moving to Dyersville during his junior year in high school. He finished his senior year at Beckman Catholic High School with the Class of 1967.

He was a man of few words but had a very kind heart and loved to make people laugh. His passion was going to car races. He worked as a trucker and mechanic. As a mechanic he enjoyed taking cars and motorcycles apart, only to put them right back together again. He enjoyed playing countless games of gin rummy with family and friends.

Survivors include his companion, Mona Zaker, of Litchfield, NH; his daughter, Lisa (Joe) Ward of Pelham, NH; a grandson, Cameron Ward of Pelham, NH; Mona's daughter, Donna (Brian) Henderson of Peterborough, NH; Donna's son, Joshua Zaker of Virginia Beach, VA; siblings: Carol (LeRoy) Ruden of Dyersville, Gary (Kathy) Hirtz of Durango, Greg Hirtz of Dyersville, Doug Hirtz of LaMirada, CA, stepsiblings: John (Pam) Hinrichs and Kathleen (Jim) Hall, both of Cedar Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Jeff Hirtz and Julie Wemmer.

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



Lorraine Weber


Lorraine Weber, 91, of St. Donatus, IA, passed away Wednesday evening, April 5th, 2017, surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Donatus Catholic Church, in St. Donatus, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may call from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Donatus Catholic Church. A prayer service will precede the visitation at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Lorraine was born on February 1, 1926, in rural Sherrill, to Edward and Anna (Schueller) Naumann. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill through 8th grade. She worked on the family farm and at the Battery Factory in Dubuque until marriage.

After meeting Vernon Weber at Melody Mill, they wed on August 31, 1948, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. She and Vernon farmed east of St. Donatus until moving to town in 1988. She was a longtime member of St. Donatus Catholic Church and held many positions serving the parish and the Marquette school board.

Lorraine enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading, quilting, sewing, and was an avid baker, particularly known for her cinnamon rolls and homemade wheat bread. Her German potato salad was a family favorite. She liked dancing and playing euchre and was a member of a card club for 40+ years. Many individuals over the years were recipients of cards (often containing a crocheted cross or heart) and vases of flowers, often for no reason at all. Lorraine insisted on doing laundry with a wringer washer until the age of 90.

She is survived by children: Peggy Weber of Dubuque, Kathy Weber of Dubuque, Pat (Ron) Ries of Bellevue, Len (Jane) Weber of Bellevue, Liz (Steve) Staner of St. Catherine, Loras (Carolyn) Weber of Bellevue, Larry Weber of St. Donatus, Clete (Theresa) Weber of Bellevue, Joan Weber of Dubuque, Nancy (Pat) Hanson of North Liberty, Cindy (Gerry) Kluesner of Luxemburg, Joe (Ann) Weber of Fenton, MO, and daughter-in-law Angela (Craig) Weber-Burken of Bellevue; grandchildren: Ronda (Kirk) Sherwood, Rochelle Ries, Shawn (Tara) Staner, Ryan (Megan) Staner, Brad Staner, Ben Staner, Jason (Heather) Weber, Missy (Pat) Gregorich, Kari Pataska, Troy (Liz) Weber, Cody (Kristin) Weber, Jessalyn Weber (special friend Justin Bader), Tom Weber, Shane Weber, Mike (Mitzi) Hanson, Katie Hanson, Rob Hanson, Emily Weber, Nick Weber, Matt Kluesner, and Dakota Weber; great-grandchildren: Madison, MaKenna, Brayden, Brody, Landon, Canden, Benson, Maxin, Wyatt, Brynna, Jacklyn, Caeleigh, and John; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; siblings: Marie Dupont, Ruth (Lester) Weber, Doris Ann (Nicky) Wolf, Harold (Madonna) Nauman, and Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich; in-laws: Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Vernon (on March 11, 2017); her parents; twin daughter Joyce (in 1960); son Paul "Dickie" (in 2010); grandson-in-law Travis Pataska (in 2010); and siblings/in-laws: Rita (Earl) Kintzle, Norbert Dupont, Ray (Mary) Weber, Delores (Lawrence) Maro, and Neil (Rose) Weber.

She was a mother to many and had a strong faith in God. She and Vernon participated in many Marriage Encounters and CEWs and were active in Right to Life. She especially loved spending time with her grand- and great-grandchildren. Every year she lovingly made Christmas ornaments for each grand- and great-grandchild.

The family requests no flowers. A Lorraine Weber memorial fund has been created which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Lorraine's family would like to extend a special thank you to her home health care aides, Phyllis, Kathy, and Leslie for providing exceptional care during her final journey, and to Hospice of Jackson County, who enriched Lorraine's life while caring for Vernon during his last days.



David Joseph Schlueter


David Joseph Schlueter left our world on April 6, 2017 after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

David was born to John and Patricia (Hogan) Schlueter on May 7, 1958. He was the fourth of seven children and attended Sacred Heart and then St. Anthony schools in Dubuque. Growing up he was called "Bluie" because of his large, blue eyes, and designated "PickleButt" by his Uncle Bernie. Later in life, he sported a tattoo bearing both names.

David graduated from Wahlert High School in 1976 and attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on a wrestling scholarship. While there he wrestled at 112 and 119 and represented Wartburg College with distinction both on and off the mat. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980, he moved to Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy. He graduated with his degree in pharmacy in 1983.

It was while he attended the University of Iowa that he was introduced to the sport of rugby, and he remained a passionate champion of the sport for the rest of his life. David was instrumental in recruiting players and organizing the Dubuque Dogs Rugby Team, which was later changed to The Gentleman of Dubuque Rugby Club. He served as president for many years, and even when he no longer played, you could still find him on the pitch, in his kilt, helping out as a touch judge at most of the matches. He remained an avid rugby fan to the end, making lifelong friendships with men and women of all ages who either already shared or caught the fever for the sport from him.

David worked as a pharmacist in Dubuque for his entire professional career. He only stopped when he felt his cancer prevented him from being able to properly care for his patients. Not being able to work with the co-workers, whom he had come to know as truly wonderful friends, was counted by David as one of his greatest losses.

David was extremely active throughout his unfairly short life, packing more adventure and action into his 58 years than many of us could ever hope to achieve. He rarely said no to an opportunity or an adventure. He enjoyed numerous snow skiing trips and rugby trips with friends, sky-diving, walking his dogs, wake-boarding on the Mississippi with his brother Jack, swimming regularly, weight-lifting, bicycling, visiting his siblings, and traveling the world, including trips to Ireland, South Africa, Italy, and Qatar.

David excelled in many things, not the least of which was making friends and making people laugh. He liked being out with friends and family, sharing jokes, and simply enjoying life. His passing creates a void that no ordinary human being could ever hope to fill. David was a short man with a large presence, and he will be greatly missed by numbers far too large to ever count.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved daughter, Lauren Ann Schlueter.

He leaves behind his two brothers,  Jack (Sharon Meloy) Schlueter and Richard (Lisa Mescher) Schlueter; his four sisters,  Jean (Hiram Melendez) Schlueter, Jane (William Flanagan) Hogan, Constance (Richard Nesseler) Schlueter, and Kathleen (Steven Dierks) Schlueter; and nine nieces and nephews: Zachary, Connor, and Haley Dierks, Emily, Calvin, and Peyton Schleuter, Rich, Robert, and James Nesseler, and Justina Flanagan Hafley.

In honor of David's wishes, there will be no memorial service. Please do not make any monetary donations to the family. If you wish to make a donation in honor of David's memory, his preference would be that you donate to the Lauren Schlueter Memorial Fund online at youcaring.com.

The family would like to thank Home Instead, Hospice, and the staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kind and competent care of our brother. Special thanks also to the many close friends who helped our brother in many ways, by watching his animals for him, by driving him places when he could no longer drive himself, and by visiting him constantly to share a laugh and companionship. Your love is real.

Brother our meeting is over,
Brother, we must part,
And if I never see you anymore,
I'll love you in my heart.
And we'll land on the shore
And we'll land on the shore,
And we'll land on the shore,
And be safe for evermore.



Patricia E. Mullin


Patricia "Pat" E. Mullin, 90, of Dubuque, formerly of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am Monday, April 10, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, conducted by Msgr. Jim Miller, Msgr. Wayne Ressler, and Fr. Mark Ressler. Family will greet friends from 9:00 am until Mass time on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Patricia was born on Aug.13, 1926, the daughter of Cornelius and Isabelle (Healey) Mullin. Pat graduated from Nativity Grade School and the Academy of the Visitation High School. She received her BA with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Education, and Philosophy from Clarke College, Dubuque. Pat then went to Leila Hospital in Battle Creek, MI and completed her internship in Medical Technology. She returned to Dubuque where she was the first technician for the newly formed Dubuque Blood Bank Association located in the Fischer Building. After a few years she set her sights on a Degree in Law. She accepted fulltime employment at St. Anne's Hospital in Chicago as the head of the blood bank, while earning her Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University.

Pat was working at St. Anne's Hospital when a fire broke out at Our Lady of Angels Elementary School on December 1, 1958. St. Anne's received 96 of the young fire victims. It was one of the worst fires in US history and Pat said she would never forget the horror of that day and the months that followed.

Upon receiving her law degree she went to work for the John D. MacArthur Company, principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company in Chicago, IL. She began her career in the Claim Legal Department. After 18 months she was transferred to the Corporate Legal Department. She completed the necessary requirements to receive her C.L.U. Degree (Chartered Life Underwriter), F.L.M.I. (Fellowship in Life Insurance with a specialty in Pension Planning) and Ch.F.C. (Chartered Financial Consultant). She became the Vice President of the Corporate Legal Department, Corporate Secretary of Bankers Life.

She was a member of the Iowa Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois where she was elected President from 1970-1971, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois Foundation beginning in 1963 and where she served as Director from 1963-2012, and licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Pat was the only woman to sit for the Iowa Bar Exam in June 1960, and it was such an anomaly that the results were announced on the radio statewide as "99 men and 1 woman, Patricia E. Mullin of Dubuque, Iowa had been admitted to the Iowa Bar". She sat for the Illinois Bar Exam in September 1960 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 1960.

Patricia enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career. She was appointed Chairman of the Committee to Select the Outstanding Supervisory Employee of 1971 for the Chicago Federal Executive Board. Her committee members were Marshall Filed JR and Clair Rodderick, Superintendent of Chicago Schools. She served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court - Character and Fitness Committee, which reviewed the files of all admittees to the Bar to determine that they were proper individuals to be admitted to practice in the State of Illinois. She was elected as the first woman Chairman of the Equal Employment Advisory Council, Washington D.C 1986 - 1987.

After retiring from Bankers in March of '94, Pat became an arbitrator which she did from 1994 until 2013. She did three final arbitrations on Friday April 19th and retired to Dubuque on Tuesday April 23, 2013.

In her free time Patricia enjoyed traveling and toured Ireland, England, France, Italy Poland and many other countries. She loved playing Bridge and once defended against Omar Sharif at the Ambassador West in Chicago. She enjoyed and was a dedicated supporter of the Arts. She was very generous to those in need.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Many weekends were spent cooking out and watching the dogs play in the yard. We will always have good memories of the times we spent together and the many stories we shared.

Those left to cherish her memory are 3 nephews, Joseph (Rita) of Glen Ellyn, IL, Robert (Danette) and John of Schaumburg, IL; 2 nieces, Julie (Mike) McCann and Pam Mullin (Pam) of Dubuque; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her 2 brothers, Harold of Schaumburg and Cornelius, and her 2 sisters, Mary and Dorothy, all of Dubuque.

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

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



Lyle J. Kelchen


Lyle J. Kelchen, 49, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at home surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lyle was born on July 8, 1967 in Manchester, Iowa the son of LeRoy and Roselyn (Boge) Kelchen. He married Lori McDermott on May 16, 1992 at the Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa.

He worked as a Supervisor at Eagle Window and Door in Dubuque for 29 years.

Although Lyle was a man a few words, it was clear what was important to him. He always put his family first and enjoyed going on family vacations. He even looked forward to heated debates with his sidekick Jack.
In addition, Lyle was a hard worker who took great pride in everything he did. He found great joy in woodworking, cutting wood, splitting wood, four-wheeling, dominating in euchre and camping, especially with the "Final Four Camping Group".

Lyle was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will surely be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Lori; four children, Shelby, Cody, Lucas and Anthony all at home. His parents, LeRoy and Roselyn Kelchen, of Dyersville, Iowa; brothers, Bruce (Marcia) Kelchen, of New Viena, Iowa, Bryan (Shelley) Kelchen, of Dyersville, Iowa, Kyle (Mary Jo) Kelchen, of Epworth, Iowa, Mitch (Tina) Kelchen, of Bellevue, Iowa; one sister, Laura Kelchen, of Marion, Iowa. His father-in-law Jack McDermott, of Dubuque, Iowa; Brothers-in-law, Rick (Paula) McDermott, of Benton, WI, Randy McDermott, of Dubuque, Jim (Kelly) McDermott, of Dubuque; sister-in-law, Jodi (Randy) Butlett, of Dubuque; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles and Emily Boge and Peter and Florence Kelchen, one sister Loretta; mother-in-law Delores McDermott and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers a Lyle Kelchen memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank their family and friends for all their love and support, especially Michelle Osterhaus for all the care she had given Lyle these past few months.



James L. Shaffer


James L. "Jim" Shaffer, 83, a nationally recognized photographer, formerly of 2015 Lombard St., Dubuque, died of complications from dementia on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center.
Family and Friends are invited to join the family at a wake from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 10th, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Jim was born Oct. 19, 1933, to Helen Regina (Berry) Shaffer and Harold Louis Shaffer. As a child, he developed a great love for going to the movies, and spent much of his remaining free time at the Boys Club. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, where he was an accomplished tennis player, and briefly attended Loras College.

In 1955, he married Donna Mae McElmeel in Dyersville, Iowa. They would be married for 44 years, parted only by her death in 1999.

Jim began his photographic career as a darkroom assistant for the Telegraph-Herald, but in 1955, shortly after marrying Donna, he was drafted. He switched places with the man ahead of him in line at the draft office so he could join the U.S. Navy, like his older brother, Bob. He served 20 months aboard the U.S.S. Carter Hall, based in Long Beach, California, before being discharged early, along with thousands of other draftees, in a cost-cutting move.

Jim returned to the Telegraph Herald, and soon was promoted to photographer, sometime feature writer and, eventually, editor Jim Geladas' right-hand man. In 1969, he struck out on his own as a freelance photographer. He often sold photos and stories to the Telegraph-Herald, but for the rest of his working life, he operated out of a darkroom and office in the basement of the family home. To put his kids through college, Jim and Donna created a stock photography business, shooting and selling pictures to textbook book publishers around the country.

Over a 60-plus-year career, Jim captured hundreds of thousands of images of the people, places and events in and around Dubuque. His subjects included at least seven U.S. presidents and countless other politicians; the 1965 flood that inundated parts of downtown; visiting celebrities such as Louis Armstrong, George Burns, Bob Hope and Jay Leno; news events ranging from fires and accidents to protest marches and political rallies; plus an untold number of weddings, family reunions, corporate events and neighborhood parties.
Jim brought more than a camera to all those occasions. He brought a unique eye, a way of seeing the best picture, the best way to tell the story with a single shot. He also came with his sense of humor and a willingness to be larger than life for a while, if only to corral his subjects so he could grab that perfect photo.
He shot aerial photos of most of Dubuque that span at least 50 years, creating an important record of the city's development. He also became a collector of old photos of Dubuque, many of them captured on glass negatives.

Jim won numerous awards over the years, including recognition from the Iowa Press Photographers Association, the Inland Daily Press Association, and the National Press Photographers Association. In 1994, the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society gave him the Elisha Darlin Arts Award. He cared deeply about Dubuque and its future, which is why he was so proud to play an important part in persuading and helping Mac Marshall to donate his land to the city in 1975. That land became home to Marshall Park and the Dubuque Arboretum.

In his spare hours, he loved playing golf at Thunder Hills Country Club, fleecing his friends at hearts, hosting dinner parties throughout the year, and serving as master of ceremonies at the annual Shaffer Fourth of July Backyard Picnic. He goes to his rest with the three of clubs in his vest pocket.

His real passion, though, was his family. His own childhood was sometimes difficult, and he always credited Donna with saving his life and teaching him that "family is everything."

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary (Hannan) Shaffer; they married under the birch trees of the family home on Lombard Street in 2008. Jim also is survived by his four children: son David J. (Angela L. Knight) Shaffer, and their sons, Alexander D. and Eric A. Shaffer; daughter Ann E. Shaffer (Dean P. Robbins) and their son, Joseph J. Shaffer; daughter Amy M. (Jerry) Grahs and their children, Megan K., William L. and Mae T. Grahs; and daughter Mary Pat Shaffer (Robert Leff) and their daughters, Hannah S. and Emma S. Leff. He also is survived by Mary's family, including: son Michael Hannan, and his daughter Carrie Hannan, son Cody Hannan, and daughter Caitlin Hannan; son Thomas Hannan, and daughter Hayley Hannan and son Connor Hannan; daughter Sue Lent (Dennis Greenwood), and her daughter Molly (Kurt) Urbain and son Matt (Mary) Lent; son William Hannan, and his daughter Sonja (James Dye) Hannan; son John (Jeanne) Hannan, and their sons John Hannan and Jesse Hannan; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Mae (McElmeel) Shaffer, his brothers, Robert C. Shaffer and Thomas H. Shaffer; his sister Helen Appel; and his infant sisters Janet and Lois.

A memorial fund will be established with memorials being given to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque, where he spent much of his free time and later worked while in high school.

 



Rita M. (Wagner) Barry


Rita M. (Wagner) Barry, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be at noon Saturday, April 8, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Deacon Bill Biver will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service.

Rita was born May 19, 1923 in Harpers Ferry, IA, the daughter of Joe and Mae (Whalen) Wagner. She married Allan Barry on April 16, 1947 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 1, 2010.

Rita was employed at the Bag Factory, the Button Factory and the Battery Factory, and also as a waitress at Woolworth's.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Rita enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband and bowling. She also enjoyed picnicking with family and friends.

Rita is survived by her children, Pat (Liz) Barry of Bellevue, IA, Pam (Brett) Arensdorf, Vicki (Randy Church) Hill, Mariann (Dennis) Groom, and Bob (Stacy) Barry, all of Dubuque, Kevin Barry of Burlington, IA, and Tim Barry of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Dr. Maj. Katie Barry, Kelli (SSgt. John) Lugo, SRA Patrick J. Barry, Shannon (Chris) Sproston, Mike (Melissa) Astgen, Laurie (Kelly) Walsh, Bob Astgen, Stephanie (Rod) Balk, Jeremy (Nikki) Astgen, Malissa (Steve) Foster, Jim Hill, Dennis (Amy) Groom, Dana (Jason) McCann, Megan (Brad) Rupp, Alesha (Brian) Veach, Kyle (Megan Slight) Barry, and Troy Barry; and 35 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, Nathan Groom and Billy Astgen; a son-in-law, Jim Hill; a brother, Nick Wagner; and four sisters, Ann Callahan, Mary Hammel, Helen Peters, and Margueritte in childhood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Rita's family would like to thank the staff at Finley Hospital 5th floor, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, nurse Erica from Finley Home Care, and Dr. Kirkendall for their care of Rita; and Rita Beck and Jane Davis for their lifelong friendship with Rita.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Betty J. Richardson


Betty J. Richardson of Galena, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with Fr. David Reese officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday at St. Michael's Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

She was born on December 29th in rural Galena, daughter of Joseph and Edna (Petitgout) Turner and was raised in Rice Twp. She attended Green Valley School, and later earned her high school diploma (GED). Betty married Don Richardson on October 27, 1943 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1994. They lived in Hazel Green and moved to Galena in 1955.

Betty was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She worked at the Log Cabin, Pete's Steakburger and was Activity Director at the Galena Nursing Home for 19 years – a job she thoroughly loved. She enjoyed reading, doing hand embroidering and volunteering for the Nursing Home/Sr. Care Auxiliary cart. She was a Bulls fan and an extremely avid Cubs fan. Betty was a snappy dresser and always looked nice. She was excited to recently pass her driving test for her driver's license.

She is survived by 4 daughters: Carolyn (Jack) Creighton, Hazel Green, WI, Nancy (Bill) Leitzinger and Connie (Tom) Wienen, of Galena and Marsha (Drew) Potthoff, Woodstock, IL. She is also survived by 16-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters-in-law, Dorrene (Ray) Coates, Jean Richardson and Shirley Richardson, plus many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son Dennis at birth; her parents; a sister, Sis (Florian) Korte; two brothers, Chuck (Helen) and Tom (Marie) Turner; in-laws Len & Em Richardson; and 3 brothers-in-law, Frank (Anne), Junie and Charles Richardson.

The family would like to thank the following for their kindness and compassion: The staff at Assisted Living in Galena, the staff at Mercy and Midwest Medical Center, Dr. Allen Crist, Dr. Tom Johnson, and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Cindy).

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary, 1 Medical Center Dr., Galena or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd. Dubuque, IA 52002.

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



Margaret M. (Runde) Leibfried


Margaret M. (Runde) Leibfried, 88, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Margaret was born on November 27, 1928 in Jamestown Twp. of Grant County, WI, the daughter of Arnold and Evelyn (Wiegman) Runde. She was united in marriage to Bernard C. "Tiny" Leibfried on October 10, 1953 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa. He preceded her in death on February 29, 2004.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, and American Legion Post # 104 Auxiliary of Cuba City. She and Tiny formerly farmed prior to their retirement. Margaret was an excellent seamstress and cook. She loved playing cards and bingo and was formerly employed in the Cafeteria of St. Joseph's School.

Surviving are seven children, Steven (Roxann) Leibfried, Ken (Lois) Leibfried, Peggy (Alex) Rutherford, and Francis (Kimberly) Leibfried all of Cuba City, Charles (Kelly) Leibfried of Ft. Atkinson, WI, Daniel Liebfried of Hazel Green and Mary Reeves of Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Sjobakken and Jean VanWagonen, and a brother Francis Runde.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Evelyn; her husband Bernard' three brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret M. Leibfried memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Grant County Hospice, especially Tracy, and her granddaughter Jenny for the special care provided to Margaret.

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



Marie A. Barth


Marie A. Barth, 95, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services celebrating her full life will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West, Iowa with Father Rodney Ehlers officiating. Visitation will take place Saturday after 9:00 am at the church, until time of services. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marie was born July 1, 1921 on the family farm in St. Donatus, Iowa. She was the second child of 12 to Joseph and Frances Thoma. Marie married the love of her life, Alfred E. Barth, on September 22, 1943 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, Iowa. In 1945, they moved to Dubuque, Iowa where they shared 70 years of marriage. The two of them were inseparable until Alfred predeceased her on February 9, 2014.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Marie loved the holidays and family get-togethers; spending time with her family was important to her. Her house was always a home where she shared her wisdom, creating lasting heartfelt memories and traditions. Interests included family, gardening, baking, sewing, crafting and cooking. She and Alfred never missed sharing lunch and dinner together.

Her final days were spent surrounded by the company of close family members whose lives she had touched in cherished ways.

Those left to treasure her memory are three children, Darlene (Sidney) Blum, of East Dubuque, IL, Janice (Oliver) Kringle, of Dubuque, IA, and James (Rusty) Barth, of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren Timothy (Julie) Fetzer, of Dubuque, IA, Kimberly (Gerald) Johnson, of Adel, IA, Steven (Brandie) Seay, of Dubuque, IA, Katherine (Bobby) Giers, of Dubuque, IA, Riley Barth (Fiancé Jake Cody) of Cedar Rapids, IA and Drew Barth, of Iowa City, IA; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, and Lauren Fetzer, Cameron and Nathan Johnson, and Justin and Kyle Seay; siblings; Bernice Pottebaum, Patricia (Edwin) Klaas, Francis (Mary) Thoma, Ernest Thoma, Richard (Ethel) Thoma, Lawrence Thoma, and Donald (Bertha) Thoma; sisters-in-law Betsey Thoma and Mary Kay Barth; and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Thoma; siblings William (Edna) Thoma, Arnold (Phyllis) Thoma, Victor (Viola) Thoma, and Joseph Jr. Thoma; brother-in-law Louis Pottebaum and sister-in-law Alice Thoma.

The family would like to extend a sincere Thank You to Dr. Andrea Ries, Hospice of Dubuque, and the special nurses and staff at Luther Manor for caring for Marie in her final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie A. Barth memorial fund has been established.

Our hearts are filled with memories which we gathered through the years. All the happy times we shared are treasured souvenirs.



Loras “Butch” Lahr


Loras "Butch" Lahr, 62, of Dyersville, Iowa, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Princeville, IL.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. 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, April 10, 2017, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Butch was born on February 26, 1955, the son of Clarence and Adella (Willenbring) Lahr. He married Julie Ann Thompson on June 25, 1983 and later divorced. Butch worked as a truck driver all of his life and loved the open road. He got engaged to Kathleen Jones on his 60th birthday and was to be married August 20, 2017.

Butch passed away watching his favorite Western, "Red River". He also appreciated watching Big Bang Theory, which was what brought him and Kate together. Butch enjoyed bringing "junk" home from auctions. He loved his kids so much and coached them in baseball & soccer, but one of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a grandfather and taking on the name "Papa Butch".

Survivors include 5 children: Jesse (Samantha) Lahr of Dyersville, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr of Epworth, Travis (Sidney) Lahr of Dubuque, Aaron Lahr of Dyersville, and Shannon (fiancé Dustin Smiers) of Pasadena, TX; 6 grandchildren: Taylor, Skylor, Haylee, Henry, Tytus, and Tuck; father, Clarence Lahr of Dyersville; 2 sisters, Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; and fiancé Kathleen Jones of Princeville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adella Lahr, on September 1, 2016.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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



Anthony J. Gotto


Anthony J. "Tony" Gotto, 64, of Urbandale, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home in Urbandale, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tony may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Tony will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Jeffery Dole Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
Tony was born October October 11, 1952 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Kluesner) Gotto. He is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa and a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a BS in Psychology.

On October 9, 1976 he was united in marriage to Pat Rave at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley, Iowa. Anthony was employed as a Human Resource Director, first at the Sara Lee Corp. in New Hampton and Chicago, then at R.R. Donnelley and then with TSA with Homeland Securities until his retirement in 2015. He was a CUBS and Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed golf, and taking his classic car to shows. He was a devoted husband and father and especially liked to spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Gotto of Urbandale, IA; one daughter, Sarah (Kory) Brady of Johnston, IA; 3 grandchildren, Maximus, Maple and Mayer Brady; 3 siblings, Kay Gansemer of Dyersville, Janet (Ronald) Luehrsmann of Marion and Helen (Dave) Wegmann of Farley; his mother-in-law, Norma Rave of Manchester; 8 brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken (Kris), Bill (Darla), Jerry (Mary), Jim (Anne), John (Carol) and Tom (Amy) Rave, Mary (Greg) Steffen and Barb (Dan) Hogan all from the immediate area.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Jo Gotto and his father-in-law, John Rave.

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



Louise J. Miller


Louise J. Miller, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Louise's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 7, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Louise Jeanette Beaton was born on August 9, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Roy Grover and Blanche Irene (Petersen) Beaton. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Paul "Jack" Schwenker on March 3, 1945 and to this union three children were born: James Gregory, Bill and Jon. In 1969 she and "Jack" divorced and on November 2, 1973 she married Howard John Miller in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1982.

After her high school graduation, Louise worked as a telephone operator for three years. Upon her marriage to "Jack" she worked as a switchboard operator at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio during World War II for two years. After returning home, she worked at the Jackson County Auditor's Office for three years and later volunteered at the Jackson County Public Hospital and delivered Meals-On-Wheels.

Louise was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, The Tuesday Club, Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the WOCT (Women of the Old United Church).

Louise enjoyed playing cards, going for coffee with her sisters and friends, going for car rides, taking trips, going to the casino, watching the Hawkeyes and Cubs on television, and traveling with her husband Howard. Additionally, she liked flowers and being outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor Louise's memory include her children, James Gregory (Josie) Schwenker of Davenport, IA, Bill (Bonnie) Schwenker of Maquoketa, IA, and Jon (Arden) Schwenker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Nancy (Bill) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Aaron (Angie), Mark and Dillon; 3 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Nola and Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, and sisters Evelyn Reynolds and Janis Luett.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Compassus Hospice.

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



Paul S. Brashaw


Paul S. Brashaw, 68, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, after a long, tough fight with cancer. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Keith Birch officiating. Family and friends also may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born on December 27, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Eleanor (Cashman) Brashaw.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1968, and furthered his education at the United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Upon graduation from MSOE in 1973, Paul went to work for his father at Iowa Engineering Co., where he would dedicate the next three decades to the family business. After retiring from the shop, Paul worked another 10 years in Plant Engineering at Mercy Hospital, capping a career spent entirely in the refrigeration and air conditioning field.

Paul married the love of his life, Kathryn "Kathy" Birch, at Holy Ghost Church, on November 24, 1973. They shared 31 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on August 23, 2005. Paul and Kathy were an active, inseparable couple, and their love for one another was evident to everyone who saw them. They loved playing darts together, and they shared their passion for the game with others. They were instrumental in founding some of Dubuque's first dart leagues, and organized countless tournaments throughout the city over the years, while taking home more than their share of trophies along the way. Paul was a gifted athlete as a young man, and he carried with him a competitive spirit throughout his life. He was a strong, talented wrestler in high school, and seemed to excel in everything he tried his hand at. Whether it was darts, volleyball, table tennis, golf, or a game of cards with family, Paul always strived to be the best he could be.
Paul was a skilled craftsman with a brilliant mind for all things technical. His handcrafted knives were unique works of art, and his wide-ranging expertise made him a fountain of wisdom whenever friends or family needed help. Though he never applied for a single patent, Paul's inventions and innovations brought joy and comfort into the lives of those around him. He was particularly proud of the tennis ball cannon he built to amuse his grandchildren; and "The Colder," a device he conceived and constructed that doesn't just keep beer cold, but makes it even colder. Paul appreciated a cold beer on a hot day...or on a cold day...or a seasonably temperate day.

Paul saw the value in any endeavor that challenges the mind. He was a devout Jeopardy! viewer, and liked to complete the day's Sudoku puzzle in his head before writing any of the numbers down. He could quote Tennyson and Ptolemy in the same breath as Vince Lombardi and Groucho Marx, and he loved sharing knowledge just as much as he loved acquiring it.

Above all though, was Paul's love and devotion for his family and friends; they meant the world to him and he always took the time to let them know they were not only important, but also appreciated for the role they played in his life. A great, yet humble man has completed his 68-year earthly journey, and we will miss him deeply and dearly. Thankfully, Paul has left us with an excellent example of how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend; and we take some comfort in knowing that he is dancing happily with his beloved Kathy in Heaven, where we will one day join them in the most glorious of family reunions.

Those left to honor and cherish Paul's memory include

his 5 children,
David (Shelly) McElligott, of Johnston, IA,
Jennie (Josh) Vize, of Dubuque,
John (Angie) Brashaw, of Dubuque,
Ann (Jason Stanton) Brashaw, of Arvada, CO
and Andrew (Jenni) Brashaw, of Dubuque;

10 grandchildren,
Elyse, Nolan and Liam McElligott, Brandon and Ryan Vize, Cristin, Emily, Thomas and Matthew Brashaw, and George Brashaw;

4 great-grandchildren,
Maya, Summer, Avery and Brian;

his siblings,
Maurice "Maury" (Bette) Brashaw, of Sun City West, AZ,
John (Sara) Brashaw, of Racine, WI,
Jeanne (Jim) Dalesandro, of Oak Brook, IL
and Jude Brashaw, of Dubuque;

his brother-in-law,
Rev. Keith Birch;

many nieces and nephews;
and his friend,
Julie Konzen, of Dubuque.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; his beloved wife, Kathy Brashaw; a brother, Carl Brashaw; and a nephew, Jimmy Dalesandro.

In lieu of flowers, a Paul S. Brashaw memorial fund has been established.

Paul's family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care, which provided so much comfort to Paul and his family these past few months.

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

 



Dale C. Meier


Dale C. Meier, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017 at 4:43 a.m. at his home.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Dale will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dale was born April 28, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward and Evadeen (Horsfield) Meier. He loved his Chocolate Cake and anything sweet. Dale enjoyed doing puzzles, reading magazines and stealing hats off of everyone's head. He always made people smile and laugh and when you think of Dale may you have a tear in your eye and a smile on your face. Dale worked through Area Residental Care sorting nuts and bolts.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Evadeen (Meier) and Alan Strang of Cascade, IA, eight siblings, John "Jack" (Marylou) Meier of Thayer, MO, Alan "Bounce" (Lou Ann) Meier of Bellevue, IA, Joseph (Karen) Meier of Cascade, IA, Terry (Dawn) Meier of New Hampton, Kevin (Rhonda) Meier of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lorrie) Meier of Cascade, Carol (Steve "Herman") Recker of Bernard, IA, and William "Bill" (Andrea) Meier of Peosta, IA, four step-brothers, Terry Strang of Liscomb,IA, Tim (Laura) Strang of Madison, WI, Dave (Heidi) Strang of South Carolina, Dan (Rhonda) Strang of Madison, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward N. Meier; two brothers, William Joseph and Gerard Joseph Meier both in infancy; grandparents, Joseph and Grace Horsfield and Lillian Koenig.

Memorials for Dale C. Meier may be given to Area Residential Care of Dubuque in his name.

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



Samantha J. Link


Samantha J. "Sammie" Link, age 21, of Peosta, Iowa, was called home tragically at 2:32 a.m., on Friday, March 31, 2017. To honor Sammie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sammie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sammie was born on August 15, 1995, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Neal (Kim) Link and Jacquelyne Nelson.

Sammie was a proud graduate of West Dubuque High School and would earn a reputation as not only a great soccer player, but also a kind and gentle soul who graciously possessed a natural love and respect for those with special needs. Sammie was a truly motivated soccer player and would gradually develop her skills in AYSO, before eventually sharing her talents on many open fields with her favorite club traveling teams, most especially the Dubuque Sting and the Dubuque Soccer Club. Sammie would go on to receive her CNA and immediately begin serving others as a career after highschool. She worked primarily with TLC and enjoyed assisted families with in home nursing care, as well as making friends along the way. She definitely had a soft spot for animals, and anyone who knew Sammie well will surely remember fondly her devotion to Winnie, Bear, Stewie and Duke. Sadly, Sammie's earthly journey has been much to short for those whom love and adore her. 21 years will never feel like it was enough time for her light to shine, but we know that she's definitely left a positive impact on the world around her and that one day we'll all be reunited with our caring, generous and beautiful Sammie. May God bless you and keep you until we meet again our dear sweet Sammie!

Those left to cherish Sammie's memory include

her father,
Neal (Kim) Link, Peosta, IA;

her mother,
Jacquelyne Nelson;

a sister,
Cassaundra (Josh Driscoll) Nelson;

her brothers,
Jason, Joshua, Michael, Matthew and Donald;

her grandmothers,
Karen Johnson, Dubuque, IA,
and Beverly Miller, Dubuque, IA;

her grandfathers,
Jim (Linda) Link, Dubuque, IA
and Steve Simon, Dubuque, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Tim Simon,
Kelly (fiancé Larry Mathis) Simon,
Jim Simon
and Robert (Melissa) Powell,

a nephew,
Kai Driscoll;

and her cousins,
Ashley, Olivia, Indie, River, Hailey and Lexi.

Sammie was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert Johnson Jr., and Ivan Miller; her grandmother, Deb Simon; and her uncle, Jeffrey Link.

In lieu of flowers, a Samantha J. "Sammie" Link memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dolores M. Turnmeyer


Dolores M. Turnmeyer, 100, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque with Pastor Lillian Daniel presiding. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit prior to the service on Monday, April 3 from 9 - 11a.m. at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Dolores was born on May 18, 1916 to Ida (Gottschalk) and Leo Hedrick. She married Myron "Turny" Turnmeyer on September 19, 1953 in Dubuque. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband on August 28, 2012. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Lucile Hedrick.

Dolores received her education in accounting at Bayless Business College. She was one of the first employees of DuTrac Credit Union. She proudly retired from John Deere in 1979 after 33 years of service.

Dolores had a passion for doing. She saw no reason a person should be bored. She volunteered for many years at Finley Hospital in the Business Office. She loved pouring, firing, and painting ceramic pieces. She took great pride in creating a hand crafted treasure. She was also active in the Dubuque Plant Club as well as her church.

Although Dolores had no children, she was a mother to many and a friend to all. Her gracious ways will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden to honor Dolores's love of flowers.

Dolores's special friends (Terry and Nancy Kremer, Mary Boeckenstedt, and Mike Marty) want to thank the nursing staff at Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Bethany Home for the compassionate care they provided to Dolores.

Dolores made every moment of her life count and she left with a smile on her face.



Robert E. Sisler


Robert E. Sisler, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date in Galena, Illinois. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2nd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m.

Robert was born July 23, 1951 in Dubuque, son of Elmer and Helen (Eisbach) Sisler.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1969, and was employed by the State of Iowa as a Trades Leader and an Electrician, retiring in 2014.

Robert enjoyed lending a helping hand to family and friends. He enjoyed baking, cooking, grilling, and was an excellent craftsman. His pride and joy was his family, especially his grandchildren in recent years.

He was a member of Nativity parish.

Surviving are his children, Emily (Eric) Blair, of Muscatine, IA, Nate (Amber) Sisler, of Dubuque, Ann (Brad) Benjamin, of Montgomery, IL, Matt Sisler, of Dubuque and their mother Irene Sisler of Dubuque; his significant other of 20 years, Coni Stephenson, of Dubuque and her children, Nicole Beau, Abby (Jared) Tharp, both of Dubuque, and Jesse Stephenson, of New Orleans, LA; ten grandchildren; a brother, Mike (Sheila) Sisler, of Dubuque; five sisters, Susan (Dr. William) Dall, of Dubuque, Jane Feltes, of Huntley, IL, Janet Sisler, of Chicago, IL, Mary (Mark) Bernhard, of Davenport, IA, and Sara (Wayne) Jenner, of Lake Bluff, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, John Feltes.

The family wishes to recognize George and Jane Schrunk for all the special care and friendship they extended Bob through the years and throughout his illness, the fourth floor nursing staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Hillard Salas.

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



Roger E. Ryan


Roger E. Ryan, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 3th, 2017 at the funeral home where sharing time will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Roger was born on May 31, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edmund and Eunice (Walters) Ryan and he attended Loras Academy in Dubuque.

He served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1962. He worked at Central Iowa Power Co-Op until his retirement.

Roger was an avid Chicago Bear and Cubs fan, enjoyed to play Euchre and watch NASCAR. He was a member of the YMCA for many years and enjoyed to water-walk.
Roger was very proud of his sobriety, he was actively involved in Dubuque Intergroup AA for almost 40 years.
He was a simple man with a generous heart, quick witted, and a great sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family, they meant the world to him. His loving presence will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory are three daughters, Kathy (Paul) Haverland, Cindy (Roger) Curler and Brenda Voight; three grandchildren, Hope (Charlie) Freund, Dustin Ryan-Roepsch, Ryan (Jade) Voight; one great granddaughter, Gracelyn Voight. Siblings, James (Pat) Ryan, Maurna (Jim) Gerhards, Judy (Don) Saefkow, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson Derrick Haverland; siblings, Margaret (Leo) Fah, Susan Clough, and Sheila (Ron) Puccio.

In lieu of flowers a Roger E. Ryan memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all their care and kindness they gave; and a special thank you to Dan Schmitt for being such a good friend to Roger.



Joan Tallman


Joan Tallman, age 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Dubuque as a result of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) malignant brain cancer.

There will be no public services. Cremation arrangements are being handled by the Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home. Interment will take place later in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Joan Marie Kammer was born August 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of John "Doc" and Grace (Yaeger) Kammer.

Joan graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in 1965.

She married Leo A. Tallman on April 25, 1966 in Dyersville, Iowa.

While her children attended school, Joan started the hobby of Genealogy, tracing her father's line in Switzerland back to 1506. She also researched her husband's family extensively. The close friendships she formed with those who shared a love of genealogy still exist today.

Her Visitation classmates were lovingly supportive of Joan and her family through their many prayers and acts of kindness during her illness.

In recent years, she felt honored to help the Sisters of the Visitation in writing the history of their order, published in December 2013 with the title, "The Bond of Love, Visitation Yesterday and Today." It was a labor of love that brought her much enjoyment. The Sisters were, and continued to be, very close, dear friends who supported Joan and her family while they dealt with her brain cancer.

She is survived by her family whom she adored: her loving husband of over 50 years, Leo; a cherished son, Brian (Karen) Tallman of Des Moines, IA; and a treasured granddaughter, Jade Tallman, of Apple River, IL.
She is also survived by her sister, Rita Gruetzmacher of Janesville, WI; a sister-in-law and her husband, Janet and Bill Rang of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Francis "Bud" Tallman of Searcy, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Wayne Anthony Tallman; two brothers, Charles and Phillip; a sister and her husband, Jane and Orville Olson; a brother-in-law, John Gruetzmacher; a sister-in-law and her husbands, Jeanine and Dick Buscher and Dick Foreman; and a sister-in-law, Joan Marie Tallman, in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse, Betsy. Loving thanks to the Barden family: Jill, Michael, Wil, Ben and Nick.



Donald B. Meyer


Donald B. ("The Admiral") Meyer, 74, of Dubuque Iowa passed away at home Wednesday, March 29, 2017, following a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home followed by a burial at the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by members of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Sunday April 2nd at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque Illinois. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. Donnie was born on September 5, 1942 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, son of Bernard and Virginia (Zimpel) Meyer.

He was a graduate of Boscobel High school class of 1960. He joined the Navy shortly thereafter, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1963. Donnie learned the tavern business from his father at the family's bar in Boscobel, Wisconsin. He bought his first tavern in 1970, The Hof Brau Haus, and his second in 1972, The Hi-Hat Lounge, both in East Dubuque.  In September 1986, Donnie opened Admiral's Hi-Hat West on Main Street in Dubuque. By 2003, he had sold each of his businesses, and for the past eight years Admiral had been doing some leisurely bartending at his daughter's bar, The Kat's Meow Tavern, in East Dubuque. Donnie looked forward to deer season each year and spending the week with his good friends from Boscobel. Many stories were told as these friends reminisced year after year throughout the week -"always being sure to take care of the snow snakes with a bit of black berry brandy"  along the way. Donnie also enjoyed doing a bit of gambling-mainly keno and slots, and looked forward to his trips to Las Vegas. Admiral would proudly state that after that many years, "he made a respectable investment in the hotel/casino business!"  Nonetheless he truly enjoyed his visits and met many good friends along way.

Surviving to remember Donnie's stories and laughter are his longtime treasured best friend and companion, Lois L. (Loie) Leytem, two brothers, Pat and Ron Meyer both of East Dubuque, Illinois, a sister Diane (John) Sullivan of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, his daughter Tammy (Andy) Forman, and grandson Ray, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, many nieces and nephews, his extended Leytem family, as well as many dear friends, and his beloved four-legged sidekick, Jake.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Meyer, his mother, Virginia Meyer and a brother, Dean Meyer.

Donnie and his loved ones would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital for the compassionate care he was given over these past four months, and also much gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for their support throughout the final days.

In lieu of flowers, a Donald (Admiral) Meyer Memorial Fund has been established. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Ruth J. Staiger


Ruth Johanna Staiger, 99, was called home peacefully at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque , where she had resided the past 10 years.

In honor of Ruth's life, a Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd .where friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. prior to the service. Committal Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Mueller Chapel at Linwood Cemetery , 2735 Windsor Av.

Ruth was born July 3, 1917, in Lowell , Wisconsin the daughter of Theodore and Anna (Boettger) Staiger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. After graduation she worked as a cashier at Roshek's Department Store for many years. Later, she left her employment to care for her ailing father in his declining years. Ruth enjoyed music, flowers and spending time in the court yard at Manor Care.

Survivors include special friends, especially longtime care giver Sondra Bennett. Ruth was preceded in death by her parent, a brother, John G, Staiger and a sister, Lillian H. Staiger.

Memorials may be given to the flower/alter fund at Grand View United Methodist Church, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens or a charity of your choice in Ruth's name.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

Special thanks is extended to the staff of Manor Care Health Services Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay and Suzanne for their special care.



Kevin K. Kemen


Kevin Karl "Kowboy" Kemen, 47 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away during the early hours of March 28, 2017. (All those late night, questionable, convenient store roller dogs finally caught up with him). Memorial visitation will be 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Saturday, April 1, 2017 (no joke) at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Celebration of Life and Sharing to begin at 5:00 pm. Kevin was born in Fort Ord, California, June 24, 1969, to Ken and Ann (Bahrke) Kemen. (and only 2.5x shorter than his mother).

Unfortunately, after graduating from Dubuque Hempstead High in 1987, Kevin failed to find a career to utilize his vast amount of unique knowledge. Therefore, he settled on becoming a milk man for Prairie Farms. Prior to being the milk man in Dubuque, he was a milk man in the Chicago area, and prior yet, a salesman for Lake Shore Harley Davidson. Passion and employment had an encounter when Kevin was employed at Buell in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Kevin, was a friend to all. He was a, knees in the breeze, duct tape wielding, movie reciting, give the shirt off his back, easy going kind of guy with a contagious smile. A Collector of: all things shiny (or potentially shiny), things that went fast (or looked fast), and things that had "character".

Left behind to cherish Kevin's memory are his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Pearsall; his parents, Ken and Ann Kemen; his daughter Calsey (Tyler) Bradley and their children, Julia and Rhett; his son Mason (Theresa Thoma) Kemen; and his soon to be bride, Kristy (Curran) and her son, Taylor Porter; and numerous close friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Erv Bahrke; paternal grandparents, Vincent and Dorothy Kemen; an aunt, Kaylene Lezdins; and a cousin, Michael Struzynski.

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

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

"Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe it."



Edna Mozena


Edna Mozena, 95, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family.
To celebrate Edna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, Asbury Road.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at First Congregational Church, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque.

Private interment will be at Sherrill Methodist Cemetery.
As Edna wished, you may designate any memorials to Albrecht Acres or Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, in lieu of flowers.

Edna Charlotte Gottschalk was born in Dubuque on April 27, 1921, daughter of William and Charlotte (Jecklin) Gottschalk. She is a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1938. On October 9, 1940, Edna married Kenneth Eugene Mozena in Dubuque.

During World War II, Edna worked at Farley and Loetscher Manufacturing Co. After marriage, she was a farmer, a partner in Tri-State Auction and Realty Service, and a faithful employee at The Gentry. Edna was an honoree in Albrecht Acres' Hall of Fame, Secretary of Dubuque County Women's Food Service, Vice-President of Sherrill Methodist Women's Society, member of the Women's Christian Group, and "star" in her beloved bowling league.

The recent newsletter Ground Cover from the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden featured a letter by Edna, quoting a line from the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer: "...but only God can make a tree." Our family has just lost its mighty and oldest tree. Although not cut down or struck by lightning, she slowly and gracefully bent in the winds of time over nine decades, always reaching to the sky with prayer and providing spiritual guidance to all. Over the years precious limbs were lost: her beloved daughter Kris Ann, age 23, and Ken, her husband of sixty years. These losses did not destroy her core, but scarred over to give further refuge to those who sought or needed her canopy of love and care. A tree has a root system as large as the tree itself. Edna's life was deeply rooted in her connection with and love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She has left a forest of strong trees and emerging saplings, still being nourished by her kind spirit.

Edna is survived by her sons: Dr. Darryl (Terry) Mozena of Dubuque, Ambassador Dan (Grace) Mozena of Silver Spring, Maryland, Jeffrey (Janet) Mozena of Dubuque, and Terry (Angela) Mozena of Dubuque, and son-in-law Marty McNamer of Dubuque, husband of deceased daughter Kris Ann.

She is also survived by her twenty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Christopher (Katie) Mozena of St. Louis Park, Minnesota and parents of Manuel and Micah; Dr. Jonathan (Anna Mitsis) Mozena of Fredericksburg, Virginia and parents of Harrison, Zoe, and Jack; Andrew (Amy) Mozena of Dubuque and parents of Sophia, Hannah, and Charlotte; Benjamin (Emily) Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa and parents of Maya and Eleanor; Anne (SSG Tyler Craig) Mozena of Saratoga Springs, Utah and parents of Mira; Dr. Mark Mozena of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Alanna Mozena of Seattle, Washington; Nicholas Mozena of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Gabriel Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa; Noah Mozena of Bozeman, Montana; and Jacob Mozena of Bozeman, Montana.

In addition to Ken, her husband of 60 years, Edna was preceded in death by her daughter Kris Ann Mozena McNamer, her parents, and her two brothers, Melvin and Paul Gottschalk.

A special thanks to Dr. Angela Kelley and Dr. Ron Iverson, the staff of Bethany Home, and the nursing staff of Finley Hospital.



Gregg W. Marolf


Gregg W. Marolf, 64, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University of Iowa.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 8 pm.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, all in Dubuque.

Gregg was born November 22, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa, son of Waldo and JoAnne (Huss) Marolf.  He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1971.  He received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Iowa, where he met his wife, Micki, in the marching band.  He and Micki were married on May 21, 1977 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Music was his passion and profession. He was the band director for Drexler Middle School's 5th and 6th grade bands, for 34 years.  He also served as band director and general music teacher for Beckman High School, grades 5-8, for a short time.  Gregg started hundreds of budding musicians during his time as a teacher, passing along his passion for music. He played in the Dubuque, Clinton, and Muscatine Symphonies, the Guy Lombardo Band, DSO Brass Quintet, Clarke University Band, Quad City Wind Ensemble, in the pit orchestra for many shows at the Grand Opera House, numerous other community bands and brass groups in the area; was a charter member of the Tri-State Wind Symphony, Julien Chamber Winds, and the Big Band Express.  After Gregg suffered from a stroke, Micki helped him re-learn the tuba and he played several concerts with the New Horizons band.  He also created a vast number of music arrangements for the many groups he participated in, and taught private lessons.

He is survived by his wife, Micki Marolf of Dubuque; children, Sara (Richard) Flannery of Green Bay, WI, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson of Chicago, IL, and Tyler (Jessica) Marolf of Davenport and three grandchildren, Jocelyn Christine Flannery, Liliana Hope Gunderson, and Lila Grace Marolf and granddaughter due in September.

He is also survived by his twin brother, Dane (Lynn) Marolf; brother in law, Dana (Patty) Christiansen; father in law, David Naber; and Micki's siblings, Angel Naber of Marion, Julie (Bob) Axtell of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Naber of Marion; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Cherise Christiansen.

A special thanks to Dr. Ryan Stille and his staff for their kind and compassionate care and to his many friends for their visits, calls, and support.  The family would also like to thank many area musicians for their kindness, support and for their gifts of music in our life.

A Gregg Marolf Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 

 



Emilie C. Swenson


Emilie "Emmie" C. Swenson, 74, of Dubuque died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emmie was born April 1, 1942 in Rockford, IL, daughter of Arthur and Margery (Cannell) Fischer.  She graduated from Rockford West High School in 1960.  She married Jack Swenson on January 26, 1963 in Rockford, IL, and they were happily married for over 50 years.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Emmie cared for others as a nursing aid at Our Lady of Lourdes Convalescent Home.  She readily donated her time as a volunteer in the community.  Emmie was Vice President of Ja-Mar Pattern, working tirelessly for 38 years alongside her husband until retirement several years ago.  After retirement, she enjoyed camping with friends and travelling the country to visit family in her "home on wheels".

Emmie was an avid bowler and instilled that joy in hundreds of children through her many years of coaching.  She enjoyed other sports and was a lifelong Nascar racing fan, attended several races throughout the country, and always cheering Jeff Gordon #24 to victory lane.  She was also a longtime Cubs fan, finally cheering them onto a championship.

Emmie was a voracious reader and instilled that love of reading in her daughters and granddaughters.  She enjoyed listening to "classic" country music, sometimes to the chagrin of her family. 

Emmie loved all animals, but particularly the dogs that accompanied her through life, Kuri, Sam, Brandy, Zach, Tyler, Shelby, and Lucy.  She loved them all.

Emmie was many things to many people; wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, but no matter who you were, she always had a friendly smile and a kind word to offer.  She will be greatly missed by those whose lives are better through having known her. 

Emmie is survived by her husband, Jack Swenson of Dubuque; two daughters, Dana Swenson (Steven Fogarty) of Wichita, KS, and Jennifer Swenson (Paul Shoytush) of Clarkston, MI.; two granddaughters, Elise and Erin Shoytush of Clarkston, MI; two sisters, Jinny (Dick) Bridgeland of Palmview, TX and Juliann (Larry) Benedict of Mason City, IL; and a special cousin, Georgi (Chuck) Tussing of Rockford, IL.

Emmie is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Tri-State Independent Blind Society, 3333 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 or The Dubuque Humane Society, 4242 Chavenelle Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

Special thanks to Dianne Stecklein and her caring staff.

May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life - Irish Blessing

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

 

 

 



Earl J. Hasken


Earl J. Hasken, 82, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 10:27 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Church, and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Church.  Friends may also call from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Earl was born January 27, 1935 in Vinegar Hill Township, IL, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Ricke) Hasken. He married his true love Doris Tranel on June 7, 1958 at Nativity BVM in Menominee.

Earl attended St Mary's School and East Dubuque High School. Upon graduation, Earl followed his dreams of protecting his country by joining the Army to serve in Japan in 1954.

Upon returning to the states, Earl was employed in 1956 at John Deere Dubuque Works for 41 years until his retirement. Throughout the years of raising his family Earl also worked at Sears as a mechanic. Upon retirement his hard work ethic and love for the John Deere community led him to working at Runde Custom Upholstery and taking many bus trips with John Deere retirees.

Earl was drawn to continue protecting his community by joining the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department in 1962. He generously donated 55 years of service to this department as a volunteer firefighter, paramedic and the department treasurer.

Earl was known by all that loved him as a very faith filled man. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque, a member of the Holy Name Society and a Dominican Associate. He also made it a practice to attend St. Anthony's weekly school mass when his grandchildren were attending there. His selfless giving continued as he was a member of the American Legion, school board, One Hundred Club of Jo Daviess, and participant of the Honor Flight.

Earl's true generosity was seen in the endless farmer's markets he volunteered every Saturday morning selling cinnamon bread for the Sinsinawa Mound, the countless hours he dedicated to creating and overseeing the before & after school care program at St. Mary's School, and the hundreds of Bingo game nights he volunteered at. His happiest moments were those spent with his family, whether traveling to camp across this great nation, taking groups of the grandkids on trips to see the spots he took their parents years earlier, or sitting in the stands supporting and cheering his grandkids in their activities of choice. Grandpa Earl loved his bleacher chair and was often seen hustling in and out of events so as not to miss anything. He rarely missed an event. Life was a gift to him and he intended to enjoy it with those whom he loved dearly. As if the time spent with Grandpa Earl wasn't enough, he spent countless hours restoring furniture for family, sewing bags & floor pillows for the grandkids, and laboring over roasters of homemade soup made from the heart.

Surviving are his wife, Doris; seven children, Juliane (David) Rossman of Dubuque, Allen (Ria) Hasken of Miamisburg, OH, Janel (David) Cebulko of Bartlett, IL, Lloyd (Faith) Hasken of Elgin, IL, Beth (Joe) Broderick of Dubuque, Glenn (Tina) Hasken of Dubuque, and Martha (Kevin) Grossman of Brooklyn Park, MN; twenty-four grandchildren Nick (Sophie), Amanda, Megan (fiancée Zach Hardy) & Abby Rossman, Brian, Adam & Alysha Hasken (fiancée Brian Kroeger), Alison (Jonathan) Schueman, Hilary (Brandon) Lakes, Heather Cebulko & Sarah (Jimmy) Patlyek, Nathan & Grace Hasken, Molly (Chris) Connoly, Marty, Danny & Clare Broderick, Danielle, Riley & Bailey Hasken, and Maggie, Ellie, Sophie and Henry Grossman; seven great grandchildren; his siblings Donald Hasken and Roseann (Harlan) Nauman; his in-laws Merla Carl, Sharon Tranel, Arletta (Joseph) Franson, Lavonne (Cletus) Kaiser, Lou Mae Hasken & Roger Gartner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Elmer & Lorena, a brother Vincent, a sister Darlene Gartner, brother in-laws Cletus Tranel and Glen Carl, sister in-law Betty Hasken, grandsons Allen Hasken, Jr., Joel Hasken & Shane Broderick

The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital 5th Floor staff, Finley Emergency Room Staff, Dr. Patel, Luther Manor Staff and Finley Home Care.

The family requests no flowers. An Earl Hasken Memorial has been established.

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

 

 



Gloria J. Ede


Gloria J. Ede, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:20 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin their service at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 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.

Gloria was born on June 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Conrad and Margaret (Calk) Meyer.

Gloria was very proud to have been born and raised in Dubuque, surrounded by loving family and caring friends each and every day. She was united in marriage to her destined soul-mate, Edwin Ede, on October 25, 1952, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Their union was blessed with 31 years, and 5 adored children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 25, 1984. Gloria was gifted with a strong work ethic and would never shy away from a hard days work. She generously applied her time and talents at St. Dominic's Villa for 12 years, as well as investing another 12 years at Sears. Gloria was a faithfully devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. She was also fond of a little downtime, and when the opportunity presented itself you could find Gloria curled up with a good book in hand. Gloria also enjoyed being socially active as well; she and Edwin loved to tear up the dance floor in their younger days, and in her later years Gloria graciously volunteered her time with numerous organization around town. Gloria was definitely a faith filled woman who was quite happy to call Church of the Nativity her home for countless years. Our hearts are heavy, and deeply saddened, today with the loss of our wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we take comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited with our dearly sweet Gloria one day, and that thankfully she will be dancing with Edwin once again and catching up with her beloved son, Douglas.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

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

11 grandchildren;

6 great-grandchildren;

a sister-in-law,
Bonita LaBee, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Allen (MaryJo Trentz) Ede, Dubuque, IA.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin Ede; a son, Douglas Ede; and 5 brothers, Frances, Arthur, Charles, Conrad and Leo Meyer.

A Gloria J. Ede memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Gloria's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Gloria and her family.

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

 



Marie D. Fay


Marie D. Fay, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of West Union, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on December 25, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry Alphonse and Clara (Shirmer) Begley.

Marie was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, Class of 1942. After gradation, she would meet and marry Oliver Fay, on June 22, 1946, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Marie and Oliver were blessed with 66 years, and 7 wonderful children, together before he was called home ahead of her on December 3, 2012. Their work would take them to several different cities throughout the years; including Fort Madison, Waukon, and most notably West Union, but they eventually returned home to Dubuque after retirement. Marie was always a tenacious and hard worker who gladly put her talents to work as a bookkeeper at H&W, before finally helping Oliver with his business ventures. Marie was also an incredibly talented seamstress who especially loved to make dresses for her family. In her free time, she enjoyed the challenge of working puzzles to completion, and was also known to be quite the green thumb who's beautiful violets were continually on display for all to enjoy. Marie's greatest joy in life though was spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren. Whether an outing to Village Inn for a slice of pie, a quick trip to Wal-Mart to visit with friends, or simply one of her several trips out of town with family, Marie was content just to know they were together. Our hearts are broken, and weigh heavy, with the loss of our dear sweet Marie. But we discover peace in knowing that she's had a full 92 years to bless our lives and that now she is joyfully visiting with all of her family who've been waiting patiently for her Heavenly arrival over these past few days.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 6 children,
Dianne (Ben) Andersen, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Sherry) Fay, Amhurst, WI,
Debbi (Bill Christiansen) Fay, Mesa, AZ,
Douglas (Dana) Fay, Overland Park, KS,
Doreen (Tom) Weston, Cambridge, IL
and Donna (Dan) Walling, Dubuque, IA;

15 grandchildren,
Mark (Jenny) Bodenseiner, Michael (Monica) Bodensteiner, Elizabeth Andersen, Erin (Brian) King, Joel (Lori) Taylor, Stacie (Steve) Russ, Steven (Kallie) Sneed, Katie (Mike) Nuncio, Ilana Fay, Phillip (Yael) Fay, Nathan (Miryam) Fay, Heather Weston, Kiah Weston, Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger and Nicholas Walling;

and 20 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver Fay; a son in infancy, Daniel Fay; 2 grandsons, Daniel Fay and Austin Walling; and a sister, Cecelia (Joe) Frey.

In lieu of flowers, Marie's family request that you sit down to a pleasant meal with someone you love and thoroughly embrace the moment together.

Marie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and especially our dear friend Kim Meyer, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Marie and the family. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love these past few weeks.

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

 



Joan R. Ibraimi


Joan R. Ibraimi, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in celebration and remembrance of Joan on Friday, March 31, 2017, from Noon to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Joan R. Moravec was born on June 6, 1945 in Cicero, Illinois to Erwin and Elizabeth "Edith" (Herazin) Moravec. She was a graduate of Morton High School in Cecero, Illinois. She married Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi on April 19, 1994 in Sycamore, Illinois.

Joan had first worked for General Electric and then traveled to Germany where she worked for one and a half years. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for over 25 years as a waitress at various restaurants including the Country Charm, Fisherman's Inn and the Mill Race Inn. She retired to Maquoketa and has lived here for over 20 years.

Joan enjoyed volunteering at the Jackson County Humane Society. She liked animals, riding horses in her younger years, and loved painting. She was a wonderful artist who could make anything. She enjoyed making items and giving them as gifts such as stuffed animals, clothing, ornaments and paintings.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi of Maquoketa, IA; children, Monica Quigley of Goreville, IL and Chad (Julie) Krawczyk of Buncombe, IL; 5 grandchildren; a brother Jim Moravec of Eagle, River, WI; and a sister Gladys Owens of Wheaton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Jocille E. Weber


Jocille E. Weber, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Jocille was born on August 22, 1931, in Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Schulte) Honerbaum. She married Harold J. Weber on December 14, 1948. 

After high school Jocille attended cosmetology school in Dubuque. She was a business owner in Dubuque and owned Hair Designs by Jocille and Jocille's Fashion Corner for many years.

She is survived by her husband Harold, three children Sandra Gavin, Cindy Stecher and Randy Weber. Nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.



Dale F. Schmidt


Dale Francis Schmidt, 51, of Key West passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017at Saint Joseph Key West with Fr. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating.

Dale was born on June 22, 1965, in Dubuque the son of Louis and Lorraine (Freiburger) Schmidt. He married Robin Lynn Roidl, on May 29, 1993 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Dale worked as a truck driver for many years and was lastly working for Prairie Farms since 2005. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local #120. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and was an avid bowler who also loved to spend time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Robin; three daughters Allison Haley Schmidt, Macy Catrice Schmidt, and Shanice Renee Schmidt; his mother Lorraine Schmidt; three sisters, Judy Asay, of Olathe, KS, Joyce (Mike) Leverence, of AZ, and Marlene (Rick) Von Fumetti, of Dubuque; two brothers, Ken Schmidt, and Dennis (Lois) Schmidt, both of Dubuque; his father-in-law Raymond Roidl; sisters-in-law Jeanne Roldl, Kim Presley, and June Newbold; brothers-in-law Rich Meyer, Jeff Roidl, and Tony Roidl; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis, a sister Debbie Meyer, his mother-in-law Mary Roidl, brother-in-law Timothy Roidl, Sister-in-law Patricia Schmidt and a nephew
Jason Michael Schmidt.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Patrick Loehrer and the oncology department at Medical Associates along with the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Dale.



Colette M. Baal


Colette Mae Baal, age 89, of Garden Grove, California, and formerly of Sherrill, Iowa, died Monday, March 20, 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Sherrill United Church of Christ, 4995 Sherrill Road.

Burial will be in the Sherrill United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, March 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Colette was born May 21, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herman and Gertrude Ann (Freihoefer) Brockman. She married Clarence "Bud" Baal on August 28, 1948 at the University of Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 19, 2007. They were married for 59 years, and spent most of their married life in California. Colette was employed as a medical secretary for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California. Prior to her retirement in the late 1980's, she was an intake coordinator for Hospice.

Along with her husband, Bud, she was instrumental in developing and supporting the Sherrill Fire Department. While in California, Colette was actively involved with the Orange County Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and was also a member of the Garden Grove Women's Club and the Orange County Officers Wives Club.

Colette loved to write and send letters to everyone she knew. She was a loving mom and grandma, not only to her own family, but to many who "adopted" her over the years.

Colette is survived by her son, David (Patricia) Baal of Evans, GA; her daughter, Suzanne (Gerry) Mayer of Cypress, CA; three grandchildren, Craig (Brooke) Baal of Evans, GA, Alex (Bylle) Baal, of Henderson, NV, and Lindsey Mayer,  of Cypress, CA; 2 great grandchildren, Miles Wesley Baal and Sawyer Charles Baal; and her brother-in-law, James (Mary Lou) Baal Sr. of Sherrill.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Carl (Helen)(Wilma) Brockman, Mary Jean (Max) Downs, Ralph (Elizabeth) Brockman, and a brother Joseph, in infancy; brother in law, Eugene (Clara) and Robert  Baal.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Jovi Corona and Amalia Smith for their care of Colette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colette Baal Memorial Fund.

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

 

 



Delores A. Lammers


Delores A. Lammers, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died March 25, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville with vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services on Wednesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Delores was born on September 4, 1927 in Petersburg, Iowa daughter of Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Petersburg. She married Paul Lammers on June 17, 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa. She worked with Paul at Lammers Hatchery. On February 1, 1966 she and Paul opened Paul's Country Farm Store and Lammers Insurance Agency in Dyersville. In 1975 they purchased White Front Feed & Seed in Dubuque & Cascade, Iowa. She and Paul along with their 3 sons operated the businesses together until they retired.

As a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Delores was a very devout Catholic. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 137 Auxiliary.

Delores enjoyed going on many trips with Doughboy Feed, going to Arizona during the winter for 20+ years, an occasional trip to the Casino, and spending time with her family, friends and camping group. She made many new friends during her time at Hawkeye Care Center and loved the visits from her family and her special grand-dog Willa.

She is survived by 3 sons & their families: Rod (Kathy) Lammers of Dyersville, Bruce (Mary) Lammers and Brian (fiancé Tammy Waid - Link) all of Dubuque, Grandchildren: Christina (Joe) Ludwig and John (Dawn) Lammers all of Dyersville, Teresa (Chad) Coons of Anamosa, and Jake (Amy) Lammers of Dubuque; Step - Grandchildren: Matt (Cara) Moore and Josh (Rasy) Moore; Great - Grandchildren: Brandon Ludwig and Ashley (Wade) Cosselman, Alexia and Blake Lammers, Austin and Beau Coons, and Stella and Reed Lammers; Step Great - Grandchildren: Aiva, Jayden, and Jasmine Moore, and Kael and Emma Moore; Brother & Sister-n-law: Sylvester "Red" (Alma) Loesche of Dyersville, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Husband of 63 years, Paul on October 9, 2011, parents Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche, in-laws Herman and Anna (Billmeyer) Lammers; Siblings: Laurine (Clarence) Kruse, Lawrence (Maxine) Loesche, Andy (Melaine) Loesche, Bernice (Harry) Gassman; Brother & Sister-n-laws: William (Marie) Lammers, Delores (Charlie) Milbach, Arthur (Frances) Lammers, Herbert (Armella) Lammers, Germaine (Earl) March, and James (Dorothy) Lammers.

The family would like to thank Hawkeye Care Center and their staff for the wonderful care they showed their mother Delores. Also thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.

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



Jeanette M. Murphy


Jeanette M. Murphy, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Hutchison will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, 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.

Jeanette was born February 23, 1934 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ed and Mary (Fitzgerald) Cherrier. She married John "Jack" Francis Murphy on June 10, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1999.

Jeanette was a long time sales associate at Kmart in Dubuque until her retirement. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, where she was also a member of the Widow's Club. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing and roller skating with her husband. She loved to shop and walk at the mall. Jeanette also enjoyed sewing, drawing, and going out to eat.

Jeanette is survived by two daughters, Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, both of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Matt Milligan, Sheila Motsch, and Mitch (Nicole) Milligan; her great grandchildren, Ayden Milligan, Ryleigh Haas, Haley Motsch, Trystin Ruble, and Taiya Ruble; her sisters, Shirley Regan of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Susan Murphy; her son Dan Murphy; two grandsons, Joshua and Jason Motsch; and a brother, Bill (Jean) Cherrier.

Memorials may be made to the Jeanette Murphy Memorial Fund.

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

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



Dorraine M. Frick

Dorraine M. Frick, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Mesa, Arizona, was called home peacefully at 6:08 p.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Dorraine's life, graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorraine was born on May 28, 1928, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louisa (Lochner) Schmitt.

Dorraine was born and raised in the Sherrill area and would have many of life's most important values instilled within the fabric of her being at a very young age. She would eventually meet her true love, Leo Frick, and they would be united in marriage in the June of 1949, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 21 wonderful years of marriage, and 5 deeply adored children, before he was called home suddenly ahead of her. Dorraine was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in her responsibilities of nurturing those the Lord entrusted to her care. She was a faithful and generous woman through each and every day, with a strong desire to make the world around her a sanctuary of love and respect for all whom were fortunate enough to share in her contagious joy. In her free time, Dorraine found time to occasionally throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, or even to just simply sit and invest a little social interaction time with her friends at the Eagles, Moose and Dubuque Boat Club. Dorriane has lived an abundantly full life since her years on the farm, through her 25 years staying close to family in Mesa, and upon her return home to Dubuque to be close to her friends and dearly missed Leo. We mourn her absence today, but we watched first hand how Dorraine has earnestly spent 88 years in the interest of her eternal souls condition and destination, and that now she is finally witnessing Heaven first hand and is surely standing hand in hand with Leo, once again, as he gives her the grand tour of her new estate.

Those left to cherish Dorraine's memory include

her 5 children,
Thomas (Carol) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Mark (Barbara) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Sandra (Carl) Peterson, Mesa, AZ,
Jeanne Frick, Mesa, AZ
and Greg (Brenda) Frick, Chandler, AZ;

her 4 grandchildren,
Andrea Martin, Kelly (Troy) Gibson, Jacob (Lara) Frick and Kimberly (Chad) Gillespie;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Addison Gibson, Avery Gibson, Leo Frick and Nora Frick;

and a brother,
Donald Schmitt, Sherrill, IA.

Dorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Frick; her siblings, Louella (Ralph) Roth, Marie (Harold) Heitzman, Rita (Paul) Kane, Norman Schmitt, Gerald (Mary) Schmitt and Melvin ("Trixie") Schmitt; and a sister-in-law, Janet Schmitt.

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

 



Allen A. Lochner


Allen A. Lochner, 70, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta, where there will be a visitation from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia where military honors will be accorded.

Allen was born on January 4, 1947 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Norbert and Geraldine (Huilman) Lochner. He served in the Vietnam era from 1966-68 as a heavy equipment operator in the United States Army. On May 25, 1968, he married Janice (Jan) Finzel at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.

Allen began his work career at age 16 as truck driver and cheesemaker for Holy Cross Dairy. After returning from the Army, he went back into farming until his death. He retired from Prairie Farms in the fall of 2013. He most recently was employed at McClain Excavating. His life's work, however, was as a dairy farmer. That was his pride and joy.

He was a member of the Iowa, Midwest Clubs, and National Ayrshire Breeders Association, Dubuque County Dairy Promotion, and Tri-County Sheep Producers.  

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving is his wife Jan; their children Christa Knapp of Dubuque, Martina (Chris) Willey of Allerton, IA, Jenifer (Bill) Lewis of Onslow, IA, and Jay Michael (significant other Steph Heinsius) Lochner of Olin, IA; grandchildren Clay, Sam, Grace, Carlen, Riley, and Riana; four step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; siblings Janice (Dick) Markus, Ruth (Mike) Hubbard, and Doris (David) Hoffmann; and mother in law Mildred Finzel.

He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents; and father in law Norbert Finzel.

The family requests no flowers.

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

To leave online condolences please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Allen's family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Engelman and his nurse Sarah, The Oncology nurses and Hospice of Dubuque along with their nurse Melissa, Heather and Amy.  Thank you also to a couple for their care and help the last few months.

 

 

 



Richard L. Osterberger


Richard L. "Dick" Osterberger, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28th at the Church of the Nativity where a rosary will be recited before mass. Rev. Msgr. James Miller, officiating, Rev. John O'Connor, homilist, along with concelebrating priest of the Archdiocese. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Dick was born on January 15, 1946 the son of Jake and Millie (Ward) Osterberger. He married Rita Welter, December 30th, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He attended Nativity grade school, graduated from Wahlert High School, and received his Master's Degree from Loras College in School Administration.

He began his teaching career at Holy Ghost Catholic Grade School and later at Wahlert High School, where he was Vice Principal, Dean of Students, coached football and track. In his later years, he worked in sales and as a relator for American Realty.

He was a lifelong member at the Church of the Nativity, where he was an altar server and served on the parish council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510, and volunteered many hours at Albrecht Acres. He enjoyed spending time with his Squires Club Buddies.

Dick loved family gatherings and would usually be found by the grill. He was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren and loved attending their events.

He is survived by his wife Rita; three children Steve (Lisa) Osterberger, Jeff (Amy) Osterberger, both of Dubuque, Julie (Chris) Bracey, of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren; Alli, Bryce, Kaylee and Ellie Osterberger; Ava, Niyah, and Nathan Bracey. His siblings, Dave (Karen) Osterberger, Jim Osterberger and Ann (Steve) Seamer, all of Dubuque; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean (Mike) Vance, Laura (Jim) Miller, David (Dawn) Welter, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Marguerite and Herbert Welter and a special aunt Nan.

In lieu of flowers a memorial scholarship will be established for a student attending Wahlert Catholic High School.



Calvin G. Koecke


Calvin G. Koecke, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa peacefully passed into the loving care of Jesus at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque on Monday, March 20, 2017, due to dementia-related pneumonia.  Calvin Gustav, the son of Caleb R. and Violet (Bohringer) Koecke, was born May 7, 1927 in the Village of Wyalusing, Wisconsin. The family later relocated to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. At the age of nineteen, Calvin was inducted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He served from 1945 until 1946, with the majority of his service being spent in Japan as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces.

After his discharge from the Army, Calvin returned to Prairie du Chien and soon began working at the National Decorated Metal Company. While working at "The Dec", he met Frances Burr, the younger sister of his coworker, Bill Burr. Calvin and Frances were married on June 21, 1952 in the residence of Pastor Terry Sellers in Prairie du Chien.

After National Decorated Metal Company closed in 1965, Calvin began working as a painter at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. The work was demanding, but he was happy to be a UAW member and proud to produce quality work for John Deere. Through the years he submitted suggestions for which he was rewarded with generous bonuses when the Company implemented them.  Calvin retired in 1993 and continued to pay his union dues for the rest of his life.

Calvin enjoyed reading tremendously, particularly books about the Old West, World War II, firearms, and science. Nature was of great interest to him as well; he often spent hours contentedly noting various species of birds visiting the homemade feeder outside his living room window.  Walking through the outdoors observing and listening to nature was one of his favorite pastimes.  He particularly enjoyed several family vacations to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, and the Grand Canyon. In addition, Calvin was very fond of music; he enjoyed listening to old time country artists such as the Carter Family and Grandpa Jones, and, he spent many happy hours playing music on his accordion and organ. He was especially passionate about airplanes and flying, having purchased his own PT-19 after receiving his pilot's license through the GI Bill.

Calvin is survived by his daughter, Kathy Koecke of Dubuque; his sister, Dollie Trayer of Lancaster, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Beverly Koecke of Dubuque; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and his beloved cat, Mandu.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2002; a stillborn daughter, Lori Ann, in 1965; and a premature son, Jeffrey Lee, in 1967. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Rosella; brother, Harry; sister, Mercedes; brother, Paul; brother-in-law, John Trayer; and sister-in-law, Helen "Jeannie" (Rinehart) Koecke.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Hillard Salas, Dr. Roger Schafer, and the exceptional ER, therapeutic, and nursing staff of Unity Point Health-Finley Hosital in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Internment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with the arrangements.



Carol M. Pins


Carol M. Pins, age 76, of Dubuque Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carol was born on June 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert E. and Helen M. (Thielen) Wright.

Carol was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, who would earnestly devote 28 years of her working career as a dispatcher at Flexsteel Industries. Carol eventually met the love of her life, Gerald Pins, and the couple was united in marriage on September 10,1983. Their union would be blessed with 33 wonderful years together. She was a very social woman who devoted countless hours to several of her favorite organizations; including St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Union Local #1861 and the Eagles Club. She also found great joy in the simple things in life; such as preparing a delicious meal over the stove, crocheting and knitting her latest beautiful creations to share with family and friends, or even keeping her talented fingers moving in rhythm to the hum of her sewing machine. But, as much joy as these activities manifested in Carol, none could compare to the complete satisfaction she would discover in the valuable time she would get to spend with her family. Whether caring for her home, an honest heart to heart talk with a child, or an afternoon watching her grandchildren embrace the day; Carol knew that the most precious moments in life were truly found with her loved ones by her side. Sadly, Carol's earthly journey has come to its conclusion today, but thankfully, her love, lessons and memories will surely continue to thrive in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. And as our faith generously comforts us, we find peace in knowing that her physical struggles have finally ceased and she in now enjoying her state of eternal perfection as she is once again reunited with her family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include

her loving husband,
Gerald Pins, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Tammy (Kevin) Davis, Zwingle, IA
and Diane (Hipolito) Sanchez Jr., Lancaster, MO;

her grandchildren,
Hipolito (Jennifer) Sanchez III, John (Maria) Sanchez, Mike (April) Sanchez, Willie (Angela) Sanchez, Laticia (Samy) Bobongi, Jackie Sanchez, Christopher (Michelle) Davis, Alysa Davis, Eric Davis and Andrew Haidar;

12 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Gerald (Bertha) Wright, Green Bay, WI
and Michelle (Matt) Knopp, Miami, OK.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lynne Haidar; a son, Albert "Butch" Miller Jr.; and a sister, Janet Carrier.

A Carol M. Pins 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

 



Charles I. McDermott


Charles I. "Chuck" McDermott, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Bernard passed away on March 23, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 8:30 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #6.

Chuck was born on July 31, 1925 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Alberic & Mary (McDonald) McDermott. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He married Irene Lyons on November 8, 1952 at St. Joseph Church, Key West.

He was a longtime Allis Chalmers Implement Dealer and owned and operated Tri State Implement for many years. His favorite pastime was tractor pulling and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Irene (Lyons) McDermott, his children, sons Steven (Kathy) McDermott and Mark (Beth) McDermott. Two grandchildren Alexandria and Keith. Sisters Marge Sweeney and Patricia "Pat" Larkin and sister-in-law Dorothy McDermott.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mabel Sweeney, Dorothy Murray, Bernice Faley; brothers Louis, Bernard, Emmett and Clem.



Timothy J. Kelly


Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, North Campus, in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Timothy's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be at 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Timothy James Kelly was born on February 13, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Michael "Mike" and Catherine Wilma (Hougham) Kelly. His family moved to Maquoketa when he was a baby and he graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. He married Jane Ann Jerome on December 24, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Michael and Jason.

Tim was involved in the automobile industry and worked as an automobile mechanic for many years. He first worked at his dad's DX station in Maquoketa. In 1966 he worked for Rasmussen Motor Company in Maquoketa until 1975. He then owned and operated Kelly's Auto Repair until 1982 when he again worked for Rasmussen Motor Company and Brad Deery Motors, retiring in 2007.

Tim had been a Boy Scout Leader for a number of years. He was an avid piano player, giving many private lessons through the years as well as accompanying students for the Maquoketa Middle School and the Maquoketa Community High School solo contests. He loved taking fishing trips to Minnesota.

Those left to honor Timothy's memory include his wife, Jane Kelly of Maquoketa, IA; sons Michael (and fiancé Shawn Blake) Kelly of Maquoketa, and Jason (and girlfriend Jennifer Ritter) Kelly of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3 grandchildren, Tim, Michaela and Logan Kelly, all of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-grandson, Sam Kelly of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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



Doris Jean Wallace


Doris Jean Wallace, 89, passed away quietly from this life on March 20, 2017 at the Hospice Unit at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

DJ was born on July 28, 1927, the second daughter of Rev. William Hiram and Jessie Ella (Barber) Hill.  During her childhood and youth, DJ could be found at the Congregational churches where her father was minister, assisting with numerous activities.  After graduation from Dubuque Senior High in 1945, DJ continued her studies at Iowa State Teacher's College and graduated in 1949. She taught for a few years until she met and married Gerald (Jerry) Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1991. Together they raised three children, all of whom survive their parents - Dave (Cedar Rapids), Ann (James) O'Malley, and Marsha Paige Wallace (Kerstan Williams).

DJ, as she preferred to be known, will be best remembered for her extraordinarily strong volunteer spirit. After her retirement from teaching in 1989, DJ continued to provide assistance with bulletin boards and displays - but her most outstanding performances were as Dubuque's Story Lady, dressing in costumes ranging from Pilgrims to Santa's sister, and reading to generations of children.  In addition to story telling, DJ volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and at The Finley Hospital, and served in various positions for the DI Chapter of the National T.T.T. Society, Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for Women Educators, a member of the Dubuque Education Association, the Dubuque's Retired Teachers Association and Chapter OI of P.E.O.  

Outgoing and friendly, DJ was always ready with a kind word, an entertaining story, or a spare piece of paper and scissors which she wielded to great effect, producing intricate snow flakes and other silhouettes for the children she encountered. A member of Immanuel Congregational UCC for many years, she most recently had been a member of the First Congregational Church, where she loved playing in the bell choir, and will be remembered for the numerous poems written by DJ which were published in weekly bulletins even after failing health prompted her to move closer to family.

In addition to her children, she is also survived by a granddaughter, Gretchen Wallace; her elder sister Lorna Putnam; and nephews Lonnie (Judy) Putnam, Devaney 'Dee' (Catherine) Putnam, and Thomas (Susan) Putnam all of the North Carolina/Georgia area.



Paula Ann Felderman

Paula Ann Felderman, 59, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 20, 2017, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Paula's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, March 24, 2017, from the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Paula Ann Felderman was born on December 3, 1957 in Albany, Indiana, to Loren Alvin and Ethel (Sims) Felderman. She moved to Iowa in the early 1960's and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Paula had done some babysitting in her younger years, worked at Happy Joe's for a short time and lastly at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa and had transferred to the East Iron Hill Community Church in recent years.

Paula enjoyed being outside and doing chores such as mowing the lawn. She loved helping her best friend Phyllis who was handicapped.

Those left to honor Paula's memory include a brother, Leon Felderman of LaMotte, IA; sisters Lori Felderman of Oklahoma, Leah Felderman of Oklahoma, and Linda Ellithorpe of Preston, IA; and her best friend with whom she lived, Phyllis (Richard) Hovey of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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



Warren J. McAllister


Warren J. McAllister, age 65, of Key West, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:07 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Warren's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Warren's life, graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Warren was born on April 23, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Theresa "Louise" (Ronek) McAllister.

Warren was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who would learn the value of family and friends at a young age. Warren was a hard worker at heart who earnestly devoted many years of his working career to the Dubuque Pack. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with, Kellie Hoftender, and they would be blessed with 15 wonderful years of devoted companionship. In his free time, Warren enjoyed the challenge of completing his daily crossword, keeping the end of his bingo dauber moist while chasing the next four corners, watching his favorite wrestlers grapple for the pin, or even sitting around the card table in a friendly game of cards with family and friends. Warren was also a generous, loyal, kind-hearted and faith filled man whose gentle nature was always on display. Unfortunately, all that remains of Warren today are the memories he leaves behind and the love he was willing to share. Thankfully, we'll continue to carry both of these into the days, weeks and months ahead as our hearts begin to mend and our minds strive to heal. Warren, we sincerely pray that God will bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Warren's memory include

his significant other of 15 years,
Kellie Hoftender, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL
and Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Tim McAllister.

A Warren J. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Merlin J. Thies


Merlin J. Thies, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:49 p.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Merlin's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 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, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Merlin was born on September 16, 1934, in LaMotte, Iowa, son of Michael and Marcella (Clasen) Thies.

Merlin proudly served his county in the U.S. Army and would see much of Europe during his time after WWII. Merlin was united in marriage to his true love, Elizabeth Haupert, on September 22, 1962, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 54 wonderful years together and countless memories of a truly loving and committed couple. Merlin spent his working years with Union Oil in Michigan and would eventually move back to the Dubuque area after retirement. In his free time, Merlin definitely enjoyed traveling and discovering new sights with his beautiful bride, Elizabeth, by his side. Merlin spent his 82 years here on earth continually displaying the values of an honorable husband, an honest man and a caring friend. His desire to leave a positive mark on the world he leaves behind is abundantly clear for all to witness. Sadly, Merlin has been called home suddenly, and the hearts of those who knew and loved him are feeling quite heavy today. But we know, and trust, that in time we'll all see him again and once more recapture that feeling of being in the presence of such a likeable and good man.

Those left to cherish Merlin's memory include

his loving wife,
Elizabeth "Liz" Thies, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Bob Thies, Clinton, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mary Beck.

A Merlin J. Thies 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

 



Dale Launspach


I. Dale Launspach, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, followed by a burial service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a family service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This generous, kind and loving man leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Mary Kay, whom he married on October 17, 1953 at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque.

As a loving husband and father, he was actively involved in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of them left with unforgettable memories of their time with this unique man. Dale was happiest when laughing with his grandchildren on the way to the candy store in his antique fire truck, cheering them on at their sporting events, or teaching them life lessons while he worked with them in his shop. With his ever-positive attitude, Dale sought to instill in his children a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends and an attitude of service. He was especially proud of his five beautiful adopted Indian granddaughters. He was also an enthusiastic woodworker and loved his shop.

Born December 20, 1932 in Dubuque, Dale was the son of Carl C. and Estelle Mae (Kuntz) Launspach. He served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955.
With his life-long business partner and brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig, he owned and operated Aladdin dry-cleaning and linen supply company for 47 years; they grew the company into a successful business in the Tri-State area, and throughout Iowa.

Dale enjoyed sports and was active in tennis, racquetball and swimming. He was also a dedicated distance runner throughout his life. Completing the Chicago marathon was one of the highlights of his life. He was Senior High School's Men's Tennis Doubles State Runner- Up two years in a row. Dale was also the first recipient of a tennis scholarship from the University of Dubuque and he played on their tennis team for two years.

Dale was an usher at St. Anthony's Church for many years and later became a member of the Resurrection Church after the family's move to "the barn" on Hales Mill Road in Asbury. He was also former President of the Dubuque Jaycees.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Kay; children, Mary (Warren) White, of Cassville, WI., Steve (Tracy) Launspach, of Peosta, IA., Gerianne Launspach, of Dubuque, Dick (Lori) Launspach, of Dubuque, IA., Teri (Brian) Schulz, of Dubuque, and Maureen (Jeffrey) Bortscheller, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Barbara Ludwig; a close cousin, June "Butz" Mickel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Martin Dale; his parents; his sister, Darlene Johnstone; and his brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig.

For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Cards may be sent to Mary Kay Launspach at 2700 Matthew John Drive. Dubuque, IA 52002, Apt 161.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Launspach Memorial Fund has been established where donations will be given to his favorite charities. Special thank you to his friends who supported him throughout his illness and to Hospice of Dubuque; especially Cindy and Sara who kindly cared for and guided Dale and his family through his last days.



Betty J. Fox


Betty J. Fox, 90 of Oak Park Place, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Unity - Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Betty has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. Memorial services will be held at a later day at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Betty was born on July 30, 1926 in Peoria, Illinois the daughter of Reed and Viola (Holler) Hollandsworth. She married John T. Fox on February 12, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her death in November 2008.
Betty was a librarian at various libraries in Peoria, Davenport, and Dubuque. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Harold) Hermes, of Evanston, IL, and their children, Kate Hermes and Nickolas Hermes and James (Cathy) Fox, and their daughter, Elizabeth (Ryan) Ahlers; and one great- granddaughter, River Ahlers.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

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

The family requests that those inclined to send memorials give donations to The Red Cross or the Dubuque Botanical Garden.

Our heartfelt thank you to Molly Manders for your kindness and exceptional care.



Vernon E. Quint

Vernon E. Quint, 83, of Ryan died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan.  Friends may continue to call after 9 am Wednesday, March 22, at the Church prior to the funeral Mass at 10:30 am.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery south of Ryan.

Vernon was born July 5, 1933, in Worthington, Iowa the son of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint.  They moved to Ryan in 1938, and he graduated from St. John's High School in 1951.  He married Catherine Mulvehill at Immaculate Conception, Masonville on August 24, 1955.  He was a farmer and then worked for the MoorMan Feed Manufacturing Company.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and St. Patrick Catholic Church.  He enjoyed gardening, reading, playing cards, winters in Arizona and trees.

Surviving are his children: Karen of Cedar Rapids, Don (Lisa) of Manchester, Dick (Jane) of Ryan and Fr. Dennis of Dyersville; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Quint of Manchester, and a sister, Catherine McQuillen of Marion; in-laws: Marie Broghammer of Manchester, Don Mulvehill of Pleasant Hill and Eileen Brunow of Cedar Rapids.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Lawrence Quint, Loretta Vaske, Mary Vaske and Ves Quint; a sister-in-law, Peg Mulvehill.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Cedric Dilsizian


Cedric "Rick" Dilsizian, 70, of Peosta, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 21 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post # 6 at 7 pm.

Rick was born on December 6, 1946 in New York City, NY to Apkar and Nona (Kurdian) Dilsizian. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force for 15 years. He then taught as a professor of math and computer science at Westchester New York Community College before retiring in Peosta.

Survivors include his significant other, Wanda Wallace of Peosta; sister Elizabeth Lawson of Falls Church, VA; nephew Steve (Corrine) Lawson; and niece Jennifer (Travis) Scarborough and their children Ian and Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother in law George Lawson.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers a Rick Dilsizian Memorial Fund has been established.



Lester F. Pautsch


Lester F. Pautsch, 93, of Dubuque, passed away March 15, 2017 at Luther Manor. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with burial at Linwood Cemetary. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Lester Ferdinand Pautsch was born April 25, 1923 on a farm in Willow Township, Crawford County, Iowa, to Ferdinand and Elsie (Jacobs) Pautsch. He became a child of God through Baptism on May 20, 1923. He attended country school, then St. John Lutheran School in Charter Oak, where he was confirmed his Baptismal vows on April 5, 1932. Les moved to Omaha after graduating from Charter Oak High School in 1940, studied business at Commercial Extension School, and worked as a billing clerk for Carr, Adams and Collier, a Dubuque millwork firm branch. When World War II broke out, Les volunteered for the Enlisted Reserve Corp. He was called to active duty in 1943, trained in the Signal Corps, and served overseas in Hollandia, New Guinea. After Les was discharged on St. Patrick's Day in 1946, he returned to his former employer in Omaha, as a bookkeeper. On June 18, 1949, Les married Arlene Josephson at First Lutheran Church in Omaha. They had two children, Richard and Laurel. Les transferred from Omaha to Caradco in Dubuque in 1958, then to Rantoul, Illinois in 1976. He retired as Accounting Manager in 1988, after 47 years with the same company. Les and Arlene were charter members of Our Redeemer in Dubuque in 1960, and served the church in many roles until late in life. Les loved to garden, and wherever they lived, he had extra land for his hobby. In retirement, he grew a profusion of gladiolas which he sold at the Farmers' Market. Les achieved Master Gardener status, and continued gardening until age 91, even in his apartment courtyard. Les enjoyed a Veterans' Honor Flight tour to Washington, D.C. when he was 89. He also liked square dancing, musical performances, pinochle, dominoes, making desserts, wine, and sauerkraut in his apartment, accompanying his son on the backroads of Iowa, floating on the Mississippi with his daughter and her husband, and seeing his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Arlene in 2007, his parents, his sisters Irene, Lavina, Orpha and Marion, and brother Lloyd.

He is survived by his brother Russ (Mary) of Sac City, IA, sisters-in-law Jennie Pautsch, Ila Agler, Nola Josephson, and Delores Christianson; his children Richard (Nancy) of Boulder, CO, and Laurel (Jim) of Elkader, IA; grandchildren Jesse (Miranda) Klosterboer, Sara (Brian Brandsmeier) Klosterboer, Catherine (Keith Hengen) Pautsch; Annie (Adam) Wolff-Pautsch; Maia (Kent) Miley; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Enjoy the heavenly choirs, Les!


In lieu of flowers, Memorials may include Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or School, and Luther Manor.

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



Marcella L. Dorsey


Marcella L. Dorsey, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

A celebration of Marcella's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Monday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebraton of Life Center. Burial will be in the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Marcella Louise Morehead was born on October 22, 1928 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Theodore Walter and Myrl Marie (Miller) Morehead. She was educated in country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1946.

She married David F. Cormack on March 21, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Kathleen Joanne. Marcella and David later divorced and on August 15, 1966 in Elko, Nevada she married J. Willard Dague. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1988. Marcella later married Robert Dorsey of Maquoketa on August 17, 2002 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

After high school, Marcella had worked in Cedar Rapids as a bookkeeper for a short time and then at the Emeline General Store for five years. She then became a housewife and mother raising a family.

Marcella had attended the East Iron Hill Community Church where she was active in the church Ladies Aid. She was an excellent cook and host of family gatherings, and an excellent seamstress who sewed many of her own clothes and Kathy's clothes when she was younger. She loved vegetable and flower gardening and in her earlier years enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. In retirement, she loved traveling and camping with Bob in their motor home and had spent winters in Arizona since 1998.

Those left to honor Marcella's memory include her husband, Robert "Bob" Dorsey of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter, Kathleen Joanne (Larry) Schooley of Cedar Rapids, IA; step-children Margaret Ann Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, John Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy (Jerry) Schau of Monmouth, IA, Karen (William) Mize of Fairmont, OK, Tom (Sue) Dorsey of Hannibal, MO, Pam (Bill) Thompson of Iowa City, IA, and James (Denise) Dorsey of San Marcos, TX; sisters Mildred Wilcox of Maquoketa, IA, Lorraine Makeever of Monmouth, IA, and Joyce Clark of Delmar, IA; a brother, Ronald (Linda) Miller of Moline, IL; 2 grandchildren, Brian Schooley and Bradley Schooley; 6 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren and 26 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willard, a great-grandson, Brenden Schooley; and a step-great-grandson, Brody Bellinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marcella L. Dorsey memorial fund has been established. 

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



Marcella M. Koltes


Marcella M. Koltes, 96, of Dubuque passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Marcella was born October 10, 1920 in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Paul and Veronica (Neises) Schmitt. She married Herbert Koltes at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He preceded her in death March 13, 1981.

She was a member of St. Patrick parish and their Legion of Mary. Marcella was an excellent cook, and enjoyed euchre and quilting. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Surviving is a daughter, Norma (Richard) Weber; a son, Robert (Eloise) Koltes, both of Dubuque; grandchildren Steve (Sandy) Koltes, Sharon (Gary Schilling) Koltes, Sandy (John Kieffer) Barth, Michael (Suzette) Weber, and Patrick (Karen) Weber; step-grandchildren Nicole Kenyen, Danielle (friend, Chuck Ripri) Jaksik; great-grandchildren Kyle Koltes, Jason Kutsch, Melissa Kutsch, Alex Boettner, Madeline Boettner, Matthew Weber, Amanda Weber, Kati Weber, and Sara Weber; step-great-grandchildren Jeremy Christensen, Dillon Kenyen, Cloe Kenyen, and Sarah Kenyen; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and her special god-child, Gary Koltes.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Koltes; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Kristine Weber; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Weber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marcella Koltes Memorial Fund.

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

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



Alberta M. Edwards


Alberta Mae Edwards went to be with her Savior on March 14, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 92.

A celebration of Alberta's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Alberta Mae Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 18, 1924 to Albert and Mertie (Eastman) Smith. Upon the death of their mother in 1928, Alberta and her two sisters were raised in Fulton, Iowa by their maternal grandparents, Isaac and Mae Eastman. She received her education there in a one room school house. She married Vernon L. Edwards on April 5, 1941.

Alberta was a person who loved and served the Lord and her family. She was employed briefly at both Jackson County Regional Medical Center and Clinton Engines, but her real work was devotedly caring for her husband and children and helping in whatever way she was needed by her extended family, friends and church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa for over fifty years.

Alberta is survived by a son, Richard (Terrie) Edwards, of Hermiston, OR; a daughter, Bonnie (Steve) Vehrs, of Maquoketa; ten grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Bonnie Stoll, of Cedar Rapids, IA; one nephew, and four nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant grandson, her parents, her maternal grandparents, a sister and a brother-in-law, Lilliath and Ross Hovey, and her brother-in-law, Carrol J. Stoll.

Alberta's family is so grateful to Maquoketa Care Center for their kindness and care during the final months of her life.

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

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

 



Sister Therese Mary Waughon, BVM

Sister Therese Mary Waughon, BVM (John Francine), 86, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Caritas Center.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. A sharing of memories and memorial Mass will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Therese Mary taught elementary school in Maywood, Round Lake, Chicago and Cicero, Ill.; Fort Dodge and Jesup, Iowa; and Bellerose, N.Y. She also volunteered at a hospital in Chicago.

She was born in Chicago on March 7, 1931 , to John and Frances Smith Waughon. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Cicero, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Francis. She is survived by a cousin 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 www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

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



Elizabeth A. Steffen


Elizabeth A. "Betty" Steffen, 92, of Farley, Iowa passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the 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 September 1, 1924 in Dyersville, Iowa, Daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Beckmann) Esch. She received her education from Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On April 6, 1948 she was united in marriage to Vincent John Steffen at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1981.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society. She worked at ERTL Toy Company for twenty-two years until her retirement in 1990. Betty loved the color blue, working outside in her garden and singing.

She is survived by two sons, Steve (Agnes) Steffen of Peosta, IA, Lee (Amy) Steffen of Farley, IA and Ann (Don) Pfundstein of Camdenton, MO; 8 grandchildren, Michael (Angie) Steffen, Sara (Brad) Steffen - Hjalmerson, Philip and Rachel Pfundstein, Christy, Carmen, Caitlin and Craig Steffen; one sister, Dorothy Wagner of Bloomington, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan Esch of Dyersville, IA, Herb (Norma) Steffen of Farley, IA, Roger (Katie) Steffen) of Luxemburg, IA and Mary Ann Feltes of Anamosa, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brothers, Arthur (Dorothy Esch - Pfeiler) Esch, George (Ramona) Esch and James Esch, a sister, Helen (Ed) Ramler; brothers-in-law, Bill Wagner, Harry (Marce) Steffen and Don Feltes.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Sunset Park, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

A memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Carl A. Gantenbein


Carl A. "Tony" Gantenbein, 77, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, IA.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Rockdale United Methodist Church in Dubuque with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Thursday, at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post#6. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque, is assisting the family.

Tony was born on November 15, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Selma (Haar) Gantenbein.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was proud to serve four years in the United States Air Force. Upon returning to Dubuque, he worked as a diesel mechanic for 38 years for Flynn Ready Mix.

He married Barbara Ann Waller on September 10, 1966.
Tony was a devout member of Rockdale United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with Barb, driving his Corvette, working outside, restoring old tractors, collecting guns, watching the local weather forecastors and reading the Bible. His favorite thing to do was to share Jesus with others.

He is survived by his wife Barb and three children: Brian (Linda) Gantenbein, Brenda (Randy) Jansen and Brent (Rachel) Gantenbein; Four grandchildren: Gail, Nathan, Nicholas, Caden; and one sister: Jean Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin sister Carol two brothers Dave and John Jr., and niece Becky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Rockdale United Methodist Church.



Dorrance R. Herzog


Dorrance R. Herzog, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on March 9, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV. To honor Dorrance's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Little Grant Cemetery, Bloomington, WI. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorrance was born on November 25, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Kathryn (Walsh) Herzog.

Dorrance was born and raised in the Dubuque area; receiving his primary education at the St. Joseph's on the Prairie one room school house, in concurrence with his work ethic on the family farm in the Key West area. He would eventually complete his studies at Loras College and begin his working career as an accountant. After a few years, Dorrance would discover his next calling and begin working in the computer programming field as the industry was just beginning to develop. This combination would lead to a successful lifetime of not only owning his own business, but also making many friends out of clients along the way. When an afternoon off would appear on his schedule, Dorrance could easily be found chasing a little white ball around Thunder Hills Country Club, where he was proud to be one of the original members, as well as a founding board member. Dorrance would also find a little time for relaxation in his days with a patiently strategic challenge of wits on the chess board, or even a peaceful evening in his favorite recliner catching up with his latest suspense novel. Dorrance refused to allow his age to slow him down and he could frequently be sighted on a nice day putting miles on his scooter as he ventured over to the library for his weekly harvest of knowledge and entertainment, or even sometimes in the drive thru lane at DB&T as it just seemed easier than going inside when the fresh air was all around him and no doors would need to be navigated. Now, today we must accept that these, and many more wonderful memories, are all that remain of Dorrance's abundantly full 87 years among us. But, we are truly thankful for the positive impact he's had on all of the lives around him, and we know that he's quite content to have met an entirely new heavenly audience to reminisce with and possibly even take a few rare moments to aggravate the most angelic of cats in between stories.

Those left to cherish Dorrance's memory include

his loving wife,
Ramona Heiring, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Michael (Abby) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN,
Joseph (Jennifer) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN,
Raymond (Sandy) Herzog, Dubuque, IA
and Mark (Kay) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN;

7 grandchildren;

2 brothers,
Fr. John Herzog, Des Moines, IA
and Justin (Sue) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN;

and his extended 2nd loving family who joyfully welcomed Dorrance into Ramona's circle of loved ones.

Dorrance was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Carol Herzog; and his brother, William Herzog.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorrance R. Herzog 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

 



Charlene E. Kingsley


Charlene E. "Cheri" Kingsley 79, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at her home in Bernard, Iowa.

A celebration of Cheri's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 4209 Locust Street, in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 10 A.M. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Charlene Elizabeth Newsom was born on August 30, 1937 in Gilmer, Texas, to William A. and Govie E. (Harrison) Newsom. She was a 1956 graduate of the Blytheville High School in Blytheville, Arkansas. She later attended business school in Blytheville, Arkansas. She married Daniel D. Kingsley on February 24, 1967 in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Cheri had worked as a sales associate/model, a social worker, a cashier at a car dealership, and most of her career was as a Sales and Donation Administrator at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Illinois.

Cheri enjoyed fishing, playing slot machines, and visiting with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Cheri's memory include her husband, Daniel of Bernard, Iowa; children- Tammy Mirfield of New Albany, Mississippi, Timothy (Ruth) Kingsley of Maquoketa, Iowa, Anthony (Carollyn Gehrke) Kingsley of Davenport, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Patricia) Newsom of Mason, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one great-grandson-Caleb, and 2 brothers and one sister.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Lincoln L. Usher


Lincoln L. "Linc" Usher 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017 at the Crestridge Nursing Home, Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lincoln's life will be held at 3 P.M., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2-3 P.M. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Lincoln L. Usher was born on February 28, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph L. and Edna M. (Redinger) Usher. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. He married Beverly June McCutcheon on December 24, 1973 in Long Grove, Iowa.

Lincoln was employed at Caterpillar in Davenport, Iowa in the machine repair department.

Lincoln enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and woodworking. He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.

Those left to honor Lincoln's memory include his wife, Beverly of Maquoketa, IA; children, Wanda (Richard) Tracy of Monmouth, IA, Ron (Wendy) Usher of Menahga, MN, Terrill (Shirley) Saunders of Spragueville, IA, Galen (Janet) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Holly) Saunders of French Camp, CA, Susan (Dan) Healey of Spokane, WA, and Zoe (Jim) White of Crete, NE; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Usher of Oxford Junction, IA; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel of Pulma, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gary Usher, two grandsons Luke Saunders and Kenny Hart, two brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lincoln L. "Linc" Usher memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma M. Wolfe


Wilma M. Wolfe, 62, of Worthington died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her residence of natural causes.

Relatives and friends may gather after 9:30 am Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Burial of her cremated remains will be at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington. Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wilma was born September 25, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Marcella (Drees-Burger) Wolfe. She worked at Swiss Colony in Peosta.

She is survived by her siblings: Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, and Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, all of Worthington, IA; a sister-in-law, Marian Burger of New Vienna, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, John Burger, a sister, Darlene (Bud) Smock.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Vernon H. Weber


Vernon H. "Vern" Weber, 92, of St. Donatus, IA, passed away Saturday, March 11th, 2017, at home surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at St. Donatus Catholic Church, in St. Donatus, with Rev. Jerry Kopacek and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may call from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Donatus Catholic Church. A prayer service will precede the visitation at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full Military Honors accorded by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

Vern was born on August 1, 1924, in rural LaMotte, the son of Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber. He attended St. Donatus Catholic School through 8th grade. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 - 1946. Vern took part in an Honor Flight in 2010 and for the first time began to speak about his wartime naval experiences.
After meeting Lorraine Naumann at Melody Mill, they wed on August 1, 1948, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. He worked at the Adams Company in Dubuque, IA, after the war until he started farming in 1950. He and Lorraine farmed east of St. Donatus until Vern officially retired at the age of 91. He was a lifelong member of St. Donatus Catholic Church and held many positions serving the parish. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and Bellevue American Legion Post #273, and was a Tete des Morts Township Trustee for many years.
Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping (including skunks), as well as dancing and playing euchre. He was a member of a card club for 40+ years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine, and children: Peggy Weber of Dubuque, Kathy Weber of Dubuque, Pat (Ron) Ries of Bellevue, Len (Jane) Weber of Bellevue, Liz (Steve) Staner of St. Catherine, Loras (Carolyn) Weber of Bellevue, Larry Weber of St. Donatus, Clete (Theresa) Weber of Bellevue, Joan Weber of Dubuque, Nancy (Pat) Hanson of North Liberty, Cindy (Gerry) Kluesner of Luxemburg, Joe (Ann) Weber of Fenton, MO, and daughter-in-law Angela (Craig) Weber Burken of Bellevue; grandchildren: Ronda (Kirk) Sherwood, Rochelle Ries, Shawn (Tara) Staner, Ryan (Megan) Staner, Brad Staner, Ben Staner, Jason (Heather) Weber, Missy (Pat) Gregorich, Kari Pataska, Troy (Liz) Weber, Cody (Kristin) Weber, Jessalyn Weber (special friend Justin Bader), Tom Weber, Shane Weber, Mike (Mitzi) Hanson, Katie Hanson, Rob Hanson, Emily Weber, Nick Weber, Matt Kluesner, and Dakota Weber; great-grandchildren: Madison, MaKenna, Brayden, Brody, Landon, Canden, Benson, Maxin, Wyatt, Brynna, Jacklyn, Caeleigh, and John; and many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; siblings: Lester (Ruth) Weber, Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber; in-laws: Marie Dupont, Doris Ann (Nicky) Wolf, Harold (Madonna) Nauman, and Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Joyce (in 1960), son, Paul "Dickie" (in 2010), grandson-in-law, Travis Pataska, and siblings/in-laws: Ray (Mary) Weber, Delores (Lawrence) Maro, Neil (Rose) Weber, Norbert Dupont, and Rita (Earl) Kintzle.

Vern met many challenges throughout his life including not letting a bull or breast cancer slow him down. He had a sweet tooth that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He loved his family very much and was proud of his military service.

The family requests no flowers. A Vernon H. Weber memorial fund has been created which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Vern's family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County, his doctors and nurses, and his home health care aides, Phyllis, Kathy, and Leslie for providing exceptional care during his final journey.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.



William J. Gorjup


William John Gorjup, 92, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church where mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6.

William was born on August 15, 1924 in Dubuque, son of John and Christine (Vorman) Gorjup.

He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 and attended Loras College for one year and then graduated from the former Bayless Business College.

He served in the U.S. Navy 1944-1946 in Japan during the Korean War. He was able to be part of the Dubuque Honor Flight in 2015.

He was employed at Flexsteel Industries and retired from Loras College as purchaser for the food service.

William was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart parish, where he served as head usher and a Eucharistic Minister, where he served mass at many funerals. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and over 40 years at St. Vincent de Paul where he served as President.

He is survived by his sister, Virginia Gorjup; cousins; and good friends, Howard Riedel and Joe and Ann Kirk.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center and to Dr. Thomas Sinsky and his nurses, for all their care.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Marie M. Lindauer


Marie M. (Coohey) Lindauer 84 of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 3:00 pm Rosary and a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marie was born September 14, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Francis Joseph and Mary Bernadine (Rea) Coohey. She married Edwin "Ed" L. Lindauer on August 10, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore; he passed on April 10, 2001. Marie earned her two year teaching degree from Clarke College and began teaching in a one room schoolhouse near the Monastery. After her marriage she became a stay at home mother. She returned to teaching at St. Mary's and St. Mary's/St. Patrick's later earning her B.A. in Psychology from Clarke College. She retired in June of 1994 after 31 years of teaching. She enjoyed reading, square dancing, sewing, genealogy, camping, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Michele Lindauer, Maurna Stover, Mark (Peg) Lindauer, Michael (Donna) Lindauer, and Margee (Scott) Woywood; eight (8) grandchildren, James, Matt and Tom Lindauer, Rory (fiancé Lauren) and Bryan Stover, Will, Kate and Sam Woywood as well as one (1) great-grandchild Leah Lindauer; siblings, Bob Coohey, Jim (Betty) Coohey, Ellie (Dennis) Charipar, Kathy (Bob) Sherman, Phyllis (Elmer) Steffen, and Yvonne Coohey; and numerous other relatives, nieces, and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother Joseph in infancy; and a sister in-law, Mary Coohey.

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

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



Michelle M. McBride


Michelle M. McBride, 57 of Des Moines, Iowa formerly of Iowa Falls and Luxemburg, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:10 p.m. at the Kavanagh Hospice House in Des Moines.

Friends and relatives of Michelle may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa and also after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Michelle will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Michelle was born January 5, 1960 in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Harry V. and Madonna (White) McBride. She is a graduate of Beckman High School in Dyersville, she attended Kirkwood Community College and Iowa State University where she received her degree in accounting. She was united in marriage to John Kluesner and on February 15, 2007 she was united in marriage to Allen Lambertz. She was employed as an accountant.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Lambertz of Des Moines, IA, one son, Luke Kluesner of Des Moines,, IA; a step son, Derrick Lambertz of Des Moines, IA, and a step-daughter, Erica (Justin) Sand of Earlham, IA; two grandchildren, Kaylee and Logan; her father, Harry V. McBride (and Nadine Brady) of Anamosa, IA; brothers and sisters, Michael J. (Julie) McBride of Delray Beach, FL, Margaret "Peggy" (John) Smith of Kingman, AZ, Patricia J. Link of Des Moines, IA, and Lynne (Steve) Dekowski of Austin, TX, Lynne who donated her kidney to Michelle.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Madonna McBride in 1972; and a sister, Laura Dykstra in 1998.

Memorials may be given in Michelle's name to Donate Life of America.

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



Cecilia E. Schueller


Cecilia E. Schueller, age 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:05 a.m., on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Sunset Park Place. To honor Cecilia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Cecilia's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14, 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.

Cecilia was born on August 29, 1923, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Gotto) Meyer.

Cecilia was born, raised and lived in the Holy Cross area for 34 years before eventually moving to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Loren Schueller on April 12, 1958, in Holy Cross, Iowa. They were blessed with 36 years together, and 2 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 5, 1995. Cecilia was a faith filled woman who was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society. She took great pride in being a full-time wife, mother and grandmother, as well as caring for her home in meticulous fashion. Family was always the most important aspect of Cecilia's life, and some of her fondest memories were created while on vacations all across the county during John Deere summer shutdown. Cecilia enjoyed socializing with friends as well, and religiously attending the John Deere dinners was one of her favorite activities in her later years. Cecilia was also a talented seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful quilts and intricate crochet projects when she had a little free time and a concern for idle hands. She was also an outstanding cook and baker whose speciality was her famous homemade from scratch apple pie. Teaching her granddaughter how to carry on her recipes, and family tradition, was definitely a proud priority for Cecilia. Sadly, today we are truly heartbroken that only the memories remain of our dear sweet mother, grandmother and friend. Thankfully, she's had a full and abundant 93 years with us, and we possess comfort in our trust that the Lord will keep her safe and secure in His loving arms until we can all be reunited again in time.

Those left to cherish Cecilia's memory include

her children,
Sandra (Robert "Rob") McLaughlin, Peosta, IA
and Gary (Teresa) Schueller, Dunlap, IL;

her grandchildren,
Anna McLaughlin, Matthew Schueller, Drew Thornton and Ryan (Jenn) Thornton.

Cecilia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loren Schueller; and her siblings, Bernita (Ollie) Wagner, Leona (John) Cook, Anna (Tony) Errthum and Cletus (Marie) Meyer.

A Cecilia E. Schueller 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

 



Richard R. Elliott Sr.


Richard R. "Dick" Elliott Sr., 82, went to his eternal home with his Savior, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Dick was born December 7, 1934 in Dubuque, son of Kenneth and Lucille (Dress) Elliott. He graduated from Earlville High School in 1953 and served in the US Navy from November 1953 through October 1957.

Dick worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years, retiring in 1986. After retiring, he then worked for Super 8 Hotel and Mainstay Inn and Suites as the handyman.

His passion was volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader for over 50 years. During that time he was acknowledged with the Lamb Award (LCMS) and the Silver Beaver Award. He was devoted to his faith and was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He often said that his three loves were family, faith, and Troop 48.

Dick is survived by his wife, Arlene (Hentges) Elliott of Dubuque; three children, Cindy (Steve) Derby of Dubuque, Carol (Jeff) Tracy of Platteville, WI., and Rick (Rita) Elliott of Loves Park, IL.; ten grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Simon, Cassy Pickel, Lindsey (fiancé Tyler Kaczmarek) Derby, Jacey (Bryan) Shea, Paige Powers, and Chase (Aijah), Madison, Tanner and Ian Elliott; seven great grandchildren, Kalysa Fischer-Jepsen; Zackary, Joshua, and Alyssa Simon; Fisher Bahr; and Owen and Alivia Shea.

Dick is also survived by his siblings, Phillip (Diane) Elliott of Des Moines, Jeneen (Fred) Pierce of Bristol, VA, Max (Karol) Elliott of Epworth and David (Jeanette Frederick) Elliott of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Lyle Elliott; a sister, Lois Smith and a grandson, Jeremy Fischer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, The Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Iowa Council, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Mercy Medical Center ICU/CVU, Medical Associates Doctors and staff and to his special friend and scouting buddy Jim Vosberg.

 



James L. Nelson


James L. "Jim" Nelson, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Downers Grove, IL, was called home suddenly at 6:10 a.m., on Friday, March 10, 2017, at home. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held in Downers Grove, Illinois. Burial will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on February 12, 1936, in Chicago, IL, son of Robert and Dorothy (Muehe) Nelson.

Jim proudly served his country as an Army Ranger during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he would spend his early working years in the construction fields and also as a loyal volunteer Firefighter and EMT with the Lombard Illinois Fire Department. Jim was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Susan Holland, on May 2, 1987, in Westmont, Illinois, and they were blessed with 29 years and 2 wonderful daughters. Jim would invest over 20 years of his primary working career with the U.S. Postal Service before finally retiring in 1998. When Jim wasn't working to provide for his family, you could easily find him working on his next home improvement project, spending an afternoon hoping to catch a few fresh fish on his line, or even dreaming and planning out his next skiing or hunting trip. But Jim's primary focus in life was definitely his family. Whether it was providing for them, nurturing them, or even just spending a little quality time together, Jim was always feeling fulfilled when some family time had made its way into his day. Sadly, Jim has been called home after putting up a good fight with some health issues over the past few years. Thankfully, he leaves us with a wealth of memories, and lessons, to carry us all through until we eventually see him again in his new and perfect Heavenly state. Jim will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him!

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Susan Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his daughters,
Hillary (Dustin) Baker, Dubuque, IA
and Kaitlynn Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
James Nelson, IL;

his grandson,
Quinton Baker, Dubuque, IA;

and his brother,
Robert (Judaline) Nelson, Downers Grove, IL.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Bill Nelson.

A James L. "Jim" Nelson 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

 



Rosella C. Heims White


Rosella C. Heims White, 91, formerly of Worthington passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:40 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Rosella may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Monday, March 13, 2017, at the funeral home.

Services for Rosella will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2017, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint, officiating. Burial will be held in the St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

She was born on July 30, 1925, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Mary Langel. She received her education at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg.

On September 23, 1947, she was united in marriage to Edmund Heims. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1968. She later married Gerald White, on February 9, 1973, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. He preceded her in death on January 14, 1993. They retired from farming and moved to Dyersville in August 1987. They traveled extensively in the U.S. until Gerry's death.
She was a member of the Resurrection Choir and Order of Marthas for many years, helped keep the House of God clean at the Basilica. She also enjoyed bowling for many years, genealogy, playing cards, dominos, crocheting and spending time with family.

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

She is survived by her four sons, Ronald (Connie), Alan (Debra) and Leonard (Joyce) of Dyersville, Dennis (Jane) of Worthington, and one daughter, Edna McLaughlin of Rockford, Illinois; a sister, Barbara Frazen of California and 3 sisters-in-law, Alice Langel of Dyersville, Germaine Langel of Guttenberg and Ruth Welch of Nevada; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 2 stepdaughters, Colleen (Terry) Boffeli of Farley, and Geri (Bill) Wagner of Dyersville; 6 step-sons, Bob (Nancy), Randy (Shirley) of Dyersville, Don (Melanie) of Sherrill, Dennis I(Debbie) of Browntown, MN, Phil (Delia) of Waverly, IL; 24 step grandchildren; 36 step great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph (Marilyn), John and Francis and 2 sisters, Marie (Pete) Berns and Agnes (Lawrence) Heims; a stepson, Ronnie N. White; a step-grandson, Jason White.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



James Dardis


James Dardis, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

James was born November 6, 1935, the son of Harold and Mary Eileen (Breitbach) Dardis. He served his country with the U.S. Army. James was employed at the Post Office as a mail carrier for many years. After his retirement, he was also employed delivering prescription medication for Ruegnitz Drug.

James enjoyed bowling, and was an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed going to the dog track and casino, where he would always play his home address numbers.

James is survived by many Dardis and Breitbach cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Herman Nauman


Herman "Boots" Nauman, 82, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Luther Manor-Hillcrest. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 6:00 pm Scripture Service. Military Honors will be conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps. League.

Herman was born July 12, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Herman J. and Mary Susan (Jungblut) Nauman. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1952. After meeting the love of his life at Melody Mill, Herman married Marjorie Schuster on July 10, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Key West. He served his country in the Naval Reserve, and retired after 32 years as a COW 4th Class Warrant Officer from the Ninth Naval District. Herman worked at the Dubuque Packing Company until it closed and then drove bus for Keyline in Dubuque. He was a life-long member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, served 25 years on the board of Holy Ghost Credit Union, called BINGO at Holy Ghost & Wahlert, was a driver for DAV to escort veterans to the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City, and coordinated the volunteer AARP tax preparers at St. Matthew's for 22 years. A longtime and dedicated Chicago Cubs Fan, he celebrated their World Series victory in 2016. His favorite past-time was meeting the "boys" at Lacoma each morning to solve the world's problems.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; children, Terry (Linda) Nauman of Macomb, IL, Pat (Scott) Cawiezell of Long Grove, IA, Connie Kennedy (friend Terry) of Altoona, IA, Jeff (Melissa) Nauman of Janesville, WI, David (Lucy) Nauman of Belchertown, MA, Randy (Kris) Nauman of Dubuque, Tom (Heidi) Nauman of Chanhassen, MN, and Jenny (Andy) Daughetee of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; siblings John (Ann) Nauman, Lavonne Hoffman, Germaine Freiburger, Teresa Kroll, Agnes (Robert) O'Neill, Adele Peters, Marguerite (Ken) Ziegenfuss, in-laws Eilene Nauman, Jeanne (Dick) Stierman, Ruth Schuster, Merlin "Nick" (Norma) Schuster, and Lois (John "Whitey") Leytem.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Mildred Wirzbach, Henry Nauman, Gregory Nauman, Norbert Nauman, sister-in-law Leora Nauman, brothers-in-law Robert Hoffman, Loras Freiburger, Gene Kroll, George Peters, Bob Wirzbach and Clete Schuster, stepbrother Eldon Nauman, stepsisters Sister Eleanor Nauman, Lucille Beau, Marian Bales and Clara Spoden.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their compassionate care during this time.

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

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

 



Sharon M. Aldrich


Sharon M. Aldrich, 54, of Wentzville, MO, formerly of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Cascade, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Friends and relatives of Sharon may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th at the funeral Home. Services for Sharon will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

She was born November 15, 1962, in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Francis P. "Bud" and Jacqueline L. (McGovern) Trumm. She received her education from Aquin Elementary and is a 1981 graduate of Cascade High School. She is also a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a Major in Communications/Public relations. She was employed at Busey Bank in St. Louis, MO. On November 25, 1988, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade she was united in marriage to Mark Aldrich.

She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She always enjoyed attending her sons' activities, including baseball and ice hockey. She loved being a wife and mother, and enjoyed life to the fullest. When she was your friend, she was your friend for life. She will truly be missed by many family members and friends.

She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in New Melle, MO.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Aldrich of Wentzville, MO; three sons, Tyler Francis Aldrich of Sterling Heights, MI, Austin Mark Aldrich of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, and Logan James Aldrich of Columbus, OH; her mother, Jacqueline L. Trumm of Cascade, IA; two brothers, Terry (Linda) Trumm of Oakland, MI and Jim (Patti) Trumm of Cascade, IA; three sisters, Jane Roggensack of Mason City, IA, Ann (Tony) Voss of Hudson, IA and Mariellen (Chuck) Youngdahl of Marion, IA; mother-in-law Wilma Aldrich of Des Moines, IA; sisters-in-law Beth (Bruce) Rydberg of Des Moines, IA, Janice (Wayne) Booth of Saratoga, CA, and Jeanette (Jeff) Morris of Radcliffe, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis P. "Bud" Trumm on April 18, 1990; her father-in-law, Larry Aldrich on December 14, 2010; and sister-in-law Kelly Trumm on April 17, 1983.

A Sharon M. Aldrich memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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



Frank H. Kamp


Frank H. Kamp, 78, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and family of Frank may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where services will be held at 4:00 p.m., with Deacon Roger Riesberg presiding. A private family burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth at a later date.

He was born on March 25, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Delores (Schmitt) Kamp. He received his education in the rural country school house in Bankston, Iowa. On February 17, 1966 he was united in marriage to Kaye O'Dell.

He was employed for 40 years at the Ertl Company in Dyersville, Iowa making toys. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was very proud of how his children turned out. He was always teasing the grandchildren to get a rise out of them.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye of Worthington, IA; three children, Kelly (Brett) Fagan and daughter Sydney of Dubuque, Nicholas (Mindy) Kamp and sons Hunter and Joseph of Worthington, and Angela (Jason) Schwendinger and children Trevor, Adyson and Emerson of Anamosa; two brothers, James (Sharon) Kamp of Jesup, IA and Anthony Kamp of Peosta; two sisters, Margaret Thein of Raymond and Alice (Dave) McGhee of Asbury; brothers- and sisters-in-law Otto (Sam) O'Dell Jr. of Dubuque, Joan (James) Walters of Guttenberg, David (Judy) O'Dell of Bernard, Barbara (Eldon) Jaeger of Worthington, Norene (Glen) Dole and Elaine O'Dell both of Dubuque, Robert (Shirley) O'Dell and Brian (Dee) O'Dell both of Epworth, Cheryl Trenkamp of Monticello, James Beau of Key West, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Paul Kamp in infancy; father- and mother-in-law Otto and Mary (Shaw) O'Dell; three brothers-in-law, Allan O'Dell, Clarence O'Dell and Laverne Thein; and a sister-in-law, Karen (O'Dell) Beau.

The family of Frank would like to thank the Reiff Funeral Home of Dyersville, Above and Beyond Hospice and Shady Rest Care Center for all of their care and support.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Daniel J. Wolfe


Daniel J. Wolfe, age 85, of Bellevue, Iowa and formerly of Green Island, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Daniel's life, private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Daniel's life family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Daniel was born on October 4, 1931, in Prairieburg, Iowa, son of Clarence and Martha (McNally) Wolfe.

Daniel treasured his childhood and the opportunity to grow up right here in God's country during some of the most honest, hard-working and honorable days in our nation's history. He would proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return home, Daniel would meet, and eventually marry the love of his life, Margaret Wells, on May 29, 1958, at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. They were truly blessed with 58 wonderful years, and 3 boys, together. Daniel was a farmer at heart and would earnestly devote over 40 years of his life to working the land, tending to the livestock and producing many years of bountiful harvest after investing countless hours of determination, knowledge and sweat. He would also give 10 years of his time to the Energy Company in Monticello, and another 29 years to John Deere Dubuque Works, before finally retiring in 1987. Daniel clearly understood the value of work, but he also appreciated balance in life and would willingly embrace recreational downtime as well. Generally content to be in the outdoors, Daniel would patiently sit in his tree stand, routinely cast his baited line in hopes the fish were biting that day, or even spend the afternoon watching the dust getting kicked up at a horse show. He also thoroughly enjoyed traveling to capture new sights and experiences, or a weekend relaxing with family and friends around the camp site. Let it be known that Daniel was an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, as well as a convenient fan of the day against any football team his boys were rooting for; affectionately earning him the nickname "Grumpy". But at the end of the day, Daniel's family was absolutely his pride and joy and he unwaveringly carried his torch high through his shining example of what a good husband, father and grandfather should be. We will miss Daniel deeply, but thankfully we have the memories of a good and decent man to carry us through until we see him again in his eternally comfortable baseball cap and a continually perfectly chilled Pepsi in hand. We love you Daniel and we thank you for the wonderful legacy you leave behind. God Bless You Our Dear Daniel!

Those left to cherish Daniel's memory include

his loving wife,
Margaret Wolfe, Bellevue, IA;

3 sons,
Howard (JoDee) Wolfe, Bellevue, IA,
Todd (Janette) Wolfe, West Point, IA
and John (CJ) Wolfe, Round Up, MT;

his 8 grandchildren,
Jessica (Vamsi) Manda, Ryan (Gina) Cochran, Andrew Cochran, KayDee (Tony) Sells, Kellie (Sklar) Orth, Kayla (Matt) Bitting, Madison (Josh) Wolfe and Jake Wolfe;

his 11 great-grandchildren,
Theron and Liberty Reiter, Blair Cochran, Daniel Sells, LynDee Sells, Bentley Bitting, Adelyn Bitting, Broderick Robertson, Haraleigh Robertson, J.T. Robertson and Zander Robertson;

and his brother,
James (Diane) Wolfe.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Patricia (Leslie Avery) Riggs.

A Daniel J. Wolfe 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



Merlin J. Johnson


Merlin J. Johnson, 80, of Sherrill, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Finley Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 29, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, where there will be a prayer service at 1:30 p.m.

Merlin was born February 2, 1936 in Cascade, the son of Hans and Agnes (Then) Johnson. He was educated at Sacred Heart in Fillmore and St. Martin's in Cascade.

Merlin married Ann Pins on June 22, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. Together, Merlin and Ann farmed for many years in the rural Cascade, Peosta, and Sherrill areas, until their retirement in 2000.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and took many trips to Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He taught his children to love the river through many local fishing trips on the Mississippi. Playing euchre was another favorite pastime, and Merlin and Ann were 30 year members of the Peosta gang card club.

After his retirement, Merlin enjoyed restoring Allis-Chalmers tractors. He was always willing to help out other farmers and was in high demand at fieldwork time. Merlin also enjoyed spending time at Skip Breitbach Feeds in Balltown. Merlin was devoted to his Catholic faith. His deepest love was for his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Ann Johnson of Sherrill; four daughters, Sue (Mark) Culbertson of Dubuque, Dianne (Brian) Hefel of Sherrill, Donna (Mike) Herring of Lisbon, IA, and Sandra (Jody) Kolker of Mount Vernon, IA; his grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Schmitt, Amanda (Jason) Laufenberg, Mitch Hefel, Lani (Jay) Craig, Kayla Hefel, Garrett Herring, and Alexandra, Gabby, and Zach Kolker; his great-grandchildren, Lauren, Landen, and Jillian Schmitt, and Kelsey and Luke Laufenberg; two step-great-grandchildren, Mckinley and Bryton Craig; two brothers, Fred Johnson of Arlington, TX and Donald (Pat) Johnson of Cascade; his sisters-in-law, Helen Johnson and Mary Jane Kluesner; his brothers-in-law, Jerry (Eileen) Pins, Ambrose (Duanne) Pins, and Clement (Betty) Pins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kay Wagner and Joseph Edward Wagner; his brother, Joseph and his wife Millie Johnson; and his brother, Jim and his wife JoAnn Johnson; his sister-in-law Merce Johnson; his parents-in-law, Emil and Kathryn Pins; and his brother-in-law, Sylvester and his wife Rosemary Pins; and brother-in-law Francis Kluesner.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar ARNP, Dr. John Hartman, Dr. Alex Horchak, and the nurses at Finley Hospital for their excellent care; and Rev. Noah Diehm and Msgr. Jim Miller for their many visits and prayers in his final days.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Bert Peter “Pete” Kalb


Bert Peter "Pete" Kalb, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 8:41 a.m., on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at home. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. John J. O'Connor officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, March 10, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on October 10, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dr. A.J. and Millie (Elliott) Kalb, the second oldest of 12 children. He married his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Ferris, on September 15, 1978. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years and 3 beautiful children. After graduating from Wahlert High school in 1971, he began working as a mechanic at John Deere Dubuque Works. He worked for over 40 years, before retiring in 2015. He was a "jack of all trades" and often helped family and friends with their projects. A hard worker, Pete enjoyed staying busy and helping others. His expertise and knowledge were far beyond anything found in a textbook. Pete was a dedicated family man. He loved his wife and they truly enjoyed being together. They shared a love of sports, travel and socializing with their many friends. Pete and Kathy recently returned from their annual trip to Florida, which included the Daytona 500. Pete was most proud of his children and was always there for them. He traveled around the county supporting their athletic endeavors and could be heard cheering on the sidelines. As they grew older, he was often called on for advice and guidance. His children admired him greatly and Pete's influence continued with his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his silly voices and sayings, playing countless games of Uno, and attending many of their school and sporting activities. Pampo Pete always had his six grandchildren smiling; his love for them was evident and they adored him in return. Peter held a special place in his heart for his mom. He visited her almost daily and cherished the time they spent together. Pete also had a strong bond with his 11 brothers and sisters; he would do anything for them. Pete was a friend to all who knew him. He was an avid Nascar fan who spent many years at the tracks with the racing crew. He played poker with buddies on Sunday afternoons and loved a good game of euchre. His free time was spent having a cold one with his fellow Leaky Lodge members, at the Grand Tap, or at Choppers. Pete was a loving husband, the best dad and grandpa, a favorite son and brother, and a dear friend to many. He will be remembered for the sound of his voice, his loyalty to family and friends, and his humble ways. Pete will truly be missed.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include

his loving wife,
Kathy Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Pewaukee, WI,
Katie Kalb, Marion, IA
and Luke Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Hannah, Aubrey, Alannah, Blake and Lauren Padilla, and Kael Moore;

his mother,
Millie Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 siblings,
Dr. Tony (Susan) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Cheri) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
David Kalb, Brisbane, CA,
Ann Marie (Peter) Arrigo, Denver, CO,
Mimi Kalb, Bloomington, MN,
Martha Thomas, Onalaska, WI,
Laura Rivisto, (David Braun) Prior Lake, MN,
Patrick (Pam) Kalb, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Paul (Myra Jo) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Andy (Becky Conlon) Kalb, Dubuque, IA
and Karla (Tom) Weber, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers-in-law and sisters in-law,
Mike (Ann) Ferris, Dubuque, IA,
Pat (Pam) Ferris, Appleton, WI,
Marie (Bill) Becker, Ft. Meyers, FL,
Tom (Ruth) Ferris, St. Louis, MO,
Jim Ferris, San Diego, CA,
Joe (Elizabeth) Ferris, Carlsbad, CA
and Liz Ferris Roling, Tustin, CA;

and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pete was preceded in death by his father.

A Peter Kalb memorial fund has been established. Which will be distributed to a charity close to his heart, The Firbolamellar Cancer Foundation.

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



Lauren A. Schlueter


Lauren Anne Schlueter, 30, beloved daughter of Mary & Chip Nicol, Dave Schlueter, and Deb & Steve Lagen, passed away on February 25, 2017, in Doha, Qatar.

A celebration of Lauren's life will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 1-5 pm at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 US-52, Dubuque, Iowa, with sharing of memories at 4 pm;  all of Lauren's family and friends are invited to come and share memories and hugs in honor of Lauren.

Lauren was born 6 1/2 weeks premature on November 13, 1986 weighing only 3 lbs. 12 ounces. She came into this world a fighter and continued to live that way her entire life. In her younger years Lauren was active in Courtmasters volleyball and played several years of softball, but she mostly just liked to hang out with her friends. She was a leader and not a follower.  Although the "goofy one" in the group, she also was the one to have your back if you needed her and would stand up to bullying and teasing.

When Lauren was 15 she took her first international trip with her father Dave to South Africa. That began her love affair with world travel.  auren was very intelligent and graduated as a Junior from Hempstead High School in 2004. She went on a 3-week tour of Europe when she was 18, much to her parents' chagrin. She attended college at the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in History in 2009. She then attended graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago and graduated with her Masters Degree in History in 2012.

Her passion in history was Cuba. In 2012 she took a trip to Cuba with her graduate class, which she always called the trip of a lifetime. She never stopped traveling after that. She moved to Doha, Qatar in 2014 where she was a history teacher at the Doha Academy for Boys. She was a wonderful, caring teacher and made a difference in many of her students' lives. While living in Doha she also became a certified Yoga Instructor and she loved practicing and teaching yoga.

Her years in the Middle East were filled with travel. Her goal was to see 30 countries in 30 years. She exceeded that goal by 2. Her claim to fame was that she walked on 5 of the 7 continents!

Lauren had a great sense of humor and LOVED to have a "good time." Her laugh was infectious! She also liked quiet times and always had her head in a book. She was passionate about world issues and was never afraid to voice her passion.

Lauren was an animal lover and had two "best friends" Lennon and Roosevelt. Lauren was brave, intelligent, funny, and caring of all creatures, whether it be her family and friends, a stranger on the street, or a lost dog. She prided herself in being unique. She had a charitable heart and a desire to leave the world better than she found it. Lauren was loved and will be missed by so many friends and family!!!

She is survived by 6 siblings Ariel Schmit, Nicholas Lagen, Kristi (Ty) Kleiner, Dustin (Kandi) Nicol, Casey (Thomas) Downs, and Susan (Matt) Schmidt, 11 nieces and nephews, Sawyer, Charlie, Grace, Evelyn, Brynn, Brock, Isaiah, Natalie, Finley, Jude, and Harper, grandparents Helen Thielen, Larry & Darla Hingtgen, and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her very much.

Lauren was preceded in death by grandparents Mary Jane Beitzel, John & Pat Schlueter, and Colletta & John Lagen.

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

In lieu of flowers a Lauren Schlueter Memorial Fund has been established at Dupaco Community Credit Union.

 

 



Roy J. Schlickman


Roy J. Schlickman, 96, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Franciscan Health Care Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisc.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 4 p.m.
Roy was born January 10, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Frank and Louise (Recker) Schlickman. He married Mildred M. Digman on March 2, 1946 and she preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2009.

He was a delivery man for Tydee Dydee Diaper Service. He liked fishing, woodworking, camping, and playing cards with Card Club members of 30 plus years.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater and drove gasoline trucks for Patton's Red Ball Express.

Roy was a member of St. Columbkille parish, a former church usher, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society and past member of American Legion Post # 6.

Surviving are two sons, Doug (Kathy) Schlickman, of Dubuque and Greg (Deb) Schlickman, of DeForest, Wisc.; three daughters, Diane (Mike) Stone, of East Dubuque, IL, Kathy (Nick) Nicks, of LaCrosse, Wisc., and Barbara Trifone, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leander, Floyd and Don; and five sisters, Erm Travis, Cordel Scharf, Sally Butler, Carm Wehlage, and Val Carew.

Special thanks to Kathy and Nick for their wonderful care of Dad these past few months.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Roy's memory.

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



Matthew L. McDermott


Matthew L. McDermott, 54, of Farley, Iowa, passed suddenly on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Friends and relatives of Matthew may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Matt will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

He was born February 9, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Calvin and Marien (Bruggeman) McDermott. He was a 1981 graduate of the Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. He farmed for many years on the family farm then he worked for Flynn Concrete in Epworth and most recently with Bard Concrete in Dyersville, Iowa.

Matt was an avid outdoorsman. He loved coyote hunting, picking walnuts in the fall, mushroom hunting in the spring, and cutting firewood throughout the year with his kids, grandkids, and anyone that was around to help. He also enjoyed spending time in his garage with family and friends or inventing something new to make life easier and his latest was a walnut cracker. He was always eager to try his sisters' pies and banana nut bread; never saying who's was the best. Matt always had time to take his grandkids for a dirt bike ride which he enjoyed as much as they did.

He was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, Iowa.

He is survived by a four children, Rachel (Marty) Kinsella of Epworth, IA, Brenda (Andy "Whitey") White of Cascade, IA, Josh (Jackie) McDermott of Dyersville, IA and Emily McDermott at home; his grandchildren, the sparkles in his eye, Dylan, Justin, Spencer, Calvin, Jenavieve, Jack, and one on the way and Jonathan and Jamison; six siblings, Gerald (Anita) McDemott of Dyersville, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Soppe of Bankston, IA, Alan "Alphonse" (Eileen) McDermott, Mark "Burrhead" (Mary) McDermott, Laura Bergfeld, Bill "Willard" McDermott and Mamie (Bill) Weber all of Epworth, IA, a sister-in-law, Cindy McDermott of Peosta, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward McDermott and Joseph McDermott.

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



Stella A. Schueller-Backes


Stella A. Schueller-Backes, age 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Stella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Stella's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Stella was born on May 25, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Anna (Neyens) Kintzle.

Stella was a proud lifelong resident of the Sherrill/Dubuque area for almost a century, and would definitely leave the world around her in better condition with an abundance of love and beautiful memories to cherish. Stella was united in marriage to Joseph Schueller on April 10, 1939, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. They would be blessed with 39 wonderful years, and 7 precious children, together before he was called home ahead of her on November 6, 1978. Stella would later discover loving companionship once again and be united in marriage to Leonard Backes on November 13, 1992, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Unfortunately their union would only last 11 months as Leonard was also called home ahead of Stella on October 19, 1993. Stella was definitely a nurturing housewife at heart, but she would also devote her time and talents at the Eska Co. for 28 years before fully retiring. She was a gentle woman, of great faith, who would hold dear her long-time membership at Holy Ghost Church. When Stella wasn't taking care of her family, and her home, you could easily find her practicing her throws at the bowling alley, working on a blackout at the bingo hall, or even gathered around the kitchen table with family and friends for an exciting evening of euchre. Stella would also find joy in a relaxing afternoon of baiting her hook on the water's edge, weeding her garden with visions of a bountiful harvest, or a pleasant summer evening below the stars sitting around the weekend campfire. Stella has lived a full and prosperous life, but it will always be the moments and memories where family were involved that she treasured most. Our hearts weigh heavy today with the loss of our sweet Stella, but we gracefully accept the reality that all of our lives have been positively impacted throughout her 98 year earthly journey, and we find peace and comfort in knowing that she is once again reunited with all of her loving family members who've been called home already.

Those left to cherish Stella's memory include

her children,
Diane Boge, Dubuque, IA,
Dorothy Crews, Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Doris) Schueller, Austin, TX,
Donna (Duane) Heiderscheit, Holy Cross, IA,
Joseph Schueller, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie (Joe) Garner, Dubuque, IA;

16 grandchildren;

31 great-grandchildren;

1 great great-granddaughter;

her sister,
Anna Reinsbach, Janesville, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Irma Kintzle, Dubuque, IA.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Joseph Schueller; her 2nd husband, Leonard Backes; a son, Gene Schueller; 3 grandchildren, Heather Schueller, Jessie Ingle and Robert Boge; 5 sisters, Jeanette (Don) Jaeger, Irene (Tony) Schueller, Viola (Roy) Pfohl, Clara (Whitey) Richman and Margaret (Ralph) Dupont; 4 brothers, Nicholas Kintzle, Gerald (Marlene) Kintzle, Elmer Kintzle, and Earl (Rita) Kintzle; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Schueller; and 3 sons-in-law, Ron Boge, Leon Kennicker and Francis Crews.

A Stella A. Schueller-Backes memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Stella's family would like to extend a sincere heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, professional and attentive care of Stella and her family.

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



Edward J. Barud


Edward J. Barud, 87, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9 at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Edward was born on January 21, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Stanley and Mary Ann (Kenar) Barud. He married Lois Clarkin on August 8, 1953 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.

Edward served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was employed by the municipal utility for the city of Lamar, Colorado followed by a long and satisfying career at Interstate Power Company from 1964 to 1994.

He enjoyed collecting model trains, traveling, bowling, golfing, and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 6, Dubuque Noon Lions Club, and Alliant Energy Retirees Iowa Group. He was a board member of Alliant Credit Union and active in Junior Achievement.

Surviving are his children, Edward (Kathy) Barud, John (Judy) Barud, Joan (Dan) Shannon, Kathrynne Barud and Janet (James) Gastineau; grandchildren Lisa Tucker, Stephanie Hunziker, Patrick and Benjamin Barud, David Barud, Jennifer McGuire, Kathleen Wopat, Molly Johnson, Patrick, John, Mara, and Liam Shannon, Andrew and Sarah Gastineau; great-grandchildren Daniel and Gabriel Gonzales, Noah Hunziker, Ellia, Maxum, and Lorel Barud, Emilie and Jacob Gensch, Jacob and Henry Barud, and Jonas and Stellan Wopat; and his sister, Joan Mas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Barud; grandson Stephen Shannon and granddaughter Laura Gastineau.

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

An Edward Barud Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque. 



Veronica M. Wubben


Veronica M. (Leifker) Wubben, 94, of Scales Mound, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away Friday morning, March 3, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee, with Msgr. John McClean officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Isabella # 572 will have a prayer service at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.  Visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee.

Veronica was born on November 19, 1922 in Vinegar Hill Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of George and Sophia (Timpe) Leifker.  She was united in marriage to Urban Wubben on February 15, 1944.  He preceded her in death on February 21, 1995.

Veronica was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, its St. Ann's Society, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Court Isabella # 572 of Galena for over 73 years.  She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.  Veronica will be remembered as a kind and gentle person.

Surviving are her children, Merla (Merlin) Bussan of Beloit, WI, Harold (Rose) Wubben of Menominee, IL, William (Terry) Wubben of Scales Mound, IL, Ann (Jerry) Heller of Galena, IL and Marjorie (Jeff) Biddick of Eldridge, IA; 12-grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George & Sophia, her husband, Urban, a brother Ray Leifker, and a great-granddaughter Skyler Trebian.

In lieu of flowers, a Veronica M. Wubben memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Deborah Simon


Deborah (Travis) Simon, 65, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 3, 2017 with her husband by her side.

Funeral Service will at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 6th, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home.. A committal service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa.

Deborah was born June 8, 1951 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of James F. and Marcella (Engling) Travis. She married Stephen Simon July 21, 1971.

Deborah was a wonderful homemaker and mother to all. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved camping, getting her nails done, spending time on the computer, and staying in contact with friends. She enjoyed cooking, smoking meat and she mastered her mother-in-law's German Style Potato salad's recipe.

She is survived by her husband Stephen; her children, Jim Simon, Kim (Neal) Link, Tim Simon, and Kelly (Larry Mathis) Simon; 5 grandchildren, Samantha, Ashley, Olivia, River and Indie; her mother, Marcella Travis; brothers, Steve (Angela) Travis, and David Travis; sisters, Chris Travis, Vicki (Mike) Sawvell, and Pam (David) Krieg; and her in-laws, Dan Simon, Nancy Wernimont, Becky (Mike) Donovan, Mickey (Cathy Cooper) Simon, Heidi (Rick) Dean, Teddy (Cheri) Simon, Randy (Cindi) Simon, Penny Simon and Tami Simon.

She is preceded in death by her father, James F. Travis; a brother, James Travis and a sister, Linda McMurray; her mother and father-in-law, Raymond and Rita Simon; and in-laws, James Simon, Judy Healy and Victoria Simon.

A special thank you to the Paramedics and First Responders.

A Deborah (Travis) Simon Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Edwin N. Schielt


Edwin N. "Ed" Schieltz, 94, of Luxemburg, Iowa passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday 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., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ed was born on the family farm on June 17, 1922, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Friedman) Schieltz. He was educated at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg. Ed married Alice Mae Lake on November 16, 1948, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa. Together they raised seven children on their farm north of Luxemburg. Ed spent his entire life in Luxemburg and was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Parish.

Ed spent his early years as a carpenter, but his life-long passion was farming. He farmed until his later years and remained involved with his sons' and grandsons' farms. Ed was active with the Clayton County Farm Bureau, Clayton County Extension Office, Holy Trinity Parish Council, RHCL and Leo High School Boards. He was very proud to be a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Trinity parish and was a long-time member of the church choir. Ed loved spending his early mornings "up town" at the 4-Way having orange juice and conversation, watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, cheering for Iowa sport teams and spending time with family and friends, especially the wonderful memories with his card club group. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Alice, seven children: Judy (Stuart) Frenkel of Centreville, VA, Dave (Elaine) Schieltz, Allan "Chub" (Elaine) Schieltz and Mark Schieltz all of Luxemburg, Jan (Bob) Ehrlich of Davenport, IA, Joan (Bob) Gritman of Rochester, MN, and Joyce (Lee) Tenold of Overland Park, KS, 15 grandchildren: Emily (Greg) Bauer, David Frenkel, Allison Frenkel, Mike (Karen) Schieltz, Marcia (Rich) Petsche, Jeff (Jane) Schieltz, Sara (Eric) Zichterman, Tanya (Matt) Bagge, Travis (Katie) Schieltz, Tyler (Kristy) Schieltz, Sam Ehrlich, Noelle Gritman, Lauren Tenold, Nicole Tenold, Jessica Tenold, 19 great grandchildren: Renée and Cecilia Bauer, Austin, Lillian, Ryan Schieltz, Connor, Madalyn, Ethan Petsche, Clare and Gwen Schieltz, Reid and Allie Zichterman, Aiden and Alec Bagge, McClain, Rohan and Campbell Schieltz, Owen and Brynn Schieltz, one brother, Elmer Schieltz of Luxemburg, sisters and brother in law: Grace Schieltz of Luxemburg, Joann Besler of Hopkinton, Esther Klostermann of Dyersville, Bob and Gladys Elgin of Peosta, Wilma Lake of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Nicholas and Elizabeth Schieltz, father and mother in law: Edward and Agatha Lake, one brother, Jerry Schieltz, in laws: James Lake, Edward Lake, Bill Besler, Floyd Klostermann and Germaine Schieltz.

Memorials are preferred and may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center of Dyersville and Dubuque.

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



Duane C. “Dewey” Theisen


Duane C. "Dewey" Theisen, age 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:03 p.m., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dewey's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 6, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dewey's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dewey was born on September 20, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cletus and Eileen (Hefel) Theisen.

Dewey was proud to be a lifelong resident of Dubuque who was a graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1964. He was raised with a strong work ethic and would diligently put his time and talents to work at John Deere Dubuque Works, the Diamond Jo Casino, and Windstar. Dewey was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jan (Imhof) Farber, on June 10, 1994, in Dubuque. Their union would bring together a combined family of 12 children, and the 22 years they were blessed with were truly years of abundant joy. Dewey was undeniably a "people person" and if you weren't friends with him, it's most likely because you've never crossed his path. When he wasn't conversing with his countless friends, you could find him savoring a little time in the great outdoors. Whether he was out spending the day with a fishing pole in hand, dreaming of his next motorcycle ride, gathered around the cribbage board, spending quality time with his amazing granddaughter, Abby, or simply sitting around the campfire with family, you could be sure that Dewey was experiencing a perfect moment in time. So Dewey's sudden absence from our lives is definitely more than our hearts were prepared for. We will continue to smile at the memories of Dewey with a cold 1919 Rootbeer, and a bowl of New York Vanilla ice cream in hand, but we also find peace in knowing that he has now been given Heaven's secret recipe for BBQ Ribs and that he'll have a bountiful platter ready for each of us when we finally arrive to see him again.

Those left to cherish Dewey's memory include

his beautiful wife,
Jan Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 children,
James (Iva) Theisen, Bernard, IA,
Paul Theisen, Dubuque, IA,
Annette (Tim) Boelk, Farley, IA,
Marie (Blair) Heiar, Dubuque, IA,
Timothy Theisen, Decorah, IA,
John (Heather) Theisen, Dubuque, IA,
Heather (Richard) Farber-Lau, Woodbury, MN,
Christopher (Lisa) Farber, East Dubuque, IL,
Carolyn (Pippin) Pickering, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Joe (Katie) Farber, Minneapolis, MN,
Sarah Farber, St. Paul, MN
and Kathryn (Sam) Sein, Aurora, CO;

his 19 grandchildren,
Olivia, Rachel, Adam, Moriah, Cooper, Carlie, Joshua, Kalie, Benjamin, Abby, Wesley, Lucy, Rose, Lily, Lucia, Lucas, Bodhi, Temperance and Jacob;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Benjamin and Bennett;

his sisters,
Janet (Delbert) Klein, Onalaska, WI,
Carol (Gary) Cooper, Manchester, IA,
Norma (Thomas) Gibbons, Sunrise Beach, MO;

and a brother-in-law,
Richard (Maribeth) Kuhn, Barrington, IL.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joan Kuhn; 2 nieces, Amy Klein and Kari Cooper; and his former wife, Ruth Theisen.

A Duane C. "Dewey" Theisen memorial fund has been established.

Dewey's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, caring and attentive care of Dewey and his family.

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



Paul J. Frommelt


Paul J. Frommelt, 83, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, March 4 at 10 am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Archbishop Jerome Hanus will officiate. Friends may greet the family on Friday, March 3 from 3pm to 8pm at the church, where a prayer service will be held at 7 pm.

Paul was born on August 2, 1933 in Dubuque, the second child of Julia (Lowe) and Cyril Frommelt. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1952 and attended Loras College. He served in the Army from 1953-1955. Paul married Betty Breitbach on November 24, 1955. They were blessed with and are the proud parents of eight children.

After returning from the Armed Forces, Paul worked in the family business, Frommelt Industries, until his retirement in 1992.

Paul cherished his Catholic faith and attended daily mass. He volunteered his time as Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He helped raise a significant amount of money for Catholic education and the Retired Priest Fund. He was past president of the Board of Regents at Loras College. He was a member of Dubuque County Right to Life and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Paul was also past president of Nativity parish council, a mentor in the jail and prison ministry, and, along with Betty, served as a member of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Pre-Cana team for seventeen years. Paul loved the Dubuque community and served on numerous boards including the Dubuque Recreation Commission, the Airport Commission and the Dock Commission. He served as the president of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and was also past president of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He was a former board member of American Trust and Savings Bank and a Wahlert High School Board of Education trustee. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Mary (Tony) Burbach of Dubuque and Katie (Matt) McClish of Cincinnati, Ohio; six sons, Paul (Geri) of Fairfax, Virginia, Peter (Michele) of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Steve of Orlando, Florida, Chris (Nancy) of North Reading, Massachusetts, Mark (Susan) of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and James (Julie) of Edina, Minnesota; 25 much loved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Wendt of Appleton, Wisconsin; Nick (Toni) Frommelt and sister-in-law Nancy Frommelt of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Cyril Frommelt; brother John Frommelt; brother-in-law Jim Wendt; and his in-laws, Claretta and Leon Breitbach.

Paul was an avid golfer and a diehard fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wahlert Golden Eagles. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools or the Paul and Elizabeth Frommelt Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

Special thanks to all of Paul's caregivers during the past year.



Calita Jean Breitsprecker


Calita Jean Breitsprecker, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 27th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Calita was born on May 9th, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Eliza (Scott) Hoag. She married Harold Breitsprecker on November 6, 1951, in Dubuque.

After her passing Calita's memory will carry on through her donation to the Iowa Donor Network.

She enjoyed fishing, spending time with children and grandchildren – her grandchildren were her world.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Sr.; two children, Harold (Diane) Breitsprecker Jr., and Eliza (Leroy) Sweeney; 4 grandchildren, Chad (Angie) Breitsprecker, Nathan (Lisa) Breitsprecker, Douglas (Jennifer) Sweeney, and Stacey (Fiancé Justin Wieseler) Sweeney; 9 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Thank you to Dr. Martin, Dr. Cao and staff at UPH Finley Hospital for their wonderful Care these last few weeks.



David W. Sutter


David W. Sutter, 68, of Dubuque and Apache Junction, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Mountain Vista Hospital in Apache Junction.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 10:00am at Church of the Resurrection (4300 Asbury Road). Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 following the funeral mass. Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at the Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service (3860 Asbury Road). Interment will be scheduled at a later date.

David was born June 11, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of William Joseph and Ardale Agnes (Whittle) Sutter. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966. David then served his country in the US Navy from 1968-1972 during the Vietnam War, based in Norfolk, Virginia. He married Beverly Busch on September 26, 1970 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin.

David volunteered with the Asbury fire department for thirteen years. David worked as a fire and safety director for the chemical plant in East Dubuque, IL retiring in 2012. He was well known for his square dance calling, being recognized as the inaugural inductee to the Iowa Callers and Cuers Hall of Fame as well as receiving the International CALLER LAB half-century certificate. He enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes, euchre, pickleball, and had a thirst for knowledge of the Civil War and other American historical events. He spent his whole life cheering on the Hawkeyes and rooting the Cubs to a World Series Championship, which finally happened in 2016.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; children John (Heidi) Sutter of Dubuque, Jim (Monica) Sutter of Urbandale, Jolene (Dave) Buchheit of Cedar Rapids, and Dr. Jill (Brian) Powers of Dubuque; eight grandchildren who will miss him dearly: Sam, Sophie, Mason, Logan, Bridget, Will, Kyle, and Ruth; siblings Judith (Gary) Conrad of Dubuque, Ken (Janette) Sutter of Long Grove, Iowa, Bill (Paula) Sutter of Appleton, Wisconsin, Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, Steve Sutter of Humble, Texas, Tom (Fermina) Sutter of Sugar Land, Texas, Richard Sutter of Anchorage, Alaska, Sharon (Mike) Goedken of Dubuque, Jeff Sutter of Mountain Village, Alaska, Linda Walsh of Dubuque, Louis Sutter of Dubuque and Mary (Lance Taylor) Sutter of Petersburg, Iowa. Also, grieving David's loss are Bev's siblings, JoAnn Vetter of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Loraine Andrews of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ed (Sharon) Busch of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Gloria Busch of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melody (Terry) Dillon of Platteville, Wisconsin and all of his nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, William & Ardale Sutter; a brother, John Joseph Sutter; brother-in-law Paul Freiburger and sister-in-law Linda Sutter; also by his father- and mother in-law, Joe and Darlene Busch.

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

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



Jason M. Ehlers


Jason M. Ehlers, 34, of Dubuque died Saturday, February 25, 2017. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a service of remembrance will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Jason was born September 14, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Ellen (Jurisic) Ehlers. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High and NICC.? Jason worked at Houlihan's for 10 years, and most recently was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. 

He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes, Cubs and 49ers. He excelled in sports such as softball, wrestling, and football. Jason enjoyed going target shooting with his Dad. He was also a fitness fanatic. He loved going on hikes and walks with his dog, Sky. "Uncle Jason" loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. Jason was a true, loyal friend to many, and his friendships will never be forgotten, but rather cherished for eternity.

He is survived by his father, Charles Ehlers; his step-mother, Irene Ehlers; and girlfriend, Mallory Macciomei, all of Dubuque; siblings Jamie (RaeAnn) Ehlers of Epworth and Jennifer Ehlers, Brandy (Timothy) Ruden and Stacey (fiancé Creighton Cooper) Ehlers, all of Dubuque; nieces and nephews Lyric, Lucy and Zander Ehlers, Rylie and Noah Ruden and Asher Ehlers; aunts and uncles John, Dave (Margaret), and Terry Ehlers, Betty (Robert) Schroeder, Ronald (Dori) Cutter, Jeanne (Kenny) O'Meara, Shirley (Terry) Oltmanns, and Marlene Larson; and many cousins, especially Mike Oltmanns, who was like a brother to him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Ehlers; aunts and uncles Mary Ann  (Ernie) Fiedler, Lloyd (Grace) Ehlers, and Joey and Jim Jurisic; and his grandparents, John and Lorraine Ehlers and Marion Hefel.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Jason Ehlers Memorial Fund has been established.



Prudence L. “Pat” McGeeney


Prudence Laura "Pat" McGeeney, 91, of Dubuque died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm.

Pat was born on September 9th, 1925 to Anthony and Dorothy (Lilly) DeMaio of Dubuque, IA.  She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy where she played basketball and often quipped, "was a star." 

Pat married James J. McGeeney of Charles City, IA on May 30, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. They met on a tennis court, and if you happened to be at Murphy Park on a Sunday after church you would find them enjoying the sport with their family. He preceded her in death on December 13, 2000.

Pat was a bookkeeper at her father's shoe store and was later employed at Jocille's Fashion Corner where she celebrated her passion for people, friendship and fashion.

But it was the blessing of a close knit Italian family that was the center of Pat's life: holiday and impromptu weekend meals with our extended family were an indelible part of life. At the nucleus were "The Sisters": Bea, Pat, Kay & Letty, who found their passion for life in the love, drama & comedy of our family. A vibrant group of women who shaped the lives of the nieces, nephews and grandchildren who love them. 

A devoted member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, a member of Theresian International and a Stonehill Auxiliary volunteer, Pat embraced life with grace, courage, kindness, prayer... and that smile.

She is survived by her children, Jayne (Jeff) Anglin of Dubuque, Robert McGeeney of Dubuque and James (Mary) McGeeney of San Diego, Calif; grandchildren Ryan (Anne) Anglin of Chicago, Ill, Kristen (Kory) Ross of Midland, Mich., Erin McGeeney of San Diego, Calif., Brendan McGeeney of San Diego, Calif., and Ashley Roth of Madison, Wisc.; great-grandchildren Brennan and Owen Anglin of Chicago, Ill., Clayton and Bennett Ross of Midland, Mich., and Ashari Roth of Madison, Wisc.; and two sisters, Kay (Richard) Manternach of Dubuque and Letty (Joseph) Brown of Surprise, Ariz.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Carl DeMaio; a sister, Beatrice Goodmann; two brothers-in-law, Robert McGeeney and Daniel Goodmann; and a sister-in-law Ruth McPartland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center, and especially the staff in her household who never let a day pass without letting Mom know how special she was. Also to Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and professional care.



Mary C. Clark


Mary C. Clark, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m., on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 11, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Mary (Altman) Bresee.

Mary was united in marriage to Lewis Clark on May 17, 1952, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 46 years together, and 8 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 17, 1999. Mary worked at the Tollbridge Inn for many years, but her main priority in life was truly nurturing her family. She loved being a mom and spending quality time with those she loved and adored was always a daily goal for Mary. Mary has sadly made her last trip to the casino and all who knew and loved her have arrived to a new reality with broken hearts today. But we find comfort in knowing that Mary is now reunited with all of her family who've gone home before her and that she'll be waiting comfortably in eternal bliss for us all to be together again in time.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Sherry (Randy) Woolf, Pensacola, FL,
Lewis Clark,
Rosalie (Dennis) Kohl,
Rita (David) Freiburger,
Timothy Clark,
and Mary (Paul) Bosveld, all of Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;

and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Clark; 2 sons Francis and Ernest Clark; a grandson, Dean Wooldridge; and 6 sisters and 2 brothers.

A Mary C. Clark memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, professional and compassionate care of Mary and her family.

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

 



William J. Jungblut


William John "Bill" Jungblut, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully and was reunited with his wife Kathleen on February 25th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4th, 2017 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. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of mass with the rosary being recited before mass.

Bill was born on October 1, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles E. and Helen M. (Lambert) Jungblut. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary in Dubuque, St. Joseph Franciscan Preparatory Seminary in West Mont IL, and Loras Academy.

Bill was a US Navy Veteran serving from 1944 to 1945 and was a member of the American Legion. After serving in the Navy he attended Loras College.

He met Mary Kathleen Milks at General Timber and on September 30th, 1950 they were united in marriage at St. Columbkilles. Mary preceded Bill in death on February 6th, 2017.

Bill worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, and AY McDonald in the pump division. He retired from the City of Dubuque Water Works as a Grade 4 Licensed Operating Engineer.

He enjoyed bowling, playing basketball, softball and hockey, working on computers and playing cards. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

He is survived by his children, Susan M. (Robert) Isenhart, Patricia H. Taylor, Thomas F. (Lyn) Jungblut, James R. Jungblut, and Lawrence C. (Marsha) Jungblut. Nine grandchildren, Aaron (Danelle) Isenhart, Anna Isenhart, Ellie Isenhart, Alicia Taylor, Megan (Clay) Schewe, Sean Jungblut, Kara (Tim) Dobbs, Andrew Jungblut and Austin Jungblut; two great grandchildren, Kristin and Kellen Isenhart; and his sister Madonna Goodsell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son John J. Jungblut, son-in-law Richard Strepka; siblings, Joseph Jungblut, Mary Jane Johannsen, Helen Kraft and Margaret Wallig.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Lucille Schumann Neal


Lucille Caroline Dorothy Schumann Neal, 105, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Lucille's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, immediately following the service.

Lucille Caroline Dorothy Schumann was born on January 7, 1912 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Hansen) Schumann. She married Wilbur Neal on June 1, 1936 in Maquoketa. He passed away on September 26, 1967.

Prior to her marriage, Lucille taught for six years at Myatt School in rural Jackson County. During World War II, Lucille and Wilbur lived in Nebraska, South Dakota, and parts of Iowa. After returning to Maquoketa, they farmed for many years in both Delmar and Maquoketa.

Lucille was a member of the Maquoketa Federated Women's Club, joining in 1945. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for over 60 years and was a past Worthy Matron. She was a longtime member of the Maquoketa Country Club and St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and euchre and belonged to many card clubs. She was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Lucille also was a great cook and hosted many family dinners until she was in her mid-nineties. She was known as "Grandma Lou" and the "cookie grandma". Traveling was another of her favorite things to do. Lucile and her friends went on innumerable bus trips throughout the United States.

Those left to honor Lucille's memory include a daughter Connie (Don) McDonald of Maquoketa, IA, and a son Clark (Paula) Neal of Goodyear, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Jane (Russ) Long of Maquoketa, IA, Don Jay McDonald of Mantua, OH, Kimberly (Chris) Church of Cedar Park , TX, Jason (Tiffany) Neal of Magnolia, TX, and Shawn Neal of Allen TX; and 7 great-grandchildren, Andrew Long, Lucas Long, Rebecca Church, David Church, Taylor Neal, Jaden Neal, and Brady Neal.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Lynne D. McDonald.

Family was very important to Lucille. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of them and their achievements. The family would like to thank the staff at Maquoketa Care Center for their compassionate care of our loved one.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made in Lucille's honor to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or the Jackson County Humane Society.

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



Freda M. Reynolds


Freda Marie (Kirts) Reynolds, 93, of 1905 Alta Vista, passed away on February 26th, 2017 at home.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 4th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Freda was born on June 8, 1923, near Ste. Marie, IL, eldest daughter of Henry J and Lillian Catherine (Yager) Kirts. Starting her life-long teaching career on an emergency teaching certificate in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in southern Illinois, Freda was the first in her family to earn a college degree, a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois State College in 1950, which she bested immediately thereafter by earning her Masters degree in 1952.

Freda leveraged her skills at teaching to travel to Japan, where she met her future husband, Rex, while instructing children on a US Army base there. After their return to the USA, she married Rex V .E. Reynolds on August 16, 1958 in Hollywood, CA. She continued teaching in California and Iowa while raising four children. She is well remembered by her students in the Dubuque Community Schools system - primarily at Bryant Elementary and Hoover Elementary schools from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
Freda and Rex travelled extensively together, circumnavigating the globe. She had an audience with Pope Paul VI, rode an elephant in Thailand, accompanied Rex on a teaching assignment in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, and went on a photography safari in South Africa, among many other adventures.

Freda is survived by her sons Richard, Robert and Ron; her grandchildren Amanda and Jordan Reynolds, Caitlin and Christopher Remakel; her great-grandchildren Aiden and Amelia Hoffman; family members Jeanne Reynolds, Brian Remakel and Doug Couto, her brothers Fred Kirts and George Kirts and family, as well as many, many extended family members and friends.

Freda is preceded in death by her husband Rex, her daughter Cathy, wife of Brian Remakel, her granddaughter Kelly Reynolds, daughter of Richard and Jeanne Reynolds, as well as her sister, Ruth (Kirts) Allen.

They family welcome donations in memory of Freda Reynolds, in lieu of flowers or gifts, to St Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.



Dorothy Frode


Dorothy "Dotty" Frode, 74, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Ennoble Manor. Graveside committal services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dotty was born on October 10, 1942, in Hattiesburg, MS, the daughter of Walter Warren Peffers and Frances Garrick, Frances later married Nicholas Merola. She grew up with her 7 siblings in Bridgeport, CT and graduated from Bassick High School in 1960. She married Gary D. Reel on June 17, 1961, and from this union came her two beloved children; Deanna and David. Dotty would devote the rest of her life to loving and caring for them and their families.

Dotty worked hard to provide a wonderful childhood for her children. She was a telephone operator, Certified Nursing Assistant, a unit secretary at Mercy in cardiac medical and the owner and operator of the Aragon Tap. She had three marriages to some wonderful men in her later years; Clair Shaffer in 1978, Roy Mangeno in 1984 and George Frode in 1998 who she called the love of her life.

Dotty went back to college at the age of 69 and earned her Associates Degree in Social Work from NICC. Despite her health problems she graduated with honors and received a standing ovation at her graduation ceremonies.

Dotty was generous, unselfish and kind. She embraced all who crossed her path with her welcoming nature and willingness to help. "Red" as she was dubbed by her granddaughter Danielle, was the anchor of her family and a once in a lifetime soul. She would make a stranger into a friend in mere minutes. Her passing has left a hole in all our hearts. She will never be forgotten.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Deanna (Roger) Allan, her son David (Jennifer) Reel, her beloved grandchildren, Danielle (Michael) Neyens, Zachary Allan, Dalton Allan, Morgan Mae Allan, Madeline Reel, Hannah Reel, and her awaited great grandson Hudson Neyens; her siblings Lanette Henthorn, Walter Peffers, Mary Frances (Freddy) Buzzel, Angie Besse, Michael Merola, George Merola, Lori Bellacchio and her special companion Vinnie who will be a spoiled dog for the rest of his days.

She was preceded in death by her loving mother Frances "Nana" Merola, and husbands Roy Mangeno and George Frode.

Special thanks to all those who helped make her journey easier; Dr. John Whalen, Dr. McIntosh, Dr. Shaw, the palliative care staff at the University of Iowa, Hospice of Dubuque, Tri-State Dialysis, and Dotty's guardian angels at Ennoble Manor.



June V. Hollenback


June V. Hollenback, 88, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Farley, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. at her daughter's home in Blue Grass, Iowa.

At the request of our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother there will be no public visitation or services. A private burial will be held at a later date. Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on June 9, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, Daughter of Leonard and Viola (Potter) Watters. She received her education at Maquoketa schools. On November 25, 1946 she was united in marriage to Andrew L. Hollenback in Maquoketa, IA. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2007. She was employed as one of the 1st women school bus drivers for the Western Dubuque School District. She drove for 30+ years. After her retirement, she and Andy enjoyed golfing and traveling to Elko, NV.
She loved spending time with many of her kids and grandchildren, playing dice or cards, or just sitting around a bonfire. She liked to crochet and her Sunday trips to Dairy Queen. She also loved to read.

She is survived by ten children, Andrew (Bonita Mausser) Hollenback of Epworth, IA, William "Bill" (Mary Beth) Hollenback of Farley, IA, Rick (JoAnn) Hollenback of Westminster, CO, Sandy (Rick) Gotto, Peggy Kruse and Joseph (Pam Null) Hollenback all of Farley, IA, Mark (Tammi) Hollenback of New Vienna, IA, Chris (Randy) Sindt of Dubuque, IA, Susie (Mike) Maahs of Dyersville, IA and Ann (Jeff) Reddin of Blue Grass, IA; 26 granchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Jack (Pat) Hollenback of Mooresville, NC and Dick (Donna) Hollenback of Fort Meyers, FL; one sister-in-law, Ava Ferlmann of Peoria, IL.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, her son, David Hollenback on June 11, 2012, one son-in-law, Jim"Hooker" Kruse, one grandson, Jacob Hollenback, eight brothers, Conrad, LeRoy, Robert, Melvin, Wesley, Delos, Charles and Allen; two brothers-in-law, Andrew's Twin Billy Boy Hollenback and Robert Hollenback; two sisters-in-law, June (Art) Beier and Virginia (Don) Herbst.

Many family members want to give a special thanks to Mike and Susie Maahs & Jeff and Ann Reddin for all that you have done for Mom. Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital SNICU staff especially, Nurse Karen and Hospice Compassus especially Marcy, Carlos, Don, Wendy and Beth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Eileen M. Meyer


Eileen M. Meyer, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 21st, 2017 at Luther Manor surrounded by family after a courageous fight with Alzheimer's Disease.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 27th, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Lippstock officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Eileen was born on April 13, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Doris (Ertel) O'Neill. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1972 and attended NICC in 1973. She married John J. Meyer on October 27th, 1984 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

She worked for JC Penney's in Dubuque for 22 years and 6 years for the Dubuque Community School District.

Eileen enjoyed walking with her husband on Heritage Trail, Mines of Spain and Swiss Valley Park. She loved to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden, especially tomatoes. She had a passion for arts and crafts, especially her holiday ceramics. Lastly, she enjoyed vacations with her family, which included Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming.

She is survived by her husband, John; three children, Jennifer Meyer and Sara Meyer, both of Dubuque, and Patrick Meyer, of North Liberty, Iowa; her mother, Doris O'Neill, of Dubuque; siblings Terry (Nancy) O'Neill of Denver, CO, Jane (David) Vilbrandt of Janesville, WI, Peggy Howard of Dubuque, Kevin (Kathy) O'Neill of Seattle, WA, Mary Kershner of Denver, CO, and Rick O'Neill of Dubuque; her sister-in-law, Julianne (Tom) Billman, of La Crosse, WI; brother-in-law David Meyer, of Boone, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo; mother- and father-in-law Jerome and Bernice Meyer; and brothers-in-law Stephen Howard and Bryan Kershner.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Runde and staff, Dr. Yasyn Lee and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, and Luther Manor staff for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Eileen.



Martha A. Laaker


Martha A Laaker, 94, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  All in Dubuque.

Martha was born on May 14, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Elsie Oakley. She graduated from Senior High School and as a young woman worked in the offices of the Adams Co. and the Butter Co. in Dubuque.

She married Clifford Laaker in September, 1947 in Dubuque. They farmed near Lamont and raised three children. In addition to being a farm wife, she worked as a bookkeeper for J.M. Jones Co. in Manchester and was a teacher's aide at Starmont High School in Strawberry Point. Cliff preceded her in death on May 19, 1984.

Martha was an active member and longtime treasure of Grace Methodist Church in Lamont. She helped make many banners for the church, which are still on display and enjoyed today. She was active in Eastern Star, Garden Club, Card Club, and Starmont Boosters. She was an avid Hawkeyes and Cubs fan.

She had a loving manner and made many friends. After Cliff's death she enjoyed traveling with her brother and sister-in-law, visiting England, The Holy Land, Alaska and the Panama Canal.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother and was happiest when her entire family was together, especially at holidays.

Those left to cherish her memory as her sons, Gerald (Arlene) of Dubuque, Kenneth (Dianna) of Sterling, Ill., and daughter, Susan (Bob) Rude of Minneapolis, Mn.; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Joel, Kelsey, Kyle and Grace; great- grandchildren, Jada, Vanessa, Alison, Emily, Jacob, Isla, Cullen, and Landon; brother, Roger (Betty) Oakley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty; and daughter-in-law, Jean.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunset Park Place, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Ivadell Brehm


Ivadell "Ivy" Brehm 78 formerly of 9919 Cottingham Road Peosta passed away at 2:45 am Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers Officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 24th, 2017 Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Ivadell "Ivy" Marie Brehm was born November 22, 1938, the daughter of Jerry and Adele (Schlosser) Burns. She grew up on a farm in the Bernard area. On September 9, 1958 she married William Brehm. Together they farmed and raised their six sons near Peosta.

Ivy was very active in the community, from participation with the Western Dubuque Bobcat Marching Band Bandparents to the Dubuque County Democrat Party, which honored her in 2013 by inducting her into their Hall of Fame. Ivy was very proud of the several years she served as the first woman on the Western Dubuque School Board.
Ivy is survived by sons, Merlin (Sharon) of Savanna, Illinois, Patrick (Sheila) of Dubuque, Philip (Kay) of Footville, Wisconsin, Cletus (Annette) of Zwingle, Lyle (Jenny) of Dysart, her 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her brother Terry (Pam) of Bernard.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her son Alvin, and her parents.



Lois I. Astgen


Lois I. Astgen 91, of Lake Ridge Dr., died Monday, February 20, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Lois was born October 12, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa , the daughter of John and Loretta (Varker) Launspach. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In that same year, on October 16th, Lois married Delmer "Sonny" Astgen. He preceded her in death on September 10, 1973. Lois was a drapery seamstress for many years at Kahle's Carpet and Floor Covering and enjoyed being with family and reading.

Surviving are her children, John (soulmate Karen) Astgen of Blaine, MN, Scott (Rita) Astgen of Blue Grass, IA, Rob (Mary) Astgen of Dubuque, IA and Molly (Lorne) Cullen of Peosta, IA; her sister Joan Jacob of Mesa, AZ and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Delmer "Sonny"; her daughter Sherry Slowik; and her sister Shirley Launspach.

The Astgen Family wishes to extend a special thanks to Lori and Linda of Alverno apartments for their wonderful care.
As per Lois's wishes, a private family graveside services will be held Wednesday at Highview Cemetery, Epworth, IA.



Austin J. Walling


Austin J. Walling, age 24, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly as the result of a motorcycle accident, on Saturday, February 18, 2017. To honor Austin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. William M. Joensen officiating. To celebrate Austin's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Austin was born on June 1, 1992, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Donna (Fay) Walling.

Austin was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School Class of 2010. After school he went to work for his father's business at The Locksmith Express, but he also eagerly invested many hours working at Fagan's Hobby Shop and handing out fresh cinnamon rolls at the yearly Hobby Shows. Austin was united in marriage to Taylor "Minnie" Avery on July 29, 2016, in Dubuque. Although their union has been much too short, they were truly blessed with one beautiful son, Patrick. Austin was a good man with a loveable and quirky personality who definitely desired to live life to its fullest. Many moments would bring Austin great joy throughout his 24 years here among us. He has faithfully attended air shows since the tender age of 4, he would work diligently to learn to play the sax, he would fly his RC airplane with friends in the Platteville Flyers, and he would find subtle moments of tranquility while creating his newest pen at his woodworking table. But Austin's most treasured moments though were undeniably the time he would spend with his family and friends. He took great pride in being a wonderful husband and father, but he never quite relinquished completely his role of son, brother and grandson as his new responsibilities emerged in life. He loved everyone equally and would always share his acts of kindness whenever an opportunity would arise. Unfortunately, Austin has been called home much too early along his earthly journey. He has sadly taken his last bike ride here and left a trail of broken hearts behind. We know that his light will continue to shine on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, but we can barely imagine the day where we don't feel a pain so deep and true that it literally takes our breath away. We love you Austin, we miss you more than words can express, and until we meet again; may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!

Those left to cherish Austin's memory include

his wife,
Taylor "Minnie" Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Patrick Oliver Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Dan and Donna Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger, Des Moines, IA
and Nicholas Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his nephew,
Noah Boosinger, Des Moines, IA;

his grandmothers,
Marie Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his mother in-law,
Marianne Avery, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Walling and Oliver Fay; his father-in-law, Bruce Avery; and a cousin, Dan Fay.

An Austin J. Walling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Vernon I. Brunsman


Vernon I. Brunsman, 89, of Dyersville, and formerly of New Vienna, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque peacefully with his family at his side.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm, and a VFW service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017, in St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Vernon was born February 14, 1928, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, spending most of his time in Germany.

After returning he met Norma Goedken at a dance in Petersburg. They were married Nov. 25, 1954, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they began farming near Farley, and then moved to their farm west of New Vienna, raising hogs and dairy cattle. They remained on the farm for fifty years until retiring and moving to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in 2011.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna and its Holy Name Society, the Swiss Valley Farms Dairy Cooperative, and the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736. He was proud to have been on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in September of 2013. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma; his children: Ron Brunsman of Hopkinton,Wayne (Denise) Brunsman of New Vienna, Phil (Betty) Brunsman of Farley, Janet Brunsman and Karen (Glen) Hahn, both of Dyersville, and Connie (Roger) Rivard of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Brunsman, Wade Brunsman, Brent (Joan) Brunsman, Ross (fiancé Liz Coyle) Brunsman, Maty (fiancé Adam McCarraher) Brunsman, Tracy (special friend Matt Kayser) Brunsman, Sara and Molly Hahn, Elizabeth, Regina, Jeremy, Angela and Therese Rivard; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie du Chien, WI; in-laws: Inez (Francis) Hermsen of Manchester, Valeria Bockenstedt of Manchester, Laverne (Patsy) Goedken of Luxemburg, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Asbury, John (Marilyn) Goedken of Petersburg, Germaine Goedken of Dubuque and Marv (Jan) Rolfes of Colesburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Benjamin Brunsman; siblings: Alma Brunsmann, Louis Brunsmann, Ray Brunsmann; in-laws: Vincent Hoeger, Gilbert Goedken, Helen (Emil) Wilgenbusch, Stella (Leo) Demmer, Mary Lou (Elmer) Engelken, Irvin Bockenstedt, Patricia Rolfes.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for their care, concern and friendship over the last five years, and the staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Lucille B. Kelchen


Lucille B. Kelchen, 92, of Farley, Iowa, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lucille may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.
Services for Lucille will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born February 29, 1924 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Lawrence and Emma (Krogman) Funke. She received her education from the rural country schools and St. Paul's School in Worthington. On April 10, 1945 she was united in marriage to Joseph E. Kelchen at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2007. Together they farmed and raised their family south of Farley.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family, and by her example, she instilled in her children the values of faith and a good work ethic.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by three sons, Larry (Carol) Kelchen and Dick (Norma) Kelchen, both of Farley, IA, and Steve Kelchen of Dubuque, IA; a daughter, Jayne (Mark) Hoeger of Farley, IA; 8 grandchildren; Julie (Mike) Massey, Dave (Jill) Kelchen, Molly (Dave) Hoefer, Sarah (Brian) Eiben, Craig (Jenny) Kelchen, Marty (Jessie) Kelchen, Michelle (Jeff) Geistkemper, and Matt (Amanda) Hoeger; 19 great-grandchildren and one baby Hoeger due in March; one brother, Marvin (Rose Lee) Funke of Dyersville, IA; one sister, Norma Link of Dyersville, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Kay Funke of Monticello, IA, Kathleen Funke of Worthington, IA and Mary Ostwinkle of Placid, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Deloras (Clarence) Sabers, Grace (Gib) Link, and Irma (Ray) Hess; four brothers, Gilbert (Mary) Funke, Donald Funke, LeVern L. "Bud" (Irene) Funke, and Eldon Funke; brothers- and sisters-in-law Lawrence Link, Colette (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Alvina Kelchen, Ray (Rachel) Kelchen, Edward Kelchen, Ella (John) Gross, and Bill Ostwinkle.

Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for their personal and loving care of our mother for the last eight years. Your home became her home because of you. You touched her life in a very special way just like she had done to yours. Also, thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support this past week.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert M. Houselog


Robert M. "Bob" "Smiles" Houselog, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Bob was born on September 24, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog, Sr. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, and received his Purple Heart medal.

He married Gertrude Trace on July 11, 1953 at St. Raphael Cathedral, where he was a parishioner his whole life.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years until retirement.

In his early years, Bob played ball with his brothers, he enjoyed to golf, gamble, play horseshoes, and go fishing and vacationing in Minnesota for 50 years. Bob mostly enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events and did not like to miss any. He was a thoughtful, generous, and kind man who will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife Gertrude; daughter Janet Hines; son Ken (Amy) Houselog; granddaughters Shannon (Jake) Veach, Stacey (Jon Kluck) Hines, Ashley (Mark) Thul, Courtney (Jon) DeShaw, along with six great-grandchildren and one on the way; and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, and Lois Houselog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Joseph (Helen) Houselog, Arthur "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, Ronnie Houselog, Merl (Jane) Houselog, Wayne Houselog, Jean Smith, and his son-in-law, Jeff Hines.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Ryan and Lindsey for all the care and kindness they provided.



Arla F. Edwards


Arla F. Edwards, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, February 18, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Arla's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 23, 2017, from the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Arla Faye Burmahl was born on February 9, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry and Alverda (Hinke) Burmahl. She was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later that same year married the love of her life, Robert Jerry "Bob" Edwards on July 5, 1959 in Maquoketa. To this union five children were born: Pam, Sherri, Doug, Robert and Arlan.

Arla had worked as a waitress at the Green Mille Cafe in Maquoketa, and then as a bartender, first at The Legion and most notably at Slip's Inn. Lastly, she worked as a CNA at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

Arla was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Harmony United Church of Christ in Zwingle. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, listening to country music, sitting outside in the sun and keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Arla's memory include her children, Pam (Mark) Neudorff of Iowa City, IA, Sherry (Kevin) Zeimet of Bellevue, IA, Doug (April) Edwards of Delmar, IA, Robert (Shaun) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Arlan (Carmen) Edwards of Coon Rapids, MN; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Judee) Burmahl of Wyoming, IA; and a sister, Bonnie Harms of Cedar Rapids, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert "Bob" on July 26, 1989; a sister, Margaret Davison; and a brother, George Burmahl.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arla F. Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Luke Thielen


Luke Thielen, age 34, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:00 p.m.

Luke was born on December 18th, 1982, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lenny and Kathy (Rubel) Thielen. He graduated from Hempstead High school in 2004.

Luke volunteered for many organizations, most recently with Kunkel & Associates, Inc.

Luke will be missed more than words could ever describe, but he will always be in the hearts of his loved ones and many other special friends.

Although his health may have slowed him up physically from time to time, his love for others only grew stronger. In the time he spent with us, he taught his family, friends and many others the true meaning of life. He taught us to love life, to cherish life and to live life to the fullest. Luke touched the hearts of everyone he met, he was truly a gift and a joy to all who knew him.

Luke will always be remembered for his love of sports. He had a winning spirit and his "team" always won. He could be found at many games wearing the jerseys from both teams, but the winning team's jersey would always prevail.
Luke had a love for music and dancing, he enjoyed every opportunity he could to "give concerts" to his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to many concerts and plays. Karaoke was another love of Luke's, whether on his own or at events, we will always remember his unique karaoke skills.

With his Grandpa Rubel, Grandpa and Grandma Thielen, uncles Lynn and Terry, and cousin Brody who proceeded him in death, he is now laughing, singing and watching over all of us.

Left to carry on his memory are his parents, Lenny and Kathy; his sister Erin (Rob) Sieverding; his brothers Cody (special friend Courtney), and Cory (special friend Christy); two very special nieces, Kylie and Jadya. His many aunts and uncles, who were all his "favorite". Many, many wonderful cousins and his very special friends who became part of his and our family.

In Lieu of flowers a Luke Thielen memorial has been established.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, Dr. Sullivan and his many great Doctors and Nurses throughout the years. Also, his family and friends for their support throughout Luke's life.

Rest in peace Luke, may your wings take you to the brightest star in the sky.



Donna M. DeMoss


Donna M. DeMoss, 78, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque after a long and courageous battle with ill health. When her family rallied around her in the hospital bed there was standing room only. As a testament to the outpouring of love the family had for Donna they managed to fit over 30 people in her hospital room to say a prayer.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Donna Mae was born on April 4, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Gary and Alice (Howard) Liston. Her dad died at an early age and her mom later remarried Frank Risden who adopted Donna and her siblings. She was educated in Maquoketa Schools and later earned her Certified Home Health Certificate. She married Joseph Franklin DeMoss on January 21, 1954 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death by on February 13, 2009.

Donna was a homemaker and mother who farmed with her husband for many years. She had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for six years and as a Home Health Aide for over 20 years.

Donna enjoyed watching her birds, playing Euchre, "Ladies Day" Mondays, Four Wheeling in the timber, going "up north" to the casinos, and hunting mushrooms and ginseng. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. No one was a stranger at Donna's house and she treated everyone who visited like family.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her children, Donald (Sylvia) DeMoss of Baldwin, IA, Doug (Pam) DeMoss of Monmouth, IA, Brenda (Tim) Groves of Baldwin, IA, and Steve (Susie) DeMoss of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law Kim DeMoss of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brothers Gerald (Kaye) Risden of Gilbert, IA, and Vincent (Sharon) Risden of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; and 3 granddogs, Molly, Bella and Herkie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Annabell, Martha, Barbara and Mary, her husband Joseph, infant daughters Cindy Lou and Sandy Sue, and a son Thomas F. DeMoss on September 5, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donna M. DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Norman J. Nelson


Norman J. Nelson, age 93, of Cedar Rapids, IA and formerly of Madison, WI, and Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:43 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Heritage Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Norman's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Norman's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services beginning at 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 10:45 a.m. at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Norman was born on August 4, 1923, Pleasant Springs, WI, son of Olaf and Jennie (Dahl) Nelson.

Norman would join the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and go on to honorably spend the next 3 years of his life fighting for freedom during WWII. Upon completing his active service, Norman's military experience would play a role throughout the remainder of his years and he would not only devote valuable time to the V.F.W., but also faithfully advocate and petition for the release of Prisoners of War. Norman was united in marriage to Maxine Upham on May 28, 1948, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. Their union would be blessed with 43 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters, before she was called home ahead of him on October 29, 1992. They had moved to Dubuque, IA., in 1963, where Norman ran the retread shop at Firestone Tire before retiring in 1985. But Norman wasn't finished working yet; he went on to work part-time at Turpin Dodge as a parts runner and would finally permanently retire at the fine young age of 92. Norman wasn't all about work though; if his Packers were on the field, the fish were biting, or the bowling lanes were wiped down and ready to go, you could be sure to find Norman participating in a little downtime. Norman was also a loyal and longtime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque and his faith life has now found it's final destination after his 93 year journey. We will miss him dearly, and remember him fondly, but we find peace because we know and trust that he's catching up with his loving wife, beautiful daughter and beloved family in a most glorious reunion and that we'll thankfully see him again one day.

Those left to cherish Norman's memory include

his daughters,
Norma Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Sharon Adams, Hazel Green, WI
and Sandy (Keith) Vogt, Cedar Rapids, IA;

10 grandchildren,
Lisa (Jeff) Vogel, Cathy (Dan) Richeson, Phillip Williams, Sheila (Chance Heath) Williams, Michelle Weber, Becky Adams, Sam (Megan) Adams, Charity (Jeremy) Frey, Caleb (Lindsey) Adams and Eva Vogt;

19 great-grandchildren;

2 great great-grandchildren;

and 2 sisters,
Jeanette Strassman
and Corrine Thomas, McFarland, WI.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Maxine; a daughter, Cindy Nelson; his siblings, Harold Nelson in infancy, Harold (Denise) Nelson, Pearl (Marv) Marks and Esther (Floyd) Richmond; a son-in-law, Eldon Adams; a former son-in-law, Phillip Williams; and 2 brothers-in-law, Del Strassman and Jack Thomas.

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

Norman's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Specialty Care and Care Initiatives Hospice for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Norman and his family.

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

 



Ronald B. Bedtka


Ronald B. Bedtka, age 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:33 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Ron was born on July 24, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Bernard and Caroline (Kahn) Bedtka.

Ron grew up in Dubuque and learned the value of faith and family from a very young age. He would invest his working years at Adams Company and John Deere Dubuque Works, but it was the end of the day which brought Ron true joy. His devotion to his Creator and Savior were continually on display. If Ron wasn't studying his bible, or listening to the most recent weekly sermon, you could be sure to find him spreading his faith, in both words and actions, and sharing the Good News with anybody who would listen. A merely mortal soul, as we all are, but a consummate Christian till the end. Ron would also discover that a very close 2nd to his walk with the Lord, was the time he would get to spend with his family and friends. Any opportunity to surround himself with those he loved and adored was always a moment to be treasured. Sadly, Ron has finished his earthly journey today and must leave us with only his memories and lessons to retain. But we have no doubt that he is resting peacefully in his Heavenly Estate, and we have all been given the chance to accept the grace necessary to see him again.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his children,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, LaMotte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque, IA,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL,
Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA
and Tim (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 grandchildren,
Austin Hoffman and Kaylee Bedtka,
Tyler and Lanie Bedtka,
Jackson, Hannah and Henry Weber,
Eli Bedtka,
Kailey, Ellah and Joseph Bedtka;

and his siblings,
Lucy (Ron) Britt, Cambridge, IL,
Dave (Jeanette) Bedtka, Oak Lawn, IL,
Diane (Don) Holz, Dubuque, IA,
Tom (Debra) Bedtka, Dodgeville, WI,
Linda Bedtka, Baldwin, IA,
Tammy Bedtka, Decorah, IA
and Laura (Mike) Frommelt, Baldwin, IA;

his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Brian Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Jodee Bedtka, Prairie du Chien, WI.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Abygail Bedtka; a grandson, Lukas Bedtka; and his siblings, Patricia Fay and Larry Bedtka.

A Ronald B. Bedtka memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ron's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and ManorCare, for all of their kind, caring and professional care of Ron and his family.

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

 



James A. Baird, III

James Albert Baird III, infant son of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully to the loving arms of his Lord and Savior at 12:04 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN, surrounded by his adoring family. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate James' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

James was born on February 7, 2017, in Rochester, MN, son of James and Elizabeth (Walsh) Baird II.

Although James would only get to spend 6 days with his family here on earth, he has undeniably left a permanent and positive imprint on all whom love him. His little hands and beautiful face will always hold a hallowed spot in our minds and although we will be physically separated for some time, we will continue to religiously nurture our spiritual and emotional bonds on a daily basis. The pain, confusion and sorrow are almost more than we can bear today, but we trust that our Lord has a plan in everything and we will patiently allow time and His mercy to slowly heal our broken hearts. James' arrival was early, and his stay was brief, but we all know that we have a most precious angel now watching over us until we too are called home and get to finally see James again in his full and perfect glory.

Those left to cherish James' memory include

his loving parents,
James and Elizabeth Baird II, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
James (Suzanne) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Donna Walsh, Dubuque, IA
and Robert Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

his great-grandparents;

his aunts and uncles,
Maxine (Michael) Hinkle, Spring Hill, FL,
David (fiancé Tianna Sunderland) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Eileen Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Jack Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Tommy Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Amber (Jason) Sike, Twinsburg, OH,
Evy Walsh, Spring Hill, FL,
Josephine Walsh (James' Godmother), Spring Hill, FL,
Hannah (Nicholas) Alaimo, Spring Hill, FL,
Marta Walsh, Spring Hill, FL
and Luke Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

and several great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

James has sadly been preceded in death by other Walsh Angel Aunts and Uncles who were surely waiting at the Heavenly Gates to welcome him home.

A James Albert Baird III memorial fund has been established.

James' family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary's Hospital for all of their kindness and compassionate understanding.

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

 



David A. Copeland


David A. Copeland, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born June 11, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Ross and Velma "Lavon" (Hillery) Copeland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1964 where he was class president and enjoyed playing many sports. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1969. He served in the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.

David worked at K-Mart for 41 years, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed camping, bird watching, sports, photography, and visits from his grandchildren. He is known for his kind and wonderful soul as well as being an admirable father.

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Garrett) Mess of Dubuque; two sons, David W. (Tiffany) Copeland of Des Moines and Shawn (Jennifer) Larson of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Keith (Jean) Copeland of South Beloit, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope for his exceptional and compassionate care. Thanks also to Hospice of Dubuque & staff at Ennoble Manor for their wonderful care.

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

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



Mary E. Clemen


Mary E. Clemen, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 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 to 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 20, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary was born October 10, 1925, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of John C. and Mary M. (Faulkner) Bluel.  She grew up in Rockwell, Iowa and later attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois. 

Mary was united in marriage to Cletus H. Clemen on June 15, 1946, at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwell. Together they raised their family on a farm near Ryan, Iowa. In 1978 they moved to Dyersville, Iowa. Mary broke ground as the first woman full-time field representative for the Catholic Order of Foresters Life Insurance Company from 1956 to 2010. She was the Catholic Order of Foresters first woman million dollar producer. With the Foresters she had many accomplishments including president of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors (NAFIC), Iowa Fraternal Congress, and the Iowa’s Association of FICs.

Mary was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Dyersville. She sang with the Resurrection Choir, was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of many prayer groups. She was also an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her three sons: Dr. Michael J. (Judith) Clemen of St. Augustine, FL., David A. (Vinh) Clemen of Mililani, Hawaii, and LTC (Ret) Gerald T. (Gabriele) Clemen of Oak Island, NC; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Josephine Schmitt of Ankeny, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cletus, in 1989; one son, William; a daughter, Mary Ann Watts; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Clemen; and siblings John Bluel and Margaret Vosberg.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for their wonderful care.



Anita L. Skahill


Anita L. Skahill, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 16th at Mercy Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be on Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Anita Lois Hingtgen was born on December 27, 1929 in Bellevue, IA, the daughter of Ted and Anna (Kramer) Hingtgen. She attended St. Mary's grade school in Dubuque and graduated in 1947 from Dubuque Senior High School.

Anita married her beloved husband of 61 years,
Robert L. Skahill, on May 30, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Anita worked in the office of JC Penney for eight years, then stayed home to care for their children. She was a volunteer at Holy Ghost School while her four children were in attendance there. She also worked for the Sisters of Charity, BVM Center at Mount Carmel for eight years.

Anita relished time with her children and grandchildren, especially when the family gathered for special occasions. Her children remember her as a loving, generous, and fun-loving Mother who provided all she could for her family, while encouraging them to live good lives and be
successful in the pursuit of their goals.

She loved reading, water walking, golf, and time spent with her many friends. She delighted everyone with her baked goods and spent endless hours playing cards and board games with each of her grandchildren. Attending the sporting events of her children and grandchildren was
a highlight of her life.

Anita is survived by her loving husband and four devoted children: Michael (Sandra) Skahill of Asbury, IA and their children Shaun (Amber) Skahill of Omaha, NE and Erin Skahill of Indianapolis, IN; Susanne (Tom) Henson of Marion, IA and their children Lauren (Jeff) Aleshire
of Mission Woods, KS and Luke Henson of Dillon, CO; Mark (Rebecca) Skahill of Dubuque, IA and their children Wesley Skahill of Menominee, MI, Madalyn (Ben) James of West Des Moines, IA, Owen and Cathryn Skahill of Dubuque, IA; and, Sara (Denis) Schaefer of Grimes, IA and their children Corey Schaefer of Chicago, IL and Joseph Schaefer of Grimes, IA. She is also survived
by her sister, Carol (Ken) Neuwohner, of Geneseo, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Anna Hingtgen; and three brothers, Harvey Hingtgen and his wife Geneva, Eugene Hingtgen and his wife Mary, and Don Hingtgen.



Loretta C. Bahl


Loretta Clara Bahl, 92, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Loretta was born November 1, 1924.  She was the daughter of Leo and Lorraine (Stillmunkes) Siegert.

Loretta graduated from Dubuque Senior High School "Class of 42". She was employed by Interstate Power Company and worked there until her marriage to Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl on November 23, 1944. They raised 3 sons Steven, Mark and Mike. Loretta and Bub operated a farm West of Dubuque. Loretta was very happy on their farm. She had a large garden to care for and special chores she did to help with the operation of the farm. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge and euchre. She was a member of several card clubs. She was an avid Cubs fan.

Loretta was a volunteer at Resurrection church. She worked in the mail room, was a money counter and with the help of several ladies organized the first funeral dinners at the parish. She also helped gather pictures and information for the St. Philomena section of the Parish Directory. She was member of the prayer chain and enjoyed praying for those people in need of prayers.

Loretta's greatest joy was her family. She loved all of those precious children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her beloved family; sons and daughters in law, Steven and Sandy Bahl, Mark and Michelle Bahl, Mike and Julie Bahl; her grandchildren, Brian and Rhonda Bahl, Teri (Bahl) and Kartik Athreya, Reverend Greg E. Bahl, Eric and Paula Bahl, Jason and Becca Bahl, Russell Bahl, Justin Bahl, and Kelly Bahl.  Her precious great-grandchildren Uma, Suryan and Skanda Athreya, Jacob and Regan Bahl, Logan, Kellan and Payton Bahl. She is also survived by her sister Marlene Brimeyer, her brother Robert Siegert, and sister-in-law Betty Tigges.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl, her parents Leo and Lorraine Siegert, her brothers and sister in law, Arnold and June Siegert and Al Siegert, her sisters and brothers in law LaVina and Bob Kleis and Sally and George Reavell, her sister-in-law, Virginia Siegert, her brother-in-law LaVerne Brimeyer and her in-laws George and Mary Bahl and all of their family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Christine Sinsky and Hospice or Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care. 

 

 



William F. Weber


William F. Weber, 93 died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kenned Rd where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9:30- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

William was born on October 30, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Nicholas and Mathilda (Freiburger) Weber.

He served our country in the United States Army during WWII from June 14, 1943 - October 13, 1945. While in combat he was wounded in France on August 7, 1944 and in Luxemborg on December 7, 1944. He fought in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. On December 16, 1944 he became a POW in Germany and was liberated on April 2, 1945. William received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

William met his future wife, Anne Duggan at the Melody Mill Dance Hall in Dubuque. They were married in 1952. Many weekends were spent dancing, which was their favorite pastime.

William was employed at Flexsteel Industries as an upholsterer for 35 years.

Surviving are his children, Patricia Glider, of Epworth, IA, Steven (Elly) Weber, of Dubuque and Amy (Weber) Ostrander, of New Vienna, OH; grandchildren, Josh Glider, Ryan (Suzanne) Weber, Braydn (Marta) Weber, Jordan Weber, Collin Weber, Corey Weiner, Brianna Ostrander (fiancé Mike Perry), and Amber Ostrander; a step- granddaughter, Kara (Todd) Trentz; great- grandchildren, Mackenzy Weiner, Jayden Murphy, Paisley Pinkerton, Makoa Weber, Huxley Weber, Bailey and Emily Trentz; sisters, Marcella Konzen and Ione Smith; brothers-in-law, Don Duggan, Gene Ahman, Bill (Jane) Duggan and Clem Schmitt; sister-in-law, Mae Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; parents; son-in-law, Steve Glider; brother, Nicholas Weber; sisters, Mathilda Beadle and Rosemary Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Dave Beadle, Louis Konzen, Tim Smith, Jack Duggan, and Don Elgin; sisters-in-law, Jeanie Duggan and Helen Ahman; and nephews, Dennis Beadle and Phillip Konzen.

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

A William Weber memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Salas, Dr. Muir, Hospice of Dubuque and the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

 



Elizabeth M. McClain


Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born on April 14, 1925, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Leytem) Honerbaum.

Betty was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Herbert H. McClain on July 31, 1946, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 years together, and 5 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 14, 1981. Betty was a dedicated employee who earnestly worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot, William T. Conery and J.C. Penney, before eventually retiring after 29 years of loyal service. Betty's faith was very important to her, and she was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, before joining Holy Spirit Parish after St. Mary's closed. She was a very social woman who was also a dedicated member of the Betty's Club of Dubuque, and the J.C. Penney's Retirees Club. Betty was a talented seamstress who very much enjoyed her craft and the hum of her sewing machine. She was also an excellent cook who has pleased many a palates over the years with her famous cookies. Thankfully, Betty was generously given the opportunity to spend 91 years along her earthly journey, and the love she shared and spread along the way will provide comfort for those she loved and adored until we see her again.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Joan (James) Reinsbach, Fennimore, WI,
Debra Krier, Dubuque, IA,
Willard McClain, Hazel Green, WI
and Dennis (Ann) McClain, Hazel Green, WI;

24 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

a half-brother,
Dale "Joe" (Carol) Honerbaum, Hanover, IL;

and her step-siblings,
David Kuntz, TX,
Carol Colon
and Linda (Lloyd) Bushell, AZ.

Betty was preceded in death by, her parents; her husband, Herbert H. McClain; a son, Bob H. McClain; 2 grandsons, Gary McClain and Joe McClain; a great-granddaughter, Maranda Nelson; 2 sisters, Bernadine (Bernard) Duffy and Connie Simon; and a brother, James (Marilyn) Honerbaum.

An Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the caring, compassionate and professional care they provided to Betty and her family.

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

 



Margaret A. Benda


Margaret Ann Benda, 86, formerly of South Grandview Ave, Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Msgr Thomas Zinkula will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 17, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where there will be a rosary and sharing service at 7 p.m.

Margaret was born June 23, 1930 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Charles and Margaret (Morgan) Connell. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1947. She attended the University of Iowa Nursing School, graduating in 1951. She married Dr. Thomas J. Benda on September 6, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church, Cedar Falls. They moved to Des Moines for Tom's internship in 1953 then back to Iowa City for his residency. She worked throughout that time in Des Moines then back at UI Hospitals, as a nurse and eventually as Head Nurse on the Medical Ward. In 1957, she and Tom moved to Dubuque and her professional career as a nurse went on hiatus. After her youngest started school, Margaret returned to school at the University of Dubuque, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980. Soon after she returned to work at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) as a visiting nurse, and sat on the VNA Board. Later she was actively involved as a volunteer for Hospice of Dubuque. In later years she volunteered at Stonehill Care Center, feeding the residents.

Mom and Dad raised 8 children. Mom loved to be surrounded by her family. She spent countless hours making the perfect meal to feed her family so they could gather around the table and talk and laugh. She made holidays and birthdays special for everyone. She was careful not to show favorites and her love was obvious to each of her 8 children and 18 grandchildren. Her wisdom will always be with us. She taught us to be kind, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all". She taught us humility. She was proud and praised our accomplishments, but if looking for accolades for doing our chores or homework we heard, "what do you want, a medal or a chest to pin it on?" Managing 8 kids is tough work, so she taught us self reliance; Q "What's for lunch?" A "Whatever you want to make", Q" Where's my _____?" A"I don't know where I left it the last time I wore it". This and much more has been passed on to the next generations.

Margaret loved to entertain. She and her good friends held terrific dinner parties for each other, and loved each other's company. Tom and Margie were active supporters of the Dubuque community, generous with their time and treasure. They always had somewhere to be on Saturday night, whether it was The Dubuque Symphony, a play, a fundraiser or a party. Margaret loved to travel, garden, knit, needle point, and read, but most of all she loved to watch or listen to the Cubs. Though she lived through it, the ravages of Alzheimer's kept her from appreciating her beloved Cubs big win.

She was a devoted and active member of the Catholic Church. Margaret and Tom walked to and from St. Columbkille 6:45 a.m. daily Mass for decades. They were active members of the Cursillo and CEW Retreat Programs. Margaret was very involved in Birthright of Dubuque, and would speak in the Dubuque High Schools about Right to Life issues. Mom was a team member on several TEC retreats. She was devoted to the Rosary. Margaret was on the St. Columbkille Parish Council and volunteered for numerous Parish functions. She held several roles in the Theresians. Margaret and Tom were active members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter in law Chris Benda and her children Sam, Chuck, and Natalie; her sons and daughters, John (Anne) Benda of St. Paul, and their children, Peter and Libby; Anne (Terry) Farrell of St. Paul, and their son Sean; Therese (Mitch) Moore of Rochester MN and their children, Ben, Mollie (Scott)
Wigen and Maddie; Dr Tom Jr. (Anne) Benda of Dubuque and their children, Lydia and Jack; Margaret "Peggy" (Livius) d'Uscio of Rochester MN, and their children Lucia and Sarah; Martha (Mike McCarthy) Benda of St. Paul, and their children Thomas, Audrey and Grace; and Jane (Jim) Clawson of Centennial CO, and their children Will and Kate; her sister Mary Davis; her brother Charles (Joanne) Connell Jr.; her sister in law Thelma Loes; and brother in law Jim Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dr. Thomas Benda Sr.; her son Dennis Benda, her brothers Philip (Isabel) Connell and Jim (Anne) Connell; her sister Jane (Richard) Nehlsen; and her brother in law, Grant Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center. The family would like to thank Mary Jo Chapman and Jean Kilby for their regular Wednesday afternoon visits and Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their excellent care.

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



Philip W. Cornelius


Philip Wayne Cornelius has been called to the Staff of the Supreme Commander. He joins his family: parents, Fred and Eva (Gurtner) Cornelius of East Dubuque; brothers, Eugene, Frederick, and John Cornelius, and sister, Ann Cornelius Brown; his wife of 42 years Esther Zelie; step-son Delbert Lassus, and step-daughter Jeanne Lassus Marden.

Phil was born and raised in East Dubuque, leaving before graduation from high school to join the Navy in 1940 and fight in the Pacific. He was very proud of his service onboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3), was an avid body-builder and a Navy boxing champ, and treasured the secret work he did as a cryptologic technician at the National Security Agency in Washington, DC. Phil retired as a Communications Technician Chief after 20 years of military service. He continued in the Fleet Reserves and his civil service career as a postal carrier for another 10 years in Napa, CA, before retiring to his Mt. Veeder home there with his wife Esther. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loving to drive his Land Rover far and wide. He was also an amateur ham radio operator, keeping in touch with his Navy buddies all over the world, W6KRY was always on the air.

After Esther passed away, Phil returned to Illinois and spent the next 17 years with his good friend from East Dubuque High School days, Marge Beadle, helping out on her farm in Galena. He was deeply saddened when his dear companion passed away in 2013.

Affectionately known as "Phil the Pill" at Bell Tower Retirement Community, he spent most of his last few years in the same building he went to high school in, surrounded by many new friends. Stationed at "his" chair in the hallway, he was a primary fixture, who filled the days with singing, great stories and much laughter. He loved to recount his days of delivering newspapers in his neighborhood, saving up his money to buy his cherished trumpet. During his high school days he was a member of the James Hillard Band, a 12-member big band group, out of Galena. He still polished that trumpet every week.

One of the major highlights of his life was being presented his honorary high school diploma in 2012 at a reunion of all East Dubuque High School graduation classes through 1975. He was very surprised and touched that they would think of him after all those years.  

Phil is survived by step-son George Lassus of Buckeye, AZ, and an assortment of step-grand and great-grandchildren.

Phil's family, especially his step-granddaughter Cherie Collins of Coronado, CA, wishes to express our deep appreciation to Allen Beadle and his family for taking such good care of Phil for so many years and to the staff and residents of Bell Tower, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness, caring and support. Our deepest love and gratitude goes out to Sharon Sweeney, a true friend and angel in Phil's life...thank you so much for being there for him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Mary's Church of East Dubuque, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Phil will be buried near his parents in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is coordinating the arrangements. 



Jean A. Graf

Jean A. Graf, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Jean's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. To celebrate Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jean was born on November 30, 1929, in Galena, IL, daughter of Raymond and Berniece (Ripperda) Houtakker.

Jean was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, Class of 1947, and then went on to proudly continue her education with the University of Minnesota. Most of her career was spent working as a secretary for various companies around town before finally retiring from Prudential Insurance. She was united in marriage to Thomas Graf in 1955, in Mason City, Iowa. Sadly, they would later divorce, but not before being blessed with 3 wonderful sons. Jean was a kind and loving woman who was a long time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. She also had a great appreciation for art and thoroughly enjoyed painting and creating her own masterpieces. Above all though, Jean loved to spend time with her family and friends. Any time spent with those she loved was treasured, but something as simple as a eating out would absolutely brighten her day. We are truly saddened by Jean's passing from this life to the next, but find real comfort in knowing she is once again reunited with her son, James, and that we will all be together again for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Jean's memory include

her 2 sons,
John Thomas Graf, South Wayne, WI
and Robert P. Graf, Hopkins, MN;

and her siblings,
Helene Byrne, Dubuque, IA
and Richard Houtakker, LasVegas, NV.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Graf; a sister, Richelle Houtakker; and a brother-in-law, William Byrne.

A Jean A. Graf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Jean's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their kind, compassionate and loving care of Jean these past years.

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

 



John H. Oberbroeckling


John H. "Jack" Oberbroeckling, 87, of Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque (Heritage Manor), and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Jack was born on September 25, 1929, to John F. and Emaline T. (Gerken) Oberbroeckling of New Vienna, Iowa. After graduation from St. Boniface Catholic High School, Jack started his career as a Supervisor at the former Carr Adams & Collier in Dubuque. He met Iva M. Dondlinger at the Melody Mill in Dubuque and, on June 8, 1957, they were married at the Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

Jack and Iva purchased the Oberbroeckling Homestead Farm near New Vienna from Jack's parents and spent their careers farming that ground and raising their three children, Steve, Joe, and Julie. After retiring from farming, Jack also worked for a time at Modernfold in Dyersville, Iowa.

Jack was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly. He gave a lifetime of service to the organization and held past positions as Grand Knight, State Deputy Director, and Assistant to the Master for the State of Iowa. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and held the past position of Chief Ranger for the organization. He also served as a New Wine Township Trustee for a number of years. Along with his wife, Jack sang in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Choir in New Vienna for many years.

Jack was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He spent many years playing baseball as well as fast and slow pitch softball. He coached New Vienna Babe Ruth and Junior Legion teams and was a player manager for the New Vienna Town Baseball Team, the Old Pros Fast Pitch Team, and the Vesse's Auction Service Slow Pitch Team. He also served as President of the New Vienna Athletic Association.

Jack is survived by his three children, Steve of Des Moines, Joe (Nancy) of Asbury, and Julie (Jim) Wilson of Urbandale; grandchildren Zach, Jake, and Hanna Oberbroeckling of Asbury, Emily Gibson (Kraig Pool) of Lake Park, IA, and Sarah (Bryce) Champlin of Leawood, KS; great-grandchildren Layla and Brady Champlin; sister Eileen Donovan of Dubuque; two brothers, Dan (Judy) Oberbroeckling of Asbury and Jim (Alice) Oberbroeckling of Coggon, Iowa; sisters-in-law Jean Smith of Sumner, Anna Mae Steffen of Maquoketa, Adelene Hefel of Dubuque, Julaine (Rich) Frank of Bellevue, and Lillian Dondlinger and Ailene Dondlinger of Springbrook.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva; two stillborn children, John and Ann; his parents, John and Emaline; and brothers-in-law Norbert Dondlinger, Eldred Dondlinger, Valentine Smith, Leon Steffen and Bernard Hefel.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred.

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



Raymond A. Ryan


Raymond A. "Ray" Ryan, 81, of East Dubuque passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12th at Mercy Medical Center, following a short illness surrounded by his adoring family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10.30 a.m. Friday at St Mary's Catholic Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, with Father Dean Smith officiating. Friends may visit from 3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, at Miller Funeral Home 1185 IL-35 N, East Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born January 11, 1936 to Joseph and Alice (Lynch) Ryan in rural Dubuque County. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953. Ray proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He grew up working on his and several other family farms forging the strong work ethic that would lead him through his 40 year career as a plumber, working as an Independent Contractor for the last 18 years until his retirement in 2000.

In early 1962 he met the love of his life, Gail (Theisen) Ryan and they were married on November 24 later that same year. Ray and Gail have three children, Renee (Rick) Golinvaux of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Joe Ryan of East Dubuque, and Ron (Lisa) Ryan also of East Dubuque. He has been blessed with two granddaughters, Kaylee and Lindsey Ryan of East Dubuque. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to all. 

He was a diehard Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye fan, and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, who savored every minute of their 2016 Championship run. Ray was also a NASCAR fan, cheering for anyone driving a Ford. He enjoyed dinner and cards with friends, watching his granddaughters play volleyball, and especially loved occasionally babysitting for the grand dogs and grand cats. His favorite routine was weekday breakfast with his friends and weekend breakfast with his sons. Ray was very active in the Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Adoration Chapel, and the East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Ray is survived by two sisters: Eileen Beaves and Kay Steuck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Geri Ryan, Andy Ryan, Wayne (Gerry) Theisen, Karen Michels, Debbie Theisen, and Mike (Donna) Theisen. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alice Ryan; parents-in-law Matt and Peg Theisen; brothers Paul and Bill Ryan; brothers-in-law Ted Beaves, Bob Steuck, and Elmer Michels; and niece Margaret Michels.

The family would like to thank the doctors and entire nursing staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.

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



Leonard J. “Red” Weis


Leonard J. "Red" Weis, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leonard's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Leonard's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard was born on June 10, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul P. and Marie K. (Kueper) Weis.

Leonard was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, who proudly served his country with the National Guard for 26 years. He was a loyal employee, devoting 36 years of his working career as a dock worker for H&W Trucking until his well earned retirement. Faith was a priority in Leonard's life and he was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Leonard was also a faithful member of the Teamsters Local #421, the M.O.T.H. Club and the Eagles Club. In his free time, Leonard could be found sitting in the woods quietly waiting for his prey to cross his path, or contently casting his line into the open water looking for a "keeper" to brag about to his friends. Leonard also enjoyed making home movies to document all of life's events; amassing an impressive collection of over 8000 VHS tapes to look back at in time and relive all of the treasured memories again and again. The most important aspect of Leonard's life, however, was his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who was always there for all he loved and cared for. Although our hearts are saddened by Leonard's passing into eternity ahead of us, we know that one day we will all be reunited again and begin to create an entire new library of perfect memories.

Those left to cherish Leonard's memory include

his 7 children,
Agnes Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Katherine Creamer, Dubuque, IA,
Martha (Khalid) Kousheh, Dubuque, IA,
Susan Herbst, Marion, IA,
Lynn (Jason) Watters, St. Catherine, IA,
Robert Weis, Billings, MT
and James Weis, Merritt Island, FL;

his 21 grandchildren;

4 great-grandchildren;

4 step-children;

9 step-grandchildren;

6 step-great-grandchildren;

1 step great great-granddaughter;

his sister,
Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

2 sisters-in-law,
Rose Weis
and Mary Ann Weis, both of Dubuque, IA;

and his former wife,
Diane D. (Heim) Weis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Sara K. (Sprague) Weis; a daughter, Mary Brigham; a granddaughter, Sydney Watters; 2 grandsons, Michael Kloepper and Samuel Creamer; and 4 brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis, Karl Weis and Arnold "Butch" Weis.

A Leonard J. Weis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Leonard's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided Leonard and his family.

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



Sister Janita Curoe

Sister Janita Curoe, BVM, 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held Feb. 11, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with shared stories followed by liturgy. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Janita taught elementary school and was principal in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Memphis and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Clarksdale and Jackson, Miss. She served as county literacy coordinator and volunteer tutor in Canton, Miss.

She was born in Bernard, Iowa, on March 28, 1929, to William Edward and Marie Powers Curoe. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Curoe, BVM (St. Richard) and Catherine Pfab; and brothers: Robert, Richard and John. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Janice Curoe, Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Irvin Pfab, Iowa City, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 70 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 & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA., 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel


Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel, 65, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Hiawatha Care Center surrounded by her children.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Duanne Lynn Ruen was born to Carlton and Beverly (Bruening) Ruen on September 13th, 1951. She attended St. Benedict's Grade School in Decorah, Iowa, and St. Francis DeSales High School in Ossian, Iowa. Duanne graduated with honors in French in 1973 from St. Teresa's College in Winona, Minnesota - including a year of study abroad at the Alliance Françoise in Paris.

She married Leroy Ott on December 29th, 1973, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Decorah. They opened Leroy's Pizza & Restaurant in Dyersville in 1978, where both Leroy and Duanne, along with their three children, worked and created lifelong memories together. They were mentors to their employees and those in the community. After Leroy's passing in 1999, Duanne independently owned and managed the business until 2004.

On November 9th, 2002, Duanne and John Thiel were married at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  They enjoyed living in Dyersville and traveling until Duanne moved into assisted living in 2012.

Dude was a spectacular grandmother, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to take them to the zoo, the Mississippi River Museum, and to read special books with them. She enjoyed traveling the world - especially to Virginia Beach to spend time with family. Duanne relished teaching water aerobics and Pilates, loved golfing (scoring two holes-in-one!), and spent many delightful hours at the card table playing bridge and other games. Duanne was truly an amazing mother, wonderful friend, and role model.

At the age of 53, Duanne began her battle with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. She promised to be the best Alzheimer's patient ever, and she absolutely was. Duanne's family - near and far - rallied around her, becoming strong advocates for Alzheimer's awareness and support. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for all who have supported the Alzheimer's Association in hopes of finding a cure.

Duanne is survived by her husband, John, and her loving children: Michael Lee Ott and fiancée Anne with sons Quincy and Ryan; Amanda Ott Pins and her husband Jared with daughters Avery, Adalyn, and Juliana; and Jessica Ott Novotny and husband Daniel with daughters Sophia and Olivia. She is also survived by her father.

She is missed by her siblings: David Ruen and wife, Susan, of Mason City, Iowa, along with their children Cameron, Brandon, Aaron, Devon (Matt), and Ellison; Kevin Ruen of Brainerd, Minnesota, with his children Rick, Erica, and Michael; Karla Koenig of Waunakee, Wisconsin, along with her children Kelly II (Abbey) and Karin; and Lea Daniels and husband Douglas of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their son Marshall. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tootie and Bill Otis of Rochester, Minnesota, and their children Jill, Jennie, and Matt; JoAnn Ott of Ossian and daughters Sheila and Michelle; Myron Ott of Ossian and daughters Chris, Caroline, and Debbie; and Leon and Lynne Ott of Webster City with their children Angie, Bryan and Jason.  She will also be missed by her dear aunts Loma Carlson of Decorah, Elaine Johnson of Akron, Ohio and Katherine Roach of St. Paul, MN.

Duanne was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy, as well as by her mother, Beverly, her step-father, Donald White, brother-in-law Kel Koenig, brother-in-law Darrell Ott, and sister-in-law Mamie Ott White.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Eastern Central Iowa. Checks may be mailed to Alzheimer's Association, c/o Duanne Ott Memorial, 317 Seventh Ave SE, Ste 402, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

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



Gary A. Heer


Gary Alan Heer, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 8, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family after a short illness.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM, officiating.

Gary was born on September 21, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Marie (Reuter) Heer.

He married Dawn DeMoss on June 17, 1983 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Gary worked for Robert's River Rides in Dubuque until their closing. He then worked at Sweeney's Super Club in Sageville, as a bartender, and Midwest Cash and Carry until their closing. He was currently working for Milprint in Lancaster, WI.

Gary was a generous man who was always willing to lend a helping hand and listen to others. He enjoyed to cook and grill for family gatherings, enjoyed spending time at home chatting with neighbors and friends in the driveway and tipping a few back. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Dawn; two children, Dan (fiance Heather) Heer, and Hannah Heer; grandchildren, Colton, Taylor, Payton, Easton and Sydney; his mother-in-law Judy Miller, all of Dubuque and her family.

He was preceded in death by parents; two sisters Rose Miller and Mary Morse; and his father-in-law Ron DeMoss,; and Dawn's grandparents Ray "Ball Ball" and Dorothy "Dot" Ziel.

The family request no flowers, a Gary Heer memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical team, especially Jenn at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Lilly at MICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Gary and his family.



Alvin N. Marcy


Alvin Newell Marcy, of Durango, Iowa passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, February 6th at the age of 81.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and loyal friend. Survived by his wife, Laura Erma Marcy, his children and their spouses; Laura and Ken Southworth, Steven and Susan Marcy, Grace Rishell, Jim and Angie Marcy; fifteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers, Leonard and Richmond Marcy; sister Marilyn Marcy, and many other family and good friends.

Alvin was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts on the 28th of  September 1935 to Herman and Pauline Marcy and graduated from Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Connecticut. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1958 and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon College in 1960. Alvin met Laura while attending college and married on June 14, 1958 in Herndon, Virginia. He owned and operated Star Construction and in retirement used his special skills for home improvement projects for family and friends.

Alvin had a strong faith and was an active member of Hope and Christ Church in Dubuque, Iowa since moving from Virginia in 2004. He loved to share his belief in Christ and sometimes led a weekly Bible Study/Prayer group. He was blessed by singing in the Dubuque Chorale and various community choirs.

Alvin was a prolific ultra-marathon distance runner having completed a 100 mile race in 24 hours, three JFK 50 mile races and over 30 marathons to include the Boston Marathon in 2:48 and US Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in 2:49. He continued to run into his late 70's and particularly enjoyed exploring the many trails in and around Dubuque.

He was passionate about caring for the needs of others, as well as, his pets. He openly shared his faith and his home, and generously gave to family, friends, and strangers alike. His family will always smile at his ability to befriend and care for stray kitties.

In his last days it was important for Alvin to share his message to all his grandchildren to never give up hope, faith, or courage, and to always fight the good fight even when it doesn't seem worth fighting.

The family will receive friends at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road, on Friday, February 10th from 3-7 PM. The funeral service will also be held at Hope Church on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30a.m. with Rev. Matt Collins and Rev. Chip Gatto officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend it heartfelt thanks to Hospice Care of Dubuque for all their care and assistance and to Leonard's Funeral Home & Crematorium.

Memorials may be directed to:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, in the name of Tim and Christiane Marcy
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ 07762



Gloria A. Streng


Gloria A. Streng, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:40 a.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on October 22, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Jacob and Augusta L. (Weickert) Weber.

Gloria was born and raised in Dubuque, eventually graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1942, and continuing on with determination to complete her education at Bayless Business College. She would meet and marry the love of her life, Lloyd A. Streng, on August 5, 1950, and their union would be blessed with over 66 wonderful years together, and 3 beautiful children. Gloria had a strong work ethic instilled from a young age and she promptly began her working life with the Savanna Ordinance Depot, followed by some time at the Rooster Feed Mill, and next on to Spahn and Rose, and finally a short stint at Manpower Temporary Services. She would thankfully find her true calling and begin devoting her time and talents to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She would start her venture as the Holy Trinity Catholic School secretary, and finally retire at the spry age of 79 after years of service in the Trinity Square Daycare Center. Gloria was always a loyal and faith filled woman who was truly devoted to her parish. She generously volunteered with numerous church festivals, breakfasts and funeral dinners over the years. In her younger years, Gloria was known to spend her free time on the tennis courts, or skating graciously around the ice rink; but as time passed she would discover the joys of sitting down at her sewing machine and creating beautiful works to share with her loved ones. Gloria has been blessed with 92 years here on earth, and thankfully her battles have only been a few and tenaciously overcome. But still, our hearts and minds ache today with our loss and the realization that we'll have to wait patiently to complete our next full family game of Pinochle in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

her husband,
Lloyd Streng, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
David Streng, Dubuque, IA,
Jody (Tom) Cies, Richardson, TX
and Terry Streng, St. Michael, MN;

her 5 grandchildren,
Andrew Cies, Rachel (Jason) Sangworn, Monique (Mark) Trujillo, Tiara Streng and Anthony Streng;

and her 3 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Dominick Trujillo and Luke Sangworn.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Alana Beth Cies ; 3 sisters, Lidwina, Leonilda and Imogene; and her brother, Burdette.

A Gloria A. Streng memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Gloria's family would like to thank Drs. Chris and Tom Sinsky, the nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, and Father Thoman for all of their kind, loving, professional and compassionate care of Gloria, her family and her friends.

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

 



Adam Lynn Birch


Adam Lynn Birch, 26, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Adam was born on March 15, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenny Birch and Deborah Ford. He attended Audubon Elementary, Washington Jr. High School, Dubuque Senior High School and graduated from the Clarinda Academy in Clarinda, Iowa.

He married Snjezana Masinovic in Dubuque and was previously working for Dubuque River Rides.

He enjoyed the outdoors, snowboarding, grilling, fishing and traveling. Most of all he loved spending time with his dogs Slim and Yoko.

He is survived by his parents, Kenny (Katey) Birch, Sr. and Debbie Ford-Birch; his son, Aiden Birch; wife Snjezana Birch; siblings Kenny (Samantha Billmeyer) Birch, Jr., Heidi (Corey) Woodyard, Scarlett Adams, Tiffany Birch, and Beau Birch; his grandmother, Louise Lorenz; uncles Steve Birch, Sam (Michelle Young) Birch, Kevin (Paula Welu) Birch; and aunts Mary (Glenn Howell) Birch, Lorie (Kenny) Wilson, and Lona (Jay) Britton; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo Birch, Imelda Birch, and Karen O'Meara; uncles Lynn Birch, Bill Birch, Sr., Dan Birch Sr., and Louie Birch.

Special thank you to Patrick Leonard and his staff.



Shane C. J. Broderick


Shane C. J. Broderick, 22, of Omaha, NE., formerly of Dubuque, IA, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. At 8 p.m. there will be a wake service with memories shared by Michael Heffernan, a friend from Creighton University; Anne Broderick, an aunt from Des Moines; and Amy Franson, a family friend from Dubuque. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta, IA.

Shane was born April 22, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joseph and Beth (Hasken) Broderick. 

He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2012 where he was the student body president. He was also a member of the State Championship Soccer and Cross Country teams, was captain of the wrestling team and competed at the state level; and he was named first team Academic All-State in both soccer and wrestling. He was a member of the Christian Leadership Committee and led retreats for his peers and younger students. His favorite memory at Wahlert was "going to class seven hours a day."

Shane graduated from Creighton with honors in 2016 earning a BSBA in Financial Analysis and Accounting. He was a Heider College of Business Dean's Fellow, and, in his final year, he was named the Decurion. He was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Fraternity and a four-year member of the Dean's Honor Roll for Social Responsibility. He was selected as a member of the Creighton University Business Executive Symposium Team; completed the Anna Tyler Waite Creighton Leadership Scholars Program; and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Following his graduation from Creighton, Shane traveled to Europe for a few months before beginning his work at KPMG as an international tax associate. 

Shane will be remembered fondly by family, friends and colleagues for his kindness and enthusiasm for life. His smile lit up a room and no one remained a stranger in Shane's presence.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Beth Broderick of Dubuque; four siblings, Molly (Christopher) Conley of Austin, MN., Martin Broderick of Omaha, Daniel Broderick of Omaha, and Clare Broderick of Dubuque; his maternal grandparents, Earl and Doris Hasken of East Dubuque; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Vivian Broderick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to start a Shane Broderick Memorial Scholarship.

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

The family would especially like to thank the educators of St. Anthony's, Mazzuchelli, Wahlert and Creighton and all of those who contributed to Shane's faith-filled journey.



James N. Majerus


James N. "Jim" Majerus, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Jim was born on January 4, 1928 in Dubuque the son of John and Elizabeth (Reise) Majerus. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1946 to 1952.
He retired from Washington Jr. High School as Head Custodian in 1989.

After retirement Jim enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking and just tinkering around. His pride was his family; he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.

He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Jeanann, of Dubuque; two sons; daughter Julie (Willie) Frye, of Dubuque; grandchildren Jim (Jessica), Rachel (Carter), Chris, Blake, Brandon (Alisha) Jeremy, Jennifer, and Jackson; great-grandchildren Bentley, Mason and Rogan; extended family Sue (Vern) Pedelty, of Mason City, Iowa; Jim and (Ann) of South Carolina, and Kathy of California and their families; and his faithful companion. Snickers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his faithful companions Hank, Barney and Lucky.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Nicole, Ryan, Jessica and Jan; Faith and Family, especially Molly, for all their wonderful care they gave.



Thomas N. Manning

Thomas N. "Tom" Manning, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 a.m., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born on August 26, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Delores (Hemmer) Manning.

Tom was a lifelong resident of Dubuque and a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for many years at the Eagle's Market on Elm and always enjoyed making friends with his co-workers and customers alike. Tom was united in marriage to his bride, Rita, for five years until she was sadly called home much to early over 33 years ago. Tom would go on to live the remainder of his days as a quiet, yet sometimes vocal, bachelor who could find the simple joys in sitting down to an old western, or even a trip to the casino to try his luck at the machines that day. Unfortunately, health issues have continued to plague Tom these last few years and his slow decline has been apparent to all who knew and loved him. We are saddened by his absence, but we know that he's finally made his last visit to the doctors office, and is once again holding the hand of his dear Rita, while sitting around the table with his folks catching up on all the new wonders.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his siblings,
Jo Ann (Marty) Gansemer, Dubuque, IA,
William "Bill" (Nancy) Manning, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Susan) Manning, Davenport, IA,
Linda Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Julie McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA
and Robert (Vickie) Manning, Kansas City, MO;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Rita Manning.

Tom's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Tri-State Dialysis, and The Rose, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided Tom.

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

 



Eileen J. Rauen


Eileen J. Rauen, 93, of Bankston entered into eternal life on February 6th 2017 at Oak Crest Nursing Home in Dyersville surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Eileen may call from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday February 8th at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 pm, the Farley American Legion will meet in a body at 7 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 pm. Friends may also call after 9 am Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Eileen J. Rauen will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston.

Eileen was born June 20, 1923 in Bancroft, IA, daughter of Matt & Eleanora (Beckman) Nadermann. On September 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Sylvester "Bud" Rauen at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dyersville. Together they farmed on the Rauen's Century Family Farm until their retirement.

Eileen was a member of St. Clement's Parish, Bankston. She was a member of the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's - Presentation Court #1460. One of Eileen's favorite pasttimes was ballroom dancing. She enjoyed volunteering with Bud on the Dubuque County Fair Board. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Eileen was a loving wife, proud mother of five sons, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Eileen enjoyed the simple things of life: gardening, canning, cooking, and baking. No one ever left her home hungry.

Those left to cherish her memories are her 5 sons Richard "Rick" (Mary) Rauen, Paul (Lois) Rauen, Dennis (Virginia "Corky") Rauen, Steve (Joanne) Rauen, all of Farley and David (Joyce) Rauen of Bankston; 17 grandchildren: Stacey Rauen, Dr. Aaron (Shelli) Rauen, Sara (Sean) Dardis, Matthew (Sara) Rauen, Peter (Becky) Rauen, Tammy (Nathan) Spiegel, Jason (Kelly) Rauen, Bill (Molly) Rauen, Tom (Amanda) Rauen, Tim (Jennifer) Rauen, Luke (Kaia) Rauen, Megan Rauen, Maria (Brad) Buelow, John, Olivia, Rebecca, Gloria Rauen; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Berniece Garretson of Waterloo, Germain Reed of Burbank, WA. Jim Nadermann and Tom (Helen) Nadermann of Dyersville; brother- and sisters-in-law Jenny Nadermann of Aurora, CO, Agnes Nadermann of Dubuque, Gerald Hess of Dyersville, and Bill Rauen of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 2009; parents; a granddaughter, Angela Rauen; a great-grandson, Lucas Spiegel; her brothers Laverne and Robert Nadermann, Elmer (Juanita) Nadermann, Leo (Dorothy) Nadermann; sister Millie (Fred) Smith; brothers- and sister-in-law Dean Garretson, Bob Reed and Connie Nadermann, Peter and Verna Rauen, Clifford and Myrene Lattner, Mark and Luella Beckman, Adrian and Teresa Milbert, Gabe and Ardella Even, Ray and Florence Callahan, Rita Hess, and Janice Rauen.

Eileen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Oak Crest Nursing home and Hospice of Dubuque for the their kind, compassionate, and loving care.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Agnes Arlene Tate


Agnes Arlene "Gee" Tate, 85, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on February 5th, 2017, in Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Arlene was born on February 27th, 1931 in Carthage, MO, the eldest of eight children to James and Elizabeth (Tanner) Owens.

She worked as a clerk for AAA Automobile.

She is survived by her son, Myron W. "Mickie" Tate Jr., and granddaughter, Kelly R. Tate, both of McKinney, Texas; along with Karl's family.

Agnes was preceded in death by her loved and loving companion, Karl Francis Fink, on January 9th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers the family request you make a donation to a cancer society of your choice.


Mary Kathleen Milks Jungblut


Mary Kathleen "Kay" Milks Jungblut, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 6, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade with her family by her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass, with the rosary being recited before mass.

Kathleen was born on July 3, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Mulligan) Milks. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School, in Dubuque. She met William J. Jungblut at General Timber and on September 30th, 1950 they were united in marriage at St. Columbkilles.

She worked in the office at K-mart in Dubuque for many years until retirement. She enjoyed dancing, reading, sewing, embroidery, baking, especially pies and bread. She was very proud of her Irish Heritage and her family was most important to her.

Kathleen was a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, and a devoted loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Susan M. (Robert) Isenhart, Patricia H. Taylor, Thomas F. (Lyn) Jungblut, James R. Jungblut, and Lawrence C. (Marsha) Jungblut; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Danelle) Isenhart, Anna Isenhart, Ellie Isenhart, Alicia Taylor, Megan Taylor, Sean Jungblut, Kara (Tim) Dobbs, Andrew Jungblut and Austin Jungblut; two great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kellen Isenhart; her sister Zita Funk and brother John (Marilyn) Milks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John J. Jungblut; son-in-law, Richard Strepka; sister Patricia Flogel and brother William Milks.

The family wishes to thank Dr. William Manzel of Medical Associates, the doctors, nurses and staff of Shady Rest Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Joseph G. Hagensten


Joseph G. Hagensten, 88, of Dubuque passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 13, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Joseph was born September 29, 1928 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Helen (Bradley) Hagensten. He married Dianne Kurtz in Holy Trinity Church, Dubuque.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Navy

Joe was employed as assembler and machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Tractor, retiring in 1987.

Surviving is a son, David Hagensten, of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Joanne Hagensten of Dubuque; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald Hagensten, of West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Dorothy Bradley.

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



Wanda L. Becker


Wanda L. Becker, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Wanda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Wanda Lea Reid was born at home on February 24, 1931, in Jones County, Iowa to Edwin E. and Frances M. (Post) Reid. She attended country school in Jones County through eighth grade and graduated from Onslow High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls in 1950.

She married Arthur Becker Jr. on June 1, 1951 at the Onslow Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Noel, Rick, and twin daughters Lisa and Linda.

Wanda was a farm wife who farmed with her husband in the Oxford Junction area for many years. She managed all of the day to day operations of the farm and the family. Prior to becoming a farm wife she had taught school for six years in Onslow, Monmouth and Lost Nation. In later years, she worked at Sherri's Tax Service.

Wanda was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. She enjoyed dancing, and many others enjoyed her cooking. She was a fun loving person who had a spunky, natural and easy sense of humor. Spending time and traveling with her family were Wanda's favorite things. She loved her grandpuppy "Sammy" dearly. She had a grace filled life and always thought of others first.

Those left to honor Wanda's memory include her children, Rick (Anna) Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Lisa (Bruce) Boldt of Fairfax, IA, and Linda Becker of Iowa City, IA; a daughter-in-law, Sandy (Mike) Becker Franzen of Monmouth, IA; a sister Mary (Pete) Doyle of Bella Vista, AR; 5 grandchildren, Nathan (Janna) Becker of Monmouth, IA, Beau Becker of Osaka, Japan, Keely Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Jessica Boldt of Chicago, IL and Ben Boldt of Cambridge, MA; and 1 great-grandchild Max Becker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur (1987), a son Noel (2004), a brother Ronald Reid (2010), and a grandson Nicholas Becker (2016).

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Union Presbyterian Church, Smithtown Cemetery Association or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would especially like to thank Prairie Hills Assisted Living and the Hiawatha Care Center for the wonderful care Wanda received.

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



Ronald Robert Freisinger


Ronald Robert Freisinger, 63, passed away on February 6, 2017 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Private Services will be conducted with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Local arrangements are with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ron was born February 15, 1953 to Darlene C. (Clemen) Freisinger and Paul H. Freisinger. He resided most of his life in Dubuque, Iowa. In his earlier years, Ron was very creative and artistic. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his siblings.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Kristi Mindrup of Silvis, Il; and 11 siblings: John (Deb) Freisinger of East Dubuque, IL; Barbara Duccini of Dubuque; Melvin (Sandy) Freisinger of Dubuque; Clarence (Joyce) Freisinger of Oak Grove, MN; Amy Richard of Dubuque; Joyce Freisinger of Verona, WI; Paul (Mary) Freisinger of Dubuque; Darlene Spangler (Rich Shockley) of East Dubuque, IL; Mary Freisinger of Dubuque; David Freisinger of Dubuque; Charles (Tammy) Freisinger of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother in 2008, his father in 2009. Also by his sister in-law, Karen Freisinger in 1997; his brother in-law, Terry Duccini in 2007, and his niece, Michelle in 2012.

A special thanks to the staff at Insight Partnership in Ottumwa for their care and support of Ron in the past year.

Online condolences may be left at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Richard K. Woolf


Richard K. "Dick" Woolf, age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor and celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on June 23, 1930, in Ellenboro, WI, of Edward and Hazel (Raine) Woolf.

Dick was born and raised in Ellenboro before eventually putting down permanent roots in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Jaeger, on August 2, 1968, in Galena, IL. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years, and raised 5 children together. Dick knew the value of an honest days work and would put in over 31 years as a butcher for the Dubuque Packing Company before finally retiring. Dick's primary goal in this life though was his family. He would devote many days to baiting and casting countless lines into the water with each and every child, he would regularly prepare spectacular meals which would have all calling back for the recipe, and Dick was also just as happy to simply sit around sharing his wealth of historical knowledge, or favorite story of the day, with anyone who would listen. Dick's family sadly arrives to a new world today with broken hearts, but we are grateful for the memories of a good and decent man who not only knew how to grow the best tomatoes, but also run an efficient quality control protocol on any questionable leftover still residing in the fridge.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Carol Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Vicky (Roger) Fielding, Spring Green, WI,
Douglas (Mary Jo) Woolf, Johnston, IA,
Michelle (Scott) Becwar, Dubuque, IA
and Christopher (Misty) Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
Ryan, Elissa, Lacey, Steven, Vanessa and Sawyer;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Summor, Olivia, Michael, Gabriella, Violet, Lilian and Landyn;

and his brother,
Terry (Dee) Woolf, Platteville, WI;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Woolf; a granddaughter, Jessica Woolf; a sister, Shirley (James) Burkholder; and 2 brothers, Jack Woolf and David (Angie)Woolf.

A Richard K. "Dick" Woolf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank Dr. Viner, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, for the professional, kind and compassionate care they provided Dick and his family.

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

 



Patricia R. Failmezger


Patricia Ruth "Pat" (Schaller) Failmezger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her son's residence with family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Pat was born on May 18, 1937, in Dubuque the daughter of Louis "Louie" and Ruth (Pauly) Schaller. She married Heinz Failmezger, in 1961. She worked for her father at Schaller Moving and Storage, before becoming a full-time Mom and Grandma. She loved to dance, golf, and play cards. Summers were filled with time at Lacoma Golf Course, and winters in Corpus Christie, Texas, and Myrtle Beach. Her travels also took her to Manheim Germany, to visit her in-laws and in 2012 a family trip to Montego Bay Jamaica.

She was passionate about sports especially local sports involving her grandchildren's baseball and softball games, where she could often be heard correcting the umpires. She also enjoyed watching the Packers, the Chicago Blackhawks, and had a special love for NASCAR, faithfully keeping track of everyone's drivers, especially her favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. she attended many races in Michigan and in Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Beck, a son Fred (Stephanie) Failmezger; six grandchildren, Jason (Misty) Adams, Alec Beck, Zach, Abi, Nate, and Emily Failmezger; two great grandchildren, Clay Waechter and Kylie Adams; her brother, Dave (Cathy) Schaller; two sisters, Sharon (Jim) Melssen, and Diane Bushman, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louie and Ruth, her husband Heinz, a son-in-law, John Beck, sister-in-law Mary Schaller, and a brother-in-law Howard "Howie" Bushman.

The family would like to thank the staff in the Finley ICU unit and Palliative Care unit especially Diane, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and comfort they gave to Pat.

 



Frederic M. Rohner


Frederic M. Rohner of 1381 Oak Park Place died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 4, just five weeks short of his 100th birthday.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a scripture service will begin at 3:30pm prior to visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frederic Michael Rohner was born in Dubuque March 11, 1917, the fifth of eight children of John J. and Susan (Willging) Rohner. He was a few weeks old when the United States entered the First World War. A lifelong Dubuquer, he attended parochial schools in Dubuque and graduated in 1934 from Columbia (later Loras) Academy in Dubuque. He then studied at Bayless Business College in Dubuque. As a youth he worked at Metz Manufacturing Co. in Dubuque, where his father was a factory superintendent. After completing his studies at Bayless he worked for Lamson Brothers and Federal Discount Corp. During and after World War II he was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad. From 1953 until his retirement in 1981, he worked in the traffic department of Dubuque Packing Co.

He was married to Virginia Marie Wagner on Oct. 4, 1948, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. They were the parents of four children and were longtime members of St. Joseph the Worker parish in Dubuque.

Fred loved sports and was a lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox and the Iowa Hawkeyes. During his grade school and early teen-age years Fred was organizer and player-manager of the neighborhood Glen Oak Acorns baseball team. The Telegraph-Herald regularly published the results and summaries of the Acorn games, including a memorable account of a no-hitter pitched by Fred. One of his proudest moments was being recognized by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on the occasion of his 90th birthday and being greeted by the great Minnie Minoso. A sharp cardplayer, Fred was a member of the WOW poker club for more than 50 years. He was a very good bridge player, especially in duplicate bridge, originally with the Dubuque Packing Co. bridge club composed mostly of fellow employees at The Pack. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and sons and was awarded several golf and bridge trophies. Fred was an avid gardener and a meticulous craftsman who continued to plan and undertake projects with a perfectionist's touch, even as his eyesight failed. Among his many other skills, he possessed the ability to mix a perfect Manhattan. Fred and Ginny traveled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as to Europe, South America and the Caribbean. While in their 70s, Ginny and Fred took an extended road trip to Alaska, with Fred at the wheel of their Chevy Caprice and Ginny recording the adventure on videotape.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Oak Park Place in Dubuque; three sons, Mark (and Sharon) of Silver Spring, Maryland, William (and Kathy) of Peoria, Illinois, and Daniel (and Kim) of Dubuque; a daughter, Ellen (and Dennis) Kremer of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His brothers, John, Paul, Richard and David, and his sisters, Alice, Florence and Mary Susan, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Schools, Hospice of Dubuque or the Dubuque Arboretum.

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



Glen D. Custer


Glen D. Custer, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Glen's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Glen was born on August 25, 1922, in Paynesville, MN, son of Garrie and Nel (Hall) Custer.

Glen was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Glen was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Mary Mueller, on November 28, 1946, at the Church of the Nativity. They were truly blessed with 67 wonderful years together and one son, David, before she was called home ahead of him on October 22, 2014. Glen continually displayed a strong work ethic and worked with Westphal Electric Company as an electrician for over 23 years, until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Glen was happiest spending some time sitting in the woods waiting for the perfect shot, or casting his line looking to hook "the big one" in order to earn a few bragging rites among of his friends. But, undeniably the most important aspect of Glen's life was his family. His love and respect for family were never in question and his devotion to playing the part of husband, father, grandfather and brother were always role modeled in honorable fashion. Although we are saddened today by Glen's passing from this world into the next, we find real comfort in knowing that his earthly struggles have now ceased and we are thankful that he is now reunited with his one true love, Mary, once again.

Those left to cherish Glen's memory include

his only son,
David Custer, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 grandchildren,
Lynn (Kevin) Cronin, Mike Custer, Dan (Rachelle) Custer and Jenny (Calvin) Patten;

his 6 great-grandchildren,
Denis (Jenna) Wagner, Casey and Colin Cronin, and Jonahs, Jaxson and Maddox Custer;

and his siblings,
Vera Mae Rogers, Cedar Falls, IA
and Harold (Rita) Custer, Beaver Dam, WI.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary Custer; and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Custer.

A Glen D. Custer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Glen's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Luther Manor, for all of the sincere and professional care they provided Glen and his family.

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

 



Ella C. Gross


Ella C. Gross, 99, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ella may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.
Services for Ella will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Archbishop M. Jackels presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Ella was born January 17, 1918 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Klocker) Kelchen. She received her education in the Farley Public Schools. On November 29, 1945 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa she was united in marriage to John Gross. He preceded her in death on September 8, 2004.

Ella was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was active in her own home, gardening, baking bread, quilting until she suffered a stroke on January 23. Ella was a devoted Christian woman, with a strong love of her daily prayers, the rosary and the mass.
She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Shady Rest Auxillary.

She is survived by four children, Carol (Gary) Olson of Minnetonka, MN, Tom Gross, Gary (Barb) Gross and Gail (Bill) Schmidt all of Cascade, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, Jeremy (Patty) Grove, Ben Olson, Matt (Claire)Olson, Jill Belski, Jeff Gross, Lisa (Aaron) Aschtgen and Greg Schmidt; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ostwinkle of Placid, IA; one brother-in-law, Frank Gross of Farmington, NM; one sister-in-law, Lucille Kelchen of Farley, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; ten siblings and their spouses, Colette (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Alvina Kelchen, Ray (Rachel) Kelchen, Joseph Kelchen and Edward Kelchen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Ostwinkle, George (Cecelia) Gross, Louis (Margaret) Gross, Leo "Buck (Virginia) Gross, Robert Gross, Wilfred (Veronica) Gross, Ed (Mona) Gross, Albert (Phyllis) Gross, Pete Gross and Kathleen Gross.

Ella C. Gross memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of 3rd floor at Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and Shady Rest Care Center and Fr. Douglas Loecke.

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



Dorothy Weaver

Dorothy "Ruth" Weaver, age 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:20 a.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Foraker Cemetery in Shidler, Oklahoma. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, and Trout Funeral Home, 505 West Grand Avenue, Ponca City, Oklahoma, are in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born on May 3, 1919, in Hennepin, OK, daughter of Walter and Bertha (Manasco) Morton.

Dorothy was born and raised in Oklahoma. She would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Everett Weaver, on October 10, 1940, and they would then move to New Mexico before finally settling in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with almost 40 years together, and 3 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 6, 1980. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in caring for her family and tending to her bountiful garden. She also thoroughly enjoyed socializing with family and friends, and was also known to occasionally try her luck at the casino. Dorothy was an avid reader and could easily be discovered curled up with her favorite book of the day in hand. Her greatest joy, however, was found in the precious quality time she would spend with her deeply adored family. We are saddened that Dorothy's 97 year journey on this earth has come to a close, but are grateful for the knowledge that she is now reunited with her husband, and her beloved daughter, for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory

include her son,
Thomas Weaver, Farley, IA;

6 grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Glenn Dement, Dubuque, IA.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Everett; a daughter, Sammie Dement; a son, Jerry Weaver; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers.

A Dorothy "Ruth" Weaver memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dorothy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Dorothy and her family.

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

 



Gertrude R. Klinge


Gertrude R. Klinge, 98, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Bartels Lutheran Home in Waverly, Iowa. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 6 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dubuque with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service.

Gertrude was born January 20, 1919, daughter of Frederick W. and Julia F. (Kintzinger) Hanselmann in Bissingen, Germany and immigrated to America in 1925. Gertrude and her husband, George K. Klinge, were married on January 18, 1959, and together they raised four children; Shirley, Carl, Paul and David. Prior to her marriage, Gertrude worked as secretary/treasurer at Hanselmann Sheet Metal & Heating Company. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, choir, Sunday school teacher, Women of the Church, Altar Guild, and Senior Friendship Group.
Gertrude served on the Board of Directors at Luther Manor Nursing Home for 36 years, was a member of the Business and Professional Women and the Parent-Teachers Association, and an active 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed family activities - canoeing with the family on the Wisconsin River and wilderness backpacking and canoeing with her family. She took great pride in taking care of her family and her home. Reading and gardening were favorite hobbies. She greatly enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Bergman of Jesup, Iowa; three sons, Carl (Susan) Klinge of Vancouver, Washington; Paul (Kathleen) Klinge of Waverly, Iowa; David (Debra) Klinge of State Center, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Other surviving family includes sister Gerda (Eugene) Chappell, Roger (Suzanne) Hanselmann, brother-in-law Robert Cartigny, sister-law Anne Hanselmann, sister-in-law Betty Dolphin and multiple nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and nine siblings.

Special thanks go to Dr. John Viner, Pastor Jay Ilten, and the staff Luther Manor and Oak Park Place for their outstanding care and support.

Cremated remains will be buried in St. John's Cemetery in Dubuque, IA.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, the Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps or the Red Cross.



Sr. Annette George, OSF

SISTER ANNETTE GEORGE, OSF, 74, of Francis House Dubuque, Iowa, died at 12:27 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Annette was born on January 27, 1943 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Anna Regina (McDermott) George.

Brief Personal Information: Entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 3, 1965 and made final profession of vows December 1, 1974.   Sister was a teacher, campus minister, resident hall rector.

She served at Beckman High School in Dyersville, IA; Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA; Kuemper High School, Carroll, Iowa; Notre Dame University in Indiana and Quincy College in Illinois. She also served on the Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, IA for six years. Most recently she served on the staff of Clare House in Dubuque.

Survivors: Sister is survived by her sisters Teresa Nasers, Alberta Walling, Rita (Duane) Stein, Helen Bormann, Alice Silverstrand and Eileen (Hugh) Manhart; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 50 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Margaret (Gene) Stein; brothers-in-law Glen Nasers, Dick Walling, Jim Bormann, and Larry Silverstrand.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque is in charge of the arrangements.

 



Rosemary C. Hoffman


Rosemary C. Hoffman, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:15 a.m., on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosemary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. To celebrate Rosemary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosemary was born on January 26, 1928, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of James and Bertha (Simon) Hochberger.

Rosemary was united in marriage to her soul-mate, Burton Hoffman, on September 27, 1948, at the Church of the Nativity. They were blessed with almost 68 years, and 2 wonderful children together, before he was called home ahead of her, just four months ago, on September 22, 2016. Faith, family and fun were definite priorities in Rosemary's life. She would devote her faith life to St. Anthony's Church, and without fail would proudly claim life-long and faithful member status during her 89 year earthly journey. Family would clearly hold a very close second place in Rosemary's heart and her love would know no limits when it came to those she adored. Any opportunity to spend some quality time with her precious family, especially her dearly loved grandchildren, was always taken with high regard to the memories and lessons which would one day remain. And finally, Rosemary never took herself so seriously that a little relaxation, and time for fun, couldn't find their way into her days. It would surely be difficult for Rosemary to pick her top 10 car rides with Burton over the years, as each one was a favorite outing and her excursions were always completed with the happy couple pulling back into the garage together awaiting to meet another day head on and hand in hand. Our hearts feel truly broken today with the pain of losing Rosemary and Burton in such a short time, but we know that they are both finally reunited again and will never have to bear another separation for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include

her two children,
Dan (Ann) Hoffman
and Mary (John) McDonough, both of Dubuque, IA;

her four grandchildren,
Ben Hoffman, Adam (Jessica) Hoffman, Morgan McDonough and Emily McDonough;

her five great-grandchildren,
Madlin, Colin, Audrey, Cora and Juliete;

a sister,
Rita McCann, Dubuque, IA;

and her in-laws,
Deelee Preston, Dubuque, IA,
Charlene (Harold) Wiebold, Seal Beach, CA,
LaVonne Hoffman, Dubuque, IA
and Herbert "Buddy" Benn, Dubuque, IA.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burton Hoffman; a child in infancy; a brother, Clarence "Butch" (Arlene) Hochberger; 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Arnold) Williams and Donna Benn; and her brothers-in-law, John McCann, Charles "Chuck" Preston, Bill (Helen) Hoffman, Robert Hoffman and Red Morgan.

A Rosemary C. Hoffman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Rosemary's family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Rosemary and her family.

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

 



David H. Gebhart


David H. Gebhart, 75, of Asbury, passed into the arms of Jesus on January 31, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection.

David was born on May 27, 1941 in Dyersville, IA the son of Zeno and Viola (Wieneke) Gebhart. He attended Dyersville Xavier High School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959 after moving to Dubuque. Following High School he worked for Meadow Gold Dairy. Dave served in the Iowa National Guard from 1959 to 1965.

After completing an apprenticeship and becoming a journeyman plumber, Dave worked for various plumbing shops. In 1973 he was hired at John Deere Works and shortly after became a supervisor in the plumbing department. Dave retired in 2000 after 27 years of dedicated service at John Deere. Dave was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 510 and Dubuque Sertoma Club.

In his retirement, Dave loved helping family and friends with any type of plumbing problem or repair. He was always so happy to lend a helping hand. On his two service trips with Resurrection parishioners to New Orleans he delighted in helping to clean out and repair homes for people who had experienced Hurricane Katrina.
Dave played softball for many years until he was later introduced to the game of golf - which he grew to love. Dave enjoyed spending time as a member of Lacoma and later Meadows Golf Course for many years. He was the first person to have an ‘Eagle' at The Meadows. He was also proud to say he achieved a ‘Hole in One' at both courses. He was always encouraging others and was happy to help them improve their golf swing. He and Ann loved wintering in Texas, Arizona or Florida and made countless new friends during retirement.

Dave's faith was very important to him as was his long time parish, Resurrection Church, where he was a Eucharist Minister, helped with plumbing repairs at the school and rectory, participated in CEW's, parish festivals and Resurrection's locally sponsored Habitat for Humanity. Dave was also a member of Resurrection Men's Scripture Sharing group, MESS.

Next to his faith, family was most important to Dave as he cherished every minute he could spend with his children and grandchildren. "Grandpa G" was always there with a big bear hug and his great, hearty laugh.

Dave faced many challenges while on his journey with Lewy Body Dementia but he was blessed with never losing his great sense of humor and his wonderful, infectious laugh. Dave's beautiful smile would light up the room. Even in Dave's final days, he was able to share his gift of laughter and great wit with others. Dave loved life and lived it to the fullest with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In keeping with his generous nature, Dave's family knows he would have wanted to help others so his brain has been donated to Mayo Clinic‘s Dementia research program.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Ann; son, Bob (Carol) Gebhart of Asbury, IA; daughter, Barb (Tim) Heim of Waukee, IA; grandchildren, Logan and Spencer Heim, Braden and Ava Gebhart; siblings, Diane (Tom) Sievers, *Don ( Barb) Gebhart, Sue (Cliff) Zapke, Deb (Erv) Hooks; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom Metz, Jean (Loras) Finn, Karen (Denny) Hanson, Jack (Patti) Fury, Pat (Rochelle) Fury, Victoria Fury, Bill (Martha) Fury, Mary Fury, Rick Fury, Tom Fury; two aunts, Grace and Lou Ann Wieneke; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, John (Eileen) Fury; sister-in-law, Kay Metz; two brothers-in-law, Michael and Jim Fury; nieces and nephews, Justin, Nathan, Connie Fury and Katie Metz.
In lieu of flowers a David Gebhart Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

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

* Dave's only brother, Don, joined him in Heaven the following day on February 1, 2017.



Carol A. (Tott) Meyers


Carol A. (Tott) Meyers, 68, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Carol was born February 3, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa the daughter of Harold "Shorty" and Dorothy (Powell) Tott. She co-owned Tott's Tap and A&B Tap, and most recently worked at the Dubuque Driving Range.

Carol enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, loved to dance, and sing karaoke. She enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Tom (fiance' Traci Schmitt) Meyers of Sherrill, and Paula (Ted) Lenaerts of Cedar Falls; grandchildren Sami Jo and Brady Meyers, Ted "TJ", Alexandra, and Madison Lenaerts; siblings Sandra (Harry) Beversdorf, Diana Cooper, Lita (Mike) Dougherty, Jack (Christine) Tott, Jerry (Lisa) Tott, Karen Tott, and Debra (Paul) Boge; and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends. Carol is also survived by her two puppies, Harley and Holly.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Butch Cooper.

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

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



Nancy J. Zillig


Nancy J. Zillig, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:50 a.m., on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy was born on August 4, 1931, in Dyersville, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Ernster) McInerney.

Nancy would gain her primary education from St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Academy before eventually meeting the love of her life, Charles "Chuck" Zillig. The two would be united in marriage on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1950 at St. Patrick's Church. They would be undeniably blessed with 66 wonderful years of marriage, and 8 deeply adored children. Nancy worked as a switchboard operator with the telephone company until the Lord presented her and Chuck with their first child. Nancy would proudly stay home to raise all 8 of her children and happily invest countless hours nurturing her family through each passing day. She did return to the working world once the kids were older and generously gave another 10 years of her time and talents to the Dubuque Community School District as a teacher's aide until her final retirement in 1992. Nancy was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and would graciously sing to her heart's content from the choir loft for decades. Music would also find its way into her personal life; a little time around the piano, or with a violin in hand, were always pleasant ways to pass some time in her day. Nancy also enjoyed any opportunity to gather at the bowling lanes with friends, join her ladies league for a round of golf, spend her early morning hours working her daily crossword "in ink", or even a friendly venture of chasing points with her friends in their 60 years plus of Card Club. Nancy was truly a rare and kind faith-filled woman who has surely left a positive imprint on the world she leaves behind. Her humble nature was always on display and the legacy she leaves behind in her children, and all so precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will be evident for all to witness for generations. Sadly, we realize today that we have taken our last girls shopping trip with Mom and our hearts are torn today with a pain and sorrow which only God and time can heal. But thankfully we know and trust that the memories which remain, from the 85 years we shared together, will gratefully carry us through until we are all reunited once again with an eternal hen party in progress and all the cute puppies any angel could desire. "When you hear music from up above, it will be me singing to you" - Love, Nancy

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include
her husband,
Charles "Chuck" Zillig, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 children,
Kathi (Dan) Kelly, Asbury,
Kris (John) Richey, Asbury,
Vicki (Charlie) Glab, Dubuque,
Mary (Ted) Runde, Cuba City, WI,
Patti (Jim) Luksetich, Dubuque,
Julie (Ray) Small, Iowa City, IA,
Dave (Sandie) Zillig, Dubuque
and Rick (Linda) Zillig, Asbury;

her 28 grandchildren,
Jason (Kim) Kelly, Nicole (Kristian) Rondeau, Jenny (Brian) Herting, Sarah (Justin) Sinning, Ryan (Betsy) Richey, Tricia (Alex) Baum, Addie (Kevin) O'Connor, Nick Glab, Sam Glab, Gus Glab, Zoa Glab, Holly (Jeff) Johns, Camy (Dan) Berntgen, Kyle (Jackie England) Runde, Katie (Ben) Varley, Adam Luksetich, Michael (Kathy) Luksetich, Jenna Luksetich, Missy (Shawn) Stewart, Mary (Chris) Grant, Emily (Scott) Kaalberg, Vicki (Jason) Berg, Libby Small, Charlotte (Patrick) Carr, Hailey Zillig, Drew Zillig, Ben Zillig and Becca Zillig;

her 36 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Patricia Griego, Dubuque
and R. Bruce McInerney, Niles, OH;

and her four-legged faithful companion,
Charlie.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, J. Michael Griego.

A Nancy J. Zillig memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, and the University of Iowa, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Nancy and her entire family.

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

 



Robert H. Johnson


Robert H. "Bob" Johnson, Jr., 63, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Galena, IL, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where members of Miner's Masonic Lodge # 273 A.F. & A.M. will conduct services at 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Bob was born on October 12, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Percy and Jean (Selle) Johnson.

He was a self-employed carpenter, a member of Miner's Lodge # 273 A.F. & A.M. of Galena, and veteran of the U. S. Navy serving in Vietnam. Bob loved traveling, car cruising in his "55"Chevy Nomad and time spent with family.

Surviving is his sweetheart, Cheryl Katka; five children, Robert (Summer) Johnson, Jr. of Galena, Kelly (Trevor Trace) Johnson of Dodgeville, WI, Melissa (Erick) Plamann of Elizabethtown, KY, Shannon Katka of East Dubuque, and Chad Katka of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Samantha Jean Johnson, Edwin Chance Heare and Taryn Bailey Plamann, his mother, Jean Johnson of Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Larry Johnson, East Dubuque, Karen Johnson, LaCrosse, WI, Barbara Painter, Dubuque, IA, Nancy Lee Brady, Galesville, WI, Janet Fisher, Alliance, NE, Barbara McKinney, Prescott, WI, Jeannette Sage, Onalaska, WI, and Gene Johnson, Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Percy and a brother, Jack Johnson.

In lieu of flowers a Robert H. Johnson, Sr., memorial fund has been established.

Bob's family wishes to give special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the V. A. Medical Center in Iowa City, IA, for the excellent care given to Bob and to Hospice of Dubuque for their special care and compassion.

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

 

 



Betty A. Soltow


Betty Ann Soltow, 89 of Dubuque died Sunday, January 29, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Thursday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Betty was born August 22, 1927 in Lyndon, Ill., daughter of Lloyd and Anna (Mundt) Harrington. On March 20, 1949, she married Robert L. Soltow in Lyndon, Ill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2003.

Betty worked as a clerk at the Loras Book Store for 23 years, retiring in 1995. She was a past member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards, bowled for many years and was an avid Cubs fan.  She loved spending time with two of her great great-granddaughters, Ashlynn and Nora.

She is survived by two sons, Steven (Grace Franjola) Soltow of Connecticut and Craig (Judy) Soltow of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Kate Soltow and Christopher, Robin (Mike Donahue) and Steve (Nikki) Kennedy; three great grandchildren; and great great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Gene and Robert Harrington and Pauline Wallick.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Camp Courageous.

 

 



Stanley J. Kane


Stanley J. Kane, Sr. 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers and Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, at a later date.

Stanley was born on January 5th, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James E. and Helen A. (Markus) Kane.
He married Shirley A. Meehan on June 25th, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked at Dubuque Packing Company for 45 years retiring in 1998.
Stanley loved people, enjoyed a cold beer, a good conversation and was known to have quick "one-liners". He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and NASCAR fan. He took great pride in his yard and feeding his feathered friends.
Stan's love for Shirley was a real example of what true love should be and was a great inspiration to his family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Shirley; seven children, Pam (Tom) Sinnott, of Iowa City, Candi (Joel) Petsch, of Dubuque, Robert Kane, of San Diego, CA, Wanda (Rich) Runde, Stanley Kane, Jr., Ron (Doreen Walter) Kane and Mike (Carrie Jacobs) Kane, all of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Ann Marie in infancy; and his siblings, Lelia (Chris) Strief, Helen (John) Connelly, Clarence (Marie) Kane, Luella (Vince) McFadden, James E. (Ruth) Kane Jr., John H. (Ruth) Kane, Robert M. Kane, and two brothers in infancy Louis and Henry.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Heart Association.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison and Judi; Dr. Christopher Stille and his nurse Julie Ehlinger and the staff of Medical Associates for all their wonderful care they gave to Stan.



Dale M. Kelchen


Dale M. Kelchen, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:24 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dale was born on November 11, 1939, in Monticello, Iowa, son of Alvin Herman and Marguerite Mary (Carney) Kelchen.

Dale was born in Monticello, but was raised in the Cascade and Sherrill areas before eventually moving to Dubuque. In the early 1960's, Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he would honorably and proudly serve his country. Dale was a committed worker who diligently put his talents to use at the Dubuque Pack and also in the maintenance department at Eagle Window and Door. Dale would unfortunately move into early retirement, much sooner than he desired, due to serious health issues. Before his stroke, Dale enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors; whether he was working the farm, tinkering on the tractors, or just simply enjoying the peace and serenity of a nice sunny day. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan, but also enjoyed watching some of his favorite classic western movies. Dale was also a consummate animal lover who had an especially soft spot in his heart for his four-legged canines. His greatest joy throughout his earthly journey, however, was found in the time he would be blessed to spend with his only son, Kevin, and his beautiful family. We are deeply saddened by Dale's sudden passing, but find solemn moments of comfort in knowing that he now rests in eternal peace, free from the struggles he has faced these past years. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Dale's memory include

his son,
Kevin Martin (Molly Kathleen) Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his granddaughter,
Natalie Renee Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
James Alvin Kelchen, Sherrill, IA,
Mary Lucille Kelchen-Bruggeman, Dubuque, IA,
Alverna M. (Darrell) Besler, Dubuque, IA
and Rosemary Marie (Samuel) Boughner, What Cheer, IA;

his former wife,
Deborah Joan Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Ann Schmidt; and a brother, Jerome George Kelchen.

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

Dale's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the care and support they have provided to Dale and his family.

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

 



Jack L. Wing


Jack L. Wing, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of St. Donatus, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow the service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Thursday until time of service.

Jack was born on September 4, 1930 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Ira and Gertrude (Owen) Wing. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and on May 29th, 1951 he married Virginia Clary, his high school sweetheart, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

He apprenticed in printing as a teenager. He worked for Bob Melvold, and co-owned Stoddard Print, both in Maquoketa. He then worked for Wm. C. Brown Publishing in Dubuque for 31 years, until retirement. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a meat cutter for Kalmes Catering in Saint Donatus, until the age of 85.

Jack is a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, W/3 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of the Jaycees, American Legion, Bass Fishing Clubs, and an honorary member of the Luxembourg Society.

Jack enjoyed gardening, a good game of "bean bag toss", making salsa and sauerkraut, which he loved to share. Jack's hands were always busy. We will miss him so very much.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; three children, Valerie (Paul) McNally, Susan (Don) Broadwell, and Martin (Heidi Roberts) Wing. Seven grandchildren and their spouses, five great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kelly, Tom, Louis, and Owen Wing; sisters Marjorie Holtz, Genevieve Wing, and Barbara Kemp.

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

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff; Dr. Monga, of the University of Iowa Hospital; Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Garrett Ridgley; and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jack.



Lyle W. Scheppele


Lyle W. Scheppele, 87, of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 23, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Private family services will be held.

Lyle was born August 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clyde and Pearl (Schloz) Scheppele.  He grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping Co. for many years.  He worked as Vice President in charge of production at RGF Manufacturing in Potosi.

Lyle loved to spend many summers bass fishing on the Mississippi. He enjoyed working with metals and completed many small projects. He loved band music and played trombone throughout his school years as well as playing with the Dubuque Community Band.

He is survived by his long-time partner, Mavis Hanson of Dubuque; a niece, Jane (Kevin) Wichman of Verona, Wisc., and a nephew, John (Laurie) Hansel of Hortonville, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Hansel.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque specialty care and Unity Point Health for their wonderful care.

 



Brian M. Baker


Brian M. Baker, 53, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 29, 2017, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident on 174th Avenue just southwest of 19th Street in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Brian's life will be held at 4:30 P.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A gathering of family and friends will be held prior to the service from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Brian Marshall Baker was born on May 17, 1963 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William August and Nancy Jo (Streets) Baker, Sr. He attended Andrew High School and then entered the military, serving in the Reserves and National Guard.

Brian was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. Through the years he had worked for Amhof, Galloway and Johnson Trucking. He currently was working with C & W out of East Moline, Illinois, and had previously worked for Total Quality Truck Maintenance as a mechanic.

Brian enjoyed outside activities and loved many things including camping, fishing, racing, farming, cutting wood and four-wheeling. He was fun-loving and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Brian's memory include his children, Joseph (Heidi) Baker of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Chance) Casel of Maquoketa, IA, Rebecca Baker of Marceline, MO and Spencer Baker of Maquoketa, IA; his father and step-mother, Bill and Debra Baker, Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Brenda (Darcy) Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren (with 2 on the way); and his girlfriend, Dawn Harland of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Jo Baker; brothers Bruce and William Jr.; a nephew, Christopher Hankemeier; and a great-niece, Aleah Steffen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brian M. Baker memorial fund has been established.

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



Vera H. Scheibe


Vera H. Scheibe, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Vera's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017 from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Vera Harriett Ringen was born on May 21, 1928 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Harris Lewis William and Erma L. (Kroeger) Ringen. She attended Preston High School. She married Donald Otto Scheibe on June 12, 1953 in Preston, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Steven and Mark.

Vera was a farm wife who farmed with her husband, first south of Maquoketa, and in 1962 they purchased a farm west of Maquoketa. As lifetime farmers and partners, they farmed together for over 60 years.

Vera was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and the Jackson County Cowbells. She enjoyed her chickens, gardening, canning and was an excellent cook. She especially loved her family and her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Vera's memory include her husband, Donald O. Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; sons Steven Scheibe of Fairview, TN, and Mark (Milissa) Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Lois (Richard) Schnoor of Maquoketa, IA, and Janet (Charles) Hindley of Clinton, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Bryan Scheibe of Yokohama, Japan, Emily Scheibe of Nashville, TN, Zachary Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Vera H. Scheibe memorial fund has been established.

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



Delmar A. Feldmann


Delmar A. Feldmann, 74, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Delmar may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. conducted by Deacon Roger Riesberg. A celebration of life will follow the services at Funnigans in Epworth, IA.

Delmar was born May 2, 1942 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Charles and Irene (Kelchen) Feldmann. He graduated in 1956 from St. Paul's High school in Worthington, IA. On October 19, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Loeffelholz at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who always enjoyed playing Euchre.

He is survived by his Wife, Mary Lou Feldmann of Epworth, IA; Eight children, Kenneth (Sandy) Feldmann of Swisher, IA, Kimberly Ehlermann of Roswell, NM, Keith (Sheri) Feldmann of Earlville, IA, Kris Feldmann of Worthington, IA, Kraig "Homer" (Bobbi) Feldmann of New Vienna, IA, Katina (Mike) Shaffer of Paris Crossing, IN, Kory (Julie) Feldmann of Dyersville, IA, Kary Lyn Waite of Bloomington, IN; 18 grandchildren, Colton and Caitlin, Ashlee, Aaron and Amber, Brittany, Rachelle and Rusty, Kevin, Taylor, Kameron, Kody and Chevy, Makayla and Alex, Matthew, Kylee and Garrett; and 3 great grandchildren; one brother, Leonard (Caroline) Feldman of Darlington, WI; Five sisters-in-law, Rose Feldmann of Dyersville, IA, Margie Feldmann Lehmann of Farley, IA, Grace Feldmann of Worthington, IA, Mary Feldmann Ronebaum of Colesburg, IA, and Rosella Feldmann of Monticello, IA

He is preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers, Donald, Raymond, Frances, Lawrence, Carl, Leo, Tom and Andrew Feldmann, three sisters, Lucille (Al) Vonderhaar, Rita (Charles) Meyer and Marie Hall Strief.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim and Jan, Social workers Nicole and Lindsay, Dr. Holm and Stephanie and the girls in the Onocology department at Medical Associates for all their care and support.

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



Patricia J. Cullen Spensley


Patricia J. (Steil) Cullen Spensley, 87, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of East Dubuque, IL, peacefully passed away Friday, January 27, 2017, in her home in Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was born on April 28, 1929, in Perry, IA, the daughter of Walter F. and Ethel (Frommelt) Steil. She married Thomas J. Cullen on October 7, 1950, at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1996. Patricia married Alan B. Spensley on May 3, 2003, at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL.

Patricia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1946, as did her husband, Alan.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish since 1964.  She worked as a legal secretary for Stapleton, Ernst & Sprengelmeyer for many years.  She led an active life that included swimming, hiking, dancing and, most importantly, spending time with friends and family. She had a strong sense of curiosity and was engaged in the world around her.  She also loved cats and dogs and enjoyed the company of family pets.  Her greatest joy and passion was family.

Surviving are her husband, Alan Spensley, of Dubuque, IA; 3 children, Timothy (Elaine) Cullen, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Judith Cullen, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jeffrey (Gina) Cullen, of Golden, CO; 3 stepchildren, Steve (Kim) Spensley, of Pittsford, VT, Mike Spensley and Kathy Spensley, both of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren, 7 stepgrandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 11 step great-grandchildren; in-laws, Emmie Cullen, of Reno, NV, Lois (Tom) Hendricks, of Cuba City, WI, Jerry (Pat) Cullen, of Platteville, WI, Mary Ann (Jim) Reilly, of Shullsburg, WI, Geraldine "Jerry" Cullen, of Darlington, WI, William (Betty) Cullen, of The Villages, FL, Peg Dalsing, of Dubuque, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Cullen; her parents; her siblings and their spouses, LaVonne (Carl) Perrott, Mary Jane (Bernell) Busch, Peg (Frank) Saunders, Joanne (Carl) Schwarzhoff and William (Helen) Steil; in-laws, Joseph Cullen, Kate (Howard) Geisler, John (Mary) Cullen, Patricia (John) Smith, Dan Cullen, Cletus Dalsing, Helen Steil (who was married to Patricia's brother William), and Dale Spensley;  3 nieces, Sue (Smith) Fujioka, Lisa (Schwarzhoff) Schoessow and Pamela (Saunders) Santay; 1 nephew, Kent Dalsing; and 1 step great-grandchild, Henry Williams.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m., Wednesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017, at St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, IL , with Rev. Dean Smith celebrating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, IL

 

 



Eileen E. Rogemann-Heller


Eileen E. Rojemann-Heller, age 93, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at ManorCare in Platteville surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 12, 1923, the daughter of August and Dolores (Runde) Fleege. Eileen attended school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Sinsinawa. On June 3, 1947, she was united in marriage to William J. Rojemann. After their marriage, the couple became self-employed and owned and operated several businesses throughout Grant County for over thirty years. William preceded her in death on January 29, 1983. Following his death, Eileen began employment at the Potosi High School as a cook. She was known for her cinnamon rolls. On June 21, 2003, Eileen was united in marriage to Donald Heller. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2011. Eileen was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and served as the church organist for many years. She was also a member of the Tavern League. Eileen enjoyed music and baking. She dearly loved spending time with her family and keeping up with her grandchildren's activities.

Survivors include her six children: Jean (Schelley) Schoville, Potosi; Ellen (John) Berning, Menominee, IL; Ted (Bonnie) Rojemann, Paul (Susan) Rojemann, Diane (Ted) Bode, and Jeff (Chris Judd) Rojemann all of Potosi; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and one on the way; her siblings: Carol Guerdet, Dubuque, IA; Harold (Marian) Fleege, Hazel Green; a sister-in-law, Lori Fleege, Dubuque, IA; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, Eileen was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann; her siblings: Donald Fleege and Irma (Hank) Spahn; in-laws: Justin (Marie) Rojemann; Joe (Viola) Rojemann; Margaret (Jack) Doyle and Richard Guerdet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church where a 2:45 p.m. rosary will be prayed. Friends may also call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Maureen Ann Vetricek


Maureen Ann Vetricek, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, is assisting the family.

Maureen was born on December 13, 1940 in Savanna, Illinois the daughter of Samuel and Martha (Bundy) Adams. She graduated from Savanna High School in 1959.
She married Patrick H. Vetricek, the love of her life, on September 10th, 1960 in Savanna, Illinois.

Maureen worked as a Nursing Home Administrator for 35 years before retiring from Heritage Manor in 2002. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and mentor.

She enjoyed good food, family gatherings, gardening, and especially shopping with her daughter. Maureen was a member of the Red Hat Sassy Hatituders, and Bunco Club and enjoyed their gatherings.

She is survived by her loving husband Patrick; daughter Sheri Kephart, son-in-law Henry Wolford, both of Lubbock, Texas; her sister, Charlotte Merboth, of Mt Carroll, IL, and brother, Samuel Adams, of Lynn Haven, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Kukla and his nurse Julie; the staff of Mercy Medical Center 3rd Floor, and to Hospice of Dubuque, for all their compassionate care of Maureen.



Patricia Ann Meyer


Patricia Ann Meyer, 81, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL, with Pastor John Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound.

Pat was born on September 14, 1935 near Elizabeth, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Sadie (Altfillisch) Morhardt. She was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1954. On September 30, 1954 she was united in marriage to Edward A. Meyer at the Scales Mound Presbyterian Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, baking, and bingo, and previously worked on the farm with Ed until their retirement. Pat loved the ladies card club and occasional trips to the Casino. She will be remembered for her famous chocolate chip cookies.

Surviving are her husband, Ed; three daughters, Tammy Hesselbacher, Carolyn (Bernard) Trebian and Shari (Gary) Hillary, all of Scales Mound; a son, David (Cristy) Meyer of Sycamore, IL; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a baby girl on the way; two brothers, Gerald (Donna) Morhardt of Schapville, IL, and Richard (Margie) Morhardt of Scales Mound; and nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Sadie; and a son-in-law, David Hesselbacher. 

Ed and family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, 2-CVU, for the wonderful care provided to their wife and mother.

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



Charlene Ruby Clark


Charlene Ruby Clark, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 25, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Charlene's life will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Charlene Ruby Morris – who was affectionately known as "Charlie" or Chinquapin" – was born on April 7, 1929 in Waynesboro, Virginia to James Henry and Agnes Jacqulin (Wolfe) Morris. She was a 1946 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

She married Wilbur "Bob" Clark on October 6, 1954 in Waynesboro, Virginia. To this union two children were born: Sidney and Robert.

Charlene was a homemaker and had worked various jobs throughout her lifetime. She first worked at Rose's Five and Dime and then DuPont, both in Virginia. While Bob was stationed in the military she worked for the Commissary in California. Upon moving to the Maquoketa area she sold Avon and then worked for the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and lastly the Maquoketa Senior Center.

Charlene was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Virginia and had attended the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, music, and cooking, with family favorites being her Mac'N'Cheese, Chocolate Eau Clair's, and homemade noodles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Sidney (Gail) Clark of East Dubuque, IL, and Robert "Rob" (Robin) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and twin brothers, Patrick "Pete" Morris of VA, and Paul Morris of VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur "Bob" Clark, on February 10, 2000; a sister, Ruth Sheets Hoye; and a brother, James Henry "Buck" Morris.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charlene Ruby Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Kathleen B. Thompson


Kathleen B. Thompson, 71, of Leesburg, Florida, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Tavares Hospice House in Tavares, Florida.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Kathleen's life will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Kathleen B. Dietz was born on November 8, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Lyle Dau and Wilda Ellen (Burge) Dietz. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1963 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Robert L. Thompson on September of 1980 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

While in Maquoketa, Kathy had provided in-home daycare and later worked at Crestridge Nursing Home. When living in Sterling, Colorado she had worked at various jobs until moving to Ogallala, Nebraska where she was the owner and manager of the Lonesome Cove Restaurant for 15 years. She retired and moved to Leesburg, Florida in 2015.

Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, entertaining guests at her home, watching the Denver Broncos, and caring for her pets. She was especially proud of her two grandsons.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Robert L. Thompson of Leesburg, FL; a daughter, Angela (Marty) Davison of Maquoketa, IA; step-children Robert Thompson and James Thompson of Littleton, CO; 2 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson; a sister, Patricia Dietz of Ft. Dodge, IA; brothers-in-law Floyd Drumheller and John Thompson of Mt. Morris, IL, and Donald Drumheller of Oregon, IL; and a sister-in-law, Martha Ann Patterson of Oregon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to any Humane Society of the donor's choice.

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



Oswald (Ozzie) L. Dolan


Oswald (Ozzie) L. Dolan, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where a prayer service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Church.

Ozzie was born September 11, 1918, on a farm near Charlotte, Iowa, son of Oswald I. and Cecile (Burke) Dolan. His family then moved near Ryan, Iowa, where he graduated from High School in 1936. He attended DeVry Institute in Chicago and took a job at Delco Radio in Kokomo, Ind. for about a year. He then returned home and did farm work for a short time before deciding to join the Brothers of Holy Cross. As a brother, he took the name Brother Carlos and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Notre Dame University in 1944. He then worked in Washington D.C., where he received his Masters Degree from Catholic University in social work. He taught high school for several years, then in 1953, he became director of Rancho San Antonio Home for Boys, near Los Angeles.

After 6 years, he was called to a different way of life when he met Marjorie L. Dolan, a widow of his first cousin, Paul Dolan. He received his dispensation of vows and returned to Iowa, where he married Marge on January 9, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Mason City and became father to her six young children. They moved to Dubuque where he became co-director at St. Mary's Home. He and Marge had three more children. In 1967, Ozzie took a job with Keystone AEA, as a social worker for the Dubuque Schools, until his retirement in 1984. 

Ozzie's passion for travel and the outdoors led him and his family on many camping trips across the country, and down many a path and stream, in canoes and on horseback. He and Marge also enjoyed trips to Ireland, England, Europe and Ecuador. They pulled their RV on many trips across the US every winter until 2010. He enjoyed selling World Book from 1967 to 1984 and donated many sets to Holy Ghost School and other institutions.

Ozzie wanted to learn about every person he met. He loved to engage in conversation because he was as good a listener as talker. He loved to read, play Scrabble and spend time with family. His life was an example of how to care for our world and have faith in God, taking one day at a time. 

He was an active member of Holy Ghost Parish where he exemplified good stewardship in many ways. He was a member of the Dubuque chapter of the Lion's Club for over 40 years. 

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Dolan, and his nine children: Mary Neuhaus of Farley, Jim Dolan of Glendale, Arizona, Kathy (Mike) Weibel of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Greg Dolan of Glendale, Arizona, Tom (Ceci) Dolan of San Bernardino, California, Deb (Dave) Welsh of Dubuque, Marta (Randy) Bender of Bellevue, Barb (Chris) Ehlers of Dubuque, and Amy (fiancé, Joe Andresen) of Dubuque; 24 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one more on the way; a sister, Cecile (Jim) Salz of Mesa, Arizona, a brother, Emmett (Jean) Dolan, of Coggan, a sister-in-law, Anna Mae (Leo) Dolan, of Winthrop, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Chuck Neuhaus; five brothers, Ambrose (and Margaret, and Evelyn), Cyril (Mike) (and Geraldine), Leo, Clair (and Eileen), and Sylvan (Toby) (and Velma) and a sister, Regina (and Jack) Slattery.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Bethany Home and Hospice for all the care and kindness they have extended to Ozzie.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools.



Doris M. Nachtman


Doris M. Nachtman, 93, of Dubuque died Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Luther Manor. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Doris was born June 14, 1923 in Lancaster, Wisc., daughter of John and Mabel (Sedbrook) Flesch. She graduated from Cassville HS. She married Harold A. Nachtman September 2, 1947 at Saint Thomas Catholic Church Potosi WI. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1980.

Doris worked for a few years at the Roshek Department Store and then at Armstrongs in the gift department as a wedding consultant. She served on the Board of Directors of the Girls Club of Dubuque.

Doris was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. This was evident in many ways especially through the heroic care she provided her daughter for many years. She imprinted her love on all the grandchildren and great grandchildren early in their lives and remained close to them as they grew older. Each new addition to the family gave her joy. She was very proud of her family.

Doris enjoyed many great friendships over the years. She and Harold were members of a "potluck" dinner group that we envy yet today for the fun they had together. She enjoyed a wonderful group of ladies that gathered for cards and lunches.

In the words of her Granddaughter, Sara "Well into her nineties she was still easily the best dressed woman in any room. She liked good scotch. She talked to her flowers. She read cookbooks for sport. She had an eye for beautiful things. She was generous with her time for me. She was elegant and lovely until the end."

Doris is survived by her children, DiAnne of Dubuque, Deb (Tom) Brehmer and children, H. Jacqueline, Shelby and David of San Francisco CA, Jack (Linda) Nachtman of Dubuque and children, Jack Jr. (Erica) and children, Evan and Harold of La Crosse WI, Dr. Chad (Cyndy) Nachtman and children Nicholas and Matthew of Dubuque, Charlie ( Jean) Nachtman of Dubuque and Children Sara (Brian) Gay and children, Greta, Signe, and Aksel of Duluth MN. and Lisa Nachtman of Dubuque. She is also survived by her two sisters, Joann (Bernard) Kirschbaum, and Connie Fritz, both of Lancaster WI and her sister-in-law Lenice Flesch of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, her brothers John Flesch and Donald Flesch, sister-in-law Florence Flesch, brother-in-law Eldon Fritz, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Harold J Nachtman and Emma, brother-in-law William Nachtman and sister-in-law Donna Nachtman.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque, or DuRide.

Special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries at Medical Associates, the staff at Mercy Hospital, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of Doris.

 



John E. Hess


John E. Hess, 86 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with the Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church and from 10-10:45 a.m., Saturday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born on May 13, 1930 the son of Elmer and Cora (Hesselbacher) Hess. He grew up in South Freeport, Illinois where he attended Silver Creek Center School and Freeport High School.

He entered high school in 1944 when WWII was in full swing. His father was a section foreman with the railroad at the time and because of the War, able-bodied section hands were in short supply. Since he was big for his age, Hess was "drafted" to work on the railroad alongside his father at the age of 14. He continued work on the railroad through high school until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.

After basic training and Ordinance Technical Intelligence School, he was assigned to hazardous duty in Salzburg, Austria. While there, he attended Troop Information and Education School at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Bavaria. This was his introduction to teaching and it influenced his post-service career.

After completing his Military commitment, he entered Northern Illinois University where he received his B.S. degree. He later returned to NIU to earn his master's degree in Educational Administration and his Ed.D.

While working as a teacher at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois, John met a new English teacher on staff by the name of Jeanette "Jan" Schmidt; the two fell in love and married.

Two weeks after receiving his doctorate in 1969, he was hired at Loras College as an assistant professor in the Education Department. During his time at Loras, he served in various professional ranks which included Chair of the Loras College Education department, Chair of the Tri- College Education department, Director of the Graduate division, and Director of Community Education.

In 1993, the Iowa Association for Lifelong Learning presented him with the Distinguished Service Award Emeritus for his many contributions to the IALL. He was one of the charter members of the organization, having served two terms on their Board of Directors and three terms as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

John had a laugh that would fill the whole room. He was friendly, dedicated, humble and professional. He had the ability to relate to his students, always encouraging them and helping them improve their practice.

John retired from Loras College in 1998 after 29 years of service.

He was a member of the Dubuque Lions Club. He received the Warren Coleman Award from the Iowa Lions Club and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions Club International.

He was a member of the Iowa Citizen's Foster Care Review Board, a member of the IntegrUS (Teachers') Credit Union and past member and chair of the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission.

John was active in the Dubuque County Historical Society's Local History Board and the Building and Sites Committee. He was past member of the Friends of the Loras Library Board, the Dubuque Area Lifetime Center Board, a past member and chair of the Gold Star Teacher Awards Committee and a past member of the Site Council for Audubon School.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, of Dubuque; and many friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Clayton and Lorin Hess.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Loras College or St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Special thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital and Luther Manor.



Dolores M. Bonnet


Dolores M. "Dee" (Maus) Bonnet, 97, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 8:24 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 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 from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church.

Dee was born on October 24, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William M. and Mae (Martin) Maus.

She was united in marriage to Ralph H. Bonnet on January 25, 1949 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.  Ralph preceded her in death on March 3, 2008.

Dee enjoyed bowling, euchre, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She formerly worked with Dee Reynolds doing catering events.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society, a former member of the 62+ Club and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Snyder of Galena, Illinois and Pat Bonnet of East Dubuque; four grandchildren, Brad (Rina) Snyder, Michael (Kathy) Snyder, Amanda Lee, and Matthew (Lindsay) Snyder; 12-great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nina, David, Bibiana, Gaby, Lilly, Teddy, Ava, Nya, Ryan, Gavin and Luke; a sister, Evelyn Schweikert of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Leona "Pete" Ginter of Kieler, Wisconsin and a brother-in-law, Wesley Hoots of Rock Island, Illinois; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mae, her husband, Ralph, siblings, Myra, Pearl, Laura, Bette, Carl and James.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley and Julie for the excellent care provided to our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, a Dolores "Dee" Bonnet memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Shirley I. Ring


Shirley I. Ring, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 27 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 28 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, where there will be a visitation from 9:45 to 10:15 prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Shirley was born on May 15, 1926 to Alfred and Alice (Haser) Thompson in New Diggins, Wisc. She married Donald Ring on March 17, 1948. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1978.

Shirley was truly devoted to her job as a nurse's aide. Before retiring at age 85, she worked at Finley Hospital, VNA, and as a private in-home aid.

She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church for 60 years. During her time there, she was involved in the Busy Bees and helped serve the Saturday night Food for the Soul meal.

Shirley was always generous with her time. No matter how busy she was, she would make time for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was famous for her sour cream cookies and bottomless candy dish. Besides her work and family, Shirley enjoyed crocheting, flowers, and the Chicago Bulls.

Survivors include her children, Darryl (Judy) Ring of Lake Elsinore, CA, Renee (Larry) Kirby, Ronna (Jack) Scott, and Mark (Tracey) Ring all of Dubuque, grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Wallin of Long Beach, CA, Lance (Kelly) Kirby of Dubuque, Chad (Christina) Kirby Westford, MA, Travis (Andrea) Kirby, Jody (D.J.) Ludowitz, Chantel (Shaun) Manning, Gina Scott, Heather (Jim) Hitzler, Chris (Ashley Bergfeld) Scott, all of Dubuque, Jason Ring of Lake Tahoe, CA, and Melissa (Greg) Stokes of Colorado Springs, CO: 22 great grandchildren and three more arriving in 2017; a sister Phyllis Moser of Dubuque; sister in law Rita Wong of Manly, IA; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay, Nicole, and Jan for their excellent care.

 



Michael J. Conlon


Michael Joseph Conlon of Dubuque, Iowa and Anna Maria, Florida left the back nine on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the age of 80. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th at St. Columbkille's Church with Monsignor James Barta celebrant. Family and friends may call from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, 1500 Alta Vista Street. Private burial services will be at a later date.

He was the husband of Sharon Rafoth Conlon; father to Michael Scott (Carolina), Stephanie (Stephen Russ), Sarah (Tim Osterberger) and Suzy (Greg Kalb). He was the grandfather to; Nicholas and Jonathan Russ; Luke and Joey Osterberger; Elyse, Elly, Anna and Ava Kalb; and soon to be born grandson Matteo Conlon.

Michael was the third son born to Mildred Steinbach and O.M. (Del) Conlon on March 30, 1936. He attended St. Columbkilles and graduated in 1954. He received a Business degree from Loras College and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Iowa.
He was a partner in Conlon Construction Company and Conlon Partners where he devoted over sixty-five years of his life. Michael helped expand the business into a national company with buildings throughout all fifty states. He was most proud of the family's legacy of buildings that can be seen throughout the city of Dubuque.

Service to the community was very important to Michael. Throughout his life he contributed his time and service to many boards including: Greater Dubuque Development Commission, Junior Achievement, Stonehill Care Center, St. Mark Community Center, The Grand Opera House, Firstar Bank, Harvest Savings Bank, Dubuque Savings and Loan, Frommelt Industries, American Arbitration Association, Dubuque Building Trades Association, and Dubuque Builders Exchange. Michael was affiliated with several professional associations in which he served in a variety of positions. These included: Master Builders of Iowa, Associated General Contractors of America, Iowa Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Iowa College Foundation. He was a member of the Dubuque Shooting Society and 990 Club, Dubuque Men's Association, Construction Fellowship, and a lifetime member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He was also a parishioner of St. Columbkille's Church.

Michael was involved in many aspects of the community, which gave him a deep sense of pride and respect for his home town. He was a staunch supporter of the three local colleges having a personal and professional affiliation with Loras, Clarke and the University of Dubuque. As a graduate of Loras College, Mike was a true "Duhawk", who served on the Executive Search committee and was an active member of the Dubuque Loras Club. In 2007, Michael was humbled to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
One of Michael's proudest professional moments was receiving the honorable Build Iowa award bestowed upon him by the Master Builders of Iowa Association, an organization which he served as President. He always tried to infuse the Master Builders of Iowa's tenets of skill, integrity, and responsibility into his life. Another accolade that Michael received on behalf of the Conlon family was the "Treasures of Dubuque". Although he was very honored by these awards, his children and grandchildren outshined all of his other successes.

Michael was also a very patriotic man who proudly served our country. He was a member of the United States Army and was honorably discharged after eight years of service.

He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren; brother-in-law, David Rafoth (Jan), sisters-in-law Rebecca Smith (Terry Phillips) and Helen (Marti) Conlon; many beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; in-laws Eleanor and Russell L. Rafoth; a daughter Kimberlyn at birth; brothers Richard P. and Roger David Conlon, sister Mary Carol Martel; brother-in-law Patrick M. Smith; nephews David Conlon and John Martel, nieces Diane Conlon Larson and Jenny Conlon Manning.

Michael was blessed to have so many loving family members and faithful, caring friends. He shared a special bond with his golf group, the Red Shirts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Michael and Sharon Conlon Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

The family wishes to extend a most heartfelt thank you to all of the staff and caregivers at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead. Their dedication and compassion toward Michael will forever provide peace and comfort to his family.
Michael tried to live by his favorite bible verse from Micah "...To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."



Mary A. Noonan


Mary A. Noonan, 81, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Crystal Lake, Illinois died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Mary Ann will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (Peosta), Iowa.

She was born August 8, 1935 in St. Joseph's Prairie, rural Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cletus and Marcella (Powers) Connolly. She is a graduate of St. Columbkille's High School in Dubuque, Iowa and received her certification as an X-Ray Tech from St. Anthony's in Rockford, IL. She was employed at St. Ann's Hospital in Chicago, IL, Princeton Hospital in Princeton, N.J., Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park, IL and McHenry Hospital in McHenry, IL. She later worked for Dr. Richard Gorski out of Woodstock, IL.

She is survived by her husband, Pat Noonan whom she married on April 15, 1961at St. Joseph's Prairie Church. They resided in Chicago, New Jersey, Berwyn, IL and South Holland, IL before moving to Crystal Lake, IL in 1976.

She is also survived by three sons, Kevin (Susan) Noonan of Crystal Lake, IL, Steve (Jan) Noonan of South Bend, IN, and Sean (Mary) Noonan of Algona, IA; 7 grandchildren, Patrick, Erin, Danny, Bridget, Courtney, Katie and Ryan; one sister, Rose (Bob) Carr of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan (Mary) Noonan and Cecilia "Cis" Meloy both of Cascade, IA, Mike (Jeanne) Noonan of Peosta, IA, and Shirley Noonan of San Mateo, CA; Geri Connolly of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Cletus Connolly Jr.; a sister, Joan Connolly; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob Noonan, Mary Margaret Noonan, Frances Noonan, John "Oz" Noonan, Nancy Noonan, Walter Meloy and her nephew, Danny Noonan.

A mass and dinner will be celebrated at St. Thomas Church in Crystal lake, IL at a later date.

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



Allene J. Schnoor


Allene J. Schnoor, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Allene's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Allene Josephine Schoenherr was born on July 27, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Oscar and Helena (Walp) Schoenherr. She attended country schools and then earned her GED in 1974. She married Carl J. Schnoor on August 24, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Garry, Steve, Karla and Lisa.

Allene was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Emeline area for many years. She moved to Maquoketa in 1994.

Allene had been a member of the Road Runners Camping Club and the East Iron Hill Community Church and its Ladies Aid. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, dancing, Precious Moments, antiques and going to garage sales.

Those left to honor Allene's memory include her children, Garry (Rita) Schnoor of Baldwin, IA, Steve (Penny) Schnoor of Baldwin, IA, Karla (Joe) Meier of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Chris) Belzer of Bondurant, IA; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Tyler (Susan) Schoenherr of Pontiac, IL; a sister Virginia Dietrich of Dubuque, IA; and a brother-in-law Everett Mattox of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl on August 4, 1989, a brother Rollie Schoenherr, and sisters Ellen Lindemier and LaVonna Mattox.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the East Iron Hill Community Church.

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

 



Violette F. Weber


Violette F. Weber (Waltz), age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, and a long-time resident of Hawkeye Care Center, passed away peacefully at 3:30 a.m., on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Private family services were held and her burial was in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.

Violette was born on May 5, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Abbie Waltz.

Violette was born and raised in Dubuque, where she would meet and marry the man of her dreams, Harold J. Weber, Sr. on March 13, 1943. They were blessed with 50 years together, and 2 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 22, 1994. She loved the simple things in life, such as spending time with her grandchildren, her family and friends, birdwatching, and listening to the radio. She continually remained positive, despite the many adversities she experienced in life, and was a role model for persistence.

Those left to cherish Violette's memory include

her children,
Violette Walter
and Harold (Connie Crandall) Weber;

as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Violette was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a son-in-law, and all of her sisters and brothers.

Violette's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the management, nurses, and staff of Hawkeye Care Center for all of the kind and compassionate care they provided to Violette, and for making her life comfortable and enjoyable.

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

 



Howard A. Bushman


Howard Anthony "Howie" Bushman, 68, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Howard was born in Dubuque on June 1, 1948. He is the son of Joe and Mae (Gerleman) Bushman. He graduated the class of 1966 from Senior High School. On February 3, 1968 Howard married Diane (Schaller) Bushman at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Howard worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years and part-time at Rafoth Roofing. He stayed involved in his community as a Special Deputy Officer for the Dubuque County. Even after retiring, Howard continued to work as a truck driver for McDermott Excavating and Drew Cook.
Howard was a passionate supporter of US troops and veterans; he served in the United States Navy from 1965-1968.

Howard was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Union of Roofers and Allied Workers, the United Auto Workers Local 94, and the National Rifle Association.

Those who met Howard knew he had the gift of gab and was a natural comedian. He took pride in his children and grandchildren and shared that with everyone he talked to. Howard, a genuinely passionate person, defeated his children in many arguments about the practicality of a flip phone and the merits of using a leaf blower to fix most of life's problems.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Diane Bushman, his daughter Tina (Keith) Wolff, his sons Tim (Sara) Bushman and Mike (Mandi) Bushman and his grandchildren: Katelyn (Andrew), Kristopher, Logan, Mitchell, Landen, Lucas, and Liam. He is also survived by his 7 brothers, 2 sisters, and close family friends Roger Auderer, Chad Hogan, Shawn Forler, and Scott Bainbridge.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mae Bushman and his dear friend Kim Sanford.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Wolbers (aka "Smokin' Hot"), Dr. Schope, Dr. Chung, Dr. Waack, Dr. Markham, Dr. Mark Bainbridge, Steve Day, emergency room staff and the ICU nurses for their exceptional care of Howard in his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, a Howard Bushman Memorial Fund has been established.



Velma A. Hankemeier


Velma A. Hankemeier, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 20, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 26, 2017 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Velma Augusta Yaddof was born on December 2, 1930 in Clinton County, Iowa, to August and Augusta (Petersen) Yaddof. Her first three years were spent near Goose Lake, and then her family moved to a farm near Elwood where she graduated from Elwood High School in 1949. She married Robert C. "Bob" Hankemeier on February 4, 1951 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Connie, Karen, Carol and Rodney.

Velma was a homemaker, raised a family and farmed with her husband in the rural Maquoketa area for many years. Once the children were raised she learned how to drive and started working at the Andrew Jackson Care Center. She did this for two years and then began a 17 year career working at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the housekeeping/laundry department. She retired in 1995.

Velma was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed baking, needlework, cross stitch, sewing, gardening, flowers, feeding the birds, and collecting Cardinals and Elephants. She was an avid NBA and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan. She especially loved Polka music, dancing, listening to KMAQ Radio, and her animals.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her husband Robert "Bob" Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; children, Connie Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA, Karen (Mark) Gombert of Maquoketa, IA, Carol (Jim) Reafsnider of Goose Lake, IA and Rodney Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Matthew (and girlfriend Jacie Moore) Gombert, Jessa (and boyfriend Justin McGrath) Gombert and Travis Reafsnider; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Victor and Virgil and a sister Virginia Klahn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velma A. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. O'Connell


Eileen M. O'Connell, 71, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:30 a.m. at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eileen may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m and CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends also may call after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Eileen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Eileen was born on December 30, 1945 in Cascade, Iowa, Daughter of Harold N. and Luella (Koob) Manternach. She received her education from former Aquin High School in Cascade. Eileen was employed in the food service industry for many years. On September 25, 1971, she was united in marriage to Bernard J. O'Connell at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Having no children of their own, Eileen and Bernie participated in the Foster Care Program. Eileen loved to make quilts, making over 30 quilts for family and friends. She also loved camping, scrapbooking and researching family history. She enjoyed writing poetry and had some poems published, Eileen was instrumental in starting a winter weekend tradition with family and friends that has grown for 38 years and continues yet today.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas Our Blessed Mother Court #1926 and was chair person for the parish prayer line.

She is survived by a foster daughter, Debi (Dan) Farrey of Benton, WI; four siblings, Mary Karolyn Kramer of Freeport, IL, Donna (Charles) Casey, Paul (Kathy) Manternach and Herb (Jacquie) Manternach all of Cascade, IA; one brother-in-law, Bob (Diane) O'Connell of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Pat (James) Rearden of Dubuque, IA, and Grace (Marvin) Kurt of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard J. O'Connell on September 7, 1997, a sister, Delores Manternach on October 15, 1951; a brother, Carl J. "King" Manternach on January 9, 2017, one brother-in-law, Ron Kramer; three nephews, Andy and Toby Casey and Tony O'Connell.

In lieu of flowers Eileen specifically requested that memorials be given to Right to Life organizations.

The family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support that they gave to Eileen.

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

 



Beverly J. Long


Beverly J. Long, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 2:24 p.m., on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Beverly's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Robert "J.J." Kimble officiating. To celebrate Beverly's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, where there will be a scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly was born on June 17, 1931, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Harvey and Nellie (Stevens) Haskell.

Beverly was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1948, and would earnestly go on to invest several years working at the Savanna Army Depot, and the General Dry Battery Factory, before she began her career at the Dubuque Packing Company. Beverly would devote 40 years of her time to the Pack and generously possessed the very unique work ethic which routinely delivered her to work an hour early. When Beverly wasn't at work, you could usually find her stretching out and warming up on the ball diamond, or throwing a few strikes at the bowling alley in her younger years. She was definitely fun-loving and played on many leagues over the years, but some of her favorite times were the bowling leagues where she and her daughters would give the competition a good run for the money. Beverly was also a true nature lover and her appreciation (or some may say her greatest gentle weakness) for the birds, squirrels, and even the occasional stray cat or possum, was always a quality she would embrace without fail. But let it be stated that Beverly's real love throughout her earthly journey was for her family. Her children and grandchildren never had to wonder where they rested in Beverly's heart. Every day and every opportunity to express her love and adoration for them was a moment that Beverly would truly treasure until her last day among us. Unfortunately, we find ourselves arriving upon a new reality today which our hearts and minds can barely grapple with. Our dearly precious mother, grandmother, aunt and friend has been called home suddenly, and without notice, but we know that in time our pain will begin to heal, and we'll gradually find comfort in knowing that Beverly is sitting on the shore watching her bobber religiously rise and fall while relaxing next to her beloved son, Nicholas, once again.

Those left to cherish Beverly's memory include

her 6 adoring children,
Raechel (Jim) Cole, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca (Fred) Torres, Dubuque, IA,
Babette "Babs" Long, Dubuque, IA,
Juanita (Terry) McCarthy, Dubuque, IA,
Denise (Fred Farmer) Roussel, Marion, OH
and Nellie (Robert "J.J.") Kimble, Dubuque, IA;

her 23 grandchildren;

her 28 great-grandchildren;

her 2 brothers,
Richard (Rosie) Haskell, Dubuque, IA
and Robert Haskell, Rockford, IL;

and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Nicholas Long; a great-grandson, Kael Ball; and a sister, Shirley (Ben) Huseman.

A Beverly J. Long 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

 



Dolores V. Rutenbeck


Dolores Viola Rutenbeck, 89, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

The family is respecting her request for no public services. She will recieve cremation and a private burial at the Elwood, Iowa cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dolores Viola Dietz was born on June 16, 1927 to Percy and Viola (Yaddof) Dietz. She was raised in the Preston/Elwood communities and graduated high school from Elwood, Iowa. She married Verlyn D. Rutenbeck on December 16, 1945 in Lost Nation, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Sherillyn, Connie and Steven.

Dolores was a homemaker who raised a family and farmed with her husband, first in the Elwood area and then Lost Nation. She had lived in Elwood for ten years and Lost Nation since 1957, prior to moving to Maquoketa in November of 2005.

Dolores was a great cook and was known for her homemade buns and Kolaches. She had made them for the Tri-Stop in Lost Nation for many years.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Sherillyn Rutenbeck of DeWitt, IA, Connie Deppe of Tempe, AZ, and Steven Rutenbeck of Sabula, IA; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and brothers, Don (Marilyn) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA and Wayne (Isabel) Dietz of TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Percy Jr., and her husband Verlyn on September 11, 2006.

Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

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

 



Victor A. Mathias


Victor A. "Vic" Mathias, 72, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 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 after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Victor was born on March 1, 1944, in Yuma, Arizona, the son of Virgil G. and Marcia L. (Rooper) Mathias. He married Sharon Meyer on July 23, 1988 in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on October 19, 2012.

Vic was a foreman at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring from there after 30 years. He was an active hunter, fisherman, camper and carpenter. Vic was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include a special friend, Lorraine Moyer, of Kieler; two daughters, Carla (Ken) McAndrew, of Lancaster, and Elizabeth (Eddie) Hessel, of Madison; three sons, Robert Mathias, of Virginia Beach, VA, Don (Michelle) Hessel, of Altoona, WI, and Larry (Lisa) Hessel, of Dubuque; two sisters, Pamela (Floyd "Jug" ) Gillen, of Kieler, and Machele (Robert) Schmitz, of Potosi; a brother, James (Virginia) Mathias, of Richland Center; a sister-in-law, Sr. Joan Meyer, of Dubuque; thirteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Larry Meyer.

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



Mary M. Frank


Mary M. "Marge" Frank, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:20 a.m., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 27, 1933, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of John "Roy" and Anna "Marie" (Steffen) Smith.

Mary would begin her working career at the General Dry Battery Factory. Divine intervention would place her directly within eyeshot of Carl "Cutz" Frank, and he would boldly proclaim "that's the woman I'm going to marry". On February 19, 1955, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, his prediction would become a reality and their life together would become a committed union until the end. They were blessed with almost 40 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 6, 1995. Mary would later spend many years working at Julien Care before her eventual retirement. Mary had an infamous green thumb and was well known for her ability to save even the most tragically inclined houseplants. Mary also possessed a naturally gifted ability to create magic in the kitchen and her homemade pies are legendary within her circles of family and friends. Mary was also always up for a good Green Bay Packers or Chicago Cubs game, but if it happened to be a Saturday evening, you could be sure to find her out in the convertible on her relaxing Saturday Night Cruises. She did also enjoy traveling, with trips to Ireland and Hawaii being among her favorite experiences. But Mary would be the first to show you through her actions that her family was definitely her priority in this life. Her love, patience, guidance and acceptance of all she loved and adored was on display throughout her entire life. We are truly saddened by Mary's sudden absence, but we know that her love for God has been a constant reminder that she's finally home and reunited once again with her one and only true love, Carl.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her 7 loving children,
Sharon (Roger) Jones Jr., Reno, NV,
Ron Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Sheila Pluemer, Dubuque, IA,
Sharla (Chuck) Van Cleve, Dubuque, IA,
Shirley (Randall) Hess, Belvidere, IL
and Riki (Rose) Frank, Auburn, WA;

her 13 grandchildren;

her 31 great-grandchildren;

her 6 great-great grandchildren;

and her 4 sisters and 1 brother.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Carl "Cutz" Frank; a son, Rodney Frank; a grandson, Rodney Jones; a great-granddaughter, Chyenne Kircher; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and a son-in-law, Greg Pluemer.

In lieu of flowers, a Mary M. Frank 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

 



Eugene J. Winders


Eugene John Winders, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Jan 18th, 2017.  Visitation will be held on Wed. Jan 25th at 9 am - 10:15 am at Church of Resurrection with Mass following at 10:30 am.

Born April 21, 1920 and raised in Dubuque, he attended Senior High School where his preferred sport was boxing. A product of the Great Depression, Gene belonged to a generation that valued hard work and social unity.  Devotion and duty were important values and he practiced these virtues within his family, profession, church and service to his country. He joined the Army during WWII in which he served as a medical supply sergeant and was sent to France to set up a field hospital shortly after D-Day.  After the liberation of Paris, he worked at a suburban hospital at Clichy and met his future wife, Jacqueline Clerc.  They were married at the church of St. Laurent in Paris in 1945 and lived for awhile in an apartment on the Champs-Elysees. Upon returning to the States, Gene began working at the Dubuque Packing Company, for whom he proudly devoted 38 years as a meat peddler, stocking markets from Dubuque to Iowa City. He knew every shopkeeper on his route and developed enduring friendships along the way.  

Gene was called back to Army service during the Korean conflict and afterwards, bought a parcel of land in the countryside and constructed his family home on what was once known as Old Timer's Rd, now in the heart of Dubuque's West End. It was there he raised his family, kept an immaculate yard and fruitful garden. Throughout his life, Gene travelled extensively with his wife and family and was especially fond of taking extensive road trips, both in the U.S. and abroad.   

He was a social man and a former member of 660 at the Dubuque Shooting Society, the American Legion Post #6 and a devout Catholic, having been raised in St. Anthony's parish, and joining the Church of Resurrection when it was just a rural parish.  

Upon retirement, Gene and Jackeye wintered with friends on the Texas Gulf coast for many years and he became an avid golfer, pursuing the sport well into his 90s.  Active, fit and strong, both physically and mentally, he was committed to routinely tackling several crossword puzzles and walking the Mall each morning, and playing a game of bridge or golf at the Meadows Golf Club. Having witnessed first hand nearly a century of change, he enjoyed sharing his personal stories and anecdotes of Dubuque lore.

Gene is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jacqueline Winders, his sons; Richard of Leavenworth, WA, Jeffrey (Penelope) of Scales Mound, IL, his daughter, Dominique of Minneapolis, MN, grandsons Luke (Sara) Winders of Atkinson, IL and Zeke of Galena, IL.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Grace (Berg) Winders, his sister, Jaunita Martin and brother, Roger (Danny) Winders.  

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

A Eugene J. Winders Memorial has been established. 

 



Eugene J. Siegert


Eugene J. "Gene" Siegert, 87, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home.

The Mass for the Christian burial will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 23rd at The Church of The Resurrection with the Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday, January 22nd at the funeral home that Gene built, the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, with ceremonies by the Past Commanders of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque being conducted at 4:00 p.m. A Parish Scripture wake service will begin at 5:30 P.M.

Gene was born on April 7, 1929 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Edmund and Marlene (Ashworth) Siegert. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947, attended Loras College, and graduated from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, MO in 1950. On May 9, 1953, Gene married Marilyn "Jayne" Frohs at the Church of The Nativity.

Gene's passion for funeral service began with his grandfather, James Ashworth, who co-founded Bennett & Ashworth Funeral Home located on Seventh and Bluff Street. Gene would frequently help his grandfather and years later took over the business, which became the Siegert Funeral Home.

As time passed, Gene realized a need for a more modern facility to properly serve the Dubuque community. He understood that Dubuque's growth was on the west end and in 1978 Gene established what is now their current location on JFK Road.

For over 60 years, Gene was dedicated to the funeral industry. He served as past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association and served three terms as the governor's appointee to the Iowa Board of Mortuary Examiners. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Dubuque County Funeral Directors Association. Gene was among the first responders to assist in the disaster of United Flight 232 on July 19, 1989 in Sioux City, IA. He received a certificate of recognition from governor Terry Branstad for outstanding service following the tragedy.

Gene was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1951 to 1955. He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and a relentless advocate for our veterans and their wellbeing. Gene served as a commissioner with the Dubuque County Veteran Affairs Commission for three decades, serving as chairman on numerous occasions.

Gene was a licensed pilot, member and past president of the Flying Funeral Directors of America, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He was an active member of Resurrection parish, having served on the parish council and as a Eucharistic Minister and lector. He was also a member of Dubuque Council 510 Knights of Columbus - Dubourg Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Dubuque Serra Club, La Society 40 et 8 Locale No. 632, past member of Thunder Hills Golf & Country Club, and Dubuque Squires Club.

Through all of his accomplishments in life, his marriage and family made him the most proud. He was always eager to listen and engage in conversations on what was new in the lives of his grandchildren. Gene and Jayne were a steady team and created a balance between the business and family. At holiday gatherings Gene would often smile at Jayne and say, "Look what we created."

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years, Jayne of Dubuque; his children: Jim (Jill) Siegert of Pleasant Hill, MO; Gina (fiancé John Moran) Siegert of Dubuque; Paula (D.J.) Rapp of LaMotte, IA; Tom (Lynn) Siegert of East Dubuque, IL; Bob (Shannon) Siegert of Dubuque; and Karen (Josh Elsenraat) Siegert of Springfield, MO; his grandchildren: Todd Siegert, Seth (Vicki) Siegert, Ben Seeling, Luke (Mauren) Seeling, Paula Seeling, Jess (Chad) Steve, Kate (Adam) Uptegraph, Ellyn (Jeremy) Olsen, Eryn Rapp, Drew (Angie) Siegert, Calli (fiancé Josh Ramler) Siegert, Lauren Siegert, Sarah Siegert, Brad (Lindsay) Siegert, Kelly (Michael) Fegan, and Nathan Siegert Elsenraat; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Roy Sherman; and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Siegert; his sister, Carol Sherman; and his brother and sister-in-law, Edmund (Betty) Siegert.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Operation We Care c/o Veterans Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd., Suite 1, Dubuque, IA 52001 or Resurrection Parish, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002.

A special note of appreciation is extended to the staff of By Your Side, LLC and Hospice of Dubuque. Because of your exceptional care, Gene was able to spend his final months surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home.



Anthony E. Kerper


Anthony E. "Tony" Kerper, 89, formerly of Sherrill, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Monday, January 23, 2017 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill. Family will greet friends from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tony was born August 29, 1927 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Otto and Anna (Vorwald) Kerper. He married Iola M. "Ollie" Jaeger on July 18, 1953 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown. She passed on February 21, 2009.

Tony proudly served his country in the US Army during WW II and the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star. After his military service, Tony worked for Dubuque Packing Company, but worked most of his career at John Deere - Dubuque Works as a machinist, where he retired in 1987 after 28 years of service.

He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, UAW Local 94, and VFW Post 7736 of New Vienna. Tony enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing his guitar and saxophone, tending to his yard, traveling, going on numerous cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, and also had many enjoyable trips with his wife to Las Vegas.

Survivors include his children, Marilyn (Rick) Klein of Asbury, Randy (Marsha) Kerper of Ankeny, and Russ Kerper of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Karen Kerper, of Ames; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and in-laws Norma Kerper and Lou Morris.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Kathy Ann Feldman; son, Mark Kerper; granddaughter, Michelle Feldman; and siblings John, Arthur "Bob", Albert, Jim (Kathy), Don Kerper, Mother Ann Marie-FSE, Mary (Louis) Fell, and Terese (Roland) Domeyer.

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

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



Joan F. (Rouser) Schmitt


Joan F. (Rouser) Schmitt, 84, of Peosta, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury, where the family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial service will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Joan was born May 24, 1932 in Wabasha, Minnesota, the daughter of Roy and Vera (Hartman) Rouser. She grew up in Guttenberg, Iowa, where she graduated from the local high school. Joan was a good student and was very involved in the music department, playing piano for the choir and French horn in the band.

After graduation, Joan decided to move to Dubuque and worked as a secretary at the Finley School of Nursing, A.Y. McDonald, and eventually John Deere, where she met her future husband David Schmitt. The two married on September 12, 1953 and went on to have twelve children.

Joan was a naturally giving person and spent most of her adult life raising her children. She was also a member of a Bridge card club for many years and enjoyed a good game of Bingo. Although some of their kids eventually left Dubuque, Joan and David had an RV they would travel in around the country to visit their children coast to coast. The pair also greatly enjoyed playing board and card games, especially Euchre, which became a very loud holiday tradition. Later in life, Joan greatly enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and spoiling them with many of her famous baked treats.

Joan was very proud of her large family: Sue Fury and her children Corey Schmitt and Arthur House, Bruce (deceased) (Jane) Schmitt and their children Shauna and Christiana Schmitt, Brian Schmitt (deceased), Kyle (deceased) (Bonnie) Schmitt, Sharon (Paul) Smith, Lance (Guadalupe) Schmitt, Lori Leslein and her children Alex, Justine (David Schramm), and Abigail Leslein, Mark (Sherri) Schmitt and their children Lindsey (Dan) Ocheltree and Derek Schmitt, Julie (Jeff) Ruganis, Linda Schmitt, Diane (Jim) Tschida, Darryl (Brandy) Schmitt and their children Hunter (Brooke) and Connor (Janae Krow) Schmitt, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, David, her parents, her sons Bruce and Kyle, and Brian in infancy, and a daughter-in-law Rita Schmitt.

A special thank you to Dr. Ward, the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Nicole, and Julie.

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

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



John Lawrence Oehrle


John Lawrence Oehrle, age 87, of Palm Springs, CA, former resident of Dubuque, IA, passed away on January 15, 2017, with his family and caregivers at his side.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. conducted by Deacon John Stierman. Family will greet friends from 11:30 am until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps. League.

John was born in Dyersville, IA on February 27, 1929 to Lawrence H. and Henrietta (Goerdt) Oehrle. John graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1958. He also served in the United States Army from October 1952 to August 1954, and played his trumpet in the 9th Army Band, stationed in Alaska.

John married Evelyn Barker on September 16, 1954, in Iowa City, IA. They enjoyed life together raising their three children, until Evelyn passed away on November 13, 1991.

John was the band director at Wahlert High School from 1959 to 1969. He then became the band director at Hempstead High School from its opening in 1969 until his retirement in 1992. John's love and passion was music, and he shared it through his teaching and mentoring of many students.

He was a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the National Education Association, and the American Legion in Palm Springs.

He is survived by daughters Janet (and Todd) Niehaus of San Diego, CA, Judy (and Mike) Van Handel of Milwaukee, WI, and his son Dan (and Shelley) Oehrle of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren Katie, Kevin and Kyle Oehrle, and Kristen and Nick Van Handel; brother Jim (and Nancy) Oehrle of Baton Rouge, LA and sister-in-law Carol Barker of Iowa City, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his infant son, William Joseph Oehrle; and his special friend and companion, Joan Koffel.

His family would like to thank Family Hospice Care, and his wonderful caregivers Susan and Melinda for the love and care and comfort they provided to John.

Memorials may be made in John's memory to the Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) 2728 Asbury Rd., Suite 200 Dubuque, IA 52001 or the Braille Institute Rancho Mirage Center 70-251 Ramon Road Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

His favorite trumpet sits quiet now...but we sense he is playing on in a more grand and glorious band.

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



Sue M. Goedken

Sue M. Goedken, of New Vienna, Iowa died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Sue was the daughter of Leo and Lois (Staner) Goedken. Her family was the most important aspect of her life, especially her dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed taking pictures, making desserts, and was the "music director" for the family Christmas concert. Sue never missed a birthday, holiday or special occasion with a very unique personalized message:

To All,
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
this is my Special Poem
for each of you!
Just Me, Sue.


Survivors include her mother, Lois Goedken of Dyersville; siblings: Bill (Stephanie) Goedken of Nashville, IL, Leo Jr. (Lisa) Goedken of Dubuque, Lisa Smith of Monona, Jack (Joan) Goedken of Independence, and Sandy Harbaugh of St. Olaf; nieces and nephews: Julie and Trinity Baugher and Mia Goedken; Carmen, Michelle and Matthew Goedken; Dustin, Nikole and Natasha Smith; Emily, Abigail and Adam Goedken; Ashley (Thomas) Wacker, Jeremy (Lilly) Harbaugh and Josh Harbaugh, and 9 great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Goedken, on July 6, 2016; paternal grandparents Lawrence and Veronica Goedken; and maternal grandparents Cyril and Mary Staner.

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



John B. McCoy


John B. "Hucker" McCoy, 84 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and a rosary will be said at 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6 and presentation of the 4 Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

John was born on February 24, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Frances McCoy. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was a fireman for the Dubuque Fire Department for 32 years retiring in 1994 as Captain. He was a member of the Dubuque Retired Firefighters.

John enjoyed his Sunday's at the Shot Tower where he had many friends.

He is survived by cousins; his good friends Tony and Erin Donovan and their son Aiden who he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Thank you to Eagle Pointe Place and the Shot Tower family for always making John a part of their lives.



Ardeth M. Kirschbaum


Ardeth M. Kirschbaum, 87, of Dubuque passed from her earthly home into God's eternal home on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Luther Manor, surrounded by her children.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Guttenberg City Cemetery Saturday at 2:45 pm.

Ardeth was born May 28, 1929 in LaPorte City, Iowa, daughter of Edna Haberichter. On July 26, 1947, she married the love of her life, Don C. Kirschbaum, in LaPorte City, Iowa. Their marriage lasted 69 years, until his passing on November 21, 2016.

Ardeth went back to school with four young children at home, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dubuque with a degree in education.

Education was a passion of Ardeth's, and she touched many lives teaching at Kennedy Elementary School for 20 years.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Retired Teachers Association and Busy Bee Circle. After retirement, Ardeth and Don enjoyed spending the winters in Florida where she tended to her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by four children, Timothy (Renee) Kirschbaum of Marion, Ill., Diane (Bill) Welsh of Cedar Rapids, Barbara (Brian) Munson of Dubuque and Lora (Kenneth) Goedken of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jared (Ali), Joel and Anna Kirschbaum; Alissa, Will and Christopher Welsh; Mallory (Craig) Fraaken, Jacob (Tricia) and Carl Munson; and Amanda (Michael) Shoemaker, Zachary and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Kay) Haberichter of Oskaloosa, Iowa and their children; and a special brother-in-law, Don Schlotfelt of Cedar Rapids and his children.

She was also preceded in death by her mother, her special sister, Maryann Schlotfelt, and a great-grandson.

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

Memorials will be distributed to some of Ardeth's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Jan Finn for her friendship and support while caring for their mother and father and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their wonderful care.



Sister Louise Szkodzinski, BVM

Sister Louise Szkodzinski, BVM (Christiane), 95, of Marian Hall, Dubuque, passed away Jan. 16, 2017, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

She was born in Cicero, Ill., on Aug. 11, 1921, to Joseph and Mary Biestek Szkodzinski. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Pius Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

Sister Louise taught music at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse and Clarke University in Dubuque, and at Mundelein College in Chicago. She gave piano lessons in Phoenix, where she also served as music director and teacher. In later years, she gave piano lessons in Chicago.

She is survived by a brother, Jerome, Lockeford, Calif.; a sister, Christine Pitford, Paulden, Ariz.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM with whom she shared life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Frances Narko and Cecilia Pugh.

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 & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Jeffrey L. Miller


Jeffrey L. Miller, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Jeff's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017, from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Jeffrey Lawrence Miller was born on February 21, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa, to Louise Katherine Miller. He attended Miles and Maquoketa schools. He married Tina Ann May Arensdorf on July 17, 1982 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Cassy and Derek.

Through the years Jeff had worked for John Deere in Dubuque, River Family Farms in Maquoketa, Jackson Pallet in LaMotte, and currently for Wady's in Maquoketa.

Jeff enjoyed car demos and car shows, junking and scrap metals, going to farm auctions and Highway 64 Auctions, and watching football, especially the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. He loved Farmall Tractors, visiting with friends, and spending time with his son and daughter.

Those left to honor Jeff's memory include his children, Cassy Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Derek Miller of Maquoketa, IA; his special friend Jennifer Sawicki-Peters of Maquoketa, IA; and his former wife and mother of his children, Tina (Chuck Wilhelm) Miller of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeffrey Lawrence Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard L. Covington, Jr.


Richard L. Covington, Jr., 74, of Monticello died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Visitation will continue from 12:00 1:00 pm Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery in Prairieburg. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate.

Richard was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Marion, Iowa the son of Richard and Laura (Holub) Covington. He graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1961, and served in the US Army for 6 years and continued with the National Guard for another 3 years. He married Lila Woods on Dec. 19, 1966, in Lampasas, TX. He worked at Nash Finch for 28 years and retired in 2005.

Richard is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lila; a son, Rick Covington, and a daughter, Laurie (Jim) Chapma, all of Monticello; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; a sister, Diane Avery LeClere of Monticello; a sister-in-law, Sandy Covington of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Covington.

Information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Helen B. Hedrick


Helen B. Hedrick, 83, of Dubuque died Monday, January 16, 2017 at Manor Care Center.

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 parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Helen was born August 28, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Ella (Thompson) Waller. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1951. On September 17, 1955, she married Frank Hedrick. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2004.

Helen was a member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. She enjoyed playing euchre, gardening and working at the family stand at Farmer's Market.

She is survived by three children, Connie (Byrne) Chapman of Madison, Wisc., Linda (Rick) Caspersen of Dubuque and Tim (Alysia) Hedrick of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Chad (Leisha) Chapman, Casey Hedrick, Kelsey Caspersen and Colton Hedrick; and two great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jackson Chapman. She is also survived by two sisters, Lois Ronek and Joyce Cartmill; two brothers, Ralph (Donna) Cummings and Kenneth Cummings; and a sister-in-law, Kay Waller.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Ronek and Geraldine Steil; a brother, Don Waller; and brothers-in-law Jim Cartmill, Charlie Ronek, Justin Ronek and John Steil.

In lieu of flowers, a Helen Hedrick Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Darla Kay Mangler


Darla Kay Mangler, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, January 16, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Darla's life will be held at 3 P.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Darla Kay Arensdorf was born on November 11, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Vincent and Olga (Ties) Arensdorf. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and shortly thereafter married Arnold Leroy Mangler on November 5, 1960 at St. Donatus, Iowa.

Darla was a homemaker who raised a family and after the kids were grown worked as a waitress at the Green Mill in Maquoketa, Gourmet Pizza in Maquoketa, and for over ten years at Happy Joes in Maquoketa.

Darla enjoyed gardening, camping, cooking, baking Christmas cookies with her two granddaughters, playing cards, and often hosting a fish fry with Paul's freshly caught Walleyes. She especially enjoyed going to casinos all over the state.

Those left to honor Darla's memory include her husband, Arnold Mangler of Maquoketa, IA; children Lori Simmons of Delmar, IA, and Paul (Carrie) Mangler of Milan, IL; 2 granddaughters, Whittley Simmons and Morgan Simmons; 3 great-grandchildren, Kameron Sagers, KeeLynn Eby and Jaxon Eby; brothers Butch (Tootie) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA, and Robert (Diane) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA; a sister, Sharon (Wayne) Kearney of IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ervin Mangler Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Rich Mangler of Dubuque, IA, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary and David Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene and Lanny Lewis of Adrian, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Rick Arensdorf, a sister Betty Rauscher, and a son Arnold Allen Mangler Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darla Kay Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia L. Neyens


Virginia Lois Neyens, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Lois' life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Lois' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lois was born on April 23, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Gertrude (Lange) Pfeiffer.

Lois was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who thoroughly appreciated her opportunity to spend her 89 year earthly journey right here in God's country. She would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Joseph Neyens, on September 12, 1953, in Dubuque, and they were truly blessed with 33 wonderful years together, and 3 wonderful sons, before her beloved Joseph was called home ahead of her on February 3, 1987. In pure Lois fashion, she would graciously devote over 44 years of her life to serving others as a nurse at Xavier and Mercy Hospitals. Lois was a also a genuinely kind and faith filled woman who regularly found peace in her life through her membership at the Church of the Resurrection. She would volunteer with numerous community service projects over her life, with some of her favorites being the auxiliary president of the Eagles Club, as well as sitting on the committee for the Dubuque Memorial Day Parade. Lois definitely had a couple of favorite ways to spend her time on any given free day though; a little tending time in the garden or even some quality time with her grandkids were always on the top of Lois' to do list. Lois has surely left the world in better condition than when she found it. Her acts of love, generosity, compassion and inspiration will carry on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her for decades to come. We mourn our temporary absence from our dear Lois, but we are relieved to know that she is finally reunited with her husband, Joe, and her beloved son, Doug, once again.

Lois is survived by

her 2 sons,
Scott (Cheryl) Neyens, Dubuque, IA
and Jay Neyens, Glendale, AZ;

her 7 grandchildren,
Nicholas (Marisa) Neyens, Jennifer (James) Doser, Casey Neyens, Lindsay (Michael) Quam, Hannah (fiancé William Broessel) Neyens, Zachary Neyens and Joshua Neyens;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Jack, Finn, Penelope, Elliot, Xavier, Rylie, Aiden, Keegan and Isabella;

and her siblings,
Thomas (Charlotte) Pfeiffer, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Bonnie) Pfeiffer, St. Catherine, IA
and Janice (Larry) Sieverding, Bellevue, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Marlys Pfeiffer, McGregor, IA.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph; a son, Doug Neyens; a sister, Jean (Charles) Cole; a brother Dr. Donald Pfeiffer; a brother-in-law, Larry Sieverding; and her fiancé Ralph Dean.

A Virginia Lois Neyens memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Lois' family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Liaboe, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and the staff at Eagle Pointe Place, for all of their kind and compassionate care.

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

 



Victoria L. Osthoff


Victoria L. "Vicki" Osthoff, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:10 p.m., on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Vicki's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Vicki's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Victoria was born on April 8, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Anthony "Mike" and Helen (Splinter) Fincel.

Vicki was born and raised in the Dubuque area and would thankfully meet her soul-mate, Gary Osthoff, during her early years at Wahlert High School. They were united in marriage on January 16, 1971, at Holy Ghost Church, and were truly blessed with 46 wonderful years together, and three children. Vicki and Gary would spend the very first year of their marriage on the Navy base in Puerto Rico where they quickly developed a healthy and mutual respect and love for one another which would forever be present along their journey together. Vicki would eventually earn her teaching degree from Clarke College after they returned home to Dubuque, but she would joyfully place it on her back shelf, as her real desire was to work with much younger kiddos below the age of 5. She would easily find a way to fulfill her goals and go on to devote over 30 years of her life to watching children in her own home. In her free-time, Vicki never met a crossword puzzle she couldn't conquer, a garden she wouldn't tend to, or a crochet hook she wouldn't eagerly twist and turn a thousand times until the creation she had envisioned in her mind had become a tangible reality. But let it be known, that when there were continually warm and tender moments occurring within Vicki's heart, you could generally be sure that a grandchild was close by. Our hearts ache today, and our worlds will never be the same, but we are absolutely thankful for all of the time, memories and hand-made hats and blankets which remain to comfort us along the rest of our earthly travels until we are all reunited with our beloved wife, mother and friend again one day.

Those left to cherish Vicki's memory include

her loving husband,
Gary Osthoff, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Sarah (Todd) Wenck, Eldridge, IA,
Alissa (Jason) Willis, Dubuque, IA
and Aaron (Heather) Osthoff, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Carter, Peyton, Kellan and Camden Wenck,
Ember and Cain Willis,
Brittany Kern-Osthoff and Brock and Brielle Osthoff;

her great-granddaughter,
Penelope Radtke;

and her best friend,
Sheila (James) Chambers, Dubuque, IA.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents; and special grandparents, Edwin and Freda Osthoff.

A Victoria L. Osthoff memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Vicki's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital who have faithfully cared for Vicki and her family.

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

 



Rita R. Kintzle


Rita R. Kintzle, age 89, of Balltown, was called home peacefully at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 20, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm, and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:30 p.m., and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Rita was born on October 4, 1927, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Anna (Schueller) Nauman.

Rita was united in marriage to Earl Kintzle on April 13, 1948, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. They were blessed with 63 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before he was called home ahead of her on September 8, 2011. Rita was a full time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in caring for her family and helping Earl on the farm. Her faith was of the utmost importance to her and she was a long time member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Rosary Society in Balltown. Rita also put her time and talents to good use volunteering over 1000 hours at Mercy Hospital caring for the needs of others. In her spare time, Rita enjoyed creating beautiful quilts, crocheting, religiously keeping plenty of home baked goods and sweets on hand and sitting down to a few good rounds of Euchre with family and friends. Rita's greatest joy though was found in the precious time she was able to spend with her family, especially the countless hours she generously spent playing with, and caring for, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, but we discover true comfort in knowing that she has gone quite swiftly to her eternal rest and thankfully rejoins her loving family members who have gone home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include
her 7 children,
Arlene (Dave) Beringer, Sherrill, IA,
Vince (Vickie) Kintzle, Dubuque, IA,
Ken Kintzle, Balltown, IA,
Ann (Rick) Cook, Worthington, IA,
Jim (Debbie) Kintzle, Balltown, IA,
Sue (Fritz) Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA
and Kevin (friend Ranae Forsyth) Kintzle, Millville, IA;

her 20 grandchildren,
Mark (Jodi) Beringer, Tammy (Chico) Klein, Angie (Tracey) Potts, Steve Beringer, Jennifer Kintzle, Jeff (Sarah) Kintzle, Jason (Kelly) Kintzle, Ron (Keri) Cook, Randy (Amy) Cook, Jodi (Dan) Helle, Jill (Scott) Gogel, Jenna (Joey) Lueck, Kari (Bob) Davidshofer, Brian (Lori) Kintzle, Liz (Ben) Breitbach, Samantha Hefel, Ben Hefel, Mitch Kintzle, Brooke Kintzle and Nicole Kintzle;

5 step grandchildren;
31 great-grandchildren;
8 step great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Marie Dupont, Dubuque, IA,
Lorraine (Vernon) Weber, St. Donatus, IA,
Ruth (Lester) Weber, St. Catherine, IA,
Doris (Nicky) Wolf, Dyersville, IA,
Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA
and Harold (Madonna) Nauman, Sherrill, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Anna Reinsbach, Janesville, WI,
Stella Backes, Dubuque, IA
and Irma Kintzle, Dubuque, IA.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Earl Kintzle; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Norb Dupont, Margaret (Ralph) Dupont, Nick Kintzle, Viola (Roy) Pfohl, Jeanette (Don) Jaegar, Irene (Tony) Schueller, Matt Reinsbach, Joseph Schueller, Leonard Backes, Elmer Kintzle, Jerry (Marlene) Kintzle and Clara (Whitey) Richman.

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

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Rita and her family.

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



Mark T. Lewis


Mark T. Lewis, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:40 p.m., on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Mark's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Family and friends may also join together at the Farley Speedway Ballroom, 27317 Olde Farley Road, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Mark was born on January 7, 1957, in Dubuque, son of Russell and Mary (Kiefer) Lewis.

Mark attended Dubuque Senior High School and would eventually return to spend the last 15 years, of his 36 year excursion, with the Dubuque Community School District. There is no denying Mark's passion for horsepower, speed and high octane fuel. He would devote his entire life outside of work to racing in every aspect and continually discovered ways to keep the sport fresh and interesting in his mind. Whether it was his accomplishment of attending over a thousand races throughout his life, catching some of his favorite late models running hot laps, or even the countless books he's read to obtain all the behind the scenes action and history on racing; you can be sure that every hour invested was considered to be time well spent to Mark. Unfortunately, Mark has heard his last cam rumble to life today, but we know that the 60 years he has spent with us were full of memories and experiences which we can rely on to get us through until we see Mark again.

Those left to cherish Mark's memory include

his son,
Russell (Jenny) Lewis, Dubuque, IA;

his step-daughter,
Tammy (Tobias) Thatcher;

and his grandchildren,
Angelina, Mary-Alice, Nate and Cody.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mark T. Lewis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Fred Boyes for all the years, and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and loving care.

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

 



Lucinda DeMoss


Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss, 82, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home in rural Cascade surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Lucinda's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Lucinda Rodriguez was born on March 8, 1934 in Colon, Panama, to Santiago and Flora (Quijano) Rodriguez. She grew up in Panama and graduated from high school and then attended beauty school. She married Robert Duane DeMoss Sr. on May 14, 1954 in Balboa, Republic of Panama. To this union four children were born: Nelka, Robert, Jr., Julie and Flora.

Lucinda raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Temple Hill area for many years. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed dancing, music, fishing, and traveling back to her homeland of Panama. She loved birds especially hummingbirds, NASCAR, and going to stock car races in Farley regularly.

Those left to honor Lucinda's memory include her children, Nelka (Henry) Morning of Anamosa, IA, Robert DeMoss, Jr. of Cascade, IA, Julie Hooker of Manchester, IA, and Flora Brown of Epworth, IA; a special niece, Itza (Kenny) Heim of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Melva Rodriguez of Panama. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Sr. on June 25, 2008, 4 brothers Miguel, Santiago, Cesar and Guillermo, 2 sisters Elena and Delfina, a son-in-law Lyle Brown, and a grandson Justin DeMoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rosemary Zauche


Rosemary Zauche, 81, of Peosta, passed peacefully into life anew on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. On Saturday, Jan. 21, visitation will be 10 a.m., followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran.

Rosemary was born January 10, 1936 in Anamosa, Iowa, raised on a farm near Morley, Iowa. She graduated from Morley High School. She attended one year at the University of Northern Iowa and then completed her teaching certificate at the University of Dubuque. She taught for first grade for 3 years at Olin, IA. Rosemary Shumaker and Carl were united in marriage on October 8, 1960 at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Olin.

Rosemary was a 4-H leader and helped start Dubuque County 4-H Youth Ambassadors. She was active in beef promotions, serving in leadership roles with the Dubuque County Cow Bells (now called Cattlewomen) and doing cooking promotions with beef at Dubuque-area high schools and shopping centers. She started the Volunteer Auxiliary Board at Bethany Nursing Home. She was an active member of Toastmasters.

Rosemary was instrumentation in starting the St. Marks Community Center in downtown Dubuque. She served as program director. Rosemary and Carl did workshops on retirement and hosted marriage retreats.

Rosemary enjoyed sharing her sewing and volunteer coordinating skills to fill a need. During Iraqi Freedom war in 2003, Rosemary recruited volunteers from several churches to sew plastic-sealed personal hygiene bags for troops in the Dubuque National Guard. When Western Dubuque High School got new uniforms in the early eighties, Rosemary was instrumental in recruiting volunteers for sewing on stripes on the 200 uniform pants.

She spent her life as a faithful wife to Carl and of God's creation feeding not only her family, but all of the hired help on the farm and farm visitors. She could stretch a meal from 3 to 13 in a moment's notice. She enjoyed garden-raised produce and farm-raised beef and chickens. She was active in the farming operations till her late 40's. Rosemary then developed a passion for not only painting china, but teaching others the skill. In her later years, she enjoyed finally finding time to read.

Rosemary was a founding member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church. She served as a Sunday-School teacher at St. Peter and Lord of Life. She even put together Easter Breakfast at St. Peter when her kids were young.

Rosemary is survived by her 4 children; Dan (Jackie) Zauche of Peosta, Cindy (Doug) Recker of Peosta, Carl J. (Beth) Zauche of North Liberty, and Tim (Geri) Zauche of Platteville; 12 grandchildren, Rob (Kaitlyn), Jacob, Ally, John, Josh, Madalyn Zauche , and Jared Woock, and Sarah (Mark) Wedige, and Vaughn Recker (Kelly Winger), Andre, Nathan, Natalie Recker; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Margaret (Dale) Clyde, and sister-in-law Helen (Loren) Pahl, and 5 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl L. Zauche and parents, Harlan and Ruby Shumaker.

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

On behalf of Rosemary, the family would like to thank the staff at Lord of Life Lutheran and their Communion Visitors, St. Peter, Oak Park, Manor Care, and Mercy Hospital Medical Staff.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lord of Life Building Fund.

 



Mary Ellen Scott


Mary Ellen Scott, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to live with the Lord through Jesus Christ her Savior on Friday evening, January 13, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The Celebration of her Christian Life will be held beginning with a Visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and continuing with services beginning at 10 A.M., Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa .Christian committal and burial will be at the Lost Nation Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Ellen Petersen was born on June 29, 1928 in Clinton, Iowa, to Henry August and Clara Margaretha nee Gade Petersen. She was welcomed by her siblings Howard, Bob and Margaret and later joined by Betty and Dorothy Lucille(who died in infancy). She was baptized and confirmed In the Christian faith at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Mound.

She grew up in Grand Mound graduating from Grand Mound High School in 1946 with her sister Betty. Upon her high school graduation she immediately started working for Iowa Mutual Insurance in DeWitt as a secretary for six years until her marriage to Henry Junior Scott on January 25, 1953 at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, Iowa.

The couple was blessed with three boys, Lauren, Ray and Lyle. They farmed together raising crops, growing pigs, and milking cows. They farmed near Blue Grass, Welton, Charlotte and Lost Nation and south of Elwood until moving into Maquoketa.

Mary also worked off the farm beginning with Stuedemann Agri-Service in 1980 and later on for Families of Northeast Iowa.

She had volunteered and given her time to the Lime Stone Bluffs Resource and Conservation Development Area, Inc. and the Jackson County Public Hospital. 

A highlight was volunteering for The Farmers Outreach Organization and was honored as being named recipient of "the Golden Heart". She just loved being there to help other farmers and people in need.

Mary (and Henry) were named recipients of many honors or awards from soil conservation to dairy production, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Jackson-Clinton County Dairy Association for many years promoting dairy products endlessly. They also enjoyed being involved with the Clinton and Jackson county 4H Extension programs.

Mary and Henry enjoyed dancing all their lives. Many bands they followed but they really appreciated Bearfoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman playing for their 50th Anniversary. They also loved music in Branson and watching Daniel O'Donnell on television.

Mary attended Christian services in many churches. She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran in Lost Nation for many years until moving to Maquoketa joining Beautiful Savior Lutheran even to playing the organ until it closed. She later would be organist at the Presbyterian church of Andrew, when her playing ended because of poor health she chose to join the Faith Methodist church In Monmouth, Iowa to be close to Lyle and Brenda's family connections. She enjoyed hearing the Gospel lessons each week.

Those left to honor her memory include her children: Lauren and Vicky Witte Scott of Manchester, IA, with son Justin and Brandy Scott of Waterloo, Iowa with their kids Kinnick, Peyton, and Madalyn. Lauren's daughter Rachael Scott with Jacob and Katelyn, and Lauren's son Nicholas with fiance Nicole Maas with Nash and Nora; Ray and Colleen Scott of Darlington, Wi with Melissa and Patrick McDermott with Joey and Abby and Ray's son Matthew of Darlington; Lyle and Brenda Scott of Lost Nation with Amanda and Jeremy with Montana and Addison and Lyle's son Adam.

Mary was plain and simple... just a smile to everyone she touched!

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of Camp Courageous and the Jackson County Iowa Kidney Center or to a charity of one's choice.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa for their care.

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



Jeffrey John Burdt


Jeffrey John "Jeff" Burdt, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18th, at the funeral home.

Jeff was born on December 7, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Mary (Goff) Burdt Sr. He married Victoria Lynn Schmit in 1975.

He worked for Dubuque Tank Terminal and for Newt Marine and for the last 18 years was employed by Selco.

He enjoyed coaching baseball and worked with his sons' teams from 1988 to 1992; he later helped his neighbor coach the Blue Jays.

Jeff's children and grandchildren were the light of his life and if you ever had a project, Jeff would be the first to help out.

He is survived by his wife Vickie; two children, Jonathan (Jenny) Burdt and Jessica (Scott) Young; grandchildren Nolan and Brooklyn Burdt and Dylan and Jackson Young; three sisters, Anne Smith, Jeanne (Jim) Chowning, and Mary (Robert) McNally; two brothers, James (Sue) Burdt Jr., and Thomas (Ellen) Burdt; his father-in-law, Raymond Schmit; two brothers-in-law, Richard Schmit and Tim (Georgia) Schmit; sister-in-law Kathy (Gordon) Dailey; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeremiah Burdt, on Aug 13, 1992; his parents, Jim and Mary; and his mother-in-law, Henni Schmit.

The family politely request no flowers. A Jeffrey Burdt memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals especially Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison, Jennie S., Tim, Edna and Betsy for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Jeff.



Ronald W. Schmitz


On the evening of January 13, Ronald W. Schmitz, age 74, 600 National Street, Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center. He was comforted by his family at the time of his passing.

Per Ron's wishes, a private family memorial will take place. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ron was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 23, 1942 to parents Hank and Eileen Robins-Schmitz. Ron graduated from East Dubuque High school.

He was a former employee at Prairie Farms, since retired.

Prior to Ron's stroke, he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who loved his dogs. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed doing his stained glass. Those that knew him would say he was the greatest storyteller of all time.

Ron was preceded in death by parents Hank and Eileen as well as his brother, Richard Schmitz.

Ron is survived by his two sons, Todd and Lynn; and their mother, Sandy Schmitz; his sister, Sue Wichmann; grandchildren Lauren Schmitz (Jaeger), Shelbi Schmitz and Mitchell Schmitz; along with 3 great-grandchildren.

We love you and will miss you, always.

A special thanks to Luther Manor Home Care, especially Cheri, Kay and Diane for their loving care and support over the years since Ron's stroke.



James E. Allen


James E. "Jim" Allen, 78, of Rock Island, Illinois and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 in Harlingen, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

James Eugene Allen was born on January 9, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John A. and Helma (Schnack) Allen. He was a 1956 graduate of Monmouth High School and then entered the US Navy serving until receiving his honorable discharge on December 8, 1959. He then farmed in Jones County until 1996 when he moved to the Quad Cities and worked for Barr-Nunn Trucking until retiring. In retirement, he worked part-time for Hawkeye Paving in the Quad Cities.

Jim had been an active member of the United Methodist Church all of his life. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Coronado Car Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fast cars, dancing and visiting with people.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Bryan Allen of Springfield, MO, and Michael (Cheryl) Allen of Colorado Springs, CO; 3 grandchildren, Kara, Olivia and Jessica; his life partner Judy Florian of Rock Island, IL; sisters Cynthia (Paul) Anderson of Washington, IA, and Emily (John) Samuelson of Rapid City, SD; and a brother-in-law Jim Caraway of Marion, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Joyann Propst and Nancy Caraway, and a grandson Tyler Lee Allen.

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



Donald J. Cogan


Donald J. Cogan, 91, of Asbury passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Don was born August 3, 1925 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Cornelius and Catherine (Weber) Cogan.
He was married to Luella Freiburger on August 21, 1946. They enjoyed 67 wonderful years.

Don and Luella enjoyed taking produce to the Dubuque Farmers Market, and visiting and joking with their customers for 40 years. He was also an excellent euchre player. Don was passionate about boating, fishing, and hunting with his son "Geno" and uncle Chet. He enjoyed the times he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don loved people, and always said "You are only a stranger but once."

Don worked for Caradco for almost 30 years as a shipping clerk, and part-time at Dubuque Packing Company. He also worked at John Deere Works Dubuque, and finally for Rock Island Millwork as a shipping clerk before retiring. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include his children, Lou Ann (Stan) Ward of Asbury, Eugene "Geno" Cogan of East Dubuque, IL, Karen Cogan of Des Moines, IA, and Beverly (Jerry) Eklund of Casper, WY; grandchildren Carrie Ann Parker, Stacey (Michael) Beaupre, Chasity (Jason) Johnson, and Brittney Eklund; great-grandchildren Jocelyn Ward, Malyssa Beaupre, and Lexus Beaupre; sisters-in-law Gladys Cogan, Bernetta Cogan, and Modesta "Nets" Koeperich; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Hinderman.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife Luella; two brothers, Clarence and Joseph Cogan; and two sisters, Alvena (Harry) Avenarius, and Alverna Hinderman.

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

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



Elaine A. Johnson


Elaine A. Johnson, 55, of Cascade, Iowa died Saturday, January 14, 2017 surrounded by her family, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Elaine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Services for Elaine will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and assisting Deacon James Kean. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Elaine was born February 8, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald F. and Grace M. (Koopmann) Droeszler. On September 11, 1982 she was united in marriage to Kevin Johnson at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. She was employed at Luther Manor until her marriage, and then the couple farmed together in the rural Fillmore area.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. Elaine was also a member of the Dairy Association. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching and feeding the humming birds and gold finches and was an avid collector of Precious Moments.


She is survived by her husband, Kevin Johnson of Cascade, IA, two children, Nathan (Paula) Johnson of Bernard, IA and Melissa (Marty) McLees of Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, George Johnson, Owen and Lidia McLees and expecting 2 more; her mother, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; five siblings, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; her father and mother-in-law, Don and Pat Johnson of Fillmore, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Debbie (Ted) Mausser, DeEtt (Vince) Bergfeld both of Bernard, IA, Kenny (Mary) Johnson of Galena, IL, Elgean (Rod) Brandenberg of Hiawatha, IA, Dean (Tonya) Johnson of Bernard, IA, Wayne (Renee) Johnson of Farley, IA, Trisha (Dennis) Gaul of Peosta, IA.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Droeszler on January 6, 2017; one brother, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a brother-in-law, Daniel Kundert on April 19, 2013.

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



Ruth A. Berendes


Ruth Ann "Ruthie" Berendes, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday, January 13th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Father Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Ruthie was born June 25th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Bernice (Ruden) Thomas. She graduated high school from the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, where she invited Earl Berendes Jr. to a school dance and later married him on October 19th, 1957 at St. Joseph Prairie Church. They shared 58 wonderful years together before his passing December 24th, 2015.

Ruthie was a remarkable, faith-filled woman, and dedicated her life to her family. Earl and Ruthie started Berendes Garage, where she did the book work, picked up parts, swept and cleaned the garage and made lunch. After her sons took over the Garage, she filled her time with the things she loved to do - quilting and gardening. Ruthie created a quilt for each of her grandchildren upon graduating from high school and for great grandchildren at their birth. Many of these quilts will be on display at her service.

Ruthie also had a passion for gardening. Her flowers were as beautiful as her spirit and her vegetables were as bountiful as her love. She taught her daughters how to sew and can fruits and vegetables and helped her sons make deer sausage; mixing the seasonings and spices to perfection. Ruthie made the best homemade noodles; something she often did with her sisters. She also loved to shop with her daughters - making a "Sam's Run" was one of her favorites. Ruthie loved her family deeply and was always available to watch the grandchildren or great grandchildren, cook a special dessert, make lunch for her sons or lend a compassionate ear. Her presence in the lives of her family will be missed immensely.

Together, Earl and Ruthie raised six children; Joan (Larry) Steffy, of St. Donatus, the late William "Bill" (Janie) Berendes of Bellevue, Patricia Berendes, of Dubuque, James (Joyce) Berendes and John (April) Berendes, both of St. Donatus and Susan (Francis) Clancy, of Dubuque, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Her sisters, Jeanne (Jim Pancratz) Ambrosy, and Marian (Pat) Marshall, all of Dubuque; sister-in-laws; Anita (Eldon) Rowan, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Phyllis Hutter, of Dubuque, and brother-in-law Melvin "Mel" (Marilyn) Berendes, of Dubuque, many nieces and nephews and very special friends David and Margaret Bies and Milton and LuAnn Weber.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Earl, her parents Harold and Bernice Thomas, her father and mother-in-law Earl Sr. and Sylvia Berendes, her oldest son, William, "Bill" Berendes, and brother-in laws Loras "Butch" Berendes, Robert "Bub" Ambrosy, and David Hutter.

The family would like to thank Ruthie's many friends for their prayers, the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Iowa Hospital Chaplain, Father Tim for his prayers and compassion, and the Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.



Allan Koelker


Allan "Bud" Koelker, 86, of Petersburg, Iowa, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Monday 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. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Bud was born on the family farm east of Petersburg, Iowa on May 25, 1930 and lived and worked there all his life. He was the youngest of Anton and Catherine (Kramer) Koelker's 8 children. He married Marian Bockenstedt on June 6, 1950 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Koelker home farm for over 66 years, all of their married lives. Bud loved farming, gardening, fishing, polka dancing and most of all his family. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and belonged to the SS Peter & Paul parish his entire life.

Survivors include 4 sons: Chuck (Marilee) Koelker of New Vienna, Terry (Joyce) Koelker, Mike (JoAnn) Koelker and Ron (Sandy) Koelker, daughter-in-law, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, all of Dyersville; grandchildren: Barry (Carrie) Koelker, Danielle (Bruce) Ling, Angel (Jason) Kelchen and Carmen (Terry) Dunkel, Jodi (Brandon) Kelley, Rob (Tara) Koelker and Jeff (Annie) Koelker, Jesse (Molly) Koelker, Shelli (Scott) Wilson and Matt (Lindsey) Koelker, Nick (Nicole) Koelker, Leah (Casey) Lechtenberg and Jenna Koelker, and Terra, Brooke and Trent Koelker; 30 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt of Levenworth, WA, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt of Petersburg and Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt of Edgewood, Blanche (Albert) Schulte of New Vienna, Leona (Marv) Tauke of Dyersville, Jean (Ken) Kramer of New Port Richey, FL and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges of LasVegas, NV, Lois Bockenstedt of Edgewood and Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marian in September 2016, 2 children: Theresa in infancy and Todd Koelker in July 2005, siblings: Evelyn Koelker, Edmund (Clara) Koelker, Lucille (Victor) Vaske, Lawrence (Ruth) Koelker, Mildred Koelker, LuVern (Anna Mae) Koelker, Alma (Clete) Vaske and Cora (Charles) Gerken, in-laws: Leo Bockenstedt, Patsy Wegmann.

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



Cecil W. Hinderman


Cecil W. Hinderman, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday 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 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Cecil was born on July 7, 1934, in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, the son of Edward and Katherine (Droessler) Hinderman. He married Bernetta Muller on May 5, 1954, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2001.

Cecil farmed and worked at Kunkel's DeLaval and Mississippi Valley Forest Products until his retirement in 2003. He worked part time at Carquest until his full retirement. Cecil loved going to Katina's for coffee in the morning and Gooch's Greenhouse, Sunset Lanes and Daniel's Lounge for socializing with the guys. In his younger years he and Bernetta enjoyed fishing, square dancing and playing cards in two different card clubs. He was a charter member of the Dickeyville Lions Club.

Survivors include his daughters, Lori (David) Schuchart, of Cuba City, Linda (Mike) Kress, of Potosi; his sons, Doug (Connie) Hinderman, of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Hinderman, of Platteville; twelve grandchildren; many extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel; a grandson, Bradley Schuchart; his brothers, Dennis, Roland, and Edward Hinderman, and Robert Timmerman Sr.; an infant sister, Vera; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A Cecil W. Hinderman Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks to UW-Madison Hospital Neuroscience Unit, Dean Feldman and Southwest Health Center, and Kim Martin of Grant County Hospice.

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



LaVonne C. Heitkamp


 

LaVonne C. (Theill) Heitkamp, 83, of Menominee, IL, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at her home in Menominee.

Due to pending weather conditions, the Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from Noon - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 and from 9 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish and St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

LaVonne was born on March 14, 1933 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the youngest daughter of Wesley and Ida (Weydert) Theill, Sr.  When she was a little girl her Dad gave her the nickname, "PeeWee" which stayed with her all her life.

She married James Heitkamp on October 3, 1953, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children.  Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

LaVonne was a member of Nativity BVM parish all of her life.  She was a member of the St. Ann Society, Nativity BVM school board, and past funeral dinner chairwoman. She spent countless hours quietly working at the church and school. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Isabella # 572 of Galena.

LaVonne was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel. She was a devoted farm wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She always put other people's needs before her own, and lived a life caring for others.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are her six children: Joseph (Judy) Heitkamp and Michael (Laura) Heitkamp both of Menominee, IL, Virginia (Terry) Holland and Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, IL, Paul (Beth) Heitkamp of Rockford, IL, and Mark (Stacey) Heitkamp of East Dubuque; 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Charlene Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, a brother, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of Menominee, a brother-in-law, Carlisle Jacobi of Cuba City, WI, and a sister in law, Ruth Theill of East Dubuque and Jim's sister, Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, parents, Wesley and Ida Theill,Sr., her in-laws, Joseph and Irene Heitkamp, brothers, Wesley Theill, Jr, and twins, Charles and William in infancy, sister, Merla Jacobi,  a brother-in-law, Francis Hinderman and Jim's family: Robert and Margaret Heitkamp, Mary Ellen and Ed Berning, Monica and Clarence Houtakker, and Hubert(Wimpy) Robinson.

LaVonne's family wishes to thank Diann Laity, Cindy Anderson, Trisha Cox, Diane Muchow, Stacy Bowman and Elly Bowman for the exceptional, compassionate care you gave to our Mother.  Because of your help our Mother was able to stay living in her home where she was happy, safe, and comfortable. Without you we could not have done it.

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

 

 



Glenn D. Casey


Glenn D. Casey, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:35 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Glenn's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn was born on March 3, 1936, in Asbury, Iowa, son of James W. and Alberta (Mahon) Casey.

Glenn would spend the first few decades of his life farming in Cascade and went on to proudly serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, before eventually moving to Dubuque. Glenn would finally meet and marry the love of his life, Betty Welbes-Korman, on August 31, 1966, in Galena, IL. They would unite their families and enjoy 44 years together, before she was called home ahead of him on March 8, 2011. Glenn understood the value of hard work and would devote years of his time and talents to multiple companies in the area before his well earned retirement from Eagle Window and Door in 1997. Faith was important in Glenn's life and he was a long-time and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church for many years. In his free time, Glenn enjoyed venturing out into the woods for a good day of hunting and he also found satisfaction in the many hours he spent working on remodeling projects around the house. Glenn's health has been failing and his earthly battles have now come to an end. We grieve within our loss, but we find comfort in knowing that he's finally home with his heavenly family and we will all see him again one day in a state of absolute perfection.

Those left to cherish Glenn's memory include

his 4 children,
Joseph D. "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Susan (Joseph) Fecker, Andrew, IA,
Cindy (David) Schwendinger, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy "Tim" (Sonia) Casey, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Tammy (Bill Kaufman) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner, Eric (Emily Riniker) Korman, Ryan (Erica Wolff) Mauer, Michael (Cathy) Brimeyer, Amber (James Robinson) Brimeyer, Adam Brimeyer and Ashley (Marty) Meisenberg;

his 14 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way,
Cody, Cailee and Alex Sprecher, Jack and Chloe Kaufman, Logan and Lucy Turner, Carter and Jacqueline Mauer, Matthias and Evelyn Brimeyer, Teagan, Aiden and Lillian Meisenberg;

and his siblings,
Venita (Jack) Knapp, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Duane (Gloria) Casey, TX,
Gerene O'Brian, Monticello, IA,
Wendell (Bev) Casey, Walnut Creek, CA,
John Casey, Des Moines, IA,
Pat (Sharon) Casey, Cascade, IA,
Chuck (Donna) Casey, Cascade, IA
and Cheri Wessels, Dyersville, IA.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Betty "Ma" Casey; a daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; 2 sisters, Kayla and Krista Casey; a son-in-law, Butch Mauer; and a brother-in-law, Breeze Wessels.

A Glenn D. Casey memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Glenn's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the kind and compassionate care they have provided Glenn and his family.

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

 



Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman


Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman, 77, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center. She was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on the day Don, the love of her life, was laid to rest.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road where the wake service will be at 4 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joyce was born August 8, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Olive (Roth) Baumhover.

She married Gerald Kirchberg in 1960. Surviving are their daughter Ann Smith of Ft. Wayne, IN and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith.

She later married Donald W. Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Dubuque. His 5 children survive including; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren with another arriving in 2017, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Joyce was admired for her strong work ethic and commitment. While earning her degree in Education from Clarke College, she owned and managed the Bottle Stop Tap, along with working at Kresge's Store.

Joyce had a long career dedicated to influencing and helping the lives of others. She taught at St. Anthony's and Holy Ghost schools, also serving as Assistant Principal. She was employed at East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) where she retired as the Director of Employment and Training Programs. Joyce received many awards including special recognition from the State and US Government for the record amount of people employed under her program.

Joyce was a long time member of the Eagles Club where she met Don. She traveled with Friendship Force, an organization committed to building a more peaceful world. She initiated and directed many charities including her involvement with Beginning Experience and Knights of the Square Table. She was highly involved with various parishes and devoted her time by volunteering on numerous committees. She was a Eucharistic Minister and faithfully served in the Power of Prayer ministry. Joyce and Don joined St. Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. She sang in many churches and was the Choir Director at Trophy Gardens Church while wintering for 19 years with Don in southern Texas. She also taught English as a second language to a class of students. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing during their time in that area.

Joyce was a talented artist. She enjoyed crafting, card making, stamping, weaving, and leather working. In her 60's, she discovered a long hidden talent for painting. Some of her creations will be on display at the visitation. She leaves a beautiful legacy of artwork that her family will treasure forever.

She was preceded in death by Don, her loving husband of 28 years. Also preceding her in death are her parents, a brother Ronald Baumhover and his wife Mary.

The family is forever grateful to their sister Karla for her incredible love and devotion to Joyce's care during her journey with Alzheimer's. The family would like to also thank the kind-hearted staff at Shady Rest Care Center (Jennifer), Hawkeye Care Center (Sue) and Hospice of Dubuque (Amy, Barb, Jeanette, and Elizabeth) for their care and compassion.

The family requests no flowers.



Sharon R. Mangler


Sharon R. "Sherry" Mangler, 67, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 10 at home, surrounded by her family and beloved dog Lola.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, January 12 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque.

Sherry was born on March 9, 1949 in Earlville, IA daughter of Harold and Letiticia (Duffy) Hartman. She was raised and grew up on the family farm in Strawberry Point, IA, graduating from Starmont High School. She met and married the love of her life Richard Mangler on August 18, 1979. They have been inseparable for over 37 years.

Sherry moved to Dubuque in 1977, where she was a homemaker until returning to work in 1987. She was employed by the Dubuque Community School District as an Early Childhood Development Para Professional at Helen Keller/Eisenhower Elementary and retired from Jones Hand in Hand Pre-School in 2008. During her more than twenty years in the school district she developed a special bond with the staff and children.

Sherry was an amazing, caring friend to many. Her children, grandchildren, and great grand babies were her world. She had a special way of ensuring everyone knew they were loved.

Sherry is survived by her husband Richard Mangler, their children Traci Flynn and Robb Munter, both of Dubuque, and Mark (Barbara) Munter of Broken Arrow, OK; step son Jason (Kristie) Mangler of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Mandi (Jon) Ellerbach, Danielle and Matthew Flynn, Morgan Munter, Skylar Munter and Veda Mangler; great grandchildren Chad, Graci, Frankie and Ellie; and sisters Jo Ann Delong of Avondale, AZ, Jan (Bob) Pfeiler of Dubuque, and Connie (Tom) Ross-Steger of Strawberry Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister June (Tom) Raymond; brothers in law Don Delong and Paul Ross; and nephew Shane Ross.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon R. Mangler Memorial Fund has established.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. R Schope & Lori of Grand River Medical Center and also to the best group of friends a gal could ever ask for... Shari Hartwick, Karen Hogan, Jeannie Fudge, Rose Hartzell, Sandy Butler and Phyllis Herbstreith, your love, support, and true friendship to the end will be forever cherished.

 



Donald C. Meyer


Donald C. "Don" Meyer, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where there will be a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard in place from 4 - 6 p.m., followed by an American Legion service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, January 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.

The funeral celebration will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Richard Ament will officiate with Rev. Dennis Quint, Rev. Joseph Hauer, Rev. Timothy Lenchak, Rev. Al Vorwald as concelebrants and Decon Jim Steger assisting.

Don was born on November 4, 1926, in Dyersville, son of Leo and Loretta (Weber) Meyer. He attended St. Francis Xavier schools and graduated from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago in 1948. Don served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and was proud to be part of one of the 2014 Honor Flights.

On June 26, 1954 he married Helen Ament at St Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Don and Helen were blessed with 10 children, 15 grand-children and two great-grand-children.

Don's entrepreneurial spirit began shortly after his graduation from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago. After his studies and training in electricity and refrigeration, he began selling and installing Youngstown kitchens along with Frigidaire appliances. Becoming one of Frigidaire's youngest franchisees Don went on to earn industry awards for highest sales and outstanding service.

In 1949, under the name of Home Appliance Company, Don expanded his business to include residential and commercial mechanical services. In 1975 Don entered a business venture with his three brothers and under Meyer Brothers Development Co. developed West Linden Subdivision. In 1979 he purchased the Ed Wedewer Construction Company. With this purchase Meyer Construction Company was formed. The company entered into the field of commercial and industrial construction. In 1982 Don began the development of Stone Creek Shopping Center. In 1988 he sold the company he founded, Home Appliance, and became the owner and operator of Ace Hardware that was located within the shopping center. In 1996 he retired from the hardware business and sold it to his two daughters. He continued ownership and management of the shopping center until he sold it in 2005.

Don actively served the community as a member of the Merchants Committee, Dyersville Chamber of Commerce, Dyersville City Council, Dyersville Development Commission and Dyersville Industries. Don was also a member of the Jaycees and Lions Club. In 1980 he received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Jaycees. In 2002, because of his outstanding service to his community, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club.

Don was instrumental in the development of the Dyersville Community Hospital. As a representative of the Dyersville Community Hospital Corporation board, Don accepted chairmanship of the Building Committee and also served as co-chairman of the fund drive to build the hospital.

As a devout Catholic, Don was actively involved in his parish, St. Francis Xavier Church. He served on the fund drive committee to help build Beckman High School, served as President of Beckman High School from 1975-1982, and also served as an honorary chairman for the St. Francis Xavier Grade School fund drive. As a man of great faith, he tried to attend mass daily and enjoyed participating as a Eucharistic minister and as a Fourth Degree Knight.

Don enjoyed working outdoors and he loved nature. Before moving to town, Don and Helen had a wonderful home and acreage in the country. As an avid outdoorsman Don converted the open land into a large and extensive tree farm. Don also enjoyed his time with family at their cabin on Lake Delhi, traveling, golfing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and annual fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.

Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Ament Meyer; 10 children: Rachele (Doug) Rickels of Worthington, IA; Pam Meyer of Dyersville, IA; Clyde (Nanci La Susa) Meyer of Naperville, IL; Dennis Meyer (Lizbeth McDow) of Westminster, CO; Mary Meyer of Dyersville; John (Laurie Bildstein) Meyer of Dyersville; Teresa (Matt) Bockenstedt of Dyersville; Mark (Darla Carithers) Meyer of Dubuque; Geralyn Maloney of San Diego, CA and Chris Meyer of Sacramento, CA. 15 grandchildren: Dr. Michael (Dr. Kelsey Barnes) Rickels of Madison, WI; Meghan (Tyler) Raeder of Dubuque, IA; Rebekah Rickels (Dr. Max Jepson) of Fort Pierre, SD; Kristin Rickels (Matt Merta) of San Antonio, TX; Samuel Meyer (Chloe Lewis) of Chicago IL; Joseph Meyer of Naperville IL; Josh Meyer (Kyra Brandt) of Frederick, MD; Michelle Meyer (Tyrell Chostner) of Westminster, CO; Ben Bockenstedt (Jessica Kinneer) of Cedar Falls, IA; Katelin Bockenstedt (Joe Bredahl) of Dyersville; Justin Meyer of Dyersville; Morgan Meyer of Austin, TX; Samantha Meyer (Jeff Sullivan) of Ames, IA; Thomas Meyer of Edgewood, MD; and Andrew Meyer of Dubuque; two step-granddaughters: Kyra and Paige Howieson of Dubuque; two great-grandchildren: Laurel and Caroline Raeder of Dubuque. Two brothers; Jim (Sheila) and Kenneth (Kathy) of Dyersville; four sisters; Mary Jane (Harry) Steger of Edgewood, IA; Betty (Stan) McLane of Dyersville; Joyce (Ron) Drey of Mesa, AZ; Janice (Ron) Alfred of Ames; sister-in-laws; Dorothy Meyer; Pat Meyer of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Loretta Meyer and siblings; Loras (1999), Dick (2005), John and Anne, (in infancy).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Divine Word College, St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir and Mercy Medical Center Dyersville (Skilled Nursing).

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

 



Patrick C. Conefrey


Patrick C. Conefrey, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa (formerly of Brockton, Massachusetts) passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Patrick was born April 17, 1945 in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of George and Mildred (Costello) Conefrey. Patrick graduated from Brockton Massachusetts High School in 1963. He earned an Associate's Degree in Science from Massasoit Community College in Business Management and an Electronic Certificate from the Franklin Institute. Patrick then served his country in the US Army 1965-1966. Patrick worked for the Brockton Highway Department 1968-2000. He married Charlotte Louise Goodwin on July 24, 1977 in Brockton, Massachusetts. She passed away on November 4, 2009.

Patrick's hobbies included time with his family, golfing the many courses in the area and dancing. He deeply touched many lives over the years, especially those of his beloved family. He also sincerely loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He had a strong devotion to his Christian faith and continuously shared it with others.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Hackett of Dubuque; granddaughters, Alyssa and McKenzie Hackett; siblings, Myles (Rose) Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida, George Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida; and Gerald (Deborah) Conefrey of Brockton, Massachusetts; and numerous adored nieces and nephews. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Burial will be in Massachusetts at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Patrick's memory.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

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

 



Cletus F. Klein


Cletus F. Klein 84 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 as a result of a farming accident. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Family will greet friends and family 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, January 13, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Burial will in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors.

Cletus was born on the family farm in Balltown, Iowa on November 17, 1932 the son of Edmund and Susan (Muenster) Klein. Cletus married Lois Kilburg on May 1, 1962 in Springbrook, Iowa. together they had four children. They farmed together all their married life. He served in the US Army 1953-1955, after returning from serving his country he continued to farm and also worked for John T. Klein Construction. Then was hired at Tschiggfrie Excavating as an equipment operator and was their first employee working there from 1965-1988.

He and Lois enjoyed eating out and going for drives. Family was very important to Cletus as well as his faith and belief in God. He was always present for all family events near and far. Cletus loved seeing his grandchildren and great grandchild at the family farm, he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois; children, Randy (Julie) Klein of Sherrill, Iowa, Sharon (Rick) Keller of Durango, Iowa, Joann Kintzle of Sherrill, Iowa, and Joyce (Kurt) Schmitt of Holy Cross, Iowa; thirteen (13) grandchildren, Brad, Adam, Carrie Klein, Lindsey and great grandson Carter, Jessica, Logan Keller, Mitch, Brooke, Nicole Kintzle, Austin, Allison, Rachel, and Becca Schmitt; a sister, Rose (John) Faulhaber of Dubuque, Iowa; in-laws, Betty Klein, Marie Klein, Norma (Wayne) Jackson, Doris (Ronnie) Ambrosy, Dwain (Barb) Kilburg, and Rick (Rita) Kilburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Alfred Klein and Melvin Klein; a sister in-law, Rita Mae (Clyde) Ties.

Cletus's family would like to thank the Sherrill Fire Department, and family and friends that have helped during this difficult time.

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

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

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



Phyllis V. Lenstra


Phyllis V. Lenstra, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:15 a.m., on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Phyllis' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Phyllis' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Phyllis was born on June 23, 1925, in Darlington, WI, daughter of Joseph and Alma (LaDow) Mitchel.

Phyllis was a proud Dubuquer who gratefully awoke every morning to the comfort of country living. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, LaVerne C. Lenstra, on August 14, 1942, and they were blessed with 59 years together, and 3 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 30, 2001. Phyllis took great pride in caring for her family, keeping a tidy home and reaping the continual harvest from her bountiful garden. In her free time, Phyllis enjoyed creating beautiful works on her sewing machine and was always up for a good game of cards with family and friends. But at the end of the day, Phyllis' true joy was easily discovered in the treasured moments she would get to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis, our dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend, has been graciously blessed with 91 years here with us to share in her life, love and laughter. Sadly though, today we find a tear in our hearts with the realization that we are now left with only memories and will be deeply and sincerely missing her until we are all together again one day.

Those left to cherish Phyllis memory include

her children,
Lillian Sahm, Balltown, IA,
Lester (Mary) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA
and Ronald (JoAnn) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA;

her 11 grandchildren;

and her 16 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, LaVerne Lenstra; a son-in-law, John "Jack" Sahm; 3 sisters, Julia, Margaret and Marie; and 5 brothers, Delbert, Joseph, Leo, Raymond and Frances.

A Phyllis V. Lenstra memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Phyllis' family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of the extraordinary care they have provided to Phyllis these past years.

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

 



Carl J. Manternach


Carl J. "King" Manternach, 76, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Carl may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Carl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Carl was born on July 25, 1940 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harold N. and Luella (Koob) Manternach. He received his education from the former St. Mary's school in Cascade. He was employed by Manternach Plumbing and Heating in Cascade until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Carl was an avid race car fan and loved to play cards.

He is survived by five siblings, Mary Karolyn Kramer of Freeport, IL, Eileen O'Connell of Manor Care in Dubuque, IA, Donna (Charles) Casey, Paul (Kathy) Manternach and Herb (Jacquie) Manternach all of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Delores Manternach on October 15, 1951; two brothers-in-law, Bernie O'Connell and Ron Kramer; two nephews, Andy and Toby Casey.

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

 



Ranol J. Weigel


Put on your dancing shoes. A homecoming party is planned for Ranol J. "Ray" Weigel who died January 9, 2017 at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 16th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jim Lucy officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow the service. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service.

Ray was born on August 15, 1939 in Platteville Wisconsin the son of Wilbert and Hilda (Suhr) Weigel.

He graduated from University of Wisconsin Platteville with a major in Agriculture Education and a minor in Instrumental Music. He was an insurance salesman for Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company for 26 years.

He was a National Guard veteran serving with the 32nd Red Arrow Division at Ft. Louis Washington; he was called from 1961 to 1962 for the Berlin Crisis.

Ray provided music for the Tri-State Ballroom Dancers at Happy's Place and filled in as D.J. at the American Legion as needed. He was a Dubuque County Conservation board member for over 40 years serving as president twice.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife Jo Ann; and her children, Melinda (Charlie) Willison, Greg (Beth) Witterholt, and their children, Bailey, Evan, and Dustin. His sister Carol (Jim) Georgi. Sisters-in-law Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Sally Donaldson, Mary (Roger) Weydert; brothers-in-law, Donald (Darlene) Schmitt, and Tony (friend, Gina) Schmitt.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave.



John H. Kieffer


John H. "Jack" Kieffer, age 79, of Holy Cross, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:18 a.m., on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. To celebrate Jack'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 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home.

Jack was born on May 4, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Genevieve (Wagner) Kieffer.

Jack was employed with the John Deere Dubuque Works for 11 years, before moving on to pursue other job interests, including Hoofs Manufacturing in Maquoketa, along with other various ventures throughout his life. His favorite endeavor however, was working with the Cooks Farms in the Balltown area, where he happily spent the last 15 years keeping busy. He was truly an avid outdoorsman; hunting, trapping, archery and bass tournaments and gathering ginseng were some of Jack's most treasured opportunities. Sadly, Jack has departed our lives quite suddenly, but we are eternally grateful for the memories he leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his children,
Connie (Earl Harry) McDonald
and Jeff Kieffer, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Patrick (Shannon Gross) McDonald, Matthew (Haley Rennison) McDonald, Ashley McDonald, Zoe Birch and Emily Harry;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Tylor, Chance, Carter, Landon, Blake, Katlyn and Ashlyn;

and his 2 siblings,
Jim (Karen) Kieffer
and Judy (Art) Allen, both of Dubuque, IA.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kim Kieffer; and his former wife, Virginia Darnell.

A John H. "Jack" Kieffer memorial fund has been established.

Jack's family would like to extend a special thank you to Pat and Duane Cook, Ray Dean, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their friendship and compassionate care of Jack and his family.

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

 



Donald W. Huseman


Donald W. Huseman, 86, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd. The wake service will be at 6 p.m.

Don was born October 11, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Gladys (Boyes) Huseman.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey (Trowbridge) Huseman. They were married on August 27, 1949.

He is survived by their 5 children; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren, Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman.

He later married Joyce (Baumhover) Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Joyce survives, along with her daughter, Ann Smith and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren with another arriving in 2017. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Dick (Rosie), Ray and Vern (Donna) Huseman.

Don absolutely treasured time spent with grandchildren and family. He was blessed with two long, loving and happy marriages. The undying love and care he showed Joyce during her Alzheimer's journey has been nothing short of amazing. He was a man of God. He worked tirelessly for those in need and was a voice for those who couldn't speak for themselves. He worked at Farley & Loetscher where he was instrumental in serving on the negotiation committee to drive a fair wage for employees. He was employed at Standard Forwarding Inc. for more than 35 years, retiring as the terminal manager. Long known for his compassionate spirit and civic leadership he served on St. Mary's Catholic Church and Sageville School Boards, Power of Prayer, and the St. Stephens Food Pantry among many others. He joined St Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. He was on the committee that named Hempstead High School. He was a long time member of the Eagle's Club and volunteered in many capacities over the years, including Chairman of the building committee when the Eagles Club moved from downtown Dubuque to the West end. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing in Southern Texas and Mexico where they wintered for 19 years. They adopted a family there who lived in a 2-room shack with no plumbing and doors. He changed all that. He volunteered many hours within their retirement community in Texas, particularly with faith services and creating a workshop that he managed. They made many lifelong friends who were a part of his life to the end. Don was passionate about golf and he never missed an opportunity to play a game of Euchre.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Adele Heiderscheit, sons in law, Rick Heiderscheit and Mike Bruggeman, sister in law, JoAnn Huseman and brother in law Ron Baumhover.

The family would like to thank Mary Michel, who has always been there for Don through the years as his "on call" nurse. They also wish to thank the kind-hearted staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion. Especially Amy, Barb, Jeanette, Allison and Elizabeth.



Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman


Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman, 94, of Dubuque, formerly of the Sinsinawa, Wisconsin area, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Sinsinawa, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Marian was born on April 29, 1922 near Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Albert J. and Rosa M. (Brant) Runde. She was united in marriage to Marcellus "Marcy" Timmerman on July 16, 1946 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marcy preceded her in death on March 15, 2008.

She was a graduate of Hazel Green High School, class of 1940 and a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque, class of 1944. She did private duty nursing and later worked at St. Dominic Villa. Marian and Marcy farmed together for over 30 years until they retired and moved to Dubuque in 1981. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.

Surviving are five children, Jo Ann M. Timmerman, OP, of Sinsinawa, WI, Jane R. Timmerman of Kalispell, MT, Nancy M. (John) Helbing of Cuba City, WI, Terry J. (Judy) Timmerman on the home farm in rural Cuba City, and Tim G. (Christie) Timmerman of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Peter (Katie Nelson) Helbing, Ben (Samantha Stevens) Helbing, Aaron Timmerman, Emily (Jake) Fleege, Molly (Dan) Kieler, Nicole (Mahamood) Akhtar, Katie Timmerman, Allie Timmerman, Sarah Timmerman, Andrew Timmerman and Daniel Timmerman; 7-great-grandchildren, Humza, Zakariya, Zayd, and Maryam Akhtar, Landon and Alayna Kieler, and Bradley Helbing; and a sister, Anna Mae (Paul) Gisch of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Regina Vosberg, Joseph Runde, Delmar Runde, Kate Cole and Fr. David Runde.

Marian's family wishes to give thanks to the caregivers of "No Place Like Home Senior Care", especially Linda and Janet for their years of exceptional and loving care.

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



Mildred C. O’Toole


Mildred "Millie" C. O'Toole, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Millie was born on March 12, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Mary (Schaul) Weber. She attended Immaculate Conception Academy Class of 1944. She married Kenneth L. Manahl on June 23, 1943, and together they had two children. Kenneth preceded her in death on July 11, 1945. On February 15, 1947, Millie married Thomas M. O'Toole and they had four children. Thomas preceded her in death on April 1, 1992.

With Millie's unique gift of socialization, she enjoyed and entertained many while bowling, playing euchre and visiting with her many friends and family. She often visited hospitals and nursing homes to cheer up her friends. Millie and Tom spent many years wintering in Phoenix, AZ. Millie belonged to Resurrection Parish and was a life long member of the American Legion and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a devoted and loving wife, a mother who loved her children unconditionally and a "fun and crazy" grandmother adored by her grandchildren.

Surviving are five of her six children; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. The late Dennis (Peggy) Manahal's children, Leo Manahl, Michael Manahl, Barbara (Mike) Gustafson and Dennis Jr. (Heidi) Manahl; Kenneth (Kathy) Manahl of Mesa, AZ and their children, David (Jocelyn) Manahl, Andy Manahl, and Mark Manahl; Penny (Jim) Ehlinger of Dubuque and their children, Curt Ehlinger, Tim (Shelly) Ehlinger, Sarah (Craig Gooder) Ehlinger and Josh (Mary) Ehlinger; Michelle (Tom) Vogel of Peoria, AZ and daughter Jennifer (Bob) Heim; T.J. (Pam Moriarity) O'Toole of Bellevue and children, Brian (Susan) Galle, Heather (Tim) Maiers and T.J. (Fran) O'Toole; and Kelli (Don Brancato) O'Toole of Seattle, WA and children, Jeff (Kelly) Cappellini, Alex Cappellini, Nick Capellini, and Ian and Tessa Mackiewicz. Also surviving are her former daughter-in-law, Ruth Daly of Dubuque; her brother Jim (Rita) Weber of Prescott, AZ and her sisters, Jane Gibler of Soulsbyville, CA and Jean Penrod of New Hall, CA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Peggy Manahl; and her siblings, Dorothy Burgess, Merlin Weber and Milo Weber.

In lieu of flowers, a Mildred C. O'Toole Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their devoted and compassionate care of Millie.



Frederick C. Hoag


Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag, age 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Fred was born on December 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Virgil Hoag and Lorraine (Hillary) Hoag-O'Neill.

Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and his patriotism was continually on display whether through his great respect for the American flag or his extensive collection of eagles. He was united in marriage to Nancy Scharff on December 29, 1962, at St. Columbkille's Church, and they were blessed with 54 years, and 6 children together. Fred understood the value of hard work and was employed with Coca Cola, Wonder Bread and lastly as an over the road truck driver. Fred enjoyed sitting down and watching a little tv when he wasn't working, with Blue Bloods, NCIS and classic war movies definitely being his favorites. He also enjoyed watching sports, always rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees. In his younger days, Fred truly loved being out on his pontoon boat with family and friends and venturing out to Swiss Valley Park on a nice day for a picnic. We are absolutely thankful for the legacy Fred leaves behind, which will be carried on through countless lives for generations to come. We are saddened today by Fred's sudden and swift departure, but we find peace in knowing that his earthly ailments have now ceased and that he is resting comfortably, awaiting our eventual reunion again one day.

Those left to cherish Fred's memory include

his loving wife,
Nancy Hoag, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Dawn Bendixon,
Tina (Jeremy) Shade,
Frederick Hoag,
Todd (Lisa Fleming) Hoag,
Candy Hoag Harris
and Kimberly (Tonio Koopmann Sr.) Hoag, all of Dubuque, IA;

a special granddaughter,
Lindsey (Kenny) Hoag, Beatrice, NE;

his 21 grandchildren,
Bryan Halfhill, Sean McDonough, Kevin (Eva) Reeder, Kory (Angela) Reeder, Melissa (Josh) Pitz, Brad (Emily) Burchette, Jill O'Dell, Jessica Hoag, Jackie Hoag, Tyler Smith, Bredan Healey, Kaleb Healey, Alex Hoag, Gavin Ries, Joey Dress, Marissa Dolan, Alyvia Hoag, Silvannah Durran, Adriannah Durran, Tonio Koopmann Jr. and Mariah Betts;

his 17 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Barbara (Gary) Robey, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Ann) Hoag, Dubuque, IA,
Duke (Vickie) Eppler, Cuba City, WI
and Tom Eppler, Dubuque, IA.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sharon (George) Billmeyer.

A Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Fred's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope, Dr. Tyler, Dr. Compton, Dr. Iverson, the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center and the fellow residents and friends at The Rose for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Fred and his family.

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

 



Dorothy D. Montag


Dorothy D. Montag, 90 of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 7, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will Follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, until the time of services at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born on December 4, 1926, in Tennyson, Wisconsin the daughter of William "Ray" and Bertha (Hinderman) Morgan. She married Leo Loso on January 15, 1946 and together they had 4 children. She later married Leo "Chris" Montag on January 9, 1976. Dorothy worked for many years at Timmermans Supper Club as a waitress and at Flexsteel Industries as a seamstress.

Dorothy enjoyed many years living in Arizona with Chris. She welcomed her extended Montag family into her life after their marriage. She also enjoyed sharing her many talents with her family and friends, whether by sharing her sewing talents, her artistic talents, or her creativity and craft work, her love and sense of humor always showed through along with her special love for her cats.

She is survived by her daughters Beverly (Vince) Riniker, and Cindy (Mike) Flynn, both of Dubuque; her sons Brian (Pat) Loso, of East Dubuque and Rick Loso, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Misty (Don) Slaats, of East Dubuque, Bill Heacock, of Cedar Falls, Garry (Carrie) Clauer, of Potosi, Mike (May) Clauer, of Sanford, NC, Joshua Loso, of N.C., Nicolette (Brian) Welter, of Holy Cross, Melanie Loso, of Minneapolis, and Crista Leibold, of North Liberty, two brothers-in-law Jerry VanOstrand, and Keith Cardey, and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her extended Montag family including her step daughters Sandy (Florian) Tigges, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, and Kris Ann (Kevin) Stehlow, and step sons Tony (Colleen) Montag, and Rick (Kristie) Montag, and her additional 26 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chris, a brother Bill, sisters Delores Flogel, Ella Mae Avenarius, Lorraine Cardey, Velma Jean VanOstrand, Flora Lou Beecher, sister-in-law Kay Morgan, brothers-in-law Herman Flogel, Norm Avenarius and Jack Beecher and a step son Tom Montag.

Some special thanks go out to the staff at Luther Manor and to Doctors Honorio Caceres, Mark Janes, and Roger Ott Jr. and all other health care professionals that cared for Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorothy D. Morgan memorial fund has been established.



Robert Wayne Brinker


Robert Wayne Brinker, 80, of Maquoketa passed away on January 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He had many special nicknames, including Bobby, Ringtail, Poppa Ringtail, Poppa Balloon, and Papa Binker, but most knew him as just Bob.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 13, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Bob was born on July 1, 1936 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Carl Henry and Zelma Agnes (Van Hook) Brinker. He was educated at Stoney Point Country School where he graduated from 8th grade. It was at that point his dad gave him the choice of going onto high school or his dad would buy him a tractor. Bob chose the tractor and began his lifelong career as a farmer.

Later on in his farm career he was a salesman for DeKalb seed corn for 25 years. In 1993, he started Bob Brinker Construction and Overhead Doors, a business he operated until present. Bob made many friends along the way.

Bob married the love of his life, Phyllis Joyce Ostert, on December 23, 1956 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, a 60th anniversary milestone he was especially proud of. To this union five children were born: Deb, Phillip, Barb, Linda and Kim.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing for catfish, playing cards and telling stories. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife, Phyllis Brinker of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Greg) Sieverding of Bellevue, IA, Phillip (Margie) Brinker of Maquoketa, IA, Linda (special friend Ronnie Protz) Portz of Clinton, WI, and Kim (Tony) Schulte of Oxford, IA; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Billy Brinker and Karl Vohringer; and a daughter, Barb Gebhart.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert W. "Bob" Brinker memorial fund has been established.

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



Ann J. Quinn


Ann J. (Brady) Quinn 78 a resident of Shady Rest Care Center, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 5:00 pm Scripture Service. Private Family burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ann was born July 27, 1938 in North Garry Owen the daughter of Stephen and Marie (Reddin) Brady. She married Patrick R. Quinn on October 20, 1956 in Toronto, Mississippi, he passed on August 24, 2005. Ann worked for Loras College, Heritage Manor, and at the Julien Care Facility as a cook.
Ann enjoyed cooking, trips to the casino, and playing cards with her friends.

Survivors include her children, Julia (Mike) Wessels of Epworth, Susan ( Kim Tuggle) Ware of Ashville, NC, Amy (Bob) Grant of Worthington, Milton "Duffy" Quinn of Epworth, and Patrick (Sara) Quinn of Epworth; seven (7) grandchildren, Matthew Ernzen, Michael Ernzen, Marty Wessels, Jackie Wessels, Anna Ware, Melissa (Jesse) Hosch, and Stephanie (Nick) Leslein; five (5) great grandchildren Hannah, Joseph, Trenton , Tenley, and Kylie.; siblings, Grace Cigrand, and Joan (Allan) Hosch.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Thomas John "TJ" Quinn; a brother, Pat Brady; brother in law, Bob Cigrand, and sister and brother in-law Rosemary and John Flamm.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff in the memory unit at Shady Rest Care Center for your compassionate care.

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

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



Donald F. Droeszler


Donald F. Droeszler, 83, of Bernard, Iowa died Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.
Donald was born May 27, 1933 in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Ralph and Imelda (Kaiser) Droeszler. On September 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to Grace M. Koopmann at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company, and later farmed in the Bernard area. He was also a Jacque's seed dealer.
He enjoyed woodworking especially with his grandchildren and loved socializing with many people.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, he also served on its Cemetery Board, and was care taker of the parish cemetery for many years. He also served as the Butler Township Trustee, he served on the Jackson County Pioneer Cemetery Commission. He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, and the Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Aquines Council #930.

He is an Army veteran having served as a Combat Engineer from 1954-1956 in Germany.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; six children, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Elaine (Kevin) Johnson of Cascade, IA, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; 12 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; five sisters, Kay (Harlan) Doty of Dubuque, IA, Shirley (Darrell) Goetzinger of Marion, IA, Helen (Merlin) Theisen of LaMotte, IA, Patricia (Al) Chamberlain of Anamosa, IA, and Mary (Frank) Klaas of Holmen, WI; a brother-in-law, Donnie Ambrosy of Arizona; and 2 sisters-in-law, Rosie Koopmann of Delhi, IA and Jean Oberfoell of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a son-in-law, Daniel Kundert; 2 sisters, Janice Ambrosy and LuMae Cavanaugh; brothers and sisters-in-law Loras Cavanaugh, Bernice and Bernard Kramer, Inez and Ronnie Silker, Melita and Roy Ross, Donald and Margaret Koopmann, John Koopmann, Elmer Koopmann and Francis"Ducky" Oberfoell.

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

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



Rex A. Dague


Rex A. Dague, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, January 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Rex's life will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow a private family visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rex Allen Dague was born on January 11, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa the oldest of eight children born to Dock S. and Grace (Howell) Dague. He attended Maquoketa Schools and immediately began working for Swift and Company in the produce department for 16 years. He then worked for Waukesha Company and Clinton Engines for a short time. Lastly, he worked for eight years at Hoof Products as a machine operator before becoming disabled.

Rex married Barbara Massey on January 20, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was a former member of the Izaak Walton League. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and word search. He was known as a "fixer upper"who could fix anything.

Those left to honor Rex's memory include his wife Barbara Dague of Maquoketa, IA; children Marvin (Lori) Massey of Maquoketa, IA, and Wendy (Jeff) Specht of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; his mother Grace Dague of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Dee Dague of Maquoketa, IA and Janice Hamilton of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers James (Vi) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Michele) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Mark Sr. (Naomi) Dague of Preston, IA, Kirby (Candice) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy Dague of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rex A. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Boots Sunderland


Boots Sunderland, 89, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Boots was born on July 30, 1927 in Dubuque, the son of Melvin and Elodia (Luthe) Sunderland. He married Joyce Winkler on March 24, 1951 at Camp McCoy, WI.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for approximately 32 years and was a member of Local # 150-A. Boots loved to fish and after his retirement did some commercial fishing. He enjoyed meeting with friends at Fred's Used Cars and the Fishing Barge.
Boots served during the Korean Conflict with the Merchant Marines.

Surviving is his wife Joyce; Joanne (Kenny) Kunkel of Hazel Green, and Janice Grijalva of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tara (Doug) Riewski, Jeff (Kelly) Kunkel, Brian (Jill) Wubben, Rachael Wubben, Jennifer (John) Bellrichard; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elodia & Neil Hanson, a son, Scott; son-law, Jim Wubben, siblings, Jennie (Cliff) Waller, Helen (Joe) Houselog; and his in-laws, Ruth and Walt Hennessey.

A Boots Sunderland memorial fund has been established.
The Sunderland family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their husband, father, and grandfather.



Thomas R. Cooper


Thomas R. Cooper, 66, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 9th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 immediately following. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., on Sunday, January 8that the Funeral Home.
Tom was born March 5, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Violet (Jecklin) Cooper.

He married Mary Tippett on May 4, 1974 at St. Philomena Church in Belmont, Wisconsin.

Tom served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-1972.

He was employed at John Deere for 30 years and retired in June of 2002, later was a pharmacy driver for Hartig Drug.
Tom and his wife Mary often visited parks near the river and just enjoyed being together. You could often find Tom tending to his yard, watching sports or having a coffee break on his patio. He cherished time spent with grandchildren and family. Tom's face would light up with joy each time he saw his "Squirt" (Casey) and "Peanut"(Lily). He enjoyed watching his grandson Dylan's sporting events, who recently paid a tribute to Tom by winning a wrestling match for Grandpa.

Surviving is his wife., Mary; children, Todd Cooper, Matthew (fiancé Amy Pauley) Cooper, and Benjamin (fiancé Lindsey Hines) Cooper; grandchildren, Dylan Pauley, Casey and Lillian Cooper, all of Dubuque; siblings, Terry (Jan) Cooper, of Buckeye, AZ, and Jill (Jim) Scherr, of Avondale, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Lee, of Bemont, WI, Arnie Alt, of Cuba City, WI, Francis (Jayne) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, LaVerne (Elaine) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, Margaret (Marc) Bonin, of Platteville, Wi, Dolores (James) Young of LaCrosse, WI, and Bernadine Young, of New Orleans, LA; an aunt; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a special four legged friend, Sami J.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Robert (Marita) Tippett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Donna) Tippett, Charles Tippett, Lucille Alt, John Tippett, Sam Lee and Peter Young.

A Thomas Cooper Memorial Fund has been established.
Special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the ICU Neurology and Immunology departments at UW Madison, the University of Iowa and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care.



Georgean T. “Jean” Reisen


Georgean T. "Jean" Reisen, 83, of East Dubuque, IL, entered peacefully into eternal life at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home surrounded by her family, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 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 from 2:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Jean was born on January 12, 1933 in Dickeyville, WI, the daughter of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. She was united in marriage to Ralph A. "Tojo" Reisen on September 18, 1950 at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2000. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

As for a formal education, Jean was a perfect example that you didn't need a formal education to ‘truly be wise.' Jean lived her life for her Faith, Family and Friends and put all their needs in front of her own. Known affectionately as "Grandma Jean" to even the neighborhood kids, she was the best baker and popcorn ball maker in town. She cleaned and babysat for many families and after raising her family graduated from Rich's Bakery School at the age of 58 and worked baking at Van's Liquor Store. She won the 2015 Chicago Tribune Holiday Baking Competition for her Ginger Snap cookies.

Jean was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. She will be sadly missed by so many.

Surviving are five sons, Ron (Joanne) Reisen of Tucson, AZ, Dan (Anne) Reisen, of Iowa City, IA, Ken (Lisa) Reisen of Bettendorf, IA, Timothy "T.J." (Amy) Reisen of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Ted Reisen, of East Dubuque, IL; eight daughters, Donna (Ron "Sam") Fluhr of Asbury, IA, Diane (Jerry) Trannel of Batavia, IL, Lynn (Mike) Noonan of Cascade, IA, Patty (Bob) Freese of Marion, IA, Gail Johnston of East Dubuque, IL, Mary (Roger) Berning, of Cuba City, WI, Joleen Reisen of East Dubuque, and Tammy (Kevin) Barry of Oglesby, IL; daughter-in-law Deborah Reisen of Tucson, AZ; sisters Lucille (Don) Jackson and Germaine Hayes both of East Dubuque; brothers Jerome Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman and Val Hinderman, both of East Dubuque; brothers-in-law Bob Reisen and Paul (Karen) Reisen both of East Dubuque; sisters-in-law Jo (Bob) Powers of East Dubuque, and Arlene Reisen of Dubuque, IA; 42 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Clara; her husband, Ralph "Tojo"; her sons, Ralph Reisen, Jr. and an infant son, Thomas Joseph Reisen; a sister, Rosella Roth; in-laws Betty Rogers, William Reisen, Alverna Hinderman, Merlin Hayes, and Merlin Roth.

In lieu of flowers a Georgean T. Reisen Memorial Fund has been established.

"A special thank you to Dr. Mark Moore and his staff for all the compassion shown to our Mom and family as we discovered the diagnosis and beyond. And to the caring hands of the team from Hospice of Dubuque we are forever grateful for the support and help you provided for us to care for Mom at home as she wished. Thank you!"



Joyce M. Kramer


Joyce M. Kramer, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A private family service with burial will take place in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

Joyce was born on June 7th, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Gerald and Velma (Hullerman) Kramer. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1974 and attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

On October 16, 1982 she married William "Bill" Murray and together they had one son, Jay. They later divorced, but remained close friends. Joyce later met Dale Lenz and enjoyed the last 17 years together.

She worked for Grand River Medical Group and Dubuque Endoscopy Center.

Joyce enjoyed attending antique car shows, especially East Dubuque Graffiti Nights with her 1972 Cutlass. Her son Jay was her life, and family was most important. She loved family get togethers, reunions and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Joyce and Dale loved to shop for antiques. Joyce loved to attend all family events, tailgating and watching Iowa State football games. She enjoyed walking her dogs Sassy and Max. Joyce made the best cakes (carrot and German chocolate) in Dubuque County, and her cherry wine was toasted by many.

Her wisdom, joyful smile, and contagious laughter will be missed by many.

She is survived by her son Jay, of Dubuque; special friend Dale Lenz, of Dubuque; siblings Janet (Ed) Day, of New Berlin, WI, Lynn (Steve) Galvin, of Moline, IL, Caril (Bruce) Clasen, of Minneapolis, MN, Ellen (Jim) Funcke, of Coralville, Iowa, Dean (Deb) Kramer, of Swisher, Iowa, Neil (Ellen) Kramer, of Dyersville, Iowa, LeeAnn (Mike) Gentry, of Hamilton, Ohio, Reyne (Don) Koopmann, of Epworth, Iowa, Phil (Jessica) Kramer, of Solon, Iowa; her former husband, Bill Murray, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Lenz family, Dee (Terry) Schilling, Denny Lenz (Jennifer Turner), Dianne (Jack) Brehm, and David (Cindy) Lenz; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and her dogs Sassy and Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, John Kramer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital or to Iowa Donor Network.

The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Ewen, Dr. Jean Marie Stephan and Team; Dr. Timothy Thomsen and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; and to all the Dubuque doctors who helped Joyce through this courageous battle.



Rose Ann Kammeyer


Rose Ann Kammeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Rose Ann's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and 9:30 -10:45 A.M. on Monday at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Monticello.

Rose Ann Schlink was born on September 26, 1948 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Eugene and Irene (Meyer) Schlink. She grew up in Indiana and was a graduate of Woodlan High School in Woodburn, Indiana. She married Timothy W. Kammeyer on November 26, 1971 in New Haven, Indiana. To this union two children were born: Matthew and Barbara.

Rosie had first worked as a receptionist for Dr. Miller in Woodburn, Indiana from 1966 to 1971. Rosie and Tim moved to Maquoketa in 1978 where she worked for Family Clinic for several years, and then as a medical transcriptionist at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa for over 23 years, retiring in 2013.

Rosie was a faithful and active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello where she served many years as a Sunday School Teacher, was on the Sunday School Board, active in the Women's Group and the Funeral Luncheon Committee. She also was a member of the Farm Bureau and served as the clerk for Farmer's Creek Township.

Rosie loved her flower and vegetable gardens, bird watching, spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as long walks with her neighbor, Carol.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Timothy Kammeyer, and children Matthew Kammeyer and Barbara Kammeyer of Maquoketa, IA. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Alex and Dylan; and 1 great-grandchild, Duane. Surviving siblings are Jeanette (Steven) Pribble of New Haven, IN, Patricia Ruger of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Carolyn Gaham, Lois (Kent) Goeglein, and William Schlink, all of New Haven, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Irene (Meyer) Schlink; a sister-in-law, Susan Schlink; and a brother-in-law, Neil Ruger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church Sunday School fund.

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



Rev. David L. Anderson


The Rev. David L. Anderson, 85, Visitation Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church was called to his eternal home Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He died at Mercy Medical Center, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ who promised him, and all believers: "I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that I am, there you may be also, (John 14:2,3).

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road with the Pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Friday.

Rev. Anderson was born August 15, 1931, in Isle, Minnesota, son of Gilbert and Elvera (Hemerick) Anderson. He attended school through January of his sophomore year in Worthington, Minn., at which time the family moved near Lake George, Minn. He graduated from La Porte High School in 1949.

Following four years in the Air Force Security Service, he returned home and was confirmed as an adult in Trinity Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Lake George. He then fell in love with Arla Moberg, and they were married on June 5, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They were blessed with twin sons and a daughter.

He attended Bemidji State Teachers College and later Concordia Theological Seminary (then located in Springfield, Ill.), graduating in May, 1962. He served congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hillsboro, Indiana; Dubuque, Iowa; and Crookston-Eldred, Minnesota. During the course of his ministry, he held several District and Synodical offices. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved back to Dubuque where he served as Visitation Pastor.

He is survived by a son, Thomas of Clermont, Florida; a daughter, Krista, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Madi (Mike) Meller of Russelville, Missouri, Zach Anderson of Jefferson City, Missouri, Shakina (Sean) Bosveld and Christian Anderson, both of Dubuque; Melissa Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer and Megan Anderson, both of Clermont, Fla.; and Cheyenne Fransen of Fridley, Minn.; and three great-grandchildren, Sophie McIntyre, and Braedynn and Ashton Bosveld, all of Dubuque.

He is also survived by two sisters, Vera (Jim) Bauman of Wilson Creek, Washington and Ann Schiller of Wyoming, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Arla; A son, Joel, three babies who died as a result of miscarriages; and three brothers, John, Donald and Richard "Dick" Anderson.

Pastor Anderson requested that this poem, written by his wife, and altered slightly, be included as their final witness to their relatives, friends and neighbors.

Born with Adam's sin within us, (Did our own with great aplomb), God in love chose us to love Him, Saved us from our path of Doom.

From eternity He knew us, Saw no good but loved us still, Let our ignorance direct us, Let us have our own free will.

Knew we needed One to save us, Since perfection was the goal, Jesus came and lived perfection; Gave His life to save our souls.

The exchange of our corruption, For His sinless, perfect life, And His paying for our sins, With His dying and His strife.

Are the truths that held us closely, As we faced our death on earth, Knowing we would be in heaven, Since He gave us a new birth.

The family would like to thank the pastors and members of Our Redeemer for their love and support.

 



Maria A. Meyer


Maria Ashley Meyer, 23 of Farley, formerly of Dubuque passed away on January 3rd, 2017 at home after a battle with a long illness.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Maria was born on February 1, 1993 in Platteville, WI the daughter of Jeffrey Meyer and Patsy Irby.

She enjoyed doing makeup, shopping, and modeling. But most of all spending time with her son Kaiden, the love of her life, was most important to her.

She is survived by her son Kaiden; her father Jeff (Lori Duve) Meyer of Farley; mother Patsy Meyer, of Dubuque; grandparents, Betty (Ronald) Pothoff and step grandmother Debbie Meyer. Two brothers Chris Metcalf and Charlie Metcalf both of Milwaukee along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Mark Meyer and Gilbert & Nettie Irby.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Victoria Famuide, Dr. George Isaac, Dr. Mark Liabo, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care they gave Maria.



Sister Mary Frances Shafer

Sister Mary Frances Shafer, BVM (Francis Edward), 90, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Caritas Center - Mount Carmel, in Dubuque, Iowa. To honor Sister's life, the Funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Frances served as president of the BVM congregation from 1980-84 and as vice president from 1976-80. She was director of admissions and Scholasticate director for the congregation and served as liturgist at Mount Carmel.

"Mary Frances Shafer's leadership was marked by a commitment to the renewal of religious life, a dedication to the education of lay ministers, and a quest for justice and peace," says Helen Maher Garvey, BVM (Robert Joseph). "She pursued this course with gentleness, courage and kindness."

She taught theology at Clarke University and eighth grade at Holy Family ES in Mason City. She also taught elementary school and was principal in Pontiac and Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Wichita, Kan. She served as administrative assistant to superintendent of schools, Kansas City; director of lay ministry for the Diocese of Great Falls, Mont.; and as personnel director for the Diocese of Joliet, IL.

She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 15, 1926, daughter of Frank Edward and Mary M. Aigner Shafer. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1943. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1946, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1951.

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

She is survived by nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 73 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.

 



Lucinda K. Burger

Lucinda "Cindy" K. Burger, 94, of Worthington died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Cindy was born February 4, 1922, in Dyersville the daughter of Henry and Rose (Kramer) Joester.

She married Lawrence "Bob" Burger on May 24, 1947, in Dyersville. Together they owned Burger's Tap in Worthington for over 40 years until 1990.

She was an avid Worthington Cardinal baseball fan, watching her children and grandchildren in the area baseball tournaments, and witnessing her favorite team, the Cubs, win the World Series.

Survivors include her 5 children: Sue Burger of Worthington, Sally (Steve) Schultz of Eldridge, Bill (Lois) Burger of Worthington, Joe (Molly) Burger of Dubuque, Bob (Angie) Burger of Worthington; 11 grandchildren: Maggie (Ben) Tebo, Kathy (Mark) Riebe, Chris (Jan) Finkler, Sarah Schultz, Matthew (Angie) Burger, Brad Burger, Jill (Tim) Seagren, Jude (Erica) Burger, Sally (John) Elstad, Danica and Sela Burger; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Ruth Green of Dubuque and Grace Wieneke of Dyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, Michael; in-laws: Florence (Wilfred "Fritz") Scherbring, Charles (Jean) Burger, Ray (Marcella) Burger, Helen (Marvin) Jarding and Lucille (Henry) Hess, Lawrence Green and Richard Wieneke.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care and companionship over the last four months, and Jerry Digmann for years of spiritual support and visits.

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



Vergil J. Brant


Vergil J. Brant, 86, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 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 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Vergil was born on December 16, 1930, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of August J. and Elizabeth A. (Stohlmeyer) Brant.

He married Teresa F. Hesseling on May 20, 1953, in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1982. He married Jean Ballagh on December 16, 1983, in Kieler. She preceded him in death.

Vergil worked at Farley Loetscher and the Dubuque Packing Company, both in Dubuque, retiring from FDL Foods in Dubuque. After marrying Jean, he worked at the Red Top Supper Club for 31 years. Vergil was also a member of the Naval Reserves.

Vergil enjoyed hunting deer, going out west to hunt antelope and mule deer, grouse hunting in northern Wisconsin and trap shooting in Potosi. He also enjoyed watching birds, bowling at Sunset Lanes and playing cards, especially euchre and solo. His Fergusen tractor was special to him. Vergil was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Holy Name Society, and the Catholic Knights for over 50 years.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Brant and Janice Brant, both of Kieler, and David (Mary Jo) Brant, of Cuba City; three sisters, Evelyn Kaiser, of Dubuque, Rita Sedbrook, of Glen Haven, and Jeanette (Robert) Brandt, of Hazel Green; two brothers, Joseph (Jackie) Brant, of Potosi, and James Brant, of Cuba City; nine grandchildren, Craig Roth, Niki (Fred Freiburger) Roth, Andy (Amelia) Roth, Amanda (Matthew) Diercks, Aaron (Courtney) Brant, Alex (Amanda) Brant, Alyssa Brant, Dallas Brant, and Dustin Brant; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debra Leonard; and seven brothers, Clifford, Harold, Donald, his twin Vince, Carl, Robert and Ronald.

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



Delores M. Finn


Delores M. Finn, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:00 a.m., on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Delores' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Delores was born on August 2, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Belva (Duncan) Dunwoody.

Delores grew up in Dubuque, living with her Godmother, Elizabeth Ploog, and eventually graduated from St. Joe's Academy. She was destined to meet the love of her life, Justin Michael Finn, and they were united in marriage on October 29, 1952, in Temple Hill, Iowa. They were truly blessed with 56 years together, and 5 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her in 2008. Delores was raised to have a healthy admiration of working diligently, which she put to proper use in private housekeeping for several families throughout her career. But Delores' real mission in life was to care for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Always the proud curator of a loving home and an undeniably talented cook who continually kept those she loved and adored well fed. Delores also appreciated a little adventure in life, as evidenced by one of her favorite trips to Ireland with her beloved Justin. Faith was an important and integral part of her life, and she would faithfully call Church of the Resurrection her home towards the end of her adult life. Sadly, we must begin the new year knowing that we've spent our last days together with Delores here on earth, but we also know that she leaves behind an abundance of precious memories and lessons which will assist us through the remainder of our journeys until we are all reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Delores' memory include

her children,
Kevin A. (Cathy Howard) Finn, Fort Collins, CO,
Dennis (Ann) Finn, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Finn, Dubuque, IA
and Kathleen Finn, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Logan Howard-Finn, Justin Howard-Finn, Molly Finn, Daniel Finn, Sarah (Joel) Jackson, Bailey (Flynn) Milligan and Jacob Finn;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Harper and Rory Jackson and Brayden Stender.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Justin Finn; a daughter, Maureen Finn; 5 sisters; and 7 brothers.

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

Delores' family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they have provided Delores.

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



Velma J. West Schroeder


Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 2, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Friends and family gather immediately following the services at St. Mark's Hall in Maquoketa for fellowship and a time of sharing. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Velma Jane West was born on August 16, 1927 in Martelle, Iowa, to Roy Lee and Ruth Mae (Tharp) West. She was a 1945 graduate of Onslow High School. She married Leslie Schroeder in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. She married Otto Rasmussen in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death.

Velma had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa on the crank line for over 30 years. She then worked at General Foods for over 5 years and Fastex in Maquoketa. Lastly, she worked at Pacific Coast Feather in Maquoketa for several years.

Velma was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Mark's Women's Guild. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy and crocheting.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her children, Patti (Jeff) Schaeffer of Anamosa, IA, Richard (Joanne) Schroeder of Hinesville, GA, Bill (Shirley) Schroeder of Knob Noster, MO and Randy West of Maquoketa, IA; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Darrell (Doris) West of Onslow, IA; a sister-in-law, Elgene West of Sacramento, CA; and former daughters-in-law, Ilse Arellano of Paradise, CA and Estelle Harper of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leslie and her husband Otto, brothers Henry, William, Roylee and Bob, sisters Jean Roman, Nancy Coppess and Ruth Balster, and a son Jim Schroeder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bonnie J. Winchip


Bonnie J. Winchip, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 1, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Bonnie J. Wendel was born on May 1, 1932 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to George and Manuella (Werner) Wendell. She graduated from Elwood High School and then from the University of Iowa with a nursing degree. She married Marvin Winchip and to this union three children were born: Robert, Julie and Nancy.

Upon graduation from the University of Iowa Bonnie worked as an office nurse for Dr. Swift, Dr. Broman and lastly Dr. Rask. She retired from office nursing in 1989 and then went to private duty home health.

Bonnie was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the Jackson County Nurses Association. She enjoyed flowers, baking, writing letters to friends, reading, visiting family and love for her pets.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children Robert "Bob" Winchip of Spearfish, SD, Julie Winchip of Tempe, AZ, and Nancy Winchip of Shawnee, KS; 2 grandchildren, Cassidy and Lucas; and sisters Thelma Kerkman of Elwood, IA and her twin Barbara (Loyd) Downey of Preston, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Betty Parker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie J. Winchip memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Benedict “Ben” R. Thier


Benedict "Ben" R. Thier, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous but brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ben was born September 3, 1959, in Dubuque the son of Arthur and Catherine (White) Thier. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1977, and from Loras College in 1981. He married Krista Taylor on June 20, 1998, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together with his brother, Dennis Thier, and his nephews, Chad and Tony Thier, they continued to operate BARD Materials, a company their father and grandfather co-founded in 1946 (originally known as Dyersville Ready Mix). Ben's career with Bard Materials lasted 35 years and he was currently the Vice President of Finance.

Ben was an avid baseball player and fan, having been on the original Ghost Players team at the Field of Dreams, and he continued to share his passion as he coached Little League in Dyersville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Dyersville Lions Club, and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Basilica Finance Committee.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Krista; three children: Brent, Olivia, Thomas "T.J." all at home; siblings: Dennis (Diane) Thier and Carol (Dr. Earl) Goerdt all of Dyersville; his mother-in-law, Lois Taylor of Dyersville, and a sister-in-law: Tina Taylor also of Dyersville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Charles Taylor.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Xavier Grade School or Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 



Lillian R. Bechen


Lillian Rosemary Bechen, age 91, formerly of Sunset Park Place, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Facility.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5,2017 at Nativity Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lillian was born on May 10, 1925 in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Anthony and Anna (Streff) Beringer of LaMotte, IA. She married Donald M. Bechen on April 27, 1948, and moved to Dubuque. She was member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque for over 50 years.

She graduated from Bayless Business College in Dubuque, and worked at the Farm Bureau office and later at Clarke College in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing basketball in high school and would love to watch all the games on TV. She was also an avid golfer and was known for her "Hole in One" trophy. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune.

Surviving are five children: Thomas (Jane) Bechen, Susan (Wally) Kotz, and Julie (Kevin) Hammel, all of Dubuque, Daniel Bechen of Shullsburg, WI, and Kathleen (Douglas) Avery of El Cajon, CA. She also leaves behind two brothers, Raymond (Jeanne) Beringer and Melvin Beringer, and one sister, Sr. Jean Beringer, OSF, and 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Anthony and Anna Beringer; her in-laws, Joseph and Francis Bechen; two daughters-in-law, Cathie Beadle Bechen and Shelley Birch Bechen.

Special thank you to the staff at Sunset Park Place and Weland Gardens for their care of Lillian over the last 5 years.



Judi (Schuster) Meyers


Judi (Schuster) Meyers, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Judi was born August 11, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ray and Shirley (Schmitt) Schuster. She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1968. It was in high school that Judi met the love of her life, Steve Meyers. She promised to wait for him to return from Vietnam, and they were loving companions for 48 years.

Judi was a longtime employee of McKesson Corporation. She loved classic cars, and was an avid fan of drag racing. She will be missed by many of the racers at the Tri-State Raceway. The most important thing in Judi's life was her family.

Judi is survived by her husband, Steve Meyers, of Dubuque; her mother, Shirley Schuster, of Dubuque; two brothers, Kevin (Deb) Schuster, of Manchester, IA and Mike Schuster of Green Valley, AZ; two brothers in law, Nick (Cindy Anderson) Meyers of Dubuque and Gerald Finzel of East Dubuque, IL; nieces and nephews, Jeni (Russ) Wolbers of Dubuque, and Jodi (Rick) Wegrzyn of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeremy (Robin) Schuster of Belleville, IL, Brooke (Lee) Kremer of Farley, DeEtta (Nate) Bode of Cuba City, WI, and Carolanne Schuster of Dubuque; step nieces and nephews, Christopher (Patty) Close of Waterloo, IA, Robert (Jae) Close of San Diego, CA, and Casey (Kori) Warren of Gilbertville, IA; great nieces and nephews, McKenna Harris, Adrian Bode, Brendan and Zach Schuster, and Wyatt, Lane, and Sawyer Kremer; step great nieces and nephews Jeremiah, Xavier, Kayleigh, and Faith Close, and Chloe and Ayden Warren; and many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray; her parents in law, Herb and Rita Meyers; a sister in law, Donna Kay Finzel; and many aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; the staff on 3 West at Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Schultheis; and especially Reid and Jane Kuhlman of Tri State Raceway for their devoted friendship.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Diane “Didi” Hurm


Diane "Didi" Hurm, 60, of Dubuque passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 1, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

She was born August 17, 1956 in Dubuque to Gilbert and Dorothy (Hoppmann) Ferring. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School.

On April 27, 1974, she married Matthew Hurm and after 43 years of marriage they have 8 children and 12 grandchildren with one on the way.

Her passion was her family and she was a devoted homemaker and child care provider for many years. She also was actively involved in her children's lives as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.

Faith was very important to Didi. She was a member of Nativity Parish and had a special love and devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.

She had a love of crafting, sewing and camping with her kids. She also loved to spend time with friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and no one brightened the holidays like Didi. She enjoyed making everyone feel part of the family.

Surviving are her husband, Matthew Hurm; children Jessica (Larry) Kemp, Meggan Dobson, Bridget (Forrestt) Clark, Peter (Melissa) Hurm, Abigail (Eric) Degenhardt, Molly (Robert) Lee, Martin (Lindsy) Hurm, and Patrick (Anna) Hurm; grandchildren Maxwell, Jack, Lily, Elliott, Noah, Dorothy, Wyatt, Ryder, Flynn, Willow, Rosalyn, and Gabriel. She is also survived by her siblings Janice (Dennis) Lawler, Steven Ferring, Mary Sue (Joe) Weis and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Fleege.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Charles and Daniel Ferring.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Diane Hurm Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope & his nurse Lori for 40 years of unconditional care and Finley Hospital ICU Nursing staff.



Earl J. Garvey


Earl J. Garvey, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church where friends may call from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Msgr. Thomas E. Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.

Earl was born January 7, 1928 in Dubuque, son of James and Mamie (Menster) Garvey. He married Elizabeth Majerus May 5, 1951.

He was employed as a roofer for Geisler Brothers for 42 1/2 years.

Earl served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick parish.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Garvey; a sister-in-law, Rose Majerus; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Parish.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Adeline E. McAndrews


Adeline E. McAndrews, 92, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3rd and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Adeline was born August 19, 1924 in St. Donatus, IA, daughter of George and Catherine (Kalmes) Herrig. She married Herbert Joseph McAndrew on June 9, 1948, at the St. Donatus Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2002.

She graduated from the Dubuque Beauty Academy. Adeline was a beautician for many years at My Ladies, Ione's Beauty Shop, The Sisters of Clarke College and retired from Bethany Home at the age of 82.

Adeline enjoyed making people feel special especially on their birthdays and holidays. She enjoyed cooking and baking and made the best pies and carmel rolls from scratch. She loved to travel, dance, play cards and that occasional trip to the casino to try her luck.

Surviving are her children Judy McAndrews, Michael McAndrews and Pat McAndrew, all of Dubuque, Karen (Shawn) Courtney, of Colleyville, TX, and Tim (Cindy) McAndrew, of Dubuque; eleven grandchildren, Tracy (John) Noel, Tiffany (Ron) Willenbring, Nikki (Eric) Ender, Ryan, Matthew (Brittany), Adam Courtney, Jessica (Jason) Waddell, Maria Axtell, Anthony (Molly), Mitchell and Thomas McAndrew; seven great-grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Morgan, Peyton, Benjamin, Noah, and Elijah; a sister-in-law, Marge Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Rev. Thomas McAndrew and Dick Burdick.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lee, Harold and Eldon Herrig, and sisters, Sedalia and Elvira, and her sisters-in-law Kathleen "Kay" Burdick, Delores and Mary Herrig and Cecilia (Sam) Vigil.

In lieu of flowers an Adeline E. McAndrews Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald I. Moore


Ronald I. "Ron" Moore, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at home, following a battle with many health issues, including cancer and heart failure.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, with Pastor Matt Collins officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Ron was born on February 9, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Kenneth and Helen (Breese) Moore.  He was united in marriage to Diana Robertson on November 21, 1959 in Dubuque.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years, retiring in 2001. Ron was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Ron loved gardening and working in his yard, especially riding around on his John Deere. He also enjoyed woodworking in his garage, building many beautiful pieces for his family and friends. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandkids and he was an avid bird watcher. He loved his motorcycle, camping, always enjoyed cars, working on them and going to car shows with his friends and always loved playing a game of euchre with his friends.

Surviving are his wife Diana; two children, Steve Moore and Tracy Moore both of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ashley (Christopher) Moore-Smith, Adam Schwartz and Riley Kammerude; his sister, Melody (Bruce) Miehe of Oregon and a brother, Kenny (Darlene) Moore of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jason Moore and a sister Patty (Moore) Schuster.

Diana and family wish to thank all family and friends as well as all the staff at UW Hospital in Madison, the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. and East Dubuque Area Ambulance for their kindness to Ron and his family.

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

 

 



Judy M. Connolly


Judy M. Connolly, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 28th, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. James Mehltretter officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Judy was born on August 1, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa; the daughter of Fred and Helen (Morong) Marburger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985, while there she enjoyed cheerleading and art. On June 28th, 1986, she married her true love, John M. Connolly in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Judy was a hardworking woman and gave 100%. She worked for various companies in Dubuque such as FDL, Medical Associates and Clarke College.

She loved garage sales and thrift stores. She has an eye for fine jewelry and antiques, and could find treasure in places not many people looked.

Judy's family meant everything to her; she was the kindest, most patient and caring woman you will ever meet. Her beauty shined from the inside out.

She is survived by her husband John; daughters, Stephanie (Jake) Alba and Jonnie Rose Connolly; sisters Liz (Al) Koppes, Mary (Rick) Billmeyer; brother Fred Marburger, brother-in-law Steve Jochum along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law nieces, nephews and her cat "Miss Kitty".

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Freda Jochum and her beloved cat "Faithy" and her in-laws.

In lieu of flowers a Judy M. Connolly memorial fund will be established.



Mary A. Heer


Mary Adele Heer, 84, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family members on January 1, 2017, at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 6 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Thursday, January 5 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque.

Mary Adele was born on June 24, 1932 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the third child of Walter and Catherine (Klaas) Brimeyer.  She grew up in "Buenie," but moved to Dubuque to live with relatives and attend high school at the Immaculate Conception Academy, where she graduated in 1949. She worked at Meadow Gold Dairy and at Taylor Pharmacy after high school. Years later, she returned to Taylor until her retirement.

She met Carl Heer at the Walnut Tap in Dubuque, where she was playing piano and he asked her to play "Peg O' My Heart."  They married in July 1952 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buenie and subsequently had 7 children.  Over the next 65 years she was the devoted matriarch of an expanding and boisterous family, for whom she was a constant source of love, support, faith, and Buenie heritage. Mary and Carl made the family home a place where anyone and everyone were welcome. With a large family, this made for no small number of interesting and colorful guests. Mary Adele was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where she gave frequently of her time and talents for many years.

She had a passion for playing the piano for others. She played by ear and could play hundreds of songs from memory.  She often played at local venues, private parties, and many multi-generational New Year's Eve parties at the family home on Kirkwood. She was also a quietly fierce euchre player.

After Carl died suddenly in 1986, Mary enjoyed spending time with her children and their spouses, her growing band of grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. She eventually crossed paths with an old acquaintance, Merlin Houselog, and they married in 1998, adding Merle's 8 children and their families to her extended family. This new twice-as-large family kept Mary and Merle busy . Mary and Merle enjoyed visiting local elder care facilities to play and sing for residents.  They were also great dancers. Unfortunately, Merle died suddenly in 2008. She then returned to the longtime Heer family home on Kirkwood Street, eventually moving to Bethany Home in the spring of 2011, where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Steve (Sandy) Heer and sons Nick and Luke; Joel (Kristi) Heer and daughter Grace Adele; David (Nan) Heer and daughters Melissa and Michelle (Kyle Berg); Tim Heer and children Jacob, Cristina, Micah, Zane, and Jonah; Paul Heer; Janet Heer and children Marisa and Armand; and Susan (George) Limberg and children Jill, Brett, and Evan; sister Norma Murray, brother-in-law Russell (Jean) Heer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to Carl and Merle, Mary Adele was also preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Catherine Brimeyer; brother Leon (Grace) Brimeyer; and in-laws James Murray, Ann (Joe) Mills, Roma Heer, Eleanor Roberts, Joe (Esther) Heer, Bert (Ruth) Heer, Martin (Ruth) Heer, and Robert Heer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Mary Adele's name to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Holy Family Schools, Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choice.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family wants to thank Bethany Home for their exceptional loving care for Mom over the past years, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin and Suzanne, for their care and support of Mary and our family in the past weeks.

 



Mark J. Siegworth


Mark J. Siegworth, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 30, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mark was born on March 30, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Roy and Shirley (Richards) Siegworth. He served in the United States Army for four years in Germany. After he returned from the service he worked for Dubuque Hardwoods and with Beverly at Sids Beverage as a heater specialist.

Mark had a great sense of humor and a loving nature with his infectious chuckle.

He is survived by his parents Roy and Shirley; his loving companion Beverly Miller; three children, Gary Siegworth, Shanna Prine, and Tyler Siegworth; three grandchildren Tessa, Ethan and Emma. Two step sons Ross and Max Miller. His siblings, Pam (Dick) Helmer, Steve (Deb) Siegworth, Cheri (Mark) Kalb, Brenda (Curt) Lang, Tom (Nina) Siegworth, Scott (Lori) Siegworth, and Terri (Andy) Dolter along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his brothers John and Gary Siegworth.



Gerald C. Rapp


Gerald C. "Jerry" Rapp, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 31st, 2016 at Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Gerald was born on September 22, 1938 in Dubuque , Iowa the son of Earl and Minnie Rapp. He married Dixie (Hefel) Rapp on October 4, 1958. She preceded him in death on August 21,2014. He was employed by AY McDonald for many years as a foreman. In his younger days, Gerald enjoyed many years of softball, playing for such teams as Do Drop Inn and Lange's Insurance. He was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. Later in life, Gerald enjoyed the little things. The TH morning crossword and the evening Wheel of Fortune were things he would seldom miss. His Wednesday visit to see his daughter Diane was a top priority as well. Gerald enjoyed having a couple beers now and then, whether while placing a bet on the greyhounds, or over a game of pool with his friends at the Cue Masters. He was a life long Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when his beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series. He loved his visits with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He was so proud of each of them, he even managed to convince a couple of them into becoming Bear fans. He was their Pawie.

He is survived by his children; Kathy (Mike) Krause, Julie (Jim) Deckert and Diane Rapp. Grandchildren; Jennifer(Chad) Wernimont, Brad (Sarah) Krause, Jim(Stephanie Faust) Deckert and Jodi Deckert. Great grandchildren, Braden and Lauren Wernimont and Chloe Deckert. His sisters Patricia Kemler, Marilyn (Elmer) Engling and Jeanne (Gerald) Fudge. Many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his loving dog, Bella.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dixie, three brothers,Earl Jr., John and Robert and his sister Eileen Bellings.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy CVU, especially Mary Kay, Ann and Audrey for the wonderful care Gerald received.



Roger J. Link


Roger J. Link 85, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 2221 Carter Rd., passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016. Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, January 4 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following Mass. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Roger was born on July 22, 1931 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the son of Fred and Anna (Zimmer) Link. He graduated from Loras Academy and was a Navy veteran. On July 20, 1957, Roger married Virginia (Barry) at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He was a member of Holy Ghost Church and employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years.

Roger enjoyed grilling (always with a beer in his hand), making head cheese, playing euchre and manicuring his lawn until it looked like a golf course. Family meant the world to him, especially the relative's annual "up north" trip to Big Birch Lake in Minnesota.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia; his daughter Ann (Bob) Buol of Weatherford, TX, his son Jerry Link of Dubuque, IA, his step-son Rex (Judy) Graham of Bellevue, IA; 7 grandchildren; 6 1/2 great grandchildren; his sister Emma Parkin of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Dorothy Frommelt, Agnes Thies, Fred Link, Walter Link, Katie Rupp, Alvin Link and Joan Schmitt; his step-daughter Donna Clauer.

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

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Geraldine A. Tuegel


Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel, age 86, of Oak Park Place, and formerly of 3045 Deerwood Circle, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Oak Park Place, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Geri's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Geri's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Geri was born on December 21, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald "Archie" and Hilda (Honkamp) Hoppmann.

She would eventually meet the love of her life, Arthur B. Tuegel Jr., and they were united in marriage on August 21, 1954 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 1989. Geri invested her time at talents within multiple opportunities over her 86 year earthly journey. When her children were young she worked with the Dubuque School District, but as the years would pass she would generously serve her community with the Dubuque Welcome Center, the Military Entrance Exams and The Dubuque Arboretum before finally retiring at the spry age of 80. In her free time, Geri would find most of her joys in the great outdoors. Whether she found time for a relaxing round of golf, a weekend of winding down at a campsite or even traveling the states and abroad, Geri was sure to be happiest when she was on the move. Geri has lived a full and productive life and sadly her Bingo dauber has captured it's last blackout, but we know that she is now at eternal peace and resting safely in her heavenly estate with her loving husband, Arthur, by her side.

Those left to cherish Geri's memory include

her 3 children,
Steven M. (Janice) Tuegel, Dubuque, IA,
Cathy (Kevin) Krieger, Auburn, NE
and Lisa (Russell) Boland, Eden, NC;

her 7 grandchildren,
Travis (Steph) Tuegel, Stacy Tuegel, Cory (Korissa) Tuegel, Stephanie Hamilton, Jillian Krieger, Kelsey Krieger, Robert Boland,

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Logan, Bianca, Carter, Piper, Brantley, Reason, Keenan, Chloe and Genevieve;

a brother-in-law,
Robert Keller, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Arthur B. Tuegel Jr.; and a sister, Lavonne Keller.

A Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care and support of Geri and her family.

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

 



Joyce R. Kirk


Joyce R. Kirk, 86, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Joyce was born on June 26, 1930 and raised in Dubuque. She graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1948. She married Gordon L. Kirk on August 18, 1951 at Nativity Church.

Joyce was a member of Nativity Church where she worked for many years and volunteered in the parish office. She also worked in the Guidance Office at Wahlert High School. She was a member of Nativity Parish Rosary Society and the Power of Prayer. Joyce was an avid golfer at Lacoma Golf Club. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, board games, and doing crossword puzzles.

Family and faith were her foundation. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Surviving are her two sons, Jim (Chris) Kirk of LaCrosse, WI, and John (Christy) Kirk of Dubuque; two daughters, Judy (Chris) Gantenbein, of Dubuque and Kathy (Bob) Kieffer, of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Radloff, Elizabeth Kirk, Andrea Kirk, Abby (Marty) Kluesner, Jacob (Angie) Gantenbein, Nicholas Kirk (Anna), Sarah (Matthew) Breitbach; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Kingsley Kirk, Livia and Emelyn Radloff, Benjamin, Ryan, Colin, and Olivia Kluesner.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin; husband, Gordon; and parents, Lucille and A.R. "Spike" Kingsley.

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

In lieu of flowers a Joyce Kirk Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope and to the caregivers at Assisi Village, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF

Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:27 p.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016. To honor Sister's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 1, 2017, with the Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sister was born on June 1, 1925 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of George N. and Barbara Ann (Weber) Kurt.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister was a teacher and/or principal in Iowa schools at St. Mary's in Waterloo, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's in Dubuque, St. Andrew's in Sibley, St. Thomas Aquinas in Webster City, St. Mary's in Manchester and All Saints, in Portland, Oregon. Sister also worked in Pastoral Ministry at St. Patrick's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sister is survived by her brothers Karl (Lolly) and Ronald (Patricia) Kurt, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 70 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Ralph (Lorraine), Rev. Allan Kurt, and Stephen who died in infancy; and her sister Wilma (Clifford) Priebe.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

 



Louis T. Slauson


Louis T. Slauson, 90, of Coralville and formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am Monday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am.

Louis was born May 6, 1926, on the family farm near Sand Springs, Iowa the son of Roy and Marion (Egan) Slauson. He married Juanita Rohrer at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sand Springs on March 1, 1946. He enlisted in the US Army in 1948, and participated in the occupation of Germany until December of 1949.

He worked at the Hoag Duster factory, and then began a career in feed sales, starting at the Monticello Feed Mill, then eventually became a territory manager for Protein Blenders, Inc. (BP Feeds), where he worked for 27 and a half years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821 where he was a Past Grand Knight, and a past member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Louis is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Juanita; 3 sons: Lavern Slauson of Stone Lake, WI, Douglas (Jennifer) Slauson of Swisher, and Brad (Abby) Slauson of Cedar Rapids; 3 grandchildren: Lavender Mateos, Anne (Anthony) Schons, and Katie Slauson; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Joyce Tenley of Anamosa; and in-laws: Mary Slauson of Oso, WA and Jane Slauson of Webster City.

He was preceded in death by 6 siblings: Donald Slauson, Duane Slauson, Grace (Louis) Gudenkauf, Harry Slauson, Mae (Joe) Gudenkauf, Velma (John) White.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Marian J. Sutherland


Marian J. Sutherland, 93, of Dubuque passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Marian was born June 20, 1923 in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald and Anne (Clark) Oneyear. She married Eugene Sutherland on September 16, 1946 in Oxnard, CA. He preceded her in death on November 23, 1998.

She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in Dubuque.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish and the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association. She was one of the original members of Creslane Ladies Handicap Bowling League in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing bingo and euchre, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes, Panthers and Cubs.

Marian and Eugene loved to ballroom dance, and danced all over the country.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne Sutherland, of Dallas, TX and Carol (Leonard) Ross, of Dubuque; grandchildren Richard "Rick" (Sarah) Ross, of Mustang, OK, and Michelle Ross, of Dubuque; and great-granddaughter Kaycee Ross of Mustang, OK.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard; sisters Mildred Erschen, Dorothy Oneyear, Evelyn Gatena, Marjorie Daly and Ruth Chapman; and brothers Charles Oneyear, Archibald Oneyear and Leo Oneyear.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Frederick L. Vorwald