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Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D.

Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in St. Louis, MO. To honor Sr. Clare's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Notre Dame Mother House/Teresa Center, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay. To celebrate Sr. Clare's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Mother House. Burial will be in the Mother House Cemetery.

Being 1 of 13, Sr. Clare is survived by her siblings, Charles (Delores) Reinert, Dubuque, Bernard (Lori) Reinert, St. Louis, MO, Frank (Beverly) Reinert, Dubuque, Lucy Donovan, Andrew, IA, Peter (Betty) Reinert, Hazel Green, WI, Catherine Orman, San Francisco, CA, Raphael (Glenda) Reinert, Sherrill,, IA, Molly (Mike) Murray, Olney, IL; a sister-in-law, Karol Reinert, Dubuque.

Sr. Clare was preceded in death by her parents; 5 siblings, John (Margie) Reinert, Mary (Paul) Noesen, Joseph Reinert, Anthony (JoAnn) Reinert and Herman Reinert; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ken Donovan and Stan Orman.

Contributions to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay, MO 63125 appreciated.

 



LeRoy J. Gassmann

LeRoy J. Gassmann, age 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 12th, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection, with Fr. Joseph Wolfe officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

LeRoy was born on December 13th, 1936 in Petersburg, IA, the son of Aloysious and Leonette (Kluesner) Gassmann. He married Margaret Leyendecker on May 9th, 1959 at St. Paul's church in Worthington, Iowa. 

LeRoy graduated from Worthington High School in 1954. He served his country in the US Army for six years, starting when he was drafted in December of 1959. Twenty months of that time was spent in Hanau, Germany. He was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years as an equipment testman. He spent much of his time at a ball field either playing as a Worthington Cardinal or watching his children and grandchildren play the game he loved. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. His hobbies included: fishing, dancing, spending time betting on the dogs or throwing some money in the slot machines. Everyone knew he loved babies and babies loved him.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Margaret Gassmann, and 6 children: Brenda (Russ) Pfab of Dubuque, Iowa, Mark (Toni) of DeWitt, Iowa, Stacey (Eric) Ruff of Bettendorf, Iowa, Gary (Lynette) of Dubuque, Iowa, Tony (Tiffany Steiner) of Dubuque, Iowa, and Sara (Matt) Higgins of Spirit Lake, Iowa, 15 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way, 4 brothers: Lyle Gassmann of Dubuque, Iowa, Robert (Bev) Gassmann of Opelousas, Louisiana, Kenneth Gassmann of Bullhead City, Arizona, Gerald Gassmann of Davenport, Iowa, and 4 sisters: Betty Gotto of Bankston, Iowa, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Iowa , Mary Agnes (James) Schnier of Bellevue, Iowa, and Connie Lueck of Mineral Point, Wisconsin; a sister in law Betty Gassmann; and a brother in law Bob Fitzgerald both of Dyersville, Iowa.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysious and Leonette, his brothers Marvin (Pat) and John (Grace) Gassmann, his sisters Sylvia Fitzgerald and Eileen (Bill) Besler; and brothers in law Butch Gotto and Paul Knepper.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy K, Amy M, Anji, and Emily for all their support. Also, the fourth floor staff of Finley Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

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

 



Vivian M. Sisler

Vivian M. (Bray) Sisler, 93, of Galena, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2015 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Rev. Stanislaw Kos officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Monday at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, where the parish scripture service will be at 4 p.m. Monday.

Vivian was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Scales Mound, Ill., the daughter of Theodore and Clara (Kilcoyne) Bray.  She was united in marriage to Clyde M. Sisler on Jan. 26, 1941 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2001.

She was a graduate and class valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Scales Mound High School. 

Vivian was a member of St. Michael's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.  She formerly work at The Frame Shop gift shop in Galena.  She and Clyde were members of the Camp Delton Club at Lake Delton, Wisconsin for many years and loved to travel.

Vivian was very devoted to her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Lynn) Sisler of Galena and Gary (Suzannah) Sisler of Madison, Wisconsin, her grandchildren, Paul, Brad, and Andy Sisler and Shannah Garofalo, her great grandchildren, Mia Garofalo, Elly and Brie Sisler, Graham and Evan Sisler and Nicco Garofalo and her Bray nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Clara, her husband Clyde, her daughter Cherillyn Kay "Cheri" Sisler on April 17, 2014 and a brother Robert "Bob" Bray.

Vivian's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their Mother.

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

 

 

 



Robert C. Bailey

Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr., 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, February 13, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa following a battle with leukemia.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Robert Charles Bailey, Jr. was born on November 4, 1957, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert Charles and Waive Pearl (Widel) Bailey, Sr. He was a 1976 graduate of Delwood High School. After 26 years, he married his true love Linda on July 8, 2006 by the pond on their farm near Letts, Iowa.

Bob was a farmer, and a talented carpenter who had owned and operated Bob Bailey Construction for many years.

Bob enjoyed antique tractors, farming and Jeep off-roading. He especially loved spending time with his family and being on the farm.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife Linda Bailey of Maquoketa, IA; Linda's two children whom he loved and raised as his own, Brian (Lisa) Manderscheid of Maquoketa, IA, and Paula (Chris) Brewer of Montgomery, IL; 2 granddaughters Lainey Estelle Brewer and Bailey Kathryn Brewer; a brother Kenneth (Judy) Bailey of Delmar, IA; and sisters Mary Ann Bailey of Maquoketa, IA, and Karen Hagenow of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Miles Franklin Brewer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gregory L. Wiest

Gregory L. Wiest, 74, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Greg was born on June 24, 1940, in Cassville, Wisconsin, the son of Kenneth and Ann (Pellock) Wiest. He married Ann Berning on September 24, 1966. She preceded him in death on January 22, 2012.

Greg will be remembered and loved for many things in his life. He worked at and retired from John Deere after 30 years. He made so many lasting friendships from there. He coached basketball for 35 years at many different levels. He influenced, inspired, and touched the lives of hundreds of young men during that time. Greg was a devoted husband and father. He was married to our mother, Ann, for 45 years and helped raise two young boys to adulthood. During his last 14 years, he also took a special interest in his three grandsons, Lucas, Nick, and Jacob. When he wasn't golfing, bowling, playing board games and taking them out to eat at Denny's, he was talking about them to his great many friends in the Tri State area. He also loved the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Cubs and the John Havlicek led Boston Celtics. Most of all he loved being around his family and friends. To the best father, grandfather, husband, coach, and friend we could ask for...he will be remembered and missed.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Lisa) and Kevin (Cindy) , both of Rochester, Minnesota; a special friend, Patricia Gile, of Cuba City; two brothers, Rod (Marilyn) Wiest, of Milwaukee, and Douglas Wiest, of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren, Lucas, Nicolas and Jacob; a sister-in-law, Joanne Pellock, of Cassville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dick.

Memorials may be given to the Greg & Ann Wiest Scholarship Fund.

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

A special thanks to Gary and Alice Schmitt and Mark and Adele Hendricks for being my special travel companions.



John E. Wright, Sr.

John E. Wright Sr., 86, of 508 W. Locust Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 12- 1 p.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home, where Military Honors will be accorded at 12:30 p.m. by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, 2143 Judson Drive, Dubuque.

John was born on September 2, 1928 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of George and Viola (Dobbins) Wright. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High and lived in Dubuque most of his life.

He married Norma Wilbur on Nov. 19, 1949 in Reno, Nevada while he was serving in the Navy during the Korean War.

John was employed at Dubuque's original cable company as an installer and troubleshooter for over 30 years.
He was most well-known for more than 40 years of involvement with Dubuque's bowling community as a bowling coach for juniors (Imperial Lanes, Riverside and Creslanes), a league officer, a member of the 700 bowling club, a director and then President of the Dubuque Men's Bowling Association, and secretary of the Dubuque Junior Bowling League. He was inducted into the Dubuque USBC Men's Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

John was an avid Chicago Cubs fan from the womb. His mother went to games before he was born, took him to games from his earliest memories, and taught him to score games before he could read. He stayed faithful through the many highs and lows of Cubs baseball and will undoubtedly be at Wrigley Field this season, too.

John was a true Dubuquer; he loved playing euchre with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his children: Norma (Tom) Pellett and Grace Mendez, both of Dubuque, John Jr. (Kathie) Wright, of Hampton, VA., Charles (Doreen Joan) Wright, of Kenosha, WI., and Samuel (Cheri) Wright of Farley; daughter-in-law, Suzie Wright; 17 grandchildren, 38 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; daughter, Jacquline Louise; 2 grandchildren, his parents; and brother, George Wright, Jr.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Junior Bowling Association, 3094 Sundown Court, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of John's doctors, especially Dr. Regan Wolbers and staff, the Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris and Nicole, and Lisa and Winnie at HomeInstead.



Gertrude M. Birkett

Gertrude Mary Birkett, nee Behn, 93, passed away on February 10, 2015 at Bethany Home in Dubuque.

Gertrude Mary Birkett was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England on November 20, 1921. She began work as a physical therapist at Newcastle General Hospital and went on to write a book on post-natal exercises and helped develop the protocol of rehabilitation for the first hip replacement performed in England.

She married Dr. Joseph Peter Birkett in 1949 and had six children during their 50 years of marriage - Margaret, William, Peter, David, Mary and Thomas. In 1972, the family moved to Cincinnati, OH and to Stamford, CT in 1978. Gertrude loved to play tennis and bridge, eventually becoming a Bridge Life Master. Shortly after her husband's death in 1999, Gertrude had difficulty living alone and was moved into assisted living In Stamford and later into the Memory Care Wing at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA. She will be buried next to her husband in Westport, CT.

She is preceded in death by her twin sister, Margaret and sisters Joan and Frances. She is survived by her six children, thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A service will be held in Stamford Connecticut later this month. In lieu of flowers, donations will be welcomed at Bethany for the wonderful care they provided for our mother.



Richard R. Maiden

Richard R. "Rick" Maiden, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Rick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Rick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Richard was born on October 16, 1950, in Dubuque, son of Harry E. and Velma K. (Cornwell) Maiden.

Rick was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years until his retirement in 2002. He was an avid and accomplished gunsmith and long distance target shooting was his passion. He enjoyed going to gun shows and spending time with his friends. Rick had a machine shop where he loved to build and also created numerous parts for his friends Harley's. He eagerly anticipated his yearly trips to Sturgis, SD. In his younger days, Rick invested countless hours and money into drag racing and was even known to make a run or two at Cordova Dragway.

Rick is survived by his sister, Sandy (Richard) Pfab, Bernard, IA; many nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Darlene (Eugene) Plumley and Sharon (Marvin) McVay; and four nephews, Neil McVay and Gary, Lonnie and Steve Plumley.

A Richard R. "Rick" Maiden memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Rick.

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

 



Mary C. Lightcap

Mary Catherine Lightcap, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Friday from 3 pm until time of service. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetey.

Mary was born September 29, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Raphael and Mary Rita (Sweeney) Huss. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1956. In February of 1959 she married Thomas Lightcap in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Mary worked at JC Penney for 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Catholic church.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lightcap of Dubuque; three children, Deborah (Dean Muenzenberger) Wagner, Mike Lightcap of Beaverton, Oregon, and Mark (Liz) Lightcap of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Tiffany Weipert), Jayson (Tara) and Kyle Wagner; and Erik, Scott, Amy and Audrey Lightcap; two great grandchildren; a brother, David (Rosie) Huss of Dubuque; a sister, Ann (Doug Fehr) Wertzberger of Kansas City, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dr. Hermann and his staff, and the employees of JC Penney.



Daniel J. Murphy

Daniel John "Biff" Murphy, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday February 9th, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m Saturday February 14th at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on August 26, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Jeanette (Cherrier) Murphy. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, John Deere, Caradco, and was currently working for Eagle Window and Door. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with mans best friend his dog Missy.

He is survived by his mother Jeanette, sisters Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, a niece Sheila Motsch, two nephews Matt and Mitch Milligan.

He was preceded in death by his father John and sister Susan.



Richard J. Oberfoell

Richard J. Oberfoell, 46, of Iowa City, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospital's Palliative Care Unit, after a nine-year battle with a rare cancer, ethesioneuroblastoma.

A memorial service to celebrate Rich's life will be held Saturday, February 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City. Visitation is from 1-3:00 p.m. followed by the service. On Sunday, February 15, visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m., followed by Mass, at Holy Spirit Parish (Holy Ghost Church), 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque. A private burial service will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery the following day.

Richard was born at Xavier Hospital on July 25, 1968, in Dubuque, IA, to Albert M. Oberfoell and Carol M. (Timmerman) Oberfoell.

Rich was a graduate of Dubuque's Wahlert High School and Loras College. He earned an M.A. in learning and teaching from DePaul University in Chicago and an M.A. in school administration from the University of Iowa, where he had also earned his ESL certification. During college, he studied abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. After college he spent six months in Mexico, learning its culture and language, and then volunteered for a year teaching inner-city children at Amate House in Chicago.

Then began Rich's international teaching career: five years in Valencia, Venezuela, and three years in Chinhae, South Korea where he first met and then married SunHee Cho on March 30, 2003. They settled in Iowa City, and he began teaching at West Liberty's Middle School, a dual language school in Spanish and English. His colleagues were a constant support to him during his many surgeries and times away from school for treatment. 

Rich greatly loved his family and friends, his students, and his church, and he had a great heart for justice. A highlight of his life was attending a Christmas party at the White House, an invitation he and SunHee received because of his tireless work on President Obama's re-election campaign. He had a passion for teaching and a love for the profession. Rich's energy was contagious, his courage was inspiring, and his joy could fill the room. He also enjoyed politics and sports, especially his Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Bulls, Cubs, and the St. Louis Rams.

Rich's fight to live lasted so long because of his love for his son, Xavier. He coached Xavier's soccer team and was a Cub Scout leader. A week before his passing the family shared a trip to Disney World. He did all this and much more to create memories for Xavier.

Rich is survived by his parents; his wife, SunHee and son, Xavier, of Iowa City; his brother, a sister, a niece and nephews: Gary A. (Katie) and Sara and Brady, Pewaukee, WI; Beth A. (John) Suehr and Aiden and Tristen, Palatine, IL.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and recently by his aunt, Rosemary V. Timmerman, and brother Paul, who passed away on October 5, 2014. Rosemary and Paul light the way for him.

The family thanks the doctors and nurses at the UI Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit who were a constant support to Rich and the family throughout his long journey.
In memory of Richard, an Education Fund for Xavier has been established at the University of Iowa Community Credit.

 



Joan K. Curtis Higley

Joan Kathryn Curtis Higley, 93, of Dubuque, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Grace Point Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Joan was born on September 4, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her BA from the University of Dubuque. Joan taught physics and math at the University of Dubuque and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then taught at Jefferson Junior High School and Sunday school at the Third Presbyterian Church. On December 30, 1950, Joan married Howard F. Higley Junior. Joan celebrated life with a sense of adventure and had a strong connection to nature. She was an avid bird watcher and lover of dachshunds. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling the world. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She studied in various elder hostiles in Europe and spent many years wintering in Mission Texas.

Joan was past president of Gamma Phi Delta (U.D.) chapter, I.P.P.E.O., the Dubuque Audubon Society, The Friends of Mines of Spain, The Iowa Mountaineers, Grace Point Church (formerly 3rd Presbyterian Church), and the Mississippi Trails Club where she had a lifetime hike total of 1634 miles. She was awarded the Governors Volunteer Award for various conservation projects.

Surviving are her husband of 64 beautiful years, Howard F. Higley Jr. of Dubuque; her children Howard Roy (Louise Katz) Higley of Mountain View, CA, Mary Jo (Barry) Shear of Highland Park, IL, and Jan Higley Zivojnovich of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Sara and Nathaniel Higley, Matthew, Johanna, Gailan and Alexander Shear; and Adam, Daniel, Thomas and Grant Zivojnovich; her sisters, Jane Liebold and Jean Jaeggi.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Amelia, siblings Janet (William) Marshall, Judy (George) Meyer, Joyce Wollschlager, Albert (Bernie) Curtis, brothers in law Joe Liebold and Robert Jaeggi, and granddaughter Jillian Zivojnovich.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Friends of the Mines of Spain, Children's Haven International or Grace Point Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The Higley family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and guidance. A special thanks to Elizabeth, Nicole and Janice and to "no place like home" Diane, Wendy and Pam.

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



Sharon A. Marshall

Sharon Ann Marshall, 69, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday , February 13 at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Father Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Sharon was born on December 24, 1945 in Dubuque, the daughter of LeRoy and Mary Catherine (Hennis) Wolfe. She married John Marshall on February 19, 1966, in Dubuque.

She spent much time enjoying her children and grandchildren, snowmobiling, gardening, and tending her flowers and lawn.

Surviving is her loving husband of 49 years, John, and 4 children Ann (Ted) Ruske of Robins, IA, Joseph (Shannon) and Steven (Jessica) of Denver, CO and Jenny (Steve) Aune of Verona, WI; 6 grandchildren, Andrew, Sydney, Ben, Ian, Hannah and Levi. Her Siblings; Aileen Murphy, Virginia (Bob) Lewis, Mike Wolfe, Kathleen Kelley, Mary (Steve) Fitzgerald, John (Sue) Wolfe, Janet (Tim) Fitzgerald, Bill Wolfe and Tom Wolfe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Jim.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and her sister Virginia for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to DomusPacis.org a family respite or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Judy Lahr

Judy (Luchtenburg) Lahr, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Waverly, died peacefully at her home in Dubuque on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Judy was born on November 24, 1953, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Melvin "Mel" and Dorothy (VanLengen) Luchtenburg. She was baptized in the Baptist faith and attended the Waverly School System, graduated from the Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1972. Following her schooling, Judy moved to Omaha, Nebraska, working as a horse trainer and also showing Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses. After she moved back to Waverly, she met the love of her life, Jeff Lahr, and the couple were united in marriage on September 11, 1980, at Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. Judy and Jeff trained horses at the home place in Waverly where Judy had a couple of World Champions. Judy and Jeff moved to Dubuque in 1990, where Judy worked for the Longhorn Saddle Shop for 12 years and was currently employed at Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque as receptionist and data controller for the past 10 years.

Judy dearly loved training and showing horses and golfing. But what gave Judy the most joy was spending time with her husband, Jeff, son, Jordan, her 2 precious grandchildren, Chloe (10) and Jaelyn (2) and her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jeff Lahr of Dubuque, Iowa, her son, Jordan Lahr and his fiancé, Stacey of East Dubuque, Iowa; two brothers, Jim (Judy) Luchtenburg of Waverly, Iowa, Joe Luchtenburg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Jane (Russ) Pfeiler) of Sherrill, Iowa; five nieces, Stacy (Adam) Johnson, Amy Luchtenburg, Melissa (Todd) Krieger, Gracie and Ellie Luchtenburg; one nephew, Justin (Shasta) Flynn; 11 great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Abigail, Ashley, Wesley, Ava, Atley, Kacy, Katelyn, Kael, Maxwell and Mason; 4 great great nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Carolyn, Keaton and Mason.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Mel Luchtenburg in 1977, her mother, Dorothy Luchtenburg in 1998.

Visitation for Judy will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Following the visitation Judy's body will be cremated and there will be no formal service or burial. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences for Judy's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187

 



Joseph N. Kurt

Joseph N. Kurt, 95, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:42 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joseph may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion and the New Vienna VFW Post will meet at 6:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Services for Joseph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656 and the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Joe was born May 7, 1919 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. He received his education at the former St. Mary's school in Cascade and is also a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 25, 1947 he was united in marriage to Jane Schemmel. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2008.

Joe was a World War II Army Veteran with the Fighting 69th Infantry Division having served in the European Theater in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in numerous battles including the Siegfried Line, the Ardennes forest region, Hellenthal, Buschen, and Leipzig, for which he was awarded 2 Bronze Stars. His division was the first to meet the Russian's south of Berlin which ended the war and was part of the Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration camp.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, for which he served as a former Trustee for 25 years, and served on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council. He was also a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly #1573, the Farley American Legion Post #656, and the New Vienna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7736. He was a former 4-H leader, a Dubuque County Democratic Committee member and served as the Dodge Township Trustee.

He was a kind and gentle man. He enjoyed being with his family and friends. He raised cattle on the family farm in rural Farley for 52 years. Joe enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife, bowling, golfing, and going to his grandchildren's ballgames. He enjoyed traveling and going to his annual Army reunions.

He is survived by two children, Julie (Mike) Schilling of Burlington, IA and Jeff (Lisa) Kurt of Farley, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin and Andrew Schilling and Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Kurt; four brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt, Carl Kurt, Sam Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA; a sister, Eleanor Burke of Bernard, IA; and two sister-in-laws, Lois Boffeli of Farley, IA, and Margie (Clarence Jr.) Walters of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Epworth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Fred, and Andrew Kurt; sisters, Mary Dolphin, Anna Mae Lehmann and Margaret Ann Otting; Sisters-in-laws, Alvina Kurt, Tess Kurt, Mary Lou Kurt and Dorothy "Dottie" Kurt; and brother-in-laws, Bill Boffeli, Ralph Otting, Pat Burke and Wilfred Dolphin.

A Joseph N. Kurt memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center, Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates Clinic for all their care and services.

 

 



Donald H. Lake

Donald H. Lake, 86 of Holy Cross, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00. Friends may also call on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wed. Feb. 11, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Don was born April 14, 1928, in Holy Cross the son of Alphonse and Coletta (Zewen) Lake.  He married Shirley Jean Cummings, formerly of Hazel Park, MI, on June 20, 1953, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  In 1950, following a year at Loras College, Don enlisted in the US Air Force to serve as an electronics technician and later as an electronics instructor during the Korean War. Following his service in the Air Force, Don returned to farming.  Subsequently, he held positions with General Electric in Syracuse, NY, Martin Missile Company in Denver, CO and John Deere.  After 27 years with John Deere, Don retired in 1991.  If you ever had a "Factory Trained Technician" working on your John Deere, it was quite likely that Don Lake was the person who trained that technician in hydraulics.

Don was a dedicated husband and family man who loved nothing better than to be surrounded by his family and friends.  His early life on the farm gave him a life-long love of animals, farmland and being part of a small, tight-knit community. He loved farming, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren and grand dogs.  The Air Force and John Deere afforded Don the opportunity to travel. He passed his love of travel to his children and grandchildren, telling them, "If you ever have the chance to travel, do it!

Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Shirley; 3 sons: Mark (Jodi) Lake of Winterset, IA, Brian (Rod Villalobos) Lake of Palm Springs, CA, and Douglas (Dr. Shari Hagerty) Lake of Eldridge, IA; 5 daughters: Christine (Mark) Troup of Chambersburg, PA, Mary Ellen Lake of Dyersville, IA, Cindy (Dennis) Cary of Bettendorf, IA, Maureen (Reenie) Lake of Dubuque, IA, and Lisa (James) Sporer of Holy Cross; 13 grandchildren: Erin and Jill, Andrew and Kayla, Leah, Jairus and Anna, Talia and Eric, Myia, Samantha, Danielle and Garrett; 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Helen (Fred) Westhoff of New Vienna, IA, and a brother, David (Lou) Lake of Holy Cross, and 17 grand dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Lake, and a sister, Doris Sahm.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Franciscan Services, Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead especially Alyssa for their care for Don.

A Donald H. Lake Memorial fund has been established memorials are preferred.

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

 



Barbara J. Reding

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Reding, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 11:52 p.m., on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Bobbie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin praying the rosary at 10:00 a.m. for Bobbie and her family. To celebrate Bobbie's life, family and friends may gather from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bobbie was born February 10, 1941, to Joseph and Alice (Mohr) Schmitt of Graf, IA.

Bobbie married John "Jay" Reding on October 4, 1958, at Lattnerville Church in Graf, IA. They were married for 55 years before John passed away on January 6, 2014. She attended grade school in the One Room School in Graf, IA., and went on to Washington Junior and Dubuque Senior High Schools. Jay and Bobbie spent their entire lives in the Dubuque area, including owning a farm in Sherrill for 6 years in the mid 60's. Bobbie was a homemaker in her early years, who treasured raising her family. She later worked for Holy Ghost Catholic School as a Teacher's Aid and Librarian. And finally she worked for Service Master of Dubuque until her retirement. Bobbie enjoyed reading and playing cards with her monthly card club group. She also enjoyed spending time at the casinos. Bobbie was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Surviving Bobbie are her sons, Steven (Mary Jean) Reding, Chris (Cindy) Reding, Tom (Colleen) Reding, John Reding, Jr. all of Dubuque and her daughter, Jennifer (Don) Bloomquist of Goodlettsville, TN. Bobbie had 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Bobbie was one of 11 siblings, surviving are brothers, Don (Darlene) Schmitt and Tony Schmitt; sisters, Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Jo Ann (Ray) Witterholt-Weigel, Sally Donaldson and Mary (Roger) Weydert; a sister-in-law, Maggie Smith.

Preceding Bobbie in death are her parents; her husband, John; mother-in-law & father-in-law, Emil & Molita Reding; brothers, Pat (Maxine) Schmitt, Vernon (Betty) Schmitt, David Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Roger Irving, William Witterholt, William Clemens and Richard Smith.

Special thanks to the Mercy Hospital Staff for all their help with Bobbie's care these last few weeks.

A Barbara J. Reding memorial fund has been established.

 



Bernadine C. Spiegel

Bernadine C. (Burds) Spiegel, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, family will greet friends 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bernadine was born December 7, 1919 in Peosta, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Kelly) Burds. She married Albert E. Spiegel on June 4, 1940; he passed on April 4, 1992. Bernadine was a great housekeeper and cook. She enjoyed playing BINGO, Euchre, King's Corner, and Rummy. She always enjoyed eating out, especially for breakfast. She raised her family and also worked at Mercy Hospital and Mount Pleasant Home for many years.

Survivors include her children, Gerri (Marv) Roling of Holy Cross, Bill (LuAnn) Spiegel of Epworth, A.J. (Joyce Beck) Spiegel of Dubuque, Mary (Buzz) McDermott of Dubuque, and Bob Spiegel of Davenport; 14 grandchildren, LuAnn (Larry), Vicki (Jeff), Scott, Jessica (Pete), Chris (Susan), Rebecca (Peter), Abby, Nathan (Tammy), Melinda (Kevin), Melissa (Chuck), Heather (Seth), Brian (Dottie), Lynn (Heather), and Amy (Dan); 40 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; a son, Robert James in infancy; great grandchildren, Skyler, C.J., Lucas, and Cyril in infancy; a great-great granddaughter, Alonna in infancy; 13 siblings, Mary, James, Ann, Alberta, Pat, Vince, Bernard, Cecilia, Irene, Walt, Chuck, and 2 in infancy.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Lois T. Theisen

Lois Theresa Theisen, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Friday February 6 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque of leukemia. According to her wishes there will be no local services. Private services and burial will be Wednesday in Remsen, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Lois was born September 15, 1933, in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of John and Anna (Ruden) Theisen. Lois earned a BA in English at Briar Cliff University, an MA at Loyola University, and participated in the University of Iowa Writers Program. She appreciated the 18 years she spent with the Dubuque Franciscans who helped make her the teacher she became. She used her skills throughout 60 years of teaching, including 25 years at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, where in 1989 she was a finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year. For the last 10 years Lois taught for the University of Phoenix. She was known to be a tough but fair-minded teacher who set high standards for her students.

She was an active member of the Western Dubuque, Iowa State, and National Education Associations. She was a Friendship Force ambassador to England, and hosted foreign visitors on several occasions. She edited the newsletter for the Dubuque Audubon Society for many years. She loved boating on the Mississippi, and enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Diamond Jo Casino. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain. She maintained a gracious home, where she frequently hostessed gatherings of her fortunate and well-fed friends.

She is survived by her siblings Terry Weiler, of Le Mars, Iowa, Sally (Richard) Henke, of Cherokee, Iowa, Cyril (Helen) Theisen, of Remsen, Iowa, Ivan (Yvonne) Theisen, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita McCarty, of Spenser, Iowa, two sisters-in-law Joan Cronin, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita Theisen, of Canby, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her long-time close friends Fr. Robert Levenhagen and Joe Tollari, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Elmer and Reynold, and a sister Shirley Gengler, three brothers-in-law Gib Weiler, Dave McCarty, and Sonny Gengler.

Lois wanted to thank all those who remembered her in her illness. A special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries for her kindness and patience, and to Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff for their care and compassion. Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



Patricia A. Francois

Patricia Ann Francois, 68 of Dubuque, IA went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL with Msgr. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Patricia was born March 28, 1946 in Manchester, IA the daughter of Germaine "Gerry" (Haas) Gavin. She grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Senior High-school in 1964.

On February 1st, 1964 Patricia married the love of her life, Thomas Francois, at Holy Ghost Church Dubuque, IA. Tom and Pat built their current home on Muntz Court in Dubuque over 45 years ago. The couple's Catholic faith and love for each other built a family with strong morals, values and hard work ethic. They were blessed with 10 children.

Tom and Pat owned and operated Francois Masonry Inc. where Pat took care of administrative duties. Pat had a passion for serving others and always enjoyed volunteering at Holy Ghost. She was a co-founder of the Dubuque Girls Independent League, where her passion for youth sports shined and influenced many. Through the coaching of her children and backyard guidance she passed on her love for sports to her children and grandchildren. Pat was an avid golfer and softball player in her earlier years and loved hanging with her group of girlfriends "The Holy Ghost Houligans". She loved to shop, play cards and board games, play on her iPad, can tomatoes, attend any of her children's or grandchildren's events and cheer on her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals. Pat and Tom would attend mass and breakfast at Sunshine Café daily and the occasional stop to the casino.

Pat will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Thomas; children, T. Curt (Karen) Francois of Lawton, OK, Julie (Brian) Ormord of Peosta, IA, Rick (Megan) Francois of McHenry, IL, Robert Francois, Sarah Bahl, Andy (Amy) Francois, Jason (Sarah) Francois all of Dubuque, Keith (Amber) Francois of Lawton, OK, Peter (Christi) Francois of Clinton, IA, Russell (Audrey) Francois of Dyersville, IA. Grandchildren AFO Zachary (Louisa) Simmons, Landon Francois; Ryan (Jackie) Mabe, AFO Zachary, Kari, Rachel, Christian Ormord; Taylor, Megan, Arabella Francois; Jackson, Elayna, Meredith Bahl; Hayden, Drew Francois; Collin, Victoria, Johnny, Adrian, Timmy Francois; Jakob, Madison Francois; Hayley, Bryden, Louis, Thomas II Francois; Ruby Francois. Her mother Germaine(Gerry) Gavin, sister Sandra (Norm) Ellerman, brothers Gary (Mary Jo) Schroeder, Mike (Diana) Gavin, sister Deb (Don) Hocking. Brother in law Bob (Ann) Francois, brother in law Leo (Lois) Francois, sister in law Dorothy Roling, brother in law Ray (Dorothy) Francois, sister in law Irene (Don) Fisher, sister in law Helen (Lawrence) Schaul, brother in law Frank (Patty) Francois, sister in law Lori Pratner, brother in law Mike (Patsy) Francois, sisters in law Ruth Luckeroth, Ruth Francois, brothers in law Merwin Tibbott, David Cue, and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her dad Vernon "Bud" Gavin, a sister Jackie Cue, father and mother in law Clarence and Ida Francois, brothers in law Ed Francois, Bill Francois, and LaVerne Roling, sister in law Mary Jean Tibbott son in law Garland Mabe and granddaughter Kirsten Ormord.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen, Dr. Iverson, Dr. Schope and Dr. Martin and especially the staff of Tri-State Dialysis Center as well as all who helped with the comfort, care and support of Patricia.

In lieu of flowers a Patricia Ann Francois memorial fund has been established.



Marie M. Parker

Marie M. Parker, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born on April 12, 1925, in Balltown, IA, daughter of John A. and Cecila (Stoffel) Loch.

Marie married Harold J. Parker on July 14, 1948, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, IA. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1989. She was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Marie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society and Finley's 1st Class. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Tri-State Blind Society and the Colts, playing cards and going to Euchre tournaments. Marie also liked crocheting, afghans were her specialty, and doing crossword and word search puzzles. Family was very important to Marie, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Linda (Don Shaw) Boffeli, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Joshua Boffeli, Kate (Jeff) Becker, Vanessa Boffeli; 1 great-grandson, Gus Becker; two sisters, Lucille (Wilbert) Helbing, Platteville, WI, Irene McMahon, Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law, Rita Mae Loch.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; a brother, Matt Loch; 2 brothers-in-law, Wilbert Helbing and Michael McMahon.

A Marie M. Parker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Marie.

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

 



Raymond J. Waldbillig

Raymond J. "Ray" Waldbillig, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.

To honor Ray's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon William Hickson officiating. To celebrate Ray's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Raymond was born on August 5, 1961, in Norfolk, VA, son of James and JoAnn (Link) Waldbillig.

Ray graduated from Hempstead High School and then attended DeVry Technical Institute in Arizona. He was employed at Miller Electric for several years and at the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. Ray owned and operated Chi-Town Pizza until retiring in 2011 to care for his father. Prior to opening his business he worked as an auxiliary police officer for the City of Dubuque. He was an avid bowler and shooter. Ray enjoyed singing, playing guitar, fishing and discussing politics. Ray was a member of the Holy Cross Sportsman Club and served on the board of the National Firearm Coalition. He loved spending Saturday mornings with Tony and the boys at Tony's Pawn Shop. Ray's family was the most important aspect of his life and his daughter, Debbie, meant the world to him.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Debbie Walczyk, CO; his father, James Waldbillig, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Jim Waldbillig, Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, IA, Jeff (Polly) Waldbillig, Rochester, MN; his niece and nephews, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig; his aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Steve) Wing, Bettendorf, IA, Bob (Sandy) Smith, Dubuque, IA, Nancy Sannito, Dolton, IL, Kathy (Ken) Manahl, Pat Link, Bill Link, and Sheila Link, all of AZ.

Ray was preceded in death by his mother, JoAnn Waldbillig; his grandparents; his sister, Cindy; his step-mother, MaryAnn Waldbillig; and two uncles, Dennis Sannito and Jack Link.

A Raymond J. Waldbillig memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire and Rescue and Dubuque Police Departments and the staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all of their care and compassion.

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



Ruth E. Beecher

Ruth E. "Peach" Beecher, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

In keeping with Ruth's wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date so her children and grandchildren can be present.

Ruth was born on Feb. 3, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of August and Freda (Launspach) Smith. She will be remembered for her beautifully decorated cakes and great cooking.

She is survived by her four children, William (Sue) Beecher of Seirra Vista, AZ, Dennis (Becky) Beecher of St. Roberts, MO, James Beecher, and Elaine (Richard) Kieffer, both of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle (Margie) Smith, and a sister, Ethel Butlett, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert and Ira (Enid) Smith; a sister, Fern, and her former husband, Lawrence.

A Ruth Beecher memorial fund has been established c/o 2130 Kleine St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Marshall O. Pitcher

Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher, 89, of Maquoketa, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Marshall's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marshall was born Christmas Day 1925, the youngest child of Austin and Lucille Pitcher of Collins, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Collins High School in 1943.

Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines at the close of WWII for two years (1944-1946).

Upon his return home, he attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1954, receiving his DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at ISU, he was a member of Adelante Fraternity.

He married Else Nielsen on July 23, 1955, and after practicing in Freeport, IL, moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1956 and established his veterinary practice. He worked as a large and small animal vet for 30 years and then, in 1987, began work as a veterinary inspector for the USDA, retiring in 2000.

During his 59 years in the community, he served on several boards including the Maquoketa School Board, the Jackson County Board of Health and the Jackson County Demonstration Farm. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and loved music and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Milo, Bobby and Howard (Bun); a sister, Velma; and a niece, MaryAnn.

He is survived by his wife, Else; four children, Paul of Reading, PA, Anne ( Michael) Hawks of Maquoketa, Alan (Alicia) of Wichita, KS, and Miriam (Tom) Mackey of Cedar Rapids; and eight grandchildren, Marshall & Perry Hawks, Charlie Pitcher, Austin, Amelia, and Arin Pitcher, and Lydia and Helen Mackey.

He loved his coffee buddies, travelling - whether to faraway places or the familiar gravel roads of Jackson County - the farmers and their stories, and anything for a laugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Kenneth W. Evers

Kenneth W. Evers, 91, of Bethany Home, died Thursday, January 29, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Mr. Evers was born on June 13, 1923 in Arcadia, Iowa, the son of Grover W. and Laura (Bruggeman) Evers. After graduating from the Arcadia Public School, he attended AIB in Des Moines, Iowa. He worked for WPA of Iowa and the Ankeny Ordnance Plant until he was drafted into the service. Ken served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. After his military service, he attended Drake University in Des Moines and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Ken worked for Baumann Finney & Co. in Chicago and Allen & Company in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids before coming to Dubuque and working for A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.. He also worked at CyCare Systems until he retired.

Ken married Dolores Nelson on April 21, 1957 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2006. He was both an Elder and a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving the church for over 50 years. He was also a past member of the Rotary Club, Office Management Association and the National Association of Accountants.

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

Surviving are nieces and nephews Pam (Bob) Shippy of Montrose, CO, Lori (Doug) Severson of Chandler, AZ, Tim (Jan) Edmondson of Spencer, IA, Mark (Carol) Evers of Riverside, IA, Douglas (Jill) Evers of Kokomo, IN and Renee (Michael) Sands of Cedar Falls, IA. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church and Bethany Home.

The Evers family extends a special thank you to Bethany Home and all of the caregivers who have helped Ken through the years, especially to Glinda Maternach, his wonderful advocate.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin

Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin, 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2015.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Leone was born on Jan. 15, 1934, daughter of Dale and Viola Newberry. She married Louis C. Hoefflin Jr. on May 15, 1954; he preceeded her in death in 1978.

Leone was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in 1951. She worked at Wartburg Theology Seminary, John Deere, FDL, and in retirement worked at Walmart and Sedona.

Leone was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, camping, boating, traveling, and playing cards every week at the Moose Lodge. She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for her twice baked potatoes and wonderful family dinners. She had a passion for the Chicago Bears and Cubs and enjoyed standing on Wrigley Field last summer. Her love of dachsunds was so immense that she always had one on her lap the last 50 years.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Larry (Lynn) Hoefflin, Knightdale, NC, Lorna (John) Davis, Dubuque, Lance (Sharon) Hoefflin, Austin, MN, and Lynda Hoefflin, Dubuque; grandchildren Rachel (Don) Hammond, Greg (Sarah) Hoefflin, Wes (Meghan) Vanasek, Chrislyn (Phil) Palumbo, Heather (Mike) Fuller, Tim Davis (McKenzie Decker), Tracy (Andrew) Brenner, Jake Davis, Jenna (Jeff) Gobin, Troy Hoefflin, Luke Hoefflin, Nicole (Kevin) King, Teresa (Kyle Baker) Reiss, and Tom Reiss; great-grandchildren Hailey Hammond, Grayson Hoefflin, Madelyn & Abigail Vanasek, Alyson & Max Maloney, Rylee & Alexandria Brenner, Connor Gobin, James Reiss, and Bentley King; sister Dee (Jack) McGeever; and brothers-in-law Gene (Lorna) Hoefflin and William Eichman. 

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Davis.

A Leone Hoefflin memorial fund has been established.

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

A special thank you goes out to Cindy, Stacy, & Jennie of Hospice for all your love, support, kindness, and compassion, and to Dr. Herman and his staff.



Suzanne M. Behning

Suzanne M. Behning, age 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Sue's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate Sue's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Suzanne was born on Sept. 13, 1946, in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Louis and Margaret (Till) Gross.

Sue attended St. Mary's Grade School and Aquin High School in Cascade, IA. When she was 46 years old Sue went back to school at NICC in Peosta, IA, to become a nurse. Before returning to school she was employed at Stonehill Care Center and Julien Care Facility as a CNA. She retired from Julien Care as a nurse in 2013 and then joined the SCC in Dickeyville part time.

Sue was joined in marriage to Karl Behning in 1992, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Karl was the love of her life and remained so after he passed away on Oct. 21, 2005. She was employed as a nurse at Julien Care for 14 years. Sue was a member of the #421 Teamsters. In her free time she enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling and watching the Cubs play.

Sue and Karl had many blessings between them including 10 children, Tammie Krier, Charles Polkinghorn, Michael (Sue) Polkinghorn, Patrick Polkinghorn, Todd (Roxanne) Polkinghorn, Karl Behning, Kevin (Julie) Behning, all of Dubuque, IA, Kraig (Shobha) Behning of Auburn, IA, Kurt (Patti) Behning of Peosta, IA, and Kimball (Ann) Behning of Springville, IA; the children in turn blessed them with several grandchildren, Heather (AJ) LuGrain, Holly Polkinghorn, Hannah Polkinghorn, David (Nikesha) Polkinghorn, Christina, Anthony and Nick Krier, Mark and Makayla Polkinghorn, Steven Polkinghorn, Jamie (Andrea) Kasparek, Brooke (Tom) Cooney, Meghan, Leah and Danny Behning, Shelby (Kyle) Christina, Sydney Behning, Spencer and Delaney Behning; the grandchildren then blessed them with great-grandchildren, Tysean, Slyvester Jr., Jaliyah and Daisha Hubbard, Hailey Van Cleve, Liam Clayton, Kaylie, Hunter and Emily Kasparek, Finn and Brecken Cooney, Wyatt and Weston Christina. A very special person has been there for her through thick and thin, Sue Ann (John) Wichmann.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl; a son, Mark Steven Polkinghorn, in infancy; a grandson, Johnathan Behning; a sister, Maureen (Caleb) Aldeman; and a son-in-law, Francis Krier.

A Suzanne M. Behning memorial fund has been established.

Sue and her famiy would like to thank Dr. Angela Kelley, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Ronald Schope and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Manor Care for their excellent care over the years. Excellent job!

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



Karen L. Krambeck

Karen Lynn Krambeck, 68 of Earlville, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jill Mack officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of services.

Karen was born on September 12, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Richard B. and Geneieve (Mitchell) Wold. She married David Krambeck in 1963 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964 and later attended Clarke College. She worked for many years in the meat packing company starting at the former Dubuque Packing Company and ending her career as a retail sales rep. with Hormel.

She volunteered for the American Cancer Society at the Discovery Shop and was a member of Earlville United Parish. She loved the outdoors, gardening, crafts and antiquing.

She is survived by her husband David, of Earlville, her son David (Kelly) Krambeck, of Dubuque, her siblings, Richard (Karen) Wold, of Durango, and Deborah Pekas, of Peoria, AZ and ten nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Steven in 1987, and her sister Coralynn Palmer in 2011.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Comfort especially Amanda K. for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Karen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.



Betty J. Sheehan

Betty J. Sheehan, 87 of Sherrill, IA passed away quietly in her sleep at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, IA on February 1, 2015 following years of declining health issues.

A wake will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 2:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M. Funeral service and celebration of life will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at Sherrill United Church of Christ with Rev. Emily Zebarth and Rev. Diane Grace officiating. Visitation will also be held after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Betty resided in the Dubuque area for most of her life. She spent many years raising her children in Zwingle with Elmer, sending their children to Zwingle's Independent School and Harmony United Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to music and dancing with her cousin and life-long best friend Pat Lieb. Betty also cherished cooking, baking, gaming, and traveling while still able.

Betty was born January 28, 1928 in Dubuque, IA, the oldest daughter of Alfred Revenig and Amelia Mae Jellison (Urban) both of Dubuque, IA. She lived with her mother Amelia Mae and her sister Teresa on Garfield Ave. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Jefferson Junior High and subsequently the Visitation Academy through the 10th grade. Betty lived in San Francisco, CA during World War II for 1½ years and while there she worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

On March 5, 1949, she married Elmer Sheehan Jr. and together they raised 6 children in the Dubuque area. She felt blessed to be a homemaker and she always made sure the house was clean and there was delicious homemade food on the table. She also worked for Henry (Hiny) E. Gosden in Cascade as a cook and housekeeper. She enjoyed her many years living and working seasonally on Hiny's farm. Betty & Elmer took their 6 children there many times and they all have warm memories of life on the farm. Betty was married to Elmer Sheehan until 1966. She later married Clarence J. Peacock ("Junior") until 1983.

Betty also worked for 10 years at John Deere in Dubuque as a fork lift driver and cleaning the offices. She was laid off by John Deere wherein she worked other jobs until she retired in 1988.

Surviving are 6 of her 8 children: Robert Sheehan and his wife Betty of Maricopa, AZ, James Sheehan and his partner Anne Work of Granby, CO, Thomas Sheehan of Sherrill, IA, Linda and her husband Richard Strickland of Sherrill, IA, Patty and her husband Ken Jaeger of Cascade, IA, and Daniel Sheehan and his wife Jenny of Dubuque, IA., 21 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her father Alfred Revenig, Grandmother Susan Urban, infant son Richard, mother Amelia Mae Jellison, sister Theresa Corey, husband Elmer, loving son Jim Jewitt, and grandson Jeff Jewitt. Betty also held a special place in her heart for her nephew Larry Gearheart.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice nurse Barb Kenniker, volunteer Sharon Hoth, Lois Hammerand of Mercy Home Care, and Dolora Beranger of the Visiting Nurse Association. We would like to thank her beloved primary care physician, Dr. Mark Moore of Medical Associates Clinic and so many other friends and family members who helped with her care. Also, we would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Emily Zebarth and members of the Sherrill United Church of Christ, Hospice Chaplin Rev. Diane Grace, as well as Deacon Mary Ann Hopkins, Rev. Chris English and members from GracePoint Church.



Delmar W. Radloff

Delmar W. Radloff, 74, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Msgr. Rev. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Delmar was born on June 17, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Walter and Florence (Burroughs) Radloff.
Delmar attended Senior High School. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 23 years followed by employment as a Headstart school bus driver and bakery delivery driver for Econofoods. He also owned and operated Zipz Ice Cream Parlor and the Flora Pool Concession Stand until retirement.

Besides his family, he enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee every morning. Other interests included going to the casino with his wife, eating out, hunting, and fishing. He loved his two girls and three grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Janell of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Melissa (Phil) Klein of Durango, IA and Laura (Dan) Oberfoell of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Brandon Klein and Megan and Nathan Oberfoell; his siblings David (Doris) Radloff of Dickeyville, WI, Mary Ann (Clyde) Harper of Dubuque, IA and Janice (Dan) Honkamp of Dyersville, IA; his sisters-in-law Judy (Jamie) Wild of Redmond, WA, Jill Kane of Waterloo, IA and Cathy Palm of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gary, and his brother-in-law Dennis Palm.

A Delmar Radloff memorial fund has been established.

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

Special thanks friends & neighbors for their support and help during this difficult time.



Darda H. Munson

Darda H. (Lubben) Munson, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Darda's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Darda's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, where the Nativity Rosary Society will pray the rosary at 10:30 a.m.. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darda was born on May 3, 1924, in Freeport, IL, daughter of Frank and Carrie (Wolfe) Lubben.

Darda graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Navy, serving for 2 years, from 1944 until 1946 as Yeoman Second Class, stationed in Norman, OK. She was united in marriage with Carl Munson on September 15, 1947, in Sterling, IL. Darda devoted the next 61 years of her life loving him and their family. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2008. She was a devoted mother of 7, grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 23 and a great-great-grandmother of 2. At one time she owned and operated Christmas Year Round in Cable Car Square. Darda also worked as an administrative assistant for her partner in life at Carl E. Munson & Associates for many years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, the Legion of Mary Auxiliary, Nativity Guild, the Rosary Society and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Darda was a devout Catholic woman who religiously attended 6:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for over 50 years at the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed all the work she did for her church. In her free time she also liked reading and making craft projects. In 2011, Darda and her son, Mark, had the privilege of participating in the WWII Dubuque Honor Flight. There she visited Arlington National Cemetery, where her eldest son, William, had served as the first Iowan Selected to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in 1972. Her kindness and love was felt by family, friends and strangers throughout her beautiful life.

Darda is survived by her children, Carol (Dave) Boeckenstedt, Luxemburg, IA, James (Jane) Munson, Dickeyville, WI, Mark (Kay) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Brian (Barb) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Chris (Beth) Munson, Windsor, CO, Kevin Munson, Dubuque, IA; her many beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Munson, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Arlene Arduini, Rock Falls, IL, Mary Jane Billiter, Byron, IL.

Darda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Carl Munson; her son, William Munson; a grandson, Justin Munson; a great-grandson, Joshua Frommelt; and a brother, Robert Lubben.

A Darda H. Munson memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Heritage Manor for all the loving and tender care given to Darda.

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

 



Sylvia J. Splinter

Sylvia J. Splinter, 78, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2259 Chippewa Dr., died Saturday, January 31, 2015.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3-7p.m., Wednesday at the funeral Home.

Sylvia was born on August 26, 1936 in Anna, Illinois the daughter of Everett A. and Myrtle C. (Herbst) Baldwin. She married James A. Splinter on November 16, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Sylvia was employed as a secretary at Trausch's and Iowa Oil. She loved to cook and sew. She was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, the Rosary Society and Business Women Group.

Surviving are children, James (Kathy McDermott) Splinter; grandchildren, James (Amber) Gassman, Amber (Fiance Michael) Bauer, Nicole (Jeff) Okey, Allen Vrotsos, Dustin Splinter, David Splinter, Mellisa Splinter; step- grandchildren, Adam (Heather) Bauer and April Bauer; 10 great grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Robert Bauer
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; 2 daughters, Shari Vrotsos and Christina Bauer; parents; and sister, Joyce Dudek.

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

Special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Richard L. Wolbers

Richard L. Wolbers, 45 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday January 31, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday February 6th at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill.

Richard was born October 21, 1969, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Yvonne (McCarthy) and Patrick Wolbers. He received his education at Bernard Elementary and Cascade High School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. National Guard Reserve. He graduated from Iowa State University and he was an architect at Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. for the past 17 years. He earned his AIA and NCARB certifications and had recently completed the first exam of the LEED Green Associate certification.

He enjoyed kayaking and bicycling and rode on RAGBRAI for many years. He enjoyed working on his 1979 Ford F150 Truck. He was a do-it-yourselfer for almost everything. During his final year of college, he studied in Rome Italy for a semester. At the end of the semester, he hitched hiked around Europe for 3 months. He also enjoyed day and weekend trips to nearby attractions as there was always something new to discover or worth revisiting. This year's Christmas list noted that he liked most things odd, unique and interesting, but also added "whatever that means". He was an Iowa Cyclone fan and followed the basketball teams closely. He enjoyed spending time at Paul's Tavern, The Busted Life and listening to NPR. He spent much of his time with family and friends. He greatly valued his friends as his friends where his extended family.

He is survived by his sisters, Wanda (Gordon) Dossey, of Dubuque, Diane (Tony Kurt) Wolbers, of Cascade and Onalea (Michael) Evert, of Cedar Rapids, his sister-in-law, Kim Wolbers, of Cascade and as he introduced her "his special lady friend" Katrina Bycroft. He is also survived by his nephew Alex (Courtney Barr) Merz, of Ames and nieces Brittany and Sydney Merz both of Cascade, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren, on July 8, 2006, his Mother, Yvonne, on January 23, 2009, his Father, Pat on June 20, 2013, a many aunts, uncles and cousins.



Charles Lindgren

Charles "Chuck" Lindgren, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away after a short battle with cancer on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

The family will celebrate Chuck's life with a visitation from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who are able to attend are encouraged to come with a smile on their face and stories with which to entertain Chuck's grandchildren. Chuck has donated his body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City at a later date.

Chuck was born on November 21, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa to Carl and Adeline Lindgren. He attended grade school and high school in Media, Ilinois graduating in 1957. After graduation, he attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois where he also enrolled in the Naval Reserves. From 1958 to 1960 he served in active duty aboard the U.S.S. Bexar, reaching the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. After returning to college, he graduated with a B.S.Ed in 1963. His first teaching job was in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 1966 Chuck earned a master's degree in counseling and became a guidance counselor at LaHarpe High School in LaHarpe Illinois, where he worked for two years. On June 15, 1968 he married Mary Ann Mueller. In 1969 Chuck and Mary Ann moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, taking the counseling position at Maquoketa High School. He retired in 2003. Chuck took particular pride in knowing the names of every student that went through the school.

Chuck could play multiple instruments, including the piano, saxophone, clarinet, and, as it was often boasted but never actually proven, the accordion. He was in the pit band of many Peace Pipe Players musicals. In his retirement, Chuck often fished, and when he was not fishing, he was thinking about fishing. His favorite spots were the Mississippi River and Truman Lake in Missouri where he fished with his fishing-partner-for-life Boyd, and sometimes they even caught fish. He was also a regular and enthusiastic spectator at Maquoketa High School sporting events and at his grandchildren's many activities. Chuck was very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Mary Ann; son David (Sandy) Lindgren of Urbandale; daughter Christa (David) McLaughlin of Eldridge; and his grandchildren Nile, Ella, Tate, Sam and Sophie. Also, sister Vieva (Bill) Pence of Lomax, Illinois; sister Arline Larson of Aurora, Illinois; brother Harold (Barb) Lindgren of Cypress, Texas; sister-in-law Nancy Woodside of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; brother-in-law Boyd (Judy) Mueller of LaHarpe, Illinois; brother-in-law Phil (Anne) Mueller of Springfield, Illinois; and sister-in-law Susan (Wes) Westbrooks of Ada, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles V. "Chuck" Lindgren memorial fund has been established with funds used to support the Maquoketa Schools, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Frank Culpepper

Frank "Mel" Culpepper, 81, of Asbury, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Galena Bible Church, 11108 U.S. 20, Galena, IL. Pastor Gary Kirst will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Mel was born April 22, 1933 in Illinois, the son of Clifford and Blanche (Sheiber) Culpepper Sr. He married Sharon Kimball Bolton on Oct. 15, 1977 in Dubuque.

Mel studied Art at Los Angeles Art School. He owned and operated Culpepper Models, manufacturing model airplane kits. Mel was an avid model maker, and also enjoyed aviation and woodworking.

Mel is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Asbury; his children, Susan (Darrel) Gorsuch of Pardeville, WI, Cliff A. Culpepper of Marshfield, WI, and Sharon (Craig) Holan of Litchfield, IL; his step-children, Michael (Marilyn) Bolton of Birmingham, AL, Mark Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Brian (Linda) Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clifford (Dorothy) Culpepper Jr. of Charlotte, NC; and his father-in-law, Wayne Kimball of Asbury.

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

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

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Pauline M. Henkel

Pauline Mary (Frye) Henkel, 98, died January 30, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tues., Feb. 3 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

She was born Pauline Mary Frye on May 23, 1916 in Highland, WI, to William and Elizabeth (Stitz) Frye. After attending St. Anthony's Grade School in Highland she moved to Dubuque, IA, and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1933. She was a member of St. Patrick's and Sacred Heart Parishes throughout her lifetime.

Pauline married Captain Jerome S. Henkel on November 25, 1939. They resided in Dubuque with their children, Barbara Ann, Terrance Thomas, Elizabeth Louise, and Paula Marie.

Being married to a river captain meant that her husband was gone every other month for a month at a time. She was an independent woman in charge of household decisions and finances in a time when men ran households and women cleaned them. Pauline would joke that her husband may be the Captain, but she was the Admiral. She made a house a home, made her children feel loved, and was a friend to many. She loved bowling, penny poker with the ladies, playing Euchre or cribbage, singing songs from broadway musicals, and getting together with family.

She was an active participant in her children's lives, everything from scouts to sports, she would be there. She loved to laugh but could never get a punch line right.

Surviving and missing her are Barbara Ann (Henkel) and Robert Dague, Elizabeth (Henkel) and Allen Wagner, Paula (Henkel) Baker, and a daughter-in-law Kay Henkel. In addition Pauline has 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pauline's husband, Jerome, died on July 28, 1981. Also preceding her in death, an infant son Gerald, infant twin daughters Kimberly and Kathleen; sisters Margaret (Frye) Dostal and Agnes (Frye) McAllister; brothers Karl and William, and son, Terry.

A Pauline Henkel Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff of two North and the staff of the CCDI Unit at Stonehill, and Jenny of Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice E. Humke II

Maurice Edward "Ed" Humke II, age 69 of Dubuque died Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on July 25, 1945, in Dubuque the son of Maurice E. and Lorraine (Heer) Humke, I. He graduated from Wahlert High School and participated in ROTC he later graduated from Loras College and owned and operated Dubuque Blacktop Company.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed doing The New York Times crossword puzzle "in ink".

He is survived by his two sons Maurice E. Humke, III, of Minnesota, and Eric Humke, of Florida and their mother Margo Kuse, three grandchildren Nathan, Ethan and Zane, his mother Lorraine (Heer) Humke, of Dubuque, four siblings, Elaine Kelly, Ivy (Dave) Pape, Leo Humke, and Samantha Humke, nieces and nephews, his cat "Lip" and his many good friends at the Town Clock.

He was preceded in death by his father Maurice and a daughter Angelique Eileen Humke.

"He will be missed and warmly remembered"

 



Robert J. Voels

Robert J. Voels, 90, passed away peacefully at Evergreen Estates Residential Care Center just before noon on Thursday, January 29, 2015 with both sons by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection. Following mass, the Committal Service will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel, Key West. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bob was born October 6, 1924 at the family home in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Anna (Nesen) Voels. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and Loras Academy and attended Loras College; leaving college to help support his widowed Mother. He married Sally A. McCauley on September 6, 1958 in St. Columbkile's Church. They had 39 wonderful years together before God called his beloved Sally to her eternal home on October 3, 1997. Bob spent 88 years living in Dubuque, then a year transitioning living with each of his son's and then spent his last year at Evergreen Estates.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in his youth and then St. Columbkille's Parish for over 55 years, where he served on the Parrish Council as the Finance Chair and the Fall Festival Committee.

Bob was a sports fan his entire life. If there was a University of Iowa, Notre Dame or White Sox game playing, you could always find him in front of the TV to cheer them on. He stayed up late to watch the Chicago White Sox finally become the World Series Champions in 2005 after spending 80 years as a loyal fan. He was always in the stands cheering for his children's and then grandchildren's sports games, band, drama and academic achievements.

He was an avid golfer his entire life, playing on Saturday mornings during his working years and then could be found on the links almost daily with a great group of friends in retirement. He had the excitement of not just one, but actually two hole-in-ones during his golfing days.

He played basketball and baseball in school and city leagues for many years and was honored to be inducted into the Dubuque Country Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1991.
Bob was a great bowler as well, playing in many leagues and with his family over many years.

He was an accomplished ice skater and worked at city park ice rinks through school and was up late and early to flood and maintain the rinks for other skaters.

Bob never shied away from an invitation to play cards in Iowa or in Texas when visiting his son. He was a member of the Tri-State Bridge Club with a wonderful group of friends for many years and a regular Euchre player with a small group of special friends through retirement. When his memory started to challenge him later in life, he would always say that he wasn't sure he remembered how to play the card game or dominos, but then typically ended up winning with a big smile on his face.

During retirement he was a member of the Friday Lunch Bunch, meeting first at the Busy Bee and then at Breezy's Café for many years, reminiscing weekly with friends from his youth.

He enjoyed extensive travel taking his family across most of the country while growing up on the annual family car vacations, which always included away games for the White Sox. His travel continued into retirement with many trips with Sally to Las Vegas and other places around the country and then later trips to Disney World with his son Bob's family and several cruises with his son Steve.

He worked with A.Y.McDonald Mfg.Co. his entire career, retiring in 1992 as Manager of Marketing Services after 45 years serving in many different capacities from Assistant to the President, Inventory Control Manager and ultimately leading the Marketing Services team.

All who met Bob soon knew that he was a kind and gentle man with a quiet strength and always cheerful attitude. He enjoyed a long and wonderful life and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Surviving are his two sons, Bob (Donna) Voels of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steve Voels of Frisco, TX; four grandchildren, Sarah, Allison, Ian and Matt Voels; a sister, Ann (Paul) Cremer of Kansas City, MO; a brother-in-law and his wife, Frank (Fay) McCauley of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sally; his precious daughter, Barb A. Voels Pettit; his siblings Elma (Al) Howe, Lucile (Carl) Kleeman, Bud (Betty) Voels, Fr. David Voels, and Jeanne (Paul) Schramm; and his in-laws, Mike (JoAnn) McCauley.

Memorials may be given in his name to the American Cancer Society as a tribute to his wife and daughter.
Bob's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Evergreen Estate Residential Care Center where he lived for the last year for their wonderful care, support and friendship.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



James W. Harrison

James W. "Jim" Harrison, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Jim was born on August 30, 1942 in Edgerton, WI the son of Walter and Blanche (Wolcott) Harrison. He is a US Navy veteran serving from 1959 to 1961. He served on the U.S.S. Tioga County LST 1158. He married Gloria Erickson on August 12, 1989 in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere, and then for the former Dubuque Packing Company. At the age of 47 he went back to school at NICC and graduated with a degree in heating and cooling. He owned and operated Harrison Heating and Cooling and retired at the age of 62.

Jim was a past member of the Eagles Club #568, UFCW Local #150A, UAW Local #94, and the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR.

After retirement he enjoyed fishing for catfish on the Mississippi river with his fishing buddy George.
Jim's caring personality was second to none, and often times he would go above and beyond to put others before himself and expect nothing in return. He was a very proud individual, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim and Gloria just celebrated 25 years of marriage this last August. As Jim would say to Gloria numerous times, "IT'S JUST YOU AND ME KID."

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria, two sons, Kevin (Brenda) Harrison, of Gower, Missouri, and Chris (Jodi Hagar) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa. Five grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Latham, Tyler, Brandon, Bailey, and Blake Harrison, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Annalise, and Kayden. Five sisters Faye Ingraham, of Livingston, WI, Deanna Hoftender, of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Francis) Deutsch, of Belmont, WI, Rita (Roger) Ames, of Prairie du Chien, WI, Karla (Jeff) Pluemer, of Platteville, WI. Two brothers Wally (Lois) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Danny (Glenda) Harrison, of Hobbs, New Mexico. His mother-in-law Bea Payne, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law, Kathy Luher, of Dubuque, and brothers-in-law, Ken (Maureen) Erickson, David Erickson, and Daniel Erickson all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers George and Arthur, brother-in-law Raymond N. Hoftender, sister-in-law Barbara Erickson, and his father-in-law Harvey Erickson.

In lieu of flowers a James W. Harrison memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Moore and Dr. Lawrence Kukla and their staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy M. along with family and friends especially Deanna for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim.



Thomas R. Coffman

Thomas R. "The Kid" Coffman, age 43, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2105, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born in Dubuque on March 22, 1971, son of James R. and Patricia (Thomas) Coffman.

Tom graduated from Central High School in 1989. He was well known for his lumbering skills and was in the timber business for 25 years. Tom was currently employed at Wiezorek Timber Co. Prior to that Tom owned and operated Coffman Logging for several years. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with friends at Paul's Tavern and trying his luck at the Casinos. Tom was adventurous and enjoyed parasailing and would have like to have tried sky diving. He also enjoyed wrestling from the time he was young. Tom enjoyed listening to music and some of his favorite bands included The Misfits, Danzig and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was extremely loyal to his family and friends and always protected them. Tom's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom is survived by his mother, Patricia Coffman, of Dubuque; his step-father, Thomas Koch; his children, Thomas Coffman Jr., Dubuque, IA, Teisha Schmitt, Belpre, OH, Corban Coffman,  Josiah Coffman, Nolan Coffman, all of Dubuque; his sisters, Jennifer Lynn Ernzen, Amber Koch, both of Dubuque, IA; his son Tom and daughter Teisha's mother, Cindy Hedrick; his former wife and Corban and Josiah's mother, Gerri Lee Coffman; his current girlfriend and Nolan's mother, Jamie Becker; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, James R. Coffman; his son, James Schmitt in infancy; his grandparents, William and Mary Thomas, Ray Coffman and Eleanor Dryer.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police and EMS Departments for their rapid response and kindness.

A Thomas R. Coffman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley A. Rave

Shirley A. (Tobin) Rave, 80, of Farley, Iowa, was called to heaven on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:55 a.m., surrounded by her children, grandchildren and her sisters, at her son, Rick's home in Earlville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Shirley may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Services for Shirley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Churchy in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born December 29, 1934 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On May 9, 1955 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Rave at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, IA. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2010. Together they raised 14 children and provided family time to many others that accepted their love.

She spent many years caring for others through Visiting Nurses, Julien Care Facility and in home care. She adored her family, and loved spending time with them playing cards, finding treasures at goodwill or the Amish, donating money to the casino's, and traveling anywhere that someone was going. She will be sadly missed by her family, sisters and her best friend, Marg Frank and all her bonus children.

Surviving are twelve children, Gilbert Rave Jr., of Dubuque, Connie (Jeff) Gioimo, of Dyersville, Rick (Kathy) Rave, of Earlville, Sherry (Tom) Streif and Loras Rave both of Independence, Polly (Keith) Goerdt of Farley, Peggy Jellison, of Clarence, Karla (Steve) Garrett, of Cascade, Heidi (Steve) MacDonald, of Epworth, Roxanne (John) Gartner of Peosta, Daniel Rave of Farley, and Jodi Delaney (& friend, Jared Lind) of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in law, Karen Rave of Farley; 37 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters ,Darlene (Carey) Ahlers of Worthington and Marjorie Althoff of Manchester.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Mark Rave, on Sept. 13, 1992, and Gary J. Rave, on Jan. 8, 1997; a son-in-law, Lee Jellison and a family friend, Wes Spiker; a granddaughter, Autumn Garrett; a great grandson, William Rave; two sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger and Delrose (Ernie) Ostwinkle; a brother Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; a brother-in-law, Clarence Althoff.

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

Thank you to all who helped with her care, especially Shelly Kennedy Wilken.



Patricia A. Latham

Patricia A. "Patty" Latham, age 76, passed away January 27, 2015 at 11:00am. She resided at Stonehill Care Center and died peacefully following a courageous fight against colon cancer.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday January 31st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Patricia was born on October 11th, 1938 to John and Mildred (Pascoe) Latham. She was the oldest of three. As a child, "Patty" as she was known to her family, lived with her twin siblings Jack and Joyce on a farm in Epworth, Iowa. After graduation she moved to Dubuque. "Pat" as she was known to her friends and coworkers, began working at The Galena Glove and Mitten Factory, then Hartig Drugs, and finally after more than 25 years of dedicated service, she retired from the Telegraph Herald.
She enjoyed bowling, picnicking at Eagle Point Park and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She was passionate in her love of animals, especially dogs. Buddy and Pixi were among her favorites.

She is survived by her sister Joyce (Wayne) Haverland of Dubuque; her nieces and nephews Jackie (Latham) and Ed Melde of Dubuque; Don and Lori (Schmidt) Latham of Elgin, IL; Laura (Haverland) and Karl Sup of Mesa, AZ; Lisa (Haverland) and Dan Steele of Mesa, AZ; Linda (Haverland) and Bill Kimbro of Cedar Rapids; 18 grand-nieces and nephews; 1 great-grand nephew and 1 great-grand niece.

Patty was preceded in death by her father, John W. Latham; her mother, Mildred (Pascoe) Latham; her brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Gloria (Harlan) Latham; and her nephew, Wayne R. Haverland Jr.

The family would like to thank Stonehill for their kind and loving care of Patty. They would also like to thank Norma for her friendship and for sharing her dog, Buddy, who gave Pat hours of joy.



Robert W. Harry

Robert W. Harry, 103 of Bethany Home, formerly of 1730 N. Algona Street died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque after the funeral mass. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert was born on October 4, 1911 in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota the son of John W. and Carrie E. (Barkley) Harry.
On November 27, 1941 he married Frances Welty at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He was employed as a Factory Worker and retired Department Head at Midland Laboratory in 1975.
Robert served our country in the United States Army during WWII. He received the Purple Heart for his participation in the invasion of the Philippians.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Frances; children, Robert S. (Loretta) Harry and Barbara Ann (Richard) Esser; 4 grandchildren; and great- children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren, Terry Lee Esser and Robert J. Harry.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque County Veteran's Affair's office, Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the second floor nurses at Bethany Home for their compassionate care.



Dolores M. Kotz

Dolores M. Kotz, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:28 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Heritage Manor surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on February 2, 1924, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Wagner) Breitbach.

Dolores married Celester "Les" Kotz on October 16, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988. Dolores was employed at the General Dry Battery Factory for 3 years and at Mary of Angels for 20 years. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Dolores enjoyed listening to music, doing needle point, playing bingo and visiting with people. Dolores was a thoughtful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with the grandchildren and enjoyed buying bargain toy gifts from Hartig's and Walgreen's when they were younger. Family was very important to Dolores and she faithfully said the driver's prayer when family members went on business and vacation trips.

Dolores is survived by her children, George (Kathy) Kotz, Leonard (Diane) Kotz, Denis (Anne) Kotz, Diane (John) Tschiggfrie, all of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Calleen (Jim) Bohl, Carla (Shane) Riley, Carolyn (Donald) Rauen, Tim (Sarah) Kotz, Joe (Tiana) Kotz, Jason Tschiggfrie, Scott Tschiggfrie and Kraig (special friend Amanda) Kotz; 12 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Audrey and Alyssa Bohl, Meredith and Caitlyn Riley, Christopher and Cody Rauen, Tyler and Bryce Kotz, Grace Wachter, Austin Hantelman and Syerra Calvert; 2 step-grandchildren, Jason Welsh and Nicole Welsh; 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanne (Gene) Kernall, Madeline Kotz, both of Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Vince (Maggie) Kotz, Farley, IA.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Celester; a son, Duane; a grandson, Kyle Kotz; a sister, Helen (Joseph) Sahm; 2 brothers, Leonard and Clarence Breitbach and a special friend Sister Evangelist Kelchen.

A Dolores M. Kotz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank many of Dolores grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends who've sent holiday, birthday cards and photos to her over the past years; she enjoyed so much hearing from you. The family sincerely thanks Dr. Manzel for over 30 years of outstanding medical care. Also Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, and a huge thanks to the many Heritage Manor nursing aids, nurses, activities department and staff for the great care given to Dolores over the past 4 years; you treated her so very well and were like family.

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

 



Thomas W. Schlueter

Thomas W. Schlueter 83, a lifelong resident of Dubuque and currently of Asbury, Iowa died peacefully Monday, January 26, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Church of The Nativity with the Rev. James Miller officiating. The parish rosary society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on May 3, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Leo B. and Helen (Ott) Schlueter. He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. Tom was passionate about the game of baseball and very proud of his baseball skills. He started playing at the age of 13 and went on to play for numerous leagues throughout his playing days. Tom's favorite memory of his baseball career was when he was a member of the semi-pro team, the Dubuque Star Brewers, and was struck out swinging against Satchel Paige who went on to become a famous major league pitcher.

On May 9, 1964, Tom married Dorothy Wubben at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Tom joined the Schlueter Insurance Agency in 1953 with his father and brother and went on to become vice president of the firm. He was president of the local insurance association and a state representative of that association. He was active in many fund raising drives for The United Way, Cancer Society, Stonehill Care Center, Wahlert High School, Loras College and Mercy Medical Center.

Nothing was more important to Tom than his "bride", children, grandchildren and his abiding love of country. He had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Surviving is his wife Dorothy of Asbury; his children, Thomas (Ellen Neuhaus) Schlueter and their children Nathaniel, Cy Thomas and William of Green Bay, WI; Mary Kay (Bill) Meyer and their children Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye of Dyersville, IA; Susan (Dan) Wirtz and their children Josephine and Eva of Atlanta, GA; Angela (David) Wilson and their children Lucas and Owen of Martinsville, VA; Carl (Hayley Bush) Schlueter of St. Paul, MN; Janet (Merritt) Gammage and their children Leo and Greta of Dubuque, IA; Helen Schlueter of Chamblee, GA; Peter (Nicole Westphal) and their son Elliot of Denver, CO and John (Jennifer) Schlueter and their children Henry and Grant of Chicago, IL; his siblings, Robert (Ellen) Schlueter of Dubuque, Jane Ross of Dyersville, IA, Joseph (Rose Mary) Schlueter of Mason City, IA, Bernard (Judith) Schlueter of Ohio and Helen (Edward) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John (Patricia) Schlueter and Leo (Judith) Schlueter and his brother-in-law, Merle Ross.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Deacons Dave McGhee and Steve Whiteman, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Chad Nachtman and his awesome staff, Dr. Thomas Johnson and Tom's coffee buddies, especially Gene.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Church, Hospice of Dubuque and THE S.O.U.R.C.E.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



James C. Bowling

James C. Bowling, 82, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2015, at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A celebration of James' life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

James Carson Bowling was born on June 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Guy and Gertrude (Streets) Bowling. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and then married Darlene Faye Tracy. They later divorced.

James had owned and operated several nightclubs in the Quad Cities area including the Lakehurst Supper Club in Maquoketa. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired after 29 years. In retirement he worked at ACE Hardware store in Davenport for several years and continued to work there until his death.

James was a former Moose Lodge member. He loved people and had a heart of gold. He would help anyone that he could. He loved his family and was a true gentlemen.

Those left to honor his memory include his son Dennis (Marilyn) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 1 granddaughter Denise (Terry) Haugen of Leavenworth, KS; 1 great-grandson Nathaniel (Tiffani); 1 great-great-grandson Luke; 3 sisters Nadine (Harold) Lubben of Maquoketa, IA, Pauline Wulf of Davenport, IA, and Maxine Orange of Copeville, TX; a sister-in-law Judy Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and a son Donald Bowling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James C. Bowling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald F. Breiner

Donald F. Breiner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Services will at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate.

Donald was born May 4, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner. 

He married JoAnn Armbruster on September 24, 1947 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 13 1994. 

Donald was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years. He also farmed on Herber Road for over 20 years. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and bonfires. He loved his grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

Donald is survived by his children, Diane (Ken) Mitchell, Jayne (Frank) Pothoff, Jim (Cindy) Breiner, Dan (Mary) Breiner, and Debbie (Doug) Juergens; grandchildren, Joe (Joanne), Josh and Jesse (Phi) Mitchell, Brenda Naab, Becky Jo (Josh) Bahl, Wendy Brehm, Mike(Laura) Breiner, Matt (Abby) Breiner, Kristy (Adam) Dupont, Kim (Travis) Burkle, Keri Breiner, Annie (Craig) Sheehe, Donny Joe (Mary)Breiner, Andrew (Jessica) Breiner, Donica, Dana Jo (fiancé Ryan Gruber), Dustin (Stephanie) and their daughter Emma Jolene, Darla, and Darci Juergens; 26 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Harvey, Bob (Leta), and Tom (Arlene) Breiner, all of Dubuque.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jolene Breiner; his daughter in law, Peggy Breiner; a grandson in law, Lawrence " Junior" Brehm; and a sister in law, Jane Breiner.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Breiner Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Moran; and to Don's little nurse, Darla Juergens.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mark A. Barnhart

Mark A. Barnhart, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Mark's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Mark Allen Barnhart was born on March 20, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Raymond L. and Coba (Lanham) Barnhart. He grew up in Colesburg and attended Edgewood Colesburg High School graduating early so he could serve his country by joining the military.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked as a butcher for Tyson Foods in Postville, and then as a butcher for a beefhouse and later for a poultry farm. He then worked at General Mills in Cedar Rapids where he met Teresa A. Shady. They were married on December 17, 2010 and moved to Maquoketa where Mark worked for the past four years at Web Printing.

Mark was a former member of the Colesburg American Legion. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, hunting and most importantly spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include his wife Teresa A. Barnhart of Maquoketa, IA; children Dachia of MN, Brandon of Greeley, IA, Chrissy of Greeley, IA, and Britteny of MN; step-children Trinity Miller of Norway, IA, and Timothy Miller of Norway, IA; his mother Coba Barnhart of MO; a brother Mitch (Renea) Barnhart of Strawberry Point, IA; sisters Tammy Krogmann of Vandalia, MO and Pamela (Jason) Jones of Colesburg, IA; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mark A. Barnhart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lois C. Green

Lois C. Green, 90 0f Oak Park Place and formerly of rural Dubuque died Saturday January 24, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 28, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish Vigil service at 3 pm.

Lois was born on April 2, 1924 in Durango, Iowa the daughter of Sylvester and Celestine (Jungers) Reuter. She married Arnold Green on January 29, 1947 at Saint Joseph Key West Church and shared 66 wonderful years together until Arnolds passing on July 13, 2013.

Lois was a member of Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women's Group and was voted mother of the year in 1980. She enjoyed raising chickens and delivering egg's to her many egg customers over the years. She was a member of Saint Joseph Church, Key West.

She is survived by her eight children, Melvin (Barb) Green, Edward Green, JoAnn Heber, Clifford (Pat) Green, Barbara Barth, Joseph (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, and Mary (Kevin) Love. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, her brother Ken (Lois) Reuter, sister-in-law Betty Reuter, brothers and sisters-in-law John "Bob" (Marcella) Green, Charlie (Mary) Green, and Robert Offerman. Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 2013, son-in-law Loren Heber in 2014, brothers Clem Reuter, Cpl. Harlan Reuter, Jack Reuter, and Jim (Darlene) Reuter. Brothers and sisters-in-law Roland "Ted" (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Loras Green, Joseph Green, Oscar (Berneice) Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Frank (Estelle) Simon, Mary Jo Offerman, and her nephew Eugene Reuter.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Oak Park Place, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Marie E. Kreeb

Marie E. Kreeb, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was born July 26, 1917, in Castle Grove, Iowa, the daughter of John "Jack" and Elizabeth (Jasper) Dempsey. She went to school in Delaware County, walking a mile and a half to and from. She married Raymond H. Kreeb on June 22, 1936 in Monticello, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville where they owned and operated the Phillips 66 station until they purchased McCabe Cleaners in 1963 and renamed it Kreeb Cleaners. They had 4 children and also were foster parents to 10 lucky children.

Marie was a seamstress who did alterations at Kreeb Cleaners, developing many friendships that she enjoyed over the years. She also enjoyed gardening, dancing with Ray, and fishing at their little cabin on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Survivors include her children: Jack (Janet) Kreeb, Patty Kramer and Bill (Kay) Kreeb, all of Dyersville, and Mike (Colleen) Kreeb of Tarpon Springs, FL; 11 grandchildren: Jon (Marsha) Kreeb, Janelle (Justin) Ison, Sara (Tim) Koch, Sally (Mike) Brant, Dan Kramer, Mike (Kerri) Kramer, Kristie (Brian) Cassidy, Matt (Jenny) Kreeb, Jennifer (Jeff) Joiner, David Kreeb, and Bryon (Anne) Kreeb; great-grandchildren: Jasmin and Josh Gerontis, Jonah, Ison, Brandon, Raymond and Alex Koch, Audra (Christian) Kahle, Taylor and Mitchell Brant, Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer, Maggie and Will Cassidy, Lillian and Elizabeth Kreeb, and Andrew, Alex and Gabrielle Kreeb; great-great-grandchildren Drew and Nate Kahle;
one sister, Kate Hageman, of Marion; and a brother-in-law, Charles Kreeb, of Coralville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray, in 1995; a son-in-law, Robert "Gar" Kramer; siblings: Viola (Leo) Chapman, Charlie and Clarence Dempsey, Lucille (Pat) Seehusen, and Georgene (Robert) Brokens; 
in-laws: Louise (Art) Holub, Marie (Bub) Bowling, Fred (Sylvia) Kreeb, Ralph Hageman and Eunice Kreeb.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica and/or St. Francis Xavier Grade School.

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their cumulative years of wonderful care and companionship.

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



Jance L. Reisdorf

Jance Lynn Reisdorf, 45, of 3390 Rose Apartments, formerly of 1103 Garfield Dubuque IA, passed away January 21st 2015. Friends may call on January 27, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m. by Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary at a later time.

She was born July 27, 1969 the daughter of Terrance Sr. & Judith (Pitz) Reisdorf.

Jance was a much loved individual by many. She was always a giver to others either related or just in need. She had donated her large collection of collector Barbie dolls to children in need at the Iowa University Hospital, earned her CNA early on providing care for those in need, she would always be there to care for family in so many ways. Jance was the world's greatest daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend. She had a beautiful way about her, always being a good listener lifting your spirits with her wonderful smile.

Jance is survived by her mother Judy, Grandfather Bob Pitz, her brothers Terrance Reisdorf Jr. (Jodi), Joe Reisdorf, and Bob Reisdorf (Ann). Jance was a loving aunt to Zoey, Mateah, Carter, Denver, and Katelyn.

Jance was preceded in death by her father Terrance Reisdorf Sr., nephew Jacob Woodward-Reisdorf, Grandparents Joe & Irma Reisdorf and Grandparent Rose Walsh.

Flowers may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home prior to services.

The family would like to thank the community who helped us in our efforts to find Jance. Special thanks to our Dubuque Law Enforcement, including Officer Paul Avenarius, Officer Jonathan Brokens, Officer William "BJ" Juergens, Captain Russ Stecklein, Chapain Charles Fizer, and Lt. Scott Baxter. We also wish to thank various persons with the Rose staff & residents who involved themselves in Jance life, she loved you.



Lloyd S. Saunders

Lloyd S. Saunders, 99, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 23, 2015, at the Clarence Care Center after a short illness.

A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Lloyd Scott Saunders was born on December 19, 1915 on a farm in Clinton County, south of Baldwin, Iowa, the son of Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. When Lloyd was 5, the family moved to a farm near Canton, in Jackson County. Lloyd attended country school graduating in 1930 and grew to manhood helping on the family farm.

On January 1, 1939, Lloyd married Robert M. Dixon, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm near Canton until 1974, when they moved to a small farm near Wyoming. Roberta and Lloyd enjoyed a wonderful marriage for over 67 years. Her death on June 15, 2006, left a big gap in his life. However, he carried on and remained in his own home until he was well over 97.

Lloyd's life work was farming. He loved the land, the growing of crops and livestock and the rural lifestyle.

Lloyd was a longtime member of the Tipton Bible Church, the Anamosa Gideon Camp, the Jackson County Historical Society, the State of Iowa Historical Society, the Farm Bureau, and several other farm related groups. He also served for many years on the Canton School Board.

Those left to honor Lloyd's memory include a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a nephew Larry Harder, and 3 sisters Myrtle Watters, Beulah Duhme and Wilma "Peg" Harder on January 22, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lloyd S. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma J. Harder

Wilma J. "Peg" Harder, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Peg's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Wilma Jane Saunders was born on April 18, 1926 in Brandon Township, rural Monmouth, Iowa, to Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then worked as a secretary at the Maquoketa City Hall. She married Elmer Louis Harder on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012.

Peg was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Lawrence Van Hook Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Iowa Society of Mayflower.

Peg loved doing things in her kitchen, especially cooking and baking and collecting and trying new recipes. She enjoyed reading, keeping the farm records and corresponding with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Peg's memory include her husband of 70 years Elmer Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a son Gary Lee Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lloyd Saunders of Clarence, IA; and a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry Edward on May 22, 1991, and sisters Myrtle Watters and Beulah Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilma J. "Peg" Harder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Theodore J. Beaves

Theodore J. "Ted" Beaves, Sr., 88, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ted was born October 11, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 then served in the US Navy during WWII. He returned to Dubuque and attended Loras College, graduating in 1949.

He married Eileen Ryan on September 30, 1950 at St. Joseph the Prairie Catholic Church. He worked in information technology at Mercy Medical Center from 1964 until 1984. He then worked for NCR in Dayton, Ohio from 1984 until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he and Eileen moved back to Dubuque.

Ted was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection, member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer in the SHIIP program.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Beaves; six children, Carol Beaves of West St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Deb) Beaves of Dubuque, Ann (Tom) Hanson of Manchester, Mary Jo (Bill) Einwalter of Farley, Julie (Mike) Dunn of Dubuque, and Michael (Lisa) Beaves of Ankeny; 16 grandchildren, five great granddaughters; two brothers, George (Dorothy) Beaves of Dubuque and Peter (Margaret) Beaves of East Dubuque; In- laws, Kay Steuck, Ray, (Gail) Ryan, Geri Ryan, and Andrea Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses, Richard and Gerry Beaves, Mary Ellen and Jim Kadra, Charlotte and Bill Hanley, Jack and Veronica Murphy; and in laws, Paul and Bill Ryan and Bob Stueck.
Memorials may be made to Loras College or Resurrection Parish.

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

A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center and Mercy Medical Center for the utmost care and concern they showed our father and husband.



Anne M. Genthe

Anne M. Genthe, 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill, died peacefully January 22, 2015.

Friends and family may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday January 25th 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00a.m. Monday January 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Entombment will follow in Linwood Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.
Anne was born October 2, 1928, daughter of Edwin and Mathilda (Richard) Whitfield, of Dubuque. Anne married Earl E. Genthe on June 19, 1948 in Rickardsville. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2009.

Anne worked for ARA Services at John Deere, where she drove lunch cart and was the Union Stewart for the local chapter for 25 years, until her retirement. She devoted her life to raising her family. She enjoyed doing yard work, especially planting her beautiful flowers. Anne was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish and Rosary Society in Sherrill.

Surviving are her children: Gary (Tammy Schmitt) Genthe of Evansdale, Leann (Steve) Sabers of Dubuque, Susan Genthe of Dubuque, Mark Genthe of Peosta, Nancy (Dale) Meyer of Dubuque, Jeff Genthe of Littleton, CO; her grandchildren: Jay & Danny Genthe, Scott & Chris (Brie) Sabers, Andy (Denice), Randy, & Abby Genthe, Matt (Danielle), Ashley, & Nick Meyer, Keri & Austin Genthe; her nine great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard (Carla) Whitfield, Edwin (Marjorie) Whitfield, & Robert (Robyn)Whitfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Frommelt, sister and brother-in-law June & George Ackman, brother-in-law Richard Genthe, sister-in-law Vinca Doviak, and grandson Tommy Genthe.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center and Dr. Cynthia Konz & Sherri of Dubuque Internal Medicine for the excellent care they provided to Mom.



Wilfred J. Meyer

Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Wilfrid's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller and Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Wilfrid's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Willie was born on January 21, 1933, in Dubuque, IA, son of Herman and Mary (Burds) Meyer.

Willie proudly served with the U.S. Army in Korea. He married Jean (Mueller) on April 25, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Willie owned and operated Meyer Bros. Painting for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer. One of the highlights of his golf career was in 1981 when he won the Dubuque City County Golf Championship in a sudden death playoff against his son, John. Willie loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Willie is survived by his loving wife, Jean Meyer, Dubuque, IA; his children, John (Nina) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, James Meyer, Dana Point, CA, Dennis (Renee) Meyer, Ft. Myers, FL, Paula (Ernie) Dykstra,Thomson, IL, Phillip (Debbie) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Sarah Meyer-Pratti, Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Thad (Karen) Meyer, Mandie (Brian) Stoll, Megan Meyer, Jeremy (Ashley) Meyer, Natalie Meyer, Maria (Kirt) Glasford, Kristin (Jesus) Medina, Alicia Meyer, Andrew Meyer, Kelsey Yorks, Selena (Chad) Medenblik, Hannah Dykstra, Colby Dykstra, Trevor (Camila) Meyer, Morgan Meyer, Marissa Meyer and Jordan Pratti; 15 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Rita (Jerry) Hubbard, Bend, OR, Cletus Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Mary Gertrude (Leon) Kurt, Cascade, IA, Herman Joe (Sandy) Meyer, Fairfax, IA, Kathy (Doug) Schlickman, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Eileen Meyer, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Wayne Zumhof, AZ.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Agatha Zumhof; a brother, Donald J. Meyer and a sister-in-law, Ann Meyer.

A Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care of Wilfrid.

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

 



Christina A. Bauer

Christina A. Bauer, 56, of Farley passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. A visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Christina was born on Nov. 17, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sylvia (Baldwin) Splinter.

She married Robert Bauer on May 30, 1998 in Dubuque.

She was employed at Regency in Dubuque for over 20 years. After they closed she went back to school at NICC where she earned her Associates Degree. She graduated with honors, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma.

After completing school she was employed at IBM until her diagnosis.

Chris was a very proud grandmother and never missed an opportunity to spoil her grandchildren. She recently welcomed her newest addition, Daisy.

Chris was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Dale Earnhardt Jr., St. Louis Cardinals and recently Detroit Tigers.

She enjoyed knitting and went to several knitting trips with her cousins.

Most of all Chris cherished her family and friends, and her "little slice of heaven" in Farley.

Surviving is her husband, Bob Bauer; children James W. (Amber) Gassman, of New Vienna, IA., Amber R. Bauer, of Dubuque; step-son Adam (Heather) Bauer, of Peosta, IA; step-daughter April (Scott) Smith of Lake Mills, IA.; grandchildren Robbie, Randy, and Ricky Bauer, Aubrey Smith, Benjamin Birkett, Maggie, Quintin and Daisy Gassman; mother Sylvia Splinter; brother James "Jim" (Kathy "Kate" McDermott) Splinter; sisters-in-law Donna (Mike) Dillon and Barb Wiedenbacher; and brother-in-law Dennis "Harry" (Julie) Bauer.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Splinter; sister Shari Vrotsos; and brother-in-law Richard Bauer.

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

A Christina Bauer memorial fund has been established where donations will be given to pancreatic cancer research.

We would like to give our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Farnell and his team at the Mayo Clinic, the second floor nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., Dr. Mark Hermann, and Hospice of Dubuque for your exceptional care.



Kathryn A. Frommelt

Kathryn A. (Kuehnle) Frommelt, 87, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Kathryn was born May 7, 1927 in Dubuque, daughter of Louis and Mae (Billmeyer) Kuehnle. She married William Frommelt on June 22, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company, retiring in 1990.

She and William "Bill" traveled to all 50 states and many other places around the world. She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, William "Bill" Frommelt, of Dubuque; a son, Bill T. (Mary Kay) Frommelt, of Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Mary K. Borders of Roseville, Calif., and Sue (Bud) May, of Rockford, Ill; three grandchildren, Andy, Sarah and Joe May; a sister, Lou Ann (Tom) Kress, of Rossford, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Marion McCarville, of Marion, IA

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John; a sister-in-law, Joan Pierce; and a son-in-law, Curtis Borders.

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



Susan J. Nugent

Susan J. Nugent, 79, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan was born on Feb. 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Evelyn (Majerius) Norton. She attended Immaculate Conception from 1948 to 1952.

She was a baker and cook at Mt. Saint Francis Convent until retirement in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James Nugent, Doris Nugent, Sharon Luksetich, and Mary Nugent; 9 grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Amanda, Taylor, Corey, Ashley, Jim Jr., Kylee, and Stone; 4 great-grandchildren; her lifelong special friend, Mary McAndrews; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Robert and Kenneth Nugent; sons-in-law Dave Kothenbeutel and Tom Luksetich; and siblings Eleanor Norton, Leona Manders, and Emmett (Ann) Norton.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.



Debra K. Hall

Debra K. Hall, 52, of Escondido, California, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015.

A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 31, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 30, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Debra Kay Burmahl was born on Feb. 12, 1962 to Willis and Marcella (Westphal) Burmahl. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and then from Mount Mercy College with a BSN. She was a dedicated nurse in the Hospice field, most recently with Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo. She was also a very devoted wife and mother. Debra married Quongee David Hall on Oct. 6, 1990 and to this union Kaitlyn Leilani was born.

Deb was a very loving and giving person. She loved life to the fullest and loved to travel with her husband and daughter. She especially loved to go to Hawaii where she could see the beautiful waterfalls that she so much enjoyed. She was also very devoted to her Iowa family and loved coming back home to Maquoketa every year for a visit. She had a very special bond with the people and co-workers at Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo.

Debra attended the Grace Lutheran Church of Escondido. Funeral services were held there on Friday, Jan. 23.

Those left to honor Debra's memory include her husband of 25 years, Quongee David Hall of Escondido, CA; daughter Kaitlyn Hall of Escondido, CA; mother Marcella Burmahl of Maquoketa, IA; brother David (Angie) Burmahl of Baldwin, IA; two nephews, Drew and Jacob Burmahl, and one niece, Ellie Burmahl. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Burmahl,  on August 31, 1987.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debra K. Burmahl Hall memorial fund has been established.

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



Irene M. Anderson

Irene M. (Williams) Anderson, 93, of Dubuque, IA., formerly of Ham Lake, MN., died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church; friends may call at the church 1-hour prior to services. Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. where a prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Irene was born December 28, 1921, in Hopkins, MN., daughter of Arthur and Edith (Beck) Williams. She married Edward W. Anderson on December 11, 1943 in Edmonton, Alberta; Canada. Edward preceded her in death on March 20, 1978.

Irene grew up in Minneapolis, MN., where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. At the age of 14, she went to work as a live-in nanny taking care of Dr. Dean Manolis as a child, he still to this day considers her his prominent mother-figure. In 1941, she went to work to help with the War effort at International-Harvester in Minneapolis. In 1942 she ventured north to Whitehorse, YT; CA to work on the Al-Can Highway as a cook. There she met her husband Edward. After Ed and Irene married they returned to Minneapolis where she was a homemaker. In 1948, they moved to the Anderson family farm land in Ham Lake, MN. where she made her home, She worked at ‘Cream of Wheat' in Minneapolis from 1960 to 1968 and then she cooked in a supper club in East Bethel from 1970 to 1984. She moved to Dubuque to live by her children in 1984. While living in Dubuque she cooked at the "Club House" on 24th & Washington from 1985 to 1997 where she made the best Prime Rib around. She cooked dinner for her family every Tuesday night for 28 years, from 1984 to 2012. There were always 7 to 15 people there to eat and enjoy her food. Family, food and togetherness were very important to her.

She is survived by her son, Tim (Mary Jane) Anderson of Menominee, IL. and her daughter, Lori (Bill) Rokusek of Dubuque four grandchildren: Chris (Kate) Anderson of Dubuque, Tim ll (Kami) Anderson of St. Michael, MN., Kelli (Rob) Sonntag of Altoona, IA., Morgan Turbiner of New york City, NY. Adopted Granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri of Dubuque, Step-Grandchildren: Kevin (Katie) Rokusek of Bettendorf, IA., Michelle (Bob) Hochrein of Dubuque, and Barry Rokusek of Madison, WI. Five Great Grandchildren: Gabe, Abby and Sam Anderson of St. Michael, MN. and Gabbi and Graci Sonntag of Altoona, IA. Adopted Great Grandsons: Chad and Dyllon Phillips of Dubuque, Step-Great Grandchildren: Kristina, Rachelle and Jacquelyn Hochrein of Dubuque and Kaitlyn and Kamdyn Rokusek of Dubuque and Bettendorf, IA. One sister, Joyce Shaw of Spring Lake Park, MN. Sister-in-laws: Darlene Anderson, Shirley Anderson of Minnesota and Marlene Anderson of California, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her son; Tom Anderson, daughter; Teri Stansfield and grandson; Kevin Kamentz. Sisters: Gladys Sykes, Dorothy Tilton, Helen Carlson and Donna Mae Williams, brothers: Ray Williams and Earl Williams and their spouses and three brothers-in-laws: Donald Anderson, Carl Anderson and Arnold Anderson.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital CVU, and Heritage Manor for the wonderful and loving care they took of Irene.



Everett J. Schuman

Everett J. Schuman, 79, of Earlville, Iowa died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.  Visitation will also be held Saturday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Everett was born December 12, 1935 in Keota, Iowa the son of John and Edna "Ruth" (Heddinghaus) Schuman.  He married Darline Feldman on February 19, 1957 in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised their family and farmed near Earlville until retiring and moving to town in 1995.  Everett also worked as an Archer Oil County manager and a Mycogen seed corn dealer.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, working in his shop fixing things and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Darline, 7 children: Diana (Ron) Digmann of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Donna) Schuman of Greeley, Dave (Kim) Schuman of Elk Grove, IL, Linda (Dan) Olberding of Dyersville, Nancy (Neal) Conrad of Hopkinton, Beverly (Kevin) DeMoss of Dubuque, Larry (Laura) Schuman of Earlville, 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, siblings: Emmett (Bernadette) Schuman of Independence, IA, Elmer (Julie) Schuman of Dyersville, Elias (Roxann) Schuman of Excello, MO, Francine Tucker of Manchester, Flavia (Dale) Talley of Oak Grove, MO, Fay (Fred) Coimarco of Little Rock, AR; in-laws: Karyl Schuman of Shorewood, IL and Herman Kadlec of Wahoo, NE and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Ruth Schuman, parents in-law, Joe & Vi Feldman, one son, Ronald in 2013, siblings: Edward Schuman, Frieda Schuman (in infancy), Fern Kadlec, in-laws: Fred Juhl and Carl Tucker.

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

 

 

 



George H. Banworth

George H. Banworth, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday January 19, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday January 24th, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday January 24th at the Church of the Nativity until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on January 7, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Jungblut) Banwarth.

George worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company before starting in the furniture business in 1956. He owned and operated Banworth and Udelhoven Furniture Store for many years with his business partner Hap Udelhoven.
He was a member of Power of Prayer, and had a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and also attended daily early morning Mass at the Church of the Nativity.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law Peggy Banwarth and Virginia Banwarth, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Charlotte Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph, Alvin (Armella), Harold, Francis and Charles, and his sister Mary (Ray) Herbst.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff along with all the health care professionals especially, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Charles Longo and Dr. Patel Pinalkumar for all the kindness and care they gave to George.



Richard W. Kenniker

Richard W. Kenniker, 69 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Richard was born September 4, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Dorothy (Allen) Kenniker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1963. He married Judith Ann Oakley on July 13, 1973 in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Rick was a proud 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He has been on the reunion committee since they started having reunions every five years. He also managed a web site for the class that kept everybody connected across the country.

Rick was a design engineer for AY McDonald Co. and worked in quality control at Unique Balance. He had an inventive mind and designed many interesting projects.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Channing (fiancé Lisa Linenfelser) Kenniker of Dubuque; a daughter, Jody (Andy) Peavy of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Skylyn Jay Peavy and Joseph Andrew Peavy; a brother, Wayne (Lori) Kenniker of Dubuque; and two sisters, Deb Kenniker of Dubuque and Tamie (Tom) Stull of Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Janet A. Gerstkamp

Janet A. Gerstkamp, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at ManorCare. To honor Janet's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Janet's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on May 21, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Alfred and Lavina (Miller) Oakley.

Janet married Norman Gerstkamp on November 4, 1946, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1988. Janet worked at Leisers Supper Club for 31 years until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, playing Euchre with the girls, where much laughter ensued, and feeding all the birds and other varmits who visited her backyard. Janet was a longtime member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, the Eagle's Club and the Widow and Widower's Club. Janet's devotion to serving those around her has been on display throughout her entire life, but spending time with family and friends brought Janet the greatest joy. She will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Janet is survived by 2 daughters, LaVonne (James) Ferguson, Norma (Sam) Sanchez, both of Dubuque; 2 grandchildren, Carrie (Aaron) Pozdol, Matt (Diana) Ferguson, both of Dubuque; 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Charlie Pozdol, Dubuque.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; her son, Charles; a brother, Annas "Bud" Oakley and three sisters, Grace (Phil) Maul, Pearl (Edward) Gerstkamp and Joyce (Otto) Krieg.

A Janet A. Gerstkamp memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and ManorCare for all the wonderful care they provided to Janet.

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

 



Marie V. Coates

Marie Violet (Wels) Coates, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Grandview United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, conducted by the Rev. Karl Goodfellow. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to the beginning of the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery.

Marie was born October 29, 1917 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Parker) Wels. She attended primary school at Cedar Ridge, graduating eighth grade at age 12. She continued her education at Senior High School, graduating in 1934, and the University of Dubuque where she trained for her teacher certification. Marie taught in country schools and then substituted in the Dubuque Community schools for many years.

She married Merlin Coates on December 27, 1939 at the former Grace Methodist Church; he passed away on April 16, 1976, after 36 years of marriage. Marie then attended N.I.C.C. and worked for 25 years at H & R Block and various other businesses in accounting positions, retiring at the age of 84. She was a long time member of Grandview United Methodist Church and was active in many things at her church.

Marie enjoyed spending her time gardening, baking, reading and bird watching. She was an avid Lawrence Welk Fan, enjoying her Saturday evenings watching his programs.

Survivors include her children, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Appleton, WI, Bonnie (Jim deceased) Schmitt of Dubuque and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta, a daughter in-law Eileen Coates of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Gary, Brian and Brad (Beth Hams) Coates, Joseph (Nicole) and Steven (Shawntel) Schmitt, Amanda Herbst, Katie (Kyle) Nesteby and Kara (Thomas) Schneider, and 8 great grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlin; a son, Douglas; her sister Adel Wels; and a great grandson, Jacob Coates.

Memorials may be directed to the Grandview United Methodist Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Marie's memory.

Arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Thomas L. Meyers

Thomas L. Meyers 71, of Durango passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2015.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. John Kissling officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Tom was born on April 25, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Paul and Viola (Olinger) Meyers. Tom served in the USMC from August 1961 to April 1963. He married Peg Kissling in 1994.

Tom graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961. After graduation he joined the military. Upon his return home, he worked at John Deere 30 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed many years growing up and working on the Riniker farm helping with field work and repairing machinery as needed. He also spent every Friday morning bonding with his siblings over coffee and donuts. You could also find him having breakfast 3 mornings a week with his good friend, Mac or hanging out in the driveway with Donnie and Jerry, having a Pepsi, talking about the good old days.

He is survived by his wife Peg, son Tom (fiancé Traci Schmitt) Meyers, of Sherrill, IA, Paula (Ted) Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA, stepsons, Jim (Nancy) Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Tim Francois, of Cheyenne, WY, Jeff Francois, of Twin Lakes, WI, stepdaughter, Lisa Federspiel Peosta, IA. Grandchildren, Sami Jo, and Brady Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, TJ, Alex, and Madison Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA. Step grandchildren, Jenna and Ava Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Matthew, Michael, and Danielle Federspiel, of Peosta, IA, Derek Francois, of Omaha, NE and Bryce Francois, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers; Jack (Frances) Meyers, of Oceanside, CA, Paul Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Bob (Sylvia) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Dick (Ginny) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA. Sisters, Dorothy (Don) Link, of Carson City, NV, Delly (Dick) Meyers, of Urbandale, IA, Mary Katherine Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, sister-in-law Margaret Meyers, of Dubuque, sisters-in-law, Jacque (Chuck) Rutledge, of Fulton, IL, Soni Hudspeth, of Dubuque, IA, Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, of Dubuque, IA, Sue (Marv) Bennett, of Hazel Green, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Don Meyers, Sisters-in-law, Pearl Meyers, Harriet Meyers, and Ruth Meyers. Step son-in-law, Dan Federspiel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann's office at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Traci of Finley Home Health Care and Amy M. of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care you have given Tom. And a special thanks to his family and friends for your support during this time.

Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish/Holy Ghost or Hospice of Dubuque.



Sr. Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski

Sister Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski, PBVM, 95, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Concepta Joseph, daughter of Michael and Pauline (Urbaniuk) Milinski, was born Sophie Margaret on October 17, 1919, into a Polish family of her parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. By the age of 9, both of her parents had died and the siblings were separated into foster homes. They were reunited at Mount St. Michael's Home on Staten Island, NY, which was sponsored by Presentation sisters. Sister entered a small community of the Sisters of the Presentation in College Point, NY in 1946, and professed her perpetual vows on February 22, 1952. In 1962, as part of a small group from this community, she became a member of the Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and Mt. Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA where she received a BS. Her Presentation journey, spanning 68 years, took her to Oregon and Chicago, IL, Algona, Dubuque Resurrection (1975), Osage, Sheldon, Humboldt, Storm Lake and Waukon, all in Iowa and Monticello, MN and Timber Lake, SD. In ministry, she served in elementary education and as director of CCD Programs.

After her retirement to Mt. Loretto in 1990, she joined the Foster Grandparents Program, was a volunteer in the Child Development Center at Hills & Dales, and with her strong commitment to the elderly, she visited residents weekly at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab for many years.

Sister Concepta Joseph ("Sophie" to her family and friends) celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2007 and has been guided by the quote, "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."

Surviving is her sister-in-law, Helen Milinski, her brother-in-law Anthony Barone, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bernard, and her sisters Stella (Casimir) Galuszka and Lottie Barone

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



Sharon M. Kremer

Sharon M. Kremer, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Friends may gather at St. Anthony's before the memorial mass from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. In accordance with Sharon's wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Sharon was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Ann (Heitz) LeConte. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971. She married Melvin Kremer on March 3, 1973 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989.

She worked for Molo Oil Company and later provided in-home daycare. Sharon was an exceptional child care provider. After her children were grown, she was employed by, and later retired from, Younkers in Dubuque.

Sharon was a strong, inspirational woman who shed uplifting light upon all she encountered. She taught us courage and hope when faced with adversity. We remember Sharon's giving spirit and inspiring smile that could light up any room. Her memory lives on forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her children: Stephanie (Steve) Valentine and Matthew (Rita Hunt) Kremer, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren: Sierra, Sidney, and Ashley Valentine, and Charlie Kremer; her mother, Ann LeConte, of Dubuque; siblings: Diane (Ron) Clemen, Rick (Paula Dixon) LeConte, Ron (Lu) LeConte, and Robert (Janet) LeConte; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Kremer; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer, Jean (Ted) Huseman, Jim (Jan) Kremer, Jane (Paul) Vetter, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer, and Mary (Chuck) Michel; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father; her father-in-law, Lawrence Kremer; and brother-in-law Alvin Kremer.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon M. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen and the Tri-State Dialysis staff for all their wonderful care.



Richard Bernard Hefel

Richard Bernard Hefel, 71, died at home on January 19, 2015. His death was a tribute to his life. He passed surrounded by his wife, their five children, and the walls of the farmhouse that he and his wife had restored ten years earlier.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Richard was a man of many parts and known by several names. His friends called him "Dick". His students at Wahlert High school, where he taught physics and chemistry for 47 years, called him "Hefel". He was "Coach" to hundreds of athletes.

He was born April 3, 1943 in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fifth of eight children born to George and Emma (Errthum) Hefel. Richard received a B.S. in Physics and Education from Loras College. He married his high school sweetheart, Madonna Murphy, on June 12, 1965. After he married, with his wife Madonna's support, he earned an M.A. in Earth Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

He began his coaching career with football at his grade school alma mater, Holy Ghost. He went on to coach boys track and field at Wahlert for over 30 years. Long jump, high jump and pole vault became his particular passion and he produced State champions in all of these events. He became head coach at Wahlert and was invited to coach men's and women's pole vault and high jump at Loras. He coached at Loras for 11 years and produced all-Americans in men and women's pole vault and men's high jump.

Never one to miss an opportunity to use science, Richard integrated it with conservation in the two houses he built for his family from the ground up. He installed solar panels on his family house in Dubuque in the 1980s, and when he and Madonna restored their farmhouse in 2004 he installed geothermal heating and cooling. He also invested in land management and preservation on the surrounding acreage at the farm.

It was Richard who named the farmhouse "Grandview Farm." One of his greatest pleasures in later life was to sit on his porch and look out at the surrounding country. Iowa, he always said, had a different type of beauty. In 2009 he and Madonna fulfilled their dream and opened the Grandview Farm Bed and Breakfast. There they hosted guests from as far afield as London as well as the local community for regular hayrides, cook-outs, and an annual pumpkin carving party.

Dick was an inventive man who could enjoy simple things. He liked getting deals on antiques at auctions, making ice rinks in the backyard for his kids in the winter, finding the perfect sledding hills for his grand kids, reading any book going on the second world war, eating good pie, and spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by wife, Madonna Hefel; children Rick (Vicki) Hefel, Christina Hefel (Andrew Meyer), Kathleen (Bathsheba) Doran, Elizabeth Hefel (Gavin Gould), Andrea (Donovan) Devore; and grandchildren Rachel, Ben, Nick & Megan Hefel, Hugo Doran, and James Devore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Richard Hefel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend our thanks to Genesis Hospice and Skilled Care in Maquoketa.



Kevin John Francis

Kevin John Francis, 54, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Resurrection Church and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on August 9, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lee and Mary (Nugent) Francis. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978. He attended NICC and graduated from Clarke College with a BSN and attended Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he received his Masters of Anesthesia. He worked for many years at Mercy Medical Center and currently was employed by Dubuque Anesthesia Services.

He married Connie Robinson on Sept. 14, 1985 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque.

Kevin's greatest love was his wife and his family. He lived life to the fullest. He especially enjoyed spending time at the cottage and on the river, attending his sons' sporting events, traveling and playing pool. He was proud to have his daughter receive her nursing degree and join him at Mercy. Kevin was a life-long Oakland Raiders Fan. Kevin touched the lives of so many people in his short life. He loved lending a helping hand to his many friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; three children, Emily Francis, Michael Francis, and Christopher Francis, all of Dubuque; his mother, Mary Francis; siblings Gary (Elizabeth) Francis, of Palatine, IL, Steve Francis, of Huntley, IL, Roger (Julie) Francis, of Davenport, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Bruck, Kimberly Tully, both of Dubuque, Rob (Natalie) Francis, of Ankeny, IA, and Laura Francis, of Davenport; many nieces and nephews; his brother and sisters-in-law, Jackie (John) Sheriff of South Lyon,MI, Barbara (Mike) Ross, Frank Robinson both of Dubuque and Lynn (Clay) Carney of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son Eric on July 11, 1991;his father Lee on May 24, 2012; brother-in-law Dennis Tully and his mother- and father-in-law Frank and Janice Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Kevin J. Francis memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS, and Mercy Emergency Department, especially Katie, for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Robert Leroy Wagner

Robert Leroy Wagner, 78, of Dubuque passed away at home 9 pm Thursday, January 15, 2015 with his loving family around him.

Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 3:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Visitation will follow from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a Memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Matt and Alice (Schmitt) Wagner. He was the youngest of five children, losing his dad when he was 13. He attended Holy Ghost School and Loras Academy.

Before joining the Marine Corps in 1953, he worked at Trausch's Bakery. He served in the Marines during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1956. After the Marines he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, was a cement finisher, and at Stanley Home products before starting at John Deere Dubuque Works in 1960 as a machine operator. He retired in 1994 as a CNC machine operator. After retirement, he worked part time at different jobs: school bus driver, RTA bus driver, courier for American Trust, Diamond Jo, and finally retired for good from delivering parts for Fastenal.

He married Carol Isaacs in February of 1999 and went on to enjoy his retirement 24/7 with her. In his younger years, he was very active in all summer and winter sports and after "father time" took away the sporting ability, he liked to fish, do home projects, gamble of any sort and play cards.

He is a member of UAW Local 94 and a very proud member of the AA community since 1978.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; three sons, Steven (Erin) Wagner of Cedar Rapids, Michael (Kelly) Wagner, and Robert (JoAnn) Eppler of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (fiance Ellas Mihalakis) Wagner and Katie (Roger) McIntyre of Dubuque; two stepdaughters, Terri (Steve) Johnson of West Bend, Wis., and Ann (Tom Gent) Isaacs of Washington, Mo.; and his "adopted son" Arlando Mischeaux of St. Louis. He is also survived by one sister, Donna Kuchermann of Platteville, Wis.; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Marilyn) Stecher of Dubuque and Fr. John Stecher of Davenport; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and one step-great-grandson; also by many nieces and nephews who adored their "Uncle Bobby".

He was preceded in death by his son Robert and his daughter Rebecca Schrock; brothers Melvin and Merlin; sister Betty Hingtgen; brothers-in-law Charley Kuchemann and Dewey Hingtgen; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would like all memorials to go to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartman and nurse Tiffany, and Dr. Martin for their care. Also a thanks to Steve and Karen Plein, special friends Peg and Harris Schaller, and the angels of Hospice of Dubuque, Edna, Anji and Amy.



Jean Smith

Jean (Houselog) Smith, 74 of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet in Saint Joseph's Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3 to 7 Tuesday January 20th at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 3 pm.

Jean was born on July 6, 1940, in Dubuque the daughter of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog. She married Roger Smith and worked full time raising her family. She also worked at Eagle Foods and as a bartender and cook for several Dubuque businesses.

Jean loved to sing and spend time with people sharing stories, playing bingo and cards.

She is survived by her 3 sons Keith Smith, Kyle (Barbie) Smith and Kevin (Teresa) Smith all of Dubuque, Seven grandchildren Tricia, Jessica, Kyle Jr., Samantha, Tabitha, Erika, and Ryan, a great grandchild Caiden. Her Brother Robert "Bob" (Gert) Houselog, and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, Lois Houselog, and Mary Adele Houselog. Many nieces and nephews including Barb (Jay) Hanson and Julie Schwendinger and family, and a special friend Ron Droessler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Ron Houselog, Art "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Joe (Helen) Houselog, Merlin (Jane) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

The family wishes to thank all the physicians who cared for Jean especially Dr. Diane Sorenson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, for all their wonder care.



Carol S. Kruger Goettler

Carol S. Kruger Goettler, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Carol Sue Kruger was born on September 18, 1943 in Odell, Nebraska to Richard and Wilma (Rehwaldt) Kruger. She was a graduate of Odell High School and then completed a secretarial course from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Dubuque, and later earned a Masters of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Clarke College in Dubuque. She married William N. Goettler on August 21, 1999 in Dubuque, Iowa.

From 1962 to 1967 Carol served as secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then worked for a short time as a secretary to the Chief of Party at the Nebraska State Office, US/AID, Erzurum, Turkey, and from 1968 to 1969 served as a legal secretary for a law office in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1974 to 2003 Carol taught elementary and special education at Franklin, Lincoln, and Sageville Elementary schools in Dubuque and for nine summers from 1993 to 2002 served as a teacher and English department head for the EF Foundation for Foreign Study, Yale University, and Bryant College Newhaven, Connecticut and Smithfield, Rhode Island.

After a tenure of 30 years of teaching in the Dubuque Community School District, Carol became a substitute teacher in the Andrew Community School District, and worked part-time at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque as a tour guide and sales associate.

After her retirement, Carol actively pursued and thoroughly enjoyed her Master Gardener designation through the Iowa State University Extension Service. Additionally, she was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, IA where she was a choir member and church secretary. Carol was an extremely hard worker, always eagerly tackling physically demanding tasks, often in the outdoors. She represented all that was good and positive in her parenting of her two daughters, teaching them strength, compassion and endurance. Carol was a dedicated wife who took great pleasure in creating a loving home environment. She enjoyed gardening and landscaping, antiques, country living, cooking, baking and spending time with all of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her husband William "Bill" Goettler of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Rachelle Deanne (Brent) Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, and Aysha Erin (Rob) Hall of Katy, TX; step-sons Jon (Jenn) Goettler of Washington, IL, and Drew (Leslie) Goettler of Portland, OR; sister Sandy (Louie) Cumro of Odell, NE; grandchildren Benjamin Alexander Sharrer, Nicholas Walker Sharrer and Katherine Carol Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, Graycen Avery Hall and Emma Jean Hall of Katy, TX; step grandchildren Ethan William Goettler and Evan Jon Goettler of Washington, IL, Jordon Ava Goettler and Sophia Elena Goettler of Portland, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or the MD Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

The family would like to send a deep appreciation to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine for their support, care and treatment of Carol throughout her illness.

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



Elizabeth I. Schmitt

Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Jorgenson) Schmitt, 89, of Dubuque passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Kathleen Milligan officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on Feb. 23, 1925 in Dodgeville, Wis., the daughter of Amos H. and Minnie M. (Widish) Jorgenson. She attended grammar school at the one room school house Gold Mine School, near Dodgeville. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1943.

Betty was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Stanley Home Products, Hills & Dales, and was a caregiver to the young and the elderly. She was a long time active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Daughters of the King, and the Women's Fellowship Group.

Betty loved all animals, especially her cats and dogs. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening.

Surviving are two children: Constance J. "Connie" Kitchen of Dubuque and Steven S. (Alma) Schmitt of Sioux City, Iowa; 7-grandchildren: Brent (Lisa) Kitchen, Kim Kitchen, Jamie (Tammy) Hingtgen, Jevon (Colleen) Hingtgen, Chrissy Kennedy, Stephanie (Rhamen) Diallo, and Aaron Schmitt; 2 step-grandchildren: Makeba Jones and Tristan O'Neill; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Deloris L. Luse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Joyce E. Shaffer (George Frankenfelt) of Dayton, Ohio;a sister-in-law, Kay Jorgenson of Glenwood, Iowa; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James J. Schmitt; a brother, LaVerne Jorgenson; and two brothers-in-law, Edward C. Luse and Frank Shaffer.

Memorials may be given to the Elizabeth I. Schmitt memorial fund or St. John's Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor Rehab Unit, Above & Beyond, the V.N.A., and Betty's wonderful neighbors for their care, concern, and friendship that enabled her to live independently in her home.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.



Carole S. Dodds

Carole S. Dodds, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carole's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carole Sue Shady was born on Jan. 31, 1944 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Clifford Arthur and Sybil Jane (Carpenter) Shady. She attended Andrew Schools and married Eugene Lee Taylor. To this union 5 children were born: Tammy, Theresa, Scott, Brenda and Christina. They later divorced and she married William L. "Bill" Dodds on Dec. 19, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2004.

Carole had first worked as a waitress at Rocky's Cafe in Maquoketa. She then worked at Obie's in Maquoketa as a waitress, bartender and cook for over 33 years.

Carole was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She was a Cubs fan and enjoyed playing games and staying in touch with family and friends on her computer. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carole's memory include her children Tammy (Michael) Schulz of Maquoketa, IA, Theresa Atkinson of Maquoketa, IA, Scott (fiancé Shawn) Taylor of Preston, IA, Brenda Arrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Dwayne) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA; and brothers Irvin Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Vurtis (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Dodds; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Fielhauer; a brother, Alva Shady; and a sister, Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carole S. Dodds memorial fund has been established.

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



Gaylen C. Meis

Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital of natural causes. To honor Chuck's life, funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Chuck's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gaylen was born on September 24, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis W. and Charlotte V. (Hogan) Meis.

Chuck was employed as a district manager with Weiss & Neuman Shoe Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 25 years. He later went to work as a dispatcher for Express Transportation Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 5 years until his retirement. In his free time Chuck was an avid golfer, reader and an excellent pool player. He also enjoyed gardening and was an American history buff. Family was the most important thing in Chuck's life.

Chuck is survived by his mother, Charlotte Meis, Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two nephews, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and several cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Francis; his son, Nick on October 31, 1986.

A Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Longo, Dr. Schope and the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Chuck.

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

 



Harvey G. Larsen

Harvey G. Larsen, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, died on Friday morning, January 16, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Harvey's life will be held 12 to 3 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, 4401 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Harvey George Larsen was born on August 7, 1933 in Davenport, Iowa, to Christian Peter and Fannie Marie (Holtam) Larsen. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Sandra Lynn Tripp on April 2, 1966 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Harvey had owned and operated Larsen Home Improvement from 1967 until present.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Davenport and the Moline Horseshoe Pitching Club. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Sandra Larsen of Davenport, IA; children Beth (Blaine) Zahner of Davenport, IA, and Chris (Tiffany) Larsen of Sugar Grove, IL; 4 grandchildren, Samantha and Alaina Zahner, and Mckenna and Kylee Larsen; 1 great-grandchild due in July; and a brother Al Larsen of Windsor, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 



Sarah M. Graham

Sarah M. (Fitzgerald) Graham, 55, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after enduring her illness with hope.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Sarah was born December 8, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Virgene (Wessels) Fitzgerald.  She married Patrick "George" Graham on November 29, 1980, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  She was the owner and office manager of Graham Electric Motors.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband, Pat "George", 4 children: Brett (Alethia) of Dyersville, William (Maeve McGlynn) of London, England, Katie (Nick Axtell) of Dubuque, Benjamin Graham of Dyersville; 3 grandchildren: Tanner and William Graham and Avery Graham Axtell; siblings: Steve (Mary), Tim (Janet) and Tom (Linda) Fitzgerald all of Dyersville; in-laws: Suzanne (Leo) McDermott of Bernard, Jack Graham of Cedar Rapids, Janice (Dave) Loecke of Manchester, Nancy (Mark) Breitbach of Dyersville and Cathy (Diane) Graham of Des Moines, and a step-brother-in-law, Leo O'Rourke of Monticello; numerous nieces and nephews and many loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To all: "They say when you are gone it is not what you have said or done, it is how you made them feel.  It is my wish you all know how much I love you. When you think of me and smiles come across your face, feel the warmth and love I have felt from you!  So, here is to my family who have become friends, and to my friends who have become family: God bless all and that you do.  Wherever you go, keep me in your heart and know that I will be going with you.  May the angels guard and keep you safe."

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

 



James B. Eveland

James "Jim" Bradford Eveland, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Jim was born on December 25, 1929, in Barneveld, Wisconsin, the son of Bradford and Eva (Rongve) Eveland. He married Arlyn Brennum from Dodgeville. She preceded him in death on December 10, 1996. He married Barbara Brooks LaMour on February 8, 1997.

Jim graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in agriculture. He started his career in education teaching agriculture in Gratiot, Wisconsin. Then he moved on to teaching agriculture and coaching at Cassville, Wisconsin. Jim received his masters degree from UW-Madison and went into school administration becoming principal and superintendent at Potosi, Wisconsin, in 1957. In 1968 Jim moved to Cuba City to become superintendent of schools until he retired in 1987. Jim was a lifelong advocate for all areas of education and continued to support his many students long after their graduation.

Jim was very active in the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was also a member of the State Superintendent's Association and a devout member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. He was a loving father and grandfather to his large family and an extremely kind and generous man to everyone. Jim was a long time fan of all sporting activities. He especially loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Cuba City Cubans. Jim was a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club and golfed through this past summer. He had many sayings, but probably his most famous was, "See you in the spring."

Survivors include his wife, Barb; his children, Alan (Joyce), of Platteville, Greg, of Davenport, IA, Cindy (Ron) Weber, of Cuba City, Michael, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kristi (Tim) Murray, of Waunakee, and Mark (Laura), of Cedar Rapids, IA; his stepchildren, Michelle (Marty) Lange, of East Dubuque, IL, and Jim (Laura) LaMour, of San Marcos, CA; his brothers, Steve (Marilyn), of Ridgeway, and Dean (Donna), of Edgerton; a sister, Norita Williams, of Barneveld; 24 grandchildren, Damian, Coutney (Daryl), Jennifer (John), Nathaniel (Tina), Andrea (Jesse) , Sam, Elizabeth (Louie), Kellie (Joe), Sarah (Tony), Jessica (Sam), Jordan, Dustin (Emily), Beau, Samantha, Bradford, Matthew, Amanda (Jake), Ashley (Patrick), Abbey, Andrea, Andrew, Olivia, Matthew and Lincoln; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah Claire, Claudia, Nora, Mitchell, Sydney, Will, Andrew, Evan, Alexander, Will and Rosalyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Eldon and Keith; and a sister, Carol Shannon.

A James "Jim" Bradford Eveland Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald W. McNett

Ronald W. McNett, 82, of Mesquite, Nevada, formerly of Fennimore and Livingston, Wisconsin, died at his home Thursday, January 15, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ron was born on November 23, 1932, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of George and Isabel (Harker) McNett. He married Lois A. Wickler on February 14, 1954, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She preceded him in death on November 10, 2005.

Ron graduated from Platteville High School in 1951. He served in the Air Force from 1953 through 1957. He graduated from Florida State University in 1968. Ron worked as an Auto/Ag Mechanics Instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin, from 1968 to 1991. His interests were working with and teaching anything mechanical. Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home to spend time with his family, fixing anything he could find broken, and riding his motorcycle with his sons.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. (Fred) Mayne, of Theresa, Wisconsin; two sons, Ronald W. (Debra) McNett Jr, of Monument, Colorado, and Jon J. McNett, of Mesquite, Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary McNett, of Cuba City, and Mary A. (Joe) Ropolewski, of St. Petersburg, Florida; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Marshall McNett, and a daughter-in-law, Deborah McNett.

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



Gerald F. Herburger

Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Dr., with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. At the church there will be an honor guard by the Dubuque Police Department and full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA.

Gerald was born on August 2, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Frances (Fink) Herburger.

Jerry graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. He proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home from the service he went to work at the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1956, Jerry went to work with the Dubuque Police Department, retiring after 32 years of service in 1988. He also drove trolleys and limos in the Tri-State area. Jerry married Jacqueline Thatcher on February 14, 1961, in Freeport, IL. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2013. Jerry was a long time member of St. Joseph Church in Key West. In his spare time he loved to buy and sell cars and appliances. Jerry was always very friendly and had a smile for everyone he met.

Jerry is survived by his children, Kathy (Joe) Klein, Cuba City, WI, Paul (Deborah) Herburger, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Dawn) Herburger, Jackson, TN, Kathy (Bart) Ramsey, Tupelo, MS; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law, Joanne Breen, Washington, IA, Linda Krabacher, East Dubuque, IL.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline; 2 sons, John and William Krabacher.

A Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Doris H. Rogers

Doris H. Rogers, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday January 15th, 2015 at home.

In accordance with her wishes, private services will be held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale road is assisting the family.

Doris was born in Sorau, East Germany, daughter of Paul and Kate (Wilde) Henze. She married Robert K. Rogers on November 20th, 1948, in Frankfurt Hochst, Germany.
She worked for several years at the Chateau Supper Club and in her later years at the Bridge Restaurant. Her first priority was raising her children. Doris loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing euchre. She enjoyed nature and was always watching for the first signs of spring.

She is survived by her children; Gerald (Linda) Rogers, Robert (Colleen) Rogers, Timothy (Joyce) Rogers, Linda (Mickey) Bahr, John (Kim) Rogers, and Thomas (Christine) Rogers, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and one sister, her husband Robert, and a granddaughter Heidemarie Boyer.

The family of Doris H. Rogers would like to thank pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock, Dr. Brian Nelson and his nurse Rose, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially her caretaker Dawn.



Gerald T. Corrigan

Gerald T. "Jerry" Corrigan, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and the Nativity Guild reciting the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:00 p.m. There will be an American Legion Past Commander ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1926 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of James and Rose (McCormick) Corrigan. He married Anna May Ryan on June 20, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1994.

He attended Paint Rock Elementary School and Harpers Ferry High School. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and proudly served his country along with nine of his ten brothers. He served during WWII in the Philippines and later during the Occupation of Japan. He then attended Loras College, graduating in 1951.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing for 38 years, primarily as Quality Control manager, until his retirement in 1991.

Jerry was a very active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, his favorite hangout. He held many offices, including Commander, and also served on the Military Honors Burial Detail. He was a member of the 40 & 8 of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Eagles Club of Dubuque.

Jerry was also a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, where he served on the Parish Council and was an usher for many years.

In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors. Since his boyhood, he was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed playing golf, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, and taking Sunday morning walks on Dubuque's River walk, where he would strike up a conversation with the tourists passing by.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret "Peggy" (Mike) Stoecklein, of Lakeville, MN, Mary Rose Corrigan-Psihoyos (Gus), of Dubuque, and Colleen Kersch, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Annie, Danny, Jane, Ben, Nicolas, and Louie; and one great-grandchild, James; four brothers, John (Lois) Corrigan, Richard (Elaine) Corrigan, Bob (Peg) Corrigan, all of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Corrigan, of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna May; daughter Jane Corrigan; son-in-law Matt Kersch; brothers Charles, Mike, Cyril, Wayne, Mark and James; and sisters-in-law Eleanor, LaVerle, and LaVonne.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers that have looked after Jerry over the years.

While Jerry will have the best seat in the house for the NFC championship game featuring his beloved Green Bay Packers, friends and family will have to settle for the broadcast at the funeral home.



Stephanie M. Hahlen

Stephanie M. (Steiner) Hahlen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a tribute at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Stephanie was born June 17, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Charles and Mary (O'Brien) Steiner. She married Ronald Hahlen on Feb. 28, 1975.

Stephanie enjoyed her work in the financial industry. Her last position was as Branch Manager of the Dutrac Community Credit Union Asbury Branch, and she retired in October of 2013 after 25 years of service. She previously held positions at Rainbow Tire and American Finance.

Steph was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Cubs, the Hawkeyes, and the Vikings. She also enjoyed art (especially her husband's pottery), the holidays, cooking, games, travel, dance, music, theatre, and any opportunity to be with family and friends. 

There were three areas of life that were important to Steph: love, loyalty, and laughter. Love of her family and friends was foremost. The annual O'Brien family reunion was special to her, and she treasured the opportunity to spend time playing and watching sports, visiting the lake in the summer, and especially spending time with family and friends. She could always be depended on to help someone in need. In her youth, she was a political activist, and was most memorably involved with the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party. A great sense of humor was a strong trait of Steph's, and she dearly loved to laugh. Her loyalty was appreciated, her laughter was contagious, and most importantly, she made people know they were loved. Steph will be remembered and missed.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald L. Hahlen; her children, Todd (Laura) Hahlen, Nathan (Mary) Meloy, and Kirstin (James) Alexander; her grandchildren, Brooklyn, Thea, and Cade Hahlen, Aidan and Sadie Meloy, and Cooper and Cecelia Alexander; her sister Christine (Robert) Steiner Apel; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Steiner; and many extended family members and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, C. Michael "Mike" Steiner; and many extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf and to the transplant team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their hard work and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie Hahlen Memorial Fund.

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



Rev. Emmett T. Busch

Rev. Emmett T. Busch, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home.

A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rev. Emmett Theodore Busch was born on March 3, 1926 in Jackson County, IA to John C.A. and Caroline S. (Kokemuller) Busch. He attended an elementary country school, and then graduated from Elwood High in 1945. After farming for five years with his father, he attended Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary, graduating in 1958, and was ordained shortly thereafter. During his internship at St. James Lutheran in Mason City, IA, he met his future wife. He and Eilene were married on Sept. 1, 1957.

His first call in 1958 was to two churches in Saskatchewan, Canada: Peace Lutheran in Yellow Grass and St. John Lutheran in Lang. His first two children, Brian and Cheryl, were born at this time. In 1961, he accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in rural Greene, IA. In 1964, a new addition was added to the church containing 5 classrooms, restrooms, a church office and a new entry. His two youngest children, David and Eric, were born at this time.
In 1967, Emmett accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in Bellevue, IA. In 1974, an educational unit, kitchen and office were built. In conjunction, old basement classrooms and restrooms were remodeled. In 1988, a large handicapped elevator was added to the main church. During this time, Emmett helped to start up Bellevue Meals on Wheels and was the Conference Dean for 4 years.

After retiring in 1992, he served as interim minister in three local parishes, Andrew, Lost Nation and Goose Lake, as well as serving for various pastors on vacation.
Emmett was a volunteer fireman for 15 years, an ambulance volunteer for 10 years, and a Rotary member for 28 years. Emmett drove a morning bus route for 20 years for the Bellevue School District. After his retirement, he continued his ‘bus' routes, taking neighbor children to school and Eilene's students to piano lessons. He loved to fish and travel. He also loved to golf and spent many hours in his home woodworking shop.

Emmett is survived by his wife, Eilene (Baalson) Busch; four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN, Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO, David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI, and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Shira, Trinity and Blake. He is also survived by two sisters, Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA, and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; two brothers, Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, and Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Wyatt; and a daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County. Your humor, care and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for your care and support during these past few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa, Wartburg Seminary, Wartburg College, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Clarence L. Avenarius

Clarence L. Avenarius, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving family and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Clarence was born March 14, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo "Pete" and Alma (Blickert) Avenarius. When he was three days old, Clarence's mother passed away. His father then married Cornelia "Neen" Cushing, who raised Clarence as her own son. 

He married Eleanor A. "Ellie" Konzen on Sept. 9, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2012. Clarence was employed as a crane operator for many years prior to being forced to retire in 1987 due to health problems. He was a member of the Operation Engineers Union.

Clarence was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He looked forward to his Monday night cribbage games with his son-in-law, Michael, and enjoyed watching The Price Is Right. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Clarence is survived by his children, Michael (Deb) Avenarius, and Michele (Michael) Schetgen of Dubuque, Mark Avenarius of Mesa, AZ, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius of Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius, and Brandon (fianceé Cassie Koetz) and Brady Schetgen, all of Dubuque; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Pautvein, of Apache Junction, AZ.

In addition to his wife of nearly 62 years, he was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to care providers Kathy, Karen, and Kay for their loving care of Dad.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Daniel J. Galle

Daniel J. Galle, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service will be Deacon John Stierman. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6 at 4:30 p.m. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dan was born April 11, 1952 in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Ruth (Link) Galle. He married Boalee Malihon on Sept. 28, 1972 in Michigan.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 20 years with tours in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, retiring in 1990. He then worked at various local casinos, most recently Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, IA, retiring in April 2014. He was a member of American Legion Post 6.

Surviving is his wife, Boalee "Malee" Galle; children Robert (Rachelle) Galle, of Palm Springs, CA, Ruth (Ben) Gondek, of Dousman, Wisc, and Tabethe (Andrew) Schemmel, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren and one on the way; brothers John ‘Jack' (Sue) Galle, Donald (Debbie) Galle, and Thomas (Angela) Galle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jane Galle.

Thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, the Wendt Center and Dr. Eric Engleman.

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



LaVern J. Conrad

LaVern John "Vern" Conrad age 79 of Dubuque died Saturday January 10, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 Thursday January 15, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the funeral home.

Vern was born on July 18, 1935 in Dubuque the son of John and Hilda (Scherbring) Conrad. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Vern married Sandra Hall on December 30, 1998 in Galena,IL. He was a farmer in rural Epworth and cattle buyer in the tri-state area for many years.Vern will most be remembered for his boisterous voice, cherished times spent with his family and friends and rides in the country gladly sharing his vast knowledge of the area.

He is survived by wife Sandy, his children Cindy (Michael) Breitbach of Balltown, Steve (Karen) Conrad of Epworth, Laura (Chad Nichols) Connolly of Dubuque, Lynn (Steve) Burroughs of Dyersville, Allen Conrad of Davenport, June (Jon) Hardin of Luxemburg,Vern (Danielle Oberhoffer) Conrad of Dubuque, his step children, Misty (Eric) Puccio, Kim (Ryan Deckert) Spark, James (Tiffany) Spark, all of Dubuque, Kellie (Fred) Brenke of Epworth, and Ron Spark of Dubuque. Many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Verns siblings Joan (Clem) Hoefler, Bill (Darlene) Conrad, Dan (Jackie) Conrad, John Conrad, and Ron (Sandra) Conrad, and in-laws Bob (Judy Yost)Kramer, Hazel (Bill Cowsert) Lambert, Luetta (Jerry) Wolfinger, and Bill (Geri) Hall and his three beloved dogs:Foxy, Bernie and Marley.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Hilda, Louise the mother of his eight children, a son Jeff, and siblings Mary Ann Kramer, Doris Davis, and Vince Conrad.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Mark Runde as well as the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for there care, kindness and compassion while caring for Vern.



Harriet L. Maiers

Harriet L. Maiers, 87, of Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Harriet was born January 16, 1927 in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Antoinette "Nettie" (Deppe) Wegmann.  She attended grade school at SS. Peter & Paul in Petersburg and finished high school at Xavier High School in Dyersville with the Class of 1944.  She worked as a secretary at H&W Trucking in Dubuque for a few years.  She married Leon Maiers on May 4, 1949, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg and together they farmed near Holy Cross.  Harriet was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881 and the Holy Cross Rosary Society.  She enjoyed playing cards, fishing with the grandchildren, baking, traveling, and serving others.  She was known for her kind and gentle heart.

Survivors include her husband, Leon; 5 daughters: Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, IA, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, IA, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale, IA and Jean (Mark) Gaul of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Bran, Adam, Eric and Katie Bracken, Kyle and Ashley Brimeyer, Luke, Josh, Matthew and Megan Eubank, Austin, Brady and Carter Gaul; siblings: Ralph (Leona) Wegmann of Farley, Ambrose "Butch" (Pat) Wegmann of Delhi, LuAnn (Bob) Mescher of Strawberry Point;

in-laws: Eddie (Laura) Maiers of Asbury, Clete (Shirley) and Al (Pat) Maiers, both of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville and Patricia (Sal) Willenbring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and in-laws: Armella (Larry) Weiferich, Dorothy (Art Esch and Emmett Pfeiler), John (Vickie) Wegmann, Alvin (Sally) Wegmann, Eileen (Jack) Meder, Wilmer Maiers and Jerry Kluesner.

A memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Alan B. Chidley

Alan "Al" B. Chidley, 72 of Dubuque, died suddenly on Friday, January 9, 2015 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Friends may call 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a parish scripture service will begin at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday prior to visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Al was born on May 21, 1942, the youngest son of Keith and Edith (Morris) Chidley. He learned the value of hard work growing up on the farm in Palatine, Illinois. Al studied engineering at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1965. He began working at John Deere Dubuque Works following graduation, retiring in 1992.

Al married Janet Gunther on June 25, 1966, in Peoria, IL. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America before his sons were old enough to begin Scouts. Al's passions in life were his family and friends, Boy Scouts, and being at the family farm. He loved to use his talents and problem solving ability to serve others, especially his family and friends. Al could build or repair almost anything. Following retirement from John Deere he started his own business and always had projects at home and at the family farm that kept him busy. He loved to drive throughout the United States with his family and friends on vacations and particularly enjoyed his winter vacations in Florida with his wife, Jan. In spite of recommendations to the contrary, he remained a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Al's passion for Scouting led him to be an active adult leader serving in many roles, including Cubmaster of Packs 53 and 68 and Council President for the Northeast Iowa Council. Al earned the Vigil Honor for the Order of the Arrow and was presented the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished council service.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Mark (Holly) of Des Moines, and Chris (Sandi) of Dubuque; grandchildren, Evan, Tom, Kelsey, and Jack; brothers, Kent (Arlene) of Rochelle, IL, and Larry (Agnes) of Dixon, IL; sisters in-law, Judy (Tim) Gorman of Peoria, IL and Jane (Matt) Hoffman of East Peoria, IL; brother in-law, Jim Gunther of Peoria, IL and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America in Al's memory.

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

 



Karl F. FInk

Karl F. Fink, age 80, of 8466 Elmwood Dr. Died Friday January 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Don Bakewell officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 4 to 7 on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

Karl was born on December 9, 1934 in Dubuque the son of Elmer and Agnes Fink. He married Janaan Derby in California and she preceded him in death on April 17, 1995. In 1998, he met his 2nd love, Arlene "Gee" Tate, who survives him today.

Karl served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

After his service to his country he returned to Dubuque and worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 34 years. He was a member of the U.F.C.W. local 150A.

Karl loved to bowl and still participated in two weekly leagues. He also loved the outdoors, enjoying his gardening, critters, and his two kitties.

He is survived by his children Karla Arensdorf, of Zwingle, Tanya Chavez of Naperville, IL, Bret (Mary) Fink of Dubuque, Heidi Smith of Tombal, TX, Tina (Gene) Keimig of Omaha, NE, Chuck (Jennifer) Fink of LaMotte, Lisa (Michael) Hill of Dale, Indiana, step-son Mickie Tate of McKinney, Texas, 22 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and siblings Elmer (Sherri) Fink, Shirley (Duane) Deutmeyer, and Mary (Jack) Parkin, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janaan, son Nick, and his sister Jackie Jacobs.

"Karl's family would like to thank the Key West Fire and EMS and the staff at Mercy Emergency for all there efforts and kindness."

 



Sherry M. Etscheidt

Sherry M. Etscheidt, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Buffalo, New York and Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at noon at her home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sherry may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a prayer service will be held at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Jeffrey Dole Presiding. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Matthews Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.

Sherry was born December 19, 1947 in Buffalo, New York, daughter of George and Edith (Sykes) Wright. She received her education at JFK High School in Cheektowaga, NY. On August 21, 2004 in Dyersville, Iowa she was united in marriage to Steven Etscheidt. She was employed at ARC- Area Residential Care as a group home caregiver.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Etscheidt of Dubuque, Iowa; three children, Jennifer Parker of Deerfield Beach, FL, Jennette D'Angelo of East Aurora, NY, and Kate Dobe of Cheektowaga, NY; five step children, Larry Miller of Warner Robins, GA, Donna (Bill) Sieverding of Dyersville, IA, Renee Miller of Dubuque, IA, Charly Etscheidt of Madison, WI and Heidi (Terry) Greenwood of Farley, IA; fifteen grandchildren, Adam, Jessica, Christopher, Jayden, Monika, Krystal, Jakob, Madelyn, Joshua, Claudia, John, Luke, Steven, Heather and Ryan; five great grandchildren, Porter, Mallory, Archer, Delilah and Emery; her mother-in-law, Martha A. Etscheidt of Dubuque, IA; and her ever present companion, Shih tzu, Henry.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marilyn Kalinowski; a brother, Donald Wright; and her father-in-law, Lloyd G. Etscheidt.

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



Mary Lou Feltes

Mary Lou Feltes, 80, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13th at at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Mary Lou was born November 2, 1934, in Dickeyville, Wisc., daughter of Harry and Dolores (Hinderman) Schiffman. She married Eldred Feltes Sept. 28, 1963 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1981.

She was employed at First National Bank and at Flexsteel Industries as the Employees Benefit Coordinator for 36 years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish.

Surviving are a son, Gregory (Dana) Feltes, of Dubuque; a daughter, Kimberly (Ed) Tauber, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Cal, Brianna and Brooke Tauber and Cole Feltes; two brothers, Paul (Dolores) Schiffman, of Dubuque and Harold (Theresa) Schiffman, of Potosi, Wisc.; two sisters, Vera (Gerald) Kruser, both of Kieler, Wisc. and Sharon (John) Pitzen, of Dickeyville, Wisc; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Ralph) Chapman, Terry Bode, and Don and Mary Feltes..

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Engelbert and three sisters, Joyce Pearce, Adele Helbing, and Jane Bode; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Pearce, Dick Helbing, Lester Feltes, Ivan Feltes, Louis Hayes, John Savory, Jack Corbett, Mary Agnes Feltes, Ruth Hayes, Betty Savory, and Velma Corbett.

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



Arlene M. Jaeger

Arlene M. Jaeger, 86, of Worthington died Friday, January 9, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Arlene was born January 31, 1928, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Oberbroeckling) Kramer.  She married Jerome J. Jaeger on September 16, 1947, in Farley, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Worthington.  Arlene catered many area weddings and funerals and she crocheted many beautiful afghans and doilies.  She also loved to go bowling and play cards.

Survivors include her children: Sharon (Jack) Wolfe of Farley, Jane (Arden) Gudenkauf of Dyersville, Diane (Clarence) Tuel of Worthington and Dale (Marty) Jaeger of Hopkinton,

10 grandchildren: Joe (Dorothy) Wolfe, Jeff (Michelle) Wolfe, Angela (David) Kelley, Matt (Chelsea) Wolfe, Brian (Jenny) Gudenkauf, Kris (Joe) Wetrich, Justin (Libby) Tuel, Jason Tuel, Waylon (Lynn) Jaeger, Jessika (Kenny) Darbyshire; 2 step grandchildren: Stacey (Timmy) Meader and Alli Wetrich; 15 great grandchildren; in-laws: Mae Kramer of Dyersville, Marguerite Kramer of Lamont, Laura Willenbring of Farley, John Wolfe of Clinton and Bernice Honkomp of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerome in 1992, 6 brothers: Ray (Agnes), Leonard (Margaret), Clarence (Lucille), Joe (Mary Ann), LaVerne and Herbert Kramer, 6 sisters: Evelyn (Joe) Winter, Mercedes (Vince) Ries, Bernice (Laverne) Lansing, Lorraine (Jack) Kramer, Martha Jane (Charles) Demmer and Marcella Kramer; in-laws: Helen (Gilbert) Honkomp, Clete Murphy, Don Willenbring and Grace Wolfe.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care.

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

 

 

 



Paul C. Feldmann

Paul C. Feldmann, 73, of Petersburg died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Paul was born October 24, 1941, in Earlville, Iowa the son of Anton and Isabella (Jaeger) Feldmann.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Earlville and attended Loras College for a year and then served in the National Guard.  He married Leanna Pfab on June 26, 1965, in Fillmore, Iowa.  Together they farmed just north of Petersburg.  Paul and then worked for various construction companies until 1967, when he began working at the Petersburg Feed Mill as a driver, and eventually became a co-owner.  He was later employed by Carl's Feed Store in Manchester until his retirement in 2009.

Paul loved woodworking and raising livestock, including chickens, four-wheeling and traveling across the country with his family.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734.

Survivors include his wife, Leanna, 5 children: Jeff (Linda) Feldmann of Durango, Karen (Curt) Keppler of Strawberry Point, Randy (Kathy) Feldmann of Dyersville, Nancy (Mike) Smith of Earlville and Kenny Feldmann of Petersburg; 16 grandchildren: Jordan, Jake, Mallory and Madison Feldmann, Brittany (Tom) Wulfekuhle, Karissa (fiancé Nathan Risius), Clint (fiancé Sophie Lilja) and Chantel Keppler, Justin, Josh, Kelsey and Kaitlin Feldmann, Zachary, Mitch, Devin and Colin Smith; 1 great grandchild, Eden Wulfekuhle;

12 siblings: Theresa Burkle and Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Irvin, Tony (Joyce), all of Earlville, Jerome (Mary Jane) of Dyersville, Floyd (Rita) and Elmer (Dorothy), both of Hopkinton, Celester (Joan) of Rickardsville, Dave (Sandy) of Alburnett, Loras (Mary) of Farley, Gerald (Barb) of Epworth, Dan (Barb) of Cedar Rapids

in-laws: Jerry (Bev) Pfab of Waddell, AZ, Corinne (Joe) McQuillen of Epworth, Marion (Fred) Hentges of Peosta, Maxine (Denny) Dolphin, and Earl Pfab, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, William and Mary Pfab, one daughter, Brenda in infancy, in-laws, Leon Burkle and Loras (Darlene) Pfab, and a nephew, Keith Pfab.

Memorials are preferred.

We would like to thank the staff at the Good Neighbor Home and Regional Hospice of Comfort for their excellent care of our family.

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

 



Joyce M. Digman

Joyce M. Digmann, 82, of Platteville, WI, and formerly of Worthington IA died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Joyce was born April 29, 1932 in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Ray and Marie (Schwendinger) Hogan.  She married Charles J. Digmann on October 13, 1952 in Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised 11 children, but later divorced. 

She worked for Farm & Fleet in Platteville and LaCrosse for over 23 years retiring in 1997.  Joyce was a member of St. Patrick Church in Onalaska, WI, the Shamrock Club, St. Rose Choir and was a volunteer for Cuba City Area Rescue Squad for 5 years.

Survivors include her children: Sherry (David) Grimes of Hazel Green, WI, Terry "Butch" (fiancé Cristi) Digmann of Anamosa, IA, Dean (Sherry) Digmann of Marion, IA, Rae Marie (Dan) Popp of Cuba City, WI, Randy (Lori) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, Debra Digmann Carroll of Platteville, WI, Patricia (Tim) Ginter and Paula (Charles) Donar both of Cuba City, WI, Charlie (Jodi) Digmann of Dubuque, IA, Dawne Digmann (friend Melissa) of Green Bay, WI, 30 grandchildren: 20 great grandchildren: siblings: Robert "Baldy" Hogan and Donna Wolfe, both of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Douglas Digmann in 1973, siblings: James "Scab" Hogan, Patsy (Marvin) Gassmann, brother-in-law, Edgar "Ted" Wolfe and grandson, Franklin Charles Digmann.

Memorials may be directed to Homeless Shelters or the Salvation Army.

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

 

 



Rosemary M. Siemke

Rosemary M. "Rosie" Siemke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:00 p.m..

Rosemary Margaret Mulligan was born on May 14, 1924 to James and Lena (Decher) Mulligan. Rosie was a fun-loving, outgoing and independent girl who was proud of her Irish heritage. She was an excellent student and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1942. She married WWII Air Force pilot Second Lieutenant Paul C. Wright at St. Columbkille Church on February 7, 1945. They had two children, Terrance and Sheila. Paul and Rosie owned and operated Wright Way Super Market until Paul's death in 1950.

Rosie married Carl Ender in 1953 and they had two sons, Robert and Laurence. Carl passed away in 1958. Rosie married Albert Siemke in 1959 and they had two daughters, Sandra and Mary. Albert passed away in 1968. Rosie worked at Mescher & Tench grocery store and retired from Flexsteel Industries in 1989.

Rosie faced many tragedies and challenges in her life, but faced them all with a spirited determination and unwavering faith that God would see her through anything that came her way. She loved family gatherings, playing cards, spending time with her friends at Alverno, having lunch with the "Holy Trinity Girls" and traveling. Rosie's travels included a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and visits to the Vatican and Ireland. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who cherished time with her family.

Rosie was a talented seamstress and amazing cook who loved to share her talents with friends, family and her community. She was an avid volunteer and helped raise thousands of dollars for Holy Trinity Parish organizing and working many years at the fall festivals, salad bars and craft fairs. She helped organize and serve dozens of parish funeral dinners over the years, served as a Girl Scout Leader and was awarded the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award in 2002 for her service to senior citizens. Rosie's love and generous spirit will be missed by all.

Rosie is survived by her children Terrance (Carolann) Wright of Oceanside, CA, Sheila (Paul) Donovan of Kewanee, IL, Robert (Kim) Ender of Dubuque and Sandra (Michael) Skahill of Asbury; daughter-in-law Carol Ender; grandchildren April (Chad) Plank, Andrew Wright, Heather (Aaron) VanNingen, Michelle (Michael) Finney, Stacey (Greg) Kubitz, Rob Ender, Eric (Nikki) Ender, Jamie (Stacey Beck) Ender, Matthew Ender, Shaun (Amber Beeson) Skahill and Erin Skahill; her sister Marjorie Lorenz; sister-in-law Helen Mulligan; brother-in-law William Latimer Sr.; step-granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri and step grandson Ronnie Kohn; ten great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, Laurence Ender; daughter, Mary Siemke Wilson; siblings Sr. Mary Lawrence Mulligan, PBVM, James (Darlene) Mulligan, John (Eileen) Mulligan, Francis Mulligan, Rita (Daniel) Maloney, Ruth (Richard) Billmeyer, Suzzanna (Donald) Dempsey, Elizabeth (Edmund) Siegert, Mary Latimer; and brother-in-law Raymond Lorenz.

Rosie's family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving and compassionate care. A special thank you also to Archbishop Daniel Kucera for his spriitual care to Rosie

In lieu of flowers, a Rosemary Siemke memorial fund has been established.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Ruth E. Becker

Ruth Ellen Becker, 85 died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital. In accordance with Ruth's wishes, there will be no public funeral services. A Mass in her honor will be held at The Church of The Nativity at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on April 27, 1929 in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of RJ and Minnie (Meyer) Becker of Calmar. She received her BA from Loras College and taught primary grades for 20 years and then 6 years with a craft and needle work program for the elderly.

In 1976, when her mother became ill in Richmond, VA, Ruth took a year of absence to assist her mother. After her mother's death, Ruth moved to Cedar Rapids, IA and worked as an activity director at a care center. Retiring from activity work, Ruth worked for various parishes in the diocese as a parish secretary and housekeeper.

Survivors include her brother, John G. (Shirley) Becker of Erie, PA; her sister-in-law, Janice Becker of Scottsdale, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Joan Gonner, Virginia Dawson, MaryAnne Deibel and Kathy Glover; her 5 brothers, Lawrence, Robert, Howard, Willis and Charles; 2 nieces and 3 nephews.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Church, the Sisters of the Presentation or Camp Courageous.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Thomas Allan Deutmeyer

Thomas Allan Deutmeyer, 73, of Petersburg, Iowa died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Tom was born Oct. 15, 1941 in Petersburg, Iowa on the family farm, the son of Gregor and Olive (Lueck) Deutmeyer. He married Elizabeth Hermsen on Nov. 14, 1964 in New Vienna, Iowa. Tom enjoyed music, astronomy, building models, landscaping and spending time on the family farm. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; 3 children: Alan Deutmeyer of Beaverton, OR, Thomas G. (Kelley) Deutmeyer of Petersburg, and Erin (Travis) Christiansen of Waukee, IA; 5 grandchildren: Jesse, Samuel, Josie, Shane Deutmeyer and Blake Christiansen; a sister, Ruth Sellner from Manchester; in-laws Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Colesburg, Helen (Eldon) Gaul of Petersburg, Bernice (Ken) Vorwald, New Vienna, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Gladys (Harry) Burkle of Dyersville, Dianne Hermsen and Art Hermsen both of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Roger, James and David Deutmeyer; in-laws Joseph Sellner, Harry Hermsen and Joyce Hermsen.

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



Gordon L. Bickal

Gordon L. "Gordy" Bickal, age 69, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:43 a.m., on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque.

To honor Gordy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. To celebrate Gordy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture said at 7:30 p.m. There will be a flag presentation by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at Behr Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

Gordon was born on July 30, 1945, in Vinton, IA, son of Albert and Millie (Bergen) Bickal. Gordy proudly served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He married Judith Harrington in July of 1971 in Cedar Rapids. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1990. He then married Teodura Magno on Nov. 10, 2007 in East Dubuque, Il.

He was the Captain of the Spirit of Dubuque for 30 years and has spent over 40 years working on the water. Gordy enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was active with the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. He was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, Gordy liked to travel, read, watch westerns and enjoy the flowers Teodura grew. His greatest love was spending time with family and friends.

Gordy is survived by his mother, Millie Bickal, Coralville, IA; his wife, Teodura Bickal, Dubuque; his children, Kim Mumby, Marengo, IA, Jason (Amanda) Bickal, Dubuque, IA, Tanya (Tim) McArthur, Riverview, FL, Jerry (Cynthia) Bickal, Dubuque, IA, and Sara (Jeff) Kalar, Omaha, NE; 11 grandchildren, Kristen, Kandi, Kyle, Kayela, Emma, Eulalia, Kunu, Tobin, Camilla, Elijah and Bradley; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Mike Bickal, Virginia and Allen (Kelly) Bickal, Coralville, IA; 1 sister, Mary Grant, Marion, IA.

Gordy was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Judith Bickal; and his sister, Rebecca, in infancy.

A Gordon L. "Gordy" Bickal memorial fund has been established.

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



Joyce A. Goffinet

Joyce Ann (Schlichte) Goffinet, age 64 of Monticello, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. A memorial and remembrance service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon Mark Schlichte officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Joyce was born on January 30, 1950, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Alma (Greiner) Schlichte. Joyce attended Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa. She retired from Flexsteel Industries Inc., Dubuque, Iowa in 1995.

Joyce married John Goffinet on July 22, 1994.
Joyce loved playing golf, flower gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. Joyce was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church in Monticello.

Joyce is survived by her husband John, daughters Lisa (Robert) Lucas-McGhee and Dawn (Jim) Clemens, step-daughters Kelly (Mike) Dickson, Korrinna (Scott) Glass and stepsons Mark (Marcia) Goffinet, David and Tom (Sara) Goffinet, five grandchildren Amanda and Emily Fudge, Robby McGhee, Michael Tigges and Tanner Clemens and eight step-grandchildren, Allison (Mike) McGuire, Collin Dickson, Mason and McKenna Goffinet, Janelle (Jake) Diehl, Jackson Goffinet and Will and Cole Glass and two step-great grandchildren, Bradley and Alena Diehl. Joyce is also survived by her mother Alma Willenborg, brothers Gene (Tanya) Schlichte, Mark (Maureen) Schlichte and sisters Wilma (Donnie) Rausch and Donna (Steve) Hunter.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father Elmer and brother Gary.

In lieu of flowers, a Joyce A. Goffinet Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for their care of Joyce.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



John A. Flesch, Jr.

John A. Flesch Jr., 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St..

John was born October 30, 1926, in Potosi, Wisc., son of John and Mabel (Sedbrook) Flesch Sr. He married Lenice L. Koeller, April 3, 1951 at St. Clements Catholic Church, Lancaster, Wisc.

John farmed on the family farm until enlisting in the Air Force. He served in Germany from 1945 to 1949. After serving in the military, John worked at Caradco, John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, Dixon Electric and for 28 years at Dubuque Packing Company retiring in 1982

He was a member of Sacred Heart parish, their Holy Name Society; Dubuque Carpenters Union; the Dubuque Pack Union # 151, and the Isack Walton League.

John spent his entire life working and helping others. He was the neighborhood handyman helping anyone in need. His talents were numerous. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather spending his final years enjoying his family. As he passed away from us, we know he went straight to heaven.

Surviving is his wife, Lenice; four daughters, Betty Flesch, Roxann Tsacudakis, Nancy Steffen and Paula Dixon (Rick LeConte), all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kimberly and Jason (Carol) Tsacudakis and Jennifer (Daniel) Griffin, and John Dixon; five great grandchildren; Lucas and Isabelle Tsacudakis, Keira , Jayda and Zoey Griffin; and three sisters, Doris Nachtman, of Dubuque, Joann Kirschbaum, and Connie Fritz, both of Lancaster, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald; brothers-in-law, Harold Nachtman, Eldon Fritz; and a sister-in-law, Florence Flesch.

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



Dorothy T. Finzel

Dorothy T. Finzel, 94, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on January 17, 1920, daughter of George J. and Susie (Lucas) Meyer.

Dorothy married Cletus Finzel on June 26, 1941, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1971. Dorothy worked at Walsh's, the Battery Factory and eventually retired after spending 20 years at Conrad and Herr Plumbing. She was a joyful member of the Forresters Club, the 62 Plus Club, the Emerald Club, Mercy Advantage and the Finley Club. She was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She spent countless hours tending to her flowers and garden. Dorothy was a tremendous cook and gladly shared her recipes and talents with her family. She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, but her greatest joy was definitely found in quality time spent with her grandchildren. Dorothy was a wonderful wife, a loving mom, a gracious grandma and a faithful friend to many. She will be both sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Judy (Bob) Ellis, Mary (Bill) Ellis, both of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Scott (Linda Riedl) Ellis, Chad (Dawn) Ellis, Amy (Andy Muenster) Ellis, David (Brooke) Ellis, Stacy Ellis, and Josh Ellis, all of Dubuque, nine great-grandchildren, Felicia, Cayden, Mya, Karyn, Myles, Sarinna, Will, Iyla, and Sam Ellis; a brother, Arnold (Shirley) Meyer, of Dyersville; two sisters-in-law, Armella Meyer, Millie Meyer, both of Dubuque.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Cletus; two brothers, Emil and Melvin Meyer and a sister, Irene (Donald) Link.

A Dorothy T. Finzel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and compassionate care of Dorothy.

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



Mary E. Conzett

Mary E. Conzett, 99, of Ennoble Manor and formerly of 2360 Chaney Rd., died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Mary was born on March 31, 1915 in Denver, Iowa, the daughter of James and Mabel (Briggs) Neary. She resided in Waterloo, Iowa for 30 years and was employed by Rath Packing Company and later by St. John's Credit Union. On May 4, 1939, Mary married Merrill Conzett. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2012. Mary and Merrill resided in Dyersville, Iowa for 8 years and then, in 1993, moved to Dubuque. She worked for Dubuque Bank & Trust Company for 10 years, retiring in 1989.

Mary was a devoted and loving wife to Merrill and an avid golfer. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish and its Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters of America and the ACCW.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merrill; and 2 sisters, Virginia Krieger and Kathleen Dooley.

A Mary E. Conzett memorial fund has been established to be given to St. Anthony's Church.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their loving care for Mary of these past years.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Helen Nelson

Helen Nelson, 89 of DeWitt, Iowa, formerly of Eldridge and Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will be Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Helen was born August 15, 1925 in Creston, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Madeline (Peck) Wise. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. After high school, she went to work at the Pentagon for the War Department. On September 6, 1947 She married Frank Alfred Nelson at First Congregational United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death.

She worked at Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust and Savings Bank, and the Dubuque Community School District.

She was a member of T.T.T., Order of the Eastern Star, and was active in Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Coyople Club. Helen enjoyed Bridge, knitting and Iowa Hawkeye games.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie (LeRoy) Timmerman of Dubuque and Jody (Gregory) Hingtgen of Eldridge; a son Dr. Craig Nelson of San Luis Obispo, California; four grandchildren, Eric (Melissa) Timmerman of Clive, Iowa, Heather (Tad) Jaques of DeWitt, Walker Hingtgen of Eldridge and PFC Mikaela Hingtgen of USMC Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; five great grandchilden; a sister, Marilyn Reiter of Dubuque and a sister in law, Joann Nelson of Muscatine, Iowa.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dorothy Grantham; a grandson, Douglas Timmerman; and a great granddaughter, Cora Jaques.

Memorials may be made to West Wing Place Nursing Home, DeWitt, Iowa and T.T.T. Society.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at West Wing Place and Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt for their wonderful care.



John P. Gormley

John Philip Gormley, of Asbury, IA, and formerly of Galena, IL, passed away December 20, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16 at Resurrection Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

He was born June 27, 1933, in Des Moines, IA to Arthur and Louise (Walsh). In a Catholic family of four sons, weekly Mass, sports and higher education were integral parts of family life.

John maintained a lifelong love of history, politics and sports, baseball in particular. He was a US Army veteran, and after serving in the Korean War, graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in business.
John was known among friends as "Mr. Marvelous" because he believed his later years were truly marvelous - filled with faith, sobriety, travel, friendships and a deep love of his wife and children. The winters spent in Florida and at the Village Co-Op completed his "marvelous" life.

John is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 23 years, Barbara (Paxton) of Asbury. He is also survived by his son, Thad Gormley (of Seattle), daughters, Erin Boguch (of Bellevue, WA), Martina Roth, and Anne-Marie Pellerin (of Mercer Island, WA), and step-sons, Steven (of Galena, IL) and Paul Paxton (of Dubuque, IA). Additionally, he is survived by 9 grandchildren, Shannon, Trevor, Tommy, Taylor, Nick, Makenna, Christopher, Emma and Ethan, many nieces and nephews, and special friends Doris, and Bernie and Phyllis. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arthur, Paul and Don.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Workshop: P.O. Box 6087 Galena, IL 61036 or NAMI: 900 Jackson St. Dubuque, IA 52001 in John's memory.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Sylvia Addyman

Sylvia "I'm Fine" Addyman, 93, of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Sylvia was born May 2, 1921 in Dubuque County, daughter of Gilbert and Margaret (Lutz) Schlung. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her BSN from the Michael Reese School of Nursing.
She served as a 1st liutenent in the US Army Nursing Corps during WWII.

Sylvia married Homer W. Addyman on Nov. 10, 1947 at Grandview United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1989. She was active with the Red Cross; Little Cloud Girl Scout Council where she served as a neighborhood chairman, board of directors, senior troop advisor, Camp nurse at Camp Little Cloud and day camps; American Legion; Colt's Drum and Bugle Corps where she served as a Board Member and traveled as Corps nurse for six years; and Grand View United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and WSCS member, board member and circle leader. She was a member of Americlub, Emerald Crown Club, Women Connect, Friendship Force, John Deere Retirees, 62 Plus Club, Red Hat Club and Dupaco.

She is survived by two daughters, Arolyn (Dennis) Adams of Janesville, Wis. and Cathie (Dan) Avenarius of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Benjamin (Tonya) Adams, Donald (Katie) Adams, Charlotte (Michael) Chapman, Anna (Jake) Herbeck, Kate (Mike) McFarlane and Danielle (Eric) Fischer; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Ian, Joey, Dylan, Ryan, Jackson and Ellen; and nieces Barb, Suzanne, Diane and Jan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Myron "Jack" Schlung; and three sisters, Golda, Violet & Eunice.

A Sylvia Addyman Memorial Fund has been established.
For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Charles Clancy Jr.

Charles Clancy Jr., age 88, passed away peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

To honor Charles' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Charles' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Charles was born on Sept. 12, 1926, in Dubuque, IA, son of Charles and Marie (Dress) Clancy Sr.

Charles proudly served with the U.S. Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Maryland. He married Grace Sarazin on Jan. 25, 1947, at St. Patrick's Church. Charles was employed by the Dubuque Packing Company and Dubuque Stamping and Mfg. He also worked installing cattle feeders until his retirement in 1988. Charles and Grace were campground hosts at Yellow River Forest for over 25 years, where they made many wonderful friends. They also received an award from the Governor for their volunteer service at Yellow River Forest. He was a proud Irishman and enjoyed trout fishing and turkey and squirrel hunting. He was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer fan. Charles was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Grace Clancy, Dubuque, IA; his children David (Valerie) Clancy, East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Patti) Clancy, East Dubuque, IL, and Susan (Randy) Koster, Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and his sister, Margaret Quigley, IN.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Pat Schnee; and 2 brothers, Eugene and Joseph Clancy.

A Charles Clancy Jr., memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

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



Savannah N. Steines

Savannah Noelle "Sanny" Steines, 12 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a scripture service will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Savannah was born December 14, 2002 in Dubuque, the daughter of Troy and Kimberley (Sieverding) Steines. Savannah was born a fighter from her day one. She was given a less than 2% survival rate at her birth but proved no matter what the power of Prayer is real. Simply, "Believing" in the impossible was her slogan. Little things mean more than anything and Smiles are contagious. She was an inspiration to so many, taught us all lessons to live by and strength beyond. She wasn't given the ability to do the simplest things. She wasn't able to eat by mouth, roll over, sit, stand, walk or talk. These obstacles she put aside. She was the one supporting everyone she loved and communicating only by her Smile. She didn't count her 20+surgeries, her way to many Hospital stays or her forever fight to just breathe or the seizures that came her way. She made us forever "Believe". She took each day as it was given and made sure everyone around her simply just Smiled. Savannah was an Angel on Earth and now an Angel with our Heavenly Father looking over us all. Cerebral Palsy might have been her label but she made sure she taught us that's not who she was. She was so much more and shared it with so many. She shared so many tough lessons but through them all, she smiled. Her Love for her older Brothers was undeniable. Her special bond with her "Ben" was such a blessing to watch. She forever made sure and taught us no matter the negatives there are far to many more positives. She became a Hero to so many just by being herself and never speaking a word. Watching and remembering her through the years is our blessing. Being able to share these moments with a "Queen" is beyond words. Of all the things she's taught so many, the biggest is knowing she will never be a loss but forever a blessing. God gained his most precious Angel but what she's taught and shared with us all through the last 12 years is the true meaning of Life. Her Smile, Love she had for everyone in her journey is now airborne. She has an Eagles Eye View and will forever watch over so many she loved. Thank you to so many for helping to raise a Queen.

We forever thank her favorite Doc (Her Pediatrician), Kevin Mullen and his awesome Nurse Kate. Thank you to her Specialty Docs at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital: Stuart Weinstein, Eyad Hanna, Jose Manaligod, Katie Larson Ode, Christoph Randak and Daniel Bonthius. Thank you to her Dubuque Specialty Doc, Valerie Peckosh. Thank you more than words to her amazing 2 Nurses of 7 years: Ginger Lyons and Susan Freese. Most of all, thank you to all who have simply "Believed" and made her Smile:) We Love you so much Baby Girl and couldn't be prouder of all your accomplishments in your short life. You will forever be with us, all we have to do is place our hand to our Heart. Fly High Baby, there is no more limitations, no more obstacles or pain in your way. We send you Love beyond the stars and Thank you for everything you gave us/taught us. It's your turn now Savannah, to make your Dreams come true. We will be with you every step/cloud of the way:)

Survivors include her parents, Troy and Kimberley; siblings, Christopher (Crystal), Alexander and Benjamin Steines; a nephew, Shayde; paternal grandmother, Lorrie Steines; maternal grandparents, Gary and Dianne Sieverding; 10 aunts and uncles, Teric, Tacy, Taresa, Tiffany, Susan, Jodi, Heidi, John, Zach, and Ashley; and numerous cousins.

Savannah was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard "Shark" Steines.

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

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



Clifton J. Seidel

Clifton J. Seidel, 89, of Dumont, Iowa, and formerly of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Monday, January 5, 2015, at the Dumont Wellness Center in Dumont, Iowa.

A celebration of Clifton's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 9, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A family visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M.. Burial will be in the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery.

Clifton Jacob Seidel was born on May 8, 1925 in Streeter, North Dakota, to Jacob and Kate (Zeeb) Seidel. He married Alyce I. Bonen on February 11, 1945 in Bowdle, South Dakota. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2000.

Clifton had worked construction for ten years, farmed for 20 years and was a logger for 15 years. He also was involved in a farmer's market for over 15 years.

Clifton was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Oxford Junction where he had served as a board member. He enjoyed woodworking, doing furniture repair and growing vegetables.

Those left to honor Clifton's memory include his children Carter (Paige) Seidel of Dumont, IA, Claude (Tina) Seidel of Sebastian, FL, Sandra LeGrand of Wyoming, IA, Jerry (Sheila) Seidel of Melbourne, FL, and Marsha Morgan of Melbourne, FL; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Howard Harr of Pelahatchie, MS; and a sister Martha Huber of Billings, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Oscar, Emil, Rollie and Edward, sisters Ester, Florence, Marlene and Bernice, and a daughter Carol Seidel on July 5, 2004.

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

 



Louise L. O'Meara

Louise Lillian O'Meara, 85, of Delmar, Iowa, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Louise's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Petersville, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery.

Louise Lillian Gruenwald was born on February 27, 1929, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Emil and Viola Cornelia (Wirth) Gruenwald. She was a 1948 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Patrick Reilly O'Meara on July 27, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Petersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2003.

Louise was a homemaker, farmed with her husband and raised a family of 12 children. She had lived on the O'Meara Century Farm in Petersville from 1949 to 2015.

Louise was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where at one time she had been very active. She loved gardening, flowers, plants, playing cards and board games, reading, watching movies, and was a gifted baker who was famous for her cookies and big cinnamon rolls.

To the outside world Louise appeared to be this quiet, shy, stay at home mom, but to her children she was the life of the party. Always cooking, baking, planning movie nights and parties. She also had a sarcastic wit and a great sense of humor. She had endless energy that was needed raising twelve kids. She had an inner strength that was unmatched by anyone we've known. Rest in peace sweet mother.

Those left to honor Louise's memory include her children, Mike O'Meara of Leavenworth, WA, Margaret O'Meara of Portland, OR, Lizabeth Moshe of Delmar, IA, Martin O'Meara of Willow Springs, NC, Reilly (Linda Fishbourne) O'Meara of Wenatchee, WA, Bill (Marilyn) O'Meara of Clayton, NC, Sara O'Meara of San Luis Obispo, CA, Patrick (Susan) O'Meara of Welton, IA, David O'Meara of Quigley, IA, JoAnn Figueroa of West Des Moines, IA, and Geneva Gartman of Delmar, IA; 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Verna Rankin of Cookeville, TN, Arla House of Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, IA, and Shirley Ritzman of Salina, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Wayne Gruenwald, and a daughter Rebecca "Becky" O'Meara on March 2, 1990.

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

 



Donald J. Baum

Donald J. Baum, 71, of Marshalltown, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville died Monday, January 5, 2015 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Donald was born on May 8, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa the son of Jerome and Velma (Arduser) Baum.  He graduated from Xavier High School and served in the US Navy from 1961-1965 on a submarine.

Survivors include his son, Travis Niehaus of Lake Delhi, brothers: William (Barbara) Baum of Dubuque, Jay (Kathy) Baum of Vero Beach, FL, Loras (Betty) Baum of Dyersville and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Richard R. Reisen

Richard R. "Bud" Reisen, 85 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on Sunday January 4th, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday January 8th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Joe Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday, January 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bud was born on January 3, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Grace (Redmond) Reisen. He moved to Zwingle at the age of 16 to open Reisen & Sons Standard Station with his father.

He served in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952. On March 12, 1954 he married Jean A. Carlson and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Bud was employed by Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa for over 25 years. He retired from T&J Manufacturing in Maquoketa in 1992.

He was a member of Harmony Church in Zwingle, the American Legion in Maquoketa and the Zwingle Recreation Area. He always had a joke to share and many stories of his younger years.

Survivors include his wife Jean, of Zwingle, a son Kerry (Helen) Reisen of Zwingle, and a daughter Jody (Keith) Metcalf, of Dubuque. His grandchildren: Jennifer (Chris Mueller) Reisen, Frank (Aryelle Theisen) Reisen, Kelsey Metcalf and McKenna Metcalf, along with two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Betty Bell, of Galena, IL, Shirley Kempter, of Richardson, TX and a brother Joe (Janaan) Reisen, of Zwingle and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Kristy Reisen, brother-in-law Bob Bell, sister-in-law Nellie Duccini and brother-in-law Bob Duccini.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Ronald Schope and the LaMotte Rescue Squad.

In lieu of flowers a Richard "Bud" Reisen memorial fund has been established.



Julius H. Engelken

Julius H. Engelken, 86, of Earlville, died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at his home.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Richard Gaul will officiate.

Julius was born January 18, 1928 in Farley, Iowa, the son of William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken.  He married Irene Greenwood on November 8, 1956 in Farley. Together they farmed in Oneida, Iowa retiring in 1992 when they moved to Earlville. Julius and Irene were avid polka dancers and were involved with Iowa Pork Producers for many years.  Carpentry was Julius' second love after farming. He spent many hours in his shop creating custom furniture, cabinetry and crafts.

Survivors include his wife, Irene, 4 children: Steven "Oneida" (Denise) of Oneida, Jolene (Mark) Kaufman of Dubuque, Dale of Des Moines, Leann (Ed) McIntyre of Delhi; 6 grandchildren: Stephanie Cooksley, Joshua & Gabrielle Engelken, Kelsey, Cassandra & Madison McIntyre; 3 step grandchildren: Brigette (Nick) Price, Patrick (Rachel) Duffy and Megan Duffy; 1 great granddaughter, Zoey Cooksley, 3 step great grandchildren: Taylor, Liam and Nolan Price; siblings: George (Sherry) Engelken of Atlanta, GA, Cletus (Arlene) Engelken of Dyersville, Alma Brehm of Cascade; in-laws: Mary Lou Engelken of Epworth, Aletha Engelken of Manchester, Mary Weber of Dyersville, Eldon (Linda) Greenwood and Raymond (Verna) Greenwood both of Farley, and Rita Heims of Prairieburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Edwin and Elmer Engelken; in-laws: Charlie Brehm, Elmer Weber and Elmer Heims.

A heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at the Regional Medical Center Dialysis Unit for their support and care the past six years.  Also a huge thank you to Regional Hospice and the in-home care providers.

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

 



Judith A. Vickers

Judith A. Vickers, 73 of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday January 5, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends and family may gather after 4:00 p.m. Friday until time of service.

Judith was born on July 29, 1941 in Benton Harbor, Michigan the daughter of William and Mae (Stickels) Cooper. She married Alan Vickers on July 3, 1959.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Aurora Manor Nursing Home and Mercy Hospital in Aurora.
She was a church organist for over 40 years for Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora.

She is survived by her three children, Theresa (C. Ray) Smith, of Bernard, Gary Alan Vickers, of Erie, PA, N. Scott (Andrea) Vickers, of Browntown, WI. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Siblings Lynn Carels, Jack Cooper, and Bill Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Rick and her son David.

In lieu of flowers a Judith A. Vickers memorial fund has been established.



Peter Robert Schmidt

Peter Robert Schmidt, age 29, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in November 2011 and since that time, with the help of his family, friends and medical teams, he fought this aggressive disease with everything he had.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where a prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Mauss. Private burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date.

Peter was born on Dec. 10, 1985, in Maquoketa, the son of Bob and Pam (Klein) Schmidt.

He is survived by his parents; his sister, Teresa Schmidt of Chicago; his grandmother, Alvara (Deppe) Schmidt of Maquoketa; and uncles and aunts including Bob and Debbie Klein of Edina, MN, Kathy Klein of Tiffin, Gary and Paulette DuVall of Hanover, IN, Barb Schmidt of Maquoketa, Dale and Judy Schmidt of Maquoketa, Doug and Sandy Schmidt of Morris, IL, Virgil and Jody Schmidt of Andrew, Ed and Annette Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, and his many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Sylvester and Dolores (Zugenbuehler) Klein and John Schmidt, all of Maquoketa; and an uncle, Dean Schmidt, of Maquoketa.

Memorials are preferred.



Doris R. Naber

Doris R. Naber, 79, of Dubuque, went to greet the Lord on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Church and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris was born August 17, 1935 in Kieler, Wis., the daughter of John and Josepha (Schaefer) Droessler.
She married Eugene A. Schick on Sept. 17, 1955; he preceded her in death on May 7, 1957. On June 4, 1966 she married David C. Naber at Nativity Catholic Church.
Over the years Doris was a mappist at Interstate Power Company, a field Vice President of Girl Scouts of America, an Adult Religious Education Coordinator for St. Anthony's Parish. She conducted bible study and prayer group in her home for many years.

Doris was a very faith-filled person who was willing to reach out to anyone in need. She was an awesome wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her husband, David Naber; children Michelle "Micki" (Gregg) Marolf, of Dubuque, Angel Naber, of Marion, Iowa, Julie (Robert) Axtell, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Jeffrey Naber, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Sara (Richard) Flannery, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson, Tyler Marolf, Ryan Axtell, Jordan Axtell, and Rachel Axtell; 2 great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Flannery and Liliana Gunderson; 2 brothers, Justin (Agnes) Droessler of Dubuque and John (Pauline) Droessler, of Dickeyville, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Geneva Droessler, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Roman Droessler, LaVern Droessler, and Ardwin Droessler; and 2 sisters, Eileen Roddick and Adele Mohr.

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

In lieu of flowers a Doris Naber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann's office, Radiation Medical Doctors Team and Hospice of Dubuque for your kindness and exceptional care.



Lucille A. Donner

Lucille A. Donner, 96, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Lucille was born on Nov. 18, 1918 in Peosta, IA, the daughter of Laurence and Anna (McDonald) Reilly. She attended elementary school in Peosta and graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1936. Lucille married Irwin "Doc" Donner on Nov. 18, 1940. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978.

Lou was a wonderful homemaker and cherished time spent with her family and friends. She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Caring Friends and the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, William (Jan) Donner of Eagle River, Wis., Linda Donner Sidney of Minneapolis, Minn., and Robert Donner of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters, Ann Mosle, Marian Frankenreiter and Gertrude Wittstock; and brothers Elmer Reilly, Ray Reilly, Larry Reilly, Clem Reilly, Joe Reilly and Cyril Reilly.

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

A Lucille Donner memorial fund has been established.

Her family would like to extend a special thank you to Stonehill Care Center nurses, aids, staff, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Dr. Matthew Kirkendall.



Lloyd C. Steffen

Lloyd C. Steffen, 76, of Asbury, formerly of Epworth, died of natural causes at home Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lloyd was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Sylvester and Marie (Lehman) Steffen. He served in the US Army for two years. On June 8, 1963 he married Jane Ann Kurt at St. Patrick's, North Garryowen.

Lloyd farmed near Epworth for many years before retiring to the Dubuque area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, carpentry, coffee club and "watching over his neighbors." He was always ready to help anyone who needed it.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane Ann of Dubuque; a son, Dan (Cindy) Steffen of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Kathy (Henry) Busby of Carrollton, Texas, Joan Steffen of Dubuque, Cheryl (Steve) Junion of La Grange, Kentucky, Michelle (Cody) Estling of Center Point, Iowa, and Lori (Martin) Severson of Phillips, Wisc.; grandchildren Jacob Steffen; Derek and Kassandra Busby; Seth, Madison, and Drew Junion; and Ben, Ryan and Noah Estling; a brother, Loras (Wendy) Steffen, of Coralville, Iowa; brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard; parents; sisters Norma Kean and Lois Scherbring; and a brother, Robert Steffen.

A Lloyd Steffen memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Lloyd and Jane's neighbors for their continuous support over the years.



Russell J. Rambousek

Russell J. Rambousek, 52, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Russell was born August 31, 1962 in Dubuque, the son of Gary and Patricia (Lester) Rambousek. He graduated from Hempstead High School with the class of 1981, and went on to graduate from the Auto Mechanic Program at NICC. He married Julie Ostrander on Oct. 13, 2001.

Russell was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and hunting. Russell was a loving father and husband.

Surviving are his wife, Julie, of Dubuque; his children, Natalie and Garrett, both at home; Joseph (Ashley) of Maquoketa, and Andrew of Dubuque; his parents, Gary and Patricia of Dubuque; his grandmother, Pauline Rambousek of Milwaukee, WI; three brothers, Gary (Barbara) of Hazel Green, WI, Randy (Diane), and Troy (Amy), both of Dubuque; one sister, Kristin Rambousek of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Linda Moscoso of Medford, OR; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law, Luis Moscoso.

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

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



Gilbert R. Milota

Gilbert R. "Butch" Milota, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Gilbert's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 8, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Gilbert Ray Milota was born on March 16, 1943 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Gilbert and Dorothy (Blythe) Milota. He grew up in Wyoming and Oxford Junction and graduated from Oxford Junction High School in 1961. He married Agnes Mate Rickels on December 30, 1961 in Monmouth, Iowa.

"Butch" was a lineman working for International Harvester for many years. He then worked for Goetz Implement for a short time, and lastly retired from Red Jacket/Marley Pump after several years.

"Butch" enjoyed fishing in Minnesota with friends, fixing old cars, playing cards, spending time with his grandkids, reading western novels by Louis L'Amour, and watching old western shows and Storage Wars on television.

Those left to honor Gilbert's memory include his wife Agnes Milota of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Jodi (Dean Nowachek) Short of Monmouth, IA, and Lori (Paul) Foster of Marion, IA; 3 grandchildren Amanda (Phil Schinstock) Short, Becky (Matt) Koch, and Allison Foster; a brother Ronald (Kathy) Milota of Marion, IA; and a sister Patricia (Al) Heinrich of Savanna, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Randy Ray Milota, and a grandson Tyler James Foster on November 3, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gilbert R. "Butch" Milota memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Barbara R. Veit

Barbara R. Veit, 80, of Brighton, Colorado, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, December 26, 2014, in Colorado.

Family services are pending and will be announced in the Spring of 2015. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Barbara Rose Lindblad was born on July 31, 1934 in Atlantic, Iowa, to Clifford R. and Emma Ruth (Dunham) Lindblad. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1952, and married Ronald Eugene Veit on August 22, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 11, 2006.

In their early years, Barb worked as a civilian for the US Government in Maine while Ron was stationed at the Air Force base. She then worked as the secretary for the Athletic Director of the University of Iowa for several years, telling her family of how she had Floyd of Rosedale on her desk at times and would put ribbons around his neck. While living in Maquoketa, she was the legal secretary for Roberson Law Office for many years, and later worked as the legal secretary for Peterson and Eddy Law Office in Clinton. Barb and Ron enjoyed their retirement years as managers for numerous hotels and self storage companies which enabled them to travel and live in different states from Maine to California, finally settling in Colorado to be close their sons, Tom and Steve.

Barb loved to read, play word games and solitaire. Most of all, Barb loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Those left to honor Barb's memory include her children Ronelle (Dean) Burmeister of Clinton, IA, Lisa (David) Woznicki of St. Charles, MO, and Steve Veit of Henderson, CO; 2 grandchildren; a brother Richard (Lona) Lindblad of Winchester, VA; and a daughter-in-law Lynette Keil-Veit of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Tyler Robert Jackson, and a son Thomas James Veit on March 19, 2011.

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

 



Wesley W. Heitzman

Wesley W. Heitzman, 92, of Dubuque, died on January 1, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be on Monday January 5th from 4 to 7 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, January 6 at 11 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church. On the day of the Service there will be additional visiting hours beginning at 10:00 AM. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Wes, the son of William and Lena (Willy) Heitzman, was born August 27, 1922. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1940 and from Iowa State University in 1944 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. On March 23, 1945, he married Harriet Adams. They were married just shy of 70 years. Wes was President of Heitzman Construction Company which he, his father William and his brother Don established in 1954. Buildings constructed by the company include Blades Hall and other buildings at the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church and numerous schools and commercial buildings in the area.

Wes was a partner in J.M. Cardinal, which purchased and refurbished condemned buildings in the 4th Street Elevator area to form Cable Car Square. He served on the Hillcrest Board and the Boy Scout Council, and he was a member and Elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as travelling and volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum.

Wes is survived by his wife, Harriet; by his children, Wesley A. (Barbara) Heitzman of Dubuque, Rebecca L. Peters of Platteville, and Thomas C. (Andrea) Heitzman of Lyme, NH; by 5 grandchildren, Megan (Pat McGovern) Heitzman, Emily (Jonathon Dodrill) Heitzman, Beth (Justin) Duris, Chris Peters, and Peili Heitzman; and by 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Jeanne Heitzman, a sister, Lois Heitzman, and a son-in-law, Lloyd Peters.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Family Services, University of Dubuque, Dubuque Arboretum, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Carol A. Leick

Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at home. As a final gesture, Carol donated her body to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for research.

A Memorial service will be announced at a later date. There will be no visitation. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Carol was born September 12, 1935 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence and Mary (Baule) Koenig . She married Anthony P. "Tony" Leick on September 29, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2011.

Carol loved and cared for a variety of animals during her life and loved to crochet. Carol's kind nature endeared her to all who knew her and she was a devoted mother.

Surviving are three sons, Robert John (Lucy) Leick, Donald Anthony Leick, and Thomas Joseph Leick, all of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Nicole (Drew) Wojciechowski, and Rob Anthony Leick; two step grandchildren, Aaron James (Theresa) Ward and Shannon Cathleen Ward; and three great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Andrew Koenig and Ronald Koenig.

Memorials may be given to Divine Word Seminary and St. Patrick Catholic Church.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sherry, Stacy and Nichole for their outstanding care and compassion.

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



Charlene Leslein

Charlene Leslein, 93, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Charlene was a long time member of St Paul Lutheran Church. Pastor Jonathan Crawford will officiate on Monday at a private family service to honor her memory. Interment will be in the family mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

She was born November 3, 1921 to Charles and Clara Martensen of Delmar, Iowa. She attended rural schools before attending the University of Dubuque where she pursued her love of music, especially the piano.

On November 27, 1943 she married Leo W. Leslein. Together they owned and operated the family farm near Graf, Iowa for many years. They enjoyed ballroom dancing, square dancing, golfing, traveling and playing euchre and bridge with their many friends.

Charlene was a caring and compassionate person who was genuinely interested and involved in the lives of everyone she knew. She was quick to laugh, had a positive attitude and you never left her company without a smile and feeling special. She was a hard worker and a wonderful cook who was devoted to her family.

She is survived by her daughter Janet (Dale) Miller, grandsons Doug (Lisa) Miller and Ryan (Carmel) Miller, great-grandchildren Lauren, Kaitlyn, Joseph, Madelyn, and Justine, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 2001; her parents; and her brother, John.

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

In lieu of flowers a Charlene Leslein Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Stacey, and Stephanie, whose care helped make it possible for Charlene to remain at home with her loved ones.



Ralph H. Kramer

Ralph H. Kramer, 73, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at p.m. at his home in rural Dyersville, surrounded by his family.
Friends and relatives of Ralph may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m., and the Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Ralph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. John Haugen Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Full Military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Ralph was born November 3, 1941 in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Alvin and Lucinda (Brunsmann) Kramer. He received his education in the rural New Vienna area schools. On May 3, 1961, he was united in marriage to Darlene Elgin at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2014.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and always enjoyed his horses and camping, especially the nights around the campfire with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and formerly of St. Clements Parish. Ralph served in the Army National Guard.

He is survived by five sons, Randy (Rhonda) Kramer, Dennis (Dana) Kramer, Pat (Deb) Kramer, Todd (Kristi) Kramer and Rodney Kramer all of Farley, IA, Daughter-in-law; Jolene Kramer of Farley, IA, 12 grandchildren; Russell (Marlee) Kramer, Ryan Kramer (& special friend Laura Faber), Austin Kramer (& special friend Katelyne Domeyer), Carter Kramer, Sarah (Robby) Michels, Katie Kramer (& special friend Chris Smock), Nick Kramer (& special friend Natalie Fischer), Collin Kramer, Tanner Kramer, Grant Kramer, Lauren Kramer, and Grace Kramer, 2 great-grandchildren; Rae Lynn Kramer and Ethan Michels; one sister Lavonne (John) Ludwig of Anamosa Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Judy & Dick Link of Farley, Lynn & Ronnie Connelly of Dubuque, Vince Ehrlich and Dorothy Elgin both of Dubuque, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, Lou Ann Deutmeyer and Sharon & Tom Ludwig both of Dyersville, Betty & Dave Ludwig of Worthington, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, Madonna & Dan Gibbs of Holy Cross, Robert & Gladys Elgin of Bankston, Donald & Mae Elgin of Worthington, Willis & Dot Elgin of Delhi and Marvin Elgin of Bankston.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his Mother and Father-in-law, Nick and Stella (Hess) Elgin; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Dan Kruse, Larry Davis, Bill Deutmeyer, Theresa Elgin, Grace Davis, Dianne Ehrlich and James Elgin; two nephews, Kerry Kruse and James Davis, and one niece, Colleen Drees,

A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Ralph H. Kramer.

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

A special thank you to Dr. Hermann and Staff and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the gracious care given to Ralph.



Arthur J. Westmark

Arthur J. Westmark, 99, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service and rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord Military Honors as pallbearers.

Art was born May 26, 1915, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Ignatius and Margaret (Frieburg) Westmark. He graduated from Xavier High School and He married Wilma J. Krapfl on June 12, 1940, in Dyersville and they began their family. He served in the US Army from 1944 - 1946 in the Southern Philippines and Japan. Upon his return he began working for Silver Streak as a welder, but most of his career was spent with Jacque's Home Fashion, spanning two generations as a general hand and mentor to the family.

Art was a member of American Legion Post 137 and spent 10 years on the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department. He truly loved spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren, whom he often spoiled with candy and ice cream cones.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy Henke of Dyersville, 2 grandchildren: Mike (Jessica) Henke of Encinitas, CA and Christy (Bob) Saylor of Dyersville, 4 great grandchildren: Evan and Rhyan Henke and Lucas and Reagan Saylor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, in 1999, one son, David in 1971, siblings: Elmer (Martha), Cleo (Loretta), Walter (Constance), and Jack (Cordis) Westmark, Viola (Walter) Streif and Laura (George) Streif; in-laws: Valeria (Linus) Mensen and Verna (Lawrence) Willenbring.

Memorials are preferred.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Oak Crest Manor staff for taking such wonderful care of Art and providing love and support to his family.

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



Rose Marie Alba

Rose Marie Alba, 87, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. As per Rose Marie's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and close friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1700 Rhomberg Avenue.

Rose Marie was born on June 25, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Sam and Josephine (Lucido) Alba.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1945. She was class president. After high school she worked for the Adams Company for a short period of time, and then was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 36 ½ years in management/personnel. Rose Marie was president and secretary/treasurer of Dubuque Pack Management Retiree Group. She organized many annual Christmas parties for the retirees of Dubuque Packing Company. She was also a member of Holy Trinity's Altar and Rosary Society.

Rose Marie enjoyed bowling on the same league with her sister, Josephine (Jo) for 42 years. She loved playing the piano and organ for many family parties that she attended and hosted. She also liked doing small crafts. She enjoyed going gambling with her niece/goddaughter Deb Roling at the Diamond Jo and Mystique Casinos.

Rose Marie was a very sweet and fun loving aunt to her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being with her family, relatives, and friends. She will be greatly missed, especially by those closest to her.

Those left to cherish her memory include one sister, Virginia Fessler, of Doylestown, PA; one sister-in-law, Joyce Alba, of Orion, IL; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Cruso (Marion) Alba and Sam Alba Jr; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marie (Joe) Licari, Ann (Elmer) Leslein, Josephine Roling, and Raymond Fessler.

The family would like thank her nieces, Deb Roling and JoAnn Callahan, and Home Instead Senior Care for attending to Rose Marie's needs for the past couple years.

In lieu of flowers, a Rose Marie Alba Memorial Fund has been established in her name for Masses.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Hassina A. Yakub

Hassina A. Yakub, 82, of Dubuque died Monday, December 29, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday and 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

Hassina was born July 1, 1932 in Bartelle, Iraq, daughter of Abdel-Ahad and Amina Yakub. She married Father Rev. Behnam Isaac in 1957. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She is survived by five children, Elizabeth (Najib) Massode of Dubuque, Dr. George B. (Ebtisam "Suzie") Isaac of Dubuque, Ashak (Fadwa) Al Bazboz of Dubuque, Tiyodor (Swasam) Behnam Kass Behnam of Chicago, and Simon Isaac of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Rose (Elli), Raya, Rahaf, Christine, Benjamin, Heba, Behnam, Christy, Jessica, Sabrina and Izabella; one great granddaughter, Noelle; two sisters, Khatoon Yakub of Syria and Majeeda Yakub of Iraq.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, a son Bassem and a brother Sa-eed Yakub.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Jane E. Wittman

Jane E. Wittman, 66, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of LaMotte, passed away Monday Evening, December 29, 2014, at her home in Ankeny, surrounded by family.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Friday Evening, January 2, at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte, Iowa at a later date.

Jane Manderscheid was born May 29, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John and Rosella (Haxmeier) Manderscheid. She Married Mike Wittman on August 3, 1985 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jane graduated from Marquette Catholic High School and NICC. She was a compassionate nurse for 25 years retiring from Mercy North Urgent Care, Ankeny. Jane was a past member of the LaMotte Fire department and EMS services. In Jane's free time she enjoyed camping, motorcycling, and travel.

Those left to honor her memory include her Husband of 29 years, Mike Wittman, of Ankeny; their four children, Shane (Stefanie) Kremer, of LaMotte, Shelley (Ken) Welu, Dubuque, Abby Wittman, of Dubuque and Jeff Wittman, of Ankeny; four grandchildren Alyssa and Macey Kremer, Bailey Welu, and Raelynn Wittman; two brothers, Dale (Carol) Manderscheid, of Maquoketa, and Tim Manderscheid, of Burlington, Iowa; three sisters, Patricia (Gary) Bonifas, of LaMotte, Brenda (Paul) Pankowski, of LaMotte, and Wanda (Randy) Kingery, of Bellevue and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law, Lynne (Wittman) Welter.

In lieu of flowers a Jane Wittman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Eldon J. Arensdorff

Eldon J. Arensdorff, 89, of rural Hazel Green, Wis., died at 6:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, Wis., with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Eldon was born on Mar. 6, 1925 in Dubuque, Ia., the son of Arnold and Florence (Koltes) Arensdorff.  He was united in marriage to Marie B. Wagner on April 23, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He and Marie farmed in rural Hazel Green retiring in 2000.

Eldon was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Holy Name Society.  He loved farming, gardening, his International tractors and a good game of euchre.

Surviving is his wife Marie, six children, Carol (Ken) Stagman of Hazel Green, Merlin (Judy) Arensdorff of Eldridge, IA., Alan (Tracey) Arensdorff and Larry Arensdorff both of Hazel Green, Joan Mai of East Dubuque, Ill., and Roger (Melissa) Arensdorff of Cuba City.  14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one due in March of 2015, and a sister Marie Schueller of Dubuque, IA; in-laws William (Donna) Wagner and Irene "Babe" Kienzle, and 3 aunts, Marcella Jaeger, Marcella Koltes and Alberta Lahey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold & Florence Arensdorff, two sons, Jerome E. and Donald W. Arensdorff, a grandson Brad Arensdorff, his father & mother-in-law Peter & Rosalia (Naumann) Wagner and his inlaws, Walter Schueller, Clem & Loyola Wagner, Ed & Celestine Kueter, Raphael & Verna Mae Wagner, Robert Kienzle and Eileen Wagner.

Marie and family wish to thank the nurses and staff in the Cardio-Vascular Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Eldon.

 



Paul A. Dolter

Paul A. Dolter, 83, of Dubuque, died at home on Monday, December 29, 2014. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 2, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Paul was born on March, 24, 1931 in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter. He married Elizabeth "Betty" McCurdy October 1, 1955, at the St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1949 and the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1967. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. Paul was employed by Eaton Corporation for 33 years. He began his career at Eaton as a Product Engineer. He was awarded patents for various valve designs and was a member of the Eaton Inventors Club. He then became a Quality Control Specialist for manufacturing plants in Hanover and Savanna. He eventually became plant manager at Eaton factories in Savanna, Hanover, Warren, and Batavia. Paul always joked that he was the "best plant manager by a dam site.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was also passionate about his Catholic faith; he actively participatedin Power of Prayer and supported Right to Life, and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Savanna, Illinois. He was a life-long Bears fan and enjoyed watching many sports including golf, college and professional football, and college basketball. When he retired, he golfed with his friends and relatives, and he enjoyed watching his grandson Andrew play the sport. He loved running March Madness pools for his friends and family. He liked playing 500 with his card club and was an aspiring bridge player. He also took pleasure in creating posters, banners, and books of photographs to celebrate family milestones. Paul loved to tell stories of his early years growing up in Dubuque. He was known for his strong opinions and wrote many letters to the editor that were published in the TH. His wit, kindness, and generosity will be missed.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Betty, of Dubuque; five daughters, Jane Geary of Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Kathy Dolter of Dubuque, Beth Dolter Gordon of Iowa City, Iowa, Patti (Tom) Rohn of Peosta, Ellen (Terry) Sievert of Barrington, Illinois, two sons Peter (Suzette) and Paul of Prairie Grove, Illinois; and 11 grandchildren, Andrew Gordon of Iowa City, Maureen (Josh) Goldman of Arlington, Virginia, Kevin (Kathy) Rohn of Brooklyn, New York, Julia Rohn of Iowa City, Colleen Geary, of Glendale, Arizona, Nicholas, Carter, Trent and Rylan Dolter, of Prairie Grove, Illinois, and Jacob and Joshua Sievert of Barrington, Illinois; a brother, Thomas Dolter; a sister, Mary Link, both of Dubuque; sisters and brothers-in-law, Delphine Dolter, Rita Dolter, Judith Dolter all of Dubuque and Linda (Phil) Hobart of Cedar Rapids, Jerome McCurdy and Robert McCurdy of Dubuque, and Steve McCurdy of Chicago, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Frank Dolter, Rev. Robert Dolter, Richard Dolter, James Dolter, Joseph Dolter, and David Dolter; a sister, Margaret Steffens; son-in-law, David Gordon; mother and father-in-law, Lawrence and Julia McCurdy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma Dolter, Rita (Dullea) Dolter, Velma Dolter, Lincoln Steffens, James Link; and favorite aunts Rosie, Ettie, and Susie; and his favorite uncle, Chas.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to Power of Prayer, Right-to-Life, or Church of the Resurrection.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ramanujam Ramabadran, Dr. Roger Ott, Jr, Dr. Kenneth Steffen, and his nurses Tanya and Shannon.

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



Freda G. Shird

Freda G. (Short) Shird, 91, formerly of 1851 Alta Vista St, Dubuque, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014, at Manorcare Heath Service.

Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jack W. Redmond officiating. Family graveside services will be in the Ontario, Wis. Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1923 near Ontario, Wis., the daughter of George and Minnie (Mentor) Short. She married Verlyn R. "Bob" Shird on April 2, 1941 at Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1995. Freda was a Red Cross Volunteer for many years and a member of the Red Cross Board of Directors.

Surviving are four daughters, Sandy (James) Schadler of Menominee, Ill., Dona (Chuck) Ostrander and Darlene Stuart both of Dubuque and Karla (Dale) Smith of Cedar Rapids, Ia., two sons, Dean and Terry Shird both of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Jim Jr., Bob, Casey, Alex, Austin, Jesse, Tina, Amy, Corby and Jazmine; eight great-grandchildren, Lyric, Kobe, Wendy, Hunter, Ethan, Kristopher, Raeann and Ava; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, four children, Robert, Ronald, Kathryn Mary and Shelby, siblings, Harvey, Fred, Ethel and Dennis.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Boy's Town in memory of Robert and Freda Shird.

Freda's family wishes to thank "The Rose" especially Carol Sheets and staff, Manorcare Nursing & Rehab Center nurses and staff, Dr. Mark Runde and his nurses Julie and Dawn and Hospice of Dubuque nurses and staff for the wonderful care given to their mother, grandmother and great grandmother.



Charleen R. O'Connell

Charleen Reilly O'Connell, 86, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30pm.

Charleen was born September 18, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Bernardine (O'Hagan) Reilly. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Milwaukee and from Clarke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Foods and Nutrition.

She was a homemaker and dietary consultant in a number of Dubuque nursing care facilities. Charleen was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where she served on the church council, was a school aide at St. Joseph School and was a member of Mother of Good Counsel Mother's Club.

Charleen is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert O'Connell and her children Tim (Stephanie), Peggy (Steve) Curran, Chris, Stephen (Patrick Paulauski), Kathy (Joe) Blodgett and Mike (Patty). She is Jam Jam to 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister Ann (Richard) Murphy and Mary Jo (Thomas) Kelly and her brother William (Gail) Reilly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial masses and donations to Hospice of Dubuque.

For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Many thanks to Hospice of Dubuque staff, especially Amy and Nicole, for their kindness and support.



Charles I. Sturdevant

Charles I. Sturdevant, 60, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Please wear Green Bay Packer attire to help celebrate Charles' life.

Charles was born on March 15, 1954 to Margaret (Restivo) and Ken Sturdevant in Janesville, Wisconsin. He married Edith Hellert on December 27, 1975.

He graduated from Craig High School in 1972 and pursued an education in teaching through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving his bachelor degree in 1976 and his master's degree in 1978.

Charles taught in the Industrial Technology departments at Hempstead High School and Jefferson Junior High. He enjoyed time spent coaching football for the Hempstead Mustangs during the 70's and early 80's, as well as coaching football and basketball during his tenure at Jefferson. He worked at Interstate Power as a customer service trainer and American Customer Care as a call representative.

Charles had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving husband and father, and an avid lifelong Packer fan. He will be missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Edith; his two sons, Jon Sturdevant of Dubuque and Jameson Sturdevant of Overland Park, KS; his mother Margaret Sturdevant of Janesville, WI; a sister Michelle (Mike) Augustine of Janesville, WI; a brother-in-law George (Susan) Hellert of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ken; his sister Victoria Mathews; and in-laws Francis and Mardelle Hellert.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Charles.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmanschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Ruth B. Loring

Ruth B. Loring, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died peacefully Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Ruth was born on April 6, 1929, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the daughter of Jacob P. and Bertha (Tuescher) Buschor. She graduated from Darlington High School in 1946. Ruth married Guerdon N. Loring on July 12, 1949, at Holy Rosary Church in Darlington.  He preceded her in death on May 30, 2000. She loved working as a CNA at the Cuba City Nursing Home.

Ruth loved playing cards with family and friends and watching her favorite TV shows, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the Hallmark Family Channel. She was very proud of her Swiss heritage. Ruth was an avid Cubs, Badgers and Packers fan. She was a gentle soul who always found the good in others. Ruth never complained and was a devout Catholic whose faith carried her throughout her life. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who gathered at her home often on weekends.

Survivors include her children, William A. Loring, of Montello, Wisconsin, Rose A. Beinborn, of Cuba City, Jane M. Loring, of Dubuque, and Matthew J. (Lori) Loring, of Platteville; a sister, Rita (Bob) Moore, of Fayette, Wisconsin; a brother, Robert (Patti) Buschor, of Darlington; a sister-n-law, Mary Buschor of Darlington; thirteen grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Riley, Jeff (Derick) Loring, Joshua, Holly and Joseph Loring, Kim, Brian (Bridgette) and Brad Beinborn, Julie (Lee) Feldman, Kelly (Justin) Wenzelman, Steven (Katie) Leifker, Katie (fiance, Tim) Leifker, and Sarah Loring; and eight great-grandchildren, Brandon L. Loring, Daniel Esser, Emily Feldman, Jacob Wenzelman, Ethan and Kaylee Leifker, Max Regan, and Fletcher Riley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel J. Loring; two brothers, Richard and Stephen Buschor; a son-in-law, Robert Beinborn; and a sister-in-law, Avis Buschor.

A Ruth B. Loring Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the Mercy Medical Center ER and Cardiac Unit Staffs. A special thank you to her nurses Julie (her granddaughter), Jenni, Kaylynn, Ben, Beth and Emily.

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



George J. Spalding

George J. Spalding, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 27, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

George James Spalding was born on September 25, 1926 in Freeport, Illinois, to Gale Gordon and Amanda Helen (Nissen) Spalding. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended Iowa State University briefly prior to being drafted and serving his country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He married Sue Schoenthaler on October 16, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon returning from his military service, George worked for the Iowa Highway Commission from 1946 to 1948. He then purchased Paul Creger's interest in Spalding and Creger shoes in 1948 which would eventually become Spalding's Footwear in Maquoketa. He retired after 50 years in 1998.

George loved his community and being involved. He was always generous with his time. He was a past president and member of the Maquoketa Rotary Club and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce. He had also been a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club, Maquoketa Izaac Walton League, and had served on the Maquoketa Planning and Zoning Commission for several years. He was a longtime board member of DAC, Inc. serving from 1975 to 2003. George originated the idea for the Maquoketa Area Foundation and was part of a core group that organized its inception. He served on the board of directors from 1984 to 1996.

Many things gave George joy, but his greatest love was being a devoted husband, proud father and grandfather. His quiet presence was always felt with love and support for his family. He was appreciative and blessed by many friends who provided him their continuous support through the years. In addition to his dedication to his family, community and work, George enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader.

Those left to honor George's memory include his wife Sue Spalding of Maquoketa, IA; children Sarah Jane "Sally" Spalding of Maquoketa, IA, and Scott (Laurnet) Spalding of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 granddaughters Leslie (Kyle) Bubke of Victoria, Minnesota and Laura (Dan) Stephenson of West Des Moines, Iowa He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Nancy DeVore, George's special caregiver for the last seven years.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County, DAC, Inc., or the Community Foundation of Jackson County (formerly the Maquoketa Area Foundation).

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



Drake R. Taylor

Drake Ray Taylor, 1 month old infant son of Sierra Taylor Shadle and Malcom Desvines, Jr., received his angel wings on Thursday, December 25, 2014.

A celebration of Drake's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa.

Drake had a beautiful smile that would light up a room. He was "grandma's boy", had a happy disposition and touched the hearts of all who came in contact with him.

Drake is survived by his mother, Sierra Taylor Shadle of Maquoketa, IA; his father Malcom Desvines, Jr. of MI; his maternal grandmother Lori Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandfather Russell Shadle of Clinton, IA; his maternal great-grandmother Dianne Brockett of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandfather Kenneth (Barb) Taylor, Sr. of Le Claire, IA; 2 uncles Cody Petersen and Dakota Stichter; 1 aunt Krystal Volter; 3 great-uncles; and 4 great-aunts. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents.

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

 



Mabel D. Snyder

Mabel D. Snyder, 84, of Miles, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday morning, December 27, 2014, at her home.

A celebration of Mabel's life will be held at 2 P.M., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Mabel Della Pickett was born on February 3, 1930 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Joseph E. and Grace E. (Burwell) Pickett. She was educated in country schools and married Milton R. Snyder on September 4, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2008.

Mabel was a homemaker who raised a family of three boys and farmed with her husband in the Miles area for many years.

Mabel enjoyed making rugs, quilting and crafts, and mowing lawns.

Those left to honor Mabel's memory include her two sons, Steven (Belinda) Snyder of Baldwin, IA, and Greg (Linda) Snyder of Miles, IA; 3 grandchildren Michael, Sarah and Renee; and 1 great-grandson Liam. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers, a son William, and a grandson Nicholas.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Mabel D. Snyder memorial fund.

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

 



Ronald N. Freiburger

Ronald N. Freiburger, 76, of Dubuque passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4 pm.

Ronald was born July 7, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Hilda (Haberkorn) Freiburger. On June 23, 1964 he married Janet A. Dalbkermeyer at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 9, 2014.

He worked at Dubuque Packing Company until it closed. In 1983 he started Ron Freiburger Electric and enjoyed working along the side of his wife wiring for many years; they were a great team.

His hobbies were collecting Massey Harris tractors, his vast train collection, trap shooting and hunting. He loved playing cards, especially Euchre, and enjoyed all the family get togethers. He enjoyed living life to its fullest.

He is survived by a daughter, Michelle (Ron) Switzer Jr.; two granddaughters, Nicole (Cody) Schmitt and Tiffani Switzer; two brothers, Marvin (Karen) Freiburger and Jerome "Moose" (Karen) Freiburger; and a sister, Charlene (Don) Nauman, all of Sherrill.

His was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, LaVonne Freiburger.

A Ronald N. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Michelle and her family wish to thank the many relatives with their wonderful helping hands with Ronnie's care and their unending love and support.



Rex L. DeMoss

Rex L. DeMoss, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday December 25th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday December 29th at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Canton, Iowa. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on November 18, 1933, in Jones County the son of Floyd and Freida (Carr) DeMoss. He married Lois Cobiskey on July 2, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
He retired from Dubuque John Deere in 1989 after 29 years. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. He enjoyed all sports especially NASCAR and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he lived for his family.

He is survived by his wife Lois, five children, Randy (Kathy) DeMoss, of East Dubuque, IL, Craig (Julie) DeMoss, Lori (Eddie) Breedwell, Darren (Kim Bemboom) DeMoss, Kevin (Bev) DeMoss, all of Dubuque, IA. Eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Two sisters Arlene McCutcheon, of Andrew, IA, and Dora Foster, of Tacoma, WA., many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Robert, Keith, and Stuart, and a sister Mary Lou Carlson.

The family wishes to thank the Finley Hospital, Dubuque Internal Medicine and Luther Manor for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rex.

In lieu of flowers a Rex L. DeMoss memorial fund has been established.



Eileen M. Newton

Eileen M. Newton, age 87, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully into God's arms while surrounded by her loving family at 12:23 p.m., on Friday, December 26, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Eileen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Eileen was born on November 30, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William "Bill" and Marcella "Marcy" (Nies) Mitte.

Eileen married the love of her life, Ronald "Ron" Newton, on August 7, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage before he passed away on May 25, 2014.

She loved being a housewife and mother. She served as a Girl Scout Leader for several years, and then a counselor. She was also an officer with the Holy Ghost Rosary Society. She kept busy attending her children's sporting activities, as well as their music events. In her later years, she cheered on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eileen and Ron were "Winter Texans" for twenty years. At Mission Bell she enjoyed playing a variety of card games as well as shuffleboard, relaxing in the pool and square dancing. She and Ron squared-danced for over 40 years and made many lasting friendships.

They shared many travel adventures together, visiting every state but one. They crossed the country in their RV, or with the John Deere Local 94 Retirees on bus trips. Most of all, Eileen enjoyed camping with her family and friends, and looked forward to their annual fishing trips to Minnesota, with lifelong friends, the Beyer family.

She was an avid bridge player and belonged to several card clubs. She also enjoyed her monthly luncheons with her classmates from Immaculate Conception Academy.

Eileen is survived by her 6 children, Karen DeMuth, Kathy Newton, Linda (Philip) Lampe, Lori (Bill) Zmudka, Steve (Jean) Newton, Sheila (Jeff) Meyer, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice McConnell, Bettendorf, IA; 2 brothers-in-law, Richard (Mary) Newton, of Waterloo, IA, Bernard (Sharon) Newton, of Sedalia, Missouri. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Ron; a grandson, Jamey Newton; a son-in-law, Terry DeMuth; a brother-in-law, Wallace Newton; and a sister-in-law, Joan Smith.

An Eileen M. Newton memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Viner, his super nurse Ann, Dr. Whalen and Shawna for their excellent care of mom since 1980.

"Oh yes! She was a die hard Cubbies fan!"

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

 



Lorene A. Kennicker

Lorene A. "Rene" Kennicker, 62, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Friday morning, December 26, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lorene's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Delmar United Methodist Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Lorene Alice Conner was born on November 20, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Leland Duane and Rosemary Margaret (Fitzgerald) Conner. She was a 1971 graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School and later studied accounting at Scott Community College. She married Dale Joseph Kennicker on October 6, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Lorene had worked several jobs through the years. She first worked for Iowa Mutual in DeWitt and then drove school bus for the DeWitt schools and later as a substitute bus driver for the Delmar schools. From 1989 to 1997 she had worked as a cook for the Delmar School District, and lastly owned and operated Interludes Coffee Shop in Delmar for two years.

Lorene was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church and had been a former Delmar City Council Member. She loved spending time with her family, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.

Those left to honor Lorene's memory include her husband Dale Kennicker of Delmar, IA; children Laura (Steve) Anderson of Delmar, IA, Craig (Kara) Kennicker of Wyoming, IA, Nick Kennicker of Delmar, IA and Kayla Kennicker of Delmar, IA; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin, Riley, Jenna and Sarah Anderson; 1 great-grandchild, Elena Anderson; sisters Margaret (David) Bies of Dubuque, IA and Patricia Conner of Appleton, WI; and brothers Vincent (Kathy Lassance) Conner of Dubuque, IA and Mark (Terri) Conner of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lorene A. "Rene" Kennicker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elizabeth M. Savary

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Savary, 79, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 30th, at Resurrection Church in Dubuque. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 29th, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, located at 2659 Kennedy Road where the parish rosary said at 7:30 pm.

Betty was born on December 20, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Rose Feltes. She married John J. Savary on July 20, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church. Betty graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1954.
Betty was a homemaker for many years and later worked at Dutrac Community Credit Union and Advanced Designs, Inc. She was a very active member of the Holy Trinity and Resurrection Parishes and served on many committees and organizations over the years.

She was a loving and caring person with a smile that could light up a room. She enjoyed cooking and baking and all can attest to the high quality of food she prepared. She thoroughly loved spending time with her family and especially liked watching her grandchildren participate in sports and other activities.

Betty is survived by five children; Steve (Donna) Savary, Ruth (Tracy) Lang, Paul (Sue) Savary of Alexandria, VA, John (Annette) Savary, and Scott (Dawn) Savary; Grandchildren; Kate (Tim) Hoffman, Sally (Jim) Liddle, Jennifer Savary, Megan Savary, Nicole Savary, Andy Savary, Kristen Savary, Alex Savary, Austin Savary, and Aaron Savary;Great-grandchildren; Joey Hoffman, Ellie Hoffman and Valerie Liddle; Brother, Donald Feltes and sisters-in-law; Mary Feltes and Mary Lou Feltes.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, parents, brothers; Ivan, Lester, and Eldred Feltes, sisters; Velma Corbett and Ruth Hayes, and, sister-in-law Mary Agnes Feltes, and brothers-in-law, John T. (Jack) Corbett and Louis Hayes.

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

An Elizabeth M. (Betty) Savary memorial fund has been established.

Her family would like to extend a special Thank You to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.



Sonia Kopple Hickson

Sonia Kopple Hickson of 1935 Chaney Road died Wednesday, December 24th after a respiratory illness.
Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 29th at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at the church before the funeral mass. The Egelhof Siegert Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sonia was born on September 7, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Goldye (Folkman) Kopple. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Northern Iowa. She married Thomas L. Hickson on January 9, 1951, in Chicago. He died on May 11, 1974.

Sonia worked most of her life at Kopple's Market, the family meat and grocery business which was located on University and Booth Streets. In 1974, she became sole owner of the store until she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Iowa Grocers' Association. After her retirement, Sonia missed her customers, the daily socializing, and the friendships that formed around the meat counter. She always said, "It's not the work but the people that I miss!"

As a young wife and mother, Sonia belonged to, and was active in, St. Anthony's parish and school, volunteering as a teacher's aide in math and working with children in after-school volleyball. For a time, she was also treasurer of the rosary society at St. Anthony's. When the children were grown, Sonia and her husband, Tom, returned to Nativity, Tom's former parish.

Sonia belonged to breakfast, lunch, and dinner groups. Her greatest joy was being with friends and family. She loved encountering past customers and enjoyed visiting with them over coffee.

For many years, Sonia was an avid bridge player. She also loved sports and would turn down a dinner invitation to stay home and watch a football game on TV. She played golf and was a past member of Thunder Hills Golf and Country Club.

Her love of music led her to do volunteer work with the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps; when the Colt Cadets formed in 1967, Sonia became the first director of the Cadets, assisted by members of the "A Corps." Later, Sonia did major fund-raising for the Colts.

As a board member for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Sonia worked in fund-raising for the orchestra, striving primarily to procure sponsors; she was involved with the annual Fund Drive, the Arena Pops, and the Marketing Committee. In 1996, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Dubuque Symphony Board.

A past member of the Clarke University Development Council, Sonia was a co-founder of the Clarke Celebrity Golf Classic.

Sonia is survived by a brother Howard (Marjorie) Kopple of North Carolina; daughters Marjorie (Richard Sherman II) Hickson of East Dubuque, and Deborah (Kent) Rinehart of Eau Claire, WI; Grandsons Richard Sherman III of San Francisco, CA, and Bart (Mary) Sherman of Champaign, IL; granddaughters Nicole Rinehart of Eau Claire, WI, and Kelly Rinehart of Austin, TX; great grandchildren Brandon Sherman of Dubuque and Lucy and Frank Sherman of Champaign, IL; and adopted grandchildren William, Daniel, Trasa and Troy Koranda; and a long-time family friend, Sr. Pat Nolan, BVM of Dubuque.

Besides her parents, Sonia was preceded in death by her husband Tom, an infant daughter, Kimberly Ann, and a sister Miriam (Art) Meltzer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Clarke University and The COLTS.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital, especially nurse Beth in the cardiac ICU and to the entire staff at Luther Manor for their exceptional kindness and care.



Sr. Innocence Tsung, OSF

Sister Innocence Tsung, OSF, 96 of Dubuque died at 10:25 p.m., on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, December 29, 2014 in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 with wake service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born on October 15, 1918 in Hsin Chuang Tzu, Shantung Province China, the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Pien) Dsung (Tsung).

Huai Wei (Agnes) Tsung entered the Sisters of St. Francis February 15, 1938 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1947. Sister ministered as a teacher in Chowstun, China and as a social worker at St. Mary's Home in Dubuque and at St. Anthony's Home and Villa Maria, in Sioux City, Iowa.

She is survived by a nephew.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



Dr. Edward D. Ortell

Dr. Edward D. "Eddie" Ortell, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, December 23, 2014, at the Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Edward's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Additional services will be held in California with burial in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Covina, California.

Edward Dillon Ortell was born on April 29, 1919 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Ortell and Maude Eve (Smith) Ortell Abrams. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force earning an honorable discharge with the rank of Lieutenant. He married June Pauline Sagers on September 24, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Edward C., Michael N. and October Dawn.
Eddie was an accomplished man who loved life, teaching and learning. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dubuque in 1951, Masters from the University of Iowa in 1955, and his PHD in Astronomy from Nova University in 1975. It was this thirst for knowledge that led him into the teaching field. He served as a principal and teacher in the Andrew schools and was a K-12 teacher in Monmouth and Iron Hill for many years. He then became the Professor of Astronomy at El Camino College in California, and lastly held the same position at the University of Dubuque.

Eddie was a member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and the Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. He was active in many organizations and generous with his time, talent and resources. Some of the organizations that benefited from his involvement were the Friends of Griffith Observatory, and the Pacific Planetarium Association where he was a past president. He also was a member of the Reserve Officers veterans organization in Duarte, California.

Eddie loved the Chicago Cubs and baseball. He had been a catcher on the Maquoketa Bears baseball team and had participated in a Fantasy baseball camp at the age of 75. He enjoyed boxing in his youth, and singing. He sang passionately and had the opportunity to sing at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. He also was the talented author of two books on Astronomy.

Those left to honor Edwards's memory include his children, Edward C. "Echo" (Nancy) Ortell of Duarte, CA, Michael N. "Mickey" (Connie) Ortell of Huntington Beach, CA, and October Dawn Seyarto of LaVerne, CA; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Oma Sagers of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers George Ortell, Harold Ortell, John Abrams and Alva Abrams, 2 sisters Imogene Fistonich and Marge Lange, and his wife June on October 11, 1996.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Gerald T. Puls

Gerald T. "Jerry' Puls, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Jerry was born on August 8, 1938 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Victor and Catherine (Vaassen) Puls. He married Juanita Weydert on June 24, 1962 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a 1956 graduate of Elizabeth, Illinois High School.

Jerry was formerly employed with the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and later was employed with Jeld-Wen retiring as maintenance manager in 2000. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and time spent with family and grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife Juanita, five children, Deanna (David) Jerry of Scales Mound, Illinois, Denise (Dan) Hutchinson of Manchester, Iowa, Brian Puls of Orlando, Florida, Lisa (Randy) John of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Lynn (Dave) Teply of Menominee, Illinois.  10-grandchildren, 6-Step Grandchildren and 13-Great Grandchildren, one brother Vernon (Joanie) Puls of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Char Puls of East Dubuque, his in-laws, Paul (Gloria) Weydert of Cascade, Iowa, J'Neane Weydert of Dubuque, Iowa and Cheryl (Gene) Hilby of Richland Center, Wisconsin, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor & Catherine, brothers, Vincent, Joe, Alan and Charlie, and sisters, Alice Heim, Eleanor Dillon and Helena Brown and his father & mother-in-law Cletus and Mildred Weydert.

A Gerald T. Puls memorial fund has been established.

Juanita & family would like to express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan and the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community especially Janet and Alice for the wonderful care given to Jerry.

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

 

 



Frances E. Plein

Frances E. "Frannie" Plein, age 89, formerly of 328 1/2 Monroe Ct., passed away peacefully at 10:00 p.m., on Monday, December 22, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. To honor Frannie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Frannie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frances was born on February 17, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Frances (Schmitt) Fah.

Frannie married Sylvester Plein on January 27, 1942, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. She worked as a care giver at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center for over 20 years until her retirement in 1993. Frannie enjoyed playing cards, caring for her parakeets and having get-togethers with her neighbors. She was a devoted mother and cherished the time spent with her family.

Frannie is survived by her sons, Ronald Plein, Cedar Rapids, IA, John Plein, Dubuque, IA; a granddaughter,
Amy Plein, Dubuque, IA; a brother, Clarence Fah, Dubuque, IA; she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Frannie was preceded in death by her husband and parents, 2 brothers, Peter and Butch Fah, 2 sisters, Pauline Theisen and Margaret Roddy and a special niece, Betty Roerig-Ostrander.

A Frances E. "Frannie" Plein memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, as her friends, colleagues and care givers; and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



Gene M. Althaus

Gene M. "Hawk" Althaus, 74, of Assisi Village, Dubuque, formerly of 860 Clarke Drive, passed away following a short illness on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, surrounded by his family.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends of Gene may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a rosary said by the St. Columbkille Knights of Columbus Council #15813 at 7:45 p.m.

Gene was born on June 6, 1940, in Dubuque, the son of Claudia (Haase) and Maynard Althaus. He graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1959. Gene worked at Kaiser Paints, Zephyr Aluminum, and Dubuque Insulation before settling in to a 33-year career at Loras College, from where he retired. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #510.

Gene was a compassionate and caring individual who supported many local and national nonprofit organizations. He sympathized with the pain of others, whether it was seeing his sister endure the effects of Alzheimer's or hearing of the struggles of those fighting cancer, for whom he donated his hair to Locks of Love. Gene admired and supported the work of Albrecht Acres for many years.
An avid collector, Gene was an auction enthusiast. He also loved to travel and especially enjoyed his trips with his family to the warmer weather of Orlando and Walt Disney World, where he discovered a personal affinity for the character of Grumpy.

Through good times and bad, Gene was an unwavering and faithful fan of the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals and was always ready with a good ribbing for Packers and Cubs fans. Although, as a Bears fan, he was oftentimes the recipient of the ribbing. He loved to share memories of his visit to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to see Albert Pujols and the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals play.

Gene is survived by his sisters, Donita "Dee" Althaus and Cordiadell "Corky" Tucker of Dubuque, his brother Dale (Reta) of Ankeny, Iowa, his sister-in-law, Linda Althaus of Dubuque, eight nieces and nephews: Jean Tucker, Tammy (Joel) Gehling, and Barb Tucker of Dubuque; Marc (Denise) Tucker of Marengo, Iowa; Scott Althaus of San Diego, California; Shawn (Tonya) Althaus of Ankeny, Iowa; Eric (Erica) Althaus of Parkville, Missouri; and Jeffrey Althaus of Denver, Colorado; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Claudia Althaus, and his brother, Larry.

Memorials may be given to the Knights of Columbus Council 510 to support their efforts with the upkeep of the Key West cross.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Assisi Village and Stonehill Care Center for their concern for and care of Gene as well as the family and friends who visited and prayed with Gene over the past few weeks, including retired Archbishop Daniel Kucera, who anointed Gene hours before his passing.



Harold L. Grimstad Jr.

Harold L. "Louie" Grimstad Jr., age 59, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 4:20 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque of natural causes. To honor Louie's life, private family services are being held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Harold was born on January 22, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Harold Sr. and Evalena (Billmeyer) Grimstad.

Louie worked for many years at Conlon Construction until he became ill. He was a simple and quiet man who embraced his family and life in the best way he knew and took great pride in being a wonderful grandpa. He enjoyed riding his bike, fishing and hunting. Louie touched many lives over his life and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Louie is survived by his 3 children Richard Grimstad, Billie Jo Grimstad, Ashley Grimstad, all of Dubuque; 3 grandchildren Meloni, Hailie Jo and Brooklin; 6 brothers and sisters Robert Grimstad, Diane Grimstad, Betty (Richy) Tuthill, all of Dubuque, Joleen (Robert) Wolf, of Bellevue, Joseph Brown, Jamie (Rachel) Brown, both of Dubuque; a brother-in-law Alfred Mayers, of Dubuque; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, a brother, Roger Grimstad and a sister, Linda Mayers.

A Harold L. "Louie" Grimstad memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all their tender and compassionate care.

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

 



Virginia M. Friedlein

Virginia M. Friedlein, 95, of Dubuque, passed away, Monday, December 22, 2014 at Heritage Manor. Per her wishes, there will be no public services. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements.

Virginia was born on August 16, 1919 in Dubuque, daughter of Theodore and Ethel (McCraney) Gabriel. She married Lavern Friedlein on August 17, 1940. He preceded her in death on November 22, 1999.

Virginia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937 and worked at Foot Levelers for many years. She was very active with the Masonic Temple and Eastern Star.
Virginia loved to have a good time. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren out to eat and was a very giving and loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter JoAnn Wood; four grandchildren, Kimberly (Jay) Wood-Malek, Michele Belding, Scott Belding, and Kris Belding; two great grandchildren, Alexandra Malek and Nicholas Malek; and her sister Jane Hallahan.

In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by an infant son; a daughter Judy Fondell; six brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank Kathy Finn for her years of great care and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Karen, Amy, Nicole, Edna, and Diane.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



William E. Gerischer

William E. "Bill" Gerischer, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, December 21, 2014, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, December 29, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

William Ernst Gerischer was born on July 12, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Paul and Dorothy (Ralston) Gerischer. He attended Andrew Schools and received his GED from Maquoketa High School. He then served his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He married Linda Ruth Thompson on May 5, 1963 in Andrew, Iowa. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2013.

Bill had worked for Caterpillar as a machinist for 23 years. He had also worked at Clinton Engines for several years, done painting with Charles Dietz and was a certified EMT working with Dale Brown and the ambulance service.

Bill was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He had participated in a bowling league for many years, coached Little League Baseball for several years, and was a former Cub Scout Master.

Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He liked the outdoors and in his earlier years would hunt and fish. He loved being with and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his children Renee (Mark) Pape of Maquoketa, IA, Radd (Chalette) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA, and Ryan (Susie) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Joan Gerischer, Gail (Arvin) Guckenburger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sue (Richard) Wild of Maquoketa, IA, and Nancy (Dale) Kilburg of Maquoketa, IA; brothers David (Mary) Gerischer of IN and Rick (Diane) Gerischer of Davenport, IA; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William E. "Bill" Gerischer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



David F. Fitzgerald

David F. Fitzgerald, 66, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at home with his loving wife and family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 on Tuesday, December 23rd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on February 4, 1948 to Edward and Jean Fitzgerald. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Deanne (Dee Dee) Russett on June 19, 1971 at Nativity Church and they were blessed with 4 children.
Dave worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years and retired from there in 2012. His family was the most important thing in the world to him and he enjoyed just spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an extremely talented musician and in his younger years enjoyed singing and playing guitar with his band. He always loved to pull his guitar out and perform at family events or pick up a karaoke microphone during an evening out. Dave was also a member of the "Leaky Lodge" and enjoyed the friends he made there and the stories they shared.

Survivors include his loving wife Dee Dee, their children Laurie (Brian) Splinter, Tom (Lisa) Fitzgerald, Jenny Fitzgerald, and Mike (significant other Synthia) Fitzgerald, his grandchildren Logan, Zackery, and Sabrina Splinter, Colton and Kalub.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially dad's nurse, Cyndi, for all the care, compassion, and guidance.

We love you Pa, you will be forever in our hearts.



Sandra Dee Smith

Sandra Dee Smith, 54, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Carter officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may also call after 9:00a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service.

Sandra was born in Dubuque, IA on April 30, 1960, the daughter of Leon and Maxine Biedermann. She married Philip Smith, of Graf, IA on February 20, 1988.
She was a beautiful, loving mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She loved all of her cats and four dogs; Cheezer, Remi, Bandit, and Chief Weewee. Sandra loved shopping and going out to eat with the girls. She never did any wrong and put everyone before herself.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Philip "Smitty" Smith, her daughter Samantha Jo and son Nathan Philip. Her siblings; Lyle (Debbie) Biedermann, Bruce Biedermann, Rick (Kim) Biedermann, Wendy Anderson, Melissa (Kenny) Scarbrough, and Jenny Biedermann. Her mother Maxine Biedermann and mother-in-law Mary Smith. All of the family on the Smith side and all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a great-great nephew due in February.

She was preceded in death by her father Leon, and her father-in-law Arvel Smith.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Paramount Ambulance and EMS, Finley Hospital, and a very special thank you to Cheryl Rose, God Bless you all.



Richard E. Davenport

Richard E. Davenport, 85, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held from 10:30 until the time of services.



Merle L. King

Merle L. King, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Beloit, Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Merle Lillian Hermann was born on August 16, 1939 in Watertown, Wisconsin to Henry and Louella (Pennock) Hermann. She was a 1957 graduate of Beloit High School. She married Jack C. King, Sr. on September 11, 1957 in Bennettsville, North Carolina. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2014.

Merle was a housewife who raised a family of five children. She had also worked as a waitress for several years. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats.

Those left to honor Merle's memory include her children Cindee (Tom Blakeman) King of Bernard, IA, Jack (Susan) King, Jr. of Darien, WI, Patrick (Patti) King of Okeechobee, FL, Stephanie (Chuck) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, and Shawn (Michael) Robison of Maquoketa, IA; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merle L. King memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Irene Wyatt

Irene Wyatt, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

A celebration of Irene's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Irene Busch was born on September 1, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John C.A. and Christina (Kokemuller) Busch. She attended country school. She married Robert K. "Bob" Wyatt on December 31, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997.

Irene was always busy. She raised a family of three boys on a livestock farm and worked at WADY Industries in Maquoketa for 40 years. She also baked pies year round and had her own bake sales each year during the holidays.

Irene was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Andrew Saddle Club and most recently the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed staying busy, whether it be helping a friend, baking pies, being outside tending to flowers or mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Irene's memory include a son Dale (Carol) Wyatt of Burlington, IA; 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers Orbin (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA, and Rev. Emmett (Eilene) Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 sons Keith on December 27, 1982 and Chuck on February 28, 1984.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Kenneth E. Balk

Kenneth Edward Balk, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday December 22, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church with a rosary service at 9:45p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on May 18, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arthur and Mary (Houselog) Balk. Ken lived his challenged life to the fullest.

He is survived by his siblings; John (Barb) Balk, Barbara (Jay) Hanson, Debra (Wendell) Schroeder, James (Marie) Balk and Robert (Alice) Balk all of Dubuque. His special aunt Jean Smith, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Billie Jo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Miriam Brown

Miriam Brown, 86, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Andrew and Monmouth, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, December 18, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Miriam's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sunday, December 21, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Miriam Miller was born on September 27, 1928 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Osgule and Meta (Hemwordsen) Miller. She attended Monmouth High School. She married Arnold J. Brown on October 22, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 6, 2007.

Miriam had farmed with her husband in the Monmouth area from 1945 to 1977. They then moved to Andrew where she and Arnold both worked as custodians for the Andrew Community Schools for 14 years.

Miriam enjoyed camping, collecting wind chimes and was known as a good baker and cook with potato salad being a family favorite.

Those left to honor Miriam's memory include her children Connie Anderson of Central City, IA, Doug (Dianna) Brown of Monmouth, IA, and Brenda (Doug) Zeimet of Andrew, IA; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother Forrest Miller of Cascade, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse and Anna Mae Mohr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Miriam Brown memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gary R. Stone

Gary Ray Stone, 70, of Dubuque passed away in his sister's arms on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Gary was born on July 9, 1944 the son of Leslie and Arnetha (Larson) Stone. He was the much loved big brother of Vickie.

At 15 months of age, he became ill with polio, which caused his multiple disabilities.

Gary enjoyed his Friday night dates with his sister waiting for trains to come and counting how many diesels there were. Then off to Culvers or the Town Clock Inn for supper where the staff knew him and were appreciated for their kindness. Summers would find him cheering for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in his team shirt and cap. He always had a smile and "Thank you, Honey" for people who helped him.
Gary believed heaven was on the moon and would stand in parking lots, or wherever, looking up and yelling, "Hi Mom, Hi Dad." Now we can all look up at the moon and say "Hi, Gary-we love you."

He loved music and especially Tom's "Roll Out the Barrel."

"Gary, my booger-butt brother, I was the luckiest sister in the whole world. Me love you more." Everyone, when you see a train, John Deere tractor or the moon, remember to say "Look what I see, Gary Stone."

He is survived by his sister, Vickie Stone of Dubuque; a niece, Mollie (Eric) Clapham, of Dubuque; two nephews, Ryan Thill of Iowa City and Colin Thill, of Dubuque; an aunt, Velma (Carl) Jensen, of Coggan, IA; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Elmer (Gertie) Larson and William (Nellie) Stone; maternal aunt, Debbie Pine and Paternal uncle, Burdette Stone.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Gary Stone memorial fund has been established.
A heartfelt thank you to his social worker, Marcy, his families from Bunker Hill Group Home, Cozy Corner and Sunnycrest, especially Patty. Love to his "Brother" Ray Stuart and to Tom Bedtka for always singing his favorite song.



Frank R. Clark

Frank R. Clark, 75, of McKinney, Texas, died suddenly at his home in McKinney, TX on November 10, 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held 4-6 P.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Frank Ronald Clark was born in Clinton County, IA to Orville and Irma (Berner) Clark. Frank grew up on the family farm and graduated from Delmar High School in 1956. He then attended Iowa State for one year, and graduated from Harrington School of Design in Chicago in 1960.

While in Chicago, he met his first wife Verna (Dascomb) and was married on July 1, 1961 in Delmar, Iowa, and started a life-long career in the printing industry. Frank and Verna had one son, Frank Jr. Following a divorce, Frank moved to California.

Frank married his second wife, Kathleen Holden on December 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. This marriage ended in 2012.

Frank had a long career in the printing industry, starting with RR Donnelly in Chicago. For many years he owned his own company, Travel Arts, which produced magazines, brochures and advertisements. He later worked for and retired from International Paper in Eugene, Oregon.

In 2012, Frank moved to McKinney, TX to be close to his son and grandchildren. While in Texas, Frank enjoyed dancing, cooking, hosting dinner parties, family activities and meeting new people. He was full of life and always had a positive attitude.

Those left to honor Frank's memory include son Frank, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jacqueline of Fairview, TX; 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Kelsey and Christopher, all of Fairview, TX; 2 sisters, Juanita (Leonard) Ritter of Bloomington, MN and Barbara (Wayne) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; and 1 aunt Twyla Clark Ballentine of Brenham, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ellie.

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

 



Patricia A. Edwards

Patricia A. "Patty" Edwards, 64, of Preston, Iowa, died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Friday, December 19, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date from the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Patricia Ann Westphal was born on May 26, 1950 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Harold Carl and Ila Mae (Jensen) Westphal. She was a graduate of Midland High School. She married Marvin W. Edwards on July 1, 1970 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Patricia had worked at Arnold Engineering in Marengo, Illinois as a mud press operator for 12 years, and later for Products Unlimited in Sabula, Iowa. She retired from WALMART in Clinton as a door greeter after five years.

Patricia was of the Lutheran faith. She enjoyed playing video games, going to the casino, collecting antiques, going to auctions and having a good time. She loved watching scary movies.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her husband Marvin Edwards of Preston, IA; children Craig (Kimberly) Edwards of Clinton, IA, Daniel (Nicki) Edwards of Clinton, IA, and Christopher Edwards of Clinton, IA; 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and a brother David (Becky) Westphal of Olin, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Donald Westphal.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Green

Thomas J. Green, 62, of Cascade, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m..

Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Tom was born October 10, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Rosemary L. (Schulte) Green. He received his education in the St. Mary's schools, and is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade. On February 16, 1974 he was united in marriage to Ruth Hosch at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in February.

He loved his children and grandchildren, he was often heard saying "grandchildren can do no wrong." He loved to travel, and spending time with friends.

He was a member of St, Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #2001, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly Council #1573 and the United Auto Workers Local #94.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Green of Cascade, IA; two children, Abby (Erik) Archer of Cascade, Andrew (Rebecca) Green of Independence; six grandchildren, Maggie and Nathan Archer, Tayt, Morgan, Jordyn and Dylan Green; his father, Leo Green of Cascade,; his two brothers, Mike (Edna) Green of Clive and Mark (Brenda) Green of North Liberty; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Marion Hosch of Cascade; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Karen and John Pearsall of San Diego, CA, Ann and Mark Holmes of Dubuque, and Carla and Ron Hoffmann of Cascade.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary L. Green on June 25, 2011; and a brother-in-law, Michael Hosch.

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



Deborah L. Tegeler

Deborah L. Tegeler, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Kramer Funeral, Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 2 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.  20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Deb was born November 30, 1957, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Aloysius and Dorothy (Weber) Neuhaus.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 1976.  She married Mark Tegeler on July 2, 1988, in Dyersville, Iowa.  She has filled many roles at Scherrman's Implement for the past 38 years.

Deb loved her flower gardens and spending time on the lake with her grandchildren, family and friends.  She was passionate about playing and organizing Bingo at St. Francis Xavier.

Survivors include her husband, Mark "Lumpy", one daughter, Jodi Tegeler of Minneapolis, MN, step son, Jeff (Tenille) Tegeler of Shawnee, KS, 2 grandchildren: Max and Maddie Tegeler, a step-grandson, Randall Wingert, her father, Al Neuhaus of Dyersville, 2 sisters: Diane (Dave) Schuster of Dyersville and Lori (Randy) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, several brothers and sisters in law and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Neuhaus in 2012, both paternal and maternal grandparents, her parents-in-law, Earl and Rosie Tegeler, and one of her best friends, Lisa Brueckner.

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

 



Sr. Bertha M. Kloser

Sister Bertha Marie Kloser, OSF, age 100, of Clare House Dubuque, IA., passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Bertha was born on June 8, 1914 in North Buena Vista, IA., daughter of Albert and Louise (Riniker) Kloser. Sister Bertha entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 15, 1932 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1939. Sister ministered as a teacher in the Iowa cities of Dubuque (Sacred Heart), Ionia, North Washington, Bancroft, St. Catherine, Haverhill, Mapleton; and in Corpus Christi, Chicago, and Midlothian, IL.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Ann Bjorneby and Marie (George) Pluemer; her brothers: Herman (Tillie), and John (Rita); and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 80 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Albert (Germaine) and Joseph; her sisters: Florence (John) Hefel, Frances (Ray) Steffen, Loretta (Al) Freiburg, Louise; and her brother-in-law, Otto Bjorneby.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



Ronald E. Metcalf

Ronald E. "Ron" Metcalf, 72, of East Dubuque, Ill., died unexpectedly at 9:51 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at UPH Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 - 7 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 Nov. 5, 1942 in Dubuque, IA., the son of Leonard J. and Helen B. (Maury) Metcalf. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Roth on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1960. Ron was a member of Laborers Local # 659 who worked for Maryville Construction of Hazel Green, Wis. For 35 years, retiring as Superintendent. Ron was a hardworking man who enjoyed working for family and friends on their home projects.

In the early years he did landscaping work for Hank Freiburger and his nickname was "Mudcutter". He also shot trap for the Swiss Inn and was a bouncer at several night clubs in downtown East Dubuque. "Helen was known as the weekend widow." Ron loved picking wild asparagus, golfing, and deer hunting with B. R. and the gang. He dearly enjoyed his weekly road trip with his good buddy Smoke, everyday gathering with the boys at the local watering hole and was an avid sports fan of The Baltimore Colts (and Johnny Unitas), New York Yankees baseball, Nascar Racing with Jeff Gordon and golfing with Phil Mickelson.

Ron was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. His pride and joy was his granddaughter Abigail "Oscar" and the apple of his eye was his great granddaughter Lilly.

Surviving is his wife Helen L. Metcalf, a son Bradley J. Metcalf of East Dubuque, four grandchildren, Abigail, Samuel, Isabel and Laila Sue, his great granddaughter Lilly Ann, three sisters, Jean (Derald) Schrobilgen of Dubuque; Doris (Ed) Splinter and Vickie Metcalf both of East Dubuque, three sisters-in-law, Margie Roth, Darlene Gibson and Lois Roth.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard & Helen, his daughter Sara Ann on Sept. 17, 2008 who Ron loved to pick up rocks with, and his nickname for Sara was "Raggedy". His in-laws, Johnny, Carrie, Amby, Wayne, Edward, Louie and Donnie.

In lieu of flowers a Ron Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

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



June E. Wright

June E. Wright, 55, of of 2354 White St. passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by family. Private funeral services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.



Janis M. Lange

Janis M. Lange, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Manor Care.

There will be a funeral mass celebrating her life on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 11:00am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Janis was born on February 13, 1928, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo and Edna (Stevens) Lang. She married Martin M. Lange on April 19, 1952 at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. She worked as a Lab Technician at Medical Associates in Dubuque retiring in 1986.

Janis was a Life Master in Duplicate Bridge and enjoyed travelling across Iowa playing in bridge tournaments. She also was a member of the National 600 Bowling Club.
Janis enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years Martin, her children Lori (Patrick)Joester and Cali (Brian) Beecher both of Dubuque. Three grand children Katie (Brian) Mitchell of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Philip Beecher of Dubuque and Elizabeth (Seth) Hoerner also of Dubuque, and two great grandchildren Ben and Elise Mitchell.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald Lang in 1943 while serving in WWII, a sister Delaine Dale and a sister Jean Moses formerly of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Manor Care for their gentle care and support.



Herbert W. Kurt

Herbert W. Kurt, 90, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Herb may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Services for Herb will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvery Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Herb was born February 7, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. On August 25, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dorothy "Dottie" McDonnell at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1996.

Herb was a good man, a good father and a wonderful grandfather to his 11 grandchildren. He raised cattle and farmed all his life in the Cascade area and was a devoted husband to Dottie for 45 years. Herb loved gardening, pheasant hunting with his sons, and fishing, especially the annual family fishing trips to Two Inlets Lake in Minnesota. He could be found many mornings in his later years swapping stories and laughing with his buddies drinking coffee at Kremers. He was elected and served as Township Trustee in Whitewater Township for many years. He will be greatly missed.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa, and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Loras (Pam Griebel) Kurt of Des Moines, Roger (Aggie Tauke) Kurt of Dubuque, Randy (Shirley Laird) Kurt of Kansas City, MO, and Terry (Heidi) Kurt of Galena, IL; a daughter-in-law, Dena Kurt of Dubuque: 11 grandchildren, Ryan (Sara Salim), Doug, Mallory (Jarod Stockel), Allison, Lauren, Sam, Leah, Lily, Amy, Aiden, Liam, and step-grandchildren, Isaac and Izzy; 5 brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt of Cascade, Carl Kurt of Cascade, Sam Kurt of Cascade, Joe Kurt of Farley, and Leon (Trudy) Kurt of Cascade; a sister Eleanor Burke of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Virginia Regan of Cedar Rapids; and 2 brother-in-laws, Mike Merfeld of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Farley.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Larry R. Kurt on November 17, 1994; a daughter-in-law, Amy (Manternach) Kurt on November 14, 1986; family members Anna Mae Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting, Mary (Wilfred) Dolphin, Fred (Alvina) Andrew, Tess Kurt, Jane Kurt, Pat Burke and Mary Lou Kurt.

The family wishes to thank Above and Beyond, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for all their compassionate service.

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



Nadine A. Wosoba

Nadine A. Wosoba, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, December 12, 2014, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Nadine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Nadine Amanda Morehead was born on March 2, 1923 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clarence Emery and Anna Wilhelmina (Sumtum) Morehead. She was a 1940 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Lumir I. Wosoba on February 4, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1999.

Nadine was an active partner of the Wosoba Family Farming Operations which included the recordkeeping of the Registered Angus Cattle and was well-known for raising Registered German Shepherd dogs for many years and had shipped them to many places.

Nadine was active in the Democratic Party and had been inducted into the Jackson County Democrats Hall of Fame. She was a member of and past president of the Eastern Iowa Angus Auxiliary, and had served as a director on the Iowa Angus Auxiliary. She had been active in 4-H as a member, leader, youth committees, and was inducted into the Jackson County 4-H Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as past president of the Monmouth Women's Club.

Nadine enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers, traveling and going places. She was a social person and liked going to the fair. Her family was especially important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Nadine's memory include her children Shirley (James) DeVore of Baldwin, IA, and Gary (Kathy) Wosoba of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Marian Rossway of Marquette, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son LeRoy, and 4 sisters, Maxine, Verda, Esther and Marjorie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nadine A. Wosoba memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Ann Steil

Mary Ann "Minnie" Steil, 72, of Dubuque IA was called home on December 13, 2014.

A celebration of her life will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Mary Ann was born to Leo & Leona (Schroeder) Dolter on November 18, 1942 in Dubuque. She married Norm Steil on January 22, 1966 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and together they loved and raised three daughters.

Minnie never met a stranger and will eternally hold a very special place in many lives & hearts. She was very outgoing, energetic and not often without a smile. Minnie was always there with a hand to lend, helpful hints to make your life easier and a wealth of useful and not so useful information. Mom was an inspiration to her daughters and a unique woman and role model who they will forever cherish. Minnie and Norm, through the thick and thin shared a deep love and it was that love that got them through when it
mattered most.

She was a collector of many things that she thought someone, someday, could put to use. Mom enjoyed gardening, loved flowers, plants, yard art and anything that lit up or played music. Minnie loved gadgets and had something that could do nearly anything. She loved traveling and road trips and was always the one with the maps, guides and info so you didn't miss something special along the way. She always went above & beyond to make every occasion just a bit more special.

She received great enjoyment at the theatre, symphony and musicals. She loved parades, fireworks, sunsets, farmers market and Christmas lights. Minnie never met a dog who didn't love her (maybe it was the treats in her purse) and was a great dog mom to many of the little "monkeys" over the years. She was an avid bowler, loved fishing and was a fantastic cook who loved trying new & unique items. While Dad is a meat & potatoes kind of guy she was over the top with experimenting with new recipes, exciting flavors and loved condiments. Playing cards was a favorite past time of hers. Mom went above and beyond for her girls and each of them knew they were loved unconditionally. She enjoyed her lunch break visits from her son in law Jeff. Minnie was extremely proud of her grandson Kyle (Dude), she was an absolutely wonderful grandma and they shared many, many special times as he grew up.

Mary Ann left behind her husband, Norm, her daughters Sheila (Jeff) Vandermillen, Lisa (Tim) Mueller, of Dubuque and Sandy Steil, of Coralville, and her grandson Kyle Chase of Dubuque. Also surviving are her sisters Carol Karlin, Donna (Jim) Hirsch, Ruth (Roger) Konrardy and brother Dick (Barb) Dolter, several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

"Don't worry about it Mom...we will be OK"

The family wishes to thank the crew at Fire Station 2, the good Samaritan, and the Medical Staff at mercy for all their efforts support and comfort.



Ida E. Gutheil

Ida E. Gutheil, 91, of Bettendorf, and a longtime resident of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, December 11, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Ida's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 20, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will be held immediately following the celebration in "The Bistro" at Carson's. There is no public visitation and a private burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Ida Ellen Sprinkel was born on April 6, 1923 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Melvin Leroy and Nina Rose (Williams) Sprinkel. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then attended nurses training at the Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs receiving her degree as a registered nurse. Ida married Kenneth F. Gutheil on June 12, 1946 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He preceded her in death on February 11, 1993.

Ida was not only a homemaker raising three children but she also was a nurse. She had worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and for Dr. Clay Risser for many years.

Ida enjoyed playing cards and bingo, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and gardening. She was a good baker and cook and was known for her fried chicken and homemade cherry pies always making her own pie crust.

Those left to honor Ida's memory include her children Pamela Williams of Chesterton, IN, Deborah (Barry) Boettcher of Bettendorf, IA, and Mark Gutheil of Eldridge, IA; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Lowell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ida E. Gutheil memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank the staff and residents of the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport."

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



Rev. Daniel D. Tranel

Reverend Daniel D. Tranel, 82, of East Dubuque, Illinois died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa after complications from a stroke.

Father was born on September 15, 1932 in East Dubuque, Illinois, the son of Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.                                                             

Father was ordained to the priesthood on December 16, 1956, in Rome. He studied at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy.  Father's assignments were as Administrator of St. Patrick Parish and Mission Parish, Maytown, Illinois, (1/1957-8/1957); Chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, Parochial Vicar, St. Edward Parish, Rockford (9/1957-9/1958); Administrator, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Menominee (9/1958-6/1959); Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Harvard (6/1959-9/1960); Faculty, Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock (8/1961-9/1967); Chaplain, St. Dominic College, St. Charles (9/1967-10/1970); Campus Ministry, Newman Center, DeKalb (10/1970-10/1973); Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Apple River (10/1973-10/1983), and Holy Trinity, Scales Mound (10/1973-2/1988); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Galena (10/1983-6/2007); Administrator then Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Galena (5/1996-6/2007).  Father retired from active ministry 6/2007.

Surviving are his siblings, Richard Tranel of Monroe, Wisconsin, Sister Norita Tranel OSF, of Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Betty Tranel, S.Sp.S, of Northfield, Illinois, Marge Jahn of East Dubuque, Illinois, Sister Jean Tranel, OP of Naples, Florida, Ned (Virginia) Tranel of Billings, Montana and Bert (Ann) Tranel of Galena, Illinois.  Also sister-in-law Bonnie Tranel of Gillette, Wyoming and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Father Tranel was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Ralph, Howard, Father Dorrance and Roger and sister, Sister Danita Tranel, OSF, three sisters-in-law, Florence, Lillian and Donna Tranel and a brother-in-law Gene Jahn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00AM at St. Mary Church.  Bishop David J. Malloy will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and from 8:45 - 9:45 AM on Wednesday at St. Mary Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, Illinois. Interment will be at East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, Illinois.  Arrangements are being made by Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to a favorite charity in Father Dan's honor.

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

 

 

 



Matilda M. Beadle

Matilda "Tillie" M. Beadle, 89, of Dubuque, formerly from Galena, Illinois, died Thursday December 11, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 15, at St. Joseph Church, Key West; with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of services. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Matilda was born November 10, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Matilda (Freiburger) Weber. She was a member of St. Joseph, Key West. She attended grade school in Key West and lived most of her childhood years there. She graduated top in her class at St. Columbkille High School in 1943.

She married her best friend, David A. Beadle, of Galena, Illinois, on January 14, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

Tillie and Dave farmed together in rural Galena together for 38 years, while raising their three children. In addition to farming, Tillie worked outside the home as manager of Gordon's Toggery of Dubuque for many years, retiring in 1985. She especially enjoyed dancing, traveling, and playing cards with many family and friends. She and Dave traveled to all 50 states, with Las Vegas being among their favorite vacation spots. In more recent years, they built a new home south of Dubuque, near New Melleray Abbey, to be close to their daughter and her family.

Tillie is survived by her children Cathy (Fritz) White of Dubuque, Gary (Robin) of Chicago and her grandchildren, Krista, Hans, Jordon and Elissa. Also surviving are two sisters, Ione Smith of East Moline, Illinois, Marcella Konzen of Dubuque, a brother, Bill Weber of Dubuque and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave; parents, Nicholas and Matilda; son Dennis; sister, Rosie Schmidt; and brother, Nick Weber.

In lieu of flowers, Matilda Beadle Memorial Fund has been established.

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

In the past year, Tillie was blessed with the kindness and loving care of the staff of Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue, Dr. Honorio Caceres, Dr. Preeti Joseph and Mr. Bob Sudmeier. The family extends to all of them a heartfelt thank you.

My Mom, my dearest friend. You are the guiding light of my life. When things get rough and life gets tough, when all is just too much to bear, my heart is filled with love for you, my teacher, my friend, my mom.



Eugene W. Webb

Eugene W. Webb, 83 of Dubuque, Iowa has gone on his final fishing trip on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Friends may gather on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 1:00p.m. along with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Eugene was born on August 9, 1931 in Armstrong Springs, Arkansas the son of Mitchell and Flora (Zachies) Webb. He was raised in St. Louis and Nashville, IL and ended up in Omak, Washington. He is a US Navy Veteran serving in Korea. He moved to Dubuque, Iowa after serving in the Navy where he met his wife Lorraine Margan. They married on April 24, 1954, in Dubuque.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, and also Tri State Tours. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather. His nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends of his children enjoyed going boating on the river with him. He is remembered for teaching kids to ski and even to dance the "two-step".

He is survived by his wife Lorraine "Lovey", of Dubuque, his children, Pamela Webb of Dubuque, Peggy (Rich) Burlingame, of Burlington, Iowa., Michael (Mary Kay) Webb, of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Matt Webb, Emily Webb, Kate Burlingame, and Nate Burlingame. His sisters Carolyn Godsoe, of Lynchberg, VA, and Kathy (Dave) Weak, of Boise, Idaho, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David, a brother Mitchell Jr., and a sister Betty Fleishman.

Memorials may be given to be given to the Great River Klein Center in Burlington, Iowa.

The family wishes to thank Great River Hospice, and all nurses and staff of the Klein Center.



Cindy L. Thurston

Cindy L. Thurston, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the loving arms of her sister Brenda's family. To honor Cindy's life, private family services are being held.

Cindy was born on July 25, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Charlene (Hedley) Thurston.

Cindy graduated from Hempstead High School. Over the years she was employed at FDL, Rousselot, bartended at many establishments and finally retired as manager of Puff n Snuff. She enjoyed camping, fishing, morel hunting and most of all spending time around the campfire. She loved her dog, Saddie, who was always a constant loyal companion. Cindy had many dear friends including, Bob (Ann), Wayne (Judy) Botsford, Linda Murray and Judy from Puff n Snuff, who are among the many who will miss her dearly.

Cindy is survived by her step-father, Ralph Thiltgen, of East Dubuque; her sisters, Brenda (Walter) Burke, of Dubuque, IA, Joyce (Keith) Jarding, of Farley, IA; Nieces and Nephews Jesse and Jaime Neuhaus, Aubriana, Isabella and Jarrod Jarding; Aunt, Sharon (Richard) Carner, of Earlville; Uncle, Charles Thurston Jr., of Sherrill; and friend, John Flynn of Dubuque.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents. Her grandparents, John (Lillian) Hendricks and Al Hedley. And a brother-in-law, James Neuhaus.

A Cindy L. Thurston memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Deb, Ed, John, Attorney Jeff Tranel, Paramount Ambulance, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Lisa and Angie for the wonderful care they provided for Cindy. The family would also like to thank Ralph for all his devoted attention over the years.

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

 



Jeanette H. Schreiber

Jeanette H. Schreiber, 85, of Dubuque died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral services will be10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jeanette was born March 20, 1929 in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Burr) Frommelt. She Graduated from St. Mary's High School in Guttenberg and attended Clarke College.

On June 10, 1950, Jeanette married Robert Schreiber at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg. She worked for O'Connor, Thomas, McDermott and Wright Law Offices, the Dubuque Community School System, and Manpower Work Services. Her most important job was being a mother.

She was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. She was a great seamstress who did a lot of sewing and needlework.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Robert Schreiber of Dubuque; three children, Dr. Ann Schreiber; Maryellen (Glen) Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia, and their son Lt. JG Andrew Ferring; Jim (Renee) Schreiber and their children, Zachary Schreiber, Martha Schreiber R.N., and Andrea (Dr. James) Quann; and great -grandchildren, Brendan and Thomas Quann; three siblings, Rosemary Matt, Ruth Von Fumetti, and Esther (Fran) Goedken; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Amy, and bothers- in- law Francis Matt and Cyril Von Fumetti.

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

A Jeanette Schreiber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the great ladies at Twenty Four Hour Care and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.



Russell W. Miller

Russell W. Miller, 94, formerly of Fond du Lac, WI passed on to a better world Saturday December 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home and surrounded by loving family.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Russell was born April 23, 1920 in Appleton, WI son of Albert and Amanda (Jeske) Miller. He met the love of his life, Billie Ruth Jenkins, during World War II while stationed at Biloxi and Gulfport Fields in Mississippi. He and Billie Ruth were united in marriage on August 5, 1944 in Appleton, WI. After a short time stationed at Truax Field in Madison, WI, Russell shipped overseas and served for six months in occupied Japan. Russell returned stateside and was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force. Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Appleton for several years, while Russell worked as a produce manager for A&P Food Stores then as a salesman for Prudential Insurance. Russell was promoted to Staff Manager, was transferred to Kenosha, WI and then to Fond du Lac, WI where he retired from a 30 year career with Prudential.

Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Fond du Lac for 61 years before moving to Dubuque, IA last year to be closer to family. This past August, Russell and Billie Ruth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

In retirement Russell relished being around people, did his best to meet every resident of Fond du Lac and received several community volunteerism awards. He served as head usher and greeter for many years at his beloved Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, donated time and energy to the Loaves & Fishes meal program, was an active member of the Noon Optimist Club, the Senior Center and Master Gardeners Club. He was most proud of being a mentor in the All Generation Education (AGE) program at Sabish Middle School. On the rare occasions when he was not helping others, he enjoyed airplanes and was a loyal member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He proudly carried the Olympic Torch on its cross-country trip to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa.

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

Russell was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, his parents, brothers and sisters.

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

The family extends special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor, Reverends Ken and Nancy Bickel, Hospice of Dubuque, nurse Sammi at Unity Point Home Care, Dr. Brian Sullivan, and nurses Tabitha and Laralee, all whom brightened his days and provided endless love and comfort in his final days.



Diane M. Brantner

Diane M. Lammers Brantner, 69, of Dyersville, and formerly of Eden Prairie, MN died Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa from complications from Alzheimers Disease.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Diane was born July 18, 1945 in Dyersville the daughter of Arthur and Frances (Keuter) Lammers. She graduated from Xavier High School and continued her education in nursing. For most of her career she was an LPN and in administration at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.

Surviving are her brother, Gary (Deanne) Lammers of Dyersville, her niece, Lisa (Bill) Northup of Clive, IA and a nephew, Jeff Lammers of Conyers, GA; a great niece and a great nephew, Lauren and Jacob Northup.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew, Robert Lammers.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for the wonderful care provided for Diane over the last two years.

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

 



Harold H. Straub

Harold H. Straub, 89, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Harold was born on February 5, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Herman S. and Lena K. (Jaeger) Straub. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1943. He married Kathryn Schroeder- Kehoe on April 22, 1956 in Davenport, Iowa. Harold worked at his family's business, Curtis-Straub Plumbing and Heating at 1072 Locust St. his entire life. It was established in 1920 by Roy Curtis and Herman Straub. Harold was a dedicated worker, and business owner and ran the business until he was 86 years old.
He took pride in his automobiles and enjoyed going on car rides. He loved sports and was an avid Cubs and Packers fan. Harold was a member of the Elks Club and the 330 Shooting Society.

Surviving is his sister, Darlene (Straub) Ertl of Dyersville; nieces and nephews, Karolyn (Steve) Olberding, of Dyersville, Karl (Pam) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo., David (Becky) Ertl of Cascade, Krisanne (Fiance Kelly Kluesner) Ertl, of Dyersville, and Daniel (friend Jan) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo.; great- nieces and nephews, Dawn (Brian) Chetto, Jeremy (Fiance Carla) Olberding, Steven (Friend Melba) Ertl, Matthew (Nicolle) Ertl, Elizabeth (Friend Brian) Ertl, Jarrett Ertl, Samuel Ertl, Ryan (Friend Sherill) Funke, Alex Funke and Jade Ertl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; parents, special friend Kay Hoppmann; brother, Karl; brother-in-law, Robert J. Ertl; and great- niece, Stefanie Olberding.

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

A Harold Straub memorial fund has been established.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially the CCDI unit, Hospice of Dubuque and DuRide.

"When's the party start"



Michael B. Stack

Michael B. "Uncle Mike" Stack, age 52, embarked on his latest adventure Saturday, December 6, 2014 from University Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 13, 1962 in Dubuque, the fourth child of Dr. James and Orene Stack. He went to St Columbkille Grade School, where he met lifelong friend Marty Oliver. He attended Wahlert High School and St Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he received a degree in Theater Arts, with a minor in Business. He then continued with his studies at The University of Iowa, where he lived with his brothers, Jim and Chuck.

After completing His schooling he moved on to his chosen career, World Traveler/Adventurer/Poet/Entertainer. He briefly moved to India, followed by a lengthy stay in the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Noe Valley with his mother. While there, he performed at EXIT Theatre and led his family on many fantastic tours of the city.
It was then off to Madrid Spain for five years with friend and partner Lisa Coussell. He learned Spanish so he could teach English, and they performed in nightclubs with some other friends as The Lovenuts. From Madrid it was on to London for five years, where he lived with his friend Keziah Cunningham and worked in restaurants, inevitably ending up managing them. He had adventures, too numerous to list, as he traveled all across Europe and North Africa with Lisa, Keziah and Karen Evans, along with a host of other friends.

His mom's advancing age brought him back to the U.S. Soon after returning, his oldest sister, Paula, was stricken with a terminal illness and he moved to the Denver area to spend the next two years caring for her. During this time he suffered a first stroke from which he never fully recovered; the body was damaged, but the spirit was strong. About this time, he converted to Buddhism, taking Tashi Tharpa (Auspicious Liberation) as his Buddhist name.
He remained in Colorado until moving back to Dubuque in 2012 to live in the family place on the river near Massey with his brother Jim and nephew Casey. Everywhere he lived, his circle of friends constantly expanded; his loss will be felt to the literal "Ends of the Earth".

He was preceded in death by his Mom, Orene, and Dad, James, and oldest sister, Paula.

He is survived by siblings Kathy (Remus), Chuck (Judi) and Jim. Also, nieces and nephews Delia, Jan (Eloise), Kamie and Casey (Sam) and great-nieces Mary and Paula; his cousins, the Rowe family and innumerable friends. And not least, his canine buddies, Dino and Gracie, who adore him and brought uncounted joy to his last years.

Services will be announced at a later date to take place in the spring. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Alberta P. Wisco

Alberta P. Wisco, 76, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at home in the care of her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
To honor the wishes of Alberta, private family services have been held at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home.

Alberta was born on September 6, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Ethel (Witterholt) Gibbons and William Witterholt. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1956. Alberta met her husband, Robert Wayne Wisco on December 10, 1955 and married soon after on May 2, 1956 in Dubuque.

Alberta dedicated her life to providing unconditional love to her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed nothing more than to spend time with her family. Alberta was the most caring, thoughtful and magnificent woman and will be sadly missed by all that knew her. In addition to being a phenomenal care taker, she loved fishing and was an accomplished quilter. She also enjoyed collecting keepsakes, watching classic movies and loving her family endlessly.

Alberta and Wayne had seven children; Chad (Angela) Wisco, Cary Wisco, Carl (Kathy) Wisco, Cass (Lorrie) Wisco, Shannon (Julie) Wisco, Kip (Amy) Wisco and Tracy (Jeff) Leibold. Alberta was blessed with 17 loving grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was a beloved sister to William "Sonny" Witterholt, sister-in-law to JoAnn (Witterholt) Weigel, aunt to Melinda and Greg and lifelong friend of Edith Cook.

Alberta was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, specifically Amy M. and Amy C., for their wonderful care and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank Pastor Kincaid of Our Redeemer Lutheran church, for his visits with Alberta, his prayers, kind words and support.

A memorial has been established in Alberta's name and all donations will be given to a special little girl who touched Alberta's heart, Zahra, to aid in her own fight against cancer. Contributions can be sent to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.



Robert J. Blosch

Robert J. Blosch, 91, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. There will be no public visitation and the family request no flowers. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born August 22, 1923 in LaMotte, Iowa, son of John and Mary (Repphun) Blosch. He married Florence H. Beidler on May 8, 1943 at St. Raphael's Cathederal in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 21, 2011. Robert was a long time employee of Nurre Glass Co. and the Trus Joist Co, Dubuque. He also worked for Bacon & Van Buskirk Co., Zephyr Glass Co. and the John Deere Dubuque Works. Robert served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a medic. Robert loved traveling with his wife Florence, family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, visiting with friends at Bunker Hill Golf Course and investing in the financial markets. He loved playing fast pitch softball where he pitched for years. During this time he threw numerous no hitters and led his teams to many city championships. He was elected into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1978. He was a member of St. Anthony's parish.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Barbara Pfiffner and Susan (Tony) Walker both of Asbury, and a son Thomas (Helen), of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dave (Kim) Pfiffner, Jon Pfiffner, Ann (Dave) Johnson, Matt Pfiffner, Steve (Virginia) Blosch, Tim (Jamie) Blosch, Jay Kluesner, Jesse (Amanda) Kluesner; 12 great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law Doris Blosch and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren, Mark and Mary Pat Blosch, 4 brothers, Harvey, Carl, Paul and Kenneth (Denny) Blosch, and 1 sister, Helen (Sally) Doerr and son-in-law Ron Pfiffner.

In memory of Robert, memorials may be given to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and staff, Dr. Jared Freiburger and staff, Luther Manor and their staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.



John J. Beireis

John Joseph Beireis, 72, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday December 6, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00a.m. Tuesday December 9, 2014 at Holy Family church New Melleray, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 4pm to 8pm on Monday December 8th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

John Joseph Beireis was born September 22, 1942, the son of Chester and Veralda (Soppe) Beireis. He married Janet Ann "Jan" Kane on January 28,1967.

John graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and entered the United States Air Force, serving from 1961 to 1965.

John worked as a commercial roofer in Minnesota for many years and was a member of the Roofer's Local #96 for 46 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #602 out of Hillman, MN. When he retired, John and Jan sold their home and retired to the Platte Lake near Hillman MN. In June of 2014 they moved back to Dubuque due to John's declining health.

John is survived by his wife Jan of 47 plus years. His sister, Phyllis (Don) Miller, of East Dubuque IL, brothers, David and Bob Beireis, of Dubuque and Dale Beireis, of Nevis, MN. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel (Cheryl) Kane, of Galena, IL, Mike (Margie) Kane, of Epworth, IA, Marty (Cindy) Kane, of Ringsted, IA, Bill (Mary Kay) Kane, of Zwingle, IA and Jay Kiernan of Dubuque, IA., Shirley (Glenn) Sieverding, of Bellevue, IA, Joyce Haudenshield, and Marie (Jim) Balk, of Dubuque, IA and Linda (Clarence) Hoftender, of Galena IL., and many nieces an nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William C Beireis, Jr., his mother and father-in-law Joseph and Angela Kane, Sisters-in-law, Carol (Carrie) Beireis, Loretta Beireis, Jessie Beireis, and Mary Jo (Kane) Kiernan and brother-in-law, James Haudenshield.

Thank you to Finley Home Care, especially "Sam" Samantha Mobile, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Kristine Cooper for their gentle care and support.



Alice Hefel

Alice Hefel, 86 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday December 8th at St. Peter and Paul Church, in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. on Sunday December 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4 pm. Friends may also gather after 9:00a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Alice was born on November 16, 1928 in Wisconsin the daughter of John and Katherine (Winters) Hying. She married Lawrence "Tud" Hefel on April 12, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on October 25, 2007.

She loved being outdoors working in her garden and fishing. She also enjoyed quilting and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Don Sloan) Johnson, of Stillwater, Minn., and Madonna(Art) McNett of Platteville; four sons, Ron Hefel and Jeff Hefel both of Dubuque, Roderick Hefel, of St. Charles, IL, and Keith Hefel, of White Bear Lake, MN. sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence "Tud" Hefel, a daughter Carla Hefel a daughter-in-law Deirdre and her 8 siblings; Roy, Delila, Frances, Maude, Mary, John, George, and Josephine.



Garrett W. Stephens

Garrett W. Stephens, 32, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Nelson Perkinson officiating. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday and after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Garrett was born on September 25, 1982, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Richard and Christine (Reuter) Stephens. He married Ashley A. Blume on August 24, 2013, at Four Mounds in Dubuque. He owned Key City Kustom and took great pride in his custom body work and painting.

Garrett graduated from Cuba City High School in 2001. He loved music, jeeping, gardening, canning, raising his new chickens, and just being outdoors. He was an excellent cook. Garrett was devoted to family and will be greatly missed and forever loved.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley; his parents, Rich and Chris Stephens, of Cuba City; a sister, Brigitte (Eric) Heim Stephens, of North Liberty, Iowa; a brother, Calvin Stephens, of Cuba City; his father and mother-in-law, Scott and Karoly Blume, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Austin Blume, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Norbert and Mary Reuter, and his paternal grandparents, John and Violette Stephens.

Thank you to the Hazel Green Rescue Squad and Fire Department who aided the family.

A Garrett W. Stephens Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Lonnie D. Smothers

Lonnie D. Smothers, age 66, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. To honor Lonnie's life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer. To celebrate Lonnie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Lonnie was born on August 8, 1948 in Dubuque, Ia., son of Danniel and Hazel (Davis) Smothers. Lonnie graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1966. He proudly served 2 tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. Lonnie owned his own business and was in construction most of his life but also drove truck for awhile. He was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans, the D.A.V., the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the North American Fishing Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, country music and playing his guitar.

Lonnie is survived by his children;Rhonda Smothers, Brian (Kelly) Smothers, Angel Smothers, Cody Smothers, and Tasha Smothers, all of Dubuque. 11 Grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Brother;Eddie (Marlene) Smothers, of Dubuque. Sister; Gayle Kruser of East Dubuque. Sister-in-law; Janie Smothers.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Juanita and Brenda and his brother, Marvin.

A Lonnie D. Smothers memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their compassionate care of Lonnie.

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



Clement J. Koerperich

In the peaceful quiet of early morning on December 4th, Clement J. "Clem" Koerperich passed from this life to his eternal reward.

Clem was a born and bred Dubuquer, arriving on December 8th, 1935 as the third of nine children of Hannah J. (Anderson) and Emmett J. Koerperich. Clem's younger years were spent running the South End and helping his family make ends meet. Clem's great work ethic was a result of watching his mom tirelessly provide all she could while sharing great love and kindness with all of her children. Clem later honored his beloved mom by providing the same to his lucky brood.

While a student at Loras Academy, Clem focused on three areas: academics, athletics, and wooing Joan Altman. It all turned out well: he graduated, enjoyed accolades as a stand-out football and track athlete, and married "Joanie" shortly after her high school graduation on November 19, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. As members of Holy Ghost Parish, Clem and Joan raised eight children; whom they taught the importance of family, the value of learning and discussion, the meaning of hard work, the joy of exploring nature, the reward of giving, and the power of a good hug.

Clem's profoundly thoughtful nature was one of his most outstanding characteristics. He enjoyed reading, music, competing in and watching sporting activities, square dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, cheering on the Packers, Yankees, Hawkeyes, and whatever team any grandchild was on, and most of all spending time with friends and family. There was not a card game he couldn't play or a baby he couldn't calm. Clem was a quiet, kind guy, but once you knew him and his wry, witty sense of humor, you'd be a friend for life.

Clem had lots of professional success-usually managing a full time job at John Deere (where he was general foreman of the foundry) and a part-time job to support his family. You could always depend on Clem. Even though a couple jobs and a world of other responsibilities could leave him tired out; he never passed up the opportunity to spend time with his kids or grandkids: playing catch, hanging out on the front stoop during a rain storm, or sitting at the kitchen table late at night-waiting for the last person to get home-time talking with Clem were some of the sweetest memories. Those times will be missed.

Family members and friends who will miss Clem's beautiful green eyes, sweet smile, and great hugs include children: Laura Kringle and Ron (Karin) Koerperich of Kansas City, Missouri, Bob (Meaghan) Koerperich of Douglas, Alaska, David Koerperich of Florida Keys, Florida, Ken (Marie) Koerperich and Kathy (Mark McCarthy) of Dubuque, and Mary Jo (Chris) Dahms of West Des Moines, Iowa. Clem's well-loved grandkids are: Jill Kringle, Sarah Kringle, Michael Kelly, Christopher Kelly, Lisa Ann Alexanderoff, Janice Alexanderoff, Kathryn Alexanderoff, Allison Koerperich, Kathy Koerperich, Lindsay Koerperich, Bobbie Jo Koerperich, Jackie McMaster, Joseph Clement Koerperich, Michael Koerperich, David Koerperich, Daniel Koerperich, Hannah Koerperich, Hailey Koerperich, Hope Koerperich, Justin Dahms, Brandon Dahms, Christin Dahms, Grant Simon, and Ellyn Simon. Clem's surviving siblings include Emmett (Jacquie) Koerperich, Ron Koerperich, Elaine (Leon) Koerperich, and Les (Carolyn) Koerperich. In-laws are Richard Ties, Joe Meyer, Jack Altman, and Tom & Peg Brewer. Clem was blessed to have the support and deeply felt admiration of his "bunch"-who spent time loving him up daily the past couple years: "G-man", Elly, the " H-girls times 3", and all of the wonderful friends working and living at Stonehill.

Clem's passing allows him to be reunited with his sweetheart, Joanie, his son, Jim Koerperich, grandkids Dan Koerperich and Elizabeth Kringle, son-in-law, Delos Kringle, parents Hannah and Emmett Koerperich, and sisters Janet DeMaio, Ellen Close, Joanne Meyer, and Barb Ties.

In accordance with Clem's humble wishes, there will be a private family celebration of Clem's life to be held on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. We encourage all who would mourn Clem to share his gift of kindness, humor, and a smile with all those you love and with those you meet. Instead of sending flowers in Clem's memory, perhaps you could make a monetary or blood donation to the American Red Cross (where Clem donated throughout his lifetime). You might also choose to contribute to Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Mines of Spain, or any organization that strives to make our community a better place.

Clem's family would like to offer heart-felt gratitude to the caring folks at Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque.

If there is ever a tomorrow when we are not together,

There is something you must always remember-

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is even if we are apart,

I'll always be with you.

-A.A. Milne

 



Virginia Chalder

Virginia "Ginny" Chalder, 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Swiss Valley, died Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Family and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ginny was born in Dubuque, IA on April 9, 1928, the daughter of Frank and Mildred (Stumpf) Parker. She was married to James "Wes" Chalder who preceded her in death on July 31, 2006. She was a full time homemaker who enjoyed cooking and working in her vegetable garden. She will be fondly remembered for her visits to the casino where she could be found at her favorite slot machine.

Surviving are her son, Michael (Pat) Chalder, of San Clemente, CA; a granddaughter, Christine (Kim) Albizati, of San Diego, CA; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lizzie, and Andrew Albizati, of San Diego, CA; a sister, Mary Lou Parker Ness, of Dubuque, IA and a brother, Frank (Sonny) Bargman, of Aurora, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wes, two brothers, Leo (Buss) Bargman, and John (Buddy) Bargman, two sisters, Ethel (Bubbles) Parker, and Clara Bargman Mullady.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and also Pam Baysinger and Terry Bargman for their support and friendship to Ginny.



Terrance J. Klinkhammer

Terrance J. "Terry" Klinkhammer, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Terry's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Paul Glendenning officiating. To celebrate Terry's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home.

Terry was born in Dubuque on October 4, 1941, son of Herbert and Ruth (Bakey) Klinkhammer.

Terry married Dixie Urban on September 25, 1965 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He worked in construction and landscaping while spending many years traveling across the country "riding the rails". In his free time he enjoyed reading the daily newspaper from "front to back" and listening to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley gospel music. Terry's love of history was often shared through stories with friends and family. Terry's greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Terry is survived by his children, Terri "Toots" (Clifton) Hill, Rockford, IL., Shawn (Shelly) Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA., Shane (Lisa) Klinkhammer, Lakewood, WA., Anthony "Tony" (Heather Ridgeway) Klinkhammer, Las Vegas, NV.; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; also survived by, Cortez "Boug" Bennett and his children, Madison, WI., Curtis (Jennifer) Bennett and their children, Rockford, IL., his siblings, Herbert (Carol) Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA., Thomas (Deb Rooney) Klinkhammer, Key West, IA., Ruth Ann Heim, Dubuque, IA., Gerald (Mary Jo) Klinkhammer, Peosta, IA., Timothy Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA.; several nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by, his parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Dave Beecher, a brother, Daniel Klinkhammer and a brother-in-law Robert Heim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main Street, Dubuque, IA., 52001.

The family would to thank Dr. Caceres, the Staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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

 



Lois Smith

Lois (Feller) Smith, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully at Oak Park Place on Tuesday, December 3, 2014.
There will be a visitation at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 W. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA. A celebration of Lois' life will follow at 2:00 p.m.

The youngest of eight children, Lois was born to Henry and Matilda Feller on December 23, 1924 near Elgin, Iowa. A graduate of Elgin High School, Lois earned her teacher certificaton from Upper Iowa University. She taught first grade in Greene and Reinbeck, Iowa. She married Claude Smith on July 11, 1948.

Lois loved nature, gardening, cooking and handcrafts such as sewing and crocheting. She and her husband, Claude, enjoyed traveling visiting much of the United States as well as many locations abroad.

Lois was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and sister. With quiet grace and generosity, she touched the lives of family, friends and acquaintances throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Claude Smith, her three children, Joy Smith (David Rust), Linda (John) McClintock, Ken (Marilyn) Smith; three grandchildren Aaron Rust (Nadia Zaks), Caleb Smith (Devin Zeek), Sarra (Jennifer) Mullen; two great grandchildren Ella Zaks Rust and Madison Zeek; sister Iola Stannard and brother Clifford Feller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden (3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001) or First Congregational United Church of Christ (255 W. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001).

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, the outpatient physical therapy staff at Enoble Rehab Center and the Staff at Oak Park Place for their outstanding care, love and support of Lois.



Wilfred G. Duschen

Wilfred G. "Buzz" Duschen, 74, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.

Wilfred was born August 4, 1940, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Thelma (McKeown ) Duschen. He married Mary Joyce Herting on February 2, 1963 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

Buzz was employed at Thermolyne for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church for many years. Buzz and Mary enjoyed rollerskating together in their younger years. He was active with the Boy Scouts when his sons were young. Buzz loved being outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and boating. He was a devoted grandpa, and enjoyed being with his grandchildren, especially going to Disneyland with them.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary, of Dubuque; his sons, Steve (Dawn) Duschen of LaMotte, IA; Dan (Jamie) Duschen of Fremont, CA; Jim (Sue) Duschen of Rock Rapid, IA; and Joe Duschen of Dubuque; his daughter, Lisa (Greg) Ronek of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Samantha, Andy, Kaitlyn, Nathan, Zack, and Nicole Duschen, Jonathon Rucker, and Kyle and Ben Ronek, and Noah Sanderson; and a brother, Larry Duschen of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Eunice Krogman.

The family would like extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Buzz, especially Nicolle and Cindy.

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



Betty A. Shellhause

Betty A. Shellhause, 73, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.



Robert A. Rohrs

Robert "Rob" Allen Rohrs, age 52, of 64 South Hill St., Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. To honor Robert's life, services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon John Stierman officiating To celebrate Robert's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Rob was born on August 25, 1962 in Marshalltown, Iowa, son of Dale and Shirley Ann (Doan) Rohrs. Rob graduated from Marshalltown High School prior to moving to Dubuque to join the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp. He joined the military and proudly served for 12 years. He attended NICC where he received his carpenters degree. Rob spent many joyful hours in his workshop and was always there to help anyone with a project. He adored his cat, Spatz and his love for his trumpet never faded over the years.

Robert is survived by his wife, Christine Wilson, of Dubuque. His mother, Shirley Rohrs, of Marshalltown, Ia. His brother, Steven (Donna) Rohrs, of Branson, Missouri. His children, Travis and Brandy Cliburn, Leah Rohrs-Hoffmann and Dylan Rohrs, all of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Lealand Potter, Riley Hoffmann and Cody Cliburn all of Dubuque. He is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert was preceded in death by his father.

A Robert A. Rohrs memorial fund has been established.

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



Francis M. Oberfoell

Francis M. "Ducky" Oberfoell, 79, of Epworth, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. at his home in Epworth, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Francis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Francis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa where full Military Honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion - John White Post #650.

Francis was born on April 23, 1935 in Epworth, Iowa, son of Martin and Marie (Sweeney) Oberfoell. He received his education and graduated from the former Epworth High School. On November 25, 1971, he was united in marriage to Jean Koopmann at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish. Francis enjoyed farming and spending his time at the Pond. He also enjoyed going to auctions and spoke of his good bargains.

He is survived by his wife Jean (Koopmann) Oberfoell of Epworth, four children, Martin (Brenda) Oberfoell of Epworth, IA, Michael Oberfoell (& Vicki Blake) of Key West, IA, Dennis Oberfoell (& Abby Koppes) of Epworth, IA, Nichole (Scott) Sellner of Cedar Rapids, IA, 4 grandchildren; Miranda, Alaina and Aubrey Sellner, and Brynn Oberfoell, Three sisters; Ileen (William) Domas of Montclair, CA, Helen (Patrick) McDermott. Verna (Dorrance) McDermott both of Epworth, IA, one brother, Leo "Mike" Oberfoell of Liberty, MO, two sisters-in-law, Grace (Donald) Droeszler of Bernard, IA, Rosie Koopmann of Delhi, IA, one brother-in-law, Jim Brady of DeWitt, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; Ione (Chuck) Engler and Patty Brady, one brother, Milton Oberfoell, one sister-in-law, Phyliss Oberfoell, brothers and sisters-in-law, Inez (Ronald) Silker, Donald (Margaret) Koopmann, Berniece (Bernard) Kramer , Melita (Roy) Ross, John and Elmer Koopmann.

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



John F. Link

John F. Link, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

John was born on March 19, 1925 in Balltown, Iowa the son of John and Cecelia (Hansen) Link. He married Velma Sternhagen on April 18, 1950 at St. Martins in Cascade. He worked for John Deere for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the UAW Local #94.

He is survived by his wife Velma, three children, Leonard (Janice) Link, of Cuba City, WI, Theresa Link, and Michael Link, both of Dubuque. Eight grandchildren: Amy (Dave) Weber, Katie (Jon) Bellini, Nicole (Matt) Miller, John (Jessica) Link, Joseph (Amanda) Link, David Link, Elaine Link, and Lucas Link; and twelve great grandchildren. His sister Florence Ernzen, of Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Church, Key West.

The family wishes to thank Dr. William Manzel and his staff, Mercy Medical Center and Manor Care staff and residents for all their wonderful care.



Marcella C. Boeckenstedt

Marcella C. Boeckenstedt, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Church, Dyersville, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will be officiating.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 P.M. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 P.M.

Marcella was born November 11, 1922, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of John and Antonia (Roth) Welter. She married Robert B. Boeckenstedt on June 17, 1947, in Luxemburg, Iowa. They were blessed with 38 years together until Robert's passing in 1985. Together they farmed near New Vienna until 1981, when they retired and moved to Dyersville.

Marcella remained active creating beautiful quilts, gardening, reading, traveling and volunteering countless hours to the hospital and other community groups, as demonstrated by an award she received for her volunteerism from Governor Branstad. She believed in a strong work ethic and giving back to the community.

Marcella was deeply committed to her faith and a member of the Basilica of St Francis Xavier. She was also a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Marcella was a very caring person and cherished the times she spent with family and friends.

Survivors include 6 children: Ron (Kathy) Boeckenstedt of New Vienna, Luke (Shar) Boeckenstedt and Loras (Gayle) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Linda (Dan) Gorsh of Oxford, Dale (Linda) Boeckenstedt of Petersburg, and Jeff (Penny) Boeckenstedt of Earlville. 6 grandchildren: Jaime (Troy) Detweiler, Kyle (Samantha) Gorsh, Katie (Chris) Nickol, Kristie (Matt) Rellihan, Angie Boeckenstedt and Adam Boeckenstedt, and several great-grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Edna Rausch of Garnavillo;  in-laws: Anna Mae Welter of Dubuque, and Rose Boeckenstedt of New Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Anton and Agnes (Beckman) Boeckenstedt, 5 sisters: Alberta (Alphonse) Roling, Lucille (Clarence) Theisen, Olive (Kermit) Mitchell, Germaine (Albert) Kloser, and Bernice Welter in infancy, 1 brother: Ralph Welter, in-laws:, Charlie Rausch, Charles (Alma), James (Imelda), Arthur (Helen), Mark (Agnes), Albert (Alice), Anthony (Julianna and Winnifred) Boeckenstedt, David and Delores Boeckenstedt.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Oak Crest Manor for the excellent care they provided our mother during her 4 years there. It is sincerely appreciated and will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for the outstanding support provided during the 9 years she was a resident there, and Hospice of Dubuque.  Memorials are preferred to these organizations.

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

 

 



Kimberly K. Klostermann

Kimberly K. Klostermann, 44, of 17977 Higginsport Road, Bernard, Iowa, died, Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Private graveside services will be held in Calvery Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating.

Kimberly was born July 24, 1970 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Will and Barb (LeClere) Klostermann. She is a 1988 graduate of Cascade High School in Cascade. Kimblery was employed at Cascade Die Mold for 14 years and most recently at Lowes in Dubuque.

She is survived by her father and step mother, Will and Janell Klostermann of Bernard, IA; three siblings, Tina (Matt) Cigrand of Monticello, IA, Alan (Lisa) Klostermann of Bernard, IA and Todd (Karen) Klostermann of Marion, IA; 7 nieces; 3 nephews; a great niece; and her maternal grandmother, Betty LeClere of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Barb Klostermann on June 18, 1978.

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

 



Lucille C. Steffen

Lucille C. Steffen, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at Sunnycrest Manor with her son, Steven at her side.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday Holy Trinity Catholic Church. where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

Lucille was born December 10, 1922 in Dubuque, daughter of George and Mae (Rooney) Brandt. She married Elmer A. Steffen, August 23, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1985.

She was employed at Neisners Dime Store for 15 years and at Wahlert High School.

She enjoyed doing art especially painting scenery/coloring and reading mysteries. She loved playing euchre (nickname 2 bower-Lucille) and loved her Sunday rides with her son Steven.

Shopping was something else on the top of her list. Her smile "was contagious" and always brought out the best and joy to all.

She is survived by her son Steven Steffen, of Dubuque; one grandson, Brian; also a caring niece, Linda Ansel and her husband Mike, who looked out for her in a special way; many more nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine; her parents; a brother, Vince and in-laws, Dorothy and Erwin Buelow and Hilda and Ralph Blaser.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established. Cards may be mailed to Linda Ansel, 2780 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Michael D. Lagen

Michael D. Lagen, 66, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Sunnycrest Manor. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Michael was born April 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Louis "Pat" and Thea (Quade) Lagen. He attended St. Patrick's School and graduated from Wahlert High School. He received residential and vocational services from Area Residential Care. Michael was an avid Cubs fan.

He is survived by his cousins, Pat (John) Sunseri of Dubuque, Susan (John) Ohms of Dubuque, Barbara (Jim) Schwers of Broken Arrow, Okla., David Quade of Mobile, Ala., Thomas Quade of Mobile, Ala., Paul (Linda) Quade of Huntsville, Ala., and Lyn (Bruce) Johnston of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Wahlert High School or Area Residential Care.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their wonderful care.



Rev. Kosaky M. Keller

Rev. Kosaky M. Keller, 60, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Kosaky's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 6, 2014 from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.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.

Rev. Kosaky Keller was born on January 19, 1954 on the Island of Pingelap, in the Federated States of Micronesia to Max and Kinie (Sakjuro) Keller. He attended Pingelap Elementary, then Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School, then Iowa Technical College in Sioux City, IA, Guam Community College, Palau Community College, and finally at the United Church of Christ Theological Training in Pohnpei, FSM. He married Belmihna Phillip on July 27, 1974 in Pingelap, FSM.

Rev. Keller had first worked as a High School Teacher at Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade school (PATS). He then worked as a High School Teacher at Pohnpei Island Central School (PICS), and lastly as the President of Pingelap People Organization Incorporation.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Belmihna Keller of Maquoketa, IA; children Kellen Keller, Helen Keller (Vinnie Loren), Yuriko Ilai (Ilander), Cathy George (Jeppeson), Kevin Keller (Mercyann) and Garry Keller (Tisha); 10 Grandchildren, Kaylei Ilai, Jalen George, Max Alee Keller, Melmarie Keller, Jerard George, Kabrien Keller, Jess Tommy George, Jazlyn George, Gashalae Keller and Maxiques Keller; 14 brothers and sisters including those present at this funeral service, brothers Makir Keller (Elizabeth), Sakies (Mildred) Keller and Kelly (Anelyn) Keller, and sisters Eriko Welle, and Keislihna Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and 1 sister.

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

 



Lucita M. Schockemoehl

Lucita M. Schockemoehl, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, December 1, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Lucita was born February 11, 1917 in Ackley, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Mollie (Esser) Kachelhoffer.  She married Howard Schockemoehl on June 29, 1939, in Ackley, Iowa.  Lucita was a nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  She was an avid golfer and later in life enjoyed traveling and playing cards.

Survivors include her children: John "Jack" (Joyce Dixon) Schockemoehl of Richmond, VA, Susan (Terence) Williams of Beaver Dam, WI, 3 grandchildren: Molly Shepard, Jennifer Schockemoehl and Cary Schockemoehl (Edward Davis), 2 great grandsons: Benjamin Davis and Cassidy Shepard and grand goddaughter, Zen Rushiti.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard in 1980, siblings, Frances Johnson and brothers-in-law, Louis and James Schockemoehl.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

 



Aloysius P. Merkes

Aloysius "Al" Peter Merkes, 80 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm. - 8:00 pm., Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, with a 7:30 p.m., scripture service. Entombment with Military Honors by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Al was born January 2, 1934 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Peter and Margret (Reis) Merkes. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Al married Theresa Offermann on November 24, 1959 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville. He was a farmer, a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, like to dance, playing cards with family and friends, and puttering around in his shed with many projects.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; children, Paul (Valerie), Mark (Terri), Pat (Sandy), Mike (Tammy), Roger (Tina), and Kevin (Cindy) Merkes; 28 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Peter, Arnie (Jackie), John (Lou) Merkes, Theresa Foxen, and Mary Jane (Joel) Glennon.

Al was preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings, Art, Katie, Clara, and Ambrose.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, Finley Hospital, many family members, and Resurrection Church members for all your help and support during Al's illness.

In lieu flowers a memorial fund has been established in Al's memory.

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



Sr. Electa Armstrong, OP

Sister Electa Armstrong, OP, died at St Dominic Villa, Nov. 29, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial at the Motherhouse cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Electa devoted 46 years of her life to secondary school education. She taught chemistry and science classes, 20 years; was an administrator for 11; and business officer for 15 years. Sister also helped business officers of other religious congregations, for three years.

Sister Electa was appointed administrator of St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, Iowa, for three years. Community life was enriched by her presence the past eight years.

Sister ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Sister Electa, born July 16, 1927, in Eureka, Calif., to Hazel Ann Held and George Armstrong, made profession Aug. 5, 1955.

Sister is survived by a brother, Winfield John, nieces, nephews and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 59 years.



Joshua A. Schulz

Joshua A. Schulz, 31, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Joshua's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, December 5, 2014, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Joshua Allen Schulz was born on June 2, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Allen and Mary Ellen (Clark) Schulz. He grew up in Delmar and then attended Maquoketa Community High School.

Joshua had worked as a nailer for Jackson Pallet Company in LaMotte, Iowa for several years.

Joshua enjoyed working on motors, fishing, hunting rabbit and squirrel, singing Karaoke and playing pool. He was a MacGyver who could fix anything and loved working with his hands. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Joshua's memory include his mother Mary Ellen Schulz of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Karlee Jo Gerdes of Lowden, IA; his twin brother Jason Schulz of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Miranda (Justin) Renstrom of Davenport, IA; his maternal grandmother Berna (Lane) Sagers of Maquoketa, IA; a nephew Camdyn and a niece Ariana; and his girlfriend Gail Amend of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, paternal grandparents, and his father Richard on October 19, 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Joshua Allen Schulz memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl L. Moses

Carl LeRoy Moses, 79, passed from mortality to immortality on December 1, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He now rests in the arms of his Heavenly Father free from the cancer with which he has struggled for over a year.

Private grave-side services will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, IA where other family grave sites are located. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 2659 John F Kennedy Road.

Carl was born on September 19, 1935 in Edgar Springs, MO, to Leslie and Elizabeth Roseberry. His father, Leslie, was killed in Belgium on January 23, 1944 while serving in the United States Army in WWII. Six months later Elizabeth passed away leaving Carl and his 5 siblings orphaned. After living with relatives and a prospective guardian family for two years, the six children were adopted by Jesse L and T. Lena Moses of Des Moines, IA. This new family also included Robert Moses who had previously been adopted.

Carl graduated from Des Moines Technical High School and worked for the Iowa Air National Guard for 5 years. He then began a 38 year career with Crescent Electric Supply Company. He managed Crescent branches in Burlington, IA, Joliet, IL, Greensboro/High Point, NC and Dubuque, IA. Carl retired in 1999. After his retirement he engaged in his passion for golf at The Meadows and Bunker Hill Golf Course. The elusive hole-in-one was achieved on September 8, 2009, at The Meadows. Carl faithfully attended Hope Evangelical Free Church in Dubuque where he was part of the Host/Ushering ministry.

Carl and Sandra Lea Seath were married on September 21, 1956. They were blessed with three daughters: Kimberly (Robert) Hunt of Gray, TN, Valerie Moses of St. Charles, IL, and Traci (Eric) Olson of Abingdon, MD. His wife and daughters survive along with five grandchildren: Andrew (Lauren) Kidd and Hannah, Brianna, Karisse and Christian Olson. He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Larry (Jean) Moses and Robert (Karin) Moses; one sister, Phyllis Snell; a brother-in-law, Robert Hertz and nieces and nephews. Two children of Edith Moses, Donna French and Roger Hickman, also survive Carl's passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Cleo Murray, Shirley Hertz and Martha (Don) Hertz.

Carl was deeply loved and appreciated for his wisdom, humor and kindness. He truly was the "wind beneath the wings" of his family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
Memorial gifts may be directed to Hope Evangelical Free Church or Hospice of Dubuque, both located on JFK Road in Dubuque, IA.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, the oncology nurses at Medical Associates Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of our loved one.



Sr. Julissa Duggan

Sister Julissa Duggan, BVM, 95, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in the Marian Hall Chapel followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Julissa was an elementary school educator and administrator in Iowa at St. Martin in Cascade and St. Patrick in Cedar Falls, and Davenport and Muscatine. She also taught in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Clarksdale, Miss.; and Chicago.

She was born June 9, 1919, in S. Garryowen, Iowa, daughter of William Patrick and Julia Winifred Lynch Duggan. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Raphael Cathedral Parish on Sept. 8, 1937. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1940, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph and Daniel; and sisters: Mildred Hilby, Cora Sullivan, Irene Lay, Anita Brandt, Evelyn Babcock, and Viola Baumhover.

She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 77 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., is in charge of arrangements.



Richard F. Furlong

Richard Francis Furlong, age 72 of Dubuque died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on May 12, 1942 in Dubuque the son of Francis and Bernice(Stecklein) Furlong. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 and worked at Dubuque John Deere for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of the UAW local #94.

He is survived by his wife Ronda Furlong, and step children Randy Metcalf and Renee Anderson.



Joseph F. Meyers

Joseph F. Meyers, 75, of Luxemburg, Iowa died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Oakcrest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Joseph was born June 2, 1939 in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Camillus and Viola (Timmer) Meyers.  He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1959 - 1965.  Joseph enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting and trapping.  He went deer and elk hunting in Colorado and bear hunting in Canada.

Survivors include his sisters: Ruth (Merlin) Leick of Luxemburg, Rosemary (Henry) Mueller of Garnavillo, Romana (Anthony) Katauskas of Woodridge, IL, Leora (Robert) Bonert of Dyersville, brother, Robert (Linda) Meyers of Luxemburg and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Vickie Meyers, Grace (Herbert) Kann, nephew, Gerald Leick, great nephew, Jared Mueller.

Special thank you to Oakcrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and kindness to Joseph.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Brenda L. Parker

Brenda L. Parker, age 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:34 p.m., peacefully at home, on Thursday, November 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Brenda's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Brenda's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Brenda was born on February 2, 1961, in Dubuque, daughter of Calvin and Betty (Kerkenbush) Lindecker.
Brenda attended Dubuque Senior High School. She lived a happy, fulfilling life in Dubuque and also resided in Boise, Idaho for a time. Brenda was employed as a Para Professional at Senior High School for 20 years and also worked at Fed Ex. She enjoyed both of her jobs, and always found great pride in helping all the children who came into her life. She married Bill Parker on July 12, 1986, at the Dubuque Arboretum and they have been inseparable ever since. Brenda was an inspiration to everyone she met, always full of energy and life. She was the best wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister and friend a person could ask for. Brenda was loved and cared for by many, many people and will be remembered for the way she touched their lives. She loved to laugh, garden, riding motorcycles, spending time on the river and was an excellent cook. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, William "Bill" Parker II, her children,
William "Will" (Carrie Smith) Parker III, Chad (Kim Sutter) Parker, Calee (Jason Robey) Parker, all of Dubuque, her grandchildren, Madalynn, Lizzy, Evelynn and Mya, her mother, Betty Lindecker, Dubuque, her siblings, Michael (Sue) Lindecker, Rhonda (Scott) Hillery, Carla (Jerry) Lanser, all of Dubuque, her in-laws, William "Bill" (Joyce) Parker Sr., her aunt, Rose Girot, East Dubuque, IL.

Brenda was preceded in death by her father Calvin, her paternal grandparents George (Clara "Grandma Day") Lindecker, her maternal grandparents William (Adeline) Kerkenbush and her uncles Roger, Kenny and Gene.
In lieu of flowers a Brenda L. Parker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Brenda.

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



Robert F. Atkinson

Robert F. "Buck" Atkinson Jr. 66 of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at home. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd. Officiating will be Tim and LouAnn Gavin. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home.

Buck was born on October 19, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Robert F. "Curly" and Barbara (Brownell) Atkinson, Sr. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1966. Buck married Brenda L. Hefel on January 29, 1982. He currently was working at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works. Buck served in the US Navy as a machinist mate receiving the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer during the Vietnam War on the USS Shenandoah stationed out of Norfolk, VA. He was a member of the Local UAW 94, the Dubuque Bowling Association where he served as past president and was a 700 club member. He was also a Boy Scout Leader as well as a Independent Little League Baseball Coach. He enjoyed hunting and fishing along with going to garage sales, auctions and bargain shopping. Buck loved to cook and was a great story teller. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his granddaughters. He will also be sadly missed by his loyal companion and ice cream buddy, Glory.

Surviving are his wife Brenda of 32 years, his children; Willie, Beckie, Candice and Phil all of Dubuque. Granddaughters; Sophia and Sonia. A sister Joan (Dan) Houselog. Brothers and sisters-in-law; LouAnn (Tim) Gavin, Lonnie (LuAnn) Hefel, Carla Hefel, Kathy (Ed) Slaats, Lucy (Jerry) Jones, Chris Hefel, Carleen (Rick) Brillhart, Inga Hefel and Larry (Denise) Hefel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Anna Hefel, and a niece Jennifer Slaats. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Ray P. Weber

Ray P. Weber, 96, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Additional visitation will be held Thursday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Ray Weber was born March 6, 1918, in St. Donatus, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber. He married Mary Flammang on October 8, 1940, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Mary preceded him in death on November 13, 2014. Ray and Mary were married 74 years.

Ray and Mary farmed together near St. Donatus. Ray loved to be outdoors working on the farm, and he drove the tractor until the age of 93 and rode around in his Bobcat until the age of 94. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, coon hunting, picking up black walnuts, and watching his favorite T.V. show, Wheel of Fortune. The most precious person in the world to him was his wife, Mary. Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his children, Rita (Dale deceased) Driscoll, Arlene (Stephen) Turnis, Linda (Norb) Kutsch, Raymond J. Weber, Lucille (Rod) Vogel, and Mary (Dr. Paul) Fowler. He has 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, Vernon (Lorraine) Weber, Lester (Ruth) Weber, Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, an infant and Delores Maro; three brothers, Neil, Glen (infant), and Eldon (infant); a brother-in-law, Lawrence Maro; a sister-in-law, Rose (Flammang) Weber; and a son-in-law, Dale Driscoll.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mohr and staff, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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



Robert C. Willey

Robert C. "Bob" Willey, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, December 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 5 p.m. scripture service will be held. Visitation will also be held 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Robert Charles Willey was born on September 7, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Marvin and Frances Marie (Widel) Willey. He was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he was combat wounded and earned three Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Marksman Badge.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Bob first worked at Waukesha Motors in Clinton, Iowa, then as a delivery man for Frito Lay, and lastly at the United States Postal Service working in Dubuque and Keystone, Iowa from 1970 until retiring in 2005 as Postmaster.

Bob was of the Catholic faith. He was actively involved with veterans organizations including serving as a founding member of the VA Freedom Center where he was actively involved with Willy's Jeep Donation and Restoration, Dubuque Vietnam Memorial, Honor Flights and legion of other veteran based projects. He was a past commander of Chapter 6 DAV and held other offices, as well as a member of and had served on the board of directors of the Veterans Freedom Center, the We Care Foundation, Give a Lift to a Vet Foundation, and served as treasurer for the All The Way Home Veterans Conference.

Bob was an avid sports fan who loved the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. He enjoyed playing Euchre, cars, doing yard work, real estate, traveling, stock car races, and NASCAR with Jeff Gordon being his favorite driver.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children Jacob Willey of Dubuque, IA, and Ami (Michael) O'Hara of Sykesville, MD; 2 grandchildren Cortni and Madelyn; his mother Frances Willey of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Jerry (Marie Shanahan) Willey of CO, and Jack (Marilyn) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Rose (Ralph) Heiring of Dubuque, IA, and Becky (Richard) Wiese of Andrew, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, a brother Timothy, and a sister-in-law Connie Willey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert C. "Bob" Willey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marcella B. Hirsch

Marcella B. Hirsch, 98, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 1, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7p.m., Sunday, November 30, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Marcella was born May 13, 1916 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Mary (Francois) Galle. She married Irwin Hirsch on June 10, 1940 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1997.

Marcella graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School, St. Joseph's Academy, and Dubuque Beauty Academy. She worked for several beauty operators , and eventually owned and operated her own beauty shop. She retired in 1990. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Cosmetology Association and St. Joseph's Academy Alumnae.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Diane (Ed) Lynch, Jan (and her special friend Dr. Arthur Fischer) Hirsch, and Ann (Richard) Winger, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, David, Michael (Jody), Mark (Chris), and Chad Lynch, and Amy and Kelly Winger; her great grandchildren, Hailey, Paige, Megan, Brandon, Alec, Joslyn, Dalton, and Landyn; and her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, an infant son, David; her brother, Cletus Galle ; her twin sister, Margaret Hirsch; her sister Monica Fitzgerald; her half-brother Richard Riesselman; and her half-sister, Joanne Riesselman.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Mercy Cardiovascular unit for their care of Marcella.

Online condolences maybe left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhome.com

 



Kenneth J. Cashman

Kenneth J. Cashman, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Kenneth's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a memorial service held at 7:00 p.m. Military honors will be accorded at 4:00 p.m. by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Kenneth was born on July 27, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, son of Joseph and Mary Catherine "Mayme" (McCrevy) Cashman.
Kenneth proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Kenneth worked at the Dubuque Pack for 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Kenneth was an amateur boxing champion, an avid Cubs fan and loved to play pool.

Kenneth is survived by his brother, Cletus "Blackie" (Sally) Cashman, Dubuque, IA. Many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Eleanor Cashman, Dorothy Miller and Maylo Riniker and a brother Milton Cashman.

A Kenneth J. Cashman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Kenneth.

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



Elaine D. Tippe

Elaine D. Tippe, 93, of Dubuque died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. December 1, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call December 1, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Elaine was born July 21, 1921 in Dubuque, daughter of Stanley M. and Amanda (Petersen) Taylor. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and from University of Dubuque in 1946. She taught elementary school, first in Maynard, IA then at Jackson Elementary in Dubuque.

She married Delbert Casteel in 1942. He was killed in action in 1944 during WWII. She married Leo Tippe March 20, 1948. He preceded her in death March 1, 2014.
Elaine was a lifelong member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed swimming, painting, reading, traveling and museums.

She is survived by two sons, John (Vera Louise) Tippe of Dubuque and Lee (Carol) Tippe of Iowa City; two granddaughters, Allison (John Moore) Tippe of Milwaukee, WI and Laurel Tippe of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by two nieces, Helen Rowe of Dubuque and Ann Taylor of Missouri and two nephews James Reizer of California and David Reizer of Arizona.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dawn Reizer, two brothers, Stanley J. Taylor and David C. Taylor and an uncle, William J. Petersen.

Flowers are welcomed, but the family would prefer memorials to Bethany Home or St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Elaine's memory.

For further information, or to leave and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A special thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Elaine.



Linda S. Campbell

Linda S. Campbell, 63, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be Saturday at 1p.m. in Asbury Cemetery.

Linda was born on Oct. 28, 1951 in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Mary (Dolan) Baysinger. She married Mike Campbell on June 19, 1999.

Linda loved to dance, give hugs and had a great sense of humor. She was always taking care of people and put others first. Her passion was flowers, and she designed many floral arrangements for weddings and events.
She had her own special garden with her grandbabies and cherished time she spent gardening with them. Linda was a loyal and loving person and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Tammie (Dave) March, Tim (Katie Bleile) Oswald and Todd Baysinger; 3 grandbabies, C.J. Reicks, and Rachel and David March; siblings Tommy (Shirley) Dolan, Gloria (Roger) Vanasse, Sandy (Carl) Hogan, Robert (Pam) Baysinger, John (Helen) Baysinger; and many, many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and her "adopted" children.

She was preceded in death by her husband and siblings Stevie, Frank, Delores "Dori/Dee", Lawrence "Butch" and Orval Jr. "Skip".

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

A Linda Campbell memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at the Wendt Care Center and Finley Hospital.



Billy R. Crow

Billy R. Crow, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Monsignor Wayne Ressler. Family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov.r 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where a Parish Scripture service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Private Family Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, with Military Honors Conducted by VFW Post 2665.

Billy lived a long great life with his family. He was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, the son of Cecil C. and Coral V. Crow. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1946 and attended the Wisconsin School of Mining. Billy served his country in the US Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War; he was stationed in Germany and Paris.

He married Doris Bartels on August 21, 1954 at Saint Francis Basilica in Dyersville and recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Billy played semi pro baseball in Baxter Springs along with teammate Mickey Mantle. The team known as the "The Whiz Kids" were local legends. Billy really enjoyed playing with his teammates and for Coach Barney Barnett, batting against Satchel Paige; he was scouted by the St Louis Cardinals. "The Whiz Kids" were a way of life during those years, winning junior championships and were ranked No. 1 in the nation but after their final regular-season game, the entire team entered the war effort.

He retired in April of 1995 after more than 40 years as a Milling Operations Superintendent with Eagle Picher Industries and Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company.

He and his wife Doris lived in the Scales Mound area, where Billy served on the school board, before relocating to Dubuque. Billy, a man of few words, enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and pets; he loved boating and fishing, was a jack-of-all-trades and most recently served as Chief Bookkeeper for his son's businesses until his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; sons Randy Crow of Palm Springs, Calif., and Todd Crow of Chicago, Ill.; siblings Jim Crow of Rockford, Ill. and Dixie Davis of Dallas, Texas; and numerous other relatives.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Crow, in 1992; and siblings Guy Crow, Ann Sullivan, and Rayma Jean Mutascio.

The family would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to Finley Hospital Medical Professionals, the Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy Department, numerous caring Nurses and Doctors who cared for him, and also the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or for Leukemia Research in Billy's memory.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Robert P. Johnson

Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the home of his sister, Diane Griffith, in Mechanicsville, Iowa.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 29, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Robert Paul Johnson was born on April 1, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Jennie M. (Harding) Johnson. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the Navy for 4 years in which he was in the Mayaguez evacuation where the USS Coral Sea came in to bring our soldiers out.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he worked two jobs for a long time. Clinton Engines in Maquoketa during the daytime and Precision Metal Works (PMW) in Maquoketa during the nightshift. When Clinton Engines closed he continued to work at PMW for a total of 27 years making a family of friends.

Bob was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 in Maquoketa. He enjoyed camping at 6B's, playing Euchre, hanging with friends and family, and his dog Bandit. 

Although Bob had no biological brothers he had a legion of "brothers" through work, camping at 6B's and his many friendships. He was the best brother, uncle and friend you could ever hope to have. All he ever did was help people often times giving up his own needs for others. In 2013 Bob continued with his act of giving by not only leading the way but also donating the gift of land to create what is now called the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park. 

Those left to honor Bob's memory include two sisters Diane (Don) Griffith of Mechanicsville, IA, and Pam (special friend Mearle) Oberbrockling of Dubuque, IA; 3 nephews, Paul, Billy (Dee) and Marvin; 2 nieces Mandy and Jayme (Robby); 12 great-nieces and nephews; 2 great-great nieces; and his faithful dog and loyal companion Bandit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 nephews SSGT. Donald Griffith, Jr. and Noel Griffith, and a niece Amy Griffith. 

"When he found out he had cancer he didn't want anyone feeling sorry for him. We want to thank everyone for all that you did for Bob. From working on the memorial park, driving him places, getting his mail, and helping with many other things. Remember to stop by the Memorial Park and Salute our Soldiers when you go by because we all knew this was "Uncle Bob's" dream to see our heroes remembered and "yes" "Uncle Bob" you will always be one of our heroes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Margaret C. Heims

Margaret "Maggie" C. Heims, 82, of Cascade, and formerly of Monticello and Sand Springs, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Tues., Dec. 2, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin and inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Margaret was born on April 21, 1932, in Charon, Nebraska, the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber.  She graduated from St. Paul Senior High School in Worthington.  Margaret married Merlin Heims on June 29, 1957, in Worthington, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Survivors include her five children: Debra (Terry) Williams of Wyoming, Douglas (Jennifer) Heims of Cedar Rapids, Denise (Jeff Altland) Heims of Redington Shores, FL, Dana (Barry Wassmer) Heims of Anamosa and Deann (Greg) Barneson of Monticello; grandchildren: Kelsey and Riley Williams, Courtney (Abdul) Jammal, Alexis, Cullen and Ethan Heims; three great grandchildren: Laney and Carter Otte and Zoiy Jammal; 1 brother: Richard (Barb) Weber of Dubuque; 2 sisters: Clara Tobin of Worthington and Bernadette Weber of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Betty Weber of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers: Wilfred (Harriet), Clarence, Vincent, Jerome (Mida), Bernard and Donald (Mary Ann), brothers-in-law: Hank Hess and Dick Tobin.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to a Hospice of Dubuque or Above and Beyond Hospice.

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

 

 



Dorothy M. Liddle

Dorothy M. Liddle, 90, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church where visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born September 15, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Marie (Freise) Kuch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942.

On October 19, 1946 she married Gerald Liddle at Sacred Heart Church. Together they had two sons. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was an excellent cook. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, and was an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Liddle of Dubuque; two sons, Jerry (Judy) Liddle Jr. of Newburgh, Ind. and Terry (Sharon) Liddle of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, Joel (Erika), Rob (Kelly), Craig (Kerri) and Matt (Sarah) Liddle; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Stan Kuch of Olwein; a sister in law, Kay Jackoniski of East Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

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



James F. Small

James F. "Jim" Small, 58, of Bernard, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at his home in rural Bernard.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, November 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life service.

James Frederick Small was born on April 24, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Leslie Ernest "Ernie" and Evelyn A. (Scheibe) Small. He was a 1974 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. He married Julie Brown on September 22, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa and to this union three children were born: Jessica, Jenny and Joey.

Jim was a lifelong farmer who thoroughly enjoyed farming with his two brothers and being a partner in the family business, Small Brothers Farms Inc.

Jim was a member of Whitetails Unlimited. He loved all kinds of hunting, fishing for Catfish and Walleye, going to the casino, playing cards especially Euchre, and the good ole outdoors. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite movie that he watched many times was Lonesome Dove.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children Jessica (fiancé Darren Ramaker) Ayers of Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Justin) Mescher of Dyersville, IA, and Joey (and special friend Sam Peterson) Small of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; brothers Edward (Carol) Small of Bernard, IA, and Richard "Rick" (Tammie) Small of Bernard, IA; sisters Janice (Paul) Ruggeberg of Maquoketa, IA, and Phyllis (Bill) Turnis of Bernard, IA; and the mother of his children Julie Small of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law David Ruggeberg, and a nephew Scott Ruggeberg.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James F. "Jim" Small memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John J. Rolling

John "Jack" J. Rolling, 86, of 997 Mela Dr. passed away at home surrounded by family members on November 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday Nov. 24 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30- 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd is assisting the family.

Jack was born on May 13, 1928 in Dubuque, IA the son of Leo F. and Pearl C. (Chapman) Rolling. Jack graduated from Loras in 1950, he was an Officer in the Iowa National Guard and obtained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He married Maryann Giegerich on Sep. 22 1951 at Nativity Church. Jack owned and managed Rolling's Bootery for over 58 years. He was co-founder of St. Stephen's Food Bank and worked there for over 35 years.
He was past president of The Dubuque Noon Lions Club, Mississippi Trails Hiking Club and Chairman of Dubuque Red Cross Water Safety Committee. He was a Cub and Boy Scout Master for many years.

Jack received the Governor's volunteer award for work in the Mines of Spain. He was noted for his interesting hikes and stories. Jack loved God and nature. He enjoyed canoeing, playing "goober ball", croquet, cards and dice games (but hated losing his nickels).

Surviving is his wife, Maryann; 3 sons, Ted, (significant other, Mardi Miller), Jim "Jug" (Karen), Joe (Zahir), 2 daughters, Judy Simmons and Ann Bauer (significant other, Pat Konzen); 12 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren' and 2 great- great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by...

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Scott from HomeInstead and Lara for their wonderful care.



Edna C. Roth

Edna C. Roth, 93, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Family graveside services will be at a later date at the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Edna was born on June 22, 1921 in Dubuque, IA., the daughter of Arthur W. and Margaret (Petersen) Metzger. She married Dorrance N. Roth on May 12, 1942 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Edna and Dorrance celebrated 72 years of marriage this past May. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, a good game of euchre and camping. After Dorrance's retirement, Edna & Dorrance were the camp hosts at Yellow River campgrounds near Harpers Ferry, IA. for 18 years.

Surviving is her husband Dorrance, two daughters, Karen Roth of East Dubuque and Connie (Clarence) Weber of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Howard Metzger.

Dorrance, Karen, Connie and their families wish to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Dr. Greg Vandigo for the wonderful care given to Edna.

 



Robert P. Dyer

Robert Paul Dyer (Bob) 66, of Clive, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, November 15, 2014.

A private burial has taken place and there will be a service in Dubuque for Bob this summer. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is assisting the family.

Robert was born in Dubuque, Iowa on November 18, 1947 to Robert J. and Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College in Dubuque, where he was a member of the Trivia Team. His major emphasis in college was history and philosophy.
Bob served our country during the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). He was awarded the Bronze Star Military Award. He was very proud to serve his country and continued to honor and love those who have served our country throughout his lifetime.
When Bob returned from Vietnam, he became a ‘stringer' where he covered the University of Iowa sports news for the Waterloo Courier, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and The Des Moines Register. He worked at The Daily Iowan the student newspaper in Iowa City on the sports desk and the second year he became The Sports Editor at The Daily Iowan. Leighton Housh (sports editor at the Register) offered him a job where Bob did the layout for the sports section and later became a sports writer who covered The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, The University of Northern Iowa, and Drake University. Throughout his career he wrote sports for USA Today, The Sporting News, the Rose Bowl, specialized in recruitment news and provided color for Drake basketball. Bob also served on The National Board of Basketball Writers. Jeff Beimfohr produced a show called "The Ron Schipper Football Show for Central College," and Bob did the hosting for this show as well as another sports talk show. Bob gave the speech for Johnny Orr, Iowa State basketball coach at Hilton when he retired. Sports was Bob's lifelong passion and he loved cataloguing information that required him to know details about athletes and sporting events past and present. His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and The Green Bay Packers, which brought him great happiness and great frustrations.

In later years, Bob served as the General Manager of several radio stations, one being "KJJC" "The Jock." On ‘The Jock', he had a daily sports radio show, which usually evolved into talking about history, music, movies, and books. Bob enjoyed discussing history and politics and loved being with his friends and could talk about almost anything. Bob loved music-especially all songs Motown and musicals.

He loved his family dearly, and was especially proud of his daughters Lauren Elizabeth and Ashley Anne. He was married to Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer for thirty-eight years. Living with Bob was like living with an encyclopedia. He was Google before it was invented. He was a member of St. Augustin Parish. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer of Clive, Iowa; his cherished daughters Lauren Elizabeth Dyer (Justin Black) of California; and Ashley Anne Dyer of Chicago; two grandchildren, Justin James and Jayden Anne Black of California. Also, his uncle William Paul (Laura) Hynish of Clayton, Georgia. Cousins include: Tom (Julie) Davies, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; David Davies, of Davis California; Diane Chevalier, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Susan (Larry) Warren, of Tower Hill, Illinois. Cousins Deborah Hart, Danielle (Dean) Lessei, Jon-Paul Chevalier, Tom Davies, Jr., Allison Davies, Katie Davies, Alexander Davies, Christopher Warren, Matthew Warren, Regina Williams, Cheryl Williams, and Claire Williams. Mother-in-law Mrs. Charles T. Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews include: Charles T. Genoar (Rebecca) Charlie and Carter Genoar of Hinsdale, Illinois; Greg Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Maribeth Sleepeck (Michael) Elizabeth (Fred) Regnery (Charlotte) and Mary Catherine Sleepeck of Burr Ridge, llinois; Jeanne Colmery (Scott) Harry, Freddy, and Will Colmery, of Western Springs, Illinois; and Nancy Genoar of Iowa City, Iowa.

Bob was proceeded in death by his father, Robert J. Dyer; mother Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer; grandparents Paul G. and Louise A. Hynish; grandparents James and Clara Dyer; aunts and uncles George and Louise Williams, Ruth Hynish, Harold Hynish, Helen Herzog, Mary Ellis, Catherine Webb, Angela Wrath, and Paul Hynish.

The family wishes to thank very special friends; Donna and Kermit Marsh, Don and Pat Armington, Dr. Allen and Gail Zagoren. A very special thank you for the caring and kindness of Dr. Eric J. Holm, Jodi Walvoord, and Dr. Mark M. Belz.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate) and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org/donate).



David M Crippes

David Michael Crippes, age 59, of Durango, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 7:33 p.m. on Friday November 21, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor David's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor officiating.

David was born on January 24, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Mary "Mildred" (McCann) Crippes.
David's work and passion was the family farm and he could always be found sharing his knowledge of all things, from farming and repairs to an abundance of country philosopher extra ordinaire wisdom. He was also employed as a truck driver for Contract Transport. David had a great love for his dogs and loved spending time "hanging with the young-uns". David was a good man who was always willing to help anyone in need and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

David is survived by his mother, Mary "Mildred" Crippes, Dubuque, IA, his fiancé, Donna Maahs, Durango, Tom (Michele) Kelly, Cudahy, WI, Pat Kelly, Oak Creek, WI, very close friends, Tob (Diane) Patzner and Eric Timmerman of Durango, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

David was preceded in death by his father and a brother infancy.

A David M. Crippes memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank Tob, Diane, Alfie, Harry and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they gave to David.

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

 



Gretchen C. Nordenson

Gretchen C. Nordenson, 80, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, where a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Surviving is her husband, Craig; daughter, Jenifer (Tim) Martin; and brother, Paul (Cathy) Claussen.



David L. Lutgen

David Lee Lutgen, Sr. 60 of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 24th, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Lawrence, Otter Creek. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4:30p.m.

He was born on July 23, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leroy "Whitey" and Grace (Frommelt) Lutgen. David married Janelle Huekels on August 14, 1982, in Dubuque. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, FDL and most recently Premier Powder Coating. David enjoyed working on cars and spending time with family. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed visiting Titletown and taking in an occasional game at Lambeau.

He is survived by his wife Janelle, sons, David Lee Lutgen Jr., Jesse Lutgen, and his daughter Theresa Lutgen, all of Bernard. His brothers, James (Sheryl) Lutgen, and Kevin (Jeanie) Lutgen, both of East Dubuque, IL, Steven (Sherry) Lutgen, of Dubuque. His sisters Barbara Lutgen and Linda Lattner, both of Dubuque. Eight nieces, three nephews, several great nieces and nephews, his life long friend Warren Amling, and his loyal companion "Lil Bit".

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Allen Lattner, and a sister-in-law Carol.

In lieu of flowers a David Lee Lutgen, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Mitchell R. Houston

Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston, 24, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Mitchell's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Mitchell Ryan Houston was born on November 25, 1989 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Dennis Wayne Houston and Lucreca LaVonna Schoenherr. He was a 2008 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he had been active in 4-H and the Emeline Ridge Rollers.

While in high school he began working for Paul Tonderum until 2011 when he fulfilled a dream of his by becoming a semi-driver. He first drove for Double L & R Inc. in Miles, then Bullock's Inc. and Pfab Trucking until 2012. From 2013 until present he had been driving for Connolly Trucking in Bernard.

"Banjo" enjoyed 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was avid supporter and volunteered every year at the Jackson County Fair where he also enjoyed participating in the "Night of Destruction". He enjoyed country music and attending country shows and other fairs to pick up ideas for the Jackson County Fair. He loved his Farmall Tractors, and animals especially his horse "Buster" and his dogs "Comet" and "Woofy". He was a simple person who worked hard for everything he had and would do anything for others. He was a man of his word and always put others first. He especially loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by family and friends. Ride in Peace Mitchell.

Those left to honor Mitchell's memory include his parents Dennis and Lucreca of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Matthew Houston of Houma, LA; his maternal grandmother Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA; his paternal grandmother Doreen Houston of Monmouth, IA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Darrell Houston and his maternal grandfather Rollie Schoenherr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary M. Lehnhoff

Mary M. Lehnhoff, 93, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday at the Church of the Nativity where friends may call Saturday from Noon until time of service. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born May 6, 1921 in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Mathilda (Mahoney) McDonald. She married Alphonse "Buck" Lehnhoff. He preceded her in death.
Mary graduated from the University of Dubuque and was a teacher at St. Anthony's School for 37 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity.

She is survived by four children, Loren Lehnhoff of East Dubuque, Carolyn Sherrill of East Dubuque, Dan Lehnhoff of Texas and Suzanne (Mike) Parks of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis (Darlene) McDonald of Dubuque; three sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Horsfield of Dodgeville, Wisc., Ellen (Chuck) of Solon, IA, Velma Usher of Minneapolis, Minn.

She was also preceded in death by many siblings.

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



Annabelle G. McMahon

Annabelle G. McMahon, 86, of Luther Manor, formerly of 395 York St., died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at St. Columbkille Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

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

Annabelle was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, to William and Rose (Arseneault) Shields. She attended elementary and high school in Harpers Ferry until her family moved to Dubuque in 1944 after the death of her father. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1945. She married David L. McMahon on Sept. 27, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. They had been members of St. Columbkille Parish since 1947.

Annabelle worked at Rosheks/Armstrong's Department Store, in the Infants and Children's Department, from 1969 until her retirement in 1990.

She especially enjoyed family gatherings, Women's Card Club, bridge groups, flower gardening, collecting angel figurines, cooking/baking, and sewing/needlework.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, David McMahon; three daughters, Anne (Richard) Hesse of Menomonee, Falls, Wis., Sheila (Myron) Tranel of Platteville, Wis., and Donna (Daniel) Stehn of Peosta; and a son, Stephen, of Dubuque. Also five grandchildren: Molly (James Cho) Stehn, Katie (Ethan Esser) Stehn, Maggie Stehn, Luke (Pam) Tranel, and Laura (Danny) Holt; plus five great-grandchildren: Sylvia and Danny Cho; and Henry, Oliver, and Rosemary Tranel. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Pearl McMahon, of Orange, Calif.

She was preceded in death by a son, James McMahon; her parents, William, Sr. and Rose Shields; a sister, Mary Harjehausen; and two brothers, William Shields, Jr. and Gerald Shields.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Columbkille Parish.

Family members are grateful for the kind care provided by Luther Manor Care at Home and by Luther Manor staff members in all departments.

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

 



Sylvester Engler

Sylvester "Les" Engler, 95, formerly of Rickardsville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 17, 2014 at Luther Manor. We believe no gentler soul has ever walked this earth. He has missed his dear wife, Helen, for over 2 ½ years, longing to be with her. Knowing they now walk unaided, enjoying the wonders and glory of heaven and the perfect love we have all been promised, brings us joy and much comfort.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Sylvester was born October 2, 1919 in Worthington, IA, the son of Andrew and Theresa (Claus) Engler. He married Helen Ernzen on February 4, 1943 at St. Clement Catholic Church, Bankston. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2012. Sylvester was employed with Interstate Power Company for many years in addition to farming and working part-time at the Avalon Supper Club. He was also a longtime member of St. Joseph Parish in Rickardsville, where he was a member of the choir and served for 12 years on the Board of Directors. In his retirement years he was a volunteer at a tax aid program, helping those in need navigate the "Infernal Revenue Service" as he put it, well into his 80s, a fact of which he was proud. Les loved God, his family, music and euchre and taught his children to pray and sing in harmony and laugh even when getting euchred. He was an avid fisherman, never passing up a chance to have a rod and reel in his hands. Those same hands not only taught his grandchildren how to bait hooks but how to hug with all their might. One of his favorite gestures was to raise his clasped hands in a sign of victory at any of our achievements. His face lit up with that beautiful smile at the sight of any one of his loved ones, like a child getting the first glimpse of a much longed for Christmas present, making us feel cherished.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Tom (Nancy) Engler, traveling the USA in their RV and Kevin Engler of Dubuque; three daughters, Carol, of Oskaloosa, Judie (Roger) Heiderscheit, of Holy Cross, and Nancy Clark, of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Ernzen, of Dubuque.

In addition to his beloved wife of 69 years, he was preceded in death by his parents; a much loved son in law, Daniel Schiller; and a brother, Robert "Bud" Engler.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor. Their loving care, especially of Dad since Mom passed, was done with grace and compassion and true affection. Dad talked often of the hugs he received, easing our minds when we couldn't be there. You know who you are and we are forever in your debt. Also our thanks to Hospice of Dubuque. Our time with them was brief but words cannot express their helpfulness. God bless you all.

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



Mark W. Muir

Mark W. Muir, 65 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church.

Mark was born August 10, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Gilbert "Bert" and Lois (Terris) Muir. He graduated from Wahlert High School and then attended Loras College. Mark married Mary Kay Fangman at Nativity Catholic Church on July 31, 1971. He was a business analyst for John Deere, retiring on February 1, 2014. Mark enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay; children, Martin (Nicole Stickler) Muir of Plano, IA, Nicole (Ted) Osterberger of Boise, Idaho; 5 grandchildren, Ed, Calvin and Henry Osterberger, Max Muir and Alyssa Boehning; siblings, Mike (Suzanne) Muir, Pete (Susie) Muir, and Mary (Terry) Reelitz; in-laws, John (Joan) Fangman, Sandra Duffy, Joanne (Francis) Giunta and Janice (Joe) Healey.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

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

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Jackson R. Hohmann

Jackson Ricky Hohmann, 8, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 22, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Rev. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Jackson was born December 8, 2005 in Dubuque, the first child of Robert and Angie (Bott) Hohmann. He was in the third grade at Carver Elementary School, and was featured in the Dubuque Community School District's "Kid President" video. Jackson was in Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Club. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

Jackson was a social butterfly who knew everyone, and made friends wherever he went. He loved expressing his creativity with Legos. He would spend hours building things and was proud to show everyone that what he had built was better than the picture on the box. Jackson had a passion for soccer. He loved the Dubuque Soccer Club Developmental Program and with his drive and determination he joined the Dubuque Soccer Club Youth Academy. He loved his teammates and coaches. "Little Jack" was always looking forward to the next soccer practice and tournament. In his honor, special friends are working with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to establish the Jackson Hohmann "Play Like There's No Tomorrow" Soccer Scholarship Program.

Jackson had a keen intelligence, and had thoughtful responses well beyond his years. Jackson was a leader and caretaker for his three younger sisters, and he was a great big brother to them. He had a bright personality that could light up a room, an infectious smile, and eyes that would melt your heart. He was a witty, charming, sensitive, sharing, and caring child who was loved by all those whose lives he touched. His dog, Prince, was his special friend - they are now reunited. He was and will continue to be his mom and dad's "favorite-boy-in-the-whole-wide-world."

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Robert and Angie Hohmann, of Dubuque; his sisters, Mia, Whitney, and Ella, at home; his grandparents, Gene and Teri Hohmann of St. Catherine, IA, Janet (Larry Simon) Conlan of Dubuque, and Bob (Sue) Bott of Dubuque; his aunts and uncles, Tammy Szalkowski (Todd) of Peosta, Gary (Jessica) Hohmann of Dubuque, Andrea (Doug) McReynolds of Dubuque, Mike (Melinda) Blosch of Peosta, and Nicky (Jeff) Barta of Peosta; special family friends Kevin and Kathy Pfohl and their children Mitchell and Claire; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his special great grandma, Opal Conlan; his uncle, Phillip Bott; his great uncle Ricky Bott; and his dog, Princey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jackson Hohmann Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Fire Department EMS, and the Finley ER Doctors and Nurses for their care of Jackson.

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



Wilma E. Spear

Wilma E. Spear,81, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Friends may also call Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Church.

Wilma was born on December 11, 1932 in Sherrill, IA the daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Duerr) Wehrspann. She married Thomas Spear on March 1, 1951 in Sherrill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

Wilma was employed as a sale associate at Betty Jane Candies from 1968 until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir for 40 years. She was also a member of the Mission Circle. As a member of the Mission Circle, she donated hundreds of quilts to Lutheran World Relief.

Surviving are her children, Debra (Rudy) Husemann, of Wheatland, IA. Kris (Terry) Kunkel of Nashville, Tenn., Thomas (Debra) Spear Jr., of Dubuque and Ellen (Jeff) Hermanson of Cedar Falls, IA.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Margaret Makovec, Lucille Reichmann and Alvina Timmerman.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Rick Spear; 2 daughters, Jackie Shireman and Cathy Spear; 2 brothers, Martin and William Wherspann; and 2 sisters, Irene Beauchamp and Doris Wehrspann.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Wilma Spear memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Mercy Medical Center, as well as Dr. Ries and nurses and staff for their wonderful care.



Gavin J. Gremmel

Gavin Joseph Gremmel, 18, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 the result of an automobile accident. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Gavin was born on May 30, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joe and Desiree (Orwig) Gremmel. He attended grade school at St. Joseph the Worker and Resurrection. He attended Wahlert High School, Hempstead High School and Clarinda Academy. In 2014 he graduated with honors from Hempstead High School. Gavin always had a passion for wrestling. He began wrestling in 5th grade and continued to wrestle throughout High School. He had plans to wrestle Division 1 in college. In 2013 he was an All American at the Asics Pre Season Nationals. Gavin was undefeated his senior year of High School, taking 1st at Sectionals and Districts while going on to place 4th at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. He loved to fish, hunt, and hang out with his friends. Gavin always had a smile on his face especially when he got to eat. Gavin was a very lovable and spiritual young man, he would give anyone the shirt off his back. His family and his friends were most important to him and he loved to spend time at his grandparents home in Chariton and going to the races. He was taken too soon and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents Joe and Desiree, two brothers Blake Andresen, and Gannon Gremmel, all of Dubuque. His grandparents, Joan Gremmel, of Dubuque, and Leo and Roni Orwig, of Chariton. Also many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jerry Gremmel.

In Gavin's honor memorials, will be used to sponsor and assist young men to attend a wrestling camp annually. 

The family wishes to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department and EMS for their quick response and kindness they gave.



Vernon R. Steger

Vernon R. Steger, 80, of Dyersville died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his residence after extended illnesses.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Kramer Funeral Home 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa where a scripture service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Vernon was born August 11, 1934, in Dyersville, IA the son of Sylvester and Rose (Quint) Steger.  Vern graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School and served in the Army from 1957 - 1959 in Ft. Lewis, WA.  He married Cecelia Spielbauer on August 8, 1959, in Guttenberg, IA.  He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinist for 36 years, retiring in 1992.  He then worked part-time as a mechanic for Taylor Construction until 2013.

Gardening was his lifelong passion and he also enjoyed the river where he spent a lot of time camping, boating, water skiing and lately wintering in Texas.  He was especially gifted as a handyman who could repair or restore any project presented to him.  He was an avid reader whose major interest was history. Vernon enjoyed cutting wood and making wine.  He also enjoyed spending time with his children and their families.

Surviving are his wife, Cecelia, his children: Sheila (Steve) Becker of Dyersville, Julie (John) Osterhaus of North Liberty, Eric (Karen) Steger of Dyersville, Chris (friend Jenny Hayes) Steger of Cedar Rapids, Kurt (Michele) Steger of Irmo, SC, and Denise (Doug) Thompson of Coal Valley, IL; grandchildren: Samantha and Benjamin Osterhaus, Nicholas and Mitchell Steger, Jessica and Derrick Steger, Danielle, Hope, Sara and Adam Steger; step grandchildren: Natalie, Aaron (Erin) and Stephanie Becker, and Jacob Thompson; siblings: Norma (Francis) Apel of Dubuque, Rosemary (Eugene) Schmitz of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Darlene Steger of Dyersville, and in-laws: Joseph, Arnold (Dolores), Frank (Jackie), Lawrence (Ellie), Daniel (Georgia), James (Dorcas), Thomas (Ginger) and David Spielbauer, Helen Bolsinger and Hildagarde (Merrill) Brooks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Donald and Paul Steger and in-laws: Kathleen (Lowell) Eilers, Rosalyn (Earl) Schultz, John Spielbauer, Delores Spielbauer and Donald Bolsinger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Ambrose J. Merkes

Ambrose J. Merkes, 90, of Luxemburg, Iowa died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ambrose was born Oct. 10, 1924 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Peter and Margaret (Ries) Merkes. He married Sylvia Vonderhaar on Nov. 24, 1953 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Ambrose was a fun loving man. He worked at John Deere and enjoyed traveling, Polka and spending time with his entire family.

Survivors include his sisters Mary Jane (Merkes) (Joel) Glennon of Dubuque, and Theresa (Merkes) Foxen of New Clarus, WI; brothers Aloysius (Theresa) Merkes of Dubuque, Peter Merkes of Lancaster, WI, John (Lucille) Merkes of Dubuque, and Arnold (Jacqueline) Merkes of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia, in 1999; his sisters Catherine (Joe) Foxen and Clara (Melvin) Weis; brother Arthur Merkes; and in-laws Dorothy (Vonderhaar) Merkes, Leonard Foxen and Yvonne Merkes.

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



June M. Noel

June M. Noel, 91, Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov, 19 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with the Rev. John Sorenson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30- 2p.m., Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Dubuque, to Mary Ames and was raised in Potosi, Wis., where she attended elementary and high school. She attended the University of Dubuque for one year.

She married John "Jack" E. Noel July 11, 1942, in Dubuque. They lived in Texas for three years while he was in the service.

They moved back to Dubuque and were owners/operators of Noel's Tavern & Restaurant for 30 years until her husband retired in 1974. They were members of Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, and charter members of the North End Gun Club.

In 2000, she moved to Woodstock to be closer to her family. She lived at Valley Hi Nursing Home since February 2012.

She will be sadly missed by her family. Her grandchildren remember how she was always quick with a smile or a song and how she made each one of them feel special. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and sing.

Survivors include five daughters, Marylee (Don) Steinwehe, Woodstock, Sara (Jim) O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Kim (Eric) Griffiths, Golden, Colo., Kris (Alan) Benezra, Boulder, Colo., and Julie Noel, Decorah, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Emily (Greg Dixon) Steinwehe, Madison, Wis., John (Ashley Diedrich) Steinwehe, Crystal Lake, Ill., Megan (Mike) Brown, Tigard, Ore., Kevin O'Riley, Chicago, Tyler O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Allison Griffiths, Westminster, Colo., Sam Benezra, New York City, and Hallie Benezra, New York City; a great-granddaughter, Eleanor June Brown, Tigard; a great-grandson, Wesley Brown, Tigard; cousins, Winnie Chandler, Hazel Green, Wis., and Jean Collis, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in February 1979.

Memorials can be made in her name to Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation, 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; or JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

Her family greatly appreciates the special care she received at Valley Hi and the special attention from JourneyCare Hospice.



Mary C. Weber

Mary C. Weber, 94, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 20, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Additional visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Mary Flammang was born February 2, 1920, in Orleans, Nebraska, daughter of Nicholas and Christina (Herrig) Flammang. She married Ray Weber on October 8, 1940, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Mary and Ray were married 74 years.

Mary and Ray farmed together near St. Donatus. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening. She baked delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, sewed beautiful quilts, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Ray, and their children, Rita (Dale deceased) Driscoll, Arlene (Stephen) Turnis, Linda (Norb) Kutsch, Raymond J. Weber, Lucille (Rod) Vogel, and Mary (Dr. Paul) Fowler. She has 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, one
sister, Jean Brosius, and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Flammang.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Aloysius "Alvie", James, and Paul Flammang; six sisters, Bernice Breitfelder, Veronica Ryan, Martha Conarty, Viola Jensen, Rose Weber, and Margaret Adrian; and a son-in-law, Dale Driscoll.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center for their care and support.

Online condolences maybe left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Fred A. Gronau

Fred A. Gronau, 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a five year battle with cancer. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00pm, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Pastor Katherine Achtemeier officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at the funeral home and also after 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. A private burial will take place at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fred was born on November 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Betty (Burns) Gronau. He was a long time truck driver for Traush Baking Co., a milk hauler for Jack Cole, a maintenance worker for the Dominican Sisters and did early morning donut deliveries for Donut-Boy. Fred enjoyed conversation with friends at his favorite Establishment. He also enjoyed fishing with his family, especially his last few outings on the pontoon and his trip to Chetek.

Fred is survived by his wife Sandy, his sons; Todd (Karen) Gronau, Troy (Michelle) Gronau, his daughter Terri (Travis Metcalf) Helmle. Grandchildren; Sarah, Megan and Tim Gronau and Ricky and Ellie Brokus. Sisters; Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Deb (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, and Diane "Dedee"(Tom)Cosgrove, Brothers; Jim (Jackie) Gronau, and Dave (Terri) Gronau, along with many nieces and nephews.

His family would like to thank Dr. Clamon of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his exceptional care. Also Dr. Engelman, The Hope Lodge of Iowa City and Hospice of Dubuque for their time and support.



Francis X. Gruber, Jr.

Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to our Lord at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014, surrounded by his devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Diane Grace officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born on January 25, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, and was adopted by Francis X. and Mary J. (Fischer) Gruber, Sr.


Frank graduated from St. Columbkilles in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation where he served admirably on the USS Haas until 1959. He married Cheryl "Sheri" Jellison on May 5, 1973 in Epworth, IA. She preceded him in death on August 13, 2011. He was employed at John Deere for 38 years. Frank enjoyed time relaxing at the family cottage. He also enjoyed going Up North, playing mandolin and guitar, having jam sessions with his pals, watching and rooting for the Cubs and Hawkeyes with his cat, Baby Girl, and dog, Pogo, and enjoying AOL. He volunteered as a counselor for Gambler's Anonymous as well as Hospice of Dubuque. His thirteen children were his proudest achievement and he loved and cared for all of them with grace from the Lord. Frank's faith never faltered and with this strength in Jesus, his soul will live forever with Him.

Frank is survived by his children, Michael (Shari) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Deborah Gruber, Spanaway, WA, Lisa Gruber, Williamsburg, VA, Joseph (Joanne) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Jeffrey Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Missy (Kevin) Donovan, Dubuque, IA, Monica (Steve) Kuhlman, Atlanta, GA, Brian Atchison, Dubuque, IA, Sara Gruber Marino, Cedar Rapids, IA, Curtis (Jenny) Gruber, Madison, WI, Paul (Erica) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Jackie) Gruber, Moline, IA, Abi Gruber, Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Katie, Kristina, Tishana, Jacob, Jenna, Megan, Brittany, Emily, Ben, Jacob, Ajay, Lydia, Issac, Anthony, Andrew, Amelia, Adalee, and three great-grandchildren, Conner, Liam and Eli.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 41 years, Sheri and his son, Daniel.
In lieu of flowers a Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr. memorial fund has been established to be given to his favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you and prayer to those who took such great care of Frank, especially Dr. Hermann, Dubuque Internal Medicine, Hospice of Dubuque and the volunteers at Meals on Wheels.

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



LaVerne M. Beighle

LaVerne Marie Beighle, age 83, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Ennoble Manor after a brief illness. Visitation will be from 12:30-2, Saturday, November 22, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Rd., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

LaVerne was born March 30, 1931, in Norway, Michigan, daughter of Serefeno and Tillie Rigotti. She was an active member of the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and touched the lives of scores of people in her share of their Bible education work. She was known for her zeal for that activity. LaVerne also enjoyed playing piano, traveling and spending time with family. Her family always enjoyed her famous "pink" salad, playing spoons with her at family dinners and her contagious giggle.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene and their four children, Deborah (Gary) Beresford of Dubuque, Mark (Wendy) Beighle of Cuba City, WI, David (Juanita) Beighle of Benicia, CA and Sarah Beighle of Platteville, WI; her sister Joyce Richards; nephew Michael Richards; five grandchildren, Corinna Beighle, Jacob (Heather) Beighle, Hannah (Ryan) Banchak, Naomi (Joel) Detrick, Leah Beresford; five great-grandchildren, Luke, Grace, Noah, Lily and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Special thank you to the entire staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Ennoble Manor for their diligent care.



Saverna R. Stoltz

Saverna R. Stoltz, 93 of Luther Manor died Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Friends may call Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Committal services will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Saverna was born on August 22, 1921 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Mary (Gehler) Herrig.
She married Bertrand Stoltz on February 22, 1949. He preceded her death on July 17, 2008.

Saverna was a wonderful homemaker and was employed for 15 years at Dubuque Senior High School.
In her early years she enjoyed sewing, playing cards, watching the Cubs, gambling, ballroom and square dancing, and listening to Big Band music. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and St. Ann's circle.


Surviving are her children, Ken Stoltz, of Boscobel, Wis., Jan (Phil) Keating and Alan (Lori) Stoltz of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tony (Abigail) Keating, Rachel (Jason) Carlstrom, Quintin (Jill) Stoltz, Jesse Stoltz, and Jordan (Chris) Roundhill; great- grandchildren, Joshua, Tabitha, Noah, Tirza, Alyssa and Blake; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Herrig.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Zachary Stoltz; and siblings, Elmer Herrig, Norma Michel, Rhinelda Brune, Florian Herrig, and Sylvan Herrig.

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

In lieu of flowers a Saverna Stoltz memorial fund has been established.


A heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their kindness and care.



Sr. Noel Weinert

Sister Noel Weinert, OSF, 86 of the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 3:07 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 with wake service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1928 in Midlothian, IL the daughter of Julius and Theresa (Schlicht) Weinert. Sister Noel entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1946 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1952. Sister ministered as an educator in the Iowa cities of, Dubuque (Holy Trinity, Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Home), Rickardsville, Stacyville, Chicago (St. Mary of the Woods), Midlothian, Hazel Crest, Oak Lawn, and Blue Island (St. Benedict)in Illinois. She retired to Mt. St. Francis in 2003.

Sister is survived by her sister Lillian, her sisters-in-law, Lois Weinert, Cleova Weinert, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 67 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Julius, George, and Bernard (Dorothy), and her sisters Elizabeth (Abner Whiteaker), Theresa (Joseph Wenzler).

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.



Vincent J. Hasken

Vincent Joseph "Vince" Hasken, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque with his family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at St. Mary's 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 of East Dubuque. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Members of East Dubuque American Legion Post #787 will meet at 1:30 p.m. and Members of Menominee Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Vince was born near Menominee, IL, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Ricke) Hasken. He married Lou Mae Vanderah on August 24, 1954, at St. Mary's Church, in East Dubuque. They celebrated sixty 60 years of marriage this past August. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement. Vince was a member of St. Mary's Parish where he served as an usher for many years, and it's Holy Name Society. He was a charter member of Bishop O'Neill K of C Council #7527, Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4th Degree, East Dubuque American Legion Post #7527, former member of the Jo Daviess County Board, where he served as finance chairman, former member of the Dunleith Township Board, East Dubuque Cemetery Board, a retired member of the Menominee Dunleith Fire Department, and a former member and past president of the East Dubuque School Board. Vince was an avid golfer, a Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Iowa Hawkeyes Fan. He was very dedicated to the Pro-Life Cause and very supportive of the Special Olympics program.

Surviving are his wife, Lou Mae; nine children, Angela (Jeff) Shalla, of Iowa City, IA, Joan (Jim) Lampe, of Red Deer, Canada, Diane (Kevin) Hilby, of Rockford, IL, Teresa (Kevin) Driscoll, of Des Moines, IA, Sandra (Eric) Zelinskas, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Sarah (Peter) Stonkas, of Parkview, IA, Amy (Roger) Oberfoell, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Robert "Rob" (Lindsay) Hasken, of Champaign, IL, Katie (Aaron) Robinson, of Des Moines, IA; 52 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Donald Hasken, of Dubuque, IA, Earl (Doris) Hasken and Roseann (Harlan) Nauman, of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg, on April 1, 2007; and a sister, Darlene Gartner.

Memorials may be given to Dubuque County Right to Life and the Jo Daviess County Special Olympics program.

Lou Mae and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Vince.

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



David A. Kaune

David Arthur Kaune, 50 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm., Monday, November 17, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, visitation will be 3:00 pm until service time Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

David was in scouts and earned his Eagle Scout award. Every weekend he went to Jellystone camping with his family. David was a star in both track and tennis while at Senior High School. He was also a tennis star while at the University of Dubuque, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in physical education and health. David enjoyed bowling and playing cards with his many friends. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. David's favorite animal was the dolphin and would take every opportunity to go see live dolphin shows. David was determined and a light in many peoples lives. He will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Online condolences maybe sent to hoffmannschneiderfuneralhome.com



James P. Fabricius

James P. Fabricius, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Oak Park Place.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dewayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, or after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Jim was born March 26, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Peter and Catherine (Stephensen) Fabricius. After graduating from Loras Academy, he served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He married Mary Ann Sullivan on August 8, 1970 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. From his Fabricius Co. shop, he used his lifelong woodworking skills to handcraft the casket in which he will be laid to rest.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; three children, Thomas (Barbara) Fabricius of Fond du Lac, WI, Rebecca Fabricius of Dubuque, and Amy (Patrick) Jahn of Fond du Lac, WI; his sister, Mary Fabricius of Dubuque and 6 darling grandchildren whom he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Margaret (Rita) Fabricius.

The family requests no flowers. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



Beth A. Fair

Beth A. Fair, 49, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Sunday from 1 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beth was born July 15, 1965 in Sturgis, Michigan, daughter of Wayne Fair and Linda Chapman. She graduated from Lancaster, WI High School and Loras College.

She enjoyed spending time with her beloved son, her family and friends. She loved children, her cats and enjoyed the outdoors. Fall was her favorite season.

She is survived by her son, Evan Fair of Dubuque; her mother, Linda Chapman and her husband Henry Goldstein of Dubuque; a sister, Becki (Jerry) Zenz of Fond du Lac, WI and their daughter Kristin Zenz; a brother, Patrick (Kris) Fair of Dubuque and their sons Ryan and Dylan; a grandmother, Vera Lord and aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Fair.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa MICU unit for their wonderful care.



James S. Klaren

James S. Klaren, 73, of Worthington, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at his home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born February 7, 1941, in Worthington the son of Nicholas and Armella (Schwers) Klaren.  He married Judith Power on February 19, 1966, in Delhi, Iowa.

Together they farmed and Jim worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until retirement in 1996.  He was a 50 Year Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2001 in Farley.  He was also a member of UAW Local 94.

Survivors include his 2 daughters: Julia Klaren of Cedar Rapids, and Jill (Shaunesy) Daly of North Liberty, 2 sons: Jonathan Klaren of San Diego, CA and Jay Klaren of Los Angeles, CA, 4 grandchildren: Aiden Klaren, Claire and Stella Daly, and Daniel (Klaren) Phelps; one sister, Janice (David J.A.) Kramer of Dyersville and sister-in-law, Dolores Klaren of Hopkinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judith in 2005, siblings: Joseph Klaren in infancy, Fred Klaren, Joann in infancy and Betty Klaren in childhood.

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

 

 



Ralph L. Digman

Ralph L. Digman, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ralph was born December 20, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Anton and Mary (Teschler) Digman.  He served in the Army in 1951 and was discharged from the Reserves in 1956.  He married Alice Ann Harter on September 8, 1953, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for about 16 years and moved to town.  Ralph also worked for Bard Concrete as a materials driver for 32 years, retiring in 2000.  Ralph was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and the Knights of Columbus Council 1734. 

Survivors include his wife, Alice, his children: Barb Davidshofer of New Vienna, David Digman and Robert Digman, both of Earlville, Daniel Digman and Dianne Digman, both of Elgin, TX, Lisa Sutton of Bennett, Susan Dunkel of Dyersville, Kenneth Digman of Winchester, MA, Carolee Boehm and Sally Digman, both of Earlville, and Tom Digman of Luxemburg; 24 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Verna Lee Digman and Clara Harter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: James in 1999 and Steven in 2007;

2 brothers, John Digman and Edward Digman, a sister, Helen (Eugene) Steffensmeier, his parents-in-law, Serenus and Mathilda Harter, and a brother-in-law, Henry Harter

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

 



Dolores J. Wright

Dolores J. Wright, 84, of Dubuque died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Manor Care. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dolores was born on April 6, 1930 in Lost Nation IA, the daughter of Edward A. Mohr and Viola M. Litts. She married William R. Wright on January 5, 1952. Dolores was employed as a CNA at Sunnycrest, Caradco. Dubuque Packing Company and Mt. Caramel. She enjoyed doing puzzles and had lots of love for everyone, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Frank (Marla) Wright, Linda (Terry) Nauman, Billie Jo (Kent) Rettenberger, June Wright, Karen Riniker and William Wright; 15 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; 1 grandson; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Dolores Wright memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care.



Melvin H. Keller

Melvin H. Keller, age 96, passed away peacefully on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Mel was born August 22, 1918 to Henrietta & Herman (Sohl) Keller. Services will be held 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Hoffman Schneider Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services.

Mel married Virgina Mae Gassman on September 19, 1942. They had two daughters, Kathryn Ann and Karen Marie. They were married until her death on March 2, 2006.
Mel served for The Fighting 69th Infantry Division during WWII. He was missing in action after serving in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two purple hearts for his service. After serving his country Mel worked as a sign painter and eventually started Keller Signs. His work contributed to billboards, semis and building fronts all over the Tri-State area. His work lives on in the movies FIST and Field of Dreams. In his spare time Mel enjoyed fishing, bowling and serving on many boards. He spent countless hours armchair coaching while watching the Cubs or Bears. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame. In his later years he loved being in ‘his' chair, eating candy corn and watching old movies with the company of his cats Nick & Nora.

Mel is survived by his daughter Karen (James) Peachee' and "his buddy", grandson, Spencer Peachee' in Davenport, IA. Also surviving are granddaughters Kristin (Daren) Davis, of Galesburg, IL , Kara (Mike) Linn of Dubuque, IA, Beth (Greg) VanderWel of Schaumburg, IL , Julie (Mike) Bennett of Peosta, IA and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife "Ginny", daughter Kathryn (Leonard) Vaassen, sister Margaret Weber and a great-granddaughter Sara.

The family would like to thank Dianne Stecklein and her staff at No Place Like Home, especially Nora and Janet, for the tremendous care Mel received.

In lieu of flowers, which Mel did not enjoy, the family will be setting up a Mel Keller Fund and the monies will be donated to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society and another charity associated with the Veterans.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Richard L. Cade

Richard Lukens Cade, 88, of Dubuque died Monday, November 10 at home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a public Masonic Service at 6 pm. A Memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ where friends may also call from 1 to 1:45 pm Saturday. There will be a private family interment at a later date.

Richard was born July 1, 1926 in East Lansing, Michigan, son of Claude Marshall and Agnes (Hunt) Cade.
He graduated from public school in East Lansing, followed by service in the United States Navy during World War II.
During his undergraduate studies at Michigan State, Richard met his future wife of 65 years, Norma Benjamin, on a blind date. They both graduated in 1949.
They formed a close family that included four children, as well as two foreign exchange students and a foster son, Brian.

Richard spent his career employed as an engineer at John Deere in Dubuque and Waterloo, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Claudia (Bill) Boss, Rena Cade, and Martin (Melissa) Cade; son- in- law, Tom LeClere; grandchildren Tracy LeClere, Wade (Tami) LeClere, Yancey Boss, Drew Boss, Richard Cade and expected to arrive soon, Robert Cade; and four great grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Becki LeClere; a sister in infancy; brothers Bill and Tommy; twin sister, Jane; and several aunts and uncles.
For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The family would like to thank all of the Masonic and church friends, as well as Edna from Hospice of Dubuque.



Howard J. Konzen

Howard J. Konzen, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born April 12, 1925, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fourth oldest of five children of Anthony and Rose (Klostermann) Konzen. He married RoseMary Frericks on August 5, 1947, in Dyersville at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage until she preceded him in death in March of 2011. To this union three children were born. Howard began working at Scherrman's Garage as a mechanic and then began his 30 plus year career with Tegeler's Dairy. He loved his rural delivery routes and families for miles around knew him as "the ice cream man". The children especially loved him. He always took the time to visit with his customers and as a result made lifelong friendships. He was an avid hunter and was always up to driving through the country looking for deer, fox and coyotes. He enjoyed just going for a ride in the car or stopping at The Palace for a beer with Darlene and friends.

His faith was important to him and often stopped at church just to make a visit. He and Rosie were beautiful dancers and they floated together across dance floors whenever they had the chance. They now dance together in Heaven.

He was a member of the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, the Knights of Columbus Council 1734 and in his later years volunteered delivering Senior Citizen Meals with Santa.

Those left to cherish his memory are his three children: Karen (Gerry) Bries, Susan (friend Al Kramer) Konzen, and Jay (Cheri) Konzen, all of Dyersville, his grandchildren: Jennifer (Bill) Fangmann of Berwyn, IL, Sara (Brian) Campbell of Rockwall, TX, Angela Bries of Cresco, IA, Kelli (Justin) Hillebrand of Davenport, IA, and Mike (fiancé Ashley Hosch) Konzen of Dyersville; his great-grandchildren: Grace, Meg, Ruth, and Laura Fangmann, and Connor, Will, and Griffin Campbell; 2 sisters: Grace Ernster of Rochester, MN, and Rose Ann (Donald) VonLehmden of Dyersville; in-laws: Roy (Ruth) Frericks, RoseMary Frericks and Velma Frericks, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, RoseMary in 2011, parents-in-law, Edward and Margaret Frericks, twin great-grandsons: Peter and Jacob Fangmann; siblings: Lester Konzen and Ramona (George) Esch, in-laws: John Ernster, LaVern and Elmer Frericks, Vernita Frericks and Helen (Jim) Bell; nephews: Tom VonLehmden, Steve, Jim and Tom Frericks.

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

 

 



Elmer M. Bleile

Elmer M. Bleile, 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2014. To honor Elmer's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Very Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Elmer's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service said at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elmer was born on November 26, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Elizabeth (Pothoff) Bleile.

Elmer married Mary A. Dean on October 9, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wisconsin. Elmer worked at the Dubuque Packing Company / FDL for over 42 years before retiring in 2000. Elmer was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus #5513. He spent his free time working at the Holy Ghost bingo hall and playing guitar at farmers market, nursing homes and parties. He enjoyed fishing, deer and turkey hunting and playing cards with his family and friends. Elmer was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Mary of Dubuque. His son, Randy (Karla) Bleile of Dubuque. His 5 grandchildren; Kelli (Shaun Sollanek) Post, Holli (Ryan) Cannon, Rachael (Jacob) Tharp, Melissa (Mike Melder) Faust and Kyle Faust. His 10 great-grandchildren. His 2 sisters; Anna (Leonard) Schmidt of Dubuque and Irene Streif of Lancaster. Son-in-law, Randy (Sandy) Faust of Pearl City, Ill. Brother-in-law, Dorrance Dean of Cuba City and 2 sisters-in-law, Donna Bobo and Barb Dean both of Dubuque.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Daniel Bleile and his daughter, Lori Faust. 1 Brother, Ervin Bleile and 1 sister, Lucille Dean. 4 Brothers-in-law; Dalven, Lenny and Herbert Dean and Harold Streif and 1 sister-in-law, Sherry Dean.

An Elmer M. Bleile memorial fund has been established.
Elmer's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Kirkendall, especially Kate and Hospice of Dubuque for all their kind and compassionate care.

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



Theodore J. Johnson

Theodore J. Johnson, 86, of Dubuque died Monday, November 10, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Ted was born August 13, 1928 in Waterville, Iowa, son of Johnnie and Thea (Kolsrud) Johnson. He married Rosita Busch on March 25, 1950 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 19, 2005.

He worked as a machinist at John Deere for 28 years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed auto racing. Ted was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

He is survived by six children, Ted (Jolene) Johnson II of Dubuque, Lana (Dr. Terry) Totty of Nashville, Tenn., John (Mary) Johnson of Dubuque, Clint (Rita) Johnson of Dubuque, Kristell Winger of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Sean (Brenda) Johnson of Culver, Minn.; twelve grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a sister in law, Alice Johnson of Waukon, Iowa.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Susan Cupps and Jolee Johnson; and two brothers, Marlin and Lloyd Johnson.

A Theodore Johnson Memorial Fund has been established.



George A. Recker

George A. Recker, 82, of Epworth, Iowa died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:38 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of George may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for George will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa where full Military Honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion - John White Post #650.

George was born on October 10, 1932 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker. He received his education in the rural Dyersville area schools. On October 27, 1956 he was united in marriage to Maureen Sherlock at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He farmed in the rural Epworth area until his retirement in 1984 and then went on to sell Golden Harvest seed corn for many years.

George enjoyed life to the fullest, especially spending time with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his buddies at the Truck Stop and Red Roof Diner. George was known for his great sense of humor and being such a fun, easy guy to be around.

He was a veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth and the Epworth Knights of Columbus Council #7823.

He is survived by his wife Maureen Recker of Epworth, six children, Mary Jo (Tom) Danner of Peosta, Karen (Dave) Scott of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mike (Gail) Recker of Maple Grove, MN, Marty (Angie) Recker of Peosta, Steve (Heather) Recker of Epworth and Brian (Abby) Recker of Peosta; 18 grandchildren; six sisters; Esther Reichenauer of Monticello, IA, Mary Reichenauer of Dyersville, IA, Sr. Margaret Ann Recker of Milwaukee, WI, Helen Hawker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Velma (John) Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, Karol (Jim) Koch of Fairfax, IA, three brothers; Robert Recker of Marshalltown, IA, Charles (Ann) Recker of Dyersville, IA, Don (Joan) Recker of Nacogdoches, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Donna Recker on Nov. 30, 1982 and a son, Ken Recker on November 10, 2000, one sister; Germaine Kelchen, and two brothers; Louis and Ralph Recker.

The family of George Recker would like to thank the wonderful staff at Stone Hill Care Center for all their kindness and special care. God Bless all of you.



Arlene L. Lewis

Another angel was called home on November 8, 2014. Arlene L. (Imbus) Lewis passed away peacefully at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at Lutheran Church of Peace, Platteville, WI, with Pastor Jeff Peterson officiating. Friends may gather after 11:00a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. There will be a private family service of committal following at Rock Church Cemetery, Livingston, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the church.

Arlene (Sissy) was born on May 28, 1947, in Platteville, WI, daughter of Robert and Hazel Nodolf. She graduated from Iowa-Grant High School in 1965. She was a Home Interiors demonstrator for several years and also loved making wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family. She also drove semi for many years before retiring. Mom loved all aspects of life, was a very kind and giving person, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

One of the things mom loved to do was make crafts and go to craft shows. She took great pleasure in seeing other crafting ideas and met many new friends that enjoyed crafting as well.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Scott Schuett of Cannon Falls, MN, Wayne (Lisa) Imbus of Dubuque, Wanda (special friend Roger) of Dubuque, and David (special friend Jennifer) of Dubuque, grandchildren Natasha Imbus (great-grandchildren Trevon and Ma'Kaiyah) of Dubuque, Michael Imbus of Oceanside, CA, Justice Clark of Dubuque, and Jeanna and Jared Schuett of Baldwin, MN, siblings Robert (Kathy) Nodolf of Janesville, WI, Dale (Chris) Nodolf of Madison, WI, Barbara (Stanley) Erlandson of Platteville, WI, nieces Tiffany (James) Rusch (Jake, Isaac, Luke) of Milton, WI, Natasha (Eric) Stalo (Charles, Henry) of Ames, IA and several cousins.

She was preceded in going home by her parents Robert and Hazel Nodolf, a sister-in-law Shirley Nodolf and aunts and uncles.

The family would like to extend a great deal of appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Cao, the caring staff of Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, especially Julie and Lenora in caring for mom.

 



Thomas J. McDonnell

Thomas Joseph "Big T" McDonell, age 73, passed away
peacefully at his home on Ryan Road surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Pastor Jeffery McDonell officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and after 9 a.m. Wednesday until service time also at the funeral home.


He was born on December 6, 1940, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Steven and Agnes (Barnes) McDonell. He married Wilma Boffeli at the Church of the Nativity and together they shared 54 wonderful years with their seven children and seventeen grandchildren, spending summers on the farm by the pool and winters in Daytona, FL. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 25 years as a truck driver and later was an owner operator truck driver with Dawes Trucking in Milwaukee. In between he loved Harley rides near and far, watching races on the track and from his kitchen, and keeping in touch with his many beloved friends.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma; six children, Daniel (Trisha) McDonell, of Dubuque, Dale (Sherry) McDonell, of Dubuque, Jeffery (Kathy) McDonell, of Cortez, CO, Kathy Grice, of Dubuque, Amy (Loren) Gaul, of Holy Cross, and Timothy (Jodi) McDonell, of Asbury; His grandchildren, Amanda, Cale, Jordan, Kara, Thomas, Victoria, Trinidad, Lucas, Chloe Kelly, Megan, Jacob, Cody, Lee, Logan, Levi and Landon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kelly McDonell; brothers, Bill and Steven McDonell; and sisters, Rose Mary and Virginia McDonell.

A Thomas J. "Big T" McDonell Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Floyd L. Clark

Floyd L. "Pete" Clark, 81, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at his home in Delmar, Iowa.

A celebration of Pete's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Floyd LaVern Clark was born on May 25, 1933 in Fulton, Iowa, to Alva D. and Dorcas L. (Skow) Clark. He was a high school graduate and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Air Force until receiving an honorable discharge. He then met and married Marilyn Joyce McCutcheon on July 21, 1956 in Keokuk, Iowa. To this union six children were born: Cindy, Dennis, Craig, Bryan, Teresa and Stacie.

Pete first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, then had a milk route and later worked as a maintenance man for the railroad. He retired from Caterpillar after 23 years working as a machinist.

Pete was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping all over but especially at Wildwood, fishing for Catfish, hunting, mushrooming, and boating. In his younger years he had been on a bowling team.

Those left to honor Pete's memory include his wife Marilyn Clark of Delmar, IA; children Cindy Holdsworth of Dubuque, IA, Dennis (Mary) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Craig (JoAnn) Clark of Onslow, IA, Bryan (Sarah) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Teresa (Ron) Grandick of Delmar, IA, and Stacie (Kenny) Bowling of Delmar, IA; sisters Esther Burleson of MO and Gloria Lingle of Maquoketa, IA; 29 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild on the way in March. He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers, 2 sisters, and a great-grandchild Maddie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Floyd L. "Pete" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Audrey Lambe

Audrey Lambe, 67, of Dubuque, and formerly of Hazel Green, WI, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Otter Creek, IA. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 10, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Audrey was born April 14, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of Vince and Louise (Federspiel) Nemmers. She married Phillip Lambe on July 6, 1968 at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2013. Audrey graduated from Visitation Academy in 1965. During her time at the Viz she established many lifelong friendships and was elected Prom Queen because of her magnetic personality and fun-loving nature.After graduation, Audrey worked at the Telegraph Herald and later at Dubuque Bank & Trust. She then went to work at Loras College for over 20 years as the Administrative Assistant for Residence Life and Student Development. While working at Loras she delighted in keeping tabs on all of her children who graduated or worked there. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, Dubuque, and formerly a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Audrey enjoyed being on the go: hosting parties, attending sporting events, going to lunch with friends, spoiling grandkids, attending Zumba, and shopping! She was passionate about flowers and gardening. Most of all, Audrey was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She was extremely faithful to support and care for Phil and shared his love of horses. She never missed a family event and was always there to lend a hand. Audrey thoroughly adored going to her children's activities as they grew and was always thrilled to attend most of her grandchildren's as well. Audrey was a tireless servant to all those she loved and always put her needs secondary to others. She loved people well and was loved by many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Vickie (Chad) Specht of Maquoketa, IA, Michael (Tessa) Lambe of Verona, WI, Marty (Emily) Lambe of Pekin, IL, and Stacie (John) Weber of Cashton, WI; her grandchildren, Brian, Nate, Paige, Connor, Andrew, Allison, Devin, Audrey, Evelyn, Elise, and Conrad; her sister Mary Lou (Ken) Althoff of Maquoketa, IA and her brother Ron (Jane) Nemmers of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son, Brian; a brother in infancy, Roger; and her nieces, Shelley & Tara.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Engelman and his staff, the staff at Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, the Wendt Center, our Loras family, and numerous friends and family who have been supportive.

Memorials may be made to the Audrey Lambe Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.

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



Carl F. Ruff

Carl F. "Whitey" Ruff, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating and Rev. Robert Gross giving the homily. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture said at 7:30. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Carl was born on February 18, 1920, in Peru Township, IA, son of Charles H. and Alma (Stecklein) Ruff.

Carl proudly served with the US Army during WWII. He was a C.Y.O. Boxing Champion in the Feather Weight bracket from 1937-1940. Carl married Irene Engling on May 9, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church. She preceded him in death on January 27, 2010. Carl worked at Wonder Bread for 11 years and spent another 23 years at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer and the John Deere Retirees.
Carl is survived by 10 children, Cheryl R. (Lloyd) Hogan, Dubuque, Cathy A.(Steve) Larson, Corona, CA, Joan B. (Tom) Kuhle, Dubuque, Jane M. (Duane) Meyer, Dubuque, Jean M. (Gerald) Runde, Essexville, MI, Joyce I. Bettcher, Dubuque, Charlie J. (Sue) Ruff, Dubuque, Joseph A. (Dawn) Ruff, Dubuque, Craig A. Ruff, Dubuque, Neal A. (Kelly) Ruff, Dubuque, a daughter-in-law, Dee Ruff, of Adel, IA, 30 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, 5 siblings, Phillip (Shirley) Ruff, Dubuque, Donald Ruff, Dubuque, Elaine Rapp, Dubuque, Alma Mae Reisen, Peosta, IA, Wilma (Jack) Derks, Tempe, AZ.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene; a son, Carl F. Ruff Jr.; two grandchildren, Troy Runde and Andrea Bellman; a great-granddaughter, Siena Downs; three brothers, Harold, Wayne, Chet Ruff and two sisters Virginia Gau and Jeanette Jungk.

In lieu of flowers a Carl F. "Whitey" Ruff memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Ronald A. Hankemeier

Ronald A. Hankemeier, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ronald Arthur Hankemeier was born on February 19, 1950 in Andrew, Iowa, to Ardo H. and Doris M. (Thillmony) Hankemeier. He was a graduate of Andrew High School and later received his Associate of Arts degree from Clinton Community College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1968 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1972. He then returned home and married Dixie L. Eckelberg on August 9, 1975 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2006.

Ronald had worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation from 1976 until retiring in December of 2009.

Ronald had been a member of the former Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and then First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He had also been a member of Lutheran Brotherhood for many years.

He enjoyed being outside doing yard work, gardening and working on tractors. He loved watching the 3 Stooges, meteorology, tinkering with things and was always a farm boy at heart. He was known as a kind and generous good man who always put others first.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his children Jefferson Hankemeier of Minneapolis, MN, Joshua (Jeni Rizio) Hankemeier of Champaign, IL, and Amanda Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; a brother David Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Linda (Randy) Duhme of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death his parents and his wife Dixie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald A. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rebecca A. White

Rebecca A. "Becky" White, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Becky's life will be held at 3:30 P.M., Saturday, November 15, 2014, from the Clarence, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Rebecca Ann Anderson was born on January 30, 1948 in Springfield, Illinois to Charles and Bessie (Stanfill) White. She married Terry Vincent White Sr. on November 25, 1976 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1991.

Becky had worked as a nurses aide at the Jones County Care Facility for several years. She enjoyed fishing, watching television, playing dice and playing games on her IPAD. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Taylor and Zachery.

Those left to honor Becky's memory include her sons Daniel (Sherry) White of Maquoketa, IA and Anthony (Alina Divine) White of Lisbon, IA; 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; and sisters Irene Jessie Garlough of Wheatland, IA, Emma Kirklin of Silvis, IL and Shelby Costello of WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a step-son Terry.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rebecca A. "Becky" White memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Nancy J. Baker

Nancy J. Baker, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, November 10, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Nancy Jo Streets was born on January 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Max L. and Leola M. (Lambert) Streets. She attended country school and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married William August Baker on June 24, 1960 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa.

Nancy was a housewife who raised a family, farmed with her husband and had worked at WALMART in Maquoketa for over 15 years until retirement.

Nancy was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing, camping, reading, puzzles, gardening and collecting pink depression glassware. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her husband William "Bill" Baker Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; children Brenda (Darcy) Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA, and Brian Baker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Barbara (Carl) Hardison of Delmar, IA; 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Bruce and William Jr., a grandson Christopher Hankemeier and a great-grandchild Aleah Steffen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nancy J. Baker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marcella M. Bjerke

Marcella M. "Toodie" Bjerke, age 95, of Dubuque, passed away at 2:46 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Luther Manor. To honor Marcella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran, Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Toodie was born on May 20, 1919, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Cora (Link) Bjerke.

Toodie was a life long Dubuque resident. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937 and worked at Hartig Drug as a bookkeeper for almost 43 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a very active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and volunteering in church organizations. She also volunteered at Luther Manor and was a member of Finley Auxiliary. For over 63 years, Toodie played cards with her special group of girlfriends. She read novels, enjoyed music and reveled in classic movies with a happy ending. Toodie enjoyed her travels throughout the Untied States and abroad. She will be remembered for the love and kindness she showed throughout her life.

Toodie is survived by,her beloved niece, Jan Bjerke, her "girls", Mary Kress, Kathy Slaght, Ellie Kaiser,
Janice Stemper, all of Dubuque, her cousins,
Lyle Link, Darlene Schuster and Goddaughter Janet McEvoy.

Toodie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Merlin and his wife Dee.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Luther Manor.

Memorials may be given St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA., 52001.

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

 



Ronald J. Pfiffner

Ronald J. Pfiffner, 71, of Asbury, Iowa died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Ronald was born on Jan. 28, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John and Clara (Fenley) Pfiffner. He grew up in Dubuque and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Louis "Lou" and Elizabeth "Liz" Spahn. On April 24, 1965 he married Barbara Blosch at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Ronald was employed in the Experimental Department at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1996.

Ronald was an avid hunter and enjoyed competitive shooting and being outdoors. He was a longtime member of Resurrection Church.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children David (Kim) Pfiffner, of Adel, IA, Jonathan Pfiffner of Oxford, MI, Ann-Marie (Dave) Johnson, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Matt Pfiffner of Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Josh, Samantha, Jacob and Nathan Pfiffner and Zachary Johnson; a sister, Cheryl Magner, of Milwaukee, WI, and step-sister Rhonda Kruckenberg of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and aunt and uncle Lou and Liz Spahn.

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

Donations may be made to the Ronald J. Pfiffner Memorial Fund.

Ronald's family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the University of Iowa and Finley Hospitals for their exceptional care.



Lorraine White

Lorraine "Babe" White 92 of Asbury, IA died on November 4, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt Calvary cemetery.

Lorraine (Babe) White was born on February 19, 1922 in Sherrill, Iowa daughter of John and Lucy (Schmitt) Wagner. She married William Oster in 1941 and later married Robert White in 1979. She lived in the Dubuque area all of her life.

Babe was an accomplished seamstress and sewed all types of clothing for her family and tri-state residents. She made beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For 22 years she attended the three times weekly exercise group LAFF at Loras College. Babe enjoyed playing cards (bridge, euchre and cribbage) and was a member of the swing club bridge group for more than 60 years. In earlier years she bowled in many leagues and was on a state championship team in the 70's. Babe and Bob enjoyed dancing at Timmermans and the Elmo Club.

Babe is survived by her husband, Bob, three daughters Judy (Jack) Heiderscheit of Bettendorf, IA, JoAnn (Jack Kreiman) Hart and Janeen (Larry) Kaufmann both of Dubuque. Stepsons, Craig White of Buffalo Grove, IL and Mark (Bonnie)White of Wesly Chapel, Fl. Four grandchildren, Cheryl Maas, John Heiderscheit, Michelle Kaufmann, and Bill Kaufmann, and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Bernadine Bleile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Harriet Baal, and son-in-law William Hart.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Resurrection Church.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Amy C for the loving care she received, and also her friends at the Village Co-Op in Asbury for their many thoughts and prayers.



Norman F. Welp

Norman F. "Norm" Welp, 83, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Norm was born on May 16, 1931 in Dubuque, Ia., the son of Joseph G. and Ida C. (Klaas) Welp.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U. S. Air Force.

He was employed at Wm. C. Brown Publishing Company from 1953 until his retirement in 1995.  Norm was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Parish, a former member of the East Dubuque City Council, East Dubuque Library Board, East Dubuque Lions Club and an avid golfer at Lacoma Golf Course.

Surviving are his children, Daniel "Buck" Welp of East Dubuque, Linda (Russ Grant) Welp of Zwingle, Ia., Judy Welp and Ronald "Ernie" Welp both of East Dubuque, Diane Welp of Cedar Rapids, Ia. And Christine (Tim) Knox of Oregon, Wis., five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  His siblings, Leora Bemboom of Dubuque, Glenn (Pat) Welp of East Dubuque, Janet (Lloyd) Berning of Hazel Green, Wis., and Joyce (Sylvester) Langmeier of Cuba City, Wis.  A brother-in-law Richard Meyer of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Ida, a sister Rosita Meyer, brother-in-law Leo Bemboom and nephew Joel Meyer.

Norm's family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Freddie G. Potter

Freddie G. "Harguss" Potter, 47, of Monmouth, Iowa, died on Monday evening, November 3, 2014, as the result of injuries received in a traffic accident on Highway 64 and Landis Road one mile east of Anamosa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for a Remembrance Service and Luncheon from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Monmouth Community Center in Monmouth, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date from the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Freddie Gene Potter was born on Jan. 20, 1967 in Canton, Iowa, to Fred Lee and Joyce Marie (Clary) Potter. He was raised by his father and step-mom, Fred and Brenda Potter, and his mother and step-father, Joyce and Mike Green. He attended Cascade High School in Salem, Ore. He married Melissa Jan Switzer on Sept. 11, 2004 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Upon moving back to Iowa, Freddie had worked for Countryside Landscaping and Alan Carr Construction. For the past three years he had worked for Cascade Manufacturing in Cascade, Iowa.

Freddie enjoyed fishing for catfish on the Mississippi River, deer hunting, shooting pool and playing darts. He was a people person who enjoyed socializing and being around others.

Those left to honor Freddie's memory include his wife, Melissa Jan Potter, of Monmouth, IA; children Elisa Anderson, Haley Bowman and Kelsie Bowman, all of Salem, OR, Lauren Switzer and Benjamin Potter, both of Monmouth, IA; 3 grandchildren, Tayzzen, Serenity and Jaycee; his father and step-mom, Fred and Brenda Potter of Canton, IA; his mother, Joyce Marie Nyikus, of Mesa, AZ; sisters Tanya Potter of Lost Nation, IA, Angie McDermitt of Mesa, AZ and Lacie Potter of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother Nathan Potter of Canton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his step-father, Mike Green.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Freddie G. "Harguss" Potter Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Collin D. Barton

Collin David Barton, age 2, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. To honor Collin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Collin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture service said at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Collin was born on October 3, 2012, in Dubuque, son of Keith Barton and Heather Thill. Collin touched countless lives in the 2 short years that we were all blessed by his presence. His bright blue eyes were as enchanting as the cute noises he would make and the countless hours he spent entertaining himself by playing with his hands and constantly giving his thumbs the proper attention they required. Our little Cherub has been called home and now leaves many broken hearts for those who knew and loved him.

Collin is survived by, his mom, Heather Thill, Dubuque, IA., his dad, Keith Barton, Dubuque, IA., his maternal grandparents, Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA., Chris Thill, Dubuque, IA., his paternal grandparents, Dan (Stacey) Barton, Dubuque, IA., Lisa (Bill Kozelka) Barton, Dubuque, IA., his great-grandparents, James and Evelyn Henry, Donald and Mary Brimeyer, Louis and Phyllis Barton, Gene and Rose Bauer, all of Dubuque his aunt and uncle, Tom and Amy Sieverding, Anthony (Chelsee) Kasparec, all of Dubuque his cousins, James Kasparec and Brody and Ellie Sieverding.

A Collin D. Barton memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Keystone, Unified Therapy, Parents as Teachers, the U of I Childrens Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and compassionate care.

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



Ralph C. Tayloe

Ralph C. Tayloe, age 86, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of California, passed away peacefully at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ralph's life, private family services are being held.

Ralph was born at Children's Hospital in Hollywood, CA, on March 10, 1928. His parents Hallie Marie (Sherrick) Tayloe and William Chester Tayloe had recently built a home at 4419 Mariota Ave., in the Toluca Lake section of North Hollywood.

He was soon enrolled in the Cradle Roll Department of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. His education was provided at Rio Vista Elementary School, North Hollywood Junior High School and he graduated from North Hollywood High School in February, 1946.

He joined the U.S. Navy, went to boot camp at San Diego, then to the Naval Clerical School at Bainbridge, MD. He was assigned to Air Ferry Squadron One at Patuxent River, MD. He soon transferred to Air Ferry Squadron Two at the Naval Air Station in San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Ralph continued his education at Los Angeles City College, graduating with a Business major in 1949. He then went to the University of California at Santa Barbara for a semester, then to UCLA where he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor's degree with a major in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. During this time he worked part time at Art Royce's Photographic Store on North Vermont Avenue. He entered graduate school and earned a Master of Business Administration in 1953.

He worked at Bullock's Wilshire while going to school. After graduating he went to work at Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo as a Production Processor. He continued his education at Los Angeles State College (on the L.A. City College Campus) and worked toward a teaching credential. He did his practice in teaching in social studies at H. Mann Junior High School and in business at Belmont High School. He was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District to substitute for his master teacher, Mr. Brailsford, at Belmont High School.

In the meantime, he was attending the College Department at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and attended a "College Briefing Conference" at Forest Home Conference Grounds. Here he accepted Jesus Christ and became a born-again Christian.

The following year he again attended the "Briefing Conference" and was fortunate to meet a young musician, Marjorie Ellen Zaerr, at the dinner table, and assisted her in writing the words to a song brought to the conference by a speaker, J. Edwin Orr. The name of the song was "How Great Thou Art." Ralph married Marjorie on June 18, 1955 at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

In the fall of 1955 he started his regular assignment as a Business Education teacher at Pacoima Junior High School in the San Fernando Valley. He taught typing, mathematics, journalism and was a seventh-grade counselor. In 1957 an airplane crashed on the campus and injured some of his counselees (Richard Battaligia and Rodney Ballau). Also during his time at the school, a student Richard Valenzuela, a guitar player and singer was killed in an airplane accident. He was known professionally at Richie Valens. One summer he taught at Los Angeles High School. In 1959 Ralph was assigned to teach business subjects at Los Angeles Metropolitan College at Olive and 12th Ave. in Los Angeles. Besides teaching Accounting, he also taught Office Machines, Economic Geography, Journalism, was a sponsor for the newspaper, and was a coordinator of Student Activities, as well as a counselor. In his spare time he was also an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Course one evening a week.

After living in an apartment on Moorpark Ave. in Studio City for a short time, Ralph and Marjorie bought a house at 4527 Kraft Avenue in the Studio City section of North Hollywood. Soon five wonderful children arrived to make the home very joyous. In 1964 Ralph transferred to the Business Department of Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys. Dr. Mark Matthews was the chairman and soon Ralph was the Assistant Chair as well as the sponsor of the business club (VABS). After a few years, Ralph was appointed the Assistant Dean of the Evening Division and worked with Dean Don Click. His next assignment was to be the Assistant Dean of Organization and Development under the College President, Dr. Robert Horton. In about 1979 he was assigned to the Assistant Dean of Education Services at Los Angeles Mission College in temporary quarters in San Fernando. In 1981 he went to Los Angeles Trade Technical College as Assistant Dean of Educational Services and worked with Jim Grivitch. Later he was Dean of Instruction and he supervised five departments: Graphic Arts, Auto-Truck-Motorcycle Mechanics, Fashion Design, Metal and Food Technology.

In 1986 he had five by-pass heart surgery and then transferred back to Los Angeles Valley College where he served as Assistant Professor of Business until he retired in 1989. He continued to teach in the evening until 1992. In 1992 Ralph and Marjorie moved to Solvang, CA. He was a member of the Christian Businessmen's Committee and of the Santa Ynez Valley Lions Club. They moved from Solvang to Dubuque, IA in 2007.

Ralph leaves behind his loving wife, Marjorie Tayloe, Dubuque, IA, his five children, Mary Ellen Stevens, Dubuque, IA, David C. Tayloe, Oceanside, CA, Sarah Lee Tayloe, Dubuque, IA, Susan Marie Tayloe, Walnut Creek, CA, John Danny Tayloe, Moorpark, CA, his eleven grandchildren, Melissa Stevens, Johnathon Stevens, Bethany Stevens, Matthew Stevens, Hallie Rogers, Dona Rogers, Khloe Tayloe, Wesley Ware, Corey Craig, Shane Tayloe, Brittany Tayloe and Chase Tayloe.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Richard J. Neuzil

Richard J. Neuzil, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at his home after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 7, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dick was born July 7, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Aloysius and Mabel (Lenoch) Neuzil.  He was raised near Iowa City, graduated from St. Patrick High School and served in the Army from 1950 - 1952.  He married Grace Derga on July 19, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Dick was a Linotype operator at the Dysart Reporter, the Dyersville Commerical, and finally at Wiedenbacher Publishing in Dubuque.

Dick could often be seen around town coming in or out of the Library or attending his children's sporting events at Beckman High School.  He enjoyed golf, the Iowa Hawkeyes and conversing with everyone.

Survivors include his wife, Grace, 6 children: Melanie (Loras) Phillips of Dyersville, Dean (Vickie) of Lakeville, MN, Melissa (Larry) Thier of Dyersville, Mary Neuzil of Coralville, Doug (Sue) of Hopkinton, and Mandi Neuzil of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Jason (Jill) Phillips, Brandi (Chris) Pasker, Robbie (Emily) Phillips, Tyler and Briana Neuzil, Ben Neuzil, Natalie, Mitchell and Chad Neuzil; 6 great grandchildren: Caleb, Carter, Cole and Hannah Phillips, Evan and Tessa Pasker; siblings: Mary (Mike) Moore of Tulsa, OK, Joan (Ken) Chaloupka of Iowa City, Bill (Judy) Neuzil, of Texas, Shirley Lintz of Kalona, and Don (Arlene) Neuzil of Arizona, David Neuzil of Tulsa, OK. in-laws: Alvera Weber of Winthrop, Bernice (Art) Lansing and Jane Hahn, both of Dyersville, Mary (Bob) Morris of Manchester, John (Kathy) Derga of Worthington, Carol Derga of Racine, WI

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Dennis, parents-in-law: Albert & Marcella Derga; in-laws: Ralph Weber, Herb Hahn, Albert Derga and Rich Lintz.

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

 

 



Mary C. Jecklin

Mary C. Jecklin, 82 of Peosta, Iowa passed away on November 2, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her family. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Holy Family Church New Melleray with Rev. Scott Boone and Rev. Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Mary was born on April 27, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Marcella (Duschen) Cavanaugh. She married Donald Jecklin Sr. on August 11, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1984. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was always putting everyone else's needs before her own. She worked beside her husband Don on the farm and raised seven children in the work ethic of dairy farming that brings a sense of family that only a farm mother would understand. She taught her six daughters how to sew, bake and can food. She was a member and lector at Holy Family Church where she volunteered numerous hours in the Altar and Rosary Society, and also participated in the Thursday morning prayer group at Monastery. In her spare time she served as treasurer for the Dubuque County Fair Women's Food Stand, member of Dubuque Dairy Promotions, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, Morning Hope Theresians, Catholic Daughters of American, Secretary of Tri-State Saddle Club and a 4H Leader for three decades. She bowled in several leagues and her bowling exploits are legendary even after back surgery. Some of her passions include gardening and flowers especially in her own yard. Perhaps what she will be loved and remembered for the most are her prize winning angel food cake and her own apple pie that no one can quite duplicate.

She is survived by seven children, Vivian (Stephen) Strom, of Allison Park, PA, Rita (Dave) Ruden, of Dubuque, Don (Julie VanZile) Jecklin Jr., of Peosta, Sally (Dean) Heacock, of Durango, Rose (Bob) Mueller, of Epworth, Lois (Dennis) Schmidt, of Dubuque, and Jane Jecklin, of Peosta, Iowa. Sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Siblings; Loretta (Joe) Graves, Juanita (Lyle) Dague, Sharon (Charles) Hermsen, a brother-in-law John Theisen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers Tommy Cavanaugh, Loras (Lu Mae) Cavanaugh, John (Rita) Cavanaugh Jr., a sister Janaan Theisen, and a sister-in-law Thelma (Wilfred) Miehe.

In lieu of flowers a Mary C. Jecklin memorial fund has been established. The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Mary, also to Most Rev. Daniel Kucera, OSB for all his friendship.



Sr. Marian Kluesner, FSPA

Sister Marian Kluesner, FSPA, 81, died Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the sixty-first year of her religious profession.

Sister Marian was born to Raymond and Luella (Buenker) Kluesner on December 31, 1932 at the family farm house in New Vienna, Iowa. She was baptized at St. Boniface Church and given the name Marian Esther. Marian remembers a delayed fourth of July celebration in 1940 because of the birth of the twins, Betty and Bob. She and her six brothers and sisters grew up on the farm and attended St. Boniface School in New Vienna. After graduation from high school, Marian entered St. Rose Convent on September 4, 1951.

Marian was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1952 and given the name, Sister Mary Marlys. She pronounced first vows on August 12, 1954.

She entered the field of education and earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in art from Viterbo College (University). She also attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN Sister Marian taught middle grades and high school in Wisconsin and Iowa. After twenty years in the field of education, she studied occupational therapy and served as therapist at Villa St. Joseph. In 1976, she moved into the social service field and worked for Catholic Social Service and Catholic Charities in Oklahoma and in Texas. She was Director of Catholic Charities, then Director of Emergency Assistance for El Paso Diocese for twenty-five years. After almost forty years of serving the poor, Sister Marian retired to St. Rose Convent in 2012. A little over a week ago, Sister Marian's health deteriorated quickly and she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Family, friends and community remember Sister Marian as a person with a heart for the poor. Her quiet compassion touched thousands over the years. She welcomed everyone and helped in any way she could. She was often teased that her compassion even extended to stray cats, a true follower of St. Clare of Assisi. Sister Marian was a great story teller and found humor in the smallest things. She loved to sing and was delighted to be part of the St. Rose Schola.

Sister Marian is survived by her Franciscan community; three sisters, Helen Reardon, Dyersville, Iowa, Jean Kluesner, New Vienna, and Elizabeth (Lenny) Leick, Epworth, Iowa; and one brother, Robert Kluesner, Little Canada, Minnesota, a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Kluesner of Dyersville, IA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Francis and Ralph.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Family and friends may continue to call at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. where a final Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held in St. Boniface Cemetery where she will be buried along with her family. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements in La Crosse and Kramer Funeral Home with those in New Vienna.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601- 4782.

 



Richard E. Wallace

Richard E. "Dick" Wallace, 84 of Peosta, Iowa passed away on November 2, 2014 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL. Family and friends may gather from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Sunday, November 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. He was born on December 31, 1929 in Marshalltown, Iowa the son of Laurence and Bernice (Bailey) Wallace. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from High School in the Madrid, Iowa area. Richard is a US Army Korean War Veteran.

He married Norma Jean Magnani on August 1, 1953 in Missouri. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2011. He worked for John Deere as a manager in Industrial Relations. In his spare time he enjoyed boating with his family on the Mississippi. Aviation was a important part of his life. He owned and flew several types of airplanes over the years and was an active member of the EAA. After retiring from John Deere he took up woodworking full time and made custom furniture for family and friends.

He is survived by his children; Vicki (Tom) Ryan of Bourbonnais, IL, Anita (Charles) Streb, of LaGrange, IL, Belinda (Mike) Douglas, of Marietta, GA, Vickie Kuhl, of Ocala, Fl, Richard (Lori) Wallace, of Evans, GA, Douglas Wallace, of Madison, WI, and Scott (Eleanor) Wallace, of Dubuque. Nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and a sister Betty Pierce, of Temple, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Norma, two brothers Eldon and Leonard, and a son-in-law David Kuhl.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to a charity of your choice in Richard's honor or to Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL.

Thank you to all of Richard's friends, family and neighbors who's kindness and help allowed him to stay in his beloved home until just recently.



Clarence C. Gloeckner

Clarence C. "Woody" Gloeckner, 76, of rural Epworth, Iowa, died at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his loving family.

Friend and relatives of Clarence may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Services for Clarence will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at St. John Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid.

Clarence was born November 27, 1937 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Clarence J. and Edith A "Butch" (Hefel) Gloeckner. He received his education in the rural country schools in the Epworth area and then attended the Peosta High School. On April 14, 1959 he was united in marriage to Johanna Miller at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa.
Clarence farmed and enjoyed his Allis Chalmers tractors. He was also employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. for over 24 years. He then worked at Bill Miller logging, Theisen's and he did small engine repairs at Woody's Repairs.

He enjoyed playing guitar and writing songs, and played locally with his band Woody and the Woodchucks. He and Joan enjoyed traveling to Branson to watch the many music shows. Woody loved visiting Silker's, cutting wood and spending time with his family, including coaching Placid Baseball.

He was a member of the St. John's Parish in Placid, IA where he enjoyed serving as a greeter and always did so with a smile on his face. He was also a member of the Farley Knights of Columbus-Council #2001, and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Miller) Gloeckner of Epworth, IA, seven children, Connie (Gene) Duschner of Farley, and their children, Kristen (Brian) Wernke and Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynne and Brevyn, Josh (Kelly) Duschner, Stacey (Agustin) Cervantes and Copper and Evanie, Brittney and Jessalyn Duschner; Terry (Jan) Gloeckner of Dubuque and their daughter, Abby Gloeckner; Clarence (Tracy) Gloeckner of Farley and their children, Trevor (Jessica) Gloeckner, Colby (Ethan) Jordan, and Heather, Ethan, and Josh Wanzek; Julie Gloeckner of Dubuque; Christine (Terry) Kelchen of Dyersville and their children, McKenna, Halleigh, Eden, Teagan, and Taya; Chad (Jillena) Gloeckner of Farley; and Jesse Gloeckner (& Fiance, Ashley Schulte) of Farley and daughter Braelyn; three siblings, Marvin (Augusta) Gloeckner of Dyersville, IA, Gayle Hall of Epworth, IA, and Allen Gloeckner of Dubuque, IA; brother and sisters-in-laws, Darlene (Bill) Conrad of Epworth, IA, Bill (Mary) Miller and Roger (Reen) Miller both of LaMotte, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Jayme B. Duschner on August 9, 1988, and Damien M. Gloeckner on March 18, 1988; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Florence Miller; a brother Thomas A. Gloeckner; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Gloeckner and Marian Gloeckner; two brother-in-laws, Tom Hall and Stanley Miller.

A Clarence C. Gloeckner memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald E. Conzett, Jr.

Donald Edward Conzett Jr., 80, of Dubuque, died on Sunday November 2, 2014. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Wednesday at the Cathedral. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald was born on February 27, 1934 in Dubuque, IA the son of Donald and Christina (Lange) Conzett. He was employed as a truck driver for most of his life. Through his work he was able to travel the country.

Donald enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, and college football. He was an avid Nascar and Chicago Bear's fan.
He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Surviving are his children, Daniel (Tami) Conzett, of Peosta, IA, Colette Williams, of Dubuque and Donald (Cathy) Conzett III, of Galena, Ill; 5 grandchildren, Amanda (Aaron) Libbie, Kyle Conzett, Heather Conzett, Michael Morris, and Tyler Conzett; five great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Darlene Conzett; niece, Kris Chapman, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jayne Chapman; and a brother, Ronald Conzett.

A Donald Conzett memorial fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.



Steven J. Mootz

Steven J. "Steve" Mootz, 53 of Dubuque died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 30, at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Monday November 3, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Steven was born June 22, 1961, son of John and Bonita (Kiefer) Mootz and grew up in the Key West area. Steve graduated from Wahlert High School in 1980, Clarke University in 1991 both in Dubuque. He received his masters from The University of Iowa in 1993. He was employed at CorVel as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for the past 16 years.

Steve loved sports and enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing pool. Also, Steve was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Minnesota Twin and Minnesota Viking fan. Steve loved the rock and country rock of the 70's and 80's, compiling an impressive list of concerts that he attended. A golf outing, sports event, party, or concert was always more fun when Steve was there.

Steve developed great friendships with many people, especially in the Key West area, these memories will live forever. He always took great pride in helping people from all walks of life, through his work, and with his family. His words of wisdom were always expected and appreciated by his nieces and nephews.

Steve is survived by his three brothers, Robert G (Patti Blosch) Mootz of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Laura Schoen) Mootz of Neenah, WI and John (Janet Barzen) of LaCrescent, MN, nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Travis) Smith, Shelly (Todd) Berkoski, Stacy Mootz, Eric Mootz, Emily Mootz, Alexander Mootz, Maxwell Mootz, and a great nephew Clayton Smith, whom most if not all considered Steve, their favorite uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Arthritis Foundation, 1026 A Ave NE # 257, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

 



Richard J. Kearney

Richard J. Kearney, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday November 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Private family services will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Richard was born on May 18, 1943 in Platteville, Wisconsin the son of Philip and Dorothy (Shephard) Kearney. He married Mary A. Strub in June 1997. He worked for Dubuque John Deere for many years.

He loved riding his motorcycle, enjoyed watching and playing golf he was also an avid Chicago Cub's and Chicago Bear fan.

He is survived by his wife Mary, three children, Dorothy Jo (Ronald "Bud" Bloxham) Kearney, of Cedar Rapids, Richard Kearney, of Cedar Rapids, Ryan (Patricia) Cline, of Dubuque, Erin Kearney, of Dubuque. Step-children, John Harry, Jim Harry, Jody Harry, Julie Harry and Scott Harry. Four grandchildren, Jessica, Hunter, Silas, and Carter, three great grandchildren Gage, Cora, and Adalyn. Siblings, Marianne (David) Bainbridge, of Lancaster, WI, Jim (Patricia) Kearney, of Dubuque and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Strub, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen and the staff of Tri State Dialysis and to Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care.

 



Henrietta I. Anderson

Henrietta Ida (Haggerty) Anderson 88, of Dubuque, formerly of Tomah, WI and Hanover, IL passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may call from 1 to 3pm Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd. Where a service will be held at 3pm.

Henrietta was born February 10, 1926 in Galena, IL the daughter of Homer and Mina(Hass) Vandervate. She graduated from Hanover High School and later obtained her teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She married James Wilson Haggerty on December 22, 1947 and he preceded her in death on April 26, 1964. She later married Karl Q. Anderson on June 17, 1968 and he preceded her in death on March 7, 2007. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved sharing all of her stories and experiences with all the people she met while working at the Antique Mall in Tomah for close to twenty years. She especially liked to share her knowledge of dolls and antiques.

She is survived by her children Terry (Mildred) Haggerty, Nancy(Rod) Henry, Steve(Sarah) Haggerty, Peggy (Mikel) Miller, Scott(Vicky) Haggerty, Keven (Jan) Haggerty, Chris (Thao) Haggerty and Erich Haggerty. Step-children Karlene Day and Diane Klind. Sisters; Carol Rayhorn and Shirley Potter and sister-in-law Susan Vandervate and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family request no flowers and donations may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum in Henrietta's name.

The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff in the Cardiovascular Unit at Mercy Medical Center.



Lotus L. Mutert

Lotus L. Mutert, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, peacefully passed away on Thursday evening, October 30, 2014 at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa, where she had resided for the past six years.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Lotus's life from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Lotus Plaggenberg was born on August 21, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bernard and Lorraine (Crone) Plaggenberg. Lotus grew up in Missouri and graduated from Warrentown High School in 1956 and moved to Maquoketa in 1974.

In her early years she had worked as a ticket taker at a theater, and at various restaurants as a waitress. While living in Maquoketa she had worked for Hoffman Eggs and Pacific Coast Feather Company.

Lotus loved having fun and making people laugh. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards, and was animal lover all of her life.

Those left to honor Lotus's memory include a son Brian (Linda) Mutert of Cedar Rapids, IA; 4 grandchildren Michael (fiancé Audrey Hermsen) Clark, Matthew (Trista) Mutert, Lacey Mutert and Tucker Mutert; 2 step-grandchildren Cody (Rachel) Shanahan and Brandy Shanahan; 4 great-grandchildren Ashton Reamer, Jenna Crawford, Rein Crawford and Makenna Crawford; sisters Lavada Gerderman of Curryville, MO, and Lauren Corder of Warrentown, MO; a brother Jack Plaggenberg of Warrentown, MO; and a significant other Herman Bennen of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and a son Scott Mutert on July 2, 2008.

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

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

 



Joan G. Hynish Dyer

Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer 91, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on October 26, 2014 at Finley Hospital with her family by her side. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Joan was born in Dubuque on April 17, 1923, the daughter of Paul G. and Louise A. (Fischer) Hynish. She grew up in Pocahontas, Iowa. After her graduation in 1941, she moved to Washington D.C. to work for the government. She loved her job and living in Washington D.C.

After her return from Washington she met the love of her life, Navy Pilot Robert J. Dyer on Valentine's Day. He proposed to her on that very day and they were married four months later on June 19th, 1946 and lived a true love story for 56 years. Joan loved her family, her faith, her friends, music, dancing, cooking, traveling, entertaining, and playing bridge weekly. She took great pride in her job at Wahlert High School's with Monsignor Clarence Raker upon its inception. She was a member of The Theresian's Mothers Club, St. Columbkille's Church, and Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Joan is survived by her beloved son Robert Paul (Mary Patricia) Dyer of Clive, Iowa; her cherished granddaughters Lauren Elizabeth Dyer (Justin Black) of California; and Ashley Anne Dyer of Chicago; two great grandchildren, Justin James and Jayden Anne Black of California. Also, her brother William Paul (Laura) Hynish of Clayton, Georgia. Nieces and nephews include: Tom (Julie) Davies, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; David Davies, of Davis California; Diane Chevalier, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Susan (Tom) Ellis, of Tower Hill, Illinois. Great nieces and nephews include: Deborah Hart, Danielle Lessie, Jon-Paul Chevalier, Tom Davies, Jr., Allison Davies, Katie Davies, Alexander Davies, Christopher Davies, Matthew Davies, Regina Williams, Cheryl Williams, and Claire Williams.

Joan was proceeded in death by her loving husband, Robert J. Dyer; parents Paul G. and Louise A. Hynish; father and mother in-law James and Clara Dyer; brother and sister in-law George and Louise Williams; and seven brothers and sisters including: Ruth, Harold, Helen, Mary, Catherine, Angela, and Paul.

Memorials may be made to The Arthritis Foundation.

The family wishes to thank very special friends Laura Storck and Linda Field; the caring staff at Finley Hospital; Stonehill; Dr. Kirkendall and Kate.

 



John A. Bosveld

John Alan Bosveld, 74, passed away on the afternoon of October 17th, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Geriatric Center in Mason City, Iowa from complications of leading a full and rewarding life.

Funeral services were held in Mason City, IA. Committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 8 in the Mueller Memorial Chapel at Linwood Cemetery, where friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

John was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on August 7th 1940 to Louis and Bernice (Schalekamp) Bosveld. After moving to Mason City, Iowa John graduated from Mason City High School received an Associate's Degree from Mason City Junior College, a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Iowa and throughout his life pursued additional education at Bozeman State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Above all else, John was an educator. He was a Science and Math teacher for over 40 years starting his career in the Columbus Junction School in 1962. For the majority of his career John taught Chemistry at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa where he had the opportunity to work with generations of students in the classroom, as a mentor, and coach. After 28 years of teaching at Hempstead from 1969 to 1997 John retired from full time teaching but continued to work with students as a Substitute Teacher until 2006.
John sang in the Dubuque Chorale for over 20 years and had the opportunity to travel with the Chorale on several overseas tours. He was an avid reader with a love for non-fiction Biographies and histories. In addition, John was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque, and a retired member of the National Science Teachers Association, National Education Association, and the Iowa Education Association.

John is survived by sons Paul (Mary Clark) Bosveld, Dubuque, IA and Mark (Jeanette Loebach) Bosveld Marshall, MN, Grandsons Sean Bosveld, Ben Bosveld, Tyler Bosveld, and Alex Bosveld all of Dubuque, IA, Granddaughter, Michaela Bosveld of Marshall, MN and 5 Great-Grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Bernice Bosveld and a brother, James Bosveld.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the Vocal Scholar Award (in the memo line) payable to the SMSU Foundation addressed to Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, Director of Choral Activities SMSU 1501 State St. Marshall, MN 56258.



Loras J. Kemp

Loras James Kemp, 69 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of St. Paul, MN and Dubuque, IA, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Mesa. Family and friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. A Private Family Service will be conducted on Friday November 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Loras was born December 2, 1944 in Dubuque, the son of Aloysius J. and Janet M. (Foust) Kemp. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. Loras married Connie M. Leytem on May 7, 1966 in Asbury. He spent his career in the trucking industry; he was a driver, dispatcher and broker. Loras enjoyed his retirement on the golf course and at the pool. He cherished his time with his grandchildren, they were his life.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; children, Larry (Jessica) Kemp of Dubuque, Lenny (Lisa) Kemp of Asbury, Chris (Lenora) Kemp of Dubuque, and Libby (Chris) Noha of Woodbury, MN; 14 grandchildren; 4 brothers, 3 sisters and numerous other relatives and many special friends.

Loras was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Lori Jane; siblings, Elaine Felderman, Janet Pfab, and John Kemp.

The family requests no flowers. A Loras J Kemp Memorial Fund has been established in his memory.

The family would like to thank the Sunland Village East Neighbors and Friends during this time for your compassionate support.

A celebration of life will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota at a later date.

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

 



Ann C. Haupert

Anne Cathryn Haupert, 94, of Dubuque, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Bethany Home.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Bethany Home Chapel, 1005 Lincoln Ave. Fr. Tom McAndrew will officiate. Private family entombment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA, on Anne and her husband Cletus' 75th Anniversary, November 15th. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, is entrusted with arrangements.

Anne was born on August 23, 1920 in Galena, IL, daughter of John and Anna (Crimmins) McDonald. She married Cletus John Haupert on November 15, 1939.

Anne enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling in her car. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Anne was a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her children, John (Carolyn) Haupert of Dubuque, Joan Coudron of Davenport, IA, Jane (Dick) Elskamp of Waterford, WI, and Jenni (Dave) Buse of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a daughter in law Patti Pack Haupert of Jasper, IN.

In addition to her parents and husband, Anne was preceded in death by her son, James; and her sisters Mary (Joe) Greener, Sr. Rita Clare McDonald, BVM, and Elvira (Fred) Sievers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, and The Haupert Family (charitable) Foundation c/o First Community Trust, 3385 Hillcrest Rd, Ste 100, Dubuque, IA 52002.

Anne's family would like to thank her many friends and the staff at Bethany, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Lisa, and Dr. Ronald Schope and Laurie.

 



Glen N. Lindahl

Glen Norman Lindahl, 95, of Dubuque, passed away on October 29, 2014 at Manor Care, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi Street where visitation will be Held Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangemetns.

Glen was born June 11, 1919 in Roseau, Minnesota, to William and Emma Lindahl. He was the second of six children. He graduated from Newfolden High School, Newfolden, Minnesota in 1937.

After working in a variety of jobs after high school, including as a sheet metal worker in an aircraft manufacturing plant in Burbank, California, he began his service in the United States Army Air Force on April 6, 1942. His military occupational specialty was aerial gunner. He flew a number of missions on B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators in the Central Pacific, Northern Solomons from 1942 to 1944. He was awarded the Air Metal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he attended the University of Chicago and received a B.A. degree in 1947.

Glen married the love of his life, Ruby E. Hanson, on May 29, 1949 in Middle River, Minnesota and together they raised four children. Ruby was his constant companion for 65 years until she preceded him in death on July 23, 2014.

The family lived in Danville and Waukegan, Illinois before moving to Dubuque in 1961. Glen worked as a claims adjuster for various finance companies, including Interstate Finance in Dubuque. He also had his own claims adjusting business in Dubuque. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Kopper-Powers Ford and Mike Finnin Ford. He once remarked that although he had spent most of his life working in, on, and around cars, he really didn't care much for them.

Glen's true passion was music. He came from a very musical family. His father was a band director, his brother, Earl, was a music educator, and his other siblings were also very talented. He played in a number of bands over the years. He was an excellent piano player who could play just about anything "by ear" and could also play any brass instrument. Shortly before his death, he acquired a trumpet and a prized copy of the classic "Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet" and was committed to practicing at least one hour every day. His plan was to give trumpet lessons to other residents of Manor Care.

Glen was always involved in some interesting "project." One of his recent projects involved converting dozens of Italian sonnets to piano music. He also composed a suite of orchestra music around Dubuque themes.

Glen was also a voracious reader, often with two or three books on various totally unrelated subjects open at the same time. He had an extremely wide range of reading interests, which included, among other things, everything ever written by or about Winston Churchill, or the Second World War. When he was no longer able to read because of vision issues, he continued his various interests with a steady stream of audio-tapes.

Glen and Ruby loved regularly visiting friends and family in northern Minnesota and when they were no longer able to travel, they enjoyed entertaining anyone who happened to stop for a visit at their home in Dubuque. They also loved to dance and were regular attendees at the dances at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds.

Glen is survived by his son Barry (Rhea) of Dubuque and their son, Christopher; daughters Danelle Eldeen of Marion, Iowa and her children Graeme (Chelsea) Eldeen and Nielie (Jeff) Schaeffer; Cara (Greg) Brandt of Manchester, Iowa and their daughter Courtney (Nathan) Freeze; and Norma E. Lindahl of Boston, Massachusetts; and by great-grandchildren Sydney, Seneca, Saige and Skylar Freeze and Kadie, Madison, and Lucas Schaeffer. Also surviving Glen are a sister, Aldyne (Richard) Salmi of Daphne, Alabama, a brother Luverne Lindahl of Thief River, Minnesota and a niece, Roberta (Jim) Glogovsky of Mt. Dora, Florida.

Glen is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother Earl, and his sisters Vivian and Wanda; 2 brothers-in-law Harold Graham and Edwin Leskinen and 3 sisters-in-law Iva Jean (Luverne) Lindahl, Helen (Earl) Lindahl, and Beverly Hanson Leskinen; and nephews Gregory (Earl) Lindahl, and Mark and John (Luverne) Lindahl.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and the Iowa Library for the Blind.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Manor Care for their care of Glen.

 



Christa S. Welu

Christa Sylvia Welu, 86, of Dubuque died Peacefully, Thursday, October 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 3 pm Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., where visitation will be held Sunday from 2 pm until time of service. The liturgy will be the Mass and Liturgy of the day. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Christa was born August 3, 1928 in Leipzig, Germany, twin daughter of Kurt and Lizbeth Wendt. She met the love of her life, Daniel E. Welu in Berlin, Germany. They were married and Dan brought her to Dubuque in 1955. Together they raised seven children.

Christa loved spending time in physical activities. She was an avid cross country skier and had a love for swimming, bike riding, walking and running. Her children found it hard to keep up with her. She also was a member of the Dubuque German Club for many years. She also found time to volunteer to work the polling places during elections. Christa also enjoyed spending time with Dan at the Welu Hollow Cabin.

Christa enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. They always knew Grama or Oma had special candy treats waiting for them when they visited.

Christa also enjoyed when her twin sister, Eva, would visit from Germany. They enjoyed several such visits, and it was a sight to see the twin sisters speak German and truly enjoy each others company.

Christa is survived by seven children, Yvonne (Joe) Goesse of Davenport, Iowa, Kurt (Bev) Welu of Omaha, Neb., Charmaine (William) Moscoso of Walcott, Iowa, Thomas (Cinda) Welu of Dubuque, Michelle (John) Leland of Dubuque, Mark (Carrie) Welu of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Christina (John) Welu-Reynolds of Iowa City, Iowa; seven grandchildren, and her twin sister Eva Pritchard of Dresden, Germany.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel and Sister in law, Jean Wilson.

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

Christa's family would like to thank Carleen Hillard and all the staff at Stonehill third floor Household for their outstanding dedication to the care of their mother. They are truly an amazing extention of our family. We all will miss Christa.



Garry J. Pape

Garry J. "Whitey" Pape, age 67, of Rickardsville, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:35 p.m., on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Whitey's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Whitey was born on December 12, 1946, in Dubuque, IA, son of Donald J. and Ruth (Carney) Pape.

Whitey proudly served with the US Marines, completing two tours in Vietnam. He loved to discuss politics and was always advocating for others. Whitey was an active member of the Moose Lodge and the DAV. He was actively involved in founding the Veterans Freedom Center and helping with fund raising. He married Lynn Pluemer on December 5, 1981, in Dubuque. Whitey was employed at the Dubuque John Deere Works, retiring in 2001. After he retired he started driving a school bus, which he loved. He was a die hard Cubs fan, a Green Bay Packers share holder and enjoyed spending time with his dog, Hope. Whitey and Lynn loved to travel, especially to the mountains in Colorado and the beach in Mexico. Whitey had a great love for angels and it was important to him to make sure anyone he met would soon possess an angel coin of their very own. Whitey was a very generous and charismatic man who will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Whitey is survived by his wife, Lynn Pape, Rickardsville, IA, his children, Gary (Jennifer) Pape, Sherrill, IA Jennifer (Omar) Chaudhry, Dubuque, IA, five grandchildren, Gary, Joshua, Emily and Kevin Pape and Zayan Chaudhry, his siblings, Pat (Bob) Gatena, Dubuque, IA, Mary Kay Bahl, Asbury, IA, Nancy (Gary) Strohmeyer, Asbury, IA, Diane (Mike) Freiburger, Dubuque, IA, Betty (Mark) Stowers, East Dubuque, IL, his sisters-in-law, Sharon Pluemer, Dubuque, IA, Sheila Pluemer, Dubuque, IA, his brother-in-law, Mike (Linda) Pluemer, Asbury, IA and many nieces and nephews.

Whitey was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Lloyd and Millie Pluemer, a brother Donald J. Pape and four brothers-in-law, Roger Bahl, Dan Pluemer, Gary Pluemer, Greg Pluemer.

A Garry J. "Whitey" Pape memorial fund has been established to support his favorite organizations.

A special thanks to Dr. Christine Sinsky and her staff for their wonderful care throughout the years.

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



Lloyd E. Schromen

Lloyd E. Schromen, Jr. 49 of Dubuque died Tuesday October 28, 2014 at home. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a remembrance service will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Lloyd was born on May 11, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd E. Schromen and Luann Westemeyer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High and worked in construction. He loved spending time on the river especially with his friends at Massey.

He is survived by his parents, Lloyd E. Schromen Sr. of Dubuque, and Luann (Glenn) Flury, of Bellevue, Iowa. His siblings, April (John) Berendes, of St. Donatus, Kelly (B.J.) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Danny Schromen, of Dubuque, Ryan (Emily) Schromen, of Dubuque, Amber Amundson, of Santa Fe New Mexico, Glenn (Kelly) Flury, Jr. of Dubuque. Many nieces, nephews and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his brother Robbie, and brother-in-law Craig Amundson.



Josephine H. Larkin

Josephine H. "Josie" Larkin, 89 of Bethany Home formerly of 14446 Ryan Road, Peosta, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky, and Rev. Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. To 8:00p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with a parish wake service will be at 3:00p.m.

Josephine was born on March 24, 1925 in Fillmore, Iowa the daughter of Joe and Mary (Byrne) McGinn.

She married John A. Larkin on September 9, 1950 at Sacred Heart Church, Fillmore and together they farmed in the Bernard area for many years. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2007.

She and John loved to dance and were very active in supporting 4H projects for many years. She was a founding member of Dubuque County Saddle Club, she was also a member of the Dubuque County Cowbells and Holy Family Church, New Melleray.

Josephine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her six daughters, Mary (Rob) Astgen of Dubuque, Sue (John) Thier of Eldridge, Margie (Whitey Reiter) Larkin of Bernard, Joyce (AJ Spiegel) Beck of Dubuque, Jean (Ed) Evangelista, of Dubuque, Lorie (Dennis) Hoffman of Cascade, grandchildren, Leah (Mike) Whetsell, Luke (Allison) Astgen, Amy, Jordan and Darin Evangelista, Elle Hoffman, great grandchildren Isabelle and Brock Whetsell. Her in-law's Donna McGinn, of Dubuque and Joe and Pat Larkin, of Bernard, Iowa, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, son-in-law, Nick Beck, siblings, Ethleen Rochford, Cathryn McGinn, John McGinn, Ann Marie Murphy.

In lieu of flowers a Josephine Larkin memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all their loving care they gave to Josephine "Josie".



Bernard M. Stoffel

Bernard M. (Biff) Stoffel, 89. Of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:29 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

To celebrate Biff's life, a gathering for his family and friends will be from Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday November 1st, 2014 at the Dubuque Moose Family Center #355, 2635 Windsor Ave. A private burial with military detail by the Iowa National Guard and the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Biff was born on January 21, 1925, on the family farm at 5 Points in IA, son of Peter and Alvina (Wilwert) Stoffel.

Biff served in the U.S. Army, in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Prior to entering the service he worked on the family farm. After the Service, he was a chef at such local restaurants as, Kerrigan's, Lucille's Lounge, Club Esquire, Fred's Supper Club, and The Swiss Chalet. He moved to a small hobby farm in Monfort, WI, in the late 1970's, during which time he occasionally taught some culinary classes at the Fennimore, WI, Vo-Tech School. He retired back to Dubuque in 2002.

Biff was a member of Dubuque Moose Family Center #355, He had a passion for art, music, good food, and an occasional glass of wine. He liked to go to the Diamond Jo and play the slots, he became a fixture in the downtown Dubuque area, and liked to dine at many of the restaurants, and go to shops looking for little treasures.

Biff is survived by his sisters, Theresa (James) Hanson of Dubuque, Rosemary Ploessl of Holy Cross, and Joann Klein of Balltown, and a sister-in-law Gertrude McDermott of Cascade, and many nieces and nephews.

Biff was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leonard (Agnes) Stoffel, Merlin (Germaine) Stoffel, Francis Stoffel, and Arnold Stoffel, brother-in-laws Wm E. Campbell, Ray Klein, and Donald Ploessl, and his dear friend Jay Robinson.

The family would like to thank, the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at Mercy Medical Center, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, and at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the loving care that was given to Biff and his family. Thank you also to his Ecumenical Towers Family.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Kimberly A. Kenyon

Kimberly Ann Kenyon, 61 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends after a long courageous battle on her birthday, October 29, 2014 in Dubuque.

Kim was an exceptional mother/father, friend, sister, aunt and grandma to all that knew her. She held it together for so long and fought the fight. Kim had a knack for lighting up the room with her huge friendly smile, and a shout out "What's up!" We can not sum up in a few sentences of what she has meant to all of us.

She is survived by her son Caleb (Kerry) Bechen, their children, Cody and Kirsten. Her daughter Emily Lindecker and her boyfriend Andy Leehy and their children Ryder and Grahm. Her father William T. Kenyon, brother, William S. (Karen) Kenyon, sisters Rebecca Kenyon, and Jill (Ray) Gassman. Her nieces Nicolette, Darcie, Kayla, and Hannah. Nephews Derek and Douglas.

She was preceded in death by her mother Katherine Kenyon, maternal and paternal grandparents, her brother Douglas Kenyon and a nephew Steven Gassman.

The family would like to express their gratitude to numerous family members especially Charlene aka Chuck.

According to Kim's wishes there will be no public visitation or service. A private celebration of her life will be held by her family. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

 



Patricia A. Tibbetts

Patricia A. "Pat" Tibbetts, 72, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Jackie Van Meter, in Dubuque.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Michael Hill officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Pat was born on Jan. 10, 1942 in Galena, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Velma (Temperly) Miller. She was a graduate of Galena High School, Class of 1960. Pat married Harvey W. Tibbetts on June 18, 1960 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Galena.

Pat and Harvey moved from Galena to East Dubuque in 1966. She always shared with people her thankfulness for being blessed to enjoy the same house with the same husband for 48 years. Pat was passionate about her beliefs and interests. Her grandchildren were dear to her heart.

Surviving is her husband, Harvey; two children, Tony (Sara) Tibbetts of East Dubuque and Jackie Van Meter of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Marissa Tibbetts, Megan, Daniel and Natalie Roeth, Travis Busch and Michael Van Meter; her siblings Dick Miller (special friend Kay) of Galena, Diane Niemeyer of Shullsburg, Wis., Ron (Libby) Miller of Galena, Greg (Lindy) Miller of Earl, Wis. and Mark Miller of East Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Pat Tibbetts memorial fund has been established for the benefit of Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Susan M. Hefel

Susan M. "Sue" Hefel, 60, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Monday evening, October 27, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for a memorial visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial celebrating Sue's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Nov. 1, from the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. All friends and relatives are invited to join the family for "One Last Party" in "The Bistro" at Carson's immediately following the graveside services.

Susan Marie Ryan was born on Oct. 5, 1954 in Davenport, Iowa, to Cleo and Mary (Schmidt) Ryan. She was educated in Maquoketa schools and received her GED. She married Leonard J. "Lenny" Hefel on June 3, 1985 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sue started working at the Green Mill Café in Maquoketa as a waitress at the age of 13. She would continue to waitress for many years both in Iowa and Colorado. She later worked for Spain Oil Company in Maquoketa for eight years and lastly at the Jackson County Senior Center until her retirement.

Sue loved playing pool, was a member of the Maquoketa Pool League and had served as a past president for several years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycling and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and on many Friday nights during the winter months she would take them out for dinner and a movie.

Those left to honor Sue's memory include her husband, Leonard J. "Lenny" Hefel of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Tim (Michele Miller) Coffin of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kiley, Sarah, and Joseph; 4 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Colton, Blake and Stormie; and sisters Judy (Jack) Evans of Grand Mound, IA, Linda Salyars of DeWitt, IA, Beck Duffield of Chicago, IL and Nita Bickford of Oxford Junction, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Connie Jo Crone.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Susan M. "Sue" Hefel memorial fund has been established.

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



Donna M. (Stackis) Wooldridge

Donna M. (Stackis) Wooldridge, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

A private celebration of Donna's life will be held at a later date. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Katherine (O'Connell) Grant.
Donna held many jobs throughout her life and enjoyed doing things for other people. She was dependable, honest and a very hard worker. Donna enjoyed visiting with friends having a cappuccino and had a special love for her cat Bear.

Donna is survived by her children, Jolene Stackis, Dubuque, IA, and Todd (Charmane) Stackis, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Sara Widmeier, Dubuque, IA, and Joe Davis, Omaha, NE; her four great-grandchildren, Cody, Colton and Marisa Widmeier, and Nicholas Davis; her brother, Ted (Agnes) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA; and a very special great-nephew, Alex Stackis.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents.

A Donna M. Wooldridge memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Donna. Also thanks to Darla, Ted and Alex Stackis; with their help Donna was able to remain in the home she loved.

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



Evelyn E. Brant

Evelyn E. (Schmidt) Brant, 92, of the Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center, formerly of Dickeyville, Wis., passed away at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, Wis., with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Brant was born on August 25, 1922 near Springbrook, Iowa, the daughter of Florian and Clara (Steines) Schmidt. She was united in marriage to Clifford H. Brant on May 9, 1945 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Springbrook. He preceded her in death on April 29, 2002.

Evelyn was a homemaker who loved sewing, cooking, gardening and was known for her beautiful pies. She was a member of Holy Ghost Parish and a former member of the Legion of Mary. Evelyn served as sacrastin for Fr. Francis Steffen while living at Sun Valley Apartments.

Surviving are three children, Shirley Seeley of Dubuque, John (Jane) Brant of Cuba City, Wis., and Mark (Sandy) Brant of Benton, Wis., 11-grandchildren and 12-great grandchildren, her brother Fr. Florian Schmidt of Dubuque and a sister Marie (Oscar) Donar of Cuba City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clifford H. Brant, a son-in-law John Seeley, three brothers, Fr. Wilfred W. Schmidt, Paul and Floyd Schmidt, and two sisters Gilda (Cliff) Martelle and Myrna (Ken) Pumphrey.

Evelyn's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care and support given to their Mother.

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



Barbara E. Berens

Barbara Ellen Berens, 61, of Silver Springs, Maryland died Monday, October 27, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity where friends may call from 9 to 10:45. Committal services will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Seigert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara was born September 10, 1953 in Dubuque, daughter of Eugene and Marcella (Saville) Berens. She graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary, Wahlert Catholic High School and Clarke College.

Barbara worked in human resources and as a benefits manager for companies in Des Moines, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and lastly in the Washington D.C. area. She loved cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her brother, Eugene (Barbara Kiely) Berens of Chicago; eight nieces and nephews, Joe (Karen) Weber of Tampa, Florida and their son Talieson; Janet (Kirt) Patters of Dubuque and their son Kole; Joan (Tim) Schueller of Dubuque and their daughters, Rebecca and Catherine; Jeff Weber of Wichita, Kansas; Julie (Junior) Davis of Dubuque and their daughters, Sydney, Nora and Audrey; Jane (friend Kerry Sawyer) Weber of Omaha, Nebraska and her children Johnathan and Grace; and Katherine Berens and Elizabeth Berens, both of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister and her husband Mary Ann and Don Weber.

A Barbara Berens Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information or to leave and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Engelman for their wonderful care.



Roy C. Dimitroff

Roy C. Dimitroff, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:57 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center.

To honor Roy's life, funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Roy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Roy was born on Jan. 30, 1922, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Elma (Nash) Dimitroff. Roy proudly served in the US Army during WWII. He married Dorothy Ritt on Nov. 27, 1949, at St. Patrick's Church. She preceded him in death on August 16, 2003. Roy was employed as a supervisor with the US Postal Service, retiring after 29 years. In his free time Roy enjoyed playing cards.

Roy is survived by a sister-in-law, Lorraine Dimitroff, and nieces and nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his brother Eldon Dimitroff.

A Roy C. Dimitroff memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care of Roy.

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



Bonnie Yvonne Leirmoe

Bonnie "Yvonne" Leirmoe, 86, of Applewood II, formerly of 835 Clarke Dr., our love, our light, our Mother, while surrounded by her loving family, passed away at 4:46 a.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA. Pastor DeWayne Teig will officiate. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and from 9:00 a.m. to the time of service on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home to celebrate Bonnie's love for life.

Bonnie was born in Dubuque on April 26, 1928, daughter of Frank S. and Pearl (Peil) LePert. She married Curtis J. Leirmoe on Jan. 17, 1947 at St. John Lutheran Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1995.

Bonnie attended Senior High School and worked at Dubuque Stamping Company, where she met her husband, Curt. Together they moved to South Carolina during his U.S. Navy service, before returning to Dubuque to raise their family, son Gary and daughters Sandy, Charlie and Lisa. After raising her family, Bonnie worked at the downtown St. Vincent de Paul store from which she retired.

Bonnie and Curt loved to dance together throughout the house or wherever they were. She was proud of her family, especially having grown up in the Point area of town where they weren't just neighbors, everyone was considered family. Bonnie spent much of her childhood on the Mississippi River with her father and family, camping, fishing, just enjoying nature. Bonnie, affectionately known as "Grandma Chicken Legs", also enjoyed watching movies on the TCM channel and playing Bingo. She will forever be remembered for her special potato salad, her love for cardinals and her lil' red beret.

Her legacy will go on for those who treasured her most; Gary (Patricia) Leirmoe of Elk River, MN, Charlie (Ken) Leirmoe-Kaiser, Lisa (Rick) Maiers both of Dubuque, and the late Sandy Leirmoe; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; her sister in law Magolia Simone; nephew Frank Gary LePert both of Miami, FL; nieces Penny O'Dell, Marleen Mennant; nephew Roger O'Dell and many ‘COUSINS'.

In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her brother Frank G. LePert; grandson Gaylin S. Leirmoe; great-grandsons Jack M. Leirmoe and Gage S. Leirmoe; her grandmother Maw Peil; several sisters in law, brothers in law, Aunts and Uncles.

Memorials may be made to the Bonnie "Yvonne" Leirmoe Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Imogene A. Feldmann

Imogene Ann Feldmann, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa, and formerly of Worthington, Iowa, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Imogene may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m.

Services for Imogene will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

She was born May 15, 1930 in Turkey River Iowa, daughter of Arnold Peter and Regina Rose (Ulbrich) Bries. She received her education in the Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg, Iowa. On September 14, 1954 she was united in marriage to Carl J. Feldmann at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2003.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa, and the Catholic Order of Forester Court #607.

She is survived by six sons, Dennis (Micki) Feldmann of Cedar Rapids, David (Beth) Feldmann of Urbana, Dean (Mary Jo) Feldmann of Keystone, Carl G. Feldmann of Dyersville, Charles (Erica) Feldmann of Waterloo, and Duane (Cathy) Feldmann of Waterloo; 4 daughters, Carlyn (Chester) DeFlieger, Cheryl (David) Klostermann, Joyce (Dennis "Fuzzy") Deutmeyer and Karen (Gerald) Hoffmann all of Dyersville; 24 grandchildren; 11 brothers, LeRoy (Verna) Bries of Garnavillo, Roger Bries (and friend, Virgene) of Manchester, Virgil (Janice) Bries of Luxemburg, Kenneth (Lois) Bries of Dyersville, Elmer (Theresa) Bries of Monona, Michael (Marieta) Bries of New Vienna, Charles (Mary Jean) Bries of St. Olaf, Ronald (Lee) Bries of Dyersville, Harold (Lois) Bries of Guttenberg, Gerald (Karen) Bries and Arnold W. (Joyce) Bries both of Dyersville; 2 sisters, Thelma (David) Oberbroeckling of New Vienna, Carol (John) Hartmann of Guttenberg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosela Feldmann of Dyersville, Grace Feldmann of Worthington, Delmar (Mary Lou) Feldmann of Epworth, Leonard (Caroline) Feldmann of Cuba City, WI, Margie Lehmann of Farley, Mary (Louis) Ronnebaum of Earlville, Rose Feldmann of Dyersville, Darlene Bries of Dyersville and Dorthy Wille of Garnavillo.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Anna Marie Bries and JoAnn (Donald) Wille; a brother, James Bries; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie Hall-Streif, Rita (Charles) Meyer, Raymond (Millie), Andrew, Lawrence, Leo, Donald and Francis Feldmann, Lucille (Al "Wish") Vonderhaar and Tom Feldmann.

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

 



Marlin A. Otto

Marlin Albert (Doc) Otto, 93, of 2700 Matthew John Drive, formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, died October 24, 2014.

In keeping with Marlin's wishes there will be no public services or visitation. Interment will be at a later date in Eden Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Minnesota.The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

He was born July 12, 1921, to Albert and Ella (Schleimann) Otto on the family farm in Eden Township, Brown County, Minnesota.

Marlin graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1943. Marlin joined the Navy and served as lieutenant on a mine sweeper during WWII. Later, he was recalled to the Naval Reserve during the Korean conflict.

Marlin met his wife, Wanda Drumm, in Yorktown, Virginia, while they were both serving in the Navy. They married on May 9, 1947, and had one son, Donald.

Marlin was employed by the Standard Oil Company (Amoco Oil, British Petroleum Oil) as Terminal Superintendent in Minnesota, Kansas, Dubuque and Bettendorf, Iowa. After he retired from Standard Oil, he worked for the Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal.
Marlin enjoyed researching family genealogy, listening to "Big Band Orchestra" music, and caring for his Pontiac cars.

Marlin was preceded in death by wife, Wanda, and his parents.

Surviving are a son Donald (Deborah) Otto; grandchildren Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg and Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle; and great-grand-children Lilly, Hayden and Gwenyth Loewenberg and Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle, all of Dubuque.

Marlin's family would like to thank the Eagle Point and Hospice Teams and Dr. C. Stille and staff for their loving care of Marlin.



Michael A. Duccini

Michael A. Duccini, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Hillcrest Family Services Seippel Road Care Facility, formerly known as the Julien Care Facility. To honor Michael's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Rev. Lynn Spicer officiating. To celebrate Michael's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Michael was born on December 18, 1949 in Dubuque, son of Walter and Genevieve (Urbain) Duccini. Michael was a very loving and outgoing man whose faith was very evident to those who knew and loved him. He was proud to be part of the family's fishing business and enjoyed many hunting trips. He valued spending time with his loved ones and was always eager to engage in a good conversation. Brother Mike was a very active and longtime member of the Faith Temple family.

Michael is survived by 2 brothers; Martin (Janet) Duccini of Appleton, WI. and John Duccini of Dubuque. 2 sisters; Janet Imbus of Dubuque and Susan Severtson of Dodgeville, WI. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his best friend and extended family member, Ray Ward.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Duccini and a brother, Joe Duccini.

A Michael A. Duccini memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff at the staff at Seippel Road Care Facility for all their great care of Michael over the years.

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



Mary C. Custer

Mary C. Custer, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Mary's life, private family services are being held at Behr Funeral Home 1491 Main St., with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on December 16, 1926, in Rickardsville, IA, daughter of Wilford and Loretta Ann (Duehr) Mueller. Mary married Glen Custer on November 28, 1946, at the Church of the Nativity. She was employed at JC Penney for 12 years until her retirement. Mary was longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. In her free time Mary enjoyed reading, sewing and cooking. One of her favorite things at this time of year was watching her grandkids and great-grandkids jump in the leaf pile raked up from the oak tree in her yard. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by her husband, Glen Custer, Dubuque, IA, her son, David Custer, Dubuque, 4 grandchildren; Lynn (Kevin) Cronin, Mike Custer, Dan (Rachelle) Custer and Jenny (Calvin) Patten. 7 great-grandchildren; Denis and Jenna Wagner, Casey and Colin Cronin and Jonahs, Jaxson and Maddox Custer her siblings, Ronald (Margaret) Mueller, both of Dubuque.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Elizabeth Mueller and Bessie Rose, her brother Laverne Mueller and her daughter-in-law Cheryl.

A Mary C. Custer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and Luther Manor for their compassionate and tender care of Mary.

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



Martha L. Pickering

Martha Jane Werner, 98, of Dubuque, passed away, Thursday, October 23, 2014. Committal Service will be at Linwood Cemetery, Mueller Chapel 11:30 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014, conducted by Rev. Dr. Okitakoyi Lundula, family will greet friends 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Monday prior to services at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Martha was born September 2, 1916 in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Lydia (Wirth) Werner. Martha lived her entire life in Dubuque. After graduation from Dubuque High School, she attended Bayless Business College. She was employed by Flexsteel for 52 years before retiring in 1991 as executive secretary. She was respected by all her co-workers and managers.

She was an avid reader. She enjoyed attending craft shows, the Dubuque Farmers Market, and taking trips with family and friends across the country, or just along the Mississippi to enjoy the view. Each generation of her nieces and nephews looked forward to a trip to see "Aunt Janie" and to ride the 4th Street Elevator, and have ice cream at the bottom of the hill. She took them to enjoy the view from Eagle Point Park, visit the River Museum, walk through the Arboretum, and watch for eagles fishing below the lock and dam. Many laughs were shared with her great nieces while playing Cooties.

Her windowsills were always blooming with beautiful African violets and Christmas cactus plants. When she was not able to tend her plants, they kept blooming due to the attention of a church friend, Marcia Dubbels.

Martha (Janie as the family called her) was a kind and gentle independent woman with a sly sense of humor. She actively enjoyed her life until a bad fall forced her to reluctantly enter assisted living. She loved her family unconditionally. And her patience was never ending. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her nephew, William W. (Billie) Werner of St. Peters, MO; her niece, Barbara S. Meeker of Cedar Rapids, IA; three great nieces, Tara (Jim) Overschmidt, Julie (Eric) Tyrell, and Sebrina (Chad) Lucas; three great nephews, Zachary Overschmidt, and Ian and Gavin Lucas; and three great great nieces, Elizabeth Overschmidt, Tenley Lucas, and Reagan Tyrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother William F. (Ruth) Werner.

The family thanks the management and staff at Eagle Point Place in Dubuque for the care and comfort they provided to Martha for the past 2 years, and to Hospice of Dubuque for giving compassionate assistance in her final days. And a special thanks to Pat Roesner, Martha's best friend for 62 years, for helping her long distance family look after Martha's needs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the music ministry at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Dubuque, IA, where she was a member.

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

 



LaVerne Strohmeyer

LaVerne "Bill" Strohmeyer, 93, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may also greet the family from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 24 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m.

LaVerne was born December 21, 1920, the son of Anthony "Tony" and Rose Strohmeyer. He married Rita Neyens, the love of his life, on August 24, 1942. LaVerne was known to his family and friends as Bill. He attended Senior High School. He proudly served his country in WWII as Lance Corporal Strohmeyer in the United States Army, and was stationed in the South Pacific, the Americal Division. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for thirty five years before retiring. He was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union of North America, the American Legion Post #6, and the VFW. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, hunting, fishing, gardening, and instilled in his family a love and appreciation of nature. He was a hard working Catholic Christian man, a devoted and loving husband to his wife Rita, and gentle loving father to his daughters, Karen and Lynn, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are his wife Rita of over 72 years, of Dubuque; two daughters, Karen (Roger) Earle and Lynn (Dave) Feltes, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren Roger Earle II, Lisa Feltes (Larry) TeBockhorst, Timothy (Kimberly) Earle, Jim (Kim) Feltes, John (Triska) Feltes, and Dan (Erin) Feltes; and eleven great grandchildren who lovingly called him Papa; three brothers, Richard "Dick", John "Jack" (Opal), and Robert "Pete" (Hazel) Strohmeyer; two sisters, Eleanor Pfiffner and Arlene "Kate" Dawson; and a sister in law, Evelyn Strohmeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Earl, John, Anthony "Knute", Eldon "Ex", and Donald "Don"; his sisters, Gladys Henkels, Leah Stoffel, and Jean Schueller; his brothers in law, Conrad Pfiffner, Leo Henkels, Leo Stoffel, and Karl Schueller; and his sisters in law, Grace, Marge, and Rosemary Strohmeyer.

A special thank you to Oak Park Place, Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and compassionate care given to LaVerne by Sherry and Amy, and Dr. Bruce Abele.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family of LaVerne Strohmeyer.

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



Renee C. Friedman

Renee C. O'Leary Friedman, 84 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Church of The Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A wake service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.

Renee was born on June 3, 1930 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of James and Rowena (Hanson) O'Leary. She graduated from Visitation Academy and worked at Dubuque Fire Marine Insurance Company. She married Larry Friedman on October 4, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church. Her passion and true vocation in life was as a wife, mother and grandmother. Her deep faith led her to work with many causes, including the Dubuque Rescue Mission as a Board Member and volunteer, Operation Friendship, Serra Club, and Divine Word College Seminary. She was a member of Nativity Pariah and belonged to the Nativity Over 60 Club and the Rosary Society. She was a long time member of the Mother of Good Counsel Mother's Club. Renee had a great love of Dubuque history, and enjoyed working as a tour guide for the Dubuque Historical Society for many years.

Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Larry Friedman; children, Terry (Paula) Friedman, Cathy (John) Ladd, Tom (Joanne) Friedman, Jamie Friedman; grandchildren, Ann, Jeff, Carolyn Friedman, Emily (Pete) Haack, Katie(Arcadio) Nunez, Jenni, Ted and Ben Friedman, Christopher and Sarah Ladd; great- grandchildren Thomas Nunez, Joseph Haack.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Andrew Friedman; parents; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy (Bob) Kirby.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, a Renee C. Friedman memorial fund has been established to be distributed to Renee's favorite charities.

Renee's family would like to thank the caring team from Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Brian Moran and many others who supported her over the years.



Helen M. Pfohl

Helen M. Deutsch Pfohl, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Helen's life, services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis St., with Deacon Bill Mauss officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born on January 28, 1922, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Dallas E. and Olive M. (Baldwin) Kohls.
Helen married Francis "Tony" Deutsch in 1946. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1963. Helen worked in retail as a clerk at Montgomery Wards, as a sales associate at Kresge's and as a clerk at the Mode O Day Shop at the Mall. Helen was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral Parish. Her greatest joy was spending time with "her children" in the Foster Grandparent Program at Holy Ghost School. Helen enjoyed dancing and going to the Dog Track.

Helen is survived by her son, Ronald A. (Patricia) Deutsch, Florissant, CO, her siblings, Dolores Hinds, Baraboo, WI, Kay White, Willmington, CA, Richard Kohls, Dubuque, IA, a sister-in-law, Barbara Kohls, Ft. Pierce, FL, nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Joyce Kennicker, a brother Robert Kohls, a sister-in-law Judy Kohls and two brothers-in-law Robert Hinds and Dean White.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Helen.

In lieu of flowers a Helen M. Deutsch Pfohl memorial fund has been established.

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



Leona R. Fortmann

Leona R. Fortmann, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  During the past couple years, she was assisted with great love and affection by her children and grandchildren and the care and professionalism of the staff at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.  On her final day, Hospice of Dubuque gave comfort and end of life care.

Leona was born on December 1, 1922 to John and Frances (Loecke) Herbers.  She grew up on a farm near Valley Falls, Kansas.  When a young lady, she moved to Dyersville, Iowa for a job; she worked at the Piekenbrock Sewing Factory.  On April 4, 1945, she married Cletus E. Fortmann in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Valley Falls, Kansas.  Clete and Leona farmed for 30 years northwest of Dyersville; Leona was an active farm wife.  Clete and Leona moved from their farm to Dyersville in 1976.

Leona's many interests include gardening, baking, cooking her family famous roast beef and gravy, playing cards with neighbors and friends, quilting with her Aunt Clara Jasper and the women's group who quilted to raise money for Progress, Inc. and traveling throughout the United States with her husband on car trips and train trips to the west coast with her father.  A major delight was spending time with her husband and their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.  In her 80's she said that she lives for her grandchildren - to watch them grow, attend their activities, and share their accomplishments.

Leona was preceded in death by Clete, her loving husband of 66 years.  She is survived by her five children: Diane (Ken) Koch, Petersburg; Roy (Ann) Fortmann, Chapel Hill, NC; Linda (Larry) Vandenberg, Arlington, VA; Don (Helen) Fortmann, Dyersville; and Jim (Teri) Fortmann, Marion.  Leona has thirteen wonderful grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Leona's simple wishes, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, there will be a visitation at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville, Iowa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed immediately by funeral services.  Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Dyersville.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Clifford J. Winner

Clifford J. Winner, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, surrounded by his family. To honor Clifford's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Clifford's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be led by Deacon Tim LoBianco at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Clifford was born on June 1, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, son of Chauncey and Elizabeth (Giesen) Winner.

Clifford was a lifelong Dubuque resident. He married Dorothy Peters on June 7, 1947, at St. Patrick's Church. He was employed at Caradco, Flexsteel and retired as a Foreman from A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Clifford was a former member of St. Mary's Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He enjoyed playing basketball and fast pitch softball. Clifford was inducted as a member into the Fast Pitch Hall of Fame. He enjoyed camping, traveling and hunting in his younger days.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Dorothy Winner, Dubuque, IA, his children and grandchildren, Lawrence (Janet) Winner and their son, Michael (Chantayn) Winner of Boise, ID, Ann (Vince "V.J.") Hanson and their children, Trisha and Evan Hanson, Marian (Gary) Backes and their children, Katie and Kyle Backes, and grandchildren, Christopher (Christina Julson) Winner and Sara (Zach) Dowell, all of Dubuque, 6 great-grandchildren, his sister, Mildred Fairfield, his sister-in-law, Rosemary Winner, all of Dubuque, IA, numerous nieces and nephews.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, a son Thomas Winner in 2010, a sister Eileen (Paul) Pape, two brothers Sylvester (Esther) and John Winner, two brothers-in-law George Beau and Edward Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers a Clifford J. Winner memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their care of Clifford.

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



Gloria J. Williams

Gloria June Williams, 87, of Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center died Monday, October 20, 2014.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday October 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Gloria was born on June 3, 1927 in Dubuque, daughter of William and Emma (Blickensdoefer) Lightfoot. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1945.

Gloria worked at Stamphers Department during high school. She worked at Dubuque Fire Marines and started the Dubuque multiple listing service and Dubuque Board of Realtors as executive secretary from mid 60's to 80's.
She married James Dexter Williams on May 15, 1948 at Immanuel Congregational Church.

Gloria spent most of her years playing golf, bowling, cards, bingo and spending time with her family.

Surviving is her son, Gary Williams; four grandchildren, Greg Williams, Brad (Melissa) Williams, Carol (Jason) Tsacudakis, Patti (Justin North) Williams; great- grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kimberly, and Tyler Williams; Alyson Hansel, Lucas and Isabelle Tsacudakis, Hailey Julson, Tyler, Madalyn and Natalie North; brother-in-law, Darald Ferneau of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters, Helen (Wemett) Schmitt, Eleanor (Wemett) Ferneau and Violet (Wemett) Hocker.

Memorials may be given to Hopsice of Dubuque and Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff of Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.



Dorothy L. Lester

Dorothy L. Lester, 88, of Dubuque, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. There will be no public services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy was born August 28, 1926 in Kennebec, South Dakota, daughter of William and Sadie (Peiffer) Takes. The family moved to Cascade, Iowa when Dorothy was a child. She later moved to Dubuque.

She was a homemaker who raised three children. She loved nature, especially flowers and watching birds. She also enjoyed music.

Dorothy is survived by three children, Kenneth (Debra) Lester of Epworth, Nancy Rosemeyer of Dubuque and Kristine Feldman of Dubuque; ten grandchildren, Tracy Ede, Tina (Todd) Priest, Jacob (April) Moyer, John (Natalie) Lester, Cheyanne (Phillip) Hoeger, Chad Fury, Robin (Matt) Folstad, Leah Rosemeyer, Jeffrey Feldman and Eric Feldman; 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her former spouse, Walter Lester; son in law, Tony Rosemeyer; and siblings, Paul and Lawrence Takes, Veronica Leneberg, Agnes Walske, Kathryn Teichman, Martha Bousselot, and Irene Freiburger.

Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Lester Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Brian Sullivan and his nurses and staff for all of their wonderful care.



Linda A. Powlistha

Linda A. Powlistha, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 23, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Linda Ann Woods was born on January 3, 1942 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Max Henry and Dorothy Wilma (Bentley) Woods. She attended the country school at Hurstville through the 8th grade and then graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1960. She married Lynn F. Battles, Jr. in June of 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 21, 1975. She later married Donald L. Powlistha on May 16, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Linda was a homemaker and had her own daycare for many years. She had also worked as a secretary, ran the Maquoketa Caves concession stand for several years, and worked as a teachers aide.

Linda was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She was active in many community organizations with her time, talent and resources. Some of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Jackson County Tourism Council, Friends of the Maquoketa Caves and the Ohnward Fine Arts Center where she volunteered.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include her husband Donald Powlistha of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Lisa Battles Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-children, Richard (Jerri) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Michael (Becky) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, and Donna (Jerry) Gilbert of Antioch, IL; a grandson Wyatt Hinz; 2 step-grandchildren T.J. and Matthew Gilbert; and a brother Willard "Bill" Woods of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lynn "Freddie", and a son Larry Lynn Battles on March 14, 1981.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda A. Powlistha memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marlene M. Eversoll

Marlene Marie Eversoll, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1:15 p.m. Private family services are being held to honor Marlene's life. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marlene was born on October 20, 1937 in Dundee, Ia., daughter of Fred and Mary (Mohr) Becker. She was married to Patrick Eversoll for over 30 years before he preceded her in death. Marlene worked in the kitchen at Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Packing Company for over 35 years until her retirement. In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo, working on seek and finds and helping and attending church suppers. Marlene's greatest joy was found in spending time with her family and friends, especially Dawn Hocking, Robin Copeland and Wanda Schaller. Marlene will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

Marlene is survived by 5 children; Richard Jaeger of Morrison, Ill., Patti (Rich) Sheppard of Silvis, Ill., Jim (Wendy) Jaeger of Dubuque, Rita (Bob) Tomkins of Silvis, Ill. and Lynn (Jeff) Lamson of Baraga, Michigan. She is also survived by 14 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Sister, Faith (Tom LeClere) Kramer of Dubuque and many Nieces and Nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her parents and her brother, Virgil Becker.

In lieu of flowers a Marlene Marie Eversoll memorial fund has been established.

The family of Marlene would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Schreiber, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Karen Hayes, for all their care and support.

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



Michael R. Schute

Michael R. "Woody" Schute, age 55, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:11am, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. To celebrate Mike's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home 1491 Main St. A private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Michael was born on April 8, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute. Mike graduated from Dubuque Senior High School Class of 1977. He worked in concrete construction for over 25 years. Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing cards and dice games. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cubs fan. Mike loved spending time with family and friends enjoying a good talk with a cold drink in hand.

Mike is survived by, his daughter, Terra (Michael) Carroll, Palm Bay, FL, his two granddaughters, Leila and Vanessa Carroll, Palm Bay, FL, his father, James Schute, Dubuque, IA, his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 5 nieces and 1 nephew, 3 great-nieces.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute, and brother Tom Schute and his step-mother Patricia Schute.

In lieu of flowers a Michael R. Schute memorial fund has been established.

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



Diana Rae Morton

Diana Rae Morton, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 16, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Msgr. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

She was born on August 1, 1945 in Peosta, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Phyllis (Sitzman) McDonald.

She is survived by her son James (Christina) Morton, of Florida, two grandchildren James Patrick and Callista Morton, of Florida, the love of her life Keith Marugg, of Dubuque. Her siblings Randy McDonald, Gary McDonald, Ronald McDonald, Raymond "Sonny" McDonald, all of Dubuque, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister-in-law Molly McDonald.

The family would like to thank Keith and his family for welcoming her into their lives and making Diana a part of his family.



Ilse T. Stillmunks

Ilse T. Stillmunks, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 11:50 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Ilse's life funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. To celebrate Ilse's life family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Ilse was born on July 30, 1938, in Aschaffenburg, Germany, daughter of Josef and Lena (Nebel) Bergmann.
Ilse married Harmon L. Stillmunks on September 14, 1963 in Aschaffenburg. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1994. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother who will be deeply missed. Ilse enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, especially knitting and crocheting, cooking, singing, gift-giving, home decorating, hobby photography and enjoyed chocolate. She enjoyed children and spending time with her close friends. Ilse was very generous, a strong parent and a super-trooper who could bring change to her world. In small matters she had a flair for elegance.

Ilse is survived by her son, Paul Martin Stillmunks, Dubuque, IA, her younger sister, Annette (Bergmann) Schadler, Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Ilse was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a younger brother Freddy Bergmann.

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



Adelaide J. Haferbecker

Adelaide J. Haferbecker, age 75, of Gratiot, WI, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:44 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Darlington, WI. To celebrate Addie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Also to celebrate Addie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Warren United Methodist Church, 107 East Jefferson, Warren, Ill. To honor Addie's life, funeral services will be held at the Warren United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with Pastor Roger Bronkema officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, IA. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Adelaide was born on July 25, 1939 in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Albert and Ethel (Ivy) Boggild. She was married to Charles Haferbecker until he preceded her in death on March 21, 2008.

Addie retired from A.Y. McDonald after many years of faithful service. She enjoyed playing bingo, but especially enjoyed spending time outside with her family and many friends.

Addie is survived by 4 children; Deb (Dave) Root, Nancy (Gerald) Heimann, Charlie and David Haferbecker. 4 Step-Children; Carol Paul, Laura, Steve and Mike Haferbecker. 10 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. 4 Sisters; Grace Johnson, Rita (Paul) Blakeman, Glenda Sullivan and Karen (Dean) Schober.

Addie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers; William and David and 1 sister, Florence (Ray) Lalley.

An Adelaide J. Haferbecker memorial fund has been established.

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



Rosalie M. Ballard

Rosalie M. (Pfiffner) Ballard, 95 formerly of Davenport died, Friday October 17, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to Mass Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street.

Rosalie Mary (Phiffner) was born on November 16, 1918 in Dubuque, IA. She lived much of her life in Davenport, IA. She lived in the Kansas City area the last 4 years of her life. She was a loving mother to her children, Janet Ballard, Gerald (Jill) Ballard, and (Stanley) and Patricia Jones. She had four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She loved word games and spending time with her great grandchildren.

Online condolences maybe submitted at www.hoffmannschneider.com



Phoebe L. Keck

Phoebe L. Keck, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, October 17, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Phoebe's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and after 10 A.M. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phoebe Little was born on June 20, 1921 in Burlington, Iowa, to George B. Little and Adeline Susan (Moir) Little. She grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1938. She then attended the University of Iowa where she would meet her future husband, Allan Levi Keck. They were married on September 12, 1942 in Burlington, Iowa and to this union three daughters were born.

Phoebe and Allan lived in Corpus Christi, Texas during the war. Upon Allan's honorable discharge from the Navy they moved to Maquoketa, Iowa where Allan began practicing with the Keck Law Office and later became a Judge for the 7th Judicial District of Iowa. Phoebe was a dedicated partner, housewife and mother who raised a family and was actively involved in many community and church activities.

Phoebe was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque, serving on both church councils. She had also served on the Altar Guild at St. Mark's and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the PTA, Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Chapter BX P.E.O. and had delivered Meals on Wheels. She had also served on the Maquoketa School Board and the Jackson County Public Hospital Board of Trustees. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, listening to classical music, and was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan. She loved dogs and learned the computer at age 80. She was affectionately known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Grandma Fifi".

Those left to honor Phoebe's memory include her children, Susan (Obie) Bowen of Waukee, IA, Katy (Larry) Hayward of Maquoketa, IA, and Rev. Carolyn Keck of Pulaski, TN; 4 grandchildren, Kim (Jess Wheelock) Bowen of Boone, IA, Reneé (Tod) Bowman of Maquoketa, IA, Robin Hayward of Iowa City, IA and Rebecca (Clay) Peterson of N. Liberty, IA; 4 great-grandchildren, Beau, Levi and Addie Bowman and Trygve Peterson; and her faithful canine companion Heidi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allan on December 15, 1998, a brother George B. Little III and a granddaughter Kristine Bowen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phoebe L. Keck memorial fund has been established.

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



Dianna M. Morrow

Dianna M Morrow, 61, of Dubuque died on Oct. 13, 2014
At her request, no services will be held. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Dianna was born on October 18, 1952 in Dubuque, the daughter of Norbert and Eloise (Klinkenberg) Koppes.
Dianna was a vivacious person who had a passion for life. She loved people and could talk to anyone. She loved animals, especially her cats. She was always feeding the neighborhood cats and taking in strays.

Dianna was a Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Inc. She was very proud of the company. Dianna was with the sales force for 27 years. Her Mary Kay consultants and customers were her life, as well as many friends. She was a very generous and giving person who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her siblings, Billie Meyer, Cedar Rapids, IA, Dennis (Carol) Koppes, East Dubuque, IL, David (Gail) Koppes, Loveland, Co, Wayne (Carla) Koppes, Maine, Debbie Peterson, Dubuque, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Lee; and sister Sherry Brimeyer.



Dale J. Boge

Dale J. Boge, 76, of 13369 Kramer Road, Farley, Iowa, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Dale will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Dale was born May 18, 1938 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph J. and Delores (Clemen) Boge. He received his education in the Farley rural country schools. On August 21, 1971 he was united in marriage to Nancy J. Coulthard in Platteville, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. The couple farmed in the rural Farley area.

Dale truly loved farming and the land. He treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.

He is survived by a daughter, Christine (Karamoko) Boge-Hubbard of Coralville, IA and their children, Delores and Grayson; two sons, James (Jennifer Woolf) Boge of Farley, IA and their children, Lillian, Joseph, Jacob, Lucille and Jameson; and Mike (Emily Reinert) Boge of Farley, IA and their children, Lukas and Erik; a brother, John "Jack" Boge of Farley, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Ann Boge on June 2, 2010 and Elaine D. Boge on January 27, 2011.

A Dale J. Boge memorial fund has been established.

The family extends a special thanks to the healthcare team at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

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

 



Dr. Douglas J. Butzier, M.D.

Dr. Douglas J. Butzier, M.D., 59, of Dubuque died on October 13, 2014 as a result from injuries sustained in an air plane accident.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at the Heritage Center, on Bennett and McCormick, University of Dubuque, where a visitation will follow until 6 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Douglas was born on June 2, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Rutledge) Butzier. Doug's family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1960, where he attended Malcom Price Laboratory School from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from the Northern University High School in 1973. He started his college career at the University of Montana, studying Forestry. While living in Missoula, Montana, he began working as a fireman and then an EMT where he found his passion for the medical community. He returned to his home state to attend the University of Iowa, to complete his undergraduate degree and then his MD from the University of Iowa Medical School, in 1984. Doug completed his Emergency Medicine internship training at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane Washington. He then attended his residency training at the University of Arizona Trauma Center in Tucson, finishing this training in 1987.
Following his education, Doug worked as an ER doctor in the Twin Cities and Tucson before moving to Dubuque in 1997, where he has been with Mercy Medical Center Since. He has remained very active in Mercy Hospital administrative service duties, including serving as Medical Staff President. He remained in practice as an Emergency Room physician at the time of his death. In his continuous pursuit of learning, Doug went on to obtain his MBA at the University of Iowa's Executive MBA Program, in 2007. In addition, he was the Chair of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.

Doug was very active in his community, volunteering his time and talent on numerous boards, committees and organizations. He was always looking for his next adventure ranging from a 6 week medical expedition to Nepal, to coaching and refereeing youth soccer and other sports as his five children grew up. He served as the Medical Director for the Dubuque and Asbury Fire Departments, he was the staff physician to the Dubuque County Jail, and the medical director for Kunkel & Associates.

He obtained his pilot's license, and loved flying his own plane. His most recent calling was become involved in the political process and so became a candidate for the Libertarian Party for the US Senate seat from the Great State of Iowa. He felt compelled to make a difference regarding several national issues, about which he was passionate and particularly well qualified to speak. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving backpacking, mountain climbing, hunting, exploring, biking, and working in his yard.

His greatest passion, after Ann, was flying, needing only the slightest excuse to go fly anywhere. He jumped at every opportunity to treat anybody to a scenic excursion in the sky. He was a highly experienced and tested pilot, and was alone in the plane at the time of the accident. He was an instrument rated pilot, and was working on his FAA Certified Flight Instructor's license. He had logged more than 6 times the national average for private pilots, having flown over 1000 hours in just the last 6 years.

Doug has been working tirelessly to develop his vision of building the Grand River Indoor Sports Facility. He has spent years planning his dream to benefit youth sports and create opportunities in the greater Dubuque area. His dream was within reach, and he was in the process of purchasing the land, and funding the project.

Surviving is his wife, Ann; two sons, Nic of Iowa City and Alex of Eden Prairie MN, step daughter Sarah Chapman, and step sons Ben Chapman and Chris Chapman all of Dubuque. Also his brothers David and Suzi of Boise, and Stuart and Robin of Albuquerque and his five treasured nephews, Christopher, Logan, Matthew, Joseph and Daniel.

He was preceded in death by, his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the following:
In memory of Dr. Douglas J. Butzier
c/o Dubuque Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
Or:
MPLS Plaza Project, University of Northern Iowa Foundation, 205 Commons, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282
Or:
Make a Wish Foundation in Dubuque
Or:
Other contributions will be dispersed to the many other charitable organizations that Doug and Ann have contributed to over the years.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to all the first responders for this terrible accident as well all of the emergency community of Dubuque and the surrounding area

 



Miriam F. Hennig

Miriam F. Hennig, 97, of Dubuque, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Luther Manor. Private family services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Miriam was born November 19, 1916 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Mary (Otto) Erner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On September 2, 1937 she married Harold Hennig in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 1975.

In 1959 the family moved down the river by houseboat. They owned and operated a café in Ashland City, Tennessee, then moved to Arkansas. She returned to Dubuque in 1983.

She is a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arkadelphia and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed Scrabble and crossword puzzles.

Miriam is survived by three children, Carole (Tom) Kueper of Dubuque, Dolores Bashaw of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Kenneth (Gail) Hennig of Alto, New Mexico; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a son in law, Jim Bashaw.

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

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



Herbert C. Von Hollen

Herbert C. Von Hollen, 83, of Dubuque died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stamford, Nebraska.

Herbert was born September 1, 1931 in Orleans, Nebraska, son of Frederick and Augusta (Pentz). He attended school in Orleans for 12 years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War.

After serving in the Navy, Herbert enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where he met the woman of his dreams, Verna Tarnasky. They were married on September 1, 1957 in Seward, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on August 10, 2013.

After college, Herbert worked as an accountant for Kiewit Construction, then Sherwood Construction, retiring December 31, 1996. Herbert was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by two sons, Michael (Scott Mattison) Von Hollen and Mark Von Hollen, both of Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren, Sonja (Tyler) Schuster, Kelsie Von Hollen, Zach (Jarred) Mattison, and Lauren Mattison; one great grandson, Travis Schuster; and three siblings, Eleanor Nail, Fred (Charlotte) Von Hollen, and JoAnn Hayes.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his father in law, William Tarnasky, two mothers in law, Lydia and Ida Tarnasky and two brothers in law, Wesley Nail and Bill Hayes.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

 



Charles R. Nesteby

Charles Raymond "Chuck" Nesteby age 86 of Dubuque died Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at home. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday October 17, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Linwood Cemetery.

Chuck was born on October 31, 1927 in Castalia, IA, the son of Carl and Florence (Jahnke) Nesteby. He served in the US Army during World War II.

He married Alfreda "Freda" Hackman on July 8, 1950 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded in him death on March 8, 2014. Chuck was self-employed most of his life and ran Chuck's Shell Service Station along with Nesteby Trucking until his retirement. He loved to rebuild cars and trucks and enjoyed watching the area stock car races, Nascar, and WWE with his brothers, sons, and nephews.

He is survived by two Sons Dan (Katherine) Nesteby, and Doug Nesteby, of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Lee, Craig, and BreAnn Nesteby and Shayna (Chris) Boxleiter. Three great grandchildren, Creighton, Skylar and Tucker Nesteby and Anna Boxleiter. And a great granddaughter on the way. A daughter in law Janice Nesteby and three sisters-in-law; Joann, Berl, and Carol.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons; Roger, Ronald and Stevie and three brothers; Robert, Richard, and Donald.

The family request no flowers as a memorial fund has been established for Chuck. The family would like to thank the Doctors Nurses and Staff of Mercy Medical Center along with Manor Care and Lori at the VA for the exceptional care they gave to Chuck also to Janell at Sunshine Restaurant for her friendship.



Mercedes C. Maiers

Mercedes C. Maiers, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday October 17, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 18, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Mercedes was born January 19, 1922 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Ernest and Clara (Goerdt) Grawe.  She married Ambrose Maiers on October 24, 1945 in Dyersville, Iowa.  He preceded her in death.  Mercedes worked for St. Francis hot lunch for over 18 years.  She also was a host maker and cleaned church for many years.

Survivors include one sister, Imogene Bagge of Dyersville, and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ambrose in 1992, siblings: Cletus Grawe, Gerald (Aurelia) Grawe, Madonna (Leroy) Wulfekuhle and brother-in-law, Jerome Bagge.

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

 



Rita H. Callahan

Rita H. Callahan, 90, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at her home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Services for Rita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Rita was born November 25, 1923 in Bankston, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Johanna (Stritzel) Mausser. She attended rural country schools and graduated from Epworth High School. On November 16, 1950, she was united in marriage to Noel Callahan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He proceeded her in death on December 23, 2010.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and it's Altar and Rosary Society. Rita enjoyed her flowers and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal's fan.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna (Dave) Marxen of Epworth, IA; one son, Curt (LuAnn) Callahan of Dubuque, IA; three grandchildren, Zachary Marxen, Jessica (Marcus) Wunderlich, and Valerie (Chris) Marxen-Spoerle; one great grandson; Benson Wunderlich; two sisters-in-law, Jean Mausser of Epworth, IA and Florence Callahan of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noel Callahan; two sisters, Emma Mausser and Bette (Danny) McDermott; 5 brothers, Bill (Margret), Joe, Clem, Henry and Bernard (Mary Agnes) Mausser; brothers and sisters-in-law; Vince (Margret) Callahan, Irene (Milton) Oberfoell, and Ray Callahan.

A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Rita Callahan.

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



Jason A. Moore

Jason A. Moore, 45, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Jody Timmerman officiating.  Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jason was born on April 24, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Diana (Robertson) Moore.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1987.  Jason worked as a Masonry Laborer. He loved music and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan but the most important part of his life was his son Riley Joe.

Surviving is his son Riley Joe Kammerude, his parents Ronald & Diana Moore, one brother Ronald Steven Moore and a sister Tracy (Rob) Schwartz all of East Dubuque. A niece Ashley Moore of DeForest, Wisconsin and a nephew Adam Schwartz of East Dubuque. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother Chad Moore in infancy, his grandparents, Kenny & Helen Moore and Paul & Eva Robertson.

A Jason A. Moore memorial fund has been established for the care of his son Riley Joe.

 

 



Jacqueline L. Schroeder

Jacqueline Lee Schroeder, 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Friday, October 10, in the loving arms of her husband after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thursday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, October 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Jacque was born September 29, 1961, daughter to Jerry and Barbara (Newman) Clarke. She married Peter Schroeder on November 23, 1985 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jacque grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1980. She went on to receive an AA in Accounting at NICC. Jacque then attended Clarke University, graduating in 1985 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Her career in accounting included Flexsteel, Trilog, and McKesson. Most recently, Jacque acted as Vice President of Ja-Mar Pattern and Restoration, the business she shared with her husband Peter. Jacque enjoyed many activities with her husband and family, including road trips, fishing, deer hunting, and remodeling their home. She loved karaoke and would often DJ events with Peter under the moniker, King of the Road Entertainment. She looked forward to lavishly decorating for the holidays, birthdays, and any special event. She also enjoyed spending time with her beloved dog, Sedrick, who preceded her in death.

Jacque is survived by her husband of 29 years, Peter; her children Barbara Schroeder of Memphis, TN, Paul (Kristin) Schroeder, and John Schroeder, both of Dubuque; her mother, Barbara; siblings Janet (Jeffrey) Pettera, Judy (Melvin) Matous, Jo Blakeman, Jean (Randall) Cornwell, twin sister Julia Clarke-Davis, Linda (Jerry) Fossum, and Theodore Clarke III; mother in law, Virginia Schroeder, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry, and her father in law Paul Schroeder.

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



Mary A Gebhard

Mary A. Gebhard, 94, of Bloomington, IL and formerly of Dyersville died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 16, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Mary was born May 13, 1920, in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Paul and Caroline (Birner) Billmeyer.  She married Frank A. Gebhard on Jan. 15, 1946, in Dubuque.

Mary loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to stay busy and throughout her long and active life; she was on a bowling team, enjoyed sewing, worked as a volunteer at the Dyer House, made hosts at the Basilica, enjoyed hiking and walking outside, shopping, baking cookies, and going to the activities at Westminster. She especially loved the holidays as it would bring her family together.

She will be remembered as loving mother, grandmother, and proud great-grandmother.

Surviving are 5 children: James (Linda) Gebhard of Pasadena, CA, Mary Kay (John) Sheehy of Cincinnati, OH, Tom Gebhard of Orlando, FL, Michael (Lucinda) Gebhard of Bloomington, IL and Jerry (Robin) Gebhard of Tulsa, OK; 13 grandchildren: James Jr. (Cara), Mark, and Peter (Sylvia) Gebhard, Renee, Joseph, Kathy and Dr. John Paul Sheehy, Paul (Courtney) and Hans Gebhard, Miriam (Dan) Troutner, and Joel Gebhard, Eric (Lauren) and Craig (Erin) Gebhard;4 great grandchildren: Phoebe, Willa and Charlotte Gebhard and Ava Troutner; a sister, Jeanette Smith of Des Moines, IA, and a brother, Gilbert (Maureen) Billmeyer of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1986, 2 brothers, Lt. James and Richard (Ruth) Billmeyer, and a brother-in-law, George Smith.

Memorials are preferred to Beckmann High school.

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

 

 



Joanne J. Horn

Joanne J. Horn, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at Manor Care.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18th at the funeral home.

Joanne was born March 25, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Walton E. and Marion E. (Frommelt) Mauer. She married Harold A. Horn on July 19, 1958 at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, Wisc.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School She enjoyed arts, crafts, sewing, her flowers, and gardening.. She was a dedicated homemaker caring for her family and raising her children and many other children just like they were her own for many years. She loved all animals especially her dogs and cat. She was a great supporter of the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Harold ‘Harry'; children, William Horn, Robert "Slob" Horn, and Jeffrey "J" (Mary) Horn, all of Dubuque; and a nephew, Brian (Candace) Mauer, of Seattle, Wash.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Walton E. Mauer, Jr., and Dwayne Mauer.

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

Special thanks to the staff at Mercy Medical Center, Ennoble Manor, Bell Tower, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, for all your care of our wife and mom.

Online condolences maybe sent at www.hoffmannschneider.com



Carl J. Wilson, Sr.

Carl J. Wilson Sr., age 66, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:24 p.m. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m with Deacon John Stierman officiating, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home.

Carl was born on September 14, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ernest and Martha (Hosier) Wilson. Carl married Dianna Lynn McIntyre on June 21, 1969. Carl proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps with 2 tours in Vietnam; bravely holding his position as a decorated point man with the U.S. Marine Special Forces 3rd Recon Battalion Alpha Company. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, UAW Local 94 and the American Legion. Carl was an honorable man and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Carl is survived by his wife, Dianna of Dubuque. Daughter, Cynthia (Steven) Hartley of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Son, Carl J. (Reina) Wilson Jr. of San Antonio, Texas. 4 Grandchildren, Brandon M. Davis, Ashleigh (Shaun) Kessler, Cody Wilson and Kaydi Wilson. 1 Great-Grandson, Christian Kessler and one arriving in May 2015. 3 Brothers; Rick (Susie), Steve and Mike (LouAnn) Wilson. 2 Sisters; Julia Benson and Christina Wilson. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. And Carl's cocker spaniel and "his little girl", Sammy Sue.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

A Carl J. Wilson Sr. memorial fund has been established, cards for the family may be mailed directly to Behr Funeral Home care of the Carl J. Wilson, Sr. family.

The family would like to extend our appreciation for the dedicated care given to Carl by the nurses and staff with Dr. Thomas Benda Jr., Dr. Liaboe, Dr. Shaw, Finley ICU, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Jenny and also to Susie from Finley Home Care. Also a deepest and most sincere thank you to our dear friends Amy, Justice, Junior, Karen, Kathy, Sandy and Andy who stood by us during our time of need.

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



Joyce J. O'Toole

Joyce J. O'Toole, 73 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Funeral mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Joyce was born on May 31, 1941 in DeKalb, IL the daughter of Merlin and Anna (Gillen) Coyle. She worked at Eagles Country Market in Dubuque for many years until retirement. She enjoyed taking shopping trips, going to the casino and making people laugh. She married John "Jack" O'Toole, and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 17th. Jack passed away on September 15th, 2014 and the family believes Joyce passed of a broken heart. They will now celebrate their 50th together in Heaven.

She is survived by her children; Molly (Bill) Carpenter, of Dubuque, and Sean (Erin) O'Toole, of Gilbert, Arizona. Six grandchildren, Kayla, Billy, Brock Carpenter, Jackson, Nolan, and Josie O'Toole. Siblings Pat (Dave) Lehman, of Farley, Iowa, Peter (Barb) Coyle, of Dubuque, Marilyn Garbart, of Pittsburg, PA, Dolly Jennings, of Sabula, IA, and Jack (Joan) Furlong, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John "Jack" O'Toole on September 15, 2014, her sister Kathy Loso, and brother, Gene Furlong.

 



Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt

Dorothy Leona Kupferschmidt, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on September 23, 1923 in Holy Cross, Ia., daughter of Edward A. and Frances E. (Gansemer) Meyer.

Dorothy married David C. Kupferschmidt on May 4, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her on May 2, 1997. She worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 7 years and in food service at Wahlert Catholic High School for over 30 years until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of St. Columbkilles Church, St. Rita's Catholic Mothers Club, Catholic Daughters of America Court Dubuque, 62+ Club, United Commercial Travelers Auxillary, the Past Counselor Club and Sweet Adeline's Barbershop Choral group. Dorothy was first and foremost a homemaker who was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, and upholsterer. Dorothy enjoyed bowling, golfing, dancing, bingo and playing cards, but her greatest joy was found in time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was devoted to both her faith and her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy is survived by 3 Daughters; Connie (Wayne) Heim of Dubuque, Carol (Carl) Friederick of Hazel Green, Wi. and Kay (Brad) Averkamp of East Dubuque, Il. 11 Grandchildren; Jon (Kate), Jason, Justin (Gibby Metcalf) and Jordan Heim, Bart (Paige) and Mica (Susan) Friederick, Leah (Garrett Gutknecht) Ubersox, Tina (Danny) Loos, and Shawn (Corey Harper), Ben (Shannon Bass) and Joel Averkamp. 10 Great-Grandchildren. 2 Sisters; Helen Feyen and Mary (Owen) Nugent both of Dubuque. Brother-in-law, Aaron Kupferschmidt of Dubuque. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband David and her parents. A brother, Jerome (Bernice) Meyer. 2 Sisters; Anna Mae (Donald) Conlon and Mildred (Walt) Wedewer. Brothers-in-law; Bill Feyen, Ed (Leona), Francis (Armela), Paul, John (Mary) and Mark (Mona) Kupferschmidt. Sisters-in-law; Doris and Geraldine Kupferschmidt, Ruth Kane Popenthein and Rachel (Bob) Friedell. Nephew, Michael Nugent.

A Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, and Eagle Point Place for all their loving care and tender concern for Dorothy.

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

 



Beverly A. Metcalf

Beverly Ann (Chesterman) Metcalf, 77, of rural Peosta, IA., passed away at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at home surrounded by family & friends following an extended illness with cancer.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13th, 2014 at the Rockdale United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Von Fumetti officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 12th at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Bev was born on June 24th, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of William Frederick and Helen M. (Donatsch) Chesterman. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1955. Bev married James D. "Jim" Metcalf on January 14th, 1956 in Dubuque.

Bev was a homemaker in rural Peosta and joined with her husband Jim in the ownership and operation of their farm.  She always had a bountiful garden, many fruit trees and enjoyed sharing her produce with family and friends. She was an awesome cook and baker and was known for her delicious angel food cake and pies. Along with growing produce, she also loved and grew many varieties of flowers and plants.  She was a gifted seamstress.  If you would stop at her home, you would more than likely find her at her sewing machine cutting or stitching fabric into the most beautiful quilts that often became gifts for family and friends.  She enjoyed dancing and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. She also worked part-time for many years as a school bus driver for the Dubuque Community School District.  She was a long time member of Rockdale United Methodist Church.  Most of all her love and devotion to her family and friends was endless.  She will be deeply missed.  Her strength has been an inspiration to all.

Surviving are her husband James D. Metcalf, children James Jr. (Rosanne) Metcalf and Deb (Joseph) Vize both of Peosta and Jeffrey A. Metcalf, M.D. of Brighton, CO., 8- grandchildren, Gregory (Ashlee) Metcalf, Alexander Metcalf (Angie Kirk), and Tyler Metcalf, Erin (Bryan) Engler, Jolynn (Jim) Hefel, Dayon, Andrew and Ebony Metcalf, 5-great grandchildren, Miles Metcalf, Joseph Vize, Kayden and Halle Hefel, and Lily Engler, a brother William (Linda) Chesterman, Jr. and sister Carol Chesterman (Ron Balmer) and a sister-in-law Janice Metcalf all of Peosta, Iowa.  Six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Frederick and Helen Chesterman, a daughter Kimberlyn (Kim) Metcalf, her in laws David and Hazel Metcalf and a brother-in-law Dale Metcalf.

A Beverly A. Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

Bev's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and Ruth Scheitzach for the wonderful care and support given to Bev during her illness. 

 



David C. Story

David C. Story, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital with his family by his side after a courageous battle with diabetes.

Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Mr. George Herrig officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Sunday, October 12th, at Leonard Funeral Home where there will be a prayer service st 4:30p.m.

He was born on May 28, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Lois (Rogers) Story. He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970. He married Mary Lux on August 4, 1978 in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked as a master mechanic for many years and retired from the United States Postal Service.

Dave was a loving husband and father and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Mary, three children; Shawn (Erin) Story, of Dubuque, Nicole Story, of Dubuque, and Stephanie (Mark) Dumer, of Dubuque. Four grandchildren; Sadie, Elora, David and Sam. His mother Lois Dale, of Dubuque, a sister Nan Story, and a brother Paul Story, of Dubuque, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene and his mother-in-law Rita Lux.

In lieu of flowers a David Story memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank The Finley Hospital, especially the ICU Unit, and a special thank you to Dr. John Whalen, and Dr. Ronald Iverson, for their exceptional care of Dave for many years.

 



Donald H. Lochner

Donald "Don" H. Lochner, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:15pm at his home.

Per Don's wishes, in lieu of a wake & funeral, a Celebration of Life was held at Mario's Italian Restaurant on May 13, 2014 preceding Don's death. Thank you to all of Don's friends and family who attended and made this night so special. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Don was born on Sept. 2, 1947 to Phil and Dorothy (O'Leary) Lochner. He graduated from Wahlert High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971 during Vietnam. Don worked for 38 years as a real estate agent in Dubuque, and was a member of the City of Dubuque Board of Review.

Don was a loving father, grandfather, and a friend to many. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, laughing and cracking jokes. He especially enjoyed time with his favorite person... his granddaughter, Ayden. Don had a love for historical architecture and local history and would often share an abundance of knowledge with anyone he encountered. He enjoyed taking his granddaughter on long drives to explore Dubuque and learn about its history. He also helped greatly in the restoration of the Eagle Point Park fish pond in the mid-1980's along with numerous other historical buildings throughout his career.

Don fought a courageous battle with Leukemia and in his last couple of years he touched the lives of all he encountered with his spirit, courage, and love of life even in the face of death. Those who loved him are left with a renewed sense of life and how each day should be lived... with pride, strength, love and laughter with each day that is given to us... as he did up until the very end.

He is survived by his father, Phil Lochner; his brother, Larry (Jeanine) Lochner; his son, David (Tessa) Lochner; and his grandchild, Ayden.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy O'Leary Lochner.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, the exceptional staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and all of Don's friends who stood by his side throughout his life and up until the very end. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all those who gave him joy in his last days.



Florence H. Gerhard

Florence Helen (Freiburger) Gerhard age 88 of Bellevue, Iowa, died peacefully after a long battle with heart disease and strokes on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Mill Valley Care Center, in Bellevue, Iowa. Services will be at 7:00p.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m Monday at the funeral home until time of services.

Florence was born June 15, 1926 to Frank and Elizabeth (Errthum) Freiburger in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm north of East Dubuque, Illinois with eleven siblings. She attended Bayless Business College after moving to Dubuque and married Robert Gerhard on September 30, 1950. After raising their children, the couple moved to Bellevue, Iowa. Florence worked in women's clothing sales, winning numerous customer service awards before her retirement from Seifert Clothing. She was a charter member of the Dubuqueland Camping Club, Sertoma Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and Bellevue Golf Club. Florence enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, picking walnut meats, harvesting apples with her friends, and being with her children and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and always said "I love you" before saying goodbye. She took a lifetime to grow up and never quite got there maintaining a youthful enthusiasm in all her pursuits.

Florence is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Robert Gerhard; five children, Cyndy (John) Meyer, Enid, OK, Connie Gerhard, Curt Gerhard (Theresa Budde), Kelly Gerhard of Dubuque, and Carla (Ted) Wiessing of Lodi. WI; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Frances Hendricks, Viola (Paul) Farrey, Lillian (Wilmer) Avercamp, Irma (Roger) Massey and Carol (Dan)McDermott and one brother, Larry (Ellen) Freiburger.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Stella (Lawrence) Majerus; brothers, Frankie, Henry, Eddie, and Elmer Freiburger; in laws, Ed and Rita Pickel; twin grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler Wiessing and great-granddaughter, Parker Meyer White.

In lieu of flowers, a Florence Helen Gerhard memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the Bellevue Ambulance Service, the nurses of Mercy Hospital, the caring staff of Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, and Dubuque Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Donald F. Lambert

Donald F. "Don" Lambert, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at his home. Funeral Services will be at 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Sister Mary Agnes O'Connor, BVM officiating. Family and friends may gather after 4:00p.m. until time of services Friday.

Don was born on June 17, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Sylvester and Lillian (Kopel) Lambert. He married Carol Ann Connolly on February 7, 1959 at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church. He worked at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works for 25 years in the foundry until retirement. He is a member of the UAW local #94 and St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Carol, four children, Larry Lambert of Dubuque, Lisa (Gary Freihoefer) Lambert of Dubuque, Sheila (Jack) Owen, of Florida, and Mike Lambert of Holy Cross. Eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a brother Joseph Lambert of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, niece Geanne Lambert and a nephew John Allen Lambert.



Sr. Stella Marie Swakoski

Sister Stella Marie Swakoski, BVM (Lidwina), 94, of Marian Hall 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at Marian Hall.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. on Friday at Marian Hall Chapel, with a prayer service at 11 a.m.

Sister Stella Marie was born on Oct. 10, 1919 at Butte, Montana, the daughter of John and Anna Marie (Heaney) Swakoski.
Sister Stella Marie was on the faculty of Clarke University, Dubuque; and was an elementary school educator and administrator at St. Anthony, Dubuque; Des Moines and Council Bluffs, Iowa; San Jose, Calif; and Butte and Missoula, Mont. She ministered as a secondary school counselor in Anaheim, CA.

She is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years, and nieces and nephews.

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.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Ill. is in charge of arrangements.



Paul J. Oberfoell

Paul J. Oberfoell, 43, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:00 a.m. on October 5, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, after a difficult battle with cancer. Paul was born on November 6, 1970, in Dubuque, IA, to Albert M. Oberfoell and Carol M. (Timmerman) Oberfoell. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:30 am, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was a graduate of Wahlert High School and was honored with homecoming king of his senior class. He also graduated from Loras College where he continued his scholastic career as a cross-country runner. He grew up in the Robin Hood neighborhood working many years delivering the TH newspaper. After college he worked at Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and later worked in groundskeeping at Hillcrest Apartments, where he also lived. Due to his deep faith, Paul was a friend to all and saw others through the eyes of Christ. His hobby was helping and visiting with others, walking, writing letters, listening to music, and watching movies: his favorite being "Forest Gump," from which he could always recite lines. Life was like a box of chocolates to him-people were the various chocolates. Paul was a long-time member of Recovery Int., NAMI Dubuque, and Holy Ghost Parish, where he was a choir member and cantor.

He is survived by his parents, his brothers, a sister, a niece and nephews: Richard J. (Sun Hee) and Xavier, Iowa City; Gary A. (Katie) and Sara and Brady, Pewaukee, WI; Beth A. (John) Suehr and Aiden and Tristen, Palatine, IL.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents and recently by his aunt, Rosemary V. Timmerman, who passed away on October 2, 2014, lighting the way for him.

The family wishes to thank the nurses in Mercy's Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit and Sue Houselog, the Palliative Care Nurse, who were a constant support to him and the family.

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



Mary A. Hanson

Mary A. Hanson, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 21, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., on Friday, October 17, 2014. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Mary was born in 1931, in Sherrill, daughter of Martin and Frances (Krischer) Motsch. Mary married Arsenius "Arky" Hanson on May 10, 1949 in Sherrill. They were married for 62 years. Mary was a devout Catholic. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, she was also devoted to her family. She loved being creative and working with her hands: cooking, baking, sewing and crocheting. She was generous of heart and meek in spirit. Her children will miss her beyond measure.

Mary is survived by her 5 children, Sharon Hanson, Pamela (Harold) Polivka, Tina Hanson, Kevin (Ellen) Hanson, and Keith Hanson; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; her siblings, Herman (Virginia) Motsch, Eugene (Ruthie) Motsch, Ernest Motsch.

Mary is preceded in death by, her parents, and her husband.

The family would like to thank all Mary's friends and family for their love and affection. These connections were so important to her.

Online condolences may be left at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Donald F. Becker

Donald F. Becker, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sherrill (Iowa) United Methodist Church, with visitation at 9 a.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Don was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Herbert and Lorraine (Cushing) Becker. He served in the Marines from 1954 to 1956. He married the love of his life, Barbara Scheppele, on July 26, 1956. Don worked for Carr, Adams & Collier Company before his career at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired in 1992. Known as the "Great White Hunter," Don hunted every season from deer to turkey and spent plenty of time fishing on the Mississippi River with his family. He enjoyed gardening and giving away his bountiful produce. Don also spent many winters in Texas, where he made numerous friends. When he was older, Don gave in to his love and took ballroom dancing lessons. He enjoyed dancing, Saturday night dinners and movies. Don dearly loved his family. He proudly taught his children and their friends how to water ski using his 18 foot flat-bottom boat when they camped on Waupeton. His grandchildren knew he was the one to go to for sugar free hard candies and cold Nutty Bars. Don loved playing cards, especially Fill or Bust. His corn fritters and ham were famous at family gatherings, where his eyes seemed to dance while watching his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; two sons, Richard (Cathy) Becker and David (Tammy) Becker; three daughters, Judith Kress, Janet (Chris) Nolta and Gwendolyn Becker; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Pat Schnee, Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau and Lynn (Bob) Jochum.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul Becker; and brothers Robert and John "Jack" Becker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Drapeau Research account at Dupaco Community Credit Union to help Reece and Ryder Drapeau's "Fight for Sight."

The family wishes to thank Dubuque Internal Medicine and the Finley Intensive Care Unit.



Robert F. Rupp

Robert F. Rupp, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, October 6, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, October 9, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert Franklin Rupp was born on August 16, 1919 in Dowagiac, Michigan to Benjamin Franklin and Leona Melvina (Bodkin) Rupp. He was a high school graduate and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Charlene H. Meyer on August 8, 1942 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2010.

Robert had worked for Swiss Valley Ag in Maquoketa retiring after many years as a maintenance engineer.

Robert was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, the First United Methodist Church and the Knights of Pythias in Maquoketa. He was a handyman, woodworker and carpenter who could make anything. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed bowling in his younger years.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include a son Robert W. "Bill" (Teresa) Rupp of Phoenix City, AL; 4 grandchildren, Paul (Kelly) Flemming, Paula (Lionel) Cantu, Missy Rupp and Pam (Mark) Cain; 2 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brandon; a sister Roberta Kotek of WI; and a brother Clifford Bright of WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Charlene, and a daughter Patricia Flemming on May 3, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Mount Hope Cemetery Association.

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

 



Arnold D. Junk

Arnold D. Junk, 83 of Cassville, WI passed away on Saturday October 4, 2014 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI. Memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9th at St. Charles Church in Cassville, WI with Rev. John Menholz officiating. Friends and family may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Arnold was born on November 25, 1930, in Glen Haven, WI the son of Arnold B and Marie (Esser) Junk. He married Patricia L. Graney and she preceded him in death. Arnold and Patricia opened the first carwash business in Cassville, WI, he also worked for Grant Crawford Oil Company, and had a milk route business for Cassville Dairy.

Arnold loved music at a very young age self taught himself to play the trumpet. He played in many dance bands some of his own bands including; Arnies Dairyland Ramblers, Arnie and Robert's Band.

Arnie and his loving companion Delores Williams loved traveling, camping and the many adventures they shared.

He is survived by his children, Bruce (Donna Kotlarz) Lake Worth, Florida, Luann (friend Dean Worden) Briggsville, WI. His Grandchildren: Jason Junk, Jared (Sonja) Junk, Gavin (Amy) Junk, Kyle Junk, Travis Kotlarz, Garrett Kotlarz, Sierra Kotlarz, and Mackenzie Biba. Great grandchildren, Carter and Noah Junk, Kylee Junk, Taylor Junk, Gavin Lucus Junk Autum Junk, Cameron and Brenden Scholl. His Siblings, Wayne (Arlene) Junk, Donna (Monroe Skip) Raiseback, and Myrna (Harold) Clark. His loving companion, Delores "Dee" Williams and her children and grandchildren who were also part of Arnolds life: Randy Williams, Potosi, WI, Lisa Scholl Potosi, WI, Ronnie, Kyle, Luke and Logan Scholl, Gunther and Maggie Williams. Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, a son David, and a grandson Matthew Johnson. Siblings, Loren and Gerald and Shirley Bowers, and a sister-in-law Matilda (Sis) Yunk.



Melba L. Rechterman

Melba L. Rechterman, 91, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, October 5, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Melba's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, October 10, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Friday, October 10, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Lunch will follow the service in "The Bistro" at the Carson's. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

Melba Lorraine Ruggeberg was born on December 6, 1922 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Orville and Olga (Skott) Ruggeberg. She grew up south of Elwood and graduated from Elwood High School. She attended Coe College, Marycrest College and the University of Dubuque earning her teaching certificate. She married Donald Andresen on August 11, 1941 in Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1945. She married Walter Rechterman on February 12, 1949 in Lost Nation, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1993.

Melba was a teacher. She had taught either as a substitute or full time teacher in the Calamus School District for over 40 years. Through the years she had also worked at the Tower Cafe in DeWitt and Hoffman Eggs in Maquoketa.

Melba was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the University of Dubuque Alumni Association. She was a Master Gardener and enjoyed canning and gardening.

Those left to honor Melba's memory include her children, Beverly Wiese of Lakeland, FL, Jeanette (George) Hebl of Solon, IA, and Frank (Barb) Rechterman of Desert Hills, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lois Jean (Lou) Kellen of Homer Glen, IL, and Sondra (Jim) Seeright of Coronado Island, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Andresen and her husband Walter Rechterman, sons Donnie Andresen on May 11, 1952 and Alan Andresen on December 24, 2012, a grandson Jerry Alan Andresen on August 16, 2008, and two great-grandchildren Kara Wiese on December 26, 1990 and Johanna Wiese on March 4, 1994.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melba L. Rechterman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Cecilia E. Hoeger

Cecilia E. Hoeger, 96, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville. 

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Avenue SW in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg.  Rev. Dale Rausch will officiate.

Cecilia was born February 23, 1918 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph G. and Theresa (Steffen) Rausch.  She married Clarence L. Hoeger on September 27, 1938, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa.  She worked as a seamstress for many years, as well as being a homemaker.  Cecilia was a member of the resurrection choir for many years. She enjoyed gardening and playing cards.  While living at the Ellen Kennedy Center, she cared for the flowers in the front of the building.

Survivors include her son, Daniel (Marian) Hoeger of Dyersville, IA; daughter-in-law, Joanne (Tom) Oberbroeckling also of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Merlin (Jean) Hermsen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence in 2002; 2 sons, Virgil Hoeger in 1963 and Robert Hoeger in infancy; siblings, Leona (Alphonse) Willenbring, Arnold (Dorothy) Rausch, Nickolas (Dorothy) Rausch, Arthur in infancy, Clarence (Florine) Rausch, Edward (Alice) Rausch, Aloysious (Mary) Rausch, Mildred (Arthur) Elenz, Urbain (Margaret) Rausch; in-laws, Sylvestor (Marie) Hoeger, Ambrose (Dorothy) Hoeger and Clara Hermsen.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care they gave Cecilia, especially, Diane, Deb and Brenda.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 

 



Jay P. McCabe

Jay P. McCabe, 33 of 154 Redwood Drive, Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services for Jay will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. The family will greet friends and relatives after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the church.

The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jay was born March 23, 1981 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Pat and Pam (Gassmann) McCabe. He is a graduate of the Cascade High School. On June 10, 2006 he was united in marriage to Nicole Kleitsch at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Jay was a meticulous hardworking individual, a traditionalist and was most happy being outside and with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole McCabe of Cascade, IA; two daughters, Kiley and Khloe both at home; his parents, Pat McCabe of Farley, IA, Pam (Steve) Lynch of Cascade, IA; two sisters, Lacey McCabe of Farley, IA and Aspen Lynch; and one brother, Austin Lynch both of Cascade, IA; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Lorraine McCabe and Harry and Bernice Gassmann; two cousins, Jared Gassmann and Morgan Gassmann; and an aunt, Mary (McCabe) McKenna.

A Jay P. McCabe memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mona M. Dague

Mona M. Dague, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday morning, October 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Mona's life will be held at 7 P.M., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family burial will be held at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona May Schumann was born on May 21, 1932 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Arnold and Bernice (Miles) Schumann. She was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Blaine L. Dague on June 14, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union 4 children were born, Donald, Concheeta, Chet and Gale. Her husband Blaine preceded her in death on February 1, 2005.

Mona was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was more than a homemaker, she was a giver through and through and was always caring for her family right up until the end. She also loved sewing and embroidery and had made quilts, tea towels and many other items often donating them to charities and fundraisers.

Those left to honor Mona's memory include her children Connie (Terry) Otting of Zwingle, IA, Chet "Spook" (Shelly) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Gale (John) Mast of Redwood Falls, MN; Donnie's girlfriend, Bonnie Cook of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Sara Schumann of Keller, TX; and a brother-in-law, Glenn (Joyce) Dague of Unionville, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jim Schumann, and a son Donald "Donnie" on August 4, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mona M. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Raymond L. Dominy

Raymond L. Dominy, age 95, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on October 3, 2014 at 11:42 a.m. Private family services to honor Raymond's life are being held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Raymond was born on September 26, 1919 in Estherville, Iowa, son of Harry L. and Julie (Finn) Dominy.

Major Raymond L. Dominy proudly served his country during WWII as an U.S. Air Force B-17 pilot. Ray received numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After returning home he married Peggy Mershon on May 14, 1949 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She preceded him in death in February of 1986. Raymond retired from the Dubuque Pack after 30 years of service.

Raymond is survived by his children; Judy Dominy of Bernard, Ia., Thomas L. Dominy of Tacoma, Wa. and Michael L. (Paula) Dominy of Dubuque, Ia. 5 Grandchildren; Kelly (Matt) Wall, Tim (Teresa) Balfe, Josh, Tyler and Dejarae Dominy. 8 Great-Grandchildren. And a Sister Betty (Dale) Christensen of Audubon, IA.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Peg, 2 Sisters Leona McCarville and Jeanne Dominy and 2 Brothers Russel and Donald Dominy.

A Raymond L. Dominy memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to make a special thank you to Paula Dominy and Dejarae Dominy and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, for their care of Raymond.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com



David M. Jungk

David M. "Barney" Jungk, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dave's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Dave's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dave was born on November 7, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, son of Phillip and Jeanette (Ruff) Jungk.

Dave married Theresa Waters on October 16, 1998, in Dubuque. Dave finally reached his lifelong dream of being self-employed and part business owner of Mall Mini Storage of Dubuque. He enjoyed sharing memories of a long volleyball career. Playing with him as your setter made the game "the best time ever". Dave was well known for building raging bonfires, canoeing, fishing, hiking, traveling and creek stomping along the Durango ditch. He loved exploring the High Sierras with his brother, Charlie, and leaves behind many friends and memories from his years in California. He was always a very positive person and willing to help anyone who needed him. Dave will be greatly missed.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Jungk; his children, Natasha (Ryan) Trilk, Amy (Chris Maxwell) Waters; Payton Jungk, Matthew Jungk; his grandchildren, Alyvia, Benjamin and Franklin, all of Dubuque; his brother, Charlie (Dr. Phyllis Strain) Jungk, Escondido, CA; his mother-in-law, Shirley Waters, Dubuque; numerous relatives and many, many friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joann; a brother, Phillip; and his father-in-law, Ronald Waters.

In lieu of flowers an education fund for Dave's children has been established.

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

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

 



Sr. Mary Faith Lautz, BVM

Sister Mary Faith Lautz, BVM, 96, of 1050 Carmel Drive, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Marian Hall.

A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Marian Hall Chapel. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Marian Hall Chapel, where there will be a prayer service at 11 a.m. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Mary Faith was an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator in Wichita, Kan.; Chicago; Milwaukee; Phoenix; Fairbanks, Alaska; Kansas City, Mo.; and San Jose, Calif. She was an administrator of the Roberta Kuhn Center, Dubuque, and served in pastoral ministry in Anchorage and Holy Cross, Alaska.

She was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Dickinson, ND, daughter of Frank and Ann (Wenner) Lautz.

She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1938, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1943.

Surviving are nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 79 years.

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



Esther F. Taylor

Esther F. Taylor, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, October 2, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Esther's life from 12 to 3 P.M. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Esther Faye McPherson was born on May 6, 1936 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Kenneth Owen and Hazel Irene (Manning) McPherson. She was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and enjoyed having lunch every month with classmates. She married Gerald James "Jerry" Taylor on January 17, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2012.

Esther had worked as a clerk for several downtown stores including J.C. Penney, Linda's Fashions, Ray's Fashions and Schublin's. She received the courteous clerk award in 1982, and retired from Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa after 16 years.

Esther was involved in many bowling leagues, had received several trophies and awards, and was a member of the 600 Bowling Club. She had served as secretary of the City Bowling Association for 20 years. Additionally, she loved camping with friends at Spruce Creek, reading, word puzzles and watching television. She especially enjoyed being with her family and all of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Esther's memory include her children, Diane (Dennis) Luett of Maquoketa, IA, Tom (Teri) Taylor of Delmar, IA, Denise (Scott) Kirk of Maquoketa, IA and Tim (Tracy) Taylor of Carefree, AZ; 12 grandchildren, Emily (Jim) Bates, Jessica and Codie Jacobsen, Kaitlin, Jenna and Ethan Luett, Conner and Aubree Taylor, Jake and Josh Kirk, and Mikaela and Mikenzie Taylor; 1 great-grandchild, Decker Jaxson Bates; brothers-in-law, Billy (Connie) Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI, Bob Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA and John Eastman of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters-in-law, Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Marjowski of Platteville, WI, Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA and Margaret McPherson of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Debra Stamm, her husband Gerald, brothers Paul and Garry, and sisters Sally Ann in infancy and Mona Eastman on September 28, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Esther F. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William J. Greenwood

William J. "Bill" Greenwood, 61, of Farley, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bill may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Reiff funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m, The Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 6:30 p.m.

Services for Bill will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Bill was born February 20, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Eldon and Grace (Connolly) Greenwood. He was a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph's High School, in Farley, IA. He also attended St. Thomas Aquinas College in Nashville, TN and the University of Dubuque.

Bill's entire life centered around Main Street Farley, Iowa, his home-Greenwood's Grocery-St. Joe's Church and school. Farley is where everyone knew him and he was considered a friend to all, especially the elderly people,

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley. He was a community volunteer for the Farley Volunteer Fire Department, the Farley Commercial Club, for which he served as past President and the Farley Little League as a coach.

He is survived by one sister, Gloria Greenwood of Urbandale, IA; six brothers, Pat (Michele) Greenwood of Omaha, NE, Bob (Cheryl) Greenwood of Waterloo, IA, John (Shari) Greenwood of Peosta, IA, Tim Greenwood (& fiancé, Brenda Hills) of N. Buena Vista, IA, Terry (Trisha) Greenwood and Steve Greenwood both of Farley, IA; 16 nieces and nephews; Maggie (Helmut) Brugman, Mike (Kate) Greenwood, Grace Greenwood, Joe (Torie) Greenwood, Tim Greenwood, Abby Greenwood, Sara (Wes) Vorwald, Megan, Brian, and Lisa Greenwood, Anne Marie, Thomas, Mary Clare, James, and Eva Greenwood, Katie and Justin Funk; 6 great nieces and nephews, Elza and Mara Brugman, Amelia Greenwood, Noah Vorwald, Brooklyn and Avery Funk; Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Marion Greenwood and Phillip Sweeney both of Farley, IA, John Cosgrove of Cincinnati, OH, and a special cousin Sr. Lillian Connolly, RSM.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, William and Annie Greenwood and Joseph and Noreen Connolly.

William J. "Bill" Greenwood Memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

A special thank you to Dr. J. Bruce Abele of Medical Associates, Dubuque, to the staff at Manor Care in Dubuque, the Staff of Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque ER and ICU Departments, along with Sr. Lillian Connolly, RSM for their gracious loving care of Bill.

 



Catherine P. Smith

Catherine "CAC" P. Smith, 94 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Oak Park Place. Per her wishes no public services will be conducted.

Survivors include her children, Cathy (Rich) Theobald of Asbury, Sue Klein of Dubuque, Jim (Mary) Jones of Sherrill; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren & 2 great-great grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene V. Smith (July 1999); and a son Tom Jones (April 2014) on April 27, 2014.

Catherine was born April 2, 1920 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Annie (Fure) Linden. She married Eugene V. Smith on October 30, 1959. Catherine worked for the former Dubuque Meat Packing Company for 21 years, retiring in 1979.

Cards and condolences maybe sent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral c/o of Catherine Smith Family, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002

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

 



Nancy E. Dague

Nancy Even Dague, 63 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Memorial Service will be 3 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the chapel adjacent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, conducted by Deacon Dave McGhee. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services on Saturday at the chapel.

Nancy was born January 7, 1951 in Dubuque, the daughter of Buck and Eileen (Lahey) Even. She married Stephen A. Dague on April 16, 1982 in Dubuque. Nancy worked in the insurance industry for many years, working at Tri-State Insurance, Oberbrockling Insurance, and Lange Insurance; she retired in 2013. Nancy enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Lake Joy, playing cards, gaming, traveling and fishing. Her sense of humor and wit will be missed by all who knew her.

Nancy's survivors include her husband, Stephen; children, Dave "Quincy" (Katherine) Farber, Kira (Rick) Stephenson, Keith (Michelle) Dague all of Dubuque, and Ann Dague of Arizona; 7 grandchildren; siblings, Dan (Janice) Even, Rick (Deborah) Even of Dubuque, and Jane Even of LaFarge, WI; in-laws, Janet Westhoff, Lyle (Netze) Dague, Richard (Sharon) Dague, Robert (Barb) Dague, John Dague, Barbara (Jim) Scheuller, Kathlene Gisel, Monica (Rick) Soppe, and Lois (Mark) Erlich.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Maximus Stephenson, and a sister in-law, Madonna.

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



Ralph C. Bergfeld

Ralph C. Bergfeld, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday, October 4th at St. Joseph Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friday October 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Ralph was born on August 25, 1932 in Centralia, Iowa the son of Clem and Margaret (Koopman) Bergfeld. He retired from Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) as a route supervisor in 1997.

Ralph served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Amvets Post #13. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus JFK Council 5513 and was family of the year in 1982 to 1983.

He married Marilyn Denlinger on May 15, 1956. For 82 glorious years Ralph shared his faith with God, his love of family, and the land he farmed. Ralph shared these attributes in his family and friends. Ralph was tough, fair, opinionated, and fun to be around. Ralph loved to laugh. Through his example each of us is a better person in our community. Ralph's legacy is the family and friends that surrounded him. His family and friends will miss the joy he brought to gatherings, his smile. His lifelong faith provides his family and friends with the knowledge that he is in heaven at the right hand of the father smiling and sharing. Ralph we love you, we miss you, we thank you.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, his children, Thomas (Linda) Bergfeld, Otter Creek, Iowa, Cathy Arensdorff, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, Mary Ann (Robert) DeMeyer, of Alexandria, Virginia, David (Delphine) Bergfeld, of Epworth, Iowa, Laurie (James) Decker, of Bellevue, Iowa, Lisa Frederick, of Dubuque, Iowa, Martin (Angie) Bergfeld, of Bernard, Iowa, Joan (Bill Brus) Mausser, of Cascade, Iowa, Sara (Mike) Wild, of Dubuque, Iowa, Ami (Nick Koos) Bergfeld, of Cascade, Iowa. Twenty grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; Mary Gerdemann, Jim Bergfeld and Bernie Bergfeld, his mother and father-in-law Carlyn and Marie Denlinger, and sister-in-law Carol Clemen.

In lieu of flowers a Ralph Bergfeld memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center nurses and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care they gave to Ralph and his family.

 



Mona K. Eastman

Mona K. Eastman, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, September 28, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mona on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona Kay McPherson was born on September 6, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Kenneth Owen and Hazel Irene (Manning) McPherson. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married John Earnest Eastman on February 18, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona had worked for many years as a teller and later as branch manager for the former Jackson State Bank and Hawkeye Bank in Maquoketa.

Mona was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed quilting and sewing and was talented at needlepoint. She had won several awards through the years at the local fair showcasing her work.

Those left to honor Mona's memory include her husband John Eastman of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Richard Owen (Suzanne) Eastman of Phoenix, AZ; a step-daughter, Susan Ann Lorey of Rockwell, TX; 4 grandchildren; a sister Esther Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law Margaret McPherson of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and brothers Paul and Garry.

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

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

 



Orville G. Yager

Orville G. Yager, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a celebration of life service at 6:15 p.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, at the funeral home. Graveside services and Military Honors by the American Legion Post #6 will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Orville was born July 25, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. He married Kathleen "Kay" Boland in 1960 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Orville served his country with the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War, and was grateful for the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 11 years, and then at Ruan Transport for 20 years, until his retirement. After retirement, Orville worked as a security guard for Mount Carmel Motherhouse. Orville was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing. He was very mechanically inclined, and especially liked clocks. Orville had a quick wit and great personality. He went on long walks, and greeted everyone he met. Orville has now gone to walk the hills and valleys with his beloved dogs who have gone before him, Bruno and Barron.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kay, of Dubuque; three sons, Mike (Dawn) Yager of Racine, WI, Tom (Chrissy Mioni) Yager of Chicago, IL, and Tim Yager of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Gabe and Sam Yager, and Katerina DeAnda; one sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald of Dubuque; one sister-in-law, Evie Boland of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray (Lillian), John (Marianne), and Ivan (Eileen) Yager; one sister, Erma Chapman; and six sisters and brothers-in-law, Sr. Johanna Boland BVM, Jean (Frank) Schumacher, Joan (Dominic) Goodmann, James Boland, Tom (Nancy Boland-Lang) Boland, and Mary (George) Nacos.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and to the staff of Ennoble Manor for their care of Orville.

 



Joni Williams

Joni "Da Momma" Williams, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where friends may call after 4:00p.m. until time of services.

She was born on March 6, 1964 in Marengo, Iowa. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. She worked in the Elections office for Dubuque County and also at Dan Kruse Warthan.

She was a member of the Teamsters Local 120, the Lions Club and Noon Optimist club.

From 1998 to 2008 Joni was a State of Iowa Foster Adoptive parent.

She is survived by her four children, Eric DeMoss, Joelle Williams, Zak Williams, and Mercedes Williams. Her father Harold Williams and stepmother Virginia. Her life long best friend Lisa Renfrow. Four sisters and one brother; Deb Gilpin, Coleen Scherrer, Lee Gibson, Kim Schmit, and Ray Steege. Many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her aunts Judy Abby, and Mary Eakes, her grandparents and a cousin Jerry "Bommer" Williams.

 



Kevin F. Riniker

Kevin F. Riniker, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home on Monday, September 29, 2014, after a brief illness. To honor Kevin's life funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David McGhee. To celebrate Kevin's life friends and family may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Kevin was born on September 6, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of Aloysius and Joan (Delaney) Riniker.

Kevin attended grade school at St. Patrick's and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. As a teenager he worked at Hoppers Greenhouse for three years. In 1980, Kevin graduated from the welding program at NITI and went to work for International Harvester. He later went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad which eventually became the Canadian Pacific Railroad. When Kevin was young he loved time spent with his grandparents at Turkey River, running through the bottoms or hanging out by the railroad bridge, and also at Estes Point. In his free time Kevin enjoyed riding his Harley, all things "Buenie", researching Riniker family history and agitating his brothers about politics.

Kevin is survived by his children, Cami Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Garrett Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his mother, Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Robert (Traci) Riniker, Jacksonville, FL, Ronald (Marj) Riniker, Dodgeville, WI, Collin (Rita) Riniker, Wichita, KS, Meggan McDermott Schulz, Freeport, IL, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father Aloysius, his maternal grandparents Francis "Bud" and Pearl "Lady" Delaney, his paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Aloysius Riniker Sr. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Kevin F. Riniker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arthur E. Cooper

Arthur E.(A.E.) Cooper, 93, of 2295 Coventry Square, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 29, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. October 1, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor Carter Hill officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner, Iowa. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur was born on April 19, 1921 in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Adelbert "Bert" and Josephine (Anderson) Cooper. He was raised in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School in 1939 where he lettered in basketball and tennis. On November 15, 1952, Arthur married the love of his life, Phyllis Wittenburg in Sumner, Iowa.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII from 1942 until his discharge in 1947. That same year, Arthur moved to Dubuque accepting a position with C.B. Trewin, Inc. He purchased the business from Mr. Trewin in 1953, renaming it Dubuque County Abstract and Title Co. He and his wife have continued to own and operate the business for over 60 years.

Arthur has been a member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club since 1948 and was Past President and Trustee. He was also a member of the Grenlefe Country Club of Haines City, Florida; the governing board of the Iowa State Golf Association; a 25 year member and secretary of both the Dubuque Homebuilders Association and the Dubuque Board of Realtors; the National Association of Realtors; the Iowa Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. 

He was an avid and accomplished golfer, competing for many years in tournaments and golf events throughout the Midwest. Arthur also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis of Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Clewell of Waverly, IA and Grace Thatcher of Iowa City, IA.

An Arthur E. Cooper memorial fund has been established with proceeds going to his favorite charities.
The Family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Arthur.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



John A. Burger

John A. Burger, 71, of New Vienna died Sun. Sept. 28, 2014, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 1, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born August 3, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger.  He joined the Army National Guard where he served nearly six years.  He married Marian Goedken on January 22, 1966, in Petersburg, Iowa.  He worked at the Ertl Toy Company for 29 years, obtaining the position of Die Cast Operations Manager.  After the Ertl Company, he worked at Spec Cast and then became the plant manager at Lund Manufacturing until his retirement in 2009.

John had a larger than life personality with the ability to make people laugh.  When asked how he was he would reply, "Not too bad for a fat, ugly, old man," or "I'm fine, it's the rest of the world that's screwed up!"

Surviving are his wife, Marian, 3 sons: Doug (Shiree) Burger of Strawberry Point, Steve (Monica) Burger of Earlville, and Brian (Nancy) Burger of Petersburg; 5 grandchildren: Autumn Burger, Cody (friend Olivia Connolly) Burger, Nick (friend Leah Osterhaus) Burger, Cole and Ben Burger; siblings: Darlene (Merrill) Smock, Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, William Wolfe, his parents-in-law, Emil and Cyrilla Goedken, in-laws: Dale C. Goedken a.k.a Goedken Dale, and Robert (Joan) Goedken, and a nephew, Richard Smock.

Due to John's lengthy battle with cancer, we would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who have tended to our needs these last 10 years.

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

 

 



Mary Ellen Billington

Mary Ellen Billington, formerly of 40 N Booth St., passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born on August 31, 1933 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Harold and Helene (Mohan) McCarron. She was married to William R. Billington Jr. on January 8, 1955; he preceded her in death on January 2, 1981.

Mary Ellen was employed at St. Anthony's Nursing Home and the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce as a tourist information specialist until her retirement in 2001. She was also the 1st president of the 4th street neighborhood organization.

Surviving are her children, Jon Peter (Sandi) Billington, of Dubuque, Jean (Bob) Urbain of Farley, Jo Perry, of Dubuque, Dennis (Kris) Billington of Readlyn, Iowa and Sara (Dennis) Galle of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren; 33 great- grandchildren; brother, Jon James (Joan) McCarron and a sister-in-law, Bertha (Jake) Sanders.

She was also preceded in death by her father on March 7, 1980, her mother on September 14, 1980; a son, James in infancy on June 4, 1959; and a special friend Clarence Davis on November 25, 2003.

Online condolences may be submitted to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Mary Ellen Billington Memorial Fund is being established.

 



Edward H. Scott, M.D.

Edward H. Scott, MD, MPH, 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on September 21, at Mercy Medical Center, with his family by his side. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 at 5:00 p.m. Private family burial will be at Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis, Iowa at a later date.

Edward was born on July 5, 1942 in Mediapolis, Iowa, son of James and Elsa (Gustafson) Scott. He married Linda Rule on June 11, 1966. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Iowa and served his internship at the Gunderson Clinic until he was called to serve as an epidemiologist during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze star for his service.

Upon returning from the war, he resumed his education, receiving a Master's degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He went on to practice ophthalmology for 36 years at Medical Associates in Dubuque. During this time, he especially enjoyed helping children with ophthalmic problems.

Outside of ophthalmology, Edward had a variety of other intellectual interests. He had a strong love of military history and architecture. He designed the addition to the family home. Edward also enjoyed traveling to other countries to observe and study architecture. He inspired his children to pursue careers in these areas. Edward was a devoted and loving husband and father and he found great joy in his grandchildren.

Edward is survived by his wife, Linda, and their three children; Michael (Nicola) Scott of Dubuque, Ian (Melissa) Scott of Minneapolis, MN , and Colin (Karen) Scott of Dubuque; and five grandchildren, Henry, Neve, Erin, Georgia, and Will. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Elsa Scott.

The family would like to thank all of Edward's friends who were supportive and caring during the difficult time after his stroke. They would also like to thank the physicians at Medical Associates, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, and the caregivers at Ennoble Manor for their care of Edward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Edward's name to the Veteran's Freedom Center or the Lions Club of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Paul Tressel

Paul Tressel, 83, formerly of 451 W 16th St. Dubuque, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 29, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque. Private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. To ensure everyone has a chance to watch the Packer game, friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, at Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. There will be a rosary service at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday following the visitation.

Paul was born on November 28, 1930 in Dubuque, son of John and Josephine (Imhof) Tressel. He married Joan Halverson on October 13, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church Dubuque. Paul graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque and was employed as a Parts Manager at Clemens Motors and Riley Motors.

He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Dubuque Umpire Association. Paul was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed watching the games in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and at home with his family. He also enjoyed golf, especially being part of the Bunker Hill Wednesday night golf league and the Tressel Invitational Tournament. Paul enjoyed walking, playing cards, family reunions and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Paul served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was very happy to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Joan; their chidren; Mark (Cheryl Robey) Tressel, Thomas (Julie) Tressel, Daniel (Jane) Tressel, Steven (Dellane) Tressel, Rose (Dan) LoBianco, Mike (Julie) Tressel, all of Dubuque, and Kathy (Steve) Mullen of West Des Moines, IA; twenty grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother Norbert (Mildred) Tressel of Dubuque; his sisters Lavonne (Al) Bauer of Overland Park, KS, Therese Breen of Detroit, MI, and Germaine (Thomas) Goblirsch of Bakersfield, CA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Tressel of Dubuque, and Loretta Tressel of Richfield, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, George, Allen, and Mark.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Manzel and the staff at Medical Associates for the care they provided.

Memorials may be made to the Paul Tressel Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Janice E. Schardt

Mrs. Lloyd (Janice E.) Schardt, 74, of 3460 Starlite Dr, formerly of East Dubuque, Ill., and the Quad Cities passed away at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Janice was born on Oct. 31, 1939 at Hazel Green, Wi., the daughter of John R. and Merita I. (Redfern) Russell.  She married Lloyd J. Schardt on August 2, 2002 in Dubuque.

She was formerly employed as a teller in the banking industry for over 30 years in the Quad Cities, and later worked at Lowe's in Dubuque and Walmart in Galena, Ill.

Janice enjoyed quilting, crocheting, shopping and the time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Dubuque Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving is her husband Lloyd, four daughters, Pam (Rick) Goodwin of Port Byron, Ill., Lori Holt of East Moline, Valerie (Doug) Oglevie of Arvada, Colo. and Julie Hudson of Moline, Ill., three stepchildren, Gary (Sheri) Schardt of North Liberty, Ia., Luke (Ellen) Schardt of Dubuque and Kelly (Tyler) Kowalski of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, 9-grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and four step grandchildren, a brother Jack (Nancy) Russell of Geneseo, Ill.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Mary Godsey.

Lloyd and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dubuque Nursing & Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care provided to Janice.

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

 

 



Erma M. DeMaio

Erma M. DeMaio, 85, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Committal service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29 at the Mueller Chapel in Linwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Erma was born on October 11, 1928 in Elma, IA the daughter of Fred and Rose (Striech) Bender.She married Charles F. DeMaio in 1948 in Dubuque.

Erma was a talented seamstress and enjoyed embroidering, crocheting and crafting.

Erma loved playing games, especially crossword puzzles and banana grams and was always ready for a friendly competition of board games.

Erma was a past member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Surviving is her husband, Charles; children, Pat (Jim) Kearney, Michael DeMaio, Robert (Tina) DeMaio, Rick (Barb) DeMaio, Terry (Laura) DeMaio,  and Debora (Robert) Reisen; 11 grandchildren, Jay Kearney and Jodi Burchette, Dana, Codi and Jake DeMaio, Jason and Chris DeMaio, Dawn and Nick DeMaio, and RJ and Brandon Reisen; 11 great- grandchildren; and 1 great- great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bruce DeMaio; 6 brothers, Lester, Elroy, Russell, Kenny, Dean and Robert Bender; and a sister, Goldie Pregler.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Erma DeMaio memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Angela, and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to Nurse Ann and Dr. Viner for their compassionate care.



Gary L. Koehler

Gary L. Koehler, 62, of Dubuque passed away peacefully to his next life's journey on September 23, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was surrounded by family, with his loving Wife of 43 years at his side.

A visitation will be held on Sunday September 28, from 3-6pm at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque. There will be a brief visitation before the funeral service from 10-10:45am on Monday September 29th at HolyTrinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque. Funeral service will follow at 11am.

Gary was born November 24, 1951 in Dubuque Iowa. He grew up in Dubuque as a young drummer engaging in countless adventures with his 3 brothers and married his High School sweetheart Sandra Laugesen on July 9th, 1971. As a native Dubuquer, he loved being on the river, fishing, hunting, watching "Da Bears", and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He served on the Board of the Wildwood Association of Maquoketa, and loved to spend time at the camper. His hard work ethic from Flexsteel Industries to Uhlner tool later blossomed to include an embellishment for travel and fun with family and friends. He was a Gary of all trades with a unique affinity for humor. A true role model as a son, father, husband, grandfather, brother, co-worker, and friend. His presence will be missed but never forgotten.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandra Koehler of Dubuque; Sons Adam (Bridget) Koehler of Dubuque, and their children, Mackenzie, Hudson, & Griffin Koehler, and Ben (Leah) Koehler of Dubuque, and their son, Dexter ; Brothers, Scott (Bonnie) Koehler of Colorado, Jeff (Ellen) Koehler of Georgia, Brian Koehler of Oklahoma; Mother In-law Opal (Harlie) Turner of Dubuque; Sister In-law Donna Humke of Dubuque;and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He has joined his parents Edgar and Beverly Koehler and Father In-Law Lorraine Laugesen in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the Gary Koehler Memorial.

The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses of the Iowa City Neurology and Critical Care Units with special Thank you to Dr. Ortega. The effort, care, and general consideration from the staff gave Gary and our family the best possible closing to this chapter of life.

 



Joseph C. Kronlage

Joseph C. Kronlage, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Joe was born Nov. 1, 1922 in Dyersvlle, Iowa, the son of Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Kronlage. He married Verna Lee Klostermann on August 9, 1950 in Dyersville, Iowa. He worked at John Deere for 25 years and farmed west of Dyersville. Most important to Joe were his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved camping and winter vacationing in the south. Joe also enjoyed cars, music and playing his saxaphone and piano.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Verna Lee; 4 sons: Dan (Janet) of West Des Moines, Mark (Mary), Jeff (Debbie), both of Dyersville, and Bob of Cedar Rapids; brother Art of Dyersville; a sister-in-law, Mabel Kronlage of Monticello; grandchildren: Jodi (Paul) Gould, Neil (friend Margaux) Kronlage, Emily Kronlage, Tim (Shelby) Kronlage, Jackie (fiancé P.J.) Kronlage, Maria (Anuar) Benali, Melissa (Josh Thurud) Kronlage and Amanda (friend Tim) Kronlage; and great-grandchildren Jay Gould and Simon Kronlage.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jim; parents Joseph A. and Elizabeth; and siblings Ray, Marie (Rahe), Louis, Leona (in infancy) and Magdalen (Schockemoehl).

We would like to thank Dr. Cao for his compassionate care, Dr. First, and Shady Rest for their wonderful care. Also Hospice of Dubuque, especially Diane.

Memorials preferred to Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Alyce C. Westhoff

Alyce C. Westhoff, 83, formerly of Maquoketa and Delmar, Iowa, died on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Alyce's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Alyce Clara Westhoff was born on January 27, 1931 in Adrian, Minnesota, to Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She graduated from Manchester High School in 1949 where she was active in the school band playing the French Horn. She married James J. Westhoff on October 17, 1951 in Manchester, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2008.

Among many jobs that Alyce held two of her favorites were as a cafeteria worker at the Maquoketa High School and as a retail sales clerk at So-Fro Fabrics in Virginia.

Alyce was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

In retirement, they lived in Delmar, where she and Jim were instrumental in renovating the Delmar Depot, transforming it from a machine shed to a popular museum. Additionally, she enjoyed dancing, sewing, flowers and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Alyce's memory include her children, Andy (Joanne) Westhoff of Jacksonville, FL, Cathie (Steve) Jebsen of Delmar, IA, Connie (and fiancé Jeff Felton) Smith of Jacksonville, FL, John Westhoff of East Dubuque, IL and Jim (Cindy) Westhoff of Greenwood, DE; a sister Rita Dougherty of Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Drew Westhoff, Evan Jebsen, Melissa Westhoff, Michelle Westhoff, Matthew Westhoff, Catherine Smith, Nicholas Jebsen, Robert Westhoff and Delaney Westhoff; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 7 sisters and 2 brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alyce C. Westhoff memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Kelley

Marilyn Jane Kelley, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., and La Crosse, Wisc. died Tuesdsay, September 23, 2014 at home in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque, where friends may also call Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Hazel Green Cemetery.

Marilyn was born on March 24th 1938 in Mount Horeb, WI, the first of four children born to Rolf and Ida (Mickelson) Antonson. She was baptized in the East Blue Mounds church during the last service in that parish spoken in Norwegian. She attended Blue Valley country school before the family moved to Dodgeville in 1951. She graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1955.

Marilyn graduated from the nursing school at Madison General Hospital in 1958. She served as a nurse for 45 years during her long and rewarding career. 

Her nursing career included many years of service at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and Holy Family Hall in Dubuque. She retired from Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI in 2003.

Marilyn married James Patrick Kelley on April 23,1960 at St. Raphael's Chapel, Madison, WI. This loving couple was blessed with four children. He preceded her in death in 1967. The family moved from Des Plaines, IL to Hazel Green, Wisc. in 1977. 

Marilyn is survived by her children Lisa (Steve) Saucke, Boscobel, Deirdre (Scott) Dalsing, Dubuque, and Tim (Kathleen) Kelley, Lincolnshire, IL; seven grandchildren, Michael (Katya), and Kimberley Kelley, Tighe, Taylor and Tierney Dalsing, and Sean and Keira Kelley; two great grandchildren, Aiden and one due next week; a step grandson, Bryan (Melissa) Saucke; two brothers, Lyle (Mary Ann) Antonson, and Dennis (Becky) Antonson, both of Dodgeville, WI, and a sister, Julie Antonson, Prairie du Chien, WI. 

She was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel, in 1977, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, or the Marilyn Jane Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Southwest Tech Foundation, Fennimore, Wisc.

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



Robert W. Kingsley

Robert W. "Bob" Kingsley, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at home of pancreatic cancer.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Church of the Nativity, with Monsignor James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the church until time of funeral mass.

Bob was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Walter and Gladys (Riley) Kingsley. He attended Holy Ghost Grade School and was a graduate of Loras Academy.

He married Kay Markus 58 years ago on Aug. 4, 1956, at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

In his younger years, he served with the 1st Battalion Infantry with the Dubuque Iowa National Guard.

Bob owned Florco Floor Covering for 35 years. He then worked at Carpetland until his retirement in 1997.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Kingsley; four children, Pam (Bruce) Albrecht, of Dubuque, Steve (Wendy) Kingsley, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Lisa (Dave) Kass, of Dubuque, of Craig Kingsley, of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Albrecht, Debi (Mike) Maylum, Matt Kingsley, Kelly Kingsley, Zach (Abbey) Kass, Courtney ( Nick) Nadermann, Ashley (fiance, Peter Baylis) Kass, Audrey Kass, Alyssa Kingsley and Adam Kingsley; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers-in-law; and in-laws, Leroy and Stacia Markus; and a sister-in-law.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Catholic Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Robert C. Stone

Robert C. "Bob" Stone, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6, the Ringing of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department, and the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums to play. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Bob was born on June 6, 1922 in Aurora, IL the son of Charles and Mary (Zuber) Stone.

During high school he was a member Civilian Conservation Corp, where his unit was responsible for the construction of Backbone State Park. He is a US Army Air Force Veteran, serving from 1941 to 1945 in the Europe-Pacific-China Burma India Theater's of War. He was proud that he flew the "Hump".

He married Lorraine Kluck on October 9, 1946 and she preceded him in death on July 28, 2000.

He joined the Dubuque Fire Department in 1952 and retired in 1987. At the age of 62 he received his private pilot license. He was a also member of American Legion Post #6.

He is survived by six children, Michael R. (Diane) Stone, of East Dubuque, Suzann "Suz" (Robert) Birch, of Key West, IA, Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, of Dubuque, Nancy (Dan) Brant, of Dubuque, Mark (Cathy) Stone, of Dubuque, Martin (Lynn) Stone of Lancaster, WI. Fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorraine, and one sister Margaret "Marcie" Richardson, a son-in-law, James "Jim" Potter, a grandson Jared Potter, great grandchild K.J. Donovan.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Mark Moore, and their staff, Hospice of Dubuque, and caretakers Cheryl and Sue for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.

 



Helen M. Sitzmann

Helen Marie Sitzmann, 84 of 1593 White Street passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor, BVM.

Helen was born on May 27, 1930, she spent the first 17 years of her life at St. Mary's Orphanage in Dubuque. This experience gave Helen the desire to raise her five children by showing them strong family values and how to treat others with respect and dignity by her own gentle loving ways. Nothing was more important than family and thru good or bad times she lived her life with complete dedication to her children. She later found her biological family and formed a relationship with them.

She married Gregory George Sitzmann in June of 1953 and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1995.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan and Dallas Cowboys Fan. She liked to play Blackjack, sing soprano, listen to old Country western music and go on cruises and vacations with family. She was also a dedicated member of St Mary's Parish for many Years.

She is survived by her five children, Gregory (Carol) Sitzmann, Mary (Carl) Summers, Sharon Simon, David (Linda Tigges) Sitzmann, and Thomas (Sandy Schnee) Sitzmann, all of Dubuque. Twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, one sister Shirley (Steve) Wilhem and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gregory, a son-in-law Richard B. Simon, a grandson Richard Lee Simon. Siblings Mary Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Slater and Jack Slater.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Runde and his staff, the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care. A very special thank you to Helen's daughter Sharon for caring for her and allowing her to stay in her home these past two years.

 



Phyllis M. Wagner

Phyllis Mary Wagner, age 90 of Dubuque died early Sunday morning, September 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday September 22, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until time of services at the Church.

Phyllis was born on May 25, 1924, the daughter of Albert and Mabel (Rooney) Bauer. She married the love of her life James A. Wagner on October 11, 1947 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She worked for the former Dubuque Fire and Marine Insurance Co., was a avid reader, QVC watcher, and she liked traveling and being with her friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by her three children David (Janice) Wagner, of Dubuque, Patti (John) Whitehead, of Davenport and Karen (Ken) Leubka, of Dubuque her eight grandchildren; Katherine McKeever, Thomas Wagner, Jeffrey Wagner, Kristina Conley, Angela Wakeland, Amy Hospodarsky, Gina Whitehead, Kyle Leubka, twelve great grandchildren and a sister Dorothea Giese, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband Jim.

A Phyllis Wagner memorial fund has been established.

 



LeRoy T. Goldsberry

LeRoy T. "Tom" Goldsberry, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend a Farewell Gathering in remembrance of Tom at 10 A.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial with military honors will be held at Noon on Friday, from the Rock Island National Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

LeRoy Thomas Goldsberry was born on August 11, 1924 in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Roy and Grace (Wilsey) Goldsberry. He grew up in Iowa and received his education in Alabama earning his high school equivalency and certificates in Basic and Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He joined the Navy in 1942 at Great Lakes, Illinois and served his country until receiving his honorable discharge in 1946. He tried to find a job but was unable to find work so he returned to the Navy and served his country admirably with distinction for 6 more years.

After his time in the Navy, Tom began working for the government in the civil service. He worked in Florida at Cape Canaveral with the astronauts on the space shuttles. After 10 years, he missed the midwest and took a job with the Rock Island Arsenal. He also found a wife as well and in 1964 he married Sandy Jean Doxee. During the last 12 years of his employment at the Rock Island Arsenal he worked as an auditor for Arsenals across the United States. This also required Tom to travel all over the country until he retired. He then spent all of his time with his wife Sandy until she died on August 6, 2012. He then moved to Clover Ridge where he became a part of the Clover Ridge Family.

Tom enjoyed antique cars, landscaping, traveling, eating out, watching the world news and visiting with his extended family at Clover Ridge.

Those left to honor Tom's memory include a step-son Brian Davis of Oelwein, IA; cousins Bob and Betty Wilsey of Keokuk, IA, George and Mildred Peddle of Walcott, IA, and Butch and Shirley Neves of Kahoka, MO; special friends June Bush of TX, Bettie Kirkhart of FL and Jim and Laurie Steines of Maquoketa, IA; sister-in-law Jackie Murphy of Rock Island, IL; and his extended family at Clover Ridge in Maquoketa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a step-daughter Jenny Davis.

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

 



Paul J. Simpson

Paul J. Simpson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Zwingle, died on Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa, with military honors.

Paul James Simpson was born on July 7, 1929 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Harry Grant and Anne Marie (Gibbs) Simpson. He grew up in Zwingle on a farm and then served his country in the Korean War. He married Jan Chapman Livens in July of 1983. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2004.

Following an honorable discharge, Paul returned home and farmed the family farm until retiring and moving to Maquoketa in 2004.

Paul was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed farming, his rides in the country, and visiting with friends at the County Line.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include 3 step-children, Stephen (Lynn) Livens of CO, Gene (Rebecca) Livens of TX, and Michael (Paula) Livens of CO; and nieces and nephews, Tom (Lanny) Simpson of Maquoketa, IA, Sherry (Robert) Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA, Phil (Diane) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Pat Denlinger of Maquoketa, IA, Peggy (Craig) Flenker of Maquoketa, IA, Sarah (Tom) Knockel of Dickeyville, WI, and Paul (Jan) Denlinger of OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Joe and a sister Jean Denlinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Zwingle Recreation Association.

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

 



Margaret A. Cramer

Margaret Ann "Marti" (Koob) Cramer, 81, of Dubuque died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where a visitation will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marti was born January 4, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence "Lefty" and Margaret Ann "Mardie" (Donahue) Koob.

She graduated from Visitation Academy and received her bachelor's degree from Clarke College. She then received her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University and worked as a physical therapist for over 50 years.

Marti is survived by three sisters, Karen Dorshkind, Barbee Mills, and Kris (Jim) Noonan, all of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Martie Cramer.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their loving care.

 



Raymond L. Breitsprecker, Sr.

Raymond L. Breitsprecker Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Raymond was born on November 17, 1934 in Iowa City, the son of Henry and Francis (Buchholz) Breitsprecker.
He married Eloise E. Manders on July 23, 1960 in Dubuque.

Raymond worked at John Deere, Dubuque Works and retired in 1989 after 33 years of dedicated employment. Following his retirement from John Deere he worked for Hartig Drug Store for nearly 15 years. Raymond was also a volunteer fire fighter in Sherrill, IA in the early 1970's.
Raymond was a Bears, Vikings and a life-long Cubs fan. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards with his friends and family, being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.

Some of Raymond's most valued times were being with his wife and best friend, Eloise and with his children and grandchildren, who he loved to tease and laugh with. His unbreakable bond he built with his son, Ray Jr. and grandsons Thom and Levi was unmatched. They always looked forward to spending time together, especially during hunting season when they would hunt almost every Sunday.

Raymond had a huge heart and a lot of compassion for others. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise; 3 children, Doris Friebel, Raymond Jr, (Thelma) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque, and Jennifer (Darren) Berthel, of Bellevue; 7 grandchildren, Nicole and Josh Friebel, Thom, Amanda, and Brandy Breitsprecker, and Danah and Levi Berthel; 2 step- grandchildren, Andrea and Austin Hansen; 3 great- grandchildren, Sean, Griffin and Brayden; 1 step great -grandchild, Easton; 3 brothers, Harold (Jean) Breitsprecker, of Dubuque, Ed Breitsprecker of Potosi, WI., and Henry (Chris) Breitsprecker, of Kenosha, WI.; 2 sisters, Lavon McKeon, of Darlington, WI. and Donna Farley, of Dubuque; 1 brother-in-law, John (Pam) Manders, of Appleriver, WI; 2 sisters-in-law, Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker and Sue (Huss) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque; an aunt, Edna Buchholz and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gerald and Fred; sister, Irene Graves; 3 brothers-in-law, Donald McKeon, Jake Graves and Robert Farley; sisters-in-law, Fern Breitsprecker and a niece, Susan Breitsprecker.

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

A Raymond Breitsprecker memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, especially nurse Sandy, and Amy J. of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Robert Crowley

Robert Crowley, 70, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died on August 19, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Bob was born December 5, 1943 in Dubuque, IA to Pauline (Morman) Crowley and Wendell Edward Crowley. He attended St. Patrick's School, Loras Academy, and Wahlert High School, before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. In Dubuque he played on local basketball and baseball teams, remaining an avid baseball fan throughout his life. He lived in Wickenburg, Arizona and Los Angeles, California before settling in New York, where he pursued a career as a stand-up comedian. He had lived in Albany for the past 20 years.

Bob is survived by his brother James Crowley and sister-in-law Catherine of Rye Brook, NY; his brother Charles Crowley and sister-in-law Carol of Ithaca, NY. To mourn his loss, he leaves behind nieces Patricia (Rye Brook, NY), Julia (Greenwich, CT) and Aileen (Nashville, Tennessee), Amy (Lavalle, MD), Rebecca (West Stockbridge, MA), Courtney (Plant City, FL), Kristi Mowery (Plant City, FL) and one nephew Gary (Winchester, VA).

His youngest brother Gary of Plant City, Florida, predeceased him in 2007.

Arrangements were made by Tebbutt and Frederick Funeral Home, Albany, NY (518-489-4451). The burial occurred at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.



Francis L. McDonough

Francis L. "Mac" McDonough, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, September 22nd, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday September 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mac was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Charles J. & Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He married Mary Alicia Meyer on June 17, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1955. He later married Jan Martin on May 6, 1961 at Nativity Church.

He graduated from St. Patrick's grade school and Loras Academy, Class of 1945. He served with the Army in Korea from 1946-1947. He was employed by Crescent Electric Supply Company in Dubuque for 48 years, retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. He was a lifelong, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was a member of St. Joseph's (Key West) Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer Adoration Chapel and Pilgrim Virgin Honor Guard, and American Legion Post 6.

Mac's faith and family were very important to him. He enjoyed the Wednesday morning breakfast with his siblings. He kept his sense of humor to the very end. He will be greatly missed.
Family requests prayers instead of flowers. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph, Key West, or The Power of Prayer, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan. His children, Kevin (Pok Sun) McDonough of Plumas Lake, CA; Colleen (Bill) Pasnik of Dubuque; Kelly (Philip) Davis of Chanhassen, MN; three grandchildren, Alex Enroth, Jensina & Nate Davis; his brothers, Lou, Tom (Connie), & Bill of Dubuque, his sisters, Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and newborn daughter, his brother Jack, and in-laws Frances, Geri, and Rita McDonough, Loras Grant, Jim & Judy (Martin) Rettenmeier, and F.A. & Marcella Martin.

 



Doris B. Whelan

Doris B. Whelan, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 10:10 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris was born on April 27, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Katherine (Meyer) Breitbach.

Doris was raised in North Buena Vista. She married John "Bob" Whelan on January 23, 1943, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2003. Doris was a member of the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, quilting, dancing and playing cards, especially Euchre. Doris had a green thumb and loved roses. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her children, J. Pat (Linda) Whelan, Fayette, IA, Joyce (Don) Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Kathleen (Dale) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Paulette) Whelan, Muskogee, OK, Sandra (Kevin) Hancock, Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Shirley Brimeyer, Manchester, IA, Mary (Don) Ludovissy, Dave (Mary Lynn) Breitbach, all of North Buena Vista, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two daughters, Patricia Ann and Jean, three sons, Steven, Daniel and Robert Michael, a grandson, Scott Riniker, a sister Ann Marie Jestel and two brothers, James and Patrick Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially the Sunshine Valley Wing, and the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital emergency room and the ICU for their wonderful care of Doris.

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

 



Karen K. Young Wohlers

Karen K. Young Wohlers, 72, of Asbury and formerly of Dyersville went home to be with Jesus at 4:03 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque after her second bout with cancer.

Friends ay call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Friends and relatives may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Wed., Sept. 24, at the Journey Assembly of God Church at 3939 Pennsylvania Ave. in Dubuque where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, IA.

Karen was born May 15, 1942, in Garrison, IA the daughter of Milvoy and Emma (Jesina) Kaufman

She married James A. Young on Oct. 7, 1961, at the Assembly of God Church in Vinton, IA.  He preceded her in death on January 2, 1999.  She married Donald R. Wohlers on Oct. 25, 2003, at the Journey Assembly of God Church in Dubuque, IA.

Karen is survived by her husband, Donald Wohlers, children of both marriages: Christine and Luke Wohlers of Dyersville, Margie (Kevin) Wheeler of Mosinee, WI, Randy J. (Kathy) Young of Greeley, IA, and Cindy (Mike "Smiley") Kramer of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James A. Young, and a brother, Dave Kaufman.

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

 

 



Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf

Joan Elizabeth (Foust) Arensdorf, 90, of 9747 Arensdorf Road, Zwingle, Iowa, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at home due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Joan was born on June 12, 1924, the daughter of Rudolph and Henrietta (Pancratz) Foust. She graduated from public school and attended St. Clara Academy.

She married Leo Arensdorf on Nov. 19, 1941 and together they farmed in the Andrew, LaMotte, Zwingle, Iowa area and Dickeyville, Wis., while raising eleven children.

She loved her family, her married life of 51 years and her church with a strong devotion to the rosary. A favorite pastime was attending auctions and bringing home countless treasures.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Holy Rosary, La Motte and St. Joseph Key West churches.

Surviving are five sons, Martin (Sonja), Arensdorf, of Dubuque, IA, Leonard Arensdorf, of Rockford IL, Larry (Sandy) Arensdorf, of Maquoketa IA, Daniel (Lou Ann), of Dubuque, IA, and Neal (Jolene), of Spring Green, WI; four daughters, Mary Joan (James) Gothard, of Walnut, IL, Alice (Jon) Davis, of Galena, IL, Ruth (Steve) Arlen, of Zwingle IA, and Nancy (Dean) Herbst, of Dubuque, IA; 36 grandchildren,56 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers Carlos (Mary) Foust, of Zwingle, IA, and Eugene (friend Ceil), Foust, of Cascade, IA; and her close friends Johnny and Dorothy Chesney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, on Nov. 14, 1992; two sons, Jimmy and Sam; a grandson, James Arensdorf; a granddaughter, Stacy Arensdorf; great-granddaughter Lucy Smith; her brothers, Martin, Quinten & John Fred; and sisters Emily Herron and Janet Kemp; brothers-in-law Howard Herron and Al Kemp; and sisters-in-law Geri Foust & Jean Foust.

Thank you to Ann, Debbie, and Britt who assisted my family in home care during my illness, Dr. Andrea Ries and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan A. Johnson

Joan A. Johnson, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services.

Joan was born on Sept. 27, 1937 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary (Clancy) Thomas. She worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her animals and especially her dog "Mi Mi".

She is survived by eight children, Jeff (Cindy) Thomas, Robert (Judy) Johnson, Dixie (Jerry) Starkey, Melvin (Cindy) Johnson, Rick (Bonnie) Johnson, Jackie (Steve Tucker) Moeller, Julie Lembke and Kim (Bruce) Martelle; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ellen Williams and Patty Coffman; and a brother, William "Doc" Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James; a daughter, Debbie Finger; a brother, John; and sisters Pauline Donath and Rosie Renard.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkeldall and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Loyola E. Morgan

Loyola E. Morgan, 97, of California, formerly of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on September 9, 2014 in California. Private family burial was held in California.

Loyola was born on May 5, 1917, in Bankston, Iowa, the daughter of Benedict and Mary (Jarding) Heiberger. She married Howard Morgan on March 31, 1940.

Among the survivors are her sister, Elaine Klein, of Dubuque, Iowa; and a brother, John (Jean) Heiberger, of Epworth, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; her son, Gary (Dagmar) Morgan, and two grandsons, of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; stepmother Kathleen Heiberger; her sisters, Rosemary Pins and Eleanor Sigwarth, and a sister in infancy.



Ethel Cherioli

Ethel Cherioli, 92, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at her residence. Private family burial services will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel was born on June 17, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edmund and Mary (O'Neill) Powers. She married Hugh W. Cherioli in 1942, and worked in the Dubuque County Engineer's office for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

She is survived by 4 children: daughters Mary Catherine Turner and Christine Cherioli, both of Dubuque, and sons Hugh Cherioli Jr. and Michael (Julie) Cherioli, both of California; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, on Sept. 6, 1981; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cherioli; three brothers, John, Paul, and James; and three sisters, Catherine Wright, Elizabeth Ball, and Mary Rita "Tiny" Powers.



Mark A. Adams

Mark A. Adams, age 57, of Dubuque and formerly of Griswold, IA, and Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at home.

Private family services are being held to honor Mark's life. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mark was born on March 20, 1957, in Griswold, IA, son of Darrell Adams and Linda (Cramer) Adams. Mark graduated from high school in Griswold in 1975, and later attended IT School. Mark began working for IBM in Dallas, TX, and was employed with IBM in Dubuque for the past 6 years.

He married Wanda (Roberts) Gruska on May 8, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ. Mark was an avid fisherman and an accomplished woodworker who was known for his intricate scroll work. He had struggled with alcoholism in the past and was very proud to have celebrated 13 years of sobriety. Mark was an Angel here on earth, and he will be greatly missed.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Adams, Dubuque, IA; his son, Ross (Joy) Adams, Dodge City, KS; his 2 grandchildren, Kristopher and Trinity Adams; his step-daughters, Andrea (Rick) Tomada, San Diego, CA, Alice Gruska, Carnegie, PA, and Elizabeth (Derrick) Crabtree, Harrisonburg, VA; his mother, Linda Meek, Mountain Home, AR; his father and step-mother, Darrell and Delores Adams, Griswold, IA; his sister, Denise Crabtree, Phoenix, AZ; his 3 nephews, Scott and Brent Williams and Colton Crabtree; and his great-niece, Layla Williams.

Mark was preceded in death by two uncles, Dwight and David Adams.

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



Dolores N. Deutmeyer

Dolores N. Deutmeyer, 100, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dolores was born April 24, 1914, in Dyersville, the daughter of Joseph and Lenore (Wedewer) Schlarmann. She attended St. Francis Xavier School and helped out at home until she married Gregor Tegeler on April 24, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1943. She later married Hubert Geistkemper on Feb. 13, 1954. He preceded her in death in 1975. Dolores then married Edmund Deutmeyer on April 20, 1976. He also preceded her in death, in 1986.

Dolores had a very outgoing personality. Everyone was her friend and she put others first. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting and crocheting. Dolores made many afghans and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed doing this until Macular Degeneration set in. She had a lot of "bumps in the road" in her life and still she didn't complain.

Her religion meant a lot to her. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin. The biggest honor was to have the "Corpus Christi" procession come to her house and know the Lord was present on her porch. Father Petty started this tradition in 1993 which lasted 20 years, after which time Dolores moved into the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

Survivors include her son, Herb J. Tegeler of Dyersville, and daughter, Mary Jean "Toots" (Henry) Westhoff of New Vienna; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and another on the way in September; one brother, Joseph (Madeline) Schlarmann, and a sister, Anna Mae (Loras) Kieffer, both of Dubuque. 

She is also survived by members of the Tegeler family: Lucille Overmann, Don (Cathy) Tegeler, all of Dyersville; Bernice Holub of Prairieburg, Fritz Bries of Epworth, Bev Tegeler of Bellevue, and Bob Fishel of Edgewood.

Survivors of the Deutmeyer family are: Frank (Joyce) Deutmeyer of Florida, Fred (Bonnie) Deutmeyer, Marilyn (Gerry) Prier, all of Dyersville, Iva Ungs of Monticello, Carol (Fred) Vorwald of New Vienna, Joyce (Bill) Brennan of Cedar Rapids, Ken (Margie) Deutmeyer of Guttenberg and Leon Deutmeyer of Winthrop.

Survivors from the Geistkemper family are: Ethel Pins and Daniel (Sandy) Geistkemper, all of Dyersville, Dorothy (Harold) Lake of Manchester, Joan Ament of Gilbertville and Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper of Savanna, Illinois.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; a daughter-in-law, Doris Tegeler; and siblings Clarence (Malita) Schlarmann, Louis (Mary) Schlarmann, Jerome (Rita) Schlarmann, Cletus and Robert Schlarmann and Eugene (Imelda) Schlarmann.

Those preceding her in death from the Tegeler family include: Reynold (Irene) Tegeler, Gilbert (Sedelle) Tegeler, Helen (Bill) Kramer, Patricia Tegeler, Elmer (Edna) Tegeler, Herb Platz and Norma Platz Deppe, Lawrence Deppe, Marcie Bries, Leona (August) Gudenkauf, Earl Holub, Tony Tegeler, Dorothy Tegeler Hoeger and Irvin Overmann.

Preceding her in death from the Deutmeyer family are: Phil Deutmeyer, Marvin Ungs and Dick Klostermann.

Those preceding her in death from the Geistkemper family are: Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, Jerome Pins, Eleanore (John) Hoeger, Margie Geistkemper, Marie Geistkemper, Tom Ament and Ray (Millie) Geistkemper.

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



Dale F. Driscoll

Dale F. Driscoll, 75, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Andrew and Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 8 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. Services for Dale will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born September 29, 1938 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Leon and Bertha (Kirsch) Driscoll. He received his elementary education at Sacred Heart School in Fillmore, IA and graduated from the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade. On January 8, 1966 he was united in marriage to Rita Weber at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, IA. The couple farmed in the Fillmore area. Dale was also a Livestock Buyer.

He loved all animals. He enjoyed fishing, trail riding, playing cards especially euchre, raising his fox hounds, and helping his daughter with her show cattle for the 4-H shows. He loved to go out to dinner with family and friends, and was known to truly have the "Gift of Gab."

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, IA, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

He is survived by his wife Rita Driscoll of Cascade; a daughter, Julie (Driscoll) & John Cooke of Ryan; three step-grandchildren, Cody, Keshia and Kayla; a brother, Ernie (Jeanne) Driscoll of Cascade; one nephew, Mark Driscoll; a niece, Molly (Otto) Krueger; his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Mary Weber of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlene & Steve Turnis of Dubuque, Linda & Norb Kutsch of Sherrill, Ray Weber Jr. of Bellevue, Lucy & Rod Vogel of Indianola, Mary & Dr. Paul Fowler of Ocney, MD; and 11 nieces and nephews..

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Loras Driscoll.

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

 



John W. O'Toole

John W. "Jack" O'Toole, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 15, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 18th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

John was born on October 9, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Josephine (Galvin) O'Toole.

He is a US Army Veteran. He married Joyce Coyle on October 16, 1963 in Dubuque, and worked for Dubuque John Deere for many years until retirement.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeye and Fighting Saints fan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, two children; Molly (Bill) Carpenter, of Dubuque, and Sean (Erin) O'Toole, of Gilbert, Arizona. Six grandchildren, Kayla, Billy, Brock Carpenter, Jackson, Nolan, and Josie O'Toole. Siblings; Joe (Dorothy) Benzer of Cedar Rapids, and Bob (Joann) Benzer, Scottsdale, Arizona, his loving companion "Muffy" and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, a sister Mary Jo Atchison, and brothers Dave and Marty O'Toole

The family wishes to thank Dr. Regan Wolbers and her nurse Laurie, Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie and the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine and to Megan Schmitt of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

 



Cory D. Hoover, Jr.

Cory David Hoover Jr., infant son of Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover, Sr. of Monmouth, Iowa, received his angel wings on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Memorial services are pending and will be announced at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cory David Hoover Jr. is survived by his parents, Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover Sr. of Monmouth, IA; siblings Dakota, Michael and Justice; maternal grandmother Paula Galusha of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents Deb and Roger Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandfather Jerry Galusha of Clinton, IA; aunts, Angie Hoover and Stacey Widener; and an uncle Dennis Anderson. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother Helen Galusha and his maternal great-grandmother Erana Galusha, and his uncle David C. Anderson Jr.

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

 



Julie R. Johnson Shanahan

Julie Roxene Johnson Shanahan, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be on Sunday, September 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service held at 4:30p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

Julie was born on June 8, 1949 in Long Beach, CA to William C. and Peggy (Corser) Johnson. She married Loras Shanahan on July 24, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked at Ponderosa for six years and Wendy's for six years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Loras, sons; David (Becky) Haynes and Jason (Tina) Haynes. Step son Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan, step daughters; Kathy Shanahan, Krista (Mike) Torrey Her grandchildren; Jessica, Jonathan, Crystal, Alli, Matt, Trisha, C.J., Tia, Cody, Keighan and Nick. Great grandchildren, Brody and Brycen. Her brother Bill Johnson and sister, Laurie Kaupang. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Eulaine (Jim) Hutchcroft, Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, Bob Timmerman, Ginny (Jerry) Heim, Mary (George) Felderman, Chuck (Mary) Shanahan and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother parents, daughter Carrie Shanahan, mother and father-in-law Isabell and John Shanahan, sister-in-law Ann Timmerman and brother-in-law Pat Shanahan.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ronald Schope and nurse Lauri, Dr. Sudhir Koneru for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Shanahan memorial fund has been established.

 



Robert E. Decker

Robert E. Decker, 85 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Robert was born in rural Dubuque County on April 23, 1929. His parents were Nicholas and Clara Decker.

He spent his life as a dairy farmer in the Bernard and Cascade Iowa area. He was one of the first organic dairy farmers in the state of Iowa in the early 1970's.

One of his joys in life after retiring from farming was participating in the Foster Grandparent program from 2005 to 2012 at the Marshall Elementary School in Dubuque. He helped children with reading and math, and always said that he learned more from them than what he could teach them.

Robert is survived by his brother Steve Decker and his sisters Ruth Decker and Alice Kruser, nine children Leonard (Libby) Decker, Janaan (Glenn) Anderson, Wayne (Penny) Decker, Nancy (Larry) Thompson, Jude (Bob) Ward, Deb (Don) Kirby, Barbara (Jeremy) Kass, Tina (Dave) Ries, Roger Decker, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy McCarthy, Leota Niederhauser, Marion Russow, and his granddaughter Karla Dolphin.

In honor of Robert, memorials may be sent to Project Concern for Foster Grandparent Program, 1789 Elm St. Suite B, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Our family would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the excellent caregivers at Stonehill Care Center, the staff at Alverno Apartments who became his extended family, and the exceptional care from Dr. Schreiber and his staff.

 



Kenneth R. Vander Meulen

Kenneth R. "Van" Vander Meulen, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Kenny's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Kenny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kenny was born on July 14, 1931, in Dubuque, son of John A. Vander Meulen and Eleanora A. "Nora" (Junk) Vander Meulen.

Kenny was a 1949 graduate of Loras Academy. He worked as a meat processor for Dubuque Packing Co. for 43 years until his retirement in 1993. Kenny was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Local 150 UFCW, Dubuque County Right to Life, the NRA, 2 years Fatima Pilgrim Virgin and 30 years with Perpetual Adoration Society. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying gardening, fishing, and hunting waterfowl and wild game. Kenny was a devoted father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his 9 children and everyone who knew and loved him, especially his long time love, "Schatzie".


Kenny is survived by his love of 35 years, Margarete Mary "Schatzie" Martin, Dubuque, IA; his children: Bonnie J. (J.D.) Beenken, Milwaukee, WI; Russel G. Vander Meulen, Dubuque, IA; Holly J. (Bryan) Steen, Necedah, WI; David R. Vander Meulen, LaCrosse, WI; Brian A. Vander Meulen, Big Flats, WI; Lisa J. (Mark) Judycki, Chicago, IL;  Tina M. (Joseph) Boissonneault, Arkdale, WI; Nola A. (Adrian) O'Donoughue, Singapore; Neil J. Vander Meulen, Tampa Bay, FL; his 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Kenny will also be greatly missed by many friends, especially Rich and Tommy Jahn and Bob Martin.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Verlyn L. Vander Meulen; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaden and Bentley; and his former wife, Jeanette E. (Manemann) Vander Meulen.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Kenny.

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

 



Joseph W. Beck

Joseph W. Beck, 91, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be 1 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by Bellevue American Legion Post #273. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Joseph was born May 17, 1923 in Zwingle, Iowa, son of Leo and Margaret (Driscoll) Beck. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Oakland during WW II. The two things that he was most proud of were his family and his time in the Navy.

On May 15, 1946 he married Rita Dehner at the Church of the Nativity. They enjoyed over 68 years of married life.

He worked as an assembler at John Deere until his retirement and was a Special Deputy under Sheriff John Murphy for many years.

He was a music lover who enjoyed a good brandy and coke. He played the Stumpf fiddle at family parties and for the residents at Stonehill Care Center. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed going to sporting events of his children and grandchildren.

Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #510, Bellevue American Legion Post #273, UAW Local #94, and the Church of the Resurrection.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Beck, of Dubuque; four children, William (Debbie) Beck of Kanata, Ontario, Joyce (Jerry) Schissel of Dubuque, Kenneth (Debby) Beck of Asbury, and Kevin (Kim) Beck of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Geoff and Adam Beck, Ashley (Eric) Dickson, of Ontario, Shawna (Mike) Poppen of Dubuque, Toby (Laura) Schissel of Mason City, Iowa, Luke Schissel of Bettendorf, Iowa, Robert Beck of Des Moines, Iowa and Jonathan (Elizabeth) Beck of La Crosse, Wisc., and A.J. and Riley Beck of Dubuque; seven great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Abigail Beck of Ontario, Blake Dickson of Ontario, Ella and Ava Poppen of Dubuque, and Will and Olivia Schissel of Mason City; a sister, LaVonne (Les) Schilling, of Burlington, Iowa; brothers and sisters in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lynn Marie Beck; one brother, Milton Beck; and two sisters, Leota Hetzler and Monica Christ.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Joseph's name.

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

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



Geneva Dingbaum

Geneva Dingbaum, 96, of New Vienna died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a VFW Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Geneva was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Marion, IL, the daughter of Nicola and Josephine (Madonia) Raitano.  She married Edwin G. Dingbaum on March 3, 1946, in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

Geneva was employed as a secretary in Chicago for 10 years.  She worked for 20 years at Kerper General Store in New Vienna and after retiring was a library aide at Hennessy School in New Vienna.  She was a member of the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736 Auxiliary, the St. Boniface Church and its Holy Rosary Society.

She is survived by 7 children: Joseph (Sigrid) Dingbaum of Rodgau, Germany, Robert (Beth) Dingbaum of West Branch, Paul Dingbaum of Dubuque, Tim (Diane) Dingbaum of Iowa City, Dina (Gary) Kempthorne of Dubuque, Mary Doughty of Waterloo and Nicolette (fiance Ron Ellis) Heer of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Frances Lisner of Westfield, WI; in-laws; Irvin (Mary) Dingbaum of Oelwein, Rosemary Pasker of Manchester, Richard Kluesner of Farley and Elsie Dingbaum of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Martin, a son-in-law, Dale Doughty, siblings: Jenny (Tony) Bonano, Lily (Joe) Kukla, Angeline (Don) Myers, Sam (Mary), Jack (Jenny), Joe (Gloria) Raitano, and a brother Joseph and a sister, Anna in childhood.

Her parents-in-law, Joseph and Bernadine (Nefzger) Dingbaum, in-laws: Bernard Lisner, Antoinette (Joe) Pasker, Henrietta Kluesner, Leonard and Luvern Dingbaum, Betty (Robert) Luensman, Luella (John) Pasker, William Pasker.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor for their loving care of Geneva.

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

 

 



Merlin H. Hilby

Merlin H. Hilby, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at St. Mary's 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 - 8 p.m. on Monday and from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Merlin was born on July 23, 1936 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Leo and Sophia (Wubben) Hilby.  He married Eileen Havertape on June 14, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI.

He was formerly employed at Sadler Power Train in Dubuque, drove for the Sinsinawa Dominicans and was a route driver for the Telegraph Herald.

Merlin served in the Army from 1956-1957.  He loved fishing, watching his grandchildren in sports and other activities and helping family and friends with mechanical needs.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish where he formerly worked their bingo program, the Holy Name Society and East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council #7527.

Surviving are his wife, Eileen,; three children, Gary (Lori) Hilby, of East Dubuque, Glen Hilby, of Hazel Green, WI and Lisa (Matt) Schuster, of LaMotte, IA; ten grandchildren, Jason (fiancé Katie Hoppman), Andy and Tyler Hilby, Ashley (friend Ryann Kueter), Joey (fiancé Becca Schiehlein), Nick and Amanda Hilby, Nathan, Marissa and Ben Schuster, and one great-grandson, Landon; his siblings, Rosetta (Wayne) Arand, of Stillman Valley, IL, Cletus (Lois) Hilby, of Menominee, IL, Rita (Louis) Berning, of Hazel Green, WI, Kenneth (Jan) Hilby, of Menominee and Lorraine Wills, of Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg, in 1963; a sister, Viola Scharpf; three brothers-in-law, LaVerne Wills, Bob Scharpf and Donald Havertape; and his father-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marie (Timmerman) Havertape.

Eileen and family wish to give thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan for the wonderful care provided to Merlin.

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

 

 



Patrick J. McPoland

Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland, age 50, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:31 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Epworth, IA.

Pat was born on March 14, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, son of John "Jack" and Mary "Betty" (Schmerbach) McPoland.

Pat graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1989. He was employed at Rentech Nitrogen Plant in East Dubuque. Pat will be remembered for his sense of humor and his work ethic. He enjoyed the outdoor life, especially hunting and fishing.

Pat is survived by his children, Zachary McPoland, Taylor McPoland, Terry McPoland, Conner Kramer, all of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Evelyn, Gage, Adriana and Payton, his parents, Jack and Betty McPoland, Epworth, IA, his siblings, Mark (Jodie) McPoland, Epworth, IA, Lori (Gary) Milledge, Jodi (Douglas) Warden, both of Dubuque.

Pat was preceded in death by his grandparents, William (Mary) McPoland and Otto (Loretta) Schmerbach.

In lieu of flowers, a Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary E. Mess

Mary E. Mess, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:08 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2014, at Bethany Home surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Behr's funeral home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on April 3, 1919, in New Diggings, WI, daughter of Leo and Florence (Fields) Piper. 

Mary married William Mess on August 26, 1943, in New Orleans, LA. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1971. Mary was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She later went to work bartending at various places for 12 years. Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. In her free time she enjoyed going dancing, fishing, bowling and spending time with her family and friends. Mary deeply adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by her children, Donna (Eugene) Hingtgen, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Carolyn) Mess, Dubuque, IA, and Claude "Buck" (Dawn) Mess, Kieler, WI; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings John (Patty) Piper, Dubuque, IA, and Raymond (Karen) Piper, Horicon, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Judy Pregler; her five sisters, Virginia, Alberta, Kathleen, Freda and Rose Marie; and her six brothers, Norvel "Buster," Claude, Bill, Joseph, Cletus "Riley" and James Piper.

A Mary E. Mess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, especially Shelley, for all their outstanding and wonderful care of Mary.

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



Clarence Geerts

Clarence Geerts, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Clarence Geerts was born on Jan. 13, 1926 in Garden Plane, Ill., to Jabes and Josephine (Zerup) Geerts. He was educated in Illinois and then served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1947. He married Mary Lou Farr on August 16, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Iowa.

Clarence was a farmer. He first rented farms near Clinton, Goose Lake and Elwood. In 1953 he purchased a farm south of Elwood and continued to operate it until retiring in 2013.

Clarence was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Wyoming Country Club and the Izaak Walton League in DeWitt. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting hats and arrowheads, gardening, woodworking, bowling, and mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Clarence's memory include his wife, Mary Lou Geerts of Maquoketa, IA; children Brad (Kandi) Geerts of El Paso, IL, Roger (Lynn) Geerts of Davenport, IA, Joy (Michelle Tredway) Keeney of Des Moines, IA, and Jolee (Pat) Barnes of Palmyra, MO; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Penny) Geerts, of Elwood, IA; and a sister, Mary Woods, of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Cliff Geerts, and sisters Gertrude Morthland, Dorothy Englins, Luella Good and Lucille DeVoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clarence Geerts memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald Rahe

Ronald "Rooter" Rahe, 73, of Earlville, Iowa died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa, following his courageous battle with cancer. His favorite saying at Manor care was "It could be worse."

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Kramer Funeral
Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #137.

Ron was born May 11, 1941 in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Leo and Marie (Kronlage) Rahe. He attended St. Peter and Paul School. Ron served in the Army Reserves for six years. He farmed in the Petersburg area with his brothers Steve and Chuck. Ron enjoyed softball and bowling. He was a kind and caring person who would offer a helping hand to anyone.

Survivors include his siblings: Dick (Judy) Rahe of Dubuque, Rose Ann (Jerry) Burkle; Bob (Rita) Rahe and Paul (Grace) Rahe of Dyersville; Steve (Jeanne) Rahe of Earlville and Marilee (Dean) Stoline of Gaithersburg, MD; Connie (Paul) Wedewer of Aurora, CO; Charles (Bev) Rahe of Petersburg, Margie Rahe of Iowa City; Dave (Melinda) Rahe of Georgetown, TX, 33 nieces, nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Dena Rahe.

The Rahe family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, especially Edna.

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

 



Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM, age 93, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. To honor Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, September 15, 2014 in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Monday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Immediately following the wake Monday morning, a prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Genevieve was born on January 29, 1921 in Greenfield, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Kathleen (Anstey) Kordick. Her first profession was on March 19, 1941 and her final profession was on August 15, 1946.

Sister Genevieve was a preschool and elementary school teacher in Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois; Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa. She was a director for the North Des Moines Senior Center and activities director for the elderly, Willis Adult Care, Des Moines.

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years. She is also survived my several Nieces and Nephews.

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

 



Janet A. Freiburger

Janet A. Freiburger, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 9:00 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd.

Janet was born on June 16, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of LeRoy and Alice (Kruse) Dalbkermeyer. On June 23, 1964, she married Ronald N. Freiburger at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. Janet was a homemaker until 1983 when she and Ron established Ron Freiburger Electric, and worked alongside as an electrician with her husband. Her daughter owns a wedding decorating company and she helped out decorating on the weekends.

After her retirement, Janet worked as a sub alongside her daughter in food service at Kennedy School. She loved her family and always gave a helping hand. Her saying was a lot of hands make light work. She was always happy and content and loved entertaining and cooking for family gatherings and friends.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Ronald N. Freiburger; her daughter Michelle (Ron) Switzer Jr.; 2 granddaughters, Nicole (Cody) Schmitt and Tiffani Switzer and her brother, Roger (Shirley) Dalbkermeyer all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Janet A. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

The Freiburger family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Darlene R. Koethe

Darlene R. "Dot" Koethe, 78, of Applewood III Apartments, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Her funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11983 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Friday at the Funeral Home. 

Darlene was born on November 2, 1935 the daughter of Aaron and Olga (Hammerand) Koethe. She was employed at Lange Plastics, The University of Dubuque. Dot then owned and managed Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop for over 20 years.

After retirement Dot had the pleasure to become caretaker for her nieces Erin and Amanda; which she immensely enjoyed. This endeavor prompted her to start her own in-home child care. Throughout those years she assisted many working parents to raise their families; shaping their character and creating long-lasting "memories". Each and every child has their own "special" story from time spent with "Dot". 

Surviving are her great -nieces, Erin Gustafson and Amanda Prado; brothers, Irvin (Lu) Koethe, Duane "Dewey" (Sarah) Koethe, and LeMar (Jennifer) Koethe; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Eldon (Irma) Koethe.

A Darlene Koethe memorial fund has been established.

To leave an online condolence or a special memory please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Kristen Nelson, the 4th floor medical/surgical nursing staff at Finley Hospital, her many close and loyal friends including those most recent acquaintances at Applewood III.



Kenneth D. Jarvis

Kenneth D. Jarvis, 91, of Dubuque, and formerly of Hastings, MN, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, with his family by his side.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Kenneth Bickel will officiate. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Friends may also greet the family from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ken was born July 6, 1923 in Canton, Oklahoma, the son of Orville and Mary (DeWitt) Jarvis. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Medic during WWII. Ken married Betty L. Dannels on December 3, 1944 at First Methodist Church, Havana, KS. They moved to Dubuque in 1973 from Hastings, MN. Betty preceded him in death on August 12, 2000.

Ken was a longtime member of Grandview United Methodist Church. He was President of Phoenix Chemical Company (currently Rentech) for over 20 years until his retirement in 1993.

Ken enjoyed pheasant hunting, being outdoors, and spending time at the family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. He was a devoted family man and loved his children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include his children: Terry L. (Linda) Jarvis and Jerry L. Jarvis, both of Hastings, MN, and Kendra (Ken) Kunkel of Dubuque; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and a sister, Velma Hopper of Wichita, KS.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his first born son, Larry; and several brothers and sisters. Memorials by may be made to the Kenneth Jarvis Memorial Fund. The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Abele and the staff at Mercy Cardiology Unit for their care of Ken.

 



Betty L. Johnson

Betty L. (Decker) Johnson, 84, of Dubuque, formerly of Denver, Colorado and Bernard, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Visitation will be at 9:00a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Key West, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30a.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was the daughter of Laurence and Teresa (Takes) Decker and was born in Dubuque on Aug. 31, 1930. She grew up on the family farm in Bernard and graduated from St. Patrick's in North Garryowen.

Betty married Jack Johnson on Jan. 10, 1957, and moved to Colorado where they raised 4 children. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1997.

Betty will be remembered for her fierce love for her children, grandchildren and family. Over the years she welcomed many visitors into her Colorado home and was happiest in the company of family and friends. In addition to what she felt was her most important job, that of being a mother, she enjoyed managing the Book Nook at Church of the Risen Christ and working as a secretary at St. Catherine's parish, both in Denver. Betty was independent, hard-working and not afraid to speak her mind. She was a voracious reader, adventurous, a compassionate listener who cared deeply about the well-being of others and was known to contribute to the casino's profits on several occasions. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by 4 children, Teri (Ken) Weber, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Robert (Nancy) Johnson, of Carbondale, Colorado; Gary (Darlene) Johnson of Basalt, Colorado; and Julie (Dave) Cox of Thornton, Colorado; 9 grandchildren, Melissa (Cliff) Plenty, Katie (Harry) Fortune, Sarah (Michael) Benner, Leo Johnson, Blaize Johnson, Neilan Johnson, Kendra (Brian) Costner, Austin Johnson and Janay Johnson; 7 great grandchildren, Chyanne, Sierra, Brandon, Clara, Alivia, Lily and Evan; 2 sisters, Jean McClain of Dubuque, and Sally (Jim) Hoerner of Key West; sister-in-law Carmalene McDonnell Decker and brother-in-law Bob Devaney; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews including Godchildren Sharon Storer, Larry Decker, Beth Porter, David McDermott and Roger McClain.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 7 siblings, Leo Hirtz, Loretta McCarthy, Veronica Gross, Mary Catherine Connolly, Earl Decker, Rose Devaney and Imelda McDermott; grandchild Molly Johnson and nieces and nephews Laurie Hirtz, Margie McCarthy, Mary Jane Ruff, Matthew Cigrand, David Decker, Mary Paula Devaney and Sarah Reiss.

 



Patricia M. Cahill Hefel-Schute

Patricia Mary Cahill Hefel-Schute, 80, of Dubuque Iowa, died Sunday September 7, 2014 her at home.

According to Pats wishes there will be no wake, no funeral, and no tears. A memorial mass for friends and family to celebrate her life will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Church of Nativity with Rev. James Miller and Deacon David McGee officiating. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Pat was born on December 5th, 1933 in Millwaukee WI., the daughter of Clarence N. and Mary T. (Stoll) Lesch. She was raised with her older brother John, in Potosi and Dubuque.

For a short time after she turned 18 she lived in Silver Springs, MD and worked for the FBI in Washington DC. Returning to Dubuque she married Michael Cahill where they raised their six children. Pat went on to work as an administrative secretary for the Dubuque Public Library for many years. Pat had so many good friends, enjoying time with her lunch group, domino, and card clubs - what a great lady! She was known to her family by many nicknames; Big G, Mimmy, Patty, Patty-girl, Shortie and Sis.

Pat is survived by her husband Jim Schute, six children Debbie (Jim Vessels) McGrath, of Dubuque, Dianne (Bob) Schumacher, of LaCrosse, WI, David (Robin) Cahill, of Verona, WI, Nancy (David) Crow, of Dubuque, Mark (Kathy) Cahill, of Dodgeville, WI, Joe (Susan) Cahill, of Athens OH, her brother John (Rita) Lesch, of Bloomington MN, 16 grandchildren; Tess and Traci; Ben and Michele; Emily, Ian, Michael, Libby, and Tilly; Nick, Jesse, and Kasey; Sam and Mairin; Grace and Margaret; 8 great grandchildren; Tori, Qwynn, and Baker; Addie; Charlie and Chloe; Carter and Cole; Jim's children Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, and their families; cousins and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Michael and Kenneth and Jim's son Tom Schute.

Any memorials that are received will be given to St Jude Children's Hospital per Pats wishes

Our family would like to express gratitude to all the wonderful caregivers who have given love and support to our mom- Stonehill Care Center, Oak Park Place, Dr Mark Hermann, Tony, and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Irene D. Waller

Irene D. Waller, 90 of Bellevue, Iowa formerly of Sherrill and Key West, Iowa died Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at home in Bellevue.

Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, September 11th at Rockdale United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd.

Irene was the daughter of Frank and Della McNamer and born on Kelly Lane in Dubuque Iowa. She attended Sunday school at the Rockdale United Methodist Church where she also married her school sweetheart on May 24, 1942. They began farming in the area near the airport. When moving to Sherrill, Irene was active in the Sherrill Methodist Church being a Sunday school teacher and a bible school teacher for many years. She received a lifetime membership in the Women Society and was a board member for several years. She also became the Young Adult president and consular of the youth group. Irene loved working with the youth and made many friends in the Sherrill area. She was a 4-H leader of the Peru Pepperettes for 10 years and also a Women's Farm Bureau member working with the members to obtain funds to build the food stand at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Irene loved to sew and her children often volunteered her to make many costumes for Christmas and other holidays at school. Irene worked at John Deere and for Earl Moore at the Sherrill Locker & Meat Plant until they moved to Bellevue. When Eldon and Irene moved to Bellevue, Irene became a member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Ruth Circle. She was the food manager of the Bellevue Community Schools for 10 years retiring after Eldon retired. They owned and operated the Plaines View Dairy Farm with their daughter and son-in-law, Ardell and Deb Weis and grandson Zach and Kayla Weis until they retired in 2010. Irene compiled all the information and pictures published in the "The Waller and McNamer Family History Books." She loved doing this all of her life and had collected articles from the newspapers and pictures of family and friends. She always tried to put a little joy in everyone's life and if she didn't, at least she tried. She was a doll collector and had over 400 dolls starting with dolls with her family names. She loved the Lord, husband and daughters and spent many hours with her grandchildren. She often wished that they all lived closer so she could spend more time with all of them and when she knew they were going to visit, she baked or cooked their favorite food. Each child was very special to her. She loved to give parties in her younger years and she thought that maybe she would become a party planner for celebrations. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she wanted all her family to come to her house where she cooked the traditional holiday meal for all of them. Many times there were 40 people. Friends of the family were also welcome. She liked to decorate the house and sometimes she put up seven Christmas trees.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Thomas) Waterman, Dubuque Iowa, Deb (Ardell) Weis Bellevue Iowa. Ten grandchildren, Lisa (Jeff) Kohl, Michele (Matt) Swanson, Jeff (Tammie) Backes, Todd Backes, Jamie (Miguel) Quintana, Jeremy (Megan) Weis, Chris (Jen) Weis, Zach (Kayla) Weis, Andrew Weis, Bailey Weis. A granddaughter-in-law Sue Ostrander. 21 great grandchildren; Holly (Tim) Sutter, Alexandra, Katelyn, and Joseph Wiest, Joshua (Katie) Meyer, Kaleigh (Gregory) Musgrove Jr., Bryon Ostrander, Tyler and Starla Backes, Jaccob, Kirstiin and Kallista McIntyre, Blakelynn Swanson, Collin and Atticus Weis, Colin and Olivia Quintana, Aiden Weis, Van and Max Weis, Luke Weis. 7 Great-Great grandchildren Austin, Zoey, Emily, and Toby Wiest, Liam Meyer, Bentley Sutter and Hazel Musgrove. Her sister; Norma (Francis) Koppen, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Milly Neumeister, Robert (Connie) Waller, Wayne (Annette) Waller, Raymond (Joan) Waller, Audrey Waller, Alberta Waller, Colleen McNamer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Judy Ostrander Oswald and grandson David Ostrander Jr. and her husband Eldon. Three brothers; Clarence, Edgbert and Charles McNamer, four sisters; Hazel Atkinson, Beulah Loeffelholz, Eva Henry and Maxine Shireman.. Brohters-in-law Norman Atkinson, Vince Loeffelholz, Lester Henry, Robert Shireman, Clarence Waller, Clifford Waller, David Waller, and Fred Neumeister. Sister-in-law Clementine "Clem" McNamer, Sylvia Osterkamp and Jennie Waller.

In lieu of flowers an Irene Waller memorial fund has been established.

 



Blanche M. McCauley

Blanche M. McCauley, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, in Dubuque. To honor Blanche's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Blanche's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a rosary said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Blanche was born on May 5, in Bridgeport, WI, daughter of James and Mary (Ceska) Cuchna.

Blanche worked her way through high school in the home of Dr. Shiparo in Prairie du Chien, WI, doing household duties and caring for his children. Blanche met Vincent J. McCauley while working at the Prairie Maid Bakery. They married on September 3, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, WI. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2000. In 1954, Blanche and Vincent moved to Dubuque when Vincent became "The Baker" at Loras College. She was a stay-at-home mother for 3 years until she went to work with Vincent at Loras College in 1958. While there she held several jobs including cooking, housekeeping, helping with student services, organizing students for snow removal and working in the chapel. She worked at Loras for 52 years until her retirement in 2010. Blanche's memberships include: St. Patrick's Church, Quarter Century Member of Loras College, the American Legion Auxiliary Dubuque Post 6, D.A.V. Club, Boys/Girls Town, where she was an honorary citizen, St. Jude Shrine, Baltimore, MA, Don Bosco, Salesian Missionaries in MA, the National St. Jude Shrine of Chicago, IL and a perpetual member of the Divine Word Donor Club.

Blanche is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Lloyd) Klein, Dubuque, IA; her sister-in-law, Peg Stoeffler, Prairie du Chien, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by, her parents, her husband, Vincent, her sister, Anna Mae (Andrew) Balk, her brothers, James "Pat" (Marian) Cuchna Jr. and Joseph (Glee) Cuchna.

In lieu of flowers, a Blanche McCauley memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have been part of Blanche's life over the past year.

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

 



Darlene M. Link

Darlene M. Link, age 85, of Sherrill, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:05 a.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on February 18, 1929, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Frank P. and Anna (Schoendorf) Foell.

Darlene married Clarence Link on December 28, 1949, in Sherrill, IA. He preceded her in death on June 16, 2004. Darlene was a full time wife, mother and homemaker until her children were grown. She was later employed with the R.G.I.S. Company, R.L. Polk Company, Holy Family Hall, Assisi Village and Home Instead Senior Care and Hy-Vee on Locust Street, until her retirement. Darlene was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church. She was an avid Cubs fan and Euchre player. Darlene loved to cook and was an avid gardener who enjoyed canning the produce she grew.

Darlene is survived by her children, Dale (Gretchen) Link, Suffolk, VA, Karen (Patrick) Curran, Sherrill, IA, Marlene (John) Woller, Dubuque, IA, Loras (Cathy) Link, Dubuque, IA; 12 grandchildren, Dr. Carrie (Cory) Link-Chenevert, Eagan, MN, Scott (Taryn) Link, Anchorage, AK, Jason (Kimberly) Curran, Oglesby, IL, Dr. Jessica (Andy) Curran-Finn, Dubuque, IA, Carissa (Ryan) Duggan, Sugar Land, TX, Dr. Matthew Curran, Bonn, Germany, Serena (Chris) Curler, Bettendorf, IA, Shawna (Zach Veach) Woller, Shelly (Patrick Bauer) Woller, Dylan, Loryn and Kyle Link, all of Dubuque, IA; 9 great-grandchildren, Anja Chenevert, Hana Link, Clara Avenarius, Jason Curran Jr., Owen, Isabelle and Colin Finn, Jackson Duggan and Gwendolyn Curler; a sister-in-law, Irene Klosterman, Dubuque, IA.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Joseph Link, a brother Reynold (Aggie) Foell and a brother-in-law Raymond Klosterman.

A Darlene M. Link memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all of their wonderful care of Darlene.

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

 



Naomi Meehan

Naomi Meehan, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7th, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Naomi was born April 6, 1938, in Dubuque, daughter of Claude and Imelda (Burgmeyer) Neyens. She married John Meehan, May 19, 1962 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque. They celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary in 2012.

She was employed at Sunnycrest Manor as a CNA for 25 years. She truly enjoyed caring for others.

She enjoyed walking in Eagle Point Park, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. They were a great joy to her. Whether it be a play, recital, or game, Grandma was always there to cheer for her grandkids, with a purse full of hard candy.

She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, John Meehan, of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (Mark) Raymond and Linda (Terry) Avenarius, both of Dubuque; two sons, John (Peggy) Meehan and Pat (Susan) Meehan, both of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Tyler Raymond, Ashton Raymond, Ellen Avenarius, Quinn Avenarius, Jenna Meehan, Abby Meehan, Maggie Meehan and Raygan Meehan; two sisters, Claudie (Don) Coleman and Dianne (Bill) Zwack, both of Dubuque; three brothers, Ed (Ruth) Neyens, Dave Neyens, and Mike (Karen) Neyens, all of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Delores Neyens, of Dubuque; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lois Ruff, of Decorah, IA, Eunice (Don) Neuhaus, of Dubuque, and Pete Meehan, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Jean and Dave Meehan; a brother, Rob Neyens; a sister-in-law, Joyce Neyens; and her sister-in-law, Diane Meehan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center.

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

A special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melinda, Brenda, Tina and Lauren.

 



Esther M. Walter

Esther M. Walter age 90 of Dubuque died Friday Sept. 5, 2014, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Joint visitation for Esther and her Husband Howard will be on Sunday September 7th, 2014 from 2 to 4 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. A private funeral service for Esther and Howard with Military Honors for Howard by American Legion Post #6 will be held on Monday with burial at Linwood Cemetery.

Esther was born on March 14, 1924 in Farley, Iowa the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reimer) Rowe. She married Howard H. Walter on October 12, 1944.

She was a long time member of Grandview Methodist Church, and was active in the "quilting circle" at the church. Esther enjoyed to fish and was a loving homemaker who enjoyed to spending time with her grandchildren,

She is survived by three sons Don (Delores) Walter of Seymour, TN, Ron (Mary) Walter of Edgerton, WI, and Steve (Violette) Walter of Hudson, WI, six grandchildren, Jennifer (Peter) Gauntt, David (Carrie) Walter, Brian (Shawn) Walter, Scott (Michelle) Walter, Angela (Jim) Dahl, and Jessica (Sergio) Lopez, and seven great grandchildren, Emily, Jacob, Kristen, Kimberly, Sandis, Stella, and Buren. One sister Mairlyn Blok

Esther was preceded in death by a great grandson Nathan Walter, two brother John and Lavern Rowe, two sisters, her twin, Edith Kunau and Jean Turner.

 



Paul W. Strane

Paul W. "Bud" Strane, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday September 4th, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 8th at St. John The Baptist Church in Peosta, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born on March 21, 1924 on the family farm near Zwingle, the son of James and Loretta (Beck) Strane. He married Patricia Gockel of La Motte on January 22, 1946.

Paul will be remembered for his positive perspective, love of life, and his enthusiasm for new things. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his son Jeff (Mary) of Neenah, WI, their children; Jessica (Kyle Holihan) Strane of South Lyon, MI, Kacey Strane of Neenah, WI, and Taylor Strane of Appleton, WI.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Strane of Minneapolis, MN, Heather (Chad) George and Kristi (Corey) Callahan, both of Dallas, Texas, and their children.

He is further survived by his son Tom's widow, daughter-in-law Karen Strane, of Chaska, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat, and his son Tom.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and caregivers of Hospice of Dubuque and Heritage Manor.

In lieu of flowers a Paul Strane memorial fund has been established.

 



Kirsten J. Ormord

Kirsten Joy Ormord, 20, of Peosta, IA went home to be with her loving Savior on Friday September 5, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be at 11 am Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014 at Hope Evangelical Church 11893 JFK Rd. in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 also at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Kirsten was born on October 18, 1993 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2012. She was currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Kirkwood College. She greatly enjoyed her job working with the residents at Keystone Cedars Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids. She also worked as a server at Zins. Her laughter was infectious and her desire to live every moment to its fullest was apparent to all who came in contact with her. She went out of her way to make sure others felt comfortable and included. Her love for family and friends was evident in her willingness to serve those around her in any way.

Words do little to ease the pain of those who will miss her beautiful, bubbly personality, energetic, outgoing and abundant love for Jesus and others. In her short time, she positively impacted so many lives.

Kirsten will be dearly missed by her parents, Brian and Julie Ormord, of Peosta; brothers, Ryan Mabe (Jackie) of Des Moines, Zach and Christian and sisters, Kari and Rachel, all at home. Her grandparents, Roger and Kathy Ormord, Tom and Pat Francois, Rev. O. Paul and Helen Hougen and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins

She was proceeded in death by her biological mother, Gloria (Hougen) Ormord and uncle Paul Jay Hougen.

In lieu of flowers a Kirsten Joy Ormord memorial fund has been established.

Online memories, thoughts, and condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

 



Joseph A. Langel

Joseph A. Langel, 90 of Luxemburg died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Joe was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA the oldest son of Frank and Mary (Menke) Langel.  He grew up on the farm south of Luxemburg and finished 8th grade at Holy Trinity School.  He married Marilyn Heims on Oct. 1, 1952, in Delhi, IA.  Together they farmed north of Luxemburg until moving into Luxemburg in 1989.  Joe carried a passion for farming his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; 5 children: Marty (Beth) Langel of Luxemburg, Lisa (Alex) Hall of Olive Hill, KY, Roger (Elaine) of New Vienna, Patty (Sandy) Graham of Minneapolis, MN and Rick (Kim) Langel of Ankeny; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Langel of Muscatine; 13 grandchildren: Brandon Langel, Katie (Tony) Harris, Jenny (Luke) Bockenstedt, Jeremy (Gayle) Langel and Kristi Langel, Elizabeth (Brian) McNeil and Robert Hall, Tyler and Staci Langel, Calum and Ella Graham, and Amber and Austin Langel; 4 great grandchildren; Madalene McNeil, Wesley Hall, Hayden Langel and Will Bockenstedt; 2 sisters, Rosie White of Dyersville and Barbara Farzan of Monterey, CA; 2 sisters-in-law, Alice Langel of Dyersville and Germaine Langel of Luxemburg.

He was preceded in death by son, Dave Langel, a grandson, Ryan Langel, 2 sisters: Marie (Peter) Berns and Anges (Lawrence) Heims; 2 brothers: John Langel and Francis Langel; 3 brothers-in-law: Ed Heims, Gerald White and Manny Farzan.

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

 

 



Lavonne A. Streeter

Lavonne A. "Dodie" Streeter, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, September 5, 2014 at her home in rural Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A funeral mass celebrating Lavonne's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156. Burial will be at St. Albert's Cemetery, Lamont, Iowa, at a later date.

Lavonne Ann Helms was born on March 24, 1933 in Lamont, Iowa, to Albert Henry and Mary Margaret (Graesch) Helms. She was a 1951 Lamont High School graduate, and earned her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in 1969. She married Darrell Lee Streeter, Sr. on July 4, 1952 in Fayette, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1985.

"Dodie" had worked as an elementary school teacher for the Andrew Community School District from 1969 to 1999. She was a hard worker and had touched the lives of many students through the years. Additionally, she had worked at the Pacific Coast Feather Company, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and lastly Web Printing in Maquoketa.

She was a member of the Jackson County RetiredTeacher's Association, Bernard Euchre Club, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156.

"Dodie" enjoyed crocheting, reading books, camping, and following the Chicago Bulls and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball teams. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, watching the grandkids at home and on the fields.

Those left to honor Lavonne's memory include her children, D. Lee (LuAnn) Streeter of Maquoketa, IA, Kim (Terry) Cornelius of Maquoketa, IA, Randy (Holly) Streeter of Fayette, IA, Julia (the late Rick) Garien of Maquoketa, IA, Steve "George" (Robin) Streeter of Hawkeye, IA, and Pam (David) Huffer of Whitewater, CO; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; brothers Hal (Norma) Helms of Des Moines, IA, and Michael Helms of Hillsdale, KS; sisters Lorraine Sheeley of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Alene (James) Feldhacker of Waterloo, NE; and 2 surviving in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Cyril Sheeley, and 2 grandchildren Jason and Ryan Garien.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lavonne A. "Dodie" Streeter memorial fund has been established.

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



Joseph J. Dolter

Joseph J. Dolter, 84, of 2700 Matthew John Drive, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at   home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Joe was born January 27, 1930, in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter.

He married Rita Dullea on January 22, 1954 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1978.  He married Rita Jaeger, March 7, 1998 at Church of the Nativity, Dubuque.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy and was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years.

He was a member of St. Patrick parish; a co-founder and first President of the Dubuque Horseshoe Pitchers; the Iowa Horseshoe Pitchers, the Lacoma Golf Club and a longtime member of the Dubuque Fellowship Club.  Joseph was an AA member and sobriety for 40 years.

Surviving is his wife, Rita Dolter, of Dubuque; two sons, Robert and Steven Dolter, of Dubuque; a daughter, JoAnne (Robert) Mack, of Manchester, Conn.; a son in-law, Mango Capalad of Duncanville, TX; three step-sons, Jim (Barb) Jaeger, Steve (Kathy) Jaeger, both of Dubuque, and Brian (Jen) Jaeger, of Gilbert, Ariz.; 6 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; 5 step-grandchildren; one great step-grandchild; two brothers, Thomas and Paul (Betty) Dolter;  one sister, Mary Link and two sisters in law, Delphine and Judith Dolter.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rita Dullea; an infant son, Timothy, a daughter, Mary Kay Capalad; five brothers, Frank, James, Rev. Robert, Richard, and David Dolter; and one sister, Margaret.

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Fellowship Club AA Group.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ries, staff at Eagle Point Place, Hospice of Dubuque, Sis. Mary Agnus, and all others who cared for Joseph in his final years.

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

 

 



John B. Bishop, Jr.

John B. Bishop Jr., 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of Waterloo, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday,  September 8, 2014 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury, Dubuque, IA, where friends may greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Rev. Jerry Kopacek will officiate. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, IA.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements.

John was born April 21, 1932 in Klammath Falls, Oregon, the son of John B. Bishop Sr. and Alice Suttner Bishop. He married Jean Leverman September 17, 1955 in Portland.  She preceded him in death on July 2, 2009.  He served in the United States Army.  John had attended Portland University and received his B.S. in Business.  He worked with Weyerhaeuser Lumber Company for 40 years, re