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Julia Krivacsy


Julia Krivacsy 87, of Dubuque formerly of New York passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at the home of her daughter, Patricia Rome.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 9th from 5 to 7 p.m., at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Julia was born November 9, 1930 in New York, New York, daughter of Timothy and Julia (Collins) Dowling. She married Raymond T. Krivacsy September 13, 1952 in New York. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2017.

Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Frank) Rome, and their daughters, Jacquelin and Tanya, of Dubuque; and son Stephen (Janet) Krivacsy and their daughters Lauren and Sara, of Northport, New York.

Special Thank you to Kristin Nelson and Amy of Hospice of Dubuque for their thoughtful and wonderful care.

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



Angeline Haupert


Angeline ‘Angie' Haupert, 74, of Asbury passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection, Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 8th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at a time to be announced.

Angie was born October 9, 1943 on the family farm near Colesburg, IA, daughter of Arnold and Marie (Lansing) Weber. She married Richard Haupert September 27, 1975 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Colesburg, Iowa.
She graduated as a LPN and worked at the former Xavier Hospital and retired from Holy Family Hall, both in Dubuque.

Angie was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Chicago Blackhawks. She enjoyed reading, visiting family in Colorado and spending time with her grandson and extended family and friends.
She was a member of Resurrection parish.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Haupert of 43 years; her children, Tony Haupert, of Chariton, Iowa, Anne Haupert, of Dubuque, and Mary Haupert, of Asbury; her grandson, Zachary Haupert-Kuempel; sisters Catherine Westhoff, Donna Kruse, Joan (Ray) Nurre, and Connie Weber; brothers, Jim (Mary) Weber, and John (Deb) Weber; sisters-in-law, Betty Weber and Linda (Ernie) Pfeiffer; brother-in-law, Roger (Sandy) Haupert; Aunt Rosie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joe Weber; a sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Charles Nurre; two brothers-in-law, Roland Westhoff and John ‘Jake' Kruse; and three nephews, Jimmy Weber, Paul Nurre, and Patrick Weber.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Amy Ewen, the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Courtney.

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



Theresa M. Roepsch


Theresa M. Roepsch, age 74, of Peosta, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:45 a.m., on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Theresa's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Theresa's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Church, Peosta, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa was born on March 3, 1944, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Cyril H. and Germaine T. (Reittinger) Maiers.

Theresa was a proud graduate of the Class of 1962, at the Visitation Academy, where she was class president her junior year. After graduation she started her career working for Dr. Tom Nessler DDS, before moving on to Dubuque Internal Medicine, where she would invest 29 years, until her well earned retirement in 2016. On July 4, 1964, Theresa married the love of her life, Donald Roepsch, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque. Together they would make their home on Kelly Lane for 32 years, where they raised their 3 unbelievably wonderful children, before moving to their new home in Burds Green Acres in Peosta. While living in Dubuque, Theresa was a long-time, faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, where she shared her love of God with the children, teaching CCD classes for several years. After moving to Peosta she would join St. John the Baptist Church where she was a staple at weekly mass. In her free time, Theresa loved a spirited game of pinochle or any other family game, curling up in her favorite chair with her latest novel in hand, or simply sitting quietly and watching a movie. Above all however, was Theresa's love of her family, she adored spending time with Don, the children and especially the grandchildren, and when they couldn't come to visit, Theresa was always sure to call and catch up on all of their latest activities. We will miss our sweet, kind hearted, patient wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend more than words can express, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now free of the health issues she has faced with such grace, dignity and bravery these past months. Rest easy Theresa, until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Theresa's memory include

her loving husband,
Donald Roepsch, Peosta, IA;

her children,
David Roepsch, Urbandale, IA,
Lynn (Paul) King, Paducah, KY
and Jeffry (Tiffany) Roepsch, Middleton, WI;

her 9 grandchildren,
Grant Roepsch, Adam Roepsch, Will Roepsch, Joshua King, Nathan King, Matthew King, Grace Roepsch, Hailey Roepsch and Lydia Roepsch;

her siblings,
Rosie (Jim) Neuses,
Velma O'Connell
and Ted (Carol) Maiers;

and her in-laws,
Bill Richard,
George "Butch" (Dorothy) Roepsch,
Carol Leick,
Louie (Ann) Roepsch
and Ed (Kris) Roepsch.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Mary Richard; and a brother-in-law, John O'Connell.

Theresa's family would like to thank everyone at Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. John Whalen, Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar, all of their nurses and staff, especially Sandy and Linda, as well as the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa and Mayo Clinic. Also a special thanks to Sr. Benjamin from the Sisters of the Presentation and all of Theresa's family and friends who have been so helpful and supportive throughout her battle with pancreatic cancer. At this time Hospice of Dubuque has been extremely supportive and the family wants to thank Tim, "Theresa's nurse", who became not just her nurse, but her friend.

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

 



Ruby L. Otting


Ruby L. Otting, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 9:35 a.m., on Friday, October 5, 2018, at home. To honor Ruby's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ruby's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Ruby was born on January 24, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald and Minnie (Davis) Ward.

Ruby was united in marriage to the love of her life, Emil Otting, on August 2, 1969, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, and together they were blessed with 49 wonderful years and 4 adored children. She took great pride in being full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took meticulous care of her home and family. In her free time, Ruby was an avid bingo player and also loved playing on her kindle and chatting with friends. Going out for breakfast and shopping were always on her mind. Beyond a doubt, the light of Ruby's life were her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, there was always a spot open on the arm of her wheelchair for any of the little ones. Christmas was her favorite time of the year from the size of the tree to the number of batches of fudge and popcorn balls. Everyone loved Ruby and we will deeply miss her.

Those left to cherish Ruby's memory include

her husband,
Emil Otting, Dubuque, IA;

her daughters,
Kathy (Tim Loeffelholz) Reuter,
Billie Jo Pospisil
and Elizabeth (Shane) Vargas;

her grandchildren,
Brent Otting, Sydnie Otting, Nicolette (Robbie) Lange, Stephanie (Andrew) Maas, Bristol Reuter, Stacie Jo Otting, Emilie Pospisil and Timothy Pospisil;

her 3 great grandchildren,
Constance and Lillian Lange and Lilyanna Otting;

her mother,
Minnie Ward;

her siblings,
Cletus (Venita) Ward,
Ronald (Sandy) Ward,
Phyliss (Loras) Arensdorf,
Gail (Chris) Huston
and Raymond Ward;

and her in-laws,
Eleanor Ward,
Mary Weber,
Betty Otting
and Christine (Kevin) Lyght.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father; a son, Brian Otting; a grandson, Darren Bell; her sister, Rosemary Ward; her brothers, John Ward, Richard Ward, Donald Francis Ward, James Ward and Gary Ward; and a brother-in-law, Richard Weber.

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

 



Mary Jean Erner


Mary Jean (Martin) Erner, 90, of Lena, Illinois, formerly of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Friday morning, October 5, 2018 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.  Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Jean was born in Seymour Township of Lafayette County, Wisconsin on August 12, 1928, the daughter of John C. and Irene (Boyle) Martin. She was united in marriage to Melvin W. Erner on May 24, 1949 in Shullsburg, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on April 23, 2011.

Jean was formerly a telephone operator and homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, a good game of cards, music, dancing, was an excellent cook and baker, and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  Her family was very important to her.

Surviving are her children, Ronald Erner of Hanover, Madonna (Tim) Heller of East Dubuque, Daniel Erner and Kathy of Lena, Melanie (Rod) Wichman of Baileyville, and Michelle (Doug) Wybourn of Lena; seven grandchildren, Bill (Abbie) Erner, Chad (Katie) Erner, Danielle Erner, Kyle (Taylor) Wichman and Cody Wichman and Paige, Ryan (Kaitlin) Wybourn and Rachael Wybourn; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and Cheyenne Erner; special friend, Sue Schlarman of Dubuque, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Helen Martin of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; her care givers, Jean Katzenberger and Judy Love, both of Lena, and her special angel Amy.

Jean was preceded in death by her siblings, Evelyn Straub and her twin brother, Jack Martin.

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

 

 



Allen R. Kluesner


Allen R. Kluesner, 65, of Florissant, MO, formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles, MO.

Friends and relatives of Allen may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be held at 7:00. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the funeral home.

Services for Allen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's cemetery with Full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Allen was born December 19, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph C. and Verena R. (Wulfekuhle) Kluesner. He is a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. He is a Veteran having enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1971 and served in until October 1975. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and he went on to teach at Preston High School and Western Dubuque High School. He received his Engineering degree from the University of Iowa. In 1988 he moved to St. Louis to work at McDonald - Douglas, Boeing and retired June 1, 2017.
Allen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved golfing, fishing, crossword puzzles, reading, watching movies, and listening to all kinds of music.

He was a member of The Farley American Legion Post #656 in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by twelve siblings, Daniel Kluesner of Farley, IA, Dianne (Bruce) Batteram of Hazel Green, WI, Robert (Karla) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Vernon (Jackie) Kluesner of Dubuque, IA, Edwin (Mary) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Therese (Jerry) Renz of Earlville, IA, Barb Kluesner of Marion, IA, Craig Kluesner of Farley, IA, Ernie (Karen) Kluesner of Marion, IA, Cyril (Amy) Kluesner of Dubuque, IA Rosie (Daryl) Nurre of Petersburg, IA and Lois (Rich) Wubben of Galena, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Verena (Wulfekuhle) Kluesner one nephew, Ryan Wubben on March 4, 1989.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Arnold L. Mangler


Arnold L. Mangler, 78, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Arnold's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Arnold Leroy Mangler was born on February 15, 1940 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Ervin Sr. and Matilda (Seiler) Mangler Sr. He married Darla Kay Arensdorf on November 5, 1960 at St. Donatus, Iowa. She preceded him in death January 16, 2017.

Arnold had first helped his uncles with their excavation business. He then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time and lastly for 34 years on the assembly line with John Deere in Moline.

Arnold enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. He especially enjoyed coon hunting and going to casinos all over the state with Darla.

Those left to honor Arnold's memory include his children Lori Simmons of Delmar, IA, and Paul (Carrie) Mangler of Milan, IL; 2 granddaughters, Whittley Simmons and Morgan Simmons; 4 great-grandchildren, Kameron Sagers, KeeLynn Eby, Jaxon Eby and Maverik Eby; brothers Ervin Mangler Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich Mangler of Dubuque, IA; sisters, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary (David) Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene (Lanny) Lewis of Adrian, MI; brothers-in-law, Butch (Tootie) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA, and Robert (Diane) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Sharon (Wayne) Kearney of IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Darla, a son Arnold Jr., a brother Robert (Carol), sisters-in-law Sherry Mangler and Betty (Jim) Rauscher, and a brother-in-law Rick Arensdorf.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arnold L. Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert L. Shaffer


Robert L. "Bob" Shaffer, 63, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away Wednesday evening, October 3, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 - 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Bob was born March 2, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Irvin and Eileen (Cleary) Shaffer. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Foht on June 2, 1990 in Dubuque.

Bob was the former owner and operator of Bob's Auto on Kerper Blvd, in Dubuque.

He loved yardwork, feeding the birds, building bird houses, the outdoors, fishing and being with his family.

Surviving is his wife Carolyn; three daughters, Ruthann (Dale) Schmitt of Dubuque, Nikki Leib of Detroit, Michigan, and Tabatha Shaffer (friend Caius Qualls) of Dubuque; four grandchildren, K-Leigh, Kerstein, Kendra and Alex; his siblings, Carol (John) Horkheimer of Dubuque, Linda (Jim) Seys of Kansas City, Missouri, Marty Shaffer of Monroe, Wisconsin, Debbie Meyer of East Dubuque, and Mike (Chris) Shaffer of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Eileen; a grandson, Shawn Shaffer; and two siblings, Tonna Flaherty and Tommy Shaffer.

A Robert L. "Bob" Shaffer memorial fund has been established.

Carolyn and family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Bob.

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



Evadeen A. Strang


Evadeen A. Strang, 86, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Evadeen may call from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 1:00 p.m. Services for Evadeen will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born July 13, 1932 in Fillmore, Iowa daughter of Joseph and Grace Horsfield. On May 28, 1953 she was united in marriage to Edward N. Meier at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1991. On January 29, 1993 she was united in marriage to Alan Strang at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She was employed at Shady Rest Care Center for 25 years, retiring when she was 80.

She enjoyed sewing, making quilts, playing euchre, praying the rosary, gambling trips, puzzles, but most of all sitting on her patio with her husband, Al, family, friends and neighbors just enjoying each other's company.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Our Blessed Mother Court #1926 and the Society Prayer Line. She volunteered for the Cascade food pantry and Aquin Elementary. Evadeen was always the one to make sure that her family knew she "Loved Them More."

She is survived by her husband, Alan Strang of Cascade, IA, eight children, John "Jack" (Marylou) Meier of Thayer, MO, Alan "Bounce" (Lou Ann) Meier of Bellevue, IA, Joseph (Karen) Meier of Cascade, IA, Terry (Dawn) Meier of New Hampton, Kevin (Rhonda) Meier and Mark (Lorrie) Meier both of Cascade, Carol (Steve "Herman") Recker of Bernard, IA, and Bill (Andrea) Meier of Peosta, IA, four step-children, Terry Strang of Liscomb, IA, Tim (Laura) Strang of Madison, WI, Dave (Heidi) Strang of South Carolina, Dan (Rhonda) Strang of Madison, WI; 29 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren; three siblings, Lolly Kurt and JoAnn Horsfield both of Monticello, IA, and Daniel "Magoo" and (Colleen) Horsfield of Cascade, IA; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Urbain of Epworth, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Dale C. Meier on April 3, 2017 and Gerard and William Meier both in infancy; three sisters, Mae Becker, Elenor Urbain and Marie Agnes Horsfield; a brother Billy Horsfield; and two brothers-in-law Vernon Becker and Carl "Butch" Kurt.

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



Lois A. Gross


Lois A. Gross, 90, of Applewood 1, Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 1 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Lois' life, family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

Lois was born on September 12, 1928 in Dubuque County, Iowa the daughter of William and Viola (Thielen) Kingsley.

On October 20, 1951 she married Paul Gross at St. Clement Church, Bankston, Iowa. They were blessed with three children before Paul was called home on March 25, 1986.

Paul and Lois were administrators of the Dubuque County Care Facility for 33 years, retiring in 1985.

She took great joy in spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and poker, family fishing trips, golfing, and bowling. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fans.

Lois was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, ACCW at St. Joseph the Worker and Power of Prayer.

Those left to cherish Lois' memory are her daughters, Cathy Flannery Nodorft of Potosi, Wisconsin, and Diane (Bernie) Nie of Maquoketa, Iowa; grandchildren, Phil (Andrea) Flannery, Tara Odefey, Melissa (Bill) Wohlers, Theresa (Pete) Roth, Christina (Rob) Hayes, Shannon (JD) Morscheck, Katie (fiancé Alex Fleiner) Devereaux; great- grandchildren, Drake Nie, Caiden and Brennen Wohlers, Luke and Claire Odefey, Noah and Brody Flannery, Olivia and Ashton Roth, Logan and Dylan Hayes, Gwyneth, Calvin and Franklin Morscheck; 3 step-great granddaughters; 7 step-great, great grandchildren; brother-in-law Joe Gross; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul; a son, Daniel; infant grandson, Bryant; son-in-law, Duane Nodorft; and brothers, Dale, Charles, and Jack Kingsley.

A Lois Gross Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Ryan Stille and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Jenni A., Stacy and Karlyn, and her Applewood 1 family.

 



Lynne M. Thomas


Lynne Marie Thomas, 62, of Dubuque Iowa after a long battle with COPD passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her home on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 PM. Per her wishes there will no services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family.

Lynne was born in Dubuque, February 29, 1956 to Clarence and Rose (Hanson) Klein of Rickardsville.

Lynne married Andrew Thomas in 2001 and had a loving and wonderful relationship. She loved traveling, canoeing and camping with her husband and dogs they had many happy years together. Lynne was an outdoors woman through and through and nothing brought her more joy than a good campfire in the great outdoors. She was raised a farmer and really knew how to cook amazing meals for her family. In her earlier years she was known for her canning skills and would line the walls with jars of canned goods for her family to enjoy. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with her family and many grandchildren which she was very proud of.

Lynne was a devoted CNA using her special skills to care for others for over 30 years, 18 of which were spent working at Mount Carmel for The Sisters of Charity in Dubuque. She had a loving soul and found peace in caring for others with her personable touch. She loved her job and all of the sisters she cared for as if they were an extension of family.

Lynne is survived by her loving Husband of 17 years, Andrew Thomas, her daughter Rose (Thomas) and Christopher Thoeni, son Brian/Cassie Thomas, and Step daughters Melissa Thomas, Heather (Thomas) Mcintyer, and Amber (Thomas) and Greg Specht along with 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by father, Clarence Klein, siblings Michael/Sue Klein, Patrick Klein, William/Mary Klein, Barb/Ted Maiers, Beverly/Mark Leibfried, Gregory Klein, and Paul/Cyd Klein.

Lynne was preceded in death by her mother Rose (Hanson) Klein, brother Thomas Klein, and step-mother Delores Klein.



Robert W. Ferring


Robert William Ferring, resident of Rio Verde, Arizona, formerly of Dubuque, Ia, passed away on Sept 11th at the age of 89 years. 

Robert, son of William and Lulu Ferring, known by all as Bob, was born June 14th, 1929 in Dyersville Ia., also fondly known as the filming location of the well-known baseball movie, "Field of Dreams."  Bob attended Xavier High School in Dyersville where he excelled at sports, most notably baseball and basketball. He took his switch hitting and lefty pitching prowess to Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and briefly considered playing professional baseball with an offer from the Chicago Cubs farm club network in 1948. He graduated from Loras with a BA in Business in 1951. 

Bob was then drafted into the Army in June of 1951 and devoted 2 years of his life supporting the Korean conflict as an X-ray technician primarily at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Upon returning to Iowa, Bob began his work career with Interstate Finance of Dubuque for several years. During this time he fell under the spell of the beautiful and talented Mary Jane McMahon of Farley, IA. They were married at St. Joseph's Parish in the small town of Farley, Ia. on Nov 25th, 1954. And smart man that he was, they remained married until the day of his passing!

Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Bob eventually left his job at Interstate and embarked upon a 42 year adventure as a family run business owner. Doing much of the labor himself, he initially developed and ran a 42 unit mobile home park and sales lot just outside of Dubuque. For the next 30 years Bob continued to run this community plus several more in the tri-state area including the expansion of Table Mound II and III. In the upcoming years, sales outlets included Mason City, Waterloo, and Clinton, Iowa and Hazel Green Wisconsin. He served as the president of the State Association, and won many honors within the manufactured home community which led to many fun national and international trip awards for him and his lovely wife Jane. He also broadened his business base by diverging into other arenas including furniture stores, partnerships in several restaurants, development of the Colonial Estates residential community, and a Casey's General Store in Asbury, IA. As part of this adventure, Bob also owned and ran two UPS stores and participated in the manufactured home business in Phoenix, AZ. 

As the manufactured home business tended to be seasonal, Bob was able to leave his businesses in the capable hands of his manager and perform executive duties remotely while he and Jane started their over 40 year adventure in the Phoenix area. They discovered this beautiful paradise (along with scores of their Midwestern neighbors!) in 1978 and eventually built a home as one of the original folks in the Rio Verde over 55 community in 1985. They fell in love with the Rio Verde environment and people and devoted increasingly longer yearly periods living there and eventually chose to be there full time. Bob had many friends in Rio Verde over the years and loved to good naturedly rib them on the golf course and tennis court, especially with his many wins in the lefty golf tournaments! He and his buddies also enjoyed the wonderful outdoor opportunities in the area including fishing at San Carlos Lake and in the White Mountain wilderness. For many years living the good life in Rio Verde entailed long drives from Iowa for the "winter season." But Bob still looked forward to the wonderful summers they spent in Iowa with children and grandchildren. 

The outpouring of love from friends and family, and beloved Rio Verde "expanded family" for Bob after news of his passing has truly been remarkable. Bob was known to many and loved by all. He was famous for his friendly demeanor and propensity to visit with anyone he meets. And of course the legendary Ferring humor was on display at all times. You knew that you were really "in" with Bob when he gave you a hard time....his greatest demonstration of affection. And when he was not in the company of his buddies doing his usual competition thing, he could be found in the companionship of wife Jane, the love of his life for 64 years. A true lifelong demonstration of love and commitment. 

Bob will be sadly missed by his wife Jane, his children Mike(Jeni), Mark(Lea Ann), Julie(Gary), and John, his Grandchildren Matt(Jes), Nicole, Michael(Michelle), Daniel(Shannon), Sarah, Anya, Jack, Megan, and Luke, and all the many other family members and friends who will miss his always jocular and fun friendship.  Bob was predeceased by his sisters Mae Lou and Jeannie. 

The funeral will be held on Oct. 27 at St. Dominic Catholic Mission at Rio Verde at 10 am.

Memorial donations may be made to Verde Cares, the Andre House, Esperanza, or charity of your choice­­­­­­­­­­­.



Laverne F. Mensen


Laverne F. Mensen, 87, of Petersburg passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, SS. Peter Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Laverne was born March 1, 1931, in Petersburg, the son of Frank and Henrietta (Kramer) Mensen. He married Janice Funke on Oct. 8, 1953, in Dyersville. Together they farmed on the Mensen family farm north of Petersburg. On April of 1989, they retired and moved into Petersburg, and finally moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in January of 2015.

He was a faith-driven man who enjoyed attending Mass. He was also a soft-spoken farmer and a proud veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He was also proud of all of his grandchildren and enjoyed a good Coke High.

He is survived by his 6 children: Karen (Ron) Hillers of Guttenberg, Kenny (Kathy) Mensen of Cedar Rapids, Ronnie (Deb) Mensen of Earlville, Duane (Celeste Nunemaker) Mensen of Solon, Carla (Dan) Lechtenberg of Manchester and Pat (Kay Blair) Mensen of Petersburg; 18 grandchildren: Jeremy (Kristina) Hillers, Jason (Jamie) Hillers, Laurie (John) Donovan, Becky (Scott) Siegel, Jenny (Brad) McIntire, Eric (Tasha) Mensen, Tim Mensen, Kristie (Justin) Penner, Ashley (Tanner) Warrington, Kelli (Travis) Schaunaman, Kerri (Jon) Anton, Chris (Nichol) Mensen, Angie (John) Dolan, Ben (Madie) Lechtenberg, Greg Mensen, LCP Austin Mensen, Morgan Mensen and Kyle (Emily) Mensen; 23 great-grandchildren with another due in October; in-laws: Verna Lee Digman, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler and Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, Karen Funke and Floyd (Janet) Funke, all of Dyersville, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing of New Vienna, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, siblings: Edmund (Irene) Mensen, Ambrose (Mary Ann) Mensen, Arnold (Charlotte) Mensen, Leo (Dorothy) Mensen; in-laws: Mary Lou Funke, Edward Digman, Leon Funke, and a great-grandson, James Anton.

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



Duane R. Weber


Duane R. "Dewey" Weber, 63, of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 1, 2018, at his home after an illness.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Fire Dept. will gather at 6 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday, October 5 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Duane was born November 15, 1954, in Dyersville the son of Elmer and Mary (Greenwood) Weber.  He married Mechelle Then on May 31, 1980, in Dyersville.  Together they owned & operated Spring Green Lawn Care & Mechelle's Gifts & Lighting.  Duane enjoyed watching the races from the skybox at the Farley Speedway, searching for treasure at local auctions, and snowmobiling during his winters off. Everyone enjoyed Dewey, especially his grandchildren.  Duane was the Secretary of the Dyersville Fire Dept., a member of St. Francis Parish and Secretary and honorary member of the Dyersville Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mechelle, three daughters: Nicole (Eric) Rubner of Dyersville, Amanda (Steven) Randall of North Liberty, Melissa (Brett) Frasher, of Dyersville; grandchildren: Carter Wachendorf and Spencer Randall both of North Liberty, Myia Rubner and Lena Rubner, both of Dyersville, his mother, Mary Weber of Dyersville,

siblings: Lori Gingery of Boone, Diane Weber of Iowa City, and Chris (Ginger) Deutmeyer of Farley, his mother-in-law, Nancy Then of Dyersville, in-laws: Lynne (Dan) Lueck of Dyersville, Gary (Lisa) Then of Tuttle, OK, Mike (Tammy) Then and Sharon (Steve) Prier, all of Dyersville, Donna (Steve) Reinert of Aledo, TX, Peggy (Les) Newby of Carlinville, IL, and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Weber, father-in-law, Joe Then, brother-in-law, Steve Gingery and nephew, Matt Then.

Memorials may be directed to the Dyersville Fire Dept. in memory of Duane.

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

 

 



David C. Naber


David C. Naber, 84, of Dubuque went to meet our Lord on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday, October 5th, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:45 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 6th, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where visitation will proceed the mass on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born September 14, 1934, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Fred "Fritz" and Agnes (Tegeler) Naber.

He served in the US Army as a Gunner from May 1957 to April 1959. 

On June 4, 1966, he married Doris Droessler Schick at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2015.

David worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years before his retirement and was a member of UAW Dubuque Local 94.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

David enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, bowling and playing Euchre. The biggest joy of his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

He is survived by his children, Michelle "Micki" Marolf of Dubuque, Angel Naber of Coralville, Julie (Robert) Axtell of Mt. Vernon and Jeffrey Naber of Marion; grandchildren, Sara (Richard) Flannery, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson, Tyler (Jessie) Marolf, Ryan (fiancé Ashely) Axtell, Jordan Axtell, and Rachel Axtell; and great grandchildren, Jocelyn and Amelia Flannery, Liliana Gunderson and Lila Marolf.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, siblings and their spouses, Florine and Eddie Klostermann and Charles and Elma Naber, and son-in-law, Gregg Marolf.

In lieu of flowers a David Naber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a big thank you to the nursing staff and aides at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon for their compassionate care.

 

 



Sheryl P. McMullin


Sheryl P. McMullin, 73, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Sheryl was born March 14, 1945, in Monticello the daughter of Melvin and Mildred (Pede) Tobiason.  She married George McMullin on November 20, 1966, in Monticello.  He preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.

Sheryl was a horticulturalist who grew and sold her plants and enjoyed working at her business, Everlasting Flowers.  She was a member of the Questers Antique Club, editor of the Questers Iowa Hawkeyes Newsletter and was a Past President of Riverside Gardens.

Survivors include her children: Victoria McMullin of Monticello, Tonia (Kayla Gilman) Gilman of Menlo, IA, Nathaniel (Julie) McMullin of Oak Creek, WI, Millicent (Frank) Valy of Burlington, WI, grandchildren: Samantha Rose Alexander, Fiona Catherine Valy, Connor Michael McMullin, Isabella Ann McMullin.

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

Memorials may be directed to the Monticello Fire Dept. or Riverside Gardens in Monticello.

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

 

 



Gary S. Grap


Gary Sylvester Grap, 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully holding his beloved daughter's hand on Friday, September 28, 2018 following a reoccurrence of leukemia.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, where friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Greenwood, Wisconsin at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin to Edna (Hinker) and Franklin "Kaiser" Grap on February 23, 1951. He began his education at St. Raphael's School in Madison, and later at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Ossian, Iowa. Gary graduated from De Sales High School in 1969 and then from Loras College in 1973.

Gary was previously married to Margaret Patzner (1973) and Theresa Ernst (1990).

Over the years, Gary was employed at AY McDonald, Dubuque Pack /FDL, Tom Maher Insurance, Hillcrest Family Services, and finally with the US Postal Service from where he retired.

Faith and family were very important to Gary, and he was active in his parish of St. Joseph The Worker serving as lector, Eucharistic Minister and usher. He was also involved in the Community of the Living Word, Emmaus and CEW. Gary belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 510, Wahlert Booster Club, and NALC Branch 257. Gary also enjoyed his affiliation with Dubuque Jaycees, Midwest Club Volleyball, Galena Spikers Volleyball, Dubuque Soccer Club and various softball leagues.

He is survived by his 7 children: Conan Grap, Mya (Kevin) Calaro, Martia Ernst, Kaiser (Candis) Grap, Garrett Grap, Magdalena Grap, Lola Grap, and one grandchild Elle B. Grap. He is also survived by his sister Cheryl (Robert) Werner and sister-in-law Vickie Grap, along with treasured nieces, nephews and cousins, including Louie Cota.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Greg Huinker; brother, Wayne Grap; sister, Patty Ann, in infancy; and beloved extended family members.

Gary and his family would like to express their gratitude to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 4 JPP East Team, Dr. Margarida Magalhaes-Silverman, and Stonehill for their kindness and care during his courageous battle with leukemia.

In lieu of flowers, a Gary S. Grap Memorial has been established.

 



Betty M. Farcas


Betty M. Farcas, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Betty's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on June 14, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Martin and Hazel (Shindledecker) Mommsen.

Betty was born and raised in the Chicago area and eventually graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. She had a strong work ethic and put her talents to good use first as a personal shopper with the Marshall Fields Company in Chicago. Next, Betty decided it was time for an adventure in her life and moved to Connecticut in the late 1950's where she met her husband, Gordon Farcas; who was sadly called home in 2013. Betty spent the majority of her adult life there before she moved to West Chicago in 1975. She worked at the Ball Seed Company, and then as a children's librarian in St. Charles, Illinois, before finally retiring. Betty was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Winfield, Illinois, before moving to Dubuque in 1997 and joining her new congregation at St. Luke's Methodist Church. After moving to Dubuque, she was also able to share her love of reading with the other residents at Alverno Apartments, taking meticulous care of the library there for almost 20 years. Betty thoroughly enjoyed the simple things in life; whether she would be sitting quietly watching her feathered friends out the window, creating her latest water color, or even pressing flowers to enjoy for years to come. She also enjoyed collecting seashells and butterflies along with rare and unique bottles. We will miss Betty more than words can clearly convey, but we also look forward to the day when we will see Betty's beautiful smile once again and begin our eternal walk together in paradise.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her daughters,
Laura (Gary) Carstens, Dubuque, IA
and Jennifer Farcas, Chicago, IL;

her grandchildren,
Christiaan Brodlo, Ian Carstens and Danika Zivojnovich;

and a sister,
Mable Brady, Elburn, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lisa Farcas in childhood; and 1 brother and 8 sisters.

Betty's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Stonehill for all of their professional and tender care of Betty, and her family.

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

 



Calvin K. Nevins


Calvin K. "Cal" Nevins, 62, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, September 29, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Cal was born on December 6, 1955, in Moline, Illinois, the son of Roger and Joyce Anne (Hoyt) Nevins. He married Karen J. Carson on June 7, 1986, in Silvis, Illinois, and they lived in Carbon Cliff, Illinois. In 2005 they moved to Cuba City.

Cal graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois, in 1974. He was currently working as a forklift operator at John Deere Dubuque Works. Cal enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears and loved spending time with his grandkids and spending time at the cabin in Barnes, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; three daughters, Candi (Brandon) Buffington, of Seymour, TN, Mindi (Kyle) Smith, of Cuba City, WI and Cori Anne (Warren Head) Nevins, of Dubuque, IA; his parents, Roger and Joyce Nevins, of East Moline, IL; a brother, Larry (Cathy) Nevins, of Rock Island, IL; and eight grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Jarred, Caitlin, Lindsay, Ty, Xavier, and Jordin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church in Cuba City.

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



Tim Strub


Tim Strub, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at home. 

Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Tim was born September 2, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Holtz) Strub.  He voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, and was honorably discharged as a combat veteran. He was a 25 year member of the American Legion Post #6. 

Tim's first love was his wife of 35 years, Cindy (Huseman) Strub. His second love was turkey hunting! He enjoyed 15 years of retirement from John Deere Dubuque Works. Tim loved and watched over his younger brothers, who affectionately named him "Bigfoot". Being an uncle came naturally to him, and he loved his nieces and nephews with such fierceness. They all knew it too! His face would light up when they came to see him. 

Tim is survived by his wife, Cindy; brothers,Tom Strub, Thad (Brenda) Strub, both of Dubuque; Tod Strub of New Mexico;  his uncle and aunt, Jerry and Kay Holtz of Mississippi; his siblings-in-law, Jane (John) Kiefer of Dubuque, Kay (Al) Muller of Cassville, WI, Richard (Judy) Huseman Jr. of Davenport, IA, Mary (Mike) Oldham, and Cheri (Jacky) Cochran, all of Dubuque; and his parents-in-law, Richard and Rose Huseman of Dubuque; his nieces and nephews, Anthony and Brandon Strub, Shawn (Christina) Hanen and Amy Hanen, Luke Giegerich, Amy Bleile , Nicci (Joseph) Eipers, Melissa (Jon) Behne, Kristina (Jason) Wernimont, Katie (Scott) Schnering, Sherri Brendemuehl, Josh (Tina) Oldham, Justin (Kathy) Oldham, Karami (Ryan) Thomas, Austin and Andi Cochran, Rachel (Jerry) Helwig, Lesley (Brian) Larson, and Michelle (Frank) O'Brien; many great nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Theodore "Ted" Strub. 

To his niece, Katie Schnering, Tim and the family were beyond blessed to have you there in his final days to ensure his absolute comfort! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Tim's family would also like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, Home Instead, and Dr. Cao and staff for their wonderful care of Tim. 

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

 

 

 



Clarence Winter


Clarence (C. H.) Winter, 89, of Galena, IL, formerly of Guilford Township, IL, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Clarence was born on July 14, 1929 in Guilford Township of Jo Daviess County, the youngest child of Wilmer and Minnie (Wolford) Winter. He was united in marriage to Rita R. Pogeman on June 9, 1949 at Holy Trinity Church.

Clarence formerly farmed and was a driver for Flynn Ready Mix for many years, until his retirement. He also was an associate for many years at the Nash, Steinke, Kitchen and Miller Funeral Homes.

He enjoyed sports, traveling, socializing and playing cards. Clarence was a life time member of St. Michael's Church, where he served as usher, a member of Galena Knights of Columbus Council # 696, Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4thDegree, Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Galena Eagles Club. Although he never served, Clarence had a great love and respect for the military.

Surviving is his wife, Rita; four daughters, Rosemary (Ron) Hendrickson and Beverly Feldermann both of Galena, Patti (John) Clark of Mequon, WI. and Joan (friend Patrick Garrity) Duran of Kansas City, MO. a son, Donnie (Deb) Winter of Scales Mound; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Brown of Apple River, and Mona Bodell of Hazel Green, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Minnie; his siblings, Michael, Fred and Carl Winter, Helen Bell, Violet Hesselbacher, Virginia Berlage, Clara Westphal and Sarah Werner, and a son-in-law, Gary Feldermann.

Rita and family extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Matt Gullone, nurses and staff at Midwest Medical Center, Galena, U.W. Hospital and Clincis, Madison and to our caregivers, Bill and Jackie Houy for the wonderful care given to our husband and father.

In lieu of flowers a Clarence Winter memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Eugene L. Rokusek


Eugene L. Rokusek, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Eugene Kutsch will officiate. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 1 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Eugene was born March 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Martha (Duehr) Rokusek. He married Clorinda Sarreo on August 5, 1959 in Malta. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2012.

He served his country with the U.S. Navy.

Eugene was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and Dubuque Screw Products. He later owned his own business-Geno's Custom Steels, which provided knife sharpening for the packing house.

Eugene is survived by three sons, Joseph (Dan Soat) Rokusek of Dubuque, Gene (Lisa) Rokusek of Dubuque, and Tony Rokusek of Dubuque; two brothers, Joseph (Karen) Rokusek of Dubuque, and Arthur (Karen) Rokusek of Asbury; his sister, Lorraine Kleinschrodt of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother in law, Robert "Bob" Kleinschrodt.
The family would like to thank the Guttenberg Care Center for their excellent care.

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



Hazel C. Strohmeyer


Hazel C. Strohmeyer, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday October 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Hazel was born September 12, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Sylvester and Ida (Fleege) Kluck. She married Robert "Pete" Strohmeyer on October 11, 1947 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. On October 11, 2018 they would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

In her early years, Hazel was employed with the Ration Board during World War II, and later at Younker's Department Store. She also worked as a secretary at Hempstead High School.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Hazel was a devoted homemaker for her family-she loved to sew, bake, and cook, and there was never a shortage of desserts around the house. She was generous with her time and support for family, whether it be emotionally or financially. Hazel was widely known for her contagious smile, but also her "Hazel look"!

Hazel is survived by her husband, Robert "Pete" Strohmeyer of Dubuque; her children, Dr. Gary (Nancy) Strohmeyer DDS, of Dubuque, Peggy (John) Thelen of Charter Oak, IA, and Cathy (Ron) Lazum of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren, Dr. Christian and Jesse (friend Melissa) Strohmeyer, Brad (Heather) and Adam (Shay) Andersen, Renee (Nic) Ernst, and Evan and Meriah Thelen; her step grandchildren, Kiara, Cassandra, and Ashley Lazum; fourteen great grandchildren; her sister, Mildred (Don) Schroeder of Dubuque; and her brothers in law, Richard "Dick" Strohmeyer of Dubuque, and John "Jack" Strohmeyer of Mesa, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Roman, Merlin, and Elmer Kluck; her sisters, Lorraine (Bob) Stone and Janet Muntz-Miller; and her brothers and sisters in law, Eleanor (Conrad) Pfiffner, Jean (Karl) Schueller, Arlene "Kate" Dawson, Anthony "Knute" (Evie) Strohmeyer, Opal Strohmeyer, Gladys (Leo) Henkels, Rose Strohmeyer, LaVerne "Bill " (Rita) Strohmeyer, Leah (Leo) Stoffel, Eldon "Ex" (Grace) Strohmeyer, and Don (Marge) Strohmeyer.

Memorials may be made to the Hazel C. Strohmeyer Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.
Hazel's family would like to extend a special thank you for the outstanding love and care received from everyone at Stonehill Care Center, especially 1st Floor and 2nd Floor Memory Ward. Another special thank you goes out to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and all the other caregivers that assisted Hazel.

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



Richard T. Faulhaber


Richard (Dick) T. Faulhaber, 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of DeSoto, IA, died on Wednesday, September 26, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Rd in Dubuque, where there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, September 29, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, at The Church Of The Nativity, Dubuque, with burial following at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Brian Dellaert, Richard's oldest grandson, will officiate.

Dick was born March 21, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Thomas A. and Bernadine (Forbes) Faulhaber. He graduated from St. Ambrose Academy, and began his career in retail management, working for National Tea Company, Arden's, Per Mar, and Welter Storage Equipment. He married Rosemary Conrad, who he met on a blind date, on November 22, 1956 in Keota Iowa at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was a member of Nativity Parish and a 3rd degree Knights Of Columbus. He always enjoyed fishing and most of all watching the Iowa Hawkeyes football team where he had season tickets for over 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years Rosemary, 5 children, Debra (Gary) Dellaert of Dubuque, Mary (David) Coultas of Jacksonville IL, Tom (Brenda) Faulhaber LeClaire IA, Christine O'Keefe of Andover, MN, Robert (Jeanna) Faulhaber of Omaha NE., 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Siblings Michael (Carol) Faulhaber of Davenport, IA, Ann (Tom) Crowley of Edina MN, Thomas (Peggy) Faulhaber of Edina MN; and many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas A. & Bernadine Faulhaber, son in-law John O'Keefe, granddaughter Bernadette Faulhaber, and Father & Mother in-law Joe & Eleanor Conrad.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Kenneth O. Bauer, Sr.


Kenneth O. Bauer Sr., 71, of Sherrill died Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at (time ?). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Ken was born June 18, 1947 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Joseph and Althea (Petche) Bauer.

He graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1965.  After graduation, he served in the US Army where he was stationed in Germany.

He married Linda Brimeyer on June 2, 1973 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2008.

Ken worked as a heavy equipment operator for his career, most recently at Portzen Construction before his retirement.  He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 234.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and gardening.  He also enjoyed woodworking.  He was always there to help anyone who needed it and never said no.

Ken loved spending time with his significant other, Karen Maury.

He is survived by five children, Kenneth O. (Tara) Bauer Jr. of Potosi, Wisc., Heidi (Tim) Brown of Ames, Iowa, Christopher J. (Michelle) Bauer of Waterloo, Iowa, Patrick J. (Shelly Woller) Bower of Dubuque and Jessica L. (Travis Olson) Bauer of Guttenberg; 10 grandchildren, Trenton, Christian, Nelson, Mykaylia, Damian Brody and Layla Bauer, Braxton and Braetyn Brown and Cub Olson; his significant other Karen Maury and her children, Vanessa and Scott and her grandson Austin.

He is also survived by his siblings, Leon (Donna) Bauer, Francis (Brenda) Bauer, Linda Hogan, Julie Johnson, John (Pat) Bauer, Ed Bauer, Mary Jane (Dan) Jacobsen, Laura (Tony) King, Andy (Pam) Bauer and Tim (Dawn) Bauer; his mother in law, Norma Brimeyer; and in laws, Reynold Brimeyer, Karen (Russ) Duve, Elaine (Mike Smith) Fortman, John Brimeyer and Allan Brimeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father in law, Gilbert Brimeyer and  a son, Wayne Patrick Bauer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenneth Bauer Memorial Fund.

 



Maritta Kipper


Maritta ‘Rita' Kipper 81, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Maritta was born July 26, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Herman and Ruth (Frommelt) Behnke.

She married Francis J. Kipper November 26, 1960 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2011.

Maritta graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. She was a nurse's aide at the former Xavier Hospital and then did cleaning at Sacred Heart Church and School, Holy Ghost Church and the Dubuque Shooting Society for many years.

She enjoyed doing cross stitch.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart, and their Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving is a daughter, Karen Kipper, of Dubuque, two sons, Kevin (Lisa) Kipper, of Donahue, Iowa and Ken (Deb) Kipper, of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Ben (Kaitlyn) and Logan Kipper, Dan (Heather) Schmitt, Jessica Schmitt, D.J. (Gail) Hahn and Zach Hahn; great-grandchildren, Jordy Hahn, Olivia and Penny Schmitt and one kipper on the way; siblings, Joe Behnke, Mary Weydert, Bob (Shirley) Behnke; and siblings-in-law, Robert Kipper and Joanne Kipper.
She also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Diane Frick and siblings-in-law, Joy Behnke and Theodore Kipper.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Grace Marie Kane


Grace Marie (Sweeney Dunn) Kane, 91, of Bethany Home Dubuque and formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Saint Patrick Garryowen Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of mass at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born in Zwingle, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Lavina (Hutchins) Sweeney. She married William "Billy" Dunn and he preceded her in death. She later married Paul Kane at Saint Patrick Garryowen Catholic Church. Grace was a member of Saint Patrick Garryowen Rosary Society and a long time employee of the Bernard Elementary School.

She was a faith filled Irish lady with a great love of family.

She is survived by her husband Paul; her children Patrick (Arlene) Dunn, of Des Moines, James (Susan) Dunn, of San Diego, CA, Peggy Dunn Bills, of Arlington Heights, IL, Kevin (Laurie) Kane, of Springfield, MO, and William Dunn, Jr. of Bernard. Nine grandchildren Kelli, Terry, Patrick, Shawn, Carl, Chris, Katherine, Kelsey, and Allison; two great grandchildren Ian and Triston; two great great grandchildren Gracie and Charlie. Two sisters Lela (Charlie) McCormick, of Dubuque and Mary (Merlie) Wagner, of Otter Creek; along with her many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband William "Billy" Dunn; two brothers Levi Joseph "LJ" Sweeney and James Sweeney; and one sister Alice "Bessie" Ehlinger.

Grace's family would like to thank everyone who visited her, and cared for her, both spiritually and physically, especially Fr. Loecke, the Bernard Fire and Rescue Unit, the nurses and staff at Mercy, and the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, along with all her friends and neighbors, your kindness will never be forgotten.



Glen T. Crawford


Glen T. "Moose" Crawford, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Glen Thomas Crawford was born on January 19, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Herbert Ronald and Nellie (Mayo) Crawford. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Joan Myatt on January 26, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Glen was a lifelong resident of Maquoketa and worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 37 years. After retirement, he worked at Theisen's in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Glen had been a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Maquoketa United Church of Christ. He had served on the Maquoketa City Council and for many years had been a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, receiving the distinguished Scouting Silver Beaver Award. He enjoyed and participated in Barbershop music, and also liked camping, canoeing, gardening, bird watching, puzzles, and antiquing for Myott Pottery. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Joan Crawford of Maquoketa, IA; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Pam Crawford of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kelli (Roy) Lines, Kristi (Kent) Bennis, Ryan (Jennifer) Tracy, Angela Quick-Iverson (Erik), and Karma Quick-Panwala (Asit); and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ronald and Jim Crawford, sisters Maxine Crawford and Margaret Ellen Savory, and a daughter Nan Ellen Tracy on July 3, 2018.

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

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



Clarence C. Quint


Clarence C. Quint, 94, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on November 3, 1923, near Worthington, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint. He was raised and educated in the area. 

On November 18, 1947, Clarence was united in marriage to Eleanor Manternach at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cascade. Five daughters were born to this union. Together they farmed near Ryan and Prairieburg. In 1958, they moved to a farm near Dundee. Clarence retired in 1984, and they moved to Manchester. 

Clarence was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. He enjoyed farming, gardening, flowers, working in his apple orchard, and woodworking. He also loved spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his five daughters, Joann (Dick) Hartman, Donna (George) Puffett, and Janet (Ken) Burns, all of Manchester, Doris (Jim) Koopmann of Dyersville, and Julie (Jim) Kennedy of Ogden; 17 grandchildren, Karen Hartman, Dave Hartman, Kathy (Scot) Ruby, Toby (Amy) Hartman, Mary (Tony) Zieser, Herb (Kim) Hartman, Nick (Joni) Puffett, Jay Puffett, Cindy (Dan) Funke, Sherri (Andy) Olsen, Scott (Erin) Burns, Susan (John) Barrett, Ryan (Lynnette) Koopmann, Brieanna (Clint) Hilkin, and Megan, Nathan, and Lauren Kennedy; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Catherine (John) McQuillen of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Mary Quint and Elaine Vaske; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other in-laws. 

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 2008; his parents; two sisters, Mary (Jerry) and Loretta (Art) Vaske; and three brothers, Lawrence, Vernon (Catherine), and Sylvester Quint.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials. 

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

Mass of Christian Burial:11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend Dennis Quint, Reverend Neil Manternach, and Reverend Gabriel Anderson as concelebrants. 

Visitation: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the church. 

Interment:St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa 

Casket Bearers: Grandsons

 

 



Steven F. Bettcher


Steven F. Bettcher, age 62, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 2:02 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at home. To honor Steve's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Steve was born on October 25, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Elsie (Hudson) Bettcher.

Steve was born and raised in Dubuque and quickly learned the value of hard work, the importance of personal convictions and the rewards of living an honorable life. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1974, and next joined the U.S. Marines for 10 years before completing his service with another 11 years in the U.S. Army; where he served his final tour of duty in Desert Storm. Staff Sergeant Steve Bettcher always loved his country, the divine providence upon which our founders created the potential for true freedom and prosperity for all, and was consistently involved in local politics in order to keep a close eye on the world that was going to be left behind for his grandkids to thrive in. Steve was united in marriage to his true love, Beverly Hardy, on July 2, 1998, in Dubuque, and they have been blessed with 20 wonderful years together. In his free time, Steve loved to spend time out in the great outdoors enjoying a nice morning chasing after that ever elusive "hole in one", or sometimes even a relaxing afternoon baiting his hook on the waters edge, or quietly walking around the countryside while on the hunt for a few pheasant or squirrels to keep his shooting skills sharp. But, at the end of the day there was no doubt that family, faith and freedom were the 3 largest priorities in Steve's life. He knew and understood that this life is temporary and that at any moment the decisions we make would not only impact our eternity, but also the legacy and role-modeling we thankfully leave behind for those we love. Steve has been called home much too early, but we are forever grateful for the wonderful example he has set and we have no doubt that Heaven is celebrating as their newest soul has come walking through the gates with his "Don't Tread On Me" flag firmly in hand while properly exhibiting a little wear and tear from their earthly journey. Thank you Steve for your service and devotion to all whom were placed along your path and may the Lord bless you until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his wife,
Beverly Bettcher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Jacob (Kayla) Bettcher, Dubuque, IA,
Troy (Kristi) Bettcher, Sun Prairie, WI
and Chrystall (Ryan) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
James, Clairice and Lillian Bettcher, and Jacob, Gabriel and Erykah Schreiber;

his siblings,
Mike (Karen) Bettcher, DeWitt, IA,
Dawn (Terry) Smothers, Dubuque, IA
and Jeff (Tami) Bettcher, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Sister Ann Ellen Quirk, BVM


Sister Ann Ellen Quirk, BVM, 87, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Caritas Center. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 1:15 p.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Ann Ellen was a music teacher in Clinton, Iowa; Chicago; Rock Island, Ill.; and Wilmington, Ill., where she also served as pastoral associate and parish minister.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 8, 1931, to William James and Margaret Mary Roe Quirk. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee.

She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Catherine (Robert) Kiesl, and brothers William (Grace) and Robert.

She is survived by a sister Margaret Quirk, Muskego, Wis.; sister-in-law Marlene Quirk, West Bend, Wis.; nieces; nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.

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

Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Richard Vyverberg


Richard Vyverberg, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 28th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Paul Peckosh officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa on August 20, 1936, the son of Milton Benjamin and Marie (Billmeyer) Vyverberg. He married Carole J. (Mann Nothaft) on May 22, 1982. He is a United States Army veteran serving for two years.

Mr. Vyverberg was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works from 1955 to 1992 where he worked as Journeyman Tool and Die Maker and later as a manufacturing Engineer.

He enjoyed Bass fishing, playing golf with his wife, woodworking, and spending time with His grandchildren.
He was a former member of Knights of Columbus Council 5513, Dubuque Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dubuque Bass Club, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, & John Deere Supervisors club.

He is survived by his wife Carole, his son Greg (Kim) Vyverberg, of Dubuque, his daughter Kim Vyverberg, of Davenport, Iowa; two step-daughters Laura (Troy) Lash and Lisa (Roger) Oberbroeckling-Higgins. Six grandchildren, Nichole (Shane) Freiburger, Jacob (Stephanie Allen) Vyverberg, Jessica and Sarah Oberbroeckling, all of Dubque, Rachel and Audrey Lash of Indianola, Iowa. Great grandchildren Cash Freiburger and Cora Allen. Two sisters, Shirley (Ben) Schroeder and Joan (Clare) Snodgrass, of Dubuque; along with his former spouse Beverly Vyverberg.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Elizabeth Vyverberg and grandparens Tony and Veronica Billmeyer and a grandson Mitchell Oberbroeckling who passed on August 25, 2000.

A special thank you to the 5th Floor nurses at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for the exceptional care they gave to Richard.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. It was Richard's wish to have these funds help a wounded veteran.



Stephen P. DeLire


Stephen P. "Steve" DeLire, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday morning, September 22, 2018 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Visitation is from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Steve was born on August 24, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Adrian P. and Sylvia J. (Thoma) DeLire. He was a 1962 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Steve served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, on the USS Hornet and was also stationed in Guam.

On October 19, 1968 he married Janet (Craig) Morrison in Moline, Illinois. Steve was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a pipe fitter, retiring in 1995. He continued operating DeLire Rental Properties and other businesses.

He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. Steve was a die-hard Cubs fan, he loved camping and time spent with his family. Whenever possible he enjoyed his Harley.
Grandpa was the Creator of the Rock a doodle doo. A story for his grandkids.

Steve was a great husband, Dad, grandpa, uncle, friend and landlord, whatever you knew him best as. He will be truly missed by all.

Surviving is his wife, Janet; six children, Bill (Lynn) Morrison of East Dubuque, Tracy (Rick) Bankson and Dawn Morrison, both of Dubuque, Scott DeLire of East Dubuque, and Vance (Tricia) DeLire and Craig (Amy) DeLire both of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian and Sylvia, and a sister, Mary Ann Schwendinger.

A Stephen P. DeLire memorial fund has been established.

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



Patricia A. Kohlenberg


Patricia A. Kohlenberg, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at her residence on Sunday, September 23, 2018, with her loving family by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.

She was born on July 2, 1954, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the daughter of James R. and Charlotte (Hermsen) Kluesner. Pat graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and in 1972 she graduated from Bloomington High School. Pat furthered her education at Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, earning a degree in medical transcription.

She was employed with Grant County Land Conservation Office and the Commission on Aging, as well as Grant Regional Health Center, and Montessori Pre-School.

On July 31, 2009, she was united in marriage to Cal Kohlenberg.

Pat enjoyed going to garage sales and collecting antiques. She dearly loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Cal; her children: Jeremy (Sarah) and Jen (Forbes Van Altena) Wagner; step-children: Jared (Alex) and Brent (Lauren) Kohlenberg; grandchildren: Brandon, Cody, and Anna Wagner, Remi and Nora Kohlenberg; her siblings: Jim (Jeannie) Kluesner, Jr.; Karen (Joe) Gates; Tom (Marlene) Kluesner; Sally (Tom) Bennett; Linda (Rod) Kaufman; Mary (Rod) Neis; many nieces, nephews and her former husband, Tim Wagner.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, James and Charlotte Kluesner.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Patricia A. Kohlenberg Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is entrusted with her care.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Judith Tigges


Judith "Judy" Tigges, 80, of W. Peoria, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Heddington Oaks, skilled nursing care facility.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, September 28 at the Church of the Resurrection. A visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m., Friday at the church, where a short memorial video will be presented at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy worked at Sweetheart Bakery, Bishop's Buffet, and Sisters of the Presentation. She was a member of the Resurrection Church Choir and Women's Guild. She enjoyed making rosary beads for the missionaries and spending time volunteering at The Christ Child Society and The Sisters of Charity Soup Kitchen. Her most treasured accomplishment was creating a weekly rosary group at Heddington Oaks.

Judy was born on November 10, 1937 in Epworth, IA, daughter of Marie Connolly. She married Richard Tigges on September 3, 1960 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, step sister, and friend who was loved by all.

Surviving are her two daughters, Janice (Dan) Christianson, of Dunlap, IL and Jolene (Jimmy) Dolan, of Fort Collins, CO; a son, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Tigges, of Parker, CO; two step brothers, Dudley (Diane) Huber, of Farmerville, LA and Robert (Mary) Huber, of Solon, IA and six grandchildren: Amanda, Rachel, Joshua, Lauren, Jenna and Jessie.

She was preceded in death by her mother and husband.

Memorials may be given to St. Therese Society of the Little Flower, 800-621-2806, 1313 N. Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561.

The Tigges family would like to extend a special thank you to Heddington Oaks, Methodist Unity Point Hospice Services, and Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home for all of their kind and loving care and support.



Richard W. Hanson


Richard W. "Dick" Hanson, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 21, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Richard Wayne Hanson was born on May 3, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert Willis and Neoma Lucille (Hardin) Hanson. He grew up in Maquoketa, attended Maquoketa schools and earned his GED. He married Mona Mohr and to this union two children were born, Janette and Brian. They divorced and he married Lois M. Carr on November 27, 1968 in Rock Island, Illinois, and together they had a daughter Michele. Lois preceded him in death on October 30, 1999. He later married Janet Usher Snyder on August 5, 2005 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Dick had first worked at Farmall in the Quad Cities for a short time. He then worked for the Jones County Highway Maintenance Department and transferred to Jackson County where he worked for 36 years retiring in 2006.

Dick was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Janet Hanson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Janette (Peter) Dunne of Baldwin, IA, Brian (Robin) Hanson of Shelby Township, MI, and Michele (Ed) Zilch of Davenport, IA; step-children, Jerry (Ruth) Potter of Rockford, MN, Terry Potter of Trinity, TX, Carolyn Potter of Monmouth, IA, Randy Potter of St. Louis, MO, Mike (Sherry) Snyder of Maquoketa, IA, Brenda (Kirk) Hayden of Robins, IA, and Teresa (Mark) Paine of Billings, MT; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; 12 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; a sister Mary (Sam) Caven of Baldwin, IA; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lois, a brother Marvin (Ellen) Hanson, and a sister Esther (Dean) Rickels.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard W. "Dick" Hanson memorial fund has been established.

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



Loras F. Koppes


Loras F. "Dutsy" Koppes, 77, of Scotch Grove, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Unity Point - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from Noon until 2 pm Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Temple Hill where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 pm. Burial will be in the church cemetery and Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.

Loras was born July 8, 1941, in Monticello the son of Herbert and Frances (Moorman) Koppes. He graduated from school in Cascade and served in the Army National Guard.

He enjoyed driving truck nationwide, playing music and socializing.

Survivors include his children: Lisa Smith of Waverly, Randy (Beth) Koppes of Iowa City, Marty Koppes of Monticello, Tim Koppes of Dubuque, Jen (Dom) Luensman of Monticello, Ben (Andrea) Koppes of Ely and Anna (Trevor) Siebels of Monticello; the mother of his children, Joan Koppes of Monticello; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; siblings: Arlene (Earl) Takes of Cedar Rapids, Thomas Koppes of AZ, Kenneth Koppes of Iowa City and James (Diane) Koppes of Cascade, a friend, Erma Heiken of Wyoming, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Koppes of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances, his step-mother, Erma (Kelchen), his father, Herbert, a stillborn son, Francis, a friend, Ella Brokaw, a brother Ronald, a stillborn brother, Robert, a sister Rose Ann Vondracek.

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



Clarence R. Lahr


Clarence R. Lahr, 94, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Clarence was born August 8, 1924, in Worthington, Iowa son of Nicholas and Mary (Krogman) Lahr.  He married Adella Willenbring on Sept. 25, 1951, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for a time in the Worthington area until making their home in Petersburg where they continued to farm.  He had several other jobs including working at the Ertl Company for 10 years.  In 2006, they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.  

Survivors include his two daughters: Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; 9 grandchildren: Tammy (Adam) Gurewitz, Becky (Troy) McKnight, Tim Stoffel, Jesse Lahr, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr, Travis (Sidney) Lahr, Aaron (special friend Jenaya Hargrafen) Lahr, James (fiancé Adriane House) Ronnau and Shannon (Dustin) Smiers; 10 great grandchildren with another due in October; a sister, Mary Jane Felton of Cascade and Loras' fiancé, Kate Jones of Princeville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Adella, a son, Loras "Butch" Lahr; brothers and sisters: John Lahr, Joe (Isabelle) Lahr, Al (Germaine) Lahr, Nick (Mary Jane) Lahr, Veronica (Henry) Russ, Margaret (John Russ and Tom) Oehler, Loretta Lahr, Rose (Wally) Nehl, Alvin "Bud" Lahr and Theresa (Jerry) Goedken;  brothers-in-law: Joe Felton, John (Hilda) Willenbring, Albert (Stacy) Willenbring and Lawrence "Sonny" (Verna) Willenbring; 5 sisters-in-law: Frances and Leona Willenbring, Rose (Anton) Mormann, Irene (Frank) Sassen and Tillie (Lawrence) Rolfes;  Parents-in-law, Louis and Anna Willenbring.

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

 

 



Virginia L. Wing


Virginia L. "Ginny" Wing, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 24th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Virginia was born on November 12th, 1930 in Louvain, Belgium, the daughter of Snowden and Myrl (Garretson) Clary. At the age of five, she and her parents moved to Tennessee, Wisconsin, and eventually to Maquoketa, Iowa.

She is a graduate of Maquoketa High School, where she participated in band, chorus, theater arts and loved to play the piano.

On May 29th, 1951, Virginia married her Highschool sweetheart, Jack L. Wing, at the Maquoketa Methodist Parsonage. Jack and Virginia raised their family in Maquoketa, Davenport and Dubuque before retiring to Nita Ho Valley near St. Donatus, where they lived for 25 years.

She worked at both Xavier and Mercy Hospitals as unit secretary for 23 years.

Virginia enjoyed bowling, being with her friends in T.O.P.S., and was an Honorary member of the Luxembourg Society.

Virginia had a great smile, an infectious laugh, and a generous heart. She was a wonderful daughter, loving wife, doting mother and grandmother, and a loyal friend. She loved traveling, reading, playing croquet, and dancing. Her three trips to Luxembourg and Belgium in her later years were a dream come true. Most of all, she loved and treasured her family.

She is survived by her three children: Valerie (Paul) McNally of Iowa City, Martin (Heidi) Wing, and Sue (Don) Broadwell of Dubuque; Seven grandchildren and their spouses, and six great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jack; her parents; one sister, one brother; and one step-brother.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family is grateful for the amazing care given to Mom by all the employees of Stonehill Care Center. They are a community of pure love and Christ-like compassion. Mom was touched by the cards, notes and visits from friends which so lifted her spirits.

 



Sister Kathleen O’Sullivan, BVM (Donall)


Sister Kathleen O'Sullivan, BVM (Donall), 90, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Natural Burial Rite of Committal was Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery. Sharing of Memories will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at 10:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall chapel followed by a Memorial Mass.

Sister Kathleen was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Butte, Mont.; San Francisco and Kauai, Hawaii. She also served as principal in Kauai and in Missoula, Mont. She ministered as a religious education teacher, receptionist, and volunteer hospice coordinator in Butte, Mont., and as coordinator of religious education, parish minister, and volunteer in social justice programs in Missoula, Mont.

She was born on May 13, 1928, in San Francisco, to Daniel and Katherine Murphy O'Sullivan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from St. Philip Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Sheila O'Sullivan.

She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 72 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Lulu B. Stewart


Lulu B. Stewart, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 19, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Lulu was born on December 6, 1937 in Raleigh, IL the daughter of Raymond and Edna Lucille (Cowsert) McVay. She married Andy Stewart on May 28th, 1956 in Raleigh, IL. She worked at the Shoe Tree in Hinsdale, IL until retirement.

Lulu's true love was her husband Andy. They did everything together, even worked side by side for 40 years. Her family was her heart and joy. She absolutely loved the Chicago Bulls and rarely missed watching a game.

She is survived by her daughters Cynthia Feldott, of Dubuque, and Jennifer Bodoh, of Troy. MO. Sisters, Lynn Regan, Margene Martin and Fonda Parker. Grandchildren, Brad Feldott, Brian Feldott, Kelli Feldott, Kasey Godek, Melissa Stewart, Aaron Bodoh, and Jett Bodoh along with 16 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Andy; her parents Raymond and Lucille McVay, Son-in-law Kevin Feldott and a brother T. J. McVay.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Chadwick Nachtmann and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Betty Mae Hines


Betty Mae Hines, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at her son's home. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on March 18, 1935, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Inez Rose (Jahnke) Schutte.

Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald J. Hines, on May 10, 1952, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. The two were blessed with 24 years, and 5 wonderful children, before Don was called home suddenly on April 22, 1977. Betty was a devoted wife and mother who also put her God given talents to work outside of the home in the publishing and printing industry for several years before finishing her working career as a cashier at the Five Flags Center. Her faith was an integral part of her daily life and Betty was an active and long-time member of Holy Trinity Church. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with her beloved husband, Don, and her son, Jeffrey in their new and eternal heavenly home. We will miss you dearly Betty and are grateful for the memories you leave behind for us to treasure.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Kathryn (Jeff) Hasley, Ottumwa, IA,
Sandra (Devin) Cline, San Tan Valley, AZ,
Greg (Kelly) Hines, Peosta, IA
and Chris (Donna) Hines, Scottsdale, AZ;

her daughter-in-law,
Janet Hines, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Shannon (Jake) Veach, Stacey (Jon Kluck) Hines, Lindsey (Ben) Cooper, Chrystal (Andy) Blauveldt, Seth (Meghan) Hines, Summer (Dustin) Brookhart, Vanessa (Kevin) Forristall, Brandon (Shamica) Hasley, Rachael Hasley, Josh (Danah) Laugeson, Quinn (Gabriel Aguillar) Hines, Corbyn Hines and Dylan Spann;

her 18 great-grandchildren;

and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Hines; a son, Jeffrey Hines; and a sister, Helen Kleinschrodt.

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



Veronica M. Hagemann


Veronica M. Hagemann, 89, of Dyersville, formerly of New Vienna, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Oakcrest Manor, Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, September 26th from 9-9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Veronica was born July 20, 1929, in Garnavillo, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Veronica (Berns) Hoeger. She was the second youngest of eight children and received her education at St. Joseph's school in Garnavillo.

Veronica married John W. Hagemann on May 7, 1952, in St. Joseph's Church in Garnavillo.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, sewing, coloring, crossword puzzles and was a master at cooking & baking. Veronica took great joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Surviving are her five children: Mary Hagemann, Kevin (Diane) Hagemann both of Dyersville, David (Marlene) and James (Deb) Hagemann both of New Vienna, Donna (Rick) Kratz of Peoria, AZ, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brother: Gerald Hoeger of Garnavillo, in-laws: Inez Hoeger of Prairie Du Chein, WI, Clarence Meyer of Monona, Walter (Irene) Hagemann of San Diego, CA., Inez Hagemann of New Vienna Julius (Betty) Hagemann, Eileen Hagemann both of Dyersville, James Hesselmann of Niwot, CO, LaVerne Hagemann of Tequesta, FL., Kathleen Hagemann of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 2013, a son, Philip in infancy, siblings: Herman, Vincent, Martha, Lambert, Loretta, Hoeger, Irma Meyer, in-laws: Urban (Grace) Hagemann, Charles, Joseph and James Hagemann, Cindy Hagemann, Joan Hesselmann, Fritz (Delores) Bierman and Edwin Hagemann.

A special Thank You to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna Scherbring and to all the wonderful caregivers who work at Oakcrest Manor for the loving support you gave to Veronica.

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



Marian Lavone Richey


Marian Lavone Richey, 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Linn Manor in Marion, IA.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marian was born on October 18, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Reinhardt and Helen (Doerr) Schmidt. Marian met and married the love of her life, Rodney William Richey on October 22, 1949 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA.

Marian enjoyed playing bingo with her daughter Laurie, going to the casino with Dennis and Laurie, eating Godfather's pizza, shopping, and watching NASCAR Racing (Jeff Gordon was her favorite driver). She devoted her life to caring for her family.

Those left to cherish Marian's memory include her five children, Diane (Sid) Arnold, Steve (Cindy) Richey, Tom Richey, Dennis Richey, and Laurie (John) Denes; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; her siblings, Bud Schmidt and Jannan Hancock; and her sister in law, Ora Schmidt. 

Marian was preceded in death by her loving husband Rodney; her parents; her mother in law and father in law; a sister, Helen (Ray) Hintgen; two brothers, Raymond Schmidt and Melvin Schmidt; a sister in law, Vernetta Schmidt; and two brothers in law, Bill Hancock and Raymond Hintgen. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Linn Manor Nursing Home and Hospice Compassus.

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



Ronald T. Amundson


Ronald T. Amundson, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at home surrounded by his wife and children.

Join the family for a celebration of life from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque. Service at 4 p.m., followed by a celebration of life reception from 5-7pm at the church. Rev. Josh Martyn will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements. 

Ron was born January 11, 1925 in White Bear Lake, MN, the son of Adolph and Lila (Lapham) Amundson. He married Joan Skogstad on August 4th, 1962 in Eleva, Wisconsin.

Ron was a family man; his wife and children and their lives were his priority. Earlier this year Ron and Joan celebrated fifty-six years of marriage. With the love, care, and support of Joan he become the man that so many people loved and cherished. 

He graduated from high school in Excelsior, MN where he excelled in athletics winning multiple state championships in track and field while being a four-sport varsity athlete.
In 1943 he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the Thirteenth Airborne Division 513 Parachute Infantry - where he completed 13 jumps during World War II.

After returning from the service he worked at Amundson Boat Works in White Bear Lake, MN, a family business that built the sailing ships that drove commerce on the "Great Lakes" of the upper Midwest.

Following his service, he became a general contractor in the housing industry in Minnesota. Ron was a salesman for multiple companies and celebrated a 50 plus year career. He had an innate ability to listen and care for his customers as friends and clients first - not just customers.

Ron was an avid sports fan his entire life. An accomplished athlete in his youth he regularly shot his age in golf into his 80's. He could break 100 with only an 8 iron until his last round.

His love of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings was unbending. He leaves us with being one of the few that have seen an Iowa Rose Bowl win for Iowa, a Chicago Cubs World Series win and multiple Minnesota Viking's Super Bowl appearances.

He was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association for 19 years and a driver for Duride, providing help to those in need for many years for people in his hometown Dubuque, IA.

Ronald "Ron" Amundson was a great person, father, and friend and he will be missed by his family, friends and all the people he encountered throughout his life.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Joan; 5 children, Greg (Marty)Amundson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronald Amundson II of Dubuque, Laurie Paulsen of Dubuque, Kristin (John) Foley of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jill (Jason) McMurray of Franklin, Tennessee; fourteen grandchildren, two great granddaughters and a brother Bill Amundson of Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Adolph and Lila Amundson and brother Alan Amundson.

A special thank you to the staff at Finley Hospital and the people at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, our family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Hoffmann-Schneider for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.

Memorial donations in memory of Ron may be made to Hospice of Dubuque and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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



Beverly J. Duggan


Beverly J. "Bev" Duggan, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Sarasota, FL passed away on September 9th, 2018 at home.

Private family services will be held at a later date in the Cassville Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

On the 2nd day of May 1940, a moonbeam cast Bev's light far and wide here on earth. Her love and support was given generously among the many kindred spirits she called Friend or Family. Left behind are 5 shooting stars and their comets as she is now the moonshadow. The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It's always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it's a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.

Beverly is survived by her children, Cheryl (Dave) Jansen, of East Dubuque, IL, Christy Benton, Dubuque, IA, Curtis Herbst, of Galena, IL, Jodi (Joel) Oss, of Sarasota, FL, Jay Duggan, of Dubuque, IA, her 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, her aunts, Virginia Eudaley, Dubuque, IA, June Silverberg, San Juan Capistrano, CA, her uncle, Arnold "Skip" (Mary) Lang, Dubuque, IA, her niece, Robin (Steve) Welbes Kane, Cedar Rapids, IA, her nephews, Shelby Joseph Welbes, Cedar Rapids, IA, Dawson Peter Williams, Dubuque, IA.

Beverly was preceded in death by her mother and step-father Rachel Lang Fullbright and Delbert Fullbright; her father, Kenneth Foell; one sister Sandra Williams; and a son in infancy, Alois Herbst.

Contributions to Hospice of Dubuque or American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank everyone for the kindness and care shown during this difficult loss. A special thank you goes out to Hospice of Dubuque and Florida Cancer Specialists.



Owen Dean Thorson


Owen Dean Thorson, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Owen's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 P.M. on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at The Cambridge Cemetery, in Cambridge, Iowa, with military honors.

Owen was born on October 14, 1939 in Cambridge, to Eric Selmer and Alice Mae (Nelson) Thorson. He attended high school in Cambridge, graduating in 1957. After graduation, he attended Luther College in Decorah, where he earned a Business degree in 1961. Upon graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge 1963. He then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and was employed as a district sales representative for Standard Oil. He left Kansas City, and traveled the world for the next two years, visiting 41 countries. Upon his return, Owen worked as an instructor for the Iowa State University speech department, while earning his master's degree in counseling. In 1974, he moved to Maquoketa, where he worked as a high school guidance counselor for the Maquoketa Community School District. He retired in 2004. Additionally, during the summers, he worked as a Pioneer Hi-Bred seed field inspector supervisor for 36 years.

Owen married Karen Louise Hartley on April 24, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Owen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Maquoketa Club Optimist International, serving as a past President in 1996, American School Counselors Association, Iowa Counselors Association, serving as a past President from 1984-1985, and the Sons of Norway. His favorite pastime was observing wildlife around Hurstville, following college football, and collecting lightning rod balls.

Those left to honor Owen's memory include his wife, Karen Thorson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Emily (Robert) Deschner of Palatine, IL, and Eric (Whitney) Thorson of Ankeny, IA; 2 grandchildren, Kara Mae Deschner and Dean Samuel Thorson; a brother, Eric (Marlene) Thorson of Irvine, CA; and sisters, Delores Lewis of Urbandale, IA, and Adelia Heitland of Des Moines, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bonnie Lou Thorson and Stella Glew.

Memorials may be made to Luther College or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Ruth M. Argus


Ruth M. Argus, age 73, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

She was born on April 23, 1945 in Cambria, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Loretta (Leeser) Argus. Ruth attended the St. Andrew grade school in Tennyson, graduated from Potosi High School, and then went on to cosmetology school in Dubuque. She was a beautician for many years, then worked at HyVee and Mercy Medical Center until her retirement.

Ruth lived with her parents for many years in Tennyson, WI, helping care for them until her mother passed in 1981 and her father in 1994; her family will always be grateful for her loving care and assistance with their parents.

Following her time in Tennyson, Ruth moved to Dubuque where she has lived since. In her free time, she enjoyed shopping, especially at Dollar General and Walgreens. Ruth greatly loved her nieces and nephews and was godmother to several of them.

Ruth is survived by three sisters: Judi (Patrick) Sullivan, Charlene Stephens, and Joanne McGuire; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Patzner; a niece, Marti Kay; and two brothers-in-law: Robert "Bob" McGuire and Donald "Dean" Stephens.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Ruth M. Argus Memorial Fund has been established. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Potosi is entrusted with her services.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Delmer E. Scales


Delmer E. Scales, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 16th, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

According to his wishes, no public visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Delmer was born on February 12, 1934 in Monterey, California the son of Edwin and Julia (Patty) Scales. He graduated from Monterey High School and The School of Hard Knocks and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps where he received an honorable discharge.

He was a self-employed drywall contractor. He took every opportunity from the time he was a young man until late in life to participate in athletic endeavors in all forms.
He married Laura Wilson on April 6, 1958 in Pacific Grove, CA.

Some of our earliest memories involve getting wrestled and battered playfully by the almost impossibly large and gnarled hands of a man who hung drywall for his entire life. By the grace of God his great grandchildren have those memories of him also. If you met Del Scales you were given something to remember him by; plastic solar toys from the Dollar Tree, stories of football with John Madden at Cal Poly, incessant flirtation with our grandmother, ears of corn to feed the squirrels in winter or fresh walnuts to feed his grandchildren in fall. He is a man who spent his life building, giving and wrestling.

We never knew our grandfather to rest or quit and we do not suspect he is doing so now. He likely met God with tools in hand and some opinions on what could be fixed around the place. Perhaps he is even coaching Jacob about how to pin the angel in their famous wrestling match.

He is survived by his wife Laura; daughter Stephanie (Tim) O'Connell, sons Steve (Serena) Scales and Scott (Pam) Scales. Grandchildren; Luke (Meghan), Sean (Kendel), Molly (Leo), Patrick, Zach, Sydney (Alex), Sophie (Weston), Sawyer, Shelby (Jake), Sabrina, and Samuel; along with 5 great grandchildren; and Jill Crimmins-Scales.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved grandmother and one brother.

Memorials may be given to 24 Hour Care, Hospice of Dubuque or Hillcrest Family Services.

The family wishes to thank 24 Hour Care and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Christine and Cindy.



Lucille M. Hartford


Lucille M. "Lou" Hartford, 93, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lou may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the funeral home.
Services for Lou will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's cemetery.

Lou was born July 6, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Gertrude (Koenig) Frommelt. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa. On August 16, 1943 she was united in marriage to Robert W. Hartford at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1982.

Lou was a homemaker and caregiver and enjoyed bowling for many years with the Farley Women's Leagues and playing cards with friends. She loved to see the grandkids and great grandchildren come to visit.

God has given us opportunities to show love to a dear mom who loved us all so well when she was able and strong. Her smiles and laughter and quirky ways and funny words warms our hearts.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Hartford of Dubuque, IA, Timothy (Sue) Hartford of Wonewoc, WI; one daughter, Debra (Jerry) Jasper of Farley, IA; one son-in-law, Milo Mueller of Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; Greg (Jeni) Hartford, Gerry (Sherry) Hartford, Jeff (Amber Marie) Hartford, Kathy Pickering, Lisa (Tom) Rubbo, Koleen (Nugene) Parks, Elli Kitto, Josh (Sara) Jasper, Tom (Heidi) Jasper, Doug (Jenny) Jasper; 20 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lumilda Frommelt of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Richard Tranel of Monroe, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, John M. Hartford; one daughter, Sharon A. Mueller; one grandson, Gary Hartford, one great grandson, Michael Hartford; daughter-in-law, Jayne Hartford; three brothers, Donald (Mildred) Frommelt, Art (Dorothy) Frommelt, and George Frommelt; five sisters, Marcella (Nick) Behnke, Ruth (Herman) Behnke, Bernice (Earl) Kiefer, Madonna Tranel and Marie Frommelt.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for all their loving care and support they gave to mom.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



James Gronau


James Gronau, 60, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 14, 2018, of natural causes. 

According to his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. 

Jim was born September 14, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Elizabeth "Betty" (Burns) Gronau. In 1977, he graduated from Hempstead High School. He married Jackie Schoenauer on September 22, 2012 at Eagle Point Park.

Jim was employed at Tri State Quality Metals, and most recently at A.Y. MacDonald. 

Our Jim was a man of many talents who was loved by many. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. He was always there to help family or a friend. He knew no strangers and made everyone around feel comfortable and smile. 

Jim loved fishing and gardening, he was the family comedian-often cracking himself up with his own jokes, a master of glass and metal works, refurbishing and recycling everything old-his vision allowed him to see something new and his skills enabled him to make something new from those items. He loved to cook and can his gardens' treasures. If you asked him, he was a master chef as well. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie; his step-children, Jessica "Jessie" Loewen, Cory (Amy) Kamm, and Cheryl Kamm; his grandchildren, Emma Loewen, and Gaby, Maliek, and Dustin; his siblings, Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Debbie (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, Dedee (Tom) Cosgrove, and Dave (Terri) Gronau; his siblings-in-law, Sandy Gronau, Vickie (Bruce) Wagner, Eugene Welter, and Bobbie Lynch; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe, Herm, and many others. 

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Fred; his sister-in-law Becky Welter; and his parents-in-law, Bob and June Schoenauer. 

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

Our hearts are so heavy, and we were not ready for you to leave. "Fly with the angels, pilgrim" 

 

 

 



Robert J. Wernke


Robert J. Wernke, 78, of Dyersville passed away at home on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born February 8, 1940, in Holy Cross the son of John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke.  He married Janet K. Middlekauff on February 7, 1970, in Anamosa, Iowa.  Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years under Union Local 234.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janet in 2017, one son, Douglas Wernke in 2012, parents-in-law: John and Elizabeth Middlekauf, a brother, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, and a brother-in-law, Don Klein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 



Constance J. Breitbach


Constance J. "Connie" Breitbach, 68, of Cascade Iowa passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:55 a.m., at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa. There will be a Cascade American Legion Auxiliary service held at 5:00 p.m. and a wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the funeral home.

Services for Connie will be held Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Connie was born June 2, 1950 in Monticello, Iowa. She is the daughter of Eugene and Dorothy (Ruley) Picray. Connie received her education in the Monticello area schools. On February 17, 1968 she was united in marriage to Gerald "Fritz" Breitbach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, Iowa. She was employed at Georgia Pacific in Monticello until her retirement in 2011.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, visiting casino's, cooking, baking and especially canning foods. She loved taking bus trips to the many area casino's.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Breitbach of Cascade, IA; two sons, Joe (Stacie) Breitbach of Monticello, IA and Steve (Amy) Breitbach of Ankeny, IA; three grandchildren; Clint, Zach, and Ava: one brother, Ron (Jane) Picray of Monticello, IA; one sister, Judy (Duane) Sternhagen of Hopkinton, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Sharon "Potts" Meyer of East Dubuque, IL, Lois (Rick) Scott of Epworth, IA and Vickie (Stu Hetherington) Holub of Mesa, AZ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Eugene Picray Jr., and one sister, Marlene Moats.

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



Sarah J. Current


Sarah J. Current, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sarah's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sarah Jane Treadwell was born on July 1, 1936 in Waynesboro, Tennessee to Samuel Grady and Josie (Brown) Treadwell. She was a 1954 graduate of Waynesboro High School and then attended Austin Peay College in Clarksville, Tennessee where she met her future husband, James "Jim" Current Jr. who was stationed in the military at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. They were married on December 23, 1955 in Waynesboro, Tennessee. To this union two children were born, Thomas Randy and Linda.

Sarah was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Jim Current Plastering in Maquoketa. She most notably had worked as the Deputy Clerk for the Clerk of Courts at the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa for over 18 years.

Sarah enjoyed flowers, gardening and volunteering at Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. She loved spending time with her family and was especially proud of each of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Sarah's memory include her husband, James "Jim" Current of Maquoketa, IA; children, Randy (Joan) Current of Clinton, IA, and Linda (Tom) Stewart of Preston, IA; a sister Dorothy Sainsbury of Lawrenceburg, TN; and 3 grandchildren Andrew Stewart, Matthew Current and Anna Current. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Jackson County Health Foundation, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Amy Louise Oppenheimer


Amy Louise Oppenheimer, age 52, died Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals after a brief illness.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 19, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. Visitation will be begin that day at 9:00 am, in the church.

Amy was born September 19, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Robert and Judith Oppenheimer. She attended school at both Franklin and Audubon, participated in Special Olympics, and worked at Area Residential Care and Goodwill Industries.

For all who knew Amy,
you'll remember her wit and charm with a sly grin,
her sense of style with a wide eye,
her compassion with a wet kiss,
her love of country music with a "ye-ha,"
and her sense of adventure with an "Amy story."
How good life is that God creates us in so many varied ways.

Surviving are her brother Eric; brother Todd (wife Rita) of Edwards, Colorado; sister Carey (husband Dan Lange) of East Dubuque, Illinois; and her nieces and nephews whom Amy called her own: Jenna Oppenheimer; and Adrienne (friend Luis), Nick, R.J. (wife Ashley), Peter (friend Kaitlyn), Sam, Jerry (wife Miranda), Greg (friend Lindsey), and Grace Lange.

Amy was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Judith, and her grandparents John and Myrtle Oppenheimer and Hubert and Hazel Hume, who loved her completely.

Thank you to friends and extended family at Franklin and Audubon, Area Residential Care, Special Olympics, Iowa Department of Human Services, Goodwill, and Sunnycrest Manor. You have "done all things well" (Mark 7:37).

An Amy L. Oppenheimer Memorial has been established.
The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Ill. Is serving the family. ©



Debra Ann Hillard


Debra Ann Hillard, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 11th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by her family.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street Street, where a service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Debra was born on February 14, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Milton and Doris (Williams) Roth. She married Dennis "Wally" Hillard on June 30th, 1979 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

Over the years she worked as a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and Heritage Manor. She also worked as a Case Manager at Cottingham & Butler and that was the job that she loved the most.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John's Vestry and was a Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and Monday Night Ladies Poker.

Debra enjoyed cooking for family and friends, playing the One-Armed Bandits at the Diamond Jo and looking for bargains at Goodwill; but she especially loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her husband Dennis "Wally" Hillard; sons Joe Brenke and Josh (Megan) Hillard; daughter Kim (Rob Hirsbrunner) Harvey; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dennis Roth.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their kind efforts and care. To Dick and Jan Markus for all their help and friendship over the years. A big thank you to Dennis's brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews for all the help, care and support during this difficult time, along with other family and friends who have reached out to us.



Dorothy Marie Ellerbach


Dorothy Marie Ellerbach, 91, of Holy Cross, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dorothy was born March 20, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Klein) Leick. On January 28, 1948, she married Ernest G. Ellerbach at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Together they farmed south of Holy Cross for 40 years.

Dorothy had a zest for life; she loved people and socializing. She was a longtime member of the Holy Cross parish and the Rosary Society and was a regular contributor to community life. She took pride in her appearance and was classy, yet humble. Celebrating special occasions was a joy for her. Dorothy was strong. Despite the loss of a young child and husband, as well as recent health issues, her joyous spirit was never diminished. She greatly enjoyed her independence and circle of friends. Dorothy also delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No one ever left her house hungry or without a hug.

She is survived by four children: Dan (Carol) Ellerbach of Bellevue, Connie (Kirby Holmes) Ellerbach of San Francisco, CA, Don (Terri) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Gary (Linda) Ellerbach of Lisbon, 8 grandchildren: Lyle Barth, Gina (Alex) Tone, Keith Ellerbach, Laura Ellerbach, Jon (Mandi) Ellerbach, Michael Ellerbach, Dalton Ellerbach, Skylar Ellerbach, 3 great grandchildren: Graci, Ellie and Harper, siblings: Merlin (Ruth) Leick, Irma Schrobilgen, Florence (Clarence) Kennicker, Arnie (Vicky) Leick, in-laws: Betty Leick, Gerald (Darleen) Ellerbach and Kay Daly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernie on November 20, 2014, son, Edwin, siblings: Lucille (Irvin) Stoffel, Marina (Jack) Hess, Rosie (Dick) Tharp and Leonard Leick.

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



Lillian McDonnell Freund


Lillian McDonnell Freund, 96, of Assisi Village, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 14th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where she was an active member since 1951. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Church. 

A native Dubuquer, she was the daughter of John James and Lillie (Herl) McDonnell. She married George A. Freund on June 29, 1946 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael. George preceded her in death on May 29, 2006.

Mrs. Freund was educated at St. Raphael School, St. Joseph Academy and Clarke College. She was a past member of the Junior VNA, Mercy Service Club, Cecelia Study Club, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Mother's Club and the Dubuque County Right-to-Life and enjoyed volunteering in many parish and civic activities.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons; Mary Elizabeth (William) Wagner, of Decorah, Iowa, John (Eleanor) Freund, of Dubuque, Margaret Conlon, of Dubuque, Thomas (Rae Ann) Freund, of Dubuque, Teresa (and special friend, Larry Boehnlein) Freund, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Catherine (Bret) Triervieler, of Dubuque and a daughter-in-law, Patricia (Keefe) Freund, of Renton, Washington. Lillian had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, with one expected.

In addition to her husband, Lillian was preceded in death by two sons, James Edward in infancy and George A. Freund, Jr. in 2002. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Ryan and her husband Charles C. Ryan, a brother John J. McDonnell, a sister-in-law Marie M. McDonnell, a brother-in-law Robert Freund and his wife Delia and a sister-in-law Mildred Duffy and her husband Patrick E. Duffy.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at Assisi Village and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern during Lillian's final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque County Right-to-Life.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Eugene L. Bell


Eugene L. "Gene" Bell, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 10, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Gene" from 2 to 5 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Eugene Leroy Bell was born on February 25, 1967 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Edwin "Bud" Ikestead and Annilee (Bunce) Bell. He attended school in the Midland School District. He married Lynn McGhee Combs in 1995 in Manning, South Carolina.

"Gene" had worked various jobs through the years including as an underground lineman for TKI Industries and for SteinMart. For the past ten years he had worked as the maintenance man at the Maquoketa Park Apartments in Maquoketa.

"Gene" was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and playing the guitar. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. 

Those left to honor his memory include his custodial niece, Margo Harris of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Wilbur Bell of Sikeston, MO, Myron, Jr. (Libby) Bell of Maquoketa, IA, and Lawrence (Tonya) Bell of Advance, MO; a sister, Becky (Joe) Peterson of Clinton, IA; half-sisters, Deanna Garrison of Watersmeet, MI, Sue Voss of Clinton, IA and Christy Moore of Prophetstown, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Anthony Curtis Bell of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Owen and Clyde Bell, and sisters Georgia and Juanna.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/eugene-l-gene-bell.

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



Steven E. Test


Steven E. Test, 75, of Asbury died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Grand Meadows.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Committal will be in Linwood Cemetery 10 a.m. Saturday.

Steve was born September 21, 1942 in Alta, Iowa, son of Earl and Sybil (Tincknell) Test. Steve was raised and attended High School in Paullina, Iowa. After graduating High School, Steve attended University of Dubuque for two years, before transferring and graduating from the University of Iowa.

After graduation, he moved to Dubuque where he went to work at John Deere and met his wife to be, Beverly Butlett, whom he married on August 13th, 1966. Steve worked as an Industrial Engineer at John Deere for 36 years, retiring in 2001. Steve and Bev were happily married for 52 years.

He enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren, and friends. Steve was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports and following his favorite teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Vikings, and Cubs. He particularly enjoyed and cherished his rounds of golf he played with friends, and family, whenever he could. 

Steve is survived by his wife, Bev Test of Asbury, son, Jeff Test of Dubuque, and daughter, Lynn (Scott) Schueller of Northville, Michigan. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Miah, Trevor and Nora Schueller.

Steve was preceded in death by a brother, John Test.

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

Memorial funds can be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the Grand Meadows nurses and incredible staff at Hospice of Dubuque who took tremendous care to of him in his time of need.



Joseph R. Koob


Joseph R. Koob, 90, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his family at home in Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Joe was born July 26, 1928, the son of Emmert and Ida (Takes) Koob. He married Cecelia A. McAllister on April 11, 1950, in Cascade. She preceded him in death less than a month ago.

Cecelia and Joe opened their business, Hollywood Garage, in 1955, and later moved to the current Koob Automotive location in 1962. In addition, he operated Skateway Roller Rink from 1968 until 2000. After selling the automotive business in 1986, he drove a school bus for the Monticello Community School District.

Joe was a faithful and active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he ushered for several decades. He was also a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821, where he served in several offices including Grand Knight, and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly. He also enjoyed bowling on the Knights team.

Survivors include his two sons: Steve (Madonna) Koob of Monticello and Phil (Carrie) Koob of Cascade; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Florence (George "Wilmer") Coyle of Anamosa, Katherine Gavin of Dubuque, Rose Marie (Alfred) Smith of Cascade, and Mary Lou (Francis) Takes of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Dale Weidemann of Evansville, IN, Flo McAllister of Cedar Rapids, Beverly McAllister of Marion, Marlene McAllister of Dyersville, Sr. Dolores McAllister, OSF of Dubuque, Rita Hoffman of Glenndale, WI, Joseph Jr. (Marge) McAllister of Palmeto, FL;

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Cecelia, his parents, a daughter, Cynthia Redmond, a grandson, Matt Redmond; siblings: Dorothy Ann Koob in infancy, Irene (Merlin) Rogers and Helen Wiedemann; in-laws: Tom Gavin, Jerome Hoffman, Irene (Walter) Huber, Alberta (Hal) VanNest, Loretta (Bob) Minton, Margaret (Joe) Bakey, Kathleen McAllister in infancy, James McAllister, Donald (Cecelia) McAllister, Paul (Myrtle Mae) McAllister, Robert (Marge) McAllister, Charles McAllister, Thomas McAllister.

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



Jean Said


Jean Said, 65, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Jean will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Jean was born July 17, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of John and Eleanor (Wallace) Casel. She is a graduate of Maquoketa High School in, Maquoketa, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Capri Cosmetology in Dubuque, Iowa.

On July 24, 1982 she was united in marriage to Rodney Said in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2018.

Jean was employed at Scale Models in Dyersville, Iowa until her retirement.

She is survived by four children, Kari Frommelt of Streamwood, IL; Chad Said and Chandra Said both of Wilton, IA and Keasha Said; a son-in-law, Greg Rausch of Epworth, IA; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (Mike) O'Connor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary (Jim) Beller of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Deb Casel of Dubuque, IA, Vince O'Connell of Maquoketa, IA, Gary Said, Deloris Bendixen, Linda Said, and Donna Said all of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Amy Rausch; one grandson, Hunter Frommelt; one brother Joe Casel; one sister, Karla O'Connell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Don Said, Ronnie Said and Betty Wirth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Barbara A. Weber


Barbara "Barb" A. Weber, age 78, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

She was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and loyal friend to everyone.

Barb was born May 6, 1940 to Leo and Marie (Hird) Vogt in Dubuque and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1957.

In 1958 she met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Weber and they were married on April 29, 1961. Barb and Dick have five children, Rick Weber of Dubuque, Randy (Shellee) Weber of Evansdale, Iowa, Lisa (Ron) Ryan, of East Dubuque, Nicole (Neil) Ghezzar of City Island, New York and Jason Weber also of Dubuque. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Noah, Myah, Zoee, Logan, Hannah and Grayson.

Barb always enjoyed holidays with family, cards with friends and weekend dinners out with Dick and the family. Her favorite pastime of all was doting on all her grandkids. She absolutely adored her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Barb is survived by two sisters, Linda Degneau and Donna Goar and Sisters-in-law Bernie and Betty Weber. She is also survived by many loving Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Marie Vogt, parents-in-law, Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber, sisters, Ann Balk and Joan Vogt, brothers-in-law Jim Balk, Wilferd, Vince, Clarence, Jerry, Bernard and Don Weber, Hank Hess and Merlin Himes. Sisters-in-law Clara Tobin, Margaret Himes, Harriet, Mida and MaryAnn Weber.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his office staff, and the ICU Nursing staff of Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. We would also like to thank Kourtney and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.



Sharon H. Stecher


Sharon H. (Heacock) Stecher, 70, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Sharon was born February 11, 1948, the daughter of Allen and Nevada (Allen) Heacock. She grew up in a limestone house (which is now Cushman's Greenhouse) and farmed in rural Asbury, IA. She would often tell childhood stories of having to clean out hog pens consisting of "two six pens, two four pens and the silo." Memories of selling eggs and of her getting in trouble for climbing the windmill!

In 1966 she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and briefly worked at St. Regis. She met William (Bill) Stecher at a dance at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, where she and her twin sister, Shirley, would often attend. Sharon and Bill married on April 27, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. Their wedding dance broke the dance attendance record at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. This past April they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family.

She and Bill owned and operated a dairy farm together in Centralia for 25 years. They worked side-by-side milking cows, doing field work, and managing the herd. During this time she sold Mary Kay cosmetics for 15 years helping make other women look beautiful.

After retiring from farming in 1993 she held various part-time jobs and discovered her true passion in quilting, making blankets for every member of the family (even some of the furry ones)! She also took up collecting porcelain dolls and enjoyed going to doll shows with her twin sister, Shirley. One of her favorite memories was traveling to Germany with Shirley for three weeks visiting doll factories.

Sharon learned how to can from her late mother-in-law, Grace, and during the summers she would spend countless hours canning items from the garden. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and listening and dancing to country music. Sharon and Bill enjoyed flea markets, antiquing, fishing and attending car shows. She loved eating anything with blueberries, ice cream, dark chocolate, and seafood. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Sharon was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She spent fifty years working funeral dinners at the church.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William ‘Bill' of Centralia; children, Jody (Steve) Rausch, of Robins, IA, Kim (Calvin) Gilbert, of Cedar Rapids, and Al (Amy) Stecher, of Central City, IA; grandchildren, Alex (Desirae Hesseltine) Himmelsbach, Austin Himmelsbach, Aaron Gilbert, and Jack and Jase Stecher; her great grandchild, Wyatt Himmelsbach; her twin sister, Shirley (Roger) Dalbkermeyer, of Dubuque; sister, Sandy (David) Staat, of Lonoke, AR; four brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law , two aunts, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Unity Point Home Care, and friends, neighbors, and family who helped Sharon these past few months.

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



James Ostert


James ‘Jimmy" Ostert, 74, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Jimmy was born August 30, 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Louis and Beaulah (Dague) Ostert. He married Rebecca ‘Bekki' Puccio January 21, 1995 in Dubuque.

Jimmy grew up in Dubuque, and worked as a logger for many years. For the last 18 years, Jimmy helped his wife on her paper route.

He was an avid Bridge player, winning many championships and attending Grand Nationals twice. He also enjoyed playing poker, morel hunting, and watching Westerns. He was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball. Jimmy loved spending time with his family. 

Surviving are his wife Bekki, sons, Ken (Kelly) Ostert, and their daughter, Lilith, and Louis (Jacque) Ostert and their son, Ryan all of Dubuque; brother, Dick (Sue) Ostert, of Maquoketa; sisters, Dina (Larry) Pickel, of Wisconsin, Patty (John) Piper, of Dubuque, and Judy (Larry) Marcue, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; and a sister-in-law, Jean Ostert, of West Union, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Ostert; sisters, Joan (Dick) Bailey, Lois Ostert, and Verdina Ostert in infancy; parents-in-law, Ron and Sheila Puccio and a brother-in-law, Steve Puccio.

Jimmy's family would like to thank the Rehab Unit at St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids; Hospice of Dubuque; the nurses and CNAs at Stonehill Care Center that took care of Jimmy; and niece Megan Carter from Mercy Hospital.

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

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



Mary K. Meis


Mary K. "Kay" Meis, 75, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly from Colesburg, Iowa died Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Kay may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Services for Kay will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Father John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held in Saint Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Kay was born January 14, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Hutchinson) Kubesheski. She is a graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On September 6, 1969 she was united in marriage to Euguene P. Meis at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.

Kay worked at Roshek's department store in Dubuque, Iowa and cleaned houses and businesses throughout her life.

She enjoyed spending time with family. Kay liked to play cards with family and friends, especially euchre, bridge and 500. She also liked to crochet and enjoyed the friendships that she built with the Colesburg ladies who crocheted with her. Kay also enjoyed watching sports and was a Green Bay Packers fan. She had a love for dogs, especially her black labs throughout the years. Dogs always brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by one child, Robert "Bob" (Lisa) Meis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren, Melissa and Madison Meis; brother-in-law Vince Meis of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in-law, Lenore Kubesheski, Beverly Kubesheski both of Dubuque, IA, Rose Fischer of Manchester, IA, Mary Meis of Adel, IA and Margaret Hall of Independence, MO.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean Konzen; and two brothers, Robert "Bud" and John Kubesheski.

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



Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman


Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman, 84, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Sunday morning, September 9, 2018 at Prairie Ridge of Galena, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a Scripture Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Helen was born on August 12, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Stella (Kintzle) Lindauer. She was united in marriage to Roger C. Sherman on February 23, 1957 at St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen.

Helen was formerly employed at Stampfer's Department Store and later William C. Brown Publishing Co. She was a former Cub Scout leader, loved golfing, flowers and gardening.

Surviving is her husband, Roger; five children, Rick (Mary Anne) Sherman of Davenport, IA, Dan (Stephanie) Sherman of East Dubuque, Tim (Kelly) Sherman, of Dubuque, Judy Sherman of East Dubuque, and Nancy (Mark) Mueller of Hazel Green, WI; 12-Grandchildren, Paul Sherman, Sara (Jeff) Long, Matt (Anna) Sherman, Jessica (Jacob) Puls, Carissa (Austin Kennicker) Sherman, Laura and Anna Sherman, Jenna (Matt) Berning, Jason (Taylor Kuhnen) Schneider and Justin (Marissa) Mootz) Schneider, Nate and Rachel Mueller, six great grandchildren, Cody and Noah Long, Madelyn and Micah Sherman, Ava Berning and Augustus Kennicker; her siblings, Isabel Lindauer and Alice Wolf both of Dubuque, Don (Ellen) Lindauer and Mary Green, both of Cascade; sister-in-law, Helen "Blondie" Lindauer of Cascade, in-laws, Richard Sherman of Dubuque and Fay Ann (Jim) Tracey of Castle Rock, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Stella; a son, Joseph Sherman; siblings, Edwin, Jr, Bob, and Jane Lindauer; and sisters-in-law Marie Lindauer and Maggie Sherman, and a brother-in-law, Jim Wolf.

Roger and family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Ridge of Galena, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for the excellent care given to their wife and mother.

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



Gary M. Kelchen


Gary M. Kelchen, 70, of Temple Hill, Iowa passed away, Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gary may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Funeral Home. Services for Gary will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale presiding. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He was born August 21, 1948 in Monticello, Iowa son of Andrew M. and Mary (Moes) Kelchen. He received his education in the Monticello schools. On August 8, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa he was united in marriage to Mary Kay Quint. The couple farmed in the Temple Hill area for many years.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Kelchen of Temple Hill, Iowa; two children, Chad (Melinda) Kelchen of Ankeny, IA and Jeff (Sherry) Kelchen of Cascade, IA; six grandchildren, Kylie, Madison, Ty, Hallie, Samantha and Nicholas; one brother, Carl (Karen) Kelchen of Cascade, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Karen Kelchen on September 27, 1954.

A Gary M. Kelchen memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Marcelline M. Welsh


Marcelline M. "Marce" Welsh, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, September 9 at Unity Point Finley Hospital, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marce was born on December 26, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Melvin and Muriel (Manderscheid) Ryan.

Marce graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. Shortly after graduation, Marce met the love of her life, Vincent Welsh. Marce and Vincent married on April 28, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville, Wisconsin. The two were blessed with 68 years of marriage before Vincent's death on December 27, 2016.

Marce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed being a 4H leader and also cherished any opportunity to teach her loved ones different card games, to roller skate, and the importance of family. Marce was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful articles of clothing and an abundance of quilts. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild has received numerous sewn items over the years which will be cherished as tangible keepsakes straight from grandma's loving hands.

Marce's lifelong journey in her faith was exemplified through her long-time membership at St. Anthony Church and her daily prayer of the rosary. Although Marce's 89 year earthly journey has ended, she and Vincent are dancing once again. Notably, her favorite Cubbie, Rizzo, has a new angel watching him play from the best seat in the house.

Those left to cherish Marce's memory include her children, Kathy (Ron) Theobald of Dubuque, IA, Pauline (Matt) Winney of Eureka, CA, and Patrick (Sandi) Welsh of Dubuque, IA; her 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Irene Ryan, Janna (Miguel) Cruz, Shawnté (Marques Evans) White, Shannon (Robert) Fader, Hilarie (James Bird) Welsh, Kelsey Welsh, and Collin Welsh;

her 22 great-grandchildren;

and her brother, John (Joann) Ryan of Asbury, IA.

Marce was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Vincent Welsh; and 2 sisters, Phyllis Kass and Joan (Dale) Fritch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marce's name to St. Anthony Church or the organization of your choice.

Marce's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 4th floor at Finley Hospital for their professional care and tender support over the last week.

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



Sosiro Isaac


Sosiro Isaac, 46, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sosiro's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2018, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church), 511 West Summit Street, Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 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.

Sosiro Isaac was born on December 11, 1971 in Pingelap, Micronesia to Sohsy and Erwihne (Aise) Isaac. He attended the Pingelap Elementary School, and the Pohnpei Island Central High School. He married Rosalihna Capelle on November 22, 1991 in Pingelap, Micronesia.

Sosiro had worked as a cook at the The Depot Restaurant in Maquoketa and later for WADY Industries in Maquoketa as a Robert Operator for over ten years.

Sosiro enjoyed playing baseball, singing, and hanging out with friends and family. He was always very cheerful and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.

Those left to honor Sosiro's memory include his wife Rosalihna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; children, Renselynn Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, and Joshua Capelle Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Erwihne Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Maureen Sepedy (Masami Robert) of Maquoketa, IA, Donna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Salter Isaac (Charlotte Manuel) of MO, Herbert Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Sohsy Isaac Jr. (Nanette Soto) of MO, and Chernenko Aise of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father Sohsy Isaac Sr. and a niece Ashley Yens.

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

 



Bonnie J. McDonald


Bonnie J. McDonald, 85, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, September 6, 2018, in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 14, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bonnie June Davison was born on December 4, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dale Matthews Davison and Mildred Bernice (Hodges) Davison. She attended Maquoketa schools, and on June 4, 1950 she married Howard Lynn McDonald in Maquoketa, Iowa. Bonnie was a homemaker. She lived briefly in Scott County and Clinton County, but spent most of her life in Jackson County until the last six weeks when she moved to Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children, Dee (Carl) Flint of Clinton Township, MI, Dixie "Lee" (James) Karabin of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Larry) Taylor of Lake St. Louis, MO, Dale McDonald of Bettendorf, IA, and Alice McDonald of Sherwood, OR; sisters Janean Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Barbara Bruse of Solon, IA; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one infant son.

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

 



Thomas E. Hinderman


Thomas E. "Tom" Hinderman, 71, of Superior, Montana, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away, suddenly, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 near Superior in a car accident.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of V.F.W Post # 6455 of Dickeyville.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom was born on August 23, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Roland "Hank" and Lucille (Gartner) Hinderman. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, IA. Tom attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He joined the Air Force and went to Vietnam as a medic.  He was awarded numerous medals including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery as a combat Veteran. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in nursing and worked as an intensive care nurse for many years.  He met Gloria Schnell, in 1996 and married her in 2001.  Together they created Hearing Northwest, building the business to 5 private practice Audiology clinics.  Tom sold the business in 2006 and built a home in the Mountains of Montana fulfilling a life-long dream.  He physically built a 3800 square foot home on top of a mountain. He, his dog, Monty, and Gloria enjoyed many enjoyable years there. The property in Montana provided Tom many years of hunting on his own land. In 2012 they purchased a home on Big Lake in Mount Vernon, WA.  Tom loved boating and fishing there.

While Tom lived in Dickeyville from 1970-1976, he was Chief of the Dickeyville Rescue Squad. Pioneered the first chapter of the Dickeyville Jaycees; was President the first year, and Vice President the second year. He always considered Dickeyville his home.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Gloria Schnell, brother, Tim, sister-in-law, Carol, niece, Tara and family, step children Jeremy Avise, Kim Avise, and Tara Brook; best friend Steve Loeffelholz and family, and numerous friends including Jim Hollenbeck, Lee Dygert, Jim Pagel, and Bob James, his Starbucks buddies, and numerouse others. Tom had a smile for everyone and remembered their names.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 

 



Marjorie M. Ball


Marjorie M. (Marge) Ball, 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, died peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Jeff Timmerman as celebrant.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Marjorie was born at home on May 13, 1926 in rural Monona, IA, the daughter of Hubert and Ruth (Kuthe) Sass.  She attended school in Monona, IA.

Marjorie married Harold Ball on February 7, 1945 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona, IA.

Marjorie (Marge) worked for many years in the Pet Department at Roshek's Department Store, and as a Receptionist in the Appliance Service Department.  She then became a full-time Avon representative, always winning top honors in the President's Club.  She loved her Avon customers and friends, and missed them dearly after she retired. She was full of fun and always up for a good laugh. Any day spent with family/friends was a "happy day," she said.

Marjorie is survived by six children: Vicki (Tom) Houts, Leawood, KS, Lynn Ball, Dubuque, IA, Shari (John) Arthofer, East Dubuque, IL, Neil Ball (Jeanne), East Dubuque, IL, Ross Ball (special friend Kelly Hauer) Dubuque, IA, and Cathi (Jeff) Timmerman, Lisbon, IA; 29 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Nancy; a great grandson, Kael, and a nephew, Allen.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury and Hospice of Dubuque for the care, laughter, and kindness they provided Mom.

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

 

 



Virginia G. Pregler


Virginia G. Pregler, age 97, of Zwingle, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m. on September 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Virginia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev.Karen Candee officiating. To celebrate Virginia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Virginia was born on August 5, 1921, in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Matthew) Coyle's 12 children.

Virginia was born into a large family and was beyond grateful to have lived her entire life right here in God's country. She learned the values of faith, family, fellowship, hard work and love and respect at a young age and would faithfully keep them firmly intact throughout her entire 97 year earthly journey. Virginia was fortunate enough to find her true love, Howard Pregler, and the two were united in marriage on January 7, 1939 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were truly blessed to have been given 53 years together, and 12 wonderful children, before the Lord decided it was time for Howard to come home. Virginia devoted her entire life to her family. She was a loving wife, and an even more amazing mother and grandmother. Her devotion never wavered, her patience never tired and her commitment to those she loved will continue to be clearly evident within the stories which will be shared by those who knew and loved her in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Virginia did thankfully find a little personal time now and then to indulge in some of her favorite activities also. An afternoon in the flower garden, or some downtime relaxing with her adored pets would always warm Virginia's heart and place a sincere smile upon her face. Virginia made the world a better place simply by being herself and a legacy as honorable as that is all any of us could hope for. We will miss her beautiful laugh, her tender side and her strong will, but we know she is residing in a much more amazing world than we could ever discover here and we are at peace today with the knowledge that she has finally been reunited with all of her other loved one's who've already begun their eternal journey. Thank you very much Virginia for everything you taught us, the memories of fun and love you leave behind, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Virginia's memory include
her 10 children,

Sandra (Richard) Tigges, Bernard, IA,
Janet Brown, Dubuque, IA,
Sharon Hadley, Durango, IA,
Ralph Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Joyce Maggert, Colesburg, IA,
Joan (Kurt) Cable, East Dubuque, IL,
Virginia "Ginny" Hudders, Zwingle, IA,
Maureen Schmitt, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald Pregler, Zwingle, IA
and Kathy (Robin) Laughead, Zwingle, IA;

her countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins;

and her son-in-law, William Smith, East Dubuque IL.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her daughter, Carol Smith; her son, Richard Pregler; her daughter-in-law, Debby Pregler; her sons-in-law, Donald Brown, Richard Hadley and Kenneth Hudders; along with her 10 brothers, and 1 sister.

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

 



Daniel P. Aslin


Daniel P. Aslin, 56, was called to heaven on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.

Dan was born on September 13, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Ann "Cookie" (Fisher) Aslin. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1979 and was the Iowa Golden Glove champion in 1980.

Dan was a sales rep for Aslin Sales Inc. and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing and get-togethers with his nieces and nephews. Danny will be missed by the many people who loved him.

Surviving are his parents, John and Cookie Aslin of Dubuque; his two brothers, John A. (Barb) Aslin of Appleton, WI, and Jim Aslin of Kansas City, MO; his nieces and nephews Dr. Audra (Dr. Micah) Long of Madison, WI, Alexa (Jordan) Aslin of Neenah, WI and John V. (Melissia) Aslin of Los Angeles, CA; 5 great nieces and nephews, his special friend Paula VanGundy, his aunt Mary (Tim) Jirschele and his uncle Roy (Lucy) Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, A.C. (Helen) Fisher and his paternal grandparents William (Lucille) Disbrow.



Matthew J. Kettmann

Matthew J. Kettmann, 47, of Bernard passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with melanoma cancer at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Monday, September 10, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Kramer Funeral Home where a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Matt was born in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Milo, Jr. and Mary (Herst) Kettmann. He graduated from East Dubuque High School with the class of 1991. He was a welder for 28 years at several manufacturing companies, including John Deere Dubuque Works for the last 15 years.

Matt was a loving and caring father and soul mate. He loved watching the Detroit Redwings hockey, fishing at the lake and playing video games with his daughter and nephews. He has kept and cared for iguanas for the last 25 years. His current iguana, Gary, is looking for a new home. Matt had a unique sense of humor and his smile will be missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Madison Hines of Bernard, the love of his life, Jolene Hines of Bernard, his sister Monica (Dan) Burds of Holmen, WI; his parents, Milo, Jr. and Mary Kettmann of East Dubuque; Jolene's family: Delbert and Sheila (Becker) Hines of Dubuque, Dave (Tammy) Becker of East Dubuque, Billy Jo Hines of South Carolina, Tara Jones and Jennifer Hines, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Jordan (fiancé Emma Coryell), Jarod and Jesi Burds, Stacey, Tracey and Nichole Becker, Jacob, Austin and Cory Jones, Mercedes and Chevelle Hines

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jonathon Engler.

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



Patricia A. Lyster


Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 12:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Pat was born on April 17, 1941, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Otto and Anne (Vaassen) Burbach. She married Duane F. Lyster on January 10, 1959, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2017.

Pat worked as an administrative assistant at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

Pat and Duane loved to travel and enjoyed camping with their children when they were young. They spent many happy years in Florida. Pat also loved to quilt.

Survivors include two sons, Marty (Rita) Lyster, of Cuba City, and Steve (Mary Lea) Lyster, of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Shirley (John) Nolan, of Cuba City, Emma (John) McWilliams, of Verona, WI, and Mary Kay (Dennis) Lee, of East Peoria, IL; three grandchildren, Trevor, Alec and Logan Lyster; a step-granddaughter, Andi (Joe) Deckert; two great-grandchildren, Dallas and Grace Deckert; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark, and a brother, Kenneth Burbach.

A Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Duane R. Kaiser


Duane R. Kaiser, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 4th, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the church. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Duane was born on October 2, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Bertha (Hinderman) Kaiser. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Ann Habeck on June 26, 1970 at the Church of the Nativity.

He worked at Dubuque John Deere for 32 years and was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 94. After retirement he worked at New White Florist as a delivery driver.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and playing softball. He loved his grandchildren and spending time at their sporting events.

Duane was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was always willing to lend a helping hand or engage in a good conversation.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his son Keith Kaiser, of Peosta; daughter-in-law Julie Kaiser-Hillary, of Hazel Green, WI; grandchildren Gabby and Izzy Kaiser; and his sister Jean (Dave) Schmitt, of Dubuque, brother-in-law Lance (Marlene) Habeck, of Polver, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Kevin Kaiser, daughter-in-law Joy Kaiser, his mother and father-in-law Ervin and Janet Habeck.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center, the 5th Floor doctors and nursing staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Dr. Herman and Dr. Cao for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.

In lieu of flowers a Duane Kaiser memorial fund will be established.



LaVern J. Riniker


LaVern J. "Bum" Riniker, age 91, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, was called home peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bum's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Bum's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown. Burial will be in the St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bum was born on February 24, 1927, in Waupeton, Iowa, son of Ambrose and Leona (Jaeger) Riniker.

Bum was born and raised on the family farm and proudly made it his lifelong passion until his daily chores had finally ended in 1991. Bum's faith was also a very important aspect of his life and upon his retirement from the responsibilities of daily farm life, he eventually moved into Balltown where he next devoted his time as a groundskeeper for St. Francis Parish for the next 10 years. Bum was a very active member of the community and was a long-time Farm Bureau member, as well as a member, and past president, of the Balltown Lions Club. In his free time, Bum enjoyed a quiet morning of hunting in the timber, a relaxing afternoon of baiting his hook on the water's edge, or even an evening of spending time visiting with family and friends at Breitbach's Country Dining while enjoying some of his favorite meals. Bum was a good and decent man who enjoyed a dance at Melody Mill as much as an honest days work back on the farm. He was truly respected by all who knew and loved him and the memories of Bum walking around with his dog by his side will definitely help carry us through the difficult days ahead. We will deeply miss our dear brother, uncle and friend, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now free of the health challenges he has faced these past months and that thankfully he is now able to be joyfully reunited with all of his loved ones whom have already been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Bum's memory include

his sisters,
Shirley Noel, Dubuque, IA
and DiAnn (Herbert) Ott Jr., Peosta, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bum was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Verna (Nick) Brimeyer; a niece, Cathy Noel; and a brother-in-law, Bill Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a LaVern J. Riniker memorial fund has been established which will be donated among his favorite charities.

Bum's family would like to thank Breitbach's Country Dining, and Diane and Pat Kunnert, for all of their personal visits over the years. They would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care and support they provided to Bum, and his family.

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

 



Rita M. Dougherty


Rita M. Dougherty, 90, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 8th at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m.,Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Rita was born on May 22, 1928 in Adrain, Minnesota, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She married Frances "Fritz" Dougherty on October 3,1949 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2013 after 64 years of marriage. 

Rita was employed as a sales associate at KMart for many years.

She enjoyed boating, fishing and camping with her husband, and sewing and crocheting. She was the most loving and giving mother and grandmother and kindest person to everyone she met. She put others first before herself. 

She is survived by her children, Steve (Diane) Dougherty, Rick (Jan) Dougherty, Jeff (Tina) Dougherty, Ann (John) Hearn, Lisa Westland, all of Dubuque, and Todd (Diana) Dougherty of Brodhead, WI; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter Baby Ann, 8 sisters and 2 brothers, and son-in-law, Tim Westland.

In Lieu of flowers a Rita M. Dougherty Memorial Fund has been established.

We would like to thank family and friends who sent a kind note or card and took the time to visit and support our Mom.



Steven C. Barton


Steven C.  Barton "Crackerjack/Jackson" 66, of Peosta, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday,  August 28, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, from a heart condition. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League & the Iowa National Guard.  Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 7, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. 

Steve was born July 9, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Louis H. and Phyllis (Lenstra) Barton. He married his high school sweetheart, Diane Thilmany on September 5, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Steve graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1970. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees Reserve for over 23 years, and also served in the Iowa National Guard. 

Steve was a professional truck driver for many years. He was an avid motorcycle rider, and enjoyed traveling to many states with his wife. Doing yardwork and hanging Christmas lights were favorite pastimes for Steve. He loved to socialize, and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Steve is survived by his wife, Diane, of Peosta; two sons, Steven J. (Sandi) Barton of Strawberry Point, and Christopher J. (Cheryl) Barton of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Allan, Amber, Brandon, Sydney, Chance, and Silas; three great grandchildren, Kaidyn, Aliyah, and Owen; his mother, Phyllis Barton of Dubuque;six siblings, Michelle (Mike) Gentili of Rockford, IL, JoEllen Hovind of Dubuque, Douglas (Erin) Barton of Dubuque, Daniel (Stacey) Barton of Dubuque, Dale (Rhonda) Barton of Sherrill, and David (Annette) Barton of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Joyce Thilmany of Dubuque; his siblings-in-law, Pat (Susie) Thilmany of Hudson, NY, Lynn Thilmany of Vero Beach, FL, Dennis Thilmany of Dubuque, David (Lori) Thilmany of Cheyenne, WY; and many nieces and nephews. 

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Louis; his father-in-law, Robert Thilmany; his grandparents; and his great-nephew, Collin Barton.

Steve's family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta first responders and the staff at Mercy Medical Center. 

Memorials may be made to the Steven Barton Memorial Fund. 

"Keep sailing, sailor! Ride the waves of that concrete sea til we're together again one day!"

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

 

 



Sister Ann Regina, BVM


Sister Ann Regina, BVM, 101, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Ann Regina was an elementary and/or secondary teacher in Burlington, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago; San Francisco; and Boulder, Colo. She ministered as a principal in San Francisco and Boulder, Colo. She was a parish minister in Phoenix and served the community as a Regional Representative in the Southwest United States.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo., to James and Mary Ann Cavanaugh Dobel. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1935, from St. Aloysius Parish, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mary Dobel, BVM and Regina (Tom) Dixon, and a brother James in infancy. She is survived by nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 82 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Alice Fuhrman


Alice (Schiltz) Fuhrman, 84, formerly of Carter Road, Dubuque, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Kahl Retirement Home, Davenport. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, with Father Steve Rosonke presiding. Friends may call at the church for the wake service from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Interment will follow the funeral in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. 

Born Nov. 4, 1933 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Nachtman) Schiltz. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, attended Clarke College and was 1958 graduate of the University of Iowa. She received her Master's degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb.

She married Robert Fuhrman on Oct. 5, 1968 and they were the parents of one son, Dr. Robert Fuhrman, Davenport.  Mrs. Fuhrman was preceded in death by her husband. 

Mrs. Fuhrman taught physical education in Walled Lake, Mich., Kenosha, Wis., Galesburg, Ill., and Mason City before returning to Dubuque. She taught at Senior High School from 1969 until she retired in 1997.  Among her students and many former students, she was affectionately known as "Sarge." 

Always an athlete, she was an avid swimmer, played recreational league softball in her youth and enjoyed snow skiing.  Any water-related activity on the Mississippi River pleased her. 

Surviving in addition to her son are two brothers, Rocky (Ann) Schiltz, Waco, Tex., Loras (Lana) Schiltz, Rockford, Ill.;  and three sisters, Ethel (Tom) Brant, Deland, Fla., Lillian (Raymond) Kevane, McAllen, Tex., and Joanne (Ed) Breen, Marion, Ind. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, with Father Steve Rosonke presiding. Friends may call at the church for the wake service from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Interment will follow the funeral in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. 

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dubuque. 

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

 



Dr. Mark J. Singsank


Dr. Mark J. Singsank, 65, of Dubuque, died Friday, August 31, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque, where visitation will be held there from 10 to 10:45 a.m. In keeping with Mark's wishes, colorful clothing is encouraged.

Mark was born September 27, 1952, in Carroll, Iowa, son of Wilbur and Lucille (Schaefer) Singsank.

He graduated from Kemper High School in Carroll, Iowa, Loras College in Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City. Following his residency at Truman Hospital in Kansas City, Mark came to Dubuque and was an Emergency Medicine physician at Mercy Hospital from 1985 to 2013.

During medical school, Mark was awarded membership to the prestigious AOA medical honor society, an honor only bestowed to students who show high academic standing, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, commitment to community service, and the promise of future success in medicine. He was a founding member of the American Association of Emergency Medicine, one of the nation's largest academic medical associations. Most notably, Mark was the first board certified Emergency Medicine physician practicing in Iowa and, after arriving in Dubuque, he formed the first fully board certified Emergency Medicine department in Iowa. 

In addition to his work at Mercy, Mark served as a medical director and educator for various regional EMS services, including the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department. 

He is survived by three children, Jill (Charles) Singsank Coats of Las Vegas, NV, Zach (Rachel) Singsank of Lincoln, NE, and Leah Singsank of Chicago, IL; and two grandchildren, Graham Coats and Valerie Singsank.

He is also survived by four brothers, Jim (Ellen), Dean (Mary), Paul, and Craig (Carey) Singsank; three sisters, Mary (William) Woodward, Jane (Ted) Feilmeier and Peg (Tim) Suther; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon and Dennis Singsank.

Mark was much loved.

He loved to learn and to teach. He challenged his kids to "learn how to learn." He encouraged academic and personal growth in others and was constantly working to better himself, spending hours every day reading anything and everything he could get his eyes on.

Mark touched many lives in the Emergency Department at Mercy, from his nurses and colleagues, to the patients passing through. When Mark went anywhere in town, he was guaranteed to be stopped by folks wanting to talk to him, calling out "hey doc!" and thanking him for caring for them or their loved ones in the hospital. He humbly accepted their thanks and moved on, not wanting to shine the light on himself for too long. Mark loved his work and never thought that saving lives was anything but what he was supposed to do. He was fiercely dedicated to his children and a loyal friend.

Ever the eccentric, Mark was known for his wild landscaping and interior design. He loved donning a sharp suit just to go have a glass of wine with his buddies or simply pop on his big straw hat and sit on his porch and watch the Iowa storms roll through town. 

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

Memorials may be made to the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department.

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

 

 



Donald F. Miller


Donald F. Miller, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

A private family celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Donald Franklin Miller was born on October 6, 1931 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Elmer and Grace (Sagers) Miller. He attended Jackson County country schools and married Maxine Tracy on December 22, 1951 in rural Baldwin, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Joyce, Stephen and Tracy.

Donald was a lifelong farmer. In his early years, he had worked as a farmhand, electrician for Stickley Electric, gas attendant for Seeburger Service Station, and at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa.

Donald had previously served on the board of directors the Jackson County Chapter of the Iowa Farm Bureau, Jackson County Extension Service Board, and on the Jansen Residential Care Center Advocacy Board. He loved to dance, play cards, and farm. He was especially fond of his faithful and loyal companion, his dog "Doc".

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Maxine Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Joyce (Kim) Richardson of Pelican Rapids, MN, Stephen (Barb) Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Nims of Davenport, IA; 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a brother Dave (Janet) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Laurel (Milo) Baker of Maquoketa, IA, and Marilyn (Don) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Calvin

"Donald's family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County for their continuous kind and compassionate care, and also thank you to Laurie Steines and Jenna Merrick for their compassion and support to the family."

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



Sarah N. Jochum


Forever young. Sarah Noel Jochum, born June 19, 1977 died Thursday August 30, 2018. Born with a unique intellectual disability, Sarah maintained an angelic, innocence and child-like beauty her whole life. Sarah accepted every person she met, never noticing or judging our limitations and both loving, and demanding in return, unconditional love. 

Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus and Fr. Bob Beck concelebrating. Private interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements. 

Sarah lived with her mother Senator Pam Jochum in Dubuque and in Des Moines during the legislative session. The bond this duo shared was clearly heaven sent. Sarah took her mother everywhere she could and never once suffered from the usual teen-ager-like embarrassment of a parent. In fact, at large events or gatherings Sarah made sure people knew she and her mother were in the house by making discernible noises that friends recognized as Sarah. The light Sarah radiated when she saw her mom has been absorbed as pure love in those who witnessed it. 

A graduate of Hempstead High School, Sarah went on to work at Area Residential Care (ARC), Hills and Dales and Life Club Center at Camp Sunnyside. While in Des Moines she spent time at the state capital influencing her mother to shape policy, especially concerning those who can not speak for themselves and whose voices go unheard. Days in Des Moines gave Sarah time with her father Tom and second mom, Amy Jochum, and her beloved brothers and sisters, Sam, Jack, Anna and Isabel. She shared a love of music with her large and loving family. Sarah and her father would frequently cruise Des Moines, listening to Tom's special "Sarah" recordings. She loved watching winter days and summer nights unfold with her family. She loved long car rides, warm bubble baths and fits of laughter brought on by mundane, everyday activities like the opening of a trash bag or removing clothes from a closet. Her grandfather in particular performed such tasks just to hear Sarah's giggle. She cherished her time with grandparents, her tribe of cousins and her many aunts and uncles from the Hingtgen family, Jochum family, Ward family, and Democratic family. She will be missed by all. Sarah's family wants to extend their gratitude to Brianne Benjamin, Emily Ford, Riley Morrissey, Maddy Powers, Sue Witte and all the staff and doctors at University of Iowa Intensive Care Unit and to Tory, Joanne, Lauren , Emily and the volunteers and staff of the Iowa Donor network for their compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sarah Noel Jochum Memorial Fund. 

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

 

 



Judith B. Winders


Judith Bell (Shoars) Winders, age 74, passed away quietly and comfortably on Friday, August 31st 2018 surrounded by her family and pets at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a Judith B. Winders memorial fund has been established.

Born May 21, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of the late Orville and Neva Shoars, she was the third of five children.

In 1962, Judy graduated Dubuque Senior High School and began training as a Radiology Technician. She worked at Galena Hospital until 1965.

On February 27, 1965 Judy married William R. Winders and they built a family together for 20 years. Though they divorced in 1985, the two developed a respect and friendship in later years through their continued love for their 7 sons, 22 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Judy tirelessly focused her energy on raising 7 sons before returning to school in 1987, graduating from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English and History and a teaching certificate. She taught at Highland Community College and local junior and senior high schools throughout the tri-state area before moving into counseling as a case worker for Hillcrest Family Services.

Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Neva L. Shoars (Bandy), father, Orville K. Shoars, brother, William Shoars, and sister, Norma (Shoars) Brien. She is survived by her brother, Rev. Peter D. Shoars, Sr., sister, Mary Kay Shoars, sons: David (Kim), Daniel (Lori), Benjamin (Tina), Matthew (Misty), Martin (Stacey), Theodore (Linda), Patrick (Jessica) Winders and her warm-hearted nephew Joseph (April) Shoars.



Iva M. Heiserman


Iva M. Heiserman, 95, of Manchester, and formerly of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, September 1, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

A celebration of Iva's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Iva Mary Hutton was born on November 3, 1922 in Cascade, Iowa, to Charles and Nellie (Hunter) Hutton. She was a 1940 graduate of Salix, Iowa High School. She married Donald Heiserman on February 14, 1943 in Kahoka, Missouri. To this union three children were born, Judy, Barbara and Dennis.

Iva had a variety of jobs in her career from working in a dental office to being an accountant. Her longest tenure was as a school board and superintendent's secretary at Andrew School.

Iva was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed playing the piano (by ear), writing poetry, going to the casino, playing bingo and cards, watching birds, and attending/watching sporting events. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Judy (Gerald) Zehr of Manchester, IA, Barb Kleis of Anamosa, IA, and Dennis (Deb) Heiserman of Calamus, IA; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Helen Hale. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on February 2, 1975, brothers Wesley, Howard, Oliver and Willie, and sisters Viola and Grace.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew or the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

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

 

 



Verena R. Handfelt


Verena R. Handfelt, 103, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018, at The Villa at Middleton Village, Middleton, Wisconsin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church, where St. Ann's Society will recited the rosary at 10:00 a.m.

Verena was born on August 30, 1915 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Imbus) Handfelt.

She was the oldest resident of Menominee, a life-time member of Nativity BVM Parish and its St. Ann's Society.

Verena worked at home and on the farm. She did housework for area homes and worked at the Nativity BVM rectory for Fr. Al Fitzgibbons.

Surviving is a brother, Edwin Handfelt of Waunakee, Wisconsin, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Alvitus Handfelt and a sister Magdalen Delaney; sisters-in-law, Lucille Handfelt and Evelyn Handfelt, and a brother-in-law, Harry Delaney.

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

 

 



Harvey Frederick


Harvey Frederick of Pharr, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away August 24, 2018 at Colonial Manor Care Center, Pharr, Texas after a lengthy illness. 

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m.

He was born September 2, 1938 in Dubuque, son of Edward and Emilia (Miller) Frederick.

Harvey married Marianne Ohl in 1960 and from that union they had five children: Terry of Dubuque, Lori (Rick) Stumpf of Peosta, Suzy (Tim) Monahan of Benton, Wisconsin, Shari of Dubuque and Tammy (Dennis) Lange of Benton, Wisconsin. He later married Carol Schuster Soens in 1985 and welcomed into his life Mike Soens, Jayne (Chuck) DeBrular both of Phoenix, Arizona, and Tom Soens of Delhi, Iowa.

Harvey graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956. After graduation he worked at the Dubuque Pack Meat Processing Plant until 1958 when he was invited to join the Andy Doll Band of Oelwein, Iowa. Voted by the National Ballroom Operations Association in Downbeat Magazine'spoll as one of the top four dance bands in the nation, the band played extensively throughout the Mid West. Harvey played with many well-known artists including Johnny Cash and participated in back-up bands from the Grand Ole Opry. He continued with his passion for music through the years by performing with many talented musicians. Harvey left the Andy Doll Band to join the Dubuque Police Department in 1962 from which he retired after 34 years of service. He served in the Police Department for a time with his brother, Duke, and his uncle, Jim Miller. He and his brother enjoyed fishing, music and probably many other things were not aware of. Along with his music, Harvey loved archery, hunting, fishing, electronics and being at his grandparents' farm with his cousins. He also owned a Recording Studio and a CB radio Repair Shop where he fixed many truckers' and friends' CB radios. He loved the time he spent with his children traveling, camping, canoeing, and telling jokes and stories. Harvey became a Scout Master of Troop 82 so his son Terry and the neighborhood boys could become Boy Scouts. The family cottage at Waupeton, Iowa saw many years of fun with family and friends.

In 2003 Harvey and Carol became winter Texans where Harvey continued his passion for music. In 2014 they became full time Texans.

Harvey was a warm and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who touched many lives.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Carol Frederick of Pharr, Texas, son, Terry of Dubuque, daughters, Lori (Rick) Stumpf of Peosta, Iowa, Sue (Tim) Monahan of Benton, Wisconsin, Shari of Dubuque, and Tammy (Dennis) Lange of Benton, Wisconsin. Stepsons, Mike Soens of Phoenix, Arizona and Tom Soens of Delhi, Iowa and stepdaughter, Jayne (Chuck) DeBrular of Phoenix, Arizona, 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 1 niece, 9 nephews, 3 step grandsons, sister in law Juanita Frederick and further extended family, all of whom he loved dearly.

Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Emelia (Miller) Frederick, Brother, George Edward Frederick (Duke), sisters Lucille (David) Neyens and Mae (Carl) Dausner.

His family wishes to thank Hospice for their devoted care and his family and friends for their love and kindness.

When through one man a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth comes into the world, then that man's life has had meaning!

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque, 1299 Locust St., Dubuque.

 

 



Sister Mary Matthew Cunningham, PBVM


Sister Mary Matthew Cunningham, PBVM, 98, died on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West IA. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7:00 pm.

Sister Mary Matthew, daughter of John and Anna (Mahoney), was born Mary Catherine Cunningham on May 24, 1920 in Albert Lea, MN. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation from Clare, IA on September 8, 1938 and professed her perpetual vows on July 31, 1944. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College, Dubuque IA and studied music at the American Conservatory, Chicago IL.

Sister Matthew's ministries took her to Ryan, Fairbank, Algona, Farley, Charles City, Storm Lake, Waukon, Mason City, and Whittmore, all in Iowa and Winner, SD, where for fifty-plus years, she taught piano, organ and instrumental music in Catholic elementary and high schools.

Sister Matthew retired to Mt. Loretto in 1995 and continued to share her musical talents for several years accompanying the sisters at Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours. She enjoyed music, word puzzles, and the Chicago Cubs. She celebrated her 80th Jubilee in August and reflecting on her years of religious life, Sister Matthew states, "This jubilee celebrates a life that brings me closer to God and more able to do God's will."

She is survived by the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 80 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don and sister, Sister Joan Cunningham, CSJ.

The Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org



Gerald R. Edwards


Gerald R. "Jerry" Edwards, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of "Jerry's" life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.
Gerald Richard Edwards was born on December 27, 1949 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Corlile "Dick" and Arlene (Kopet) Edwards. He grew up in Maquoketa, attended Sacred Heart School, graduated from Maquoketa High School and attended some college classes. He then served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from August of 1969 until receiving an honorable discharge in April of 1971.

Upon returning home from his military service, he worked various jobs but most notably as a machinist working at the Rock Island Arsenal, Red Jacket and John Deere Dubuque Works.

"Jerry" was a lifelong Catholic and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He had taught CCD classes for many years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on lawnmowers.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Alan (Shannon) Alexander of Bakersfield, CA, Bonnie (and significant other David Landis) Siegwarth of Lampasas, TX, Gene (Mary) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Sara (Rob) DeSotel of Anamosa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Richard "Ike" (Lori) Edwards of Moline, IL, and Mark (Deb) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Edna Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald and a daughter Angela Alexander.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald R. "Jerry" Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Agnes A. Felton


Agnes A. Felton, 80, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Agnes may call from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Agnes will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born June 7, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Peter J. and Hilda M. (Tierschel) Foxen. She is a 1956 graduate of Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On June 7, 1960 she was united in marriage to Fredrick F. Felton at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2016.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by three children, Linda Felton of Independence, IA, Wayne Felton and Allen Felton both of Cascade, IA; a sister, Dorothy Foxen of Dyersville, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents.

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



Theodore J. Shady


Theodore J. "Ted" Shady, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, August 31, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Ted's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Theodore John Shady was born on February 10, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Neville and Helen Arvella (Johnson) Shady. He was a graduate of Monmouth High School and then served his country receiving an honorable discharge. He married Genevieve Alice Maples on August 29, 1960 in Monmouth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 2, 2009.

Upon returning from his military service, Ted worked as a farmhand and then drove truck for Kapraun Transport for several years as well as teaching at a truck driving school. He retired from J.T. Cullens in Fulton, Illinois where he had worked as a machinist.

Ted was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and hunting.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Ted (Karla) Shady, Jr. of Booneville, MO, Tammy (Cherokee) Dascher of Maquoketa, IA, Tod Shady of Maquoketa, IA, Terry (Kathy) Shady of Holly, MI, Teresa Barnhart of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tricia (Steven) Randecker of Savanna, IL; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Harry (Audra) Shady of Otter Creek, IA; a sister, Elaine Watters of New Orleans, LA; sisters-in-law, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son Timothy Scott Shady, brothers James, Jesse and Earl "Butch" Shady, son-in-law Mark Barnhart, brother-in-law Louie Watters, and a sister-in-law JoAnn Shady.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Constance K. Perry


Constance K. "Connie" Perry, age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:09 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Connie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Connie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Connie was born on January 7, 1960, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Kathleen (Plumley) Walsh.

Connie was proud to have spent her entire life as a Dubuquer; surrounded by family and friends through each and every day. Growing up in a family of 8 children, she quickly learned the values of family fun and commitment. She would eventually meet her soul-mate, Dennis Perry, and the couple was united in marriage on September 24, 1982, in Tulsa, OK. They would be blessed with 35 wonderful years together, and 4 truly adored children, before Connie was sadly called home much to early. When Connie wasn't spending time with her family, you could easily find her working at Linwood Cemetery where she faithfully gave her all over the years. But, her greatest joy was always found back home with her family. Her love continued to grow as she watched her 12 grandchildren join the world. Spending time with them quickly evolved into regular camping trips to Massey Station, where the fish soon learned that they were not safe when the Perry clan was spending the weekend. Connie also enjoyed a little traveling outside of the Dubuque area from time to time, and her trips to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, dipping her toes in the ocean in Florida, and a little gambling in Mississippi were among her favorites. We are beyond saddened today with the now all so real absence of Connie from our daily lives. Thankfully though, all who knew and loved her are left with an abundance of memories to cherish through the years ahead. We thank you Connie for all the love you shared along your 58 year earthly journey. We will miss you more than you know, remember you more fondly than you can imagine, and forever be grateful for the time we had with such a bright shining star walking among us. May God keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Connie's memory include
her loving husband,
Dennis Perry, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 children,
Jessica (Justin) Wiedner, Dyersville, IA,
Dawn (Dan Hoth) Perry, East Dubuque, IL,
Joshua Perry, Dubuque, IA
and Jeremy (Terri Yarolem) Perry, Nashville, IA;

her 12 grandchildren,
Dominick, Derek, Macaylah, Izabel, Madisyn, Morgan, Marissa, Dylan, Emma, Ayden and Carter;

her 7 brothers and sisters,
Bonnie (Randy Rath) Walsh, Dubuque, IA,
John (Julie) Walsh, Epworth, IA,
Judith (Dan) Paquin, Sioux City, IA,
Jean (Jay) Burgus, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Jane) Walsh, Dubuque, IA,
Jacklyn (Jeff Heitz) Walsh-Young, Dubuque, IA
and Tammy (Rich) Kedley, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Brodie; and a niece, Bianca "Laura".

A Constance K. Perry memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Connie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and all of her friends and family who've provided such wonderful care and support to Connie as she fought with cancer so courageously; she couldn't have done it without you all helping along the way!

 



Bruce Alan Winders


Bruce Alan Winders, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 29, 2018 at home.

Military honors will be accorded at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will follow in the Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Bruce was born on February 16, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Floyd and Margaret (Gisel) Winders. He is a US Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

He worked at Team Electronics and later at Ellis Appliance.

Bruce was an avid golfer and bowler and was a member of many leagues.

Bruce is survived by his significant other and best friend of 45 years Therese Hein, of Dubuque, his faithful dog "Dougy", cousins and his golfing buddies and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Robert Paul Gretillat


Robert Paul Gretillat, 34, of Dubuque, IA has completed his journey here on earth on August 27, 2018.

A Celebration of his Life will be on Monday September 3, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the Oxus Grotto in Asbury, IA. A visitation will be on Tuesday September 4, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. at Leonard Funeral home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA.

Rob was born in Dubuque, IA on June 12, 1984 to Christine Uhlrich. In his younger years Rob was a force to be reckoned with but was a protector to his cousins and his younger sisters. Through Rob's life, there were many ups and downs, but he is remembered for his knack of storytelling and his love of poetry. Rob has left behind page after page of his own poetry for his loved ones to cherish. Rob wrote from his heart and these are some of his own words:

"My life was not perfect, but I played the cards that were dealt. Please remember all the smiles and laughs that meant everything to my heart... I am your angel; I'll help you pave the way. God has me now, I feel happy today."

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Christine Uhlrich, his brother Sean Yoder, 2 sisters Allison and Kelsey Kaufman and his beloved niece Jaylynn, his 2 most precious gifts, his sons Trapper (mother Renee), Ryder (mother Hailey). Rob will also be missed deeply by his Grandfather Paul Uhlrich, Grandparents Larry and Pat Hanson, and his Aunts and Uncles Lynn (Kevin) Kruser, Mike Uhlrich, Steve (Paula) Uhlrich, Julie (Mike) Koontz, Greg (Kelly) Uhlrich, Kerry (John) Elliott and his 16 cousins.

Rob is joining his grandmother Patricia Uhlrich and cousin Alicia Vandermillen on his next journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund in Robert's name.



Cletus J. Tigges


Cletus J. "Clete" Tigges, age 84, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Clete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Clete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Clete was born on May 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edmund and Ella (Linden) Tigges.

Clete was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who worked at the General Dry Battery Company for 6 years before venturing over to John Deere Dubuque Works, where he spent the next 30 years diligently working on the assembly line until his well earned retirement in 1987. He found the love of his life, Coletta Speltz, and they were united in marriage on February 27, 1954, at St. Columbkille's Church. The loving couple was blessed with 55 wonderful years together, and 6 adored children, before Coletta was sadly called home ahead of Clete on June 26, 2009. Clete was an active member of the community and was a proud member of the U.A.W. Local #94. His faith life was a very important part of Clete's life, and he was not only a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church, but he also faithfully lived out his life in such a manner that his Christian values and principles were visibly on display for all to witness. Clete was an honest man, a hard worker, a true friend, but above all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather each and every day. Fortunately, all 6 of his children remained in Dubuque, which made for large family gatherings every Sunday. Clete consistently role-modeled and instilled great family values for the generations behind him to follow. This behavior was so obviously rewarded by the barrage of regular daily visits to Stonehill from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Not only were Sunday dinner's with his family a priority in his life, but the countless gatherings centered around great food, and the Sunday games will continue to provide an outlet for his legacy to be carried forward within the treasured stories which will now be shared in his honor. His unwavering devotion to those he cared for was never in question and we will miss Clete more than words could convey, but we are forever grateful for the lessons and memories he leaves behind, as they will assist us along our own earthly journey we must travel until we, once again, see Clete face to face.

Those left to cherish Clete's memory include

his children,
Steven (Marsha Braun) Tigges,
Debra (Richard) White,
Diana (Anthony) Helling,
Christina (Daniel) Brimeyer,
Julie (Jeffery) Chase,
and Randy (Lisa) Tigges, all of Dubuque, IA;

19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Anna Mae Wimer, Dubuque, IA,
Eileen Pierce, LaCrosse, WI
and Ralph (Marilyn VanOstrand) Tigges, Dubuque, IA.

Clete was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Coletta Tigges, 3 sisters, Arnelda Dress, Mildred (William) Duggan and Marge (Joseph) Keenan; 2 brothers, Robert (Judy) Tigges and Eldon (Louise) Tigges; a sister-in-law, Carol Tigges; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ozzie Pierce and Jim Wimer.

Clete's family would like to give a heartfelt thank you everyone who helped with his care through this past year, especially the compassionate staff in the memory unit at Stonehill and at Hospice of Dubuque; we couldn't have done it without your kindness!

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



Lora M. (Marty) McGovern


Lora M. (Marty) McGovern, 42, of Dubuque, formerly of Stockton, IL, and rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from Noon - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a time of sharing at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Lora was born on August 21, 1976 in Dubuque, the daughter of Patric and Lynne (Peacock) Marty. She was a 1994 graduate of Southwestern High School in Hazel Green. On November 5, 1999 she was united in marriage to Andrew J. McGovern in Elizabeth, IL.

She loved flowers, gardening, yoga and her cats. But most of all she was especially proud of her children. Lora was known to be "free spirited".

Surviving is her husband Andrew J. McGovern of Stockton; their five children, Patric McGovern, Vera McGovern, Drew McGovern, and twins Alice and Stella McGovern; her parents, Patric and Lynne Marty; siblings, John Marty of Hazel Green, Tom (Kim) Marty of Prescott, AZ, Shirley (Lee) Klosterman of Rewey, WI, Nevada Marty of Hazel Green, Beth Marty of Cincinnati, OH, Mickey Marty, James Marty, and Dorothy Marty all of Hazel Green, and Ted (Robyn) Oberhauser of LaPorte City, IA; her grandmother, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, her aunt, Diana Peacock, uncles, James Peacock, Jr. and Michael (Kelly) Peacock, plus numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James Peacock, Sr, and paternal grandparents, Mickey and Dorothy (Keller) Marty.

A Lora M. McGovern memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia M. Becker


Virginia M. ‘Ginnie' Becker, 75, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 3, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 2nd at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 12:45 p.m.

Ginnie was born January 23, 1943 in Cuba City, Wisc., daughter of John and Germaine (Schmitz) Langkamp. She married David Becker January 25, 1964 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque He preceded her in death on January 5, 2013.

She owned B-Lovely Beauty Salon, worked at Prudential Financial and was a tailor at Grahams Style Store.

Ginnie loved to socialize and made friends wherever she went.

She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, their Rosary Society and the Hairdressers Association.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean (Greg) Mallinger, of Fond du Lac, WI, and Kelly (Lonnie) Curry, of Robins, IA; two sons, Jeff (Nichole) Becker, of Hayfield, MN and Kraig (Cara) Becker, of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Courtney (fiancé Tyler), Maggie (fiancé Chris), Brittany, Tony, Stephanie (fiancé Odin), Mikayla, Breanna, Miranda, Alex, and T.J.; her companion of four years, Terry Bode, of Kieler, WI; five sisters, Rose Galle, of Dubuque, Jeannette (Greg) Pehler, of TN, Marilyn (Francis) Ihm, of Cassville, WI, Donna (Dick) Williams, of AZ, and Velma Burke, of Louisville, TN; eight brothers, Joe (Sally) Langkamp, of Lancaster, WI, Mark (Ann) Langkamp, of West LaFayette, IN, Jerry (Carol) Langkamp, of Westby, WI, John ‘Sonny" (Ruth) Langkamp, of Port Orchard, WA, Jim (Kay) Langkamp, of Schofield, WI, David Langkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Dennis (Cyndi) Langkamp, of Austin, TX, and Carl Langkamp, of Benton, WI; a brother-in-law, Tom (Lois) Becker, of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Kathy (Merlin) Dalsing, of Kieler, WI.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother LaVerne Langkamp; brothers-in-law, Bill Galle and Doug Burke; her godchildren, Pauline Langkamp, a niece and Jeremy Langkamp, a nephew.

Thanks to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Home for their wonderful care.

Memorials may be made to Holy Ghost Parish or the American Cancer Society.

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



Marguerite A. (Schetgen) Triervieler


Marguerite A. (Schetgen) Triervieler, 97, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at St. Raphael Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Marguerite was born September 17, 1920 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Marguerite (Shay) Schetgen. She was united in marriage to William J. Trievieler on December 18, 1941 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1987. 

Marge was employed at the Battery Factory, and later at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring after 33 years. 
She served as Secretary of Amalgamated Meat Cutters Local #150, volunteered for the Colts Drum Corps for many years, was a Dubuque Democratic Party Delegate, and was a member and volunteer at Resurrection Parish.

Marge was an excellent cook and a wonderful seamstress. She adored her children and grandchildren, and will be sadly missed.

Marge is survived by five children, Jeanne (Ray) Grant, Bill (Mary) Triervieler, Jane (Mike) Ready, Bob (Lynn) Triervieler, and Bret (Cathy) Triervieler; eleven grandchildren, Sue (Dan) O'Hara, Bill (Kim) Grant, Tom (Denise) Triervieler, Abby (Ryan) Kramer, Peter Triervieler, Nick (Laura) Triervieler, Mike (Kelli) Ready, Andy (Emily) Ready, Courtney (Nathan) Freese, Claire (Tyler) Hunt, Paige (Jordan Keeney) Triervieler; 22 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters Marjorie Corcoran and Marie Bauer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, John Grant and Richard Ready; five brothers, John, Ralph, Peter, Clarence, and Joe; and two brothers-in-law Bob Bauer and Bob Corcoran.

Thank You to the staff and residents at The Rose, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Dean J. Fleege


Dean J. Fleege, 65, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be a memorial visitation after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Dean was born on October 8, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Dorrance J. and Virginia (Graham) Fleege. He was a 1970 graduate of Wahlert High School and later received an honorary Associates degree from Loras College.

Dean was a man of strong faith. He had a friendly smile and greeting for everyone he met and considered everyone he met his friend. His last years were spent at Ecumenical Tower, where he made many friends.

Surviving are his siblings, Barb (Roger) Kramer and Madelyn Tranel, both of East Dubuque and Daniel (Kelly) Fleege of Dubuque, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews; his sister-in-law, Nancy Fleege of Placentia, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorrance and Virginia; and two brothers, David and Donald.

The family would like to thank his Caregivers at Hawkeye Care Center, Hillcrest Mental Health, Dr. Mark Hermann, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, specifically, Edna, Jennie, Peggy and Suzanne.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com



Judy Perry


Judy Perry, of Dubuque, activist for disability rights and ally to the LGBTQ+ community, passed away August 11, 2018 at the age of 60.

Judy is survived by her husband, John Perry, and her kid, Indigo (Indy) Channing. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Jacob, who was lost in a miscarriage.

She was born in December 15, 1957 in Aurora, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Rowley, where she spent her evening teaching the school lessons from the day to the cows - Judy would often reminisce that she had the most educated cows in Buchanan County. She graduated from Independence High School in 1976, then went on to Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University, where she earned a degree in sociology and psychology.

On February 14, 1981 she married John Perry.

Judy loved God, loved others, and served the world. She could often be found in the downtown area, fellowshipping with the homeless people who lived in her neighborhood. Judy believed in the inherent worth and dignity of each person, and that recovery was possible. She spent her career in human services at Area Residential Care, and more recently at Hillcrest Family Services.

The events in downtown Dubuque were a passion of Judy's and she could often be seen at the Farmer's Market and various events at the Town Clock and Five Flags.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st at Grand View United Methodist Church, followed by an after party at the Smokestack. All are welcome!

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.



Richard E. Hinderman


Richard E. "Rich" Hinderman, 56, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at home. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after noon on Friday at the church before the service.

Rich was born on February 15, 1962, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Irma (Weber) Hinderman. He married Kimberly Mau on July 21, 1984, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. Rich owned and operated Hinderman Auto Body in Cuba City from 1989-2000. He was currently working at LKQ Keystone Automotive in Dubuque.

Rich enjoyed spending time with Kim and his son, Nathan. He did collector restoration and attended many car shows, taking pride in his vehicles and winning many trophies for his hard work. Rich was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and the Auto Body Association.

Survivors include his wife, Kim, and son, Nathan, both of Cuba City; three sisters, Shirley (John) Middendorf, of Menominee, and Maryann (Ron) VanNatta, and Irma Wubben, both of Louisburg; and two brothers, Bernie (Paulette) Hinderman, of Lancaster, and Jack (Nola) Hinderman, of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Irma Hinderman, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cecil and Loretta Mau.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, and the nurses and doctors at UW-Madison, Mayo Clinic and Grand River Medical Center.

A Richard E. "Rich" Hinderman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sandra A. House


Sandra A. House, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, August 24, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Sandra on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial will be held at 1 P.M. from Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Sandra Ann Haylock was born on March 27, 1937 in Davenport, Iowa, to Lloyd and Generose "Jean" (Rutenbeck) Haylock. She was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then went to Cosmetology School in Dubuque. She married Keith House on January 27, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Nancy and Louanne.

Sandra had first worked as a hairdresser at LaMohr's Beauty Salon in Maquoketa from 1959 to 1969. In 1970, she started Sandy's Beauty Salon and operated that until 1977. She and Keith then traveled extensively and spent many winters in McAllen, Texas. They moved back to Maquoketa in 2008.

Sandra was a social person who enjoyed shopping, writing letters, and visiting with friends and neighbors. She also loved flowers, doing yard work and attending her class reunion functions each month. She especially loved family get togethers and her dog Jake. Her favorite food recipes which she passed on to family was her homemade chip dip and homemade pizza.

Those left to honor Sandra's memory include her daughters, Nancy (Tom) Highly of Moline, IL, and Louanne Clark of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Amber Highly, Brett Highly, Eric (Maryann) Taylor, Lynn Taylor, Casey (Sarah) Taylor and Kyle Clark; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Jean) Haylock of Parkersburg, IA, and Chuck (Kimberly) Haylock of Portland, OR; and a brothers-in-law, Duane Hansen of Maquoketa, IA and Harlan Wilslef of Preston, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jim, a sister Judy Hansen, half-sister Betty, half-brothers Lloyd and Wayne, and her husband Keith on February 21, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Sandra Ann House memorial fund has been established.

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



James R. Spoden


James R. Spoden, 73, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Friday, August 31, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am. Saturday, September 1, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born December 9, 1944, in Dubuque the son of Peter and Clara (Naumann) Spoden. He graduated from Senior High School where he played basketball. He married Mary L. Hess on February 27, 1965, in Worthington, Iowa. Jim was a CNC Operator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 ½ years.

He enjoyed traveling to watch his grandchildren's activities, camping, golfing and generally having a great time.

Survivors include his wife of 53 ½ years, Mary; two sons: Steve (Ann) Spoden and Scott (Lisa) Spoden, both of Crystal Lake, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tanner, Maxwell, Haley, Maddie and Carter Spoden; siblings: Diane (Jerry) Ball of Florida and Sally Reardon of Dubuque; in-laws: Susan Pomerantz of Clive, IA, Ed (Vanetta) Hess of Worthington and Judy (Virgil) Johnson of Avondale, Ariz., and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Ambrose and Kay Hess, an infant son, and a brother, Peter Spoden.

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



Gerald E. Clark


Gerald E. "Fuzzy" Clark, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 27, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Fuzzy" from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Gerald Edgar Clark was born on January 18, 1943 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Walter and Erma (Manning) Clark. He married Pat Risden on February 1, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Christina, Teresa, Kathy and Johnny, Sr. He later married JoAnn Nielsen Wolfe on September 14, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Throughout his life "Fuzzy" had worked various jobs. His first job was as a farmhand for Don Miller. Other jobs included driving school bus for the Andrew Community Schools and the Maquoketa Community Schools, as well as owning and operating "Fuzzy" Clark's Fencing Business for over 30 years. He had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and at Camp Shalom for many years.

"Fuzzy" enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and cards, especially Euchre.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Christina (Ron) Shanahan of Delmar, IA, Teresa Thielen of Maquoketa, IA, Kathy Clark of Andrew, IA and Johnny (Daneen) Clark, Sr. of Cedar Rapids, IA; a step-daughter, Michele (Amir) Khan of Wood Dale, IL; brothers Ron Clark of New Mexico and Robert (Mary) Clark of Zwingle, IA; sisters Darlene (Dave) Densmore of Camanche, IA, and Mona Kay (Tom) Christoffersen of Camanche, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He also had a special friend Jean and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son Kevin Wolfe, and brothers Dale, Don and Elmer Clark.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald E. "Fuzzy" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Cletus E. Maiers


Cletus "Clete" E. Maiers, 84, passed away August 25, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, after a stroke. Friends may greet the family from 2 PM to 7 PM on Friday, August 31, and from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Saturday, September 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 1, at the Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Andrew Upah will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Clete was born October 15, 1933, in Holy Cross, the son of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He married Shirley McPoland-Anstoetter on July 22, 1977, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Dubuque. 

Clete worked on the John Deere assembly line for over 30 years, retiring in 1992, after which he worked for several years as a delivery driver for Value Independent Parts and Hy-Vee. He was a longtime member of St. Anthony's and the Church of the Resurrection Parishes, a Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Asbury Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Moose Club and the Holy Cross Catholic Order of Foresters.

Clete enjoyed wintering in Texas, golfing, playing cards, cheering on the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Shirley, Clete is survived by four children, Brian (Nancy) Anstoetter of West Des Moines, and their children: Ben, Joe and Jack; Brenda (Mark) Ehlers of Dubuque, and their children: Matt (fiancé Brianna Kramer), Connor and Katie; Brad (Laura) Anstoetter of Walker, and their children: Andrew and Jack; and Eric (Kristy) Maiers of Elmhurst, Illinois, and their children: Norah and Sadie. He is also survived by brother Eddie (the late Laura) Maiers; sister Eileen (the late Jerry) Kluesner; brother Al (Patricia) Maiers; sister-in-law Norma (the late Wilmer) Maiers; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law on the McPoland and Anstoetter sides of the family.

Clete was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law Frank and Bernadette McPoland; brother Leon (Harriet) Maiers; brother Wilmer "Wimp" Maiers; sister-in-law Laura Maiers; brother-in-law Jerry Kluesner; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law on the McPoland and Anstoetter sides of the family.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

Clete's family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy and the University of Iowa Hospitals. 

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Donald J. Fuss


Donald J. Fuss, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Sunday afternoon, August 26, 2018, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time on Thursday. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery, Farley, Iowa.

Donald Joseph Fuss was born on July 9, 1936 in LaMotte, Iowa, to Edward and Beatrice (Hayes) Fuss. He was educated in Farley schools. He married Jeanine LaPage on September 4, 1958 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Donald had first worked at Farley and Loetscher's in Dubuque for a couple years. He then worked on the assembly line at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, retiring in 1988.

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his wife, Jeanine Fuss of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brenda (Bill) Tryon of Marion, IA, and Kevin "Doc" Fuss of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 grandchildren, Billy and Briana Tryon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donald J. Fuss memorial fund has been established.

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



Carole A. Martin


Carole A. Martin 77, of Dubuque, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake will be recited at 6:30.

Carole was born on April 25, 1941 in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Julie "Minnie" (Willenborg) Reicher. She married James Martin on January 25, 1958 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Together they raised three children Ron, Jodi and Julie. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1991. Carole later met and spent 18 years with Robert Richardson. He preceded her in death on May 16, 2010. Carole was employed by Coca Cola and ESKA Companies before owning and operating Luigis Pizza. She enjoyed doing all types of crafts, cooking and listening to Willie Nelson. Carole loved the changing of the seasons with Christmas being a special time of year for her. She embraced everything from decorating to baking to listening to holiday music. Carole cherished gatherings with family, grandchildren and friends. She loved all children - no matter if she knew them or not and enjoyed the companionship of her two dogs, Maggie and Scooter.

Surviving are her children Ronald (Mary) Martin, Jodi (Denny) Arensdorf and Julie (Dan Rhine) Burke; her stepdaughter Brenda Kaiser; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Rita Reicher; brother and sisters-in-law, Joe and Mary Martin and Don and Sharon Martin.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters Norma VonAh and Darlene Stierman; 1 brother Wayne Reicher; infant children Cheryl and Joseph.

A Carole A. Martin memorial fund has been established.

The Martin family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, for their compassion and support.



Andrea J. Shireman


Andrea J. Shireman, age 74, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:26 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Andrea's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Dan Shireman officiating. To celebrate Andrea's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.

Andrea was born on July 2, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Andrew John and Naomi (Hoag) Psaros.

Andrea proudly graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and went on to work with the A.M.A. in Chicago for 12 years before eagerly returning to Dubuque to follow her deepest passion of helping those who were less fortunate than herself. Andrea was an unrelenting advocate for those in need within her community and faithfully ran the Washington Neighborhood Center & Homeless Shelter for over 12 years, with her husband, Dan, while also being very involved with the Crossover Foundation. It was through her involvement in those organizations that she would meet and eventually marry the love of her life, Dan Shireman. The two were united in marriage on August 8, 1997, in Dubuque, and were truly blessed and thankful to have just celebrated their 21st anniversary earlier this month. Andrea and Dan continued to work with the homeless in Dubuque and were always honored to be able to participate in the Christmas Dinner's at Loras College, and with the End of Summer B.A.S.H. (Become Active, Stop Homelessness). She had a larger than life personality perfectly packed into her small 4'10" frame; but when combined with her boundless energy and unceasing spirit of love, Andrea would easily tower over anyone who stood in her way. Andrea was non-judgemental at her core and thrived on living life to its fullest; always quick with a story, or a joke, to unite the room around her. Our world, and surely our community are going to be missing the undeniably generous mind, body and soul of Andrea moving forward. Her positive impact has been both invisible, and yet tangible in countless lives over the years. We know Andrea accepted Yeshua into her heart, and through her faith and actions while she resided here on earth, He has surely accepted her today. We hope she is wandering peacefully along the heavenly beaches with her metal detector firmly in hand, and thankfully we know that her eternal family who has been awaiting her arrival is currently catching her up on the good news that in her new world everything is perfect everyday and nobody will ever need another advocate working diligently in the name of love. Time to rest Andrea and job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Andrea's memory include

her loving husband,
Dan Shireman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Merri Christina Voshell, Pueblo, CO,
Valerie (Brian) Lau, Dubuque, IA
and Jackie (Jim Weiner) Voshell, Dubuque, IA;

7 grandchildren,
Brad Shickels, Betty Simms, Martin (Holly Thill) Voshell, Lindsay (Joe Hardine) Derrig, Emily (Devante Kidd) Voshell, Michael (Richard Fullmer) Voshell and Jason Voshell;

numerous great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Audrey Morey,
John (JoAnn Marburger) Psaros
and Michael Psaros, all of Dubuque, IA,

and a Godson/nephew,
Matthew Morey.

Andrea was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Adam Voshell; a sister, Julia Aldrich; and a brother, Gary Lucy.

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

 



James E. Hoerner


James E. "Jim" "Jimmy" Hoerner, 80, of Key West, Iowa passed away on August 26, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

James "Jimmy" Hoerner was born in Dubuque, IA on November 15, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Walter and Gladys (Woodrich) Hoerner. In his younger years he grew-up on his family farm located off Military Road. He attended a one room school house until 8th grade where he completed his education at Dubuque Senior High School.
He grew up with a love of playing, watching and coaching baseball. In 1954 he and his brother Joe had the honor of playing on the only state championship baseball team Dubuque Senior High School has ever won. One of his fondest memories was playing in tournaments catching for his brother Joe while his brother Bob played centerfield. Jim 'Star' Hoerner was known as a fierce competitor and in 1959 he was awarded the MVP of the Worthington Baseball tournament and in 1992 was humbled to be inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1955 he met the love of his life, Sally Decker, at a euchre tournament at the 12 Mile House. They dated and in 1958 they married. Throughout the early years of marriage, Jimmy continued his love for baseball playing semi-pro. He was invited to catch at the White Sox training camp in Florida. Upon being injured, he returned home to be with Sally, raise his children and in 1964 moved to Key West, Iowa which became the family home.

Jim worked Dubuque Packing Company in Dubuque, for 43 years, 12 years with the City of Dubuque & Moracco Supper Club. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge, Holy Name Society, and Baseball Hall of Fame.

Friends and family were extremely important to Jim. Jimmy and Sally created a welcoming environment for all to gather around their kitchen table for endless conversation. For many years they enjoyed going on trips with friends from Happy's Place and for 50 years played in a couple's card club. Jim took great pleasure supporting his children and grandchildren in their numerous activities throughout life. To some, Jimmy appeared rough around the edges, but beneath that exterior he had a heart of gold. He was kind father, loyal friend and incredibly hard working. Doing for others brought him genuine happiness. If you asked for his opinion, he would give it to you honestly and unfiltered. He enjoyed talking about politics and economics. He loved to keep himself busy and developed a pleasure in grass cutting, card playing and planning projects big and small.

Jimmy enjoyed simple things in life like traditional food, eating ice cream, wearing a ball cap and blue shirts. As time went on he found satisfaction staying closer to home, celebrating holidays with his family and going out to dinner with his love Sally. His was a straightforward and easy man who was incredibly proud of all of his children and grandchildren. His face would truly light up upon seeing his great-grandchildren. More than any family member or friend, his love and devotion for his wife Sally was never ending and truly unconditional. 'Jim - n - Sal' were inseparable. Jimmy will be deeply missed by all he has touched but no one greater than his love for 59 years, Sally.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Hoerner; Children; Mark (Rose), Rick (Sandy), Jayne (J.R.) Disponette of Lexington, KY, Mike of Solon, Ia. Grandchildren; Jake (Andrea), Jeff (Robin), Seth (Beth), Michael, Streat, Samantha, Hannah, Sterling & Storm and 7 great-grandchildren. Sister Ann (Bob) Lambe of Zwingle, IA. Sister-in-law Phyllis Hoerner and Darlene Hoerner-Schmitt (Donnie Schmitt).

He was preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Gladys Hoerner. Siblings and spouses; Bob (Millie) Hoerner, Joe Hoerner, John Hoerner, Betty Smith, Mary (Terry) O'toole, Sally (Jim) Clewell.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the family.

The family wishes to thank the Key West EMT & Fire Department and Father Rodney Allers for their care and compassion.



David D. Mangers


David D. Mangers, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 24th, 2018 at home surrounded by his wife and children after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at St. St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Dave was born on June 27, 1957 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the son of Dale and Mary (Butlett) Mangers.

On November 25th, 1978 he married Kim Marie Engling in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked for 38 years at American Trust and Savings Bank in the accounting dept.

Dave coached his three sons with the Key West Little League Baseball team. He later coached his grandson Brandon in the Dubuque Independent League Astros.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, and giving wagon rides to the grandkids with the lawnmower. He recently rebuilt a 1971 Buick GS455 with his son Steven. He like to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings with his grandson Brandon, and like to cheer on St. Louis Cardinals to rival Chicago Cubs with his wife Kim.

He is survived by his wife Kim; his father Dale Mangers, of Dubuque; his daughter Jessica (Thomas Walker Jr.) Mangers, of Dubuque, Steven (Sarah) Mangers, of Dubuque, Michael (Ashley) Mangers, of Dubuque, James (Matt Merkel) Mangers of Seattle, WA. Two sisters Debbie (Rick Brewer) Frommelt, of Dubuque and Julie (Mike) Ritt, of Dubuque. Grandchildren, Brandon Mangers, Logan Walker, Ethan Walker, Ryan Mangers, Raylan Walker, Kaleb Mangers, Nolan Mangers, Caitlyn Mangers, Abygail Mangers and Luke Mangers. Sisters-in-law Shella (Steve) Czipar, of Dubuque, Malinda Ahmann, of Dubuque, Lisa (Joe) Simon, of Ponder, TX, Laura O'Brien, of Rockford, IL. Brother-in-law Alfred (Kris) Engling Jr. of Dubuque; mother-in-law Mary Engling, of East Dubuque, IL; Godchildren Nikki (Gary) Ostrander, of Dubuque, and Jasmine Ritt, of Dubuque, along with several nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother Mary Mangers; father-in-law Alfred Engling; brother-in-law Daniel Engling; grandparents Clarence and Agnes (Streff) Butlett, William and Eleanor (Gilles) Mangers, and several aunts and uncles.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristen Julie, Gary and Sara, Dr. Monga and nurse Jody, and Dr. Salas and nurse Kristy, along with Kim and Dave's many friends for all their wonderful care and kindness.

 



Donald D. Dugan


Donald D. Dugan, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Don was born on November 5, 1929, in Charles City, Iowa, son of Elton and Eva (Pierson) Dugan.

Don was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Don was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marjorie Gibbons, on December 15, 1950, in San Francisco, California, and they would be blessed with 67 wonderful years together, and 5 adored children. Don was raised with a strong work ethic, and would put his talents to good use with the John Deere Dubuque Works for many years until his well earned retirement had finally arrived in 1984. Don was very active within the community and was also a longtime member of the Elk's Club, and a faithful member of his beloved St. Anthony's Church. His commitment to his country was undeniable and Don regularly put his patriotism on display with the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 as a loyal member of the funeral detail who played taps for countless military funerals in the Dubuque community, as well as at many special events honoring veterans around the Tri-State area. Don also enjoyed playing trumpet with several bands in the area, including the Ruth Feyen Trio, starring Ruth Feyen and Ducky Gordon, as well as The Upper Mainstreet Jazz Band. In his free time, Don not only enjoyed working on a little family genealogy research, but he was also quite an avid history buff who absolutely reveled in gathering any new information which would take his imagination back in time. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear husband, dad and grandpa, but thankfully find some comfort in knowing that he is now free from the health issues which have plagued him these past few months. We look forward to being reunited with Don once again in time, but until then we will remain grateful for the memories he leaves behind, and also for the legacy of honor he role modeled so effortlessly throughout his 88 year journey among us.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Marjorie Dugan, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Dan Dugan,
DiAnn (Gary) Dieters,
Becky (Dan) Boland
and Tim Dugan (Melissa Pfaff), all of Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Gary Dieters, Lisa (Jimmy) Wagner, Sara Dieters, Katie Dieters, Mike Boland, Lynne Burkart, Jenny Boland, Alyssa Boland, Amanda (Nate) Cook, Samantha Dugan and Adam (Alissa Molzof) Dugan;

15 great-grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Jim Doyle, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Doyle; and a grandson, Matthew Doyle.

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

 



Janet M. Timmerman


Janet M. (Pitzen) Timmerman, 73, of St. Donatus, Iowa, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Friday morning, August 24, 2018 at home following a short illness.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery, Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Janet was born on October 9, 1944 near Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Richter) Pitzen.  She was united in marriage to Burnell J. "Butch" Timmerman on July 3, 1965 in Potosi. He preceded her in death on September 18, 2012.

She loved cruises, especially to Hawaii and Vancouver. Janet was an excellent wife and mother. Her favorite past-time was setting on her front porch and visiting with friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed quilting and baking, especially jelly rolls.

Surviving are three children, Lori (Thad) Everson of De Forest, Wisconsin, Lisa (Larry) Hoch of Eau Claire, and John (Carolyn) Timmerman of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Danielle, Shaun, Jakob, and Shane; her siblings, James (Pauline) Pitzen of Lancaster, John "Jack" (Sharon) Pitzen of Dickeyville, Joe Pitzen of Cassville, Diane (David) Splinter of Dickeyville, Carol (Robert) Weber of Manhattan, Kansas, and David (Emily) Pitzen of Lancaster; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Margaret and a granddaughter Emily.

A special thank you to the St. Donatus Community for their love and support, throughout all of her years in St. Donatus, to her family, and to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given our mother.

 

 



Daniel U. Helbing


Daniel U. "Danny" Helbing, 70, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, August 24, 2018, at Wm.S.Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Sunset Lanes in Dickeyville. A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with burial immediately following in the church cemetery with military honors. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Cuba City, is in charge of arrangements.

Danny was born on February 23, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Elsie (McPhail) Helbing. He married Mary Therese Hesseling on September 18, 1971, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. 

Danny was a loving husband and father. In his free time he enjoyed cruising with Mary in his 1970 Oldmobile 442 Convertible and socializing with the people he loved. Danny was a very unselfish person always putting the needs of others before his own. As a patriot, he was proud of his service and promoted respect for the flag.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Brian, of Dickeyville, Tim (Marina), of Peoria, AZ, and Chad (special friend, Pam Marshall), of Cottage Grove, WI; a brother, Doug Helbing, of Mandan, ND; and three grandchildren, Gavin, Vivian and Olivia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, LaVern Hill; three brothers, Ronnie, Jerry and Orton Helbing; and two sisters, Connie Hill and Marilyn McKillip.

A special thank you to all the family and friends for their love and support through this difficult time. We wish to thank Grant County Hospice, and the doctors, nurses and staff at the Madison VA Hospital and UW Madison Clinics.



Leonard L. Shepherd


Leonard L. Shepherd, 86, formerly of Dubuque, IA, died August 22, 2018, at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility, Naperville, IL.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA, with Pastor Peter Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.  A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Leonard was born March 11, 1932, in Galesburg, IL, the son of Fred and Dora (Dodd) Shepherd.  He married Helen Hanson of Rock Island, IL, May 31, 1959.  He served his country in the Navy, and attended Allied Institute of Technology where he graduated in 1956 from their drafting program.  He worked for John Deere for 35 years, both in Moline, IL, and Dubuque, IA, where he retired in July of 1992. 

He led his family to the Lord and persevered as a young widowed father, after Helen died of cancer, raising their two teenage children to adulthood.  He was an artist who enjoyed painting a variety of subjects, including portraits of his children, grandchildren and even the Mona Lisa and American Gothic.  He often painted murals for Vacation Bible School at Dubuque Bible Church where he also ushered and taught Sunday School for many years.  He had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and took great joy in his grandsons - he could often be seen playing Batman, Ninja Turtles, cowboy, teacher, and other games with them.

He is survived by his son, John (Julie) Shepherd of Aurora, IL, daughter, Mary Shepherd of Davenport, IA; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Madeline) Shepherd of Ann Arbor, MI and Jordan Shepherd of Chicago, IL; and his sister, Barbara Carmen of Cheboygan, MI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, and seven brothers. 

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

Memorial contributions may be directed to Tabor Hills, 1347 Crystal Avenue, Naperville, IL 60563.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility for their professional and loving care and support over the last several years.

 

 



Marylou Beswick


Marylou Beswick, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Greeley, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born on January 25, 1930, in Colesburg, the daughter of John and Effie (Binning) Keck. Marylou was raised in the Colesburg area and graduated from Colesburg High School in 1948. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years and received her teaching certificate. Marylou taught sixth grade in Arlington for two years.

On April 5, 1952, Marylou was united in marriage to John "Jack" Beswick in Colesburg. Three children were born to this union. The couple farmed together west of Greeley. Marylou and Jack worked their land and raised livestock together until his death in 1995. Marylou remained on the farm until 2004 when she moved to her home in Manchester. In 2017, Marylou moved to the Meadows.

Marylou was active in many farm-related organizations. She was a past 4-H leader for the Greeley Go Getters. Marylou served as the past president of the Delaware County Cow Bells. She also served on the Delaware County Farm Bureau Board for 41 years and acted as the board secretary for 25 years. In addition to the farm organizations, Marylou was a past worthy matron of the Greeley Eastern Star and the Colesburg Eastern Star.  

Marylou was a longtime member of the Greeley Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church in Manchester. She was also a member of the Rebecca Circle #3 at the Greeley church. Marylou enjoyed working crossword puzzles. She was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball teams. Marylou always enjoyed driving her large pickup trucks around the countryside. While at the Meadows, she enjoyed going out on the various outings with her friends.

Survivors include her two children, Robert (Therese) Beswick of Greeley and Elizabeth "Beth" Todd of Manchester; seven grandchildren, Angie (Justin) Reaves of Davenport, Jennie (Elliott) Swint of Le Claire, Jason (Dragana) Jared of Madison, Wisconsin, Mary Beth (Josh) Wendling of Manchester, and John, Luke, and Paul Beswick of Greeley; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxson Reaves; one sister-in-law, Nondas Beswick of Des Moines; a son-in-law, Dean Holst of Le Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

Marylou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Beswick; her daughter, Marilyn Beswick-Jared-Holst in 2007; three brothers, Ivan (Eleanor) Keck, Karl (Betty) Keck, and Robert (Katherine) Keck; a sister- and  brother-in-law, Dorothy (Danny) Wiechmann and Howard Beswick.

Marylou's family would like to thank the staff at the Meadows for all of their wonderful care. They would also like to thank the nurses and doctors in the Regional Medical Center Emergency Room and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for their thoughtful care.  

Memorials may be directed to the Greeley Fire Department or a charity of your choice. 

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Reverend Phil Rogers officiating.

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.  There will be a 2:00 p.m. prayer service followed by an Eastern Star service. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment:  Grant View Cemetery - Greeley, Iowa

 

 



Blanche L. Moyle


Blanche L. Moyle, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Blanche's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Blanche's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Blanche was born on June 23, 1931, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Check) Ceplecha.

Blanche was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She laid eyes on Elwin and knew he was the one. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Elwin Moyle, on June 28, 1950, in Prairie du Chien and they were gratefully blessed with 2 loving children, Laurie and Tim. Blanche was a devoted full-time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in not only caring for her home, but mostly in loving and nurturing her family along the way. In their younger years, they enjoyed traveling in their camper with their children and eventually the grandchildren. Blanche was an avid fisher, she liked to outfish Elwin when it came to trout fishing and they both put in hundreds of miles over the years foraging for mushrooms, nuts and berries all over eastern Iowa for fun up until her last few months on earth. When a little downtime would periodically find its way into Blanche's day, you could easily find her relaxing quietly while working on her latest beautiful quilt, dipping a paint brush on her pallet while creating her next masterpiece on the canvas before her or cultivating her garden from seed which she was so proud of. She loved her polka music on Wednesday and computer games to "keep her mind sharp." Blanche was an avid, talented cook, Elwin can be quoted as saying "why go out to eat when I got the best cook at home!" Blanche was a humble and devoted woman who continually put others before herself and always lived her faith through her actions. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church and to know that her last family gathering would be held in her church brought Blanche true peace of mind. We will miss our dearly sweet and loveable Blanche with all of our being, but we are beyond grateful for the 87 years the Lord was generous enough to share her with us and we know that she is surely enjoying a new and eternal family reunion of her very own loved ones, especially her son, Tim, who were called home ahead of her. Thank you for all of the memories you've left behind to help mend our broken hearts Blanche, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Blanche's memory include

her loving husband of 68 years,
Elwin Moyle, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter,
Laurie (Michael) Primm, Collins, MO;

her grandchildren,
Mark (Denise) Moyle, Cheyne (Jennifer) Sharkey, Codi Sharkey, Samantha Moyle, Cody Allan (Brandy) Primm, Amie (Ben) Ivy and Caleb (Jill) Primm;

and her great-grandchildren,
Elwin, Skylee, Caden, Eleigh, Bryson, William, Jude and Grant.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timothy Moyle; 2 sisters, Marie (Ray) Slama and Gladys (Wincil) Slama; and a brother, Leo Ceplecha.

In lieu of flowers, a Blanche L. Moyle memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend many thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital.

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



Frances Marie Willey


Frances Marie Willey, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died August 23, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Frances' life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, August 27, 2018 at United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Monday at the church beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Frances was born on July 11, 1926 in rural Maquoketa to Jerry and Hilda (Atzen) Widel. She was the fourth of nine children and was raised in the Fulton, Iowa area.

Frances moved to Maquoketa when she entered high school and worked as what today would be called a nanny for Glen and Mildred Woods. She met her husband John Marvin Willey through the Woods', he worked for Glen on the Woods farm. They were married on March 8, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union six children were born, Rose, Jerry, Jack, Bob, Becky and Tim.

Frances worked at various restaurants in Maquoketa and was famous for her good-old-fashioned home cooking, most notably for her prize-winning pies and candies. Her last accomplishment professionally was opening her own restaurant, "Frances' Kitchen" at the United Livestock Sales Barn.

After retirement she enjoyed going to Euchre tournaments with friends and sitting at the Bridge Table trying for a Grand Slam. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, and the Maquoketa VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Frances is survived by her children, Rose Heiring of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Marie) Willey of Castle Rock, CO, Jack (Marilyn) Willey of Maquoketa, IA, and Becky Wiese of Oxford Junction, IA; a brother Kenny (Alice) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Janice (Jerry) Edwards of Camanche, IA; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Marvin Willey, sons Bob and Tim, daughter-in-law Connie Willey, sons-in-law Ralph Heiring and Richard Wiese, her parents and her siblings Frederick, James, Paul (Mary), Helen (Arnold) Meyer, Maxine (Stan) Anderson, Bernice (Jim) Frank, a grandchild Daniel Michel, and a great-granddaughter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

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



Jerome J. Hinderman


Jerome J. Hinderman, 90, formerly of Maryville Heights, Hazel Green, WI, passed away at Wednesday afternoon, August 22, 2018 at the Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Jerome was born on November 14, 1927 in Dickeyville, WI, the son of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. He married Alverna Cogan on May 2, 1950 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. She preceded him in death on September 26, 1994.

He was formerly employed at Farley & Loetscher and Caradco in Dubuque until they closed. Later he was employed by the Sinsinawa Dominicans until his retirement.

Jerome was a member of St. Mary's Parish. He loved fishing and gardening. He was a big Dodger, Badgers and Packers fan. Jerome loved spending time with his grandson Rory and great-grandchildren Amelia and Elliott. He would have the biggest smile when he would see Amelia and Elliott.

Surviving is his daughter, Cathy (David) Holland, of Kieler, WI; grandson, Rory (Michelle) Holland of Cottage Grove, WI; and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Elliott; two brothers, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Val Hinderman, two sisters, Lucille Jackson and Germaine Hayes all of East Dubuque; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Clara; his wife Alverna; two sisters, Rosella Roth and Jean Reisen; his in-laws, Merlin Roth, Ralph "Tojo" Reisen, Merlin Hayes, and Don Jackson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bearse, the nurses and staff at Epione Pavilion, and Grant County Hospice for their care and kindness given to Dad.

Online condolences may be left for the family atwww.millerfhed.com



Esther S. Rickels


Esther S. Rickels, 86, of Oxford Junction, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 22, 2018, at Mechanicsville Specialty Care in Mechanicsville, Iowa.

A celebration of Esther's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 A.M. until service time on Saturday. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Esther Shirley Hanson was born on May 30, 1932 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Robert Willis and Neoma Lueille (Hardin) Hanson. Esther married Earl Campbell and they farmed in the Fulton area. Later, she married Jack Schwenker and they lived in Baldwin. She had worked retail at Schublin's and Disney's Shoe Barn in Maquoketa. In her later years she married Dean Rickels. They lived their retirement years in Oxford Junction, Iowa. She enjoyed gardening and loved her yard.

Those left to honor Esther's memory include her children, Allen Campbell of Andrew, IA, Bill (Christy) Campbell of Oxford Junction, IA, and John (Sherry) Campbell of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Richard "Dick" (Janet) Hanson of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Mary (Sam) Caven of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean Rickels, a brother and sister-in-law Marvin and Ellen Hanson, a sister-in-law Lois Hanson, and two grandchildren, Taylor Jo Crist and Zach Campbell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Esther S. Rickels memorial fund has been established.

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



Ken Ginter


Ken Ginter, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at home, surrounded by family,
after a long battle with cancer.

Mass will be at 7 p.m. on Monday August 27, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 3 pm until the time of Mass. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate.Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Ken was born October 1, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Wilfred and Ann (Kirk) Ginter. He grew up in Dickeyville, WI. Ken married Debbie Breitbach on July 28, 1990 at the Church of the Resurrection.

He was employed with CL Swanson (later Canteen), and as a substitute para-professional at Dubuque Community Schools.

Ken was a man who believed in the value of family and was committed to doing what was right. He was always the first to offer his help in any way he could - whether it was helping fix or build something at your house, offering his advice, or babysitting his grandchildren. He greeted those he met with a smile and joke, whether he knew you or not.

Fishing was his passion; he was a longtime member the Mississippi Walleye Club and served as President, Chairman of the Kids Day Fishing Event, and was named Sportsman of the Year several times.

Ken was a sports fanatic - he cheered on the Packers and cried when his Cubbies finally did it. He loved nothing more than a night out with close friends and a chat over a brandy old fashioned. His grandchildren were the light of his life and provided him with many stories he loved to share with anyone willing to listen.

Ken will be missed by his wife, Debbie and their dog Daisy; two children, Sarah (Mike) Collins of Barrington, IL, and Doug (Leigh-Anne Cornett) Egan of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Aidan, Eliana, and Bennett Collins; his mother, Ann Phillips; his mother-in-law, Lillian Breitbach; his siblings, Russell (Vickie) Ginter, Elaine (Dobie) Dobbratz, Bruce Ginter, Jeneice (David) Haessig, Bill (Peggy) Ginter, Lois Ginter, Marvin (Lori) Ginter, and Teresa (Paul) Davis; his siblings in law, Bob Breitbach, Sue (Dan) Bublitz, Maribeth (Bob) Devereaux, Dave Breitbach, Dan (Nancy) Breitbach, and Terry (Jenny) Breitbach; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his brother Richard; his step-father Leonard Phillips; his father-in-law, John Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ken Ginter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Engelman and his staff; the staff at Mercy Medical Center; the University of Wisconsin Hospital staff and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Lorraine E. Lattner


Lorraine E. "Lorry" Lattner, 91, of Dubuque died Monday, August 20, 2018.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lorraine was born January 14, 1927 in Chicago, Ill, daughter of Raymond and Gertrude (Hansen) Neitzel. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in Marshalltown, IA and became a registered nurse. She joined the Cadet Nurse Corp from 1944 to 1947. Later in her career Lorry completed coursework with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

On August 28, 1948 she married Donald Lattner at St. Patrick's Church in Chicago. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2003.

Lorry was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dedicated sister, aunt, and friend to many.

She worked at St Joe Sanitarium and Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL and from 1969 to 1989 she worked at Finley Hospital in the ICU department. She also used her nursing skill to care for her husband and lent assistance to many relatives and friends.

Lorry was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Acute Care Nursing Association, St. Jane de Chantel Mother's Club, Americlub and Emerald Club.

She also was a volunteer at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

She is survived by a son, Michael D. (Kim) Lattner of Dubuque; a daughter, Brigid (Allan) Berger of Port O'Connor, Texas; grandchildren, Leigha (fiancé Henry Bierman), Andrea and Erik Lattner.

She is also survived by a sister, Arlene Lattner and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Carr; brothers in law and sisters in law, Richard Carr, Merlin, Viola, and Cecelia Lattner; Louis and Catherine Lattner; Edward, Marilyn and Alberta Lattner and Harold Lattner.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Colubmkille's Catholic Church, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Dubuque Museum of Art.

The family would like to thank all of the care givers in the memory unit at Luther Manor.

 



Lorraine T. Schmidt


Lorraine T. Schmidt 94, of Dubuque formerly of Key West, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Hawkeye Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Phillip Mensah officiating and Deacon Jim Schmidt as homilist. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 4:00 to 7:00, Friday August 24, 2018 with a parish wake service at 4:00p.m.

Our Mom was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 23, 1924, the daughter of Nicholas and Florence (Trierweiler) Freiburger. She married Louis F. Schmidt, from Saint Donatus, on November 29, 1944 at Saint Joseph Key West. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2008. Mom was educated in the Dubuque and Dubuque County Schools.

She worked for several local families during her youth. Mom and Dad farmed in Zwingle before moving to Key West where they eventually built our family home. Mom was a member of the Saint Joseph Key West Parish and Rosary Society. Our Mom was best known for her Apple and Pear Pies. She was an avid canner of the multiple vegetables and fruits from Dad's gardens. Mom had a green thumb for house plants. Our Mom was known as a "social butterfly" by her friends in her apartment building. She enjoyed playing bingo and being a bingo caller. Above all was her love of family. She especially loved spending time with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Kenny Schmidt, Dennis (Lois) Schmidt, both of Dubuque, Judy Asay, of Olathe, KS, Joyce (Mike) Leverence, of Maricopa, AZ, and Marlene (Rick) Von Fumetti, of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law Robin Schmidt, of Dubuque; son-in-law Rich Meyer, of Eldridge, IA; 16 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 8 step great grandchildren; a sister Marie Hoffmann; two sisters-in-law Kay Freiburger and Erna Schmidt, along with many nieces and nephews.

Mom was preceded in death by our father Louis, her daughter Debbie, her son Dale, a daughter-in-law Patricia, grandson Jason, her parents, two sisters Lucille and Evelyn and two brothers Clarence and Alvin.

In lieu of flowers a Lorraine Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care and Hospice of Dubuque along with Dr. Mark Moore and his nurses Alison and Sandy for all the loving care you gave to our Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma.



Michael L. DeMoss

Michael L. "Mike" DeMoss, 44, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

A private military graveside service and burial was held from the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. No public visitation or services are planned. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Among survivors include his parents, Rick and Karen DeMoss of Maquoketa, IA.

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

 



Jodie L. Perry


Jodie L. "Grandma Jodie" Perry, age 57, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 11:18 a.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at home. To honor Jodie's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn Spicer officiating. To celebrate Jodie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the church. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jodie was born on January 23, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Virginia (Manuel) Perry.

Jodie has surely been a blessing upon this world during her 57 year earthly journey and her love for Jesus, her family and others were continually on display. Jodie thrived on being called "Mom", and her devotion to foster care finally led to her adopting 3 wonderful children, whom eventually become her very own. She also faithfully invested over 24 years at Hills and Dales, caring for and nurturing some of her most precious children outside of her home. Jodie was undeniably very generous with her time, talents and treasure when it came to her church family and another 20 years of her personal time was joyfully spent in the church nursery. Her faith and love for her Lord and Savior were of the utmost importance to Jodie and she loved to share the message of salvation with anyone whose spirit was moved enough to listen. We find our hearts in a state of complete shock today with the sudden absence of Jodie from our world. We trust that she is home in Heaven today, and for that we are foundationally grateful and humbled; but to know that we've received our last packet of pens from Jodie's smiling face, or heard our final "Duck", stated with absolute authority, is a mortal realization that simply hurts at our core. We will miss Jodie more than she could ever know, but we will diligently pray for strength in the days ahead to find peace within until we see her beautiful soul again. Thank you Jodie for all you taught us and may we carry your honorable legacy forward with pride!

Those left to cherish Jodie's memory include

her children,
Gage Perry,
Shaye Perry
and Kaden Perry, all of Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Steven (Jo) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Luana Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Philip (Sandra) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Bruce Perry, Amarillo, TX,
Larry Perry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula Goerdt, Davenport, IA,
Jeff (Carol) Perry, Farley, IA,
Faith (Bruce) Hoskins, Dubuque, IA,
Patty Perry, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy (Shelly) Perry, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jodie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pamela Perry; a brother, Rick Perry, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Herb Goerdt; and 2 nephews, Michael Perry and Adam Goerdt.

In lieu of flowers, a Jodie L. Perry memorial fund has been established.

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



Carole Pouzar


Carole Pouzar, 77, of near Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

She was born on July 2, 1941 in Cicero, Illinois as the second daughter of George and Anne (Gorup) Zoubek, both deceased, and the sister of Georgene.

She raised her son Tom as a single working mother and rose to management in information technology at the University of Illinois, before retiring with her second husband Richard to their tree farm in Guilford Township.

She pursued organic gardening and organic living with a passion as a Master Gardener, making numerous presentations throughout Jo Daviess County.

During her life, she was an animal advocate, boxer, musician, and scuba diver, with a curiosity for science that she passed on to her son. She was an incredibly talented and creative cook and passed her love of cooking down to her granddaughter.

In the words of her grandson, "She made the best breakfast and always was a fun person to be around. She always knew how to put a smile on all of our faces with her crazy sense of humor." Her daughter-in-law "was always amazed at her honesty, love of life and her ability to engage anyone and everyone in a conversation. She acted as she wished." Her generosity in providing time, information, and gifts to others was remarkable.

She is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband Richard, her son Tom (Linda) Cervenka, and her grandchildren Caitlin Cervenka and Thomas R. Cervenka.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for the family.

Donations in memory of Carole can be made to the animal shelter of your choice.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.©



Sister Barbara Cerny, BVM


Sister Barbara Cerny, BVM, 92, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and funeral liturgy. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Barbara was an art and history teacher at Wahlert HS in Dubuque and a Regional for the BVM Congregation. She was a high school art and elementary teacher in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She was an elementary teacher in Chicago and Tujunga, California, and a teacher aide in Los Angeles. She ministered as a hospital volunteer in Albuquerque, N.M.

Sister Barbara was born in Chicago on July 5, 1926, to John and Catherine Simonich Cerny. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1944, from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, Jr. (Mildred) and brother-in-law John Starcevich.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Starcevich, Valrico, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence (Eleanor), Bolingbrook, Ill.; nieces; grandnieces; grandnephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online. Make a donation in Sister's honor.

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



Terrance Howard Monahan


Terrance (Terry/Monk) Howard Monahan, 74, of East Dubuque passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, with Fr. Greg Bahl officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Terry was born on November 28, 1943 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Howard and Gayle (Edmonds) Monahan. He married Celia A. Lewis on January 15, 1966 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, He graduated from Galena High School in 1961.

Terry worked at John Deere - Dubuque Works for 40 years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in his younger years, playing golf after retirement, and spending time with his family.

Terry was a long-time member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department and the East Dubuque High School Warrior Athletic Booster Club. He was also a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Surviving are his mother Gayle Monahan of Galena; his wife, Celia of East Dubuque, four children, Kelly (Steve) Funke of Peoria, IL, Mark (Julie) Monahan of East Dubuque, Jay (Pam) Monahan of Metamora, OH and Pat (Cheri) Monahan of Hiawatha, IA; twelve grandchildren, Megan and Sarah Funke; Ryan, Tyler, Alec and Carlie Monahan; Taylor and Bailey Monahan; Erin and Kyle Monahan and Allie and Hannah Cahill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard.

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



Robert J. Kaiser


Robert J. "Bob" Kaiser 82, of Dubuque, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Bob was born on August 9, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Loretta (Splinter) Kaiser. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and enlisted into the U.S. Marines Corps. He was honorably discharged. On February 11, 1961 he married Sandra Paar. She preceded him in death on December 6, 1994. Bob was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, retiring as a supervisor. On October 24, 1997, he married JoAnn Duffy Pettera at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, WI. Bob enjoyed gardening, candle making, traveling, woodworking, playing euchre and his "outlaw" music - especially Johnny Cash. He was very involved in the building of the Girl Scout camp and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Surviving are his wife, JoAnn of Dubuque; his children Michael (Carol) Kaiser of Cedar Rapids, IA, Steven Kaiser, Tom (Lisa) Kaiser, David Kaiser and Christine (Shawn) Wagner all of Dubuque; his step children Mark (Lisa) Pettera of Prairie Du Chien, WI, Jacqueline (Gary) Gantenbein of Dickeyville, WI, Renee' Duncan of Dubuque, IA, Angela (Brent) Hutchins of Stewartville, MN, Christopher Pettera of Lansing, IA, Michelle (Mike) Brandel of Dubuque, IA and David (Tracie) Pettera of Cascade, IA; his grandchildren are Kevin (Megan), Robert, Ben, Anna, Nolan, Jenna, Matt, Mike, Nick, Chase, Reese, Tori, Will, Wade, Taylor, Jordan, Zach,Hayley,Taylor,Isaac, Alyssa, and David and great grandchildren are Carter, Koy, Krue, Bria, Tanner, Carson, Reed, AJ, Carlos, Cecilia and Lucille; his sister-in-law Gayle Paar Wesson of Missouri Valley, IA.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandy; 3 brothers Austin (Mary) Kaiser, Don ("Bert") Kaiser and Harold Kaiser; his sister Lorraine (Ralph) Quade.

A Robert J. Kaiser memorial fund has been established.

The Kaiser family wishes to thank the staffs at Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.



Eugene H. Zasada


Eugene H. Zasada, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League to follow services. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Gene was born on May 30, 1934 in Crystal Lake, WI the son of George and Edna (Schave) Zasada. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

After high school he graduated from apprenticeship school and became a journeyman carpenter. He worked for John Deere in Dubuque for 32 years retiring in 1990.

On June 15th, 1979 he married Kaye Fransen in Dubuque.

Gene loved life, traveling, good cooking and following his grandchildren on Facebook. One of the highlights in his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington DC with his son Dave in 2014.
He is survived by his wife Kaye; children, Randy (Karen) Zasada, of Brantwood, WI, Bill (Michelle) Zasada, of Platteville, WI, Tim (Julie) Zasada, of Platteville, WI, Dave (Missy) Zasada, of Darlington, WI, Brian Flynn, of St. Charles, IA, Mike Flynn, of Marysville, CA, Lori (Michael) Cates, of Greensboro, NC, John Flynn, of Marysville, CA, and Julie (Mark) Burdt, of Ankeny, IA; along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Lenard, Jerry, George, Herb, Lorainne, and Sharon.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman and his staff and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Gene.



Stephen W. Kolck


Stephen William Kolck, 67, of Dubuque, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Ennoble Manor. 

Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery following the mass. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family. 

Stephen was born November 30, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of William Richard and Erma Joan (Kriebs) Kolck. 

Stephen was dearly loved by his family and friends. He genuinely enjoyed helping others out of the goodness in his heart and always worked with a devotion of serving the Lord. All who knew Stevie will hold him close to their hearts. 

Stephen is survived by two sisters, Mary (Dennis) Finamore of Lombard, IL, their son Mark, and his daughter Hailey; and Virginia "Jeani" Bender of Schertz, TX, and her daughter Devan (Sami) Bonahoom, and their daughters Isla and Eden, of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX; his devoted cousin Richard W. Kolck  and his loving companion, Kim Treanor of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Saint Patrick's Catholic Church or a cause of your choice in Steve's honor.

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

 

 



Timothy R. Cupps


Timothy R. "Weasel" Cupps, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 20th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Key officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Tim was born on March 15, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Catherine Cupps (Peterman). He married June Jaeger on April 30th, 1988 at Washington Park in Dubuque.

Tim drove for Theisen Transport and most recently for Lindbery Trucking Co. He also previously worked at Ritehite.

Tim was an avid Minnesota Viking fan, he enjoyed bowling, being outdoors, looking for morels and ginseng, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed helping others and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandson Jace.

He is survived by his wife June, two children Kari Cupps and Brett Cupps and his grandson Jace. Three sisters, Connie (Terry) Hackbarth, Julie McKinlay, Mary (Tim) Mills; five brothers, Mark Cupps, Steve Cupps, Chris Cupps, Terry Cupps, and Joe (Elizabeth) Peterman. His mother and father-in-law Richard and Judy Jacobs and their family along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law Arnold Jaeger, II, and brother-in-law Arnold Jaeger, III.

In lieu of flowers a Timothy Cupps memorial fund will be established.



Irwin F. Simon


Irwin Francis Simon, 65, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Irwin may call from 2:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral home in Cascade, IA.

Services for Irwin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born November 15, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emmet and Kathleen (Urbain) Simon. He received his education at St. Martin's Elementary School and Aquin High School. On May 28, 1977 he was united in marriage to Luann Menster at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. He farmed in the rural Cascade area and was a bus driver for the Western Dubuque School District.

Irwin had a great love for baseball and was a great baseball player himself, having being inducted into the Dubuque County Hall of Fame in 2002. He enjoyed many years coaching not only his children but other youth as well. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan with one of his greatest memories being that of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. He had such a warm relationship and connection to so many young people, making all of them feel special and they were so special to him. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, but Irwin's greatest joy in life was being a Husband, Father and Papa.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade. Irwin was also a member of the Brotherhood of the Great Squirrel Shootout.

He is survived by his wife, Luann "Lou" Simon of Cascade, IA; two children, Shelby (Tim) Kronlage of Dyersville, IA and Kain (Samie) Simon of Cascade, IA; 4 grandchildren, Simon and Scout Kronlage and Aleena Meyers and Snyder Simon; nine siblings, Loras (Mary Ann McGrane) Simon, Matt (Jean) Simon, Lee (Connie) Simon and Tom (Sherry) Simon and Lucy Sutherland all of Cascade, IA, Jeanette (Paul) Kremer of Epworth, IA, Marian (Dave) Armstrong of Livingston, Montana; sisters and brothers -in-law, Judith Simon of Peosta, IA, Robert (Linda) Budden of Petersburg, IA, Steve McElmeel of Lisbon, IA, Bill (Maureen) Menster of Sigourney, IA, Becky (Virg) Duvel of Toddville, IA, Donna Healy of North Liberty, IA, Joanie (Denny) Barnard of Eldora, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Ray "Rabbit" and Florence Menster, one brother, Merlin E. Simon; two sisters, Marie Budden and Doris McElmeel.

The family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen ARNP, Dr. Engelman and the doctors, nurses and hospital staff at the Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Lois M. Burkle


Lois M. Burkle, 79, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque from complications related to surgery.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, August 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Lois was born December 3, 1938, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Loretta (Koch) Goedken.  She married Donald Burkle on June 23, 1959, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed near Dyersville until moving to town in 1992.

Lois was an extraordinary farm wife who loved quilting, cooking and baking, and taking pictures. She also kept up the family tree information.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Burkle, children: Ruth (fiancé Dan Kennedy) Utter of Marion, Jeff (special friend, Janelle Shimon) Burkle of Dyersville, Scott (Terri) Burkle of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Lisa (Tom) Reutzel of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren: Jeremy (Noor) Burkle, Justin and Molly Burkle, and Madison and Robert Reutzel; siblings: Joan Pasker, Dale Goedken and Delaine (Paul) Knipper, all of Dyersville, Delores (Terry) O'Brien of Cascade, Sr. Rita Goedken of Morton, MS, Dennis (Ann) Goedken of Cottage Grove, WI, Charles (Patrice) Goedken of Harrisburg, PA; in-laws: Doris Goedken of Dyersville, Lisa Goedken of Conception Junction, MO, Delores Burkle, Leander (Lavonne) Burkle, both of Earlville and Delbert (Dorothy) Burkle of Dyersville

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Timothy Jude Burkle in 2004; siblings: David Goedken in infancy, Floyd Goedken, Sr. Angela Goedken, and Martin Goedken; in-laws: Urban Pasker, Jim Burkle, Alice (Jerome) Wulfekuhle, Herb (Wilma) Burkle and Cletus (Grace) Burkle.

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

 



Kelly M. Hurlburt Humphrey


Kelly Marie Hurlburt Humphrey, 55, of Benton, WI, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at home from complications of kidney disease. In keeping with the wishes of Kelly, there will be no funeral services and a private family remembrance will be held at a later date. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Kelly was born on March 25, 1963 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Judith "Judy" and Robert "Bob" Hurlburt.

Kelly graduated from Cuba City High School. She worked many years as a bartender, waitress, and cook at various local establishments. Kelly volunteered as an EMT for the Hazel Green Rescue Squad.

She enjoyed camping, time on the Harley, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her many cats and dogs, including special companion Lady.

Kelly is survived by her son, Mitchell Hinderman of Chicago IL; her father, Bob Hurlburt of Dickeyville WI; sisters, Jenny (Leonard) Berthel of La Motte IA and Amy (Tim) Averkamp of Fort Mill SC; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Judy.

Thank you to family and many friends who supported Kelly throughout the years. Special thanks to the entire staff of Tri State Dialysis of Platteville, neighbors, special friends Sharon and Janet, and Hospice of Dubuque who provided Kelly with comfort in her final days.



Randy L. Neff


Randy L. Neff, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 13, 2018, at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Randy on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 6 to 8 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Randy Lee Neff was born on August 6, 1952 in Fulton, Illinois, to Albert Lee and Donna Ellen (Wade) Neff. He attended Clinton schools and later earned his GED. He married Lisa Marie Brunk on July 24, 1999 in Clinton, Iowa.

Randy had first worked for the Rock Island Railroad until it closed. He then worked as a forklift operator for International Paper in Clinton for many years, and lastly as a security guard at Family Dollar in Maquoketa.

Randy was an avid fisherman, Cubs fan, and enjoyed gardening and sharing produce with friends and family. He loved flowers and could make beautiful arrangements, and was a self-taught musician playing the guitar and drums.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lisa Neff of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Travis (Carrie) Neff of Clinton, IA, and Toby Neff of Clinton, IA; 2 grandchildren, Marissa and Vanessa; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Darwin (Darla) Neff of Clinton, IA, and Mike (Regina) Allen of Cabot, AR; sisters, Jennifer (Chuck) Collister of Maquoketa, IA, and Cindy (Jeff) Turney of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Albert Neff, mother Donna Neff Allen, and step-father Galen "Shorty" Allen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randy L. Neff memorial fund has been established.

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



William Joseph Lucy


William Joseph "Bill" Lucy, 79, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at home of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque.
Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on February 6, 1939, the first born child of William N. and Loretta A. (McHale) Lucy in Leadville, CO. He was a graduate of the East Dubuque High School, class of 1959. Bill served proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1959 - 1961, on the USS Lowry as a Gunner in the Mediterranean and was presented with the Quilt of Valor on June 10, 2018.

He previously was employed at Fred Jackson Tuckpointing Company and later was self-employed in East Dubuque, until his retirement in 2001.

He was a retired member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept., a member of the East Dubuque Lions Club, the East Dubuque American Legion Post #787, a member of the E.D.G.E. Foundation, and the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard.

Bill was a sweet and gentle person who enjoyed visiting with people in downtown East Dubuque. He loved playing football in high school, was a former Coach for the Wesley UMC basketball team, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing cribbage and euchre, collecting post cards, doing "Seek and Find", and was a puzzle enthusiast. On March 5, 2001 Bill received the "Citizen of the Year" award.

Surviving are two sisters, Loretta Lucy of East Dubuque and Irene (Don) Kaukaskie and a brother, Nick (Linda) Lucy both of Dubuque; 11 nieces and nephews, Laura Lucy-Ilan, Eric Lucy, Christine Lucy, Keith Lucy, Melissa Gardener, Michele Dague, Vicki Reynolds, Rhonda Khan, Michael Kaukaskie, Cheryl Symons, Dale Kaukaskie; and numerous great nieces, great nephews; and family friends, Karen & Bob Juergens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Sandy (Fred) Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, a Bill Lucy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family thanks everyone who made Bill's life so enjoyable.

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



Joseph B. McNamer


Joseph "Joey" Brady McNamer, 32, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Friday, August 10, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Heritage Center, John and Alice Butler Hall at the University of Dubuque campus. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the center.

Joey was born on June 2, 1986, in Dubuque, the son of Marty and Nancy (Comer) McNamer.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2005 and earned his B.A. in Business from the University of Dubuque. After working various jobs in Chicago and Dubuque, he began work as a realtor with American Realty. Joey also worked closely with his dad and mom to build and sell several beautiful homes in which he took great pride.

Joey loved music. Whether it was catching a live show, playing the drums, or having an impromptu dance party in his living room, Joey always seemed to have music flowing through him. He also had a passion for exploring new places and often traveled to visit family and friends across the country and beyond.

Joey was full of kindness, charisma, generosity, and love. His exuberance for life and ever-present smile were contagious, and he always seemed to know when someone needed an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on. Joey was a fiercely loyal friend, brother, and son who approached life with an open-heartedness rarely seen. He learned from his parents' example to be intensely loyal to his friends, compassionate to all, and to strive for success in all his endeavors.

Joey brought joy into the lives of all who knew him and he will be deeply missed. He will live on in the hearts of those he touched.

Joey is survived by his parents, Marty and Nancy McNamer, of Dubuque; his brothers, Will Goodmann, Tony Goodmann and Jason McNamer; paternal grandmother, Barbara (Stock) Hackbarth; aunts and uncles, Sandy (Phil) Perry, Angie McNamer, Terry (Connie) Hackbarth, Chris (Sue) Bobst, Jay (Christine) Bobst, Waylen (Jen) Hackbarth, Wendell Comer, Wayne (Deanne) Comer; and many wonderful cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Glenn and Bonnie Comer; paternal grandfather, Donald Hackbarth; maternal uncle, Gary Comer; and aunt, Janis Comer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Film Festival, Dubuque Arboretum Music in the Park, NAMI or a charity of your choice.

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

Marty and Nancy would like to thank the birthday group and their husbands for their continued love and support during this difficult time.

 



Florence C. Ernzen


Florence C. Ernzen, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:12 a.m., on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Florence's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 13, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Florence's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Florence was born on December 6, 1921, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of John and Cecilia (Hansen) Link.

Florence surely enjoyed growing up in the amazing world of country life. An honest days work was never to be missed, but some relaxing time with family and friends always seemed to find its way into the days also. Florence was fortunate enough to cross paths with her soul-mate, Harold Ernzen, and the loving couple was united in marriage on April 12, 1944, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, Iowa. They would be blessed with 47 wonderful years, and 7 adored children together before Harold was sadly called home ahead of her on September 13, 1991. Florence was primarily a devoted wife, mother and grandmother throughout her 96 year earthly journey, but she did also faithfully devote over 30 years of her talents outside of the home at both Leiser's and Sweeney's Supper Club. Florence's main focus in life was undeniably her family and to hold a place in her heart as one of her dearly loved ones was all anyone would require to find fulfillment in this world. But, her commitment to her church and community would run a close 2nd to family in Florence's mind. Her faith was found not only in how she lived her daily life, but also within her long-time membership to Holy Ghost Church and their Rosary Society. Florence also generously gave of her personal time with many social and senior citizen groups around town; including any opportunity to create masterpieces in multiple quilting groups, an evening of hoping for the opportunity to yell "Bingo", or absolutely any opportunity to sit around the card table and regularly prove her uncanny ability to produce a winning Euchre hand again and again. We arrive in this new day with broken hearts, but we are forever grateful for the 96 years Florence blessed our lives and we know that she was beyond ready to be reunited with her 3 sons, and her loving husband, Harold, so they could begin their eternal walk together, hand in hand once again. We miss you Mom, we love you, we thank you and we will forever treasure every memory you leave behind. God Bless You!

Those left to cherish Florence's memory include

her loving children,
Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Dubuque, IA
and Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Sherrill, IA,
Geralyn "Geri" (Bill) Hall, Dubuque, IA
and Mark (Beverlie) Ernzen, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Mary Ernzen, Luxemburg, IA;

14 grandchildren,
Steve (Jackie) Stoffel, Tom Stoffel, Terry (Jenny) Stoffel, Traci (Peter) Gael, Candice (Lon) Heinkel, Heather (Shawn) Spina, Nick (Janel) Hall, Matt Ernzen, Dave (April) Ernzen, Beth Ernzen, Jessica (Robert) Young, Michael Ernzen, Ben Ernzen and Robin Ernzen;

19 great-grandchildren;

and a sister-in-law,
Velma Link, Key West, IA.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Ernzen; her 3 sons, Davey in infancy, Jim Ernzen and Donnie (Rosemary) Ernzen; her siblings, Hilda (Joe) Klosterman, Carl Link, Silverius Link, John Link and Edwin (Carmelita) Link; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their wonderful and professional care through these last days with Mom. We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of her friends at Windsor Park for all of the companionship and continual support over the years.

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

 



Sara A. Breeden


Sara A. Breeden, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sara's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, August 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sara Ann Clark was born on January 5, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa to William Howard and Elsie (Hoffa) Clark. She attended Jones County country schools and later received her GED. She married James Loras "Jim" Breeden on September 16, 1955 in Fulton, Iowa at the RLDS Church.

Sara was first and foremost a wonderful mother and wife. She had worked various jobs throughout the years including waitressing at Rocky's Café for over ten years, and on the assembly lines at both General Thermal and Hoof Products in Maquoketa. She had also delivered the Clinton Herald daily for a couple years and she and Jim had delivered the Sunday Quad City Times for over 15 years.

Sara enjoyed gardening and canning, genealogy, volunteering at the Jackson County Historical Society, and assisting Jim with researching cemeteries involved with the Jackson County Pioneer Cemetery Association.

Those left to honor Sara's memory include her husband Jim Breeden of Maquoketa, IA; children, Wayne Breeden of Clinton, IA, Sue Imming of Beaver Dam, WI, Vickie (Bob) Anstey of Cumberland, IA, Diane (Jerry) Sneed of New Orleans, LA, and Shirley (Brad) Schmidt of Thornton, IA; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Helen) Clark of Concord, CA; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jim, and a son John Loras Breeden in September of 1989.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sara A. Breeden memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Karl J. Kohnen


Karl J. Kohnen, 71, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., Dubuque with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Karl was born on December 20, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold and Elizabeth (Tenhaaf) Kohnen. He married Jean Duffy, August 31, 1968 at Cathedral of Saint Raphael, Dubuque.

Karl received his bachelors degree from Loras College in 1968 and his masters degree from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, 1970. He was a licensed social worker in Illinois. Karl returned to Dubuque in 1974 and worked in social work, housing and development.

His love in life was music. Karl was a music minister for Holy Spirit Parish and substitute for St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel Association and played piano for their band.

Karl is survived by his wife and 5 children. David (Sarah Goldberger), North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Laura (Don) Stanner, Dubuque; Michael (Val) Kohnen, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Sara (Rob) Hofer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Daniel, San Francisco, California; seven grandchildren, Jacob and Lucas Stanner, Ethan Hofer, Elisabeth and Katherine Kohnen, Gabriella and Benjamin Kohnen. His brother, Mark, (Beth) and brother-in-law, Del (Jan) Tucker and sisters-in-law, Kit (Ray) Kengott and Maggie (Steve) Canter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Charles, and sister Karolyn Tucker.
Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish.

The Kohnen family wishes to thank the staffs of Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

 



Doris A. Selchert


Doris A. Selchert, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.
Doris was born in Dubuque, Iowa on April 29, 1929, the daughter of Joseph V. and Rita V. (Wiedner) Schuler. She married Russell J. Selchert on August 13, 1949 at the Church of the Nativity, he preceded her in death on September 22, 2003.

Doris was a homemaker, who later in life volunteered her time at Ennoble Manor and the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. She enjoyed embroidery and was especially proud of the quilts she made for each of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her time as a singer with the Sinsinawa Singers. Her family was very important to her, and the annual trolley ride at Christmas time made for wonderful memories, thanks to her. Our beautiful mother will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her three sons Steve (Judy) Selchert, of Dubuque, Robert (Cindy) Selchert, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and John (Chris) Selchert of Dubuque; her five daughters Kathie (Randy) Thor, of Cuba City, WI, Marilyn (Don) Steinhoff, of Cuba City, WI, Sharon (Dennis) Sweet, of Louisburg, WI, Jacque (Pat) Engling, of Dubuque, and Carrie (Joe) Mauss, of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law Arlene Selchert of Horicon, WI; 24 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 16 step great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Luella Schuler, of Waterloo, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Larry Selchert; a granddaughter, Jodi Metcalf; and a brother, Jim Schuler.

A Doris Selchert memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Sunset Park Place for all the friendship, care and compassion they showed to Doris during her time there, especially Kathy Lansing and Sue Mills. She truly considered it her home.



Frances G. Kringle


Frances G. Kringle, 96, of Dubuque died Monday, August 6, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Military rites will be held following the service.

Frances was born July 17, 1922 in Ft. Ransom, North Dakota, daughter of Alfred and Emma (Carlblom) Highness. She graduated from Ft. Ransom, N.D. High School, attended Valley City, N.D. Teachers College for one year, the received her nursing training at Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School in Chicago.

On March 19, 1946, she married Richard O. Kringle. He preceded her in death on August 14, 2007.

Frances was a nurse most of her life of her life and served in the Army Nurses Corps during WW II. She enjoyed nursing and especially loved in-home nursing. Before her retirement, she was a restaurant inspector in Dubuque.

The most important things in life to Frances were her church, family and playing Euchre. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in quilting and Stephen Ministry. She was also a member of the Eagles Club and American Legion.

She is survived by five children, Mary (Gary) Kottman of Minneapolis, Minn., Janice (Vernon) Linenfelser of East Dubuque, Ill., Diane (Eldon) Begle of Donna, Texas, Julie (Michael) Yakin of Elk River, MInn., and James (Linda) Kringle of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard W. Kringle; her parents; six brothers and three sisters.

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

A Frances Kringle Memorial Fund has been established.



Paul Joseph Gisch


Paul Joseph Gisch, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 6, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Iowa Army National Guard. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born in Iowa City, Iowa on April 29, 1928. He was the youngest of the 10 children of Benedict Gisch and Clara Lenertz Gisch. He was a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy in Algona, Iowa.

Mr. Gisch served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Italy.

He was a graduate of Loras College in June of 1951. Mr. Gisch was also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Mortgage School of Ohio State University.

He was employed by the First National Bank of Dubuque for many years and was retired from the Bank in April of 1990 as Senior Vice-President and Director. Mr. Gisch served the Dubuque Community on many boards and commissions.

Mr. Gisch was married to Anna Mae Runde of Hazel Green, Wisconsin on September 8, 1951 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Paul is survived by his wife Anna Mae; his children, Mary (Rick) Marinelli, of Kansas City, MO, Joseph (Kate) Gisch, of Irvine, CA, Jill (William) Wilberding, of Edwardsville, IL, and Mark Gisch, of West Desmoines. Five grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a sister Dolores Engle, of Sioux City, IA along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, six sisters and a grandson Daniel Wilberding.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Joseph The Worker or the Children's Tumor Network.



Sandra Sue Meier


Sandra "Sandy" Sue Meier, 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #787 East Dubuque, of which Sandy was a member. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Eden, WI. Friends may greet the family from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be an American Legion Post #787 East Dubuque walk through at 6:30 p.m. 

Sandy was born January 29, 1940 in Madison, WI, the daughter of Milton and Lillian (Waehler) Mellor. She married Leo Meier on October 12, 1963 in Madison, WI. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2003.

Sandy graduated from Madison Central High School in 1957 and completed her nurses training at Madison General Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She served in the Air Force National Guard, achieving the rank of first lieutenant while stationed at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX.

After her marriage, Sandy and Leo lived In North Lake, IL where Sandy worked as a registered nurse. In 1965, Sandy and her family moved to Dubuque, where she continued her nursing career at numerous hospitals and nursing homes.

For a number of years Sandy also owned and operated a small boutique in East Dubuque where she sold unique home décor and furniture that she had refinished. In the last 10 years of her life, Sandy worked part time as a reporter, photographer, and general office assistant at the Dubuque Leader, published by her dear friend William Winders.

Sandy had a beautiful voice and often sang at funerals and weddings. She was dedicated to the Democratic Party and enjoyed campaigning for Democratic candidates. She was an active volunteer for the Dubuque Rescue Mission, where for the last six years she served as a member of the board of directors.

She enjoyed traveling, especially with her beloved husband Leo. She was a lifelong University of Wisconsin Badger fan. She delighted in telling stories and surprising people. Those who knew her understand that she endeavored to be unpredictable.

Sandy is survived by her children, Patricia (Benjamin Chalkley) Meier of North Liberty; Debra (Brian Dietz) Meier of Birmingham, MI; Tonya (Barry Randle) Meier of Dallas, TX; Rebecka (Mike Gunderson) Meier of Fort Worth, TX; and Charles (Jessica Weigel) Meier of Minneapolis, MN. Sandy also is survived by her 13 grandchildren Samuel, Oliver, and Lilia Chalkley; Andrew Claire, Rachel, and Leo Meier Dietz; Leo Abraham and Ann Frances Randle; Lillian and Ava Gunderson; and Henry and Lauren Meier; as well as a special cousin Carole (Lee) Bailey of Fountain City, WI; sisters-in-law Mary Bick of Campbellsport, WI; Rita (Harlan) Draeger of Racine, WI; Monica McDaniel of West Bend, WI; and Elizabeth (Richard) Theis of Centennial, CO; brother-in-law Bob Meier of Eden, WI; 16 nieces and nephews, and further extended family, all of whom she loved dearly. 

In addition to her husband, Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in infancy; a brother-in-law, John (Jack) Meier and his wife Ruth Meier; and brothers-in-law William Bick and Thomas McDaniel.

Sandy's family would like to thank Sandy's friend and helper, Tanya Welter, and all the caregivers from By Your Side Care, especially Lisa Flanagan, who treated Sandy as if she were her own mother.

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Donald E. Gieseman


Donald E. Gieseman, 81, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away Saturday August 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, due to injuries sustained in a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 10 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, Dubuque, where Don was a member. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK, Dubuque. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Friday at the church.

Don was born May 27, 1937, to Henry and Belle (Tietgen) Gieseman in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended Jefferson Junior High School in Dubuque, where he was part of a singing quartet. They submitted a record which took first place in the 1949 National Boys Club of America vocal quartet competition. They sang the "Boys Club Marching Song" and the hymn, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Former U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, and elder statesman, Bernard Baruch, announced in New York City that the award went to Don's group, and they were thrilled to learn they had won. Don graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and served twelve years in the United States Navy and in the Naval Reserve.

He became a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and worked for many years as an engineer at John Deere in Dubuque. After he retired he continued to work as an engineering consultant for several years. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers since 1966; and a member of the John Deere Retiree Association.

Don was a judo enthusiast, and also was a fitness instructor at the Dubuque YM/YWCA. He had a lifelong love of books and learning, which he passed along to a few of his nieces and nephews, and to some of the young people he mentored through his work with DeMolay youth at the Masonic Temple, where he was a longstanding member and leader. Don played a key role in every Masonic organization in Dubuque for many years. He received the Legion of Honor, which is the highest award that can be bestowed by the DeMolay.

Don will be remembered for his intelligence, his wit, his kindness, and his commitment to working for the betterment of his community and his country.

He is survived by his brother Kermit Gieseman in Palm Bay, FL; by his sister-in-law Mary Juen Gieseman in Dubuque; and by several nieces, nephews, and chosen family, whose lives he enriched with his quick wit and interesting conversation, and who benefited from his guidance, generosity and kind heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his sisters and their spouses, Lois and Lewis Holm, and Arliss and Donovan Hyde; by his sister Corinne "Corky" Krelle; by his brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Marlene Gieseman, by his brother Dale Gieseman; by his sister-in-law Shirley Gieseman; and by three nephews: David Holm in 1967, James "Coach" Gieseman in 1987, and Peter Holm in 2016.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Donald E. Gieseman memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Deb Langkamp, who was Don's neighbor and friend, and who, at least once, literally saved his life. We also want to thank the Dubuque Fire and Police responders who cared for Don at the accident scene; the staff at Mercy ER, the Mercy Air Care crew; and the University of Iowa Hospitals ER, ICU, and Palliative Care teams, especially Dr. Rogers, Jenn, Katie, Victoria and Eric.



Marcella C. Jaeger


Marcella "Sally" C. Jaeger, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 9, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sally was born October 8, 1927 in Spechts Ferry, the daughter of Nicholas and Magdalene (Schueller) Koltes. She married Lawrence "Larry" Jaeger on October 14, 1947 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2002. 

Sally was an Avon dealer for over 20 years, and enjoyed the friends she met and kept over the years. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Parish. Sally enjoyed boating on the river with family, shopping, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Sally is survived by three children, Judy (Paul) Demkier of Dubuque, and their children: Dawn (Randy) Avenarius of Dubuque and Dana (Russ) Hamm of Benton, WI; Joan (Mike) Hames of Le Claire, IA and their children: Tracy (Jeff) Little of Dubuque and Chad (Liz) Hames of Long Grove, IA; and Bob (Jackie) Jaeger of Dubuque and their son Sam Jaeger of Dubuque; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; five step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; seven step great great grandchildren; and two sisters in law, Ramona Shireman of Dubuque and Alberta "Babe" Lahey of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her infant grandson; five sisters; and four brothers. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marcella C. Jaeger Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.

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



Susan Elizabeth Curtis


Susan Elizabeth Curtis, 46, ended her thirty-month struggle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at her parents' home in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Rev. Ardel Barta officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Susan was born in Dubuque on August 21, 1971 to John Taylor Curtis and Judith (Grab) Curtis. She graduated from Wahelrt High School in 1989 and from Loras College in 1993 with a B.A. in Speech Communication. She spent most of her adult life in Chicago where she worked as an office manager for several large corporations, most recently for Merisant Worldwide.

Susan loved socializing with her many friends, planning and organizing events, traveling, going to the beach, reading, following the Cubs and the Packers, and being with her beloved Golden Retriever, Dexter.

Susan is survived by her parents, John and Judith of Dubuque; her sister, Sara Curtis Schumacher, and her niece Nora Schumacher, both of Appleton, Wisconsin; aunts Janet (Jerry) Swafford, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Jackie (Randy) Burke, of Marion, Iowa, and Barbara McDonnell, of Champagne, Illinois; cousins Stacey and Brad Burke; and very special friends who assisted her during her illness: Madelin, Kristen, Patti, Anne, Katina, Kari, Liz, Peggy, Karla, Isabelle and several others.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her uncle, Robert Curtis.

The family would like to thank the wonderful team at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, Kristen, Elizabeth, Amy, Suzanne, and Jessica, as well as Dr. Mark Liaboe of Grand River Medical Group, for their care during Susan's final days. A special thank you, too, to everyone at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois, who treated and cared for Susan during her long illness.

Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Dubquue, Loras College, or CTCA Midwestern Regional Center, 2520 Elisha Ave., Zion, IL 60099.



Kathryn N. Schilling


Kathryn N. "Kay" Schilling, 74, of Colesburg passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A private family Memorial Service will be held. Burial in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Colesburg.

Kay was born June 24, 1944, in Elkader, Iowa the daughter of Azel and Norma (Warner) Pratt. She graduated from Central High School in Elkader. She married John Schilling on November 21, 1963, in Elkader. Together they farmed near Colesburg. When they retired, Kay worked at Products Unlimited in Guttenburg.

Kay enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and her flower beds, reading, and driving around with John. She also enjoyed her morning coffee group and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandkids as the cookie jar was never empty.

Survivors include her husband, John, 4 children: Lisa (Steve) Kroeger of Petersburg, Linda (fiancé Dean Dempster) Schaul of Delhi, Julie (Duane) Staner and Mark (Melissa) Schilling, all of Colesburg; 10 grandchildren: Chris (Jenna Simon) Kroeger, Jessica (Brian) Stover, Nikki ( friend Brock Berto) Kroeger, Cassidy (friend Riley Walter) Schaul, Hayley Schaul, Rick Schilling, Kelly (friend Justin Curtis) Staner, Austin Staner, Mason and Makayla Schilling; 2 great grandchildren: Carter and Owen Stover; in-laws: Sharon Pratt of Waukon, Harold (Alice) Schilling of Colesburg, Mary (Joe) Goebel of Luxemburg and Diane Schilling of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: twin brothers that died in infancy, Ray Pratt and Anna Marie Butikofer and a brother-in-law, James Schilling.

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



Grace V. Vondran


Grace V. Vondran, age 89, of Potosi, WI, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler, WI. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born on October 4, 1928, in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Michael and Barbara (Riley) Kirchberg.

Grace was born in rural Wisconsin and she would happily call the rolling hills of the Badger State home for her entire life. She was united in marriage to Robert Vondran, and together they would settle in Potosi to raise their 10 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on May 30, 2014. Grace was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, who, to everyone's delight, had a passion for cooking and was excellent at creating a wide variety of wonderful dishes. She was a caring mother and was quite proud of her ability to make sure all of the children were well taken care of, always making sure each knew how loved they were. Grace was a straight-shooter and you never had to guess how she felt about any subject, whether you were on her side or not. In her free time, Grace loved to get in the car and head out for a "Sunday drive", no matter what day of the week it was, and her happiest destinations were the ones that led to visiting with family and friends. She also enjoyed years of a little down time listening to Betty Thomas on the radio. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our kind mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will surely miss her more than words can convey; but we are also grateful for the 89 years we had to spend with her and the memories we created which will last a lifetime.

Those left to cherish Grace's memory include

her 10 children,
Daria Vondran, Potosi, WI,
Robert (Tina) Vondran, Monticello, IA,
Debra (Dennis) Byrnes, Bettendorf, IA,
Dennis Vondran, Platteville, WI,
Doug Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Vondran, Cuba City, WI,
Donna Hessling, Dickeyville, WI,
Doris Vondran, Cuba City, WI
and Denise Vondran, Cuba City, WI;

11 grandchildren,
Scott Bradley, Andrew (Sarah) Bradley, Heather (Scott) Byrnes Isley, Brendan Byrnes, Catherine Byrnes, Joshua (Dominque) Vondran, Zachary (Lindsey) Vondran, Randi Lynn (Adam) Berning, Nathaniel Vondran, Isaih Hessling and Rachel Hessling;

6 great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn, Tytus and Baryn Vondran, Persephone Berning, Chloe Isabel Isley and Haven Victoria Vondran;

and her sisters,
June (Ray) Owens, Madison, WI
and Rita (Glenn) Hansen, Bellevue, IA.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Vondran; a grandson, Chad Michael Vondran; a daughter-in-law, Vikki Vondran; and a sister, Edna (Orrin) Lenstra.

Grace's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Grace and her entire family.

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



Jerome J. Meyer Sr.


Jerome J. "Jerry" Meyer Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of service at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born on August 6, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Bart and Lucy (Tench) Meyer.

Jerry grew up in Dubuque's North End and graduated from Senior High School in 1953. He joined the Navy in hopes of seeing the world, and eventually was stationed in Lake Michigan, where he met his future wife, Anita. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, especially his trips to Wyoming with "the guys". Later, he gave up hunting and took up golfing, sometimes playing seven days a week. On August 17, 1957, he married Anita Elaine Kubitz, and they were married for over 50 years, raising 4 children together. Jerry was proud of the fact that he worked at "The Pack" for 38 years, especially in the "good ol' days", when it was a great place to work, having spent a majority of the time in the beef cooler or freezer. Jerry had been active in the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth degree Knight. In more recent years, he was a member and helped out at the local Moose Lodge Family Center, especially when his friend, Gordy Neumann, was tending bar or putting on a meal. Jerry and Anita traveled widely, often with their good friends, Gordon and Rosemary Neumann and Bob and Bobby Rogan, having visited too many places to list! In addition to the many other friends they made along the way. After they both retired, Jerry and Anita became "snowbirds", following Anita's brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Wanda Kubitz, down south to Florida. The warmer weather agreed with Jerry and after Anita passed away in 2008, he moved to Florida full-time, where his circle of friends continued to grow. In recent years Jerry started going for morning walks and doing crossword puzzles, staying healthy and keeping his mind sharp, and also took up reading thriller novels. In Florida, he was active in the Loyal Order of Moose and the VFW. In recent months, Jerry returned to his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, where he enjoyed the best Midwestern steaks, Iowa cut pork chops, sweet corn and garden fresh tomatoes. He was fortunate enough to enjoy a few Maker's Mark Manhattans and to say goodbye to friends and family.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include

his children,
Jerome J. Meyer Jr.,
William T. Meyer,
Jolene A. (Emmett) Young
and Keith R. Meyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Jason (Stacy) Meyer, Bart (Katie) Meyer, Jessica Young and Christopher Young;

3 great-great grandchildren,
Wesley, Elayne and Quinn Meyer;

his siblings,
Teresa Pluym, Dubuque, IA,
Robert "Bob" (Joyce) Meyer, Maron, MO
and John (Marian) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Debbie Meyer, East Dubuque, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

In death, Jerry is reunited with his parents; his loving wife, Anita Meyer; 3 sisters, Eileen (Richard) Breese, Alice (George) Mootz and Armella (Cyril) Grassel; a brother, Mark "Bud" Meyer; and a brother-in-law, Richard Pluym.

Jerry, and his family, would also like to give a very special thanks to the nurses at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, Stephanie and Stacy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted and donated to Jerry's favorite charities.

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



Monica L. Morse


Monica Louise Morse was born 5th to Marjorie & Cleve Morse in Cedar Rapids Iowa on August 16, 1979. Monica came with a zest for life. Early years had lots of hospital time for Monica. Marjorie especially dedicated her life to trying to keep Monica safe. Monica on the other hand spent her life trying to do as much as possible and safe wasn't her priority. Monica graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, May, 1999. She loved to travel and it didn't matter if it was by car, plane, boat or her two feet she wanted to go. Monica loved the water and learned to swim at an early age. She tackled water slides, but she wanted to jump off diving boards. Monica had NO depth of field. So the board length, width, bounce of the board and her mom yelling she could NOT do it had always kept her from jumping. However, her nephew Andrew helped her overcome that challenge by standing on the side of the pool giving directions. He also had to yell at the other kids who wanted her to hurry up. She was ecstatic and after practicing with him as coach was able to do it without the coach. Monica had many pets: goats, rabbits, hamsters and dogs, however she was a cat person and Monique was her cat of choice for over 15 years. Monica loved projects and power tools. Screw guns were one of her favorite way to fix things. Monica enjoyed many things but helping in Kindergarten Sabbath School class, holding babies, saying scriptures with Rebekah and listening to Elvis.

Monica was pronounced dead on July 27th, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals. She went into St Luke's hospital Wednesday morning the 25th and by the time she got to Iowa City she was not responding neurologically. She touched many people's lives while she was alive and will continue to touch others with donated organs & tissue. Her death was caused by problems with the fluid in the brain. Monica had been born with Hydrocephalus in conjunction with Dandy-Walker syndrome. She had shunts that originally drained the fluid over time the shunts stopped working with what appeared no change in Monica. However, fluid was building up and it became too much.

At the Celebration of Life done July 30th words that people wrote to share with us were: Never saw her without a smile, always willing to help, caring, spitfire, kept her word, courageous, funny, passionate, friendly, always count on her to help me move things- she was so strong.

Monica is survived by Julie Morse Cedar Rapids, Iowa Rebekah (Clayton) Morse Cleburne Texas, Dave (Jen) Morse Marion Iowa, Donald Morse Midland Texas. Nephews Andrew & DeMarcus Stokes, Brandon & Dylan Morse. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and many very special friends.

Her parents Marjorie and Cleve proceeded in her death.

Family would like to thank the staff from Systems Unlimited for all their hard work with Monica over the last several years as Monica wanted to spread her wings and stop living at home.

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

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



Dianne M. Smith


Dianne M. Smith, 72, of Bloomfield, Iowa formerly of Hiawatha, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 2, 2018 at 7:40 a.m. at the Davis Center in Bloomfield, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dianne may call after 9:00 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dianne was born April 14, 1946 in Lancaster, WI, daughter of Frank and Margaret Heilman. On June 2, 1973 she was united in marriage to Leo Smith at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2005. She was employed as a CNA for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie Studnicka of Prairie Du Chein, WI; six sisters-in-law, Annette (Donald) Even of Worthington, IA, Ann (Steve) Lansing of Rochester, MN, Carleen (Bruce) Rehmke of Peosta, IA, Anita (Tom) Gleason and Margaret Smith both of Cascade, IA; and a brother-in-law, Donald Takes of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Steinhof; three sisters-in-law, Ruby Smith, Mary Ann Weber and Aileen "Teene" Takes; two brothers-in-law, Thomas and Jim Smith; one niece, Julie Even.

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



Kenneth D. Vorwald

Kenneth D. Vorwald, 87, of New Vienna, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018, at his home.

Visitation will be held 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Ken was born January 25, 1931 in New Vienna, the son of George and Clara (Klostermann) Heying Vorwald. He married Bernice Hermsen on January 9, 1965 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.

Ken loved all sports, his favorite teams were the White Sox, Celtics and the Detroit Lions. He liked New Vienna softball, and in his later years he enjoyed golfing and making new friends.

Ken was a high school basketball coach for St. Boniface High School and was very successful at it. He was instrumental in starting the Heritage House, the history of the area was very important to him. He was a life-long farmer and he was proud of his heritage farm. He loved his wife and son very much and his special dog Molly.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, son, Kevin Vorwald of New Vienna, siblings: Alice (Jim) Oberbroeckling of Coggon, in-laws: Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Edgewood, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Gladys (Harry) Burkle of Dyersville, Diane Hermsen and Art Hermsen both of New Vienna and Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Gregor and Anna (Klostermann) Hermsen, half-sister, Bernice Reagan, three half-brothers; Arthur, Louis and Walter Heying, in-laws: Tom Deutmeyer, Harold Hermsen, Helen (Eldon) Gaul and Joyce Hermsen.

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



Minnetta Fortner


Minnetta "Nettie" Fortner, 96, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 6, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Nettie was born May 2, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of George "Pat" and Minnie (Jonas) Avenarius. She attended Dubuque Public Schools, and married Charles "Bob" Fortner on August 9, 1947 at General Grant's home in Galena, IL. He preceded her in death in 1996. 

Nettie was very active with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, serving as Past President of REAC. She was a lifetime member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. She volunteered as a Foster Grandparent at Fulton School and Young-Uns Daycare.

Nettie enjoyed shopping, playing cards, going out to eat, talking on the phone with her sisters, and taking walks with her daughter. She loved to visit her granddaughter in Phoenix, AZ, and enjoyed playing with all her great grandchildren. 

Nettie is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Bob) Friedman; her grandchildren, Rob C. (Sarah) Friedman and Lisa (Jason) Steines; her great grandchildren, Wil and Wesley Friedman, and Lily and Hunter Steines; her sister, Nina Jurisic; special nieces Janeane Lee, June Crimmins, and Diane Lyons; and special nephew Gene Jurisic. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Harold "Cyril", Milton, Gerald, Norman, and Eldon Avenarius; and her sisters Mona "Sis" Fens and Delaine Vogt.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Finley Pain Clinic for their care of Nettie.

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



Robert P. Takes


Robert P. Takes, 84, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bob may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born January 8, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Paul and Sybil K. (Davis) Takes. He received his education in the former St. Martin's school in Cascade. On May 26, 1955 he was united in marriage to Rita Sadler at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was employed at Cascade Lumber and Mfg. in Cascade for 53 years. During his retirement Bob drove for the Monastery delivering caskets. Bob was a very social, caring, genuine, hard working and selfless person.
He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa, a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. Bob was the President of the following: Tri-State Historical Society, JC's, Library Board, Aquin School Board, St. Martin's School Board and the Aquin Booster Club. Bob was a dedicated life-long Chicago Bears fan.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Takes of Cascade, IA; four children, Cliff (Kathy) Takes of Anamosa, IA, Diane (Don) Stephenson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Steve Takes of Mount Vernon, IA, A.J. (& girlfriend, Lori) Takes of Cascade, IA; 4 grandchildren, Chelsea, Brittany, Robbie and Shae; 2 great grandchildren, Braylen and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jason Stephenson in 2005; one daughter-in-law, Chris Takes in 2009.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Cascade Historical Society in memory of Robert P. Takes.

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



Jayne Marie Walker (Link)


"If there ever comes a day where we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever."

Jayne Marie Walker (Link), 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on December 17, 2017, surrounded by family.

A memorial mass to celebrate Jayne's life will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Wherever Jayne "GG" went, she always had on something purple and her favorite purple glasses, so to honor that, the family requests that those who attend the memorial also wear something purple. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

A native of Dubuque, Jayne was born on September 16,1924, to John B Link and Elva J Roberts. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942 and married her husband, the late Robert (Bob) Edward Walker, on July 13, 1946, thereafter becoming a proud firefighter wife and mother of three.

Jayne had an unwaveringly strong faith and for many years walked to daily morning mass through sun, snow or rain. Close to her favorite chair you would always find her daily prayer book, the morning newspaper, and a crossword puzzle book or two. During evenings you would often find her visiting with family and friends - cooking delicious homemade meals, laughing and telling stories, and enjoying a nice chilled glass of Rhine wine. Family came first, and Jayne raised her children to be humble, hardworking, appreciative individuals, traits passed down to future generations, though she did love to spoil her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether friend or family, Jayne welcomed all into her home and made sure you were comfortable, well-fed and never thirsty.

She is survived by children Robert (Maureen) Walker, John (Donna) Walker, and Sher Rice; grandchildren Amy (Brad) Kraft, Erin (Ben) Gardner, Sierra (Nathanael) Powell, Eric (Laurie) Miller, and Nathan (Laura) Miller; and great grandchildren Hannah and Sarah Kraft, Ella and Walker Gardner, Benjamin Powell, Ayden, Connor and Tierney Miller, and Alyvia, Aubrey and Nathan Miller, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Jim Link; sister-in-law Marlyn Link; and son-in-law, John Rice.

Jayne was always well cared for, and her family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center, as well as Dr. Kirkendall and Nurse Kate for their dedication and compassion towards Jayne through recent years and her final days.

Affectionately nicknamed "GG" by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jayne will be dearly missed, but continually celebrated for her unshaking, genuine love and concern for all of those close to her heart.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to Hospice of Dubuque.



Judy A. Brown


Judy A. Brown, 76, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Judy's life will be held at 2 P.M., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. 

Judy Amanda Eye was born on January 28, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Clifford Edward and Faye Arlene (Moore) Eye. She grew up in Maquoketa and married James Lee Brown on November 12, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Judy had worked at Collis Company in Clinton, Iowa as a machine operator for 22 years until retirement. She enjoyed puzzles, camping, reading, taking walks, crocheting, going on trips, and relaxing on her swing. She was very devoted to her family.

Those left to honor Judy's memory include her husband, James "Jim" Brown of Delmar, IA; sons, Dwayne Brown of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael Brown of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Peggy Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Brian Keeney of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Larry and William "Bill" Eye, a daughter Pamela Lynn Keeney, and a granddaughter Alexandra Michelle Brown.

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



Jane Ellen (Turner) Kouba


Jane Ellen (Turner) Kouba, 72, of Dubuque died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held Thursday August 2,2018 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.

Jane was born September 13, 1945 in Aurora, Ill., daughter of Harry and Sylvia (Klaub) Turner. On January 15, 1998 she married Steven Bruse in Dubuque.

Jane was passionate about music and she sang, played the piano and viola. She loved her family, reading, gardening, and storytelling. She loved having fun and making people laugh. She received her BA in contemporary literature from the University of Dubuque. For the past 20 plus years she was the pianist for Summit Congregational UCC.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Bruse; three children, Peter Schilling, Charles (Kimberly) Schilling and Mark Yamashita, her sister Mary (George) Cayro, three step children, Cherie (Don) Regan, Kelly (Rob) Liddle, and Shanon (Christy) Bruse; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. J. Robert Turner and Charles Turner.

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

A Jane Kouba memorial fund has been established. 
Thanks to all her amazing support systems: family, church, medical, and friends.



Robert Phillips Stokesberry


Robert Phillips "Bob" Stokesberry, 82, of Otter Creek, Iowa passed away Monday July 30, 2018.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, Otter Creek with Fr. Austin Wilker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on October 29, 1935 in Dubuque the son of Chris and Mary (Phillips) Stokesberry. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1953 and entered the US Army in December of 1954. He served in the 82nd Air born until Sept. 1956. On November 26, 1960 he married JoAnn Even at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque. He farmed up until 1969 when he became a meat inspector for the US Department of Agriculture until his retirement in January of 1995. He was a member of the American Legion Post #528 in Cascade and served as Sargent of Arms.

He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, riding his Gold Wing, and helping care for the church cemetery. Some of his greatest pleasures were attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn a daughter Susan Siegwarth, a son in law Doug Biehl, grandchildren Johnny and Lexie Biehl, and Jed and Marcus Siegwarth.

He was preceded in death by a son Chris on July 7, 1987, a daughter Cheryl on January 18, 2014, his parents Chris and Mary, and a sister Mary Clare Stokesberry.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to the Saint Lawrence Cemetery Fund.

 



Alfred J. Kerkenbush


Alfred J. Kerkenbush, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:50 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Al's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Thomas J. McDermott officiating. To celebrate Al's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Al was born on May 15, 1925, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, son of William L. and Adeline (Meoska) Kerkenbush.

Alfred Kerkenbush died peacefully with his brother, Roger, by his side . He was a fiercely loyal man deeply dedicated to his family and Catholic faith. Coming from modest beginnings, the eldest boy in a family of 7 hailing from Tennyson, Wisconsin. He answered his call to service in World War II as a member of the U.S Navy. He then met and married Erma Margan, his devoted and loving wife of 63 years before her passing in 2010. Al and Erma had 7 children together (Shirley, Tommy, Patty, Denise, Donna, Julie and Sarah). While Tommy passed in his infancy, the six girls grew to be beautiful adults, each with families of their own totaling 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Al's daughters and other family members were in Dubuque when he passed. He worked at the Dubuque Packing House, retiring after over 40 years of service. He enjoyed time on and near the Mississippi whether it was helping to build and maintain The Margan Family Cottage, driving his speedboat, teaching all his girls to water ski or fishing on her shores. He lived in Dubuque for 70 years, spending most of those, raising his family on Levi Street where he enjoyed time outside feeding and watching the birds, in his workshop and doing projects around the house. He was an avid CUBS fan! He was often heard, especially in his later years, expressing deep gratitude for all the gifts God bestowed upon him. He is so deeply loved by so many. He was truly the rock upon which his family was built. He will be dearly missed. His family will forever be grateful for his love as that was one thing that never wavered as life presented its many challenges. Rest In Peace Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Uncle. We love and thank you.

Those left to cherish Al's memory include

his 6 daughters,
Shirley (John) Copeland, Sumter, SC,
Patricia "Patti Jo" Hodge, Akron, OH,
Denise (David) Parochetti, LeClaire, IA,
Donna (Michael) O'Brien, McHenry, IL,
Julie Stumpf, Iowa City, IA
and Sara (Eric) Fisher, Ridgecrest, CA;

11 grandchildren,
Laura Bellcase, Craig (Kristin) Parisot, Rachel Stumpf, Calla (Matt) Parochetti-Poulter, Kyle Parochetti, Alyssa (Brian) Jones, Megan Hodge, Aaron and Alex O'Brien, and Ivan and Shane Fisher;

6 great-grandchildren,
Leah, Jake, Jackson, Conner, Avery and Cora;

and his siblings,
Roger (Frankie) Kerkenbush, Monroe, MI
and Marie Capesius, Key West, IA.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Erma Kerkenbush; a son, Thomas "Tommy" Kerkenbush; a granddaughter, Samantha Stumpf; 3 sisters, Virginia "Ginny" (Jim) Droessler, Eileen (Harlan) Droeszler and Betty (Calvin) Lindecker; a brother, Gerald "Gerry" Kerkenbush; and a brother-in-law, Paul Capesius.

Al's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Eagle Point Place, for all of their wonderful care and support during these difficult days.

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

 



Sharon E. Lason


Sharon E. Lason, 77, Dubuque, IA, formerly Twin Cities, MN passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 11:51p.m. in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass.

Sharon was born on June 13, 1941 in Port Crane, NY to William and Edna (Kinney) Moslin. She earned her LPN at the age of 40 and went on to get her associates degree in Nursing to become an RN.

She married Edward Lason in 1959, they later divorced in 1974.

Sharon worked several places as an RN with many diverse roles. One of the most memorable was as a correctional/jail nurse.

She became a Master Gardner at the age of 75 in Dubuque County. Sharon was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was a member of St. Anthony Church in Dubuque.

Sharon was an avid gardener, especially herbs and flowers. Sharon loved animals, especially her beloved Duke and all of the hummingbirds that would visit her gardens. She was a volunteer at the humane society in Dubuque. Sharon's other passion was shopping and browsing for great deals. She would often shop with her partner in crime, and beloved friend Faye Herrig. Sharon travelled back to New York and enjoyed visiting her family there. She enjoyed visiting with her sister Mavis and eating a great meal on the river together.

She is survived by her children, Michelle Lason, of Carver, MN, Jon (Claire) Lason, of Detroit Lakes, MN, Phil Lason, of Maplewood, MN, Tim (Ana) LaSonne, of St. Paul, MN, Kristen (Darren) Heimbuch, of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren: Jacob (Crystal) LaPlante, Nadine (Ryan) Hayes, Amanda King, Vanessa (Dan) Schultz, Brianna (David) Lason, Eyan (Lauren) Lason, Casey Lason, Alicia (Kiel) Lason, Katie LaSonne, Natalie LaSonne, Kimberly LaSonne, Logan LaSonne, Katherine Heimbuch, and Mary Heimbuch. Great Grandchildren: Pierce LaPlante, Jonas Wik, Angelo King, Alyssa Weierke, Annastasia King, Simon Schultz, Jack Bistodeau, and Khole Bistodeau. One sister Mavis Olenski of Melbourne, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Alice Vargo and Betty Jenks; brothers; Andy Maslin, William (Billy) Maslin, and David Maslin.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ron Schope, Dr. Greg White, Ennoble Staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, as well as the many care givers from the healthcare institutions around Dubuque.



Ruth A. Goffinet


Ruth A. Goffinet, 77, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on October 15, 1940, in Benton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Veronica (Hoppenjan) Baxter. She graduated from Benton High School in 1958. Ruth married Donald Goffinet on April 29, 1961, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton. He proceeded her in death on May 6, 2003. She worked at Dunn & Bradstreet in Dubuque from 1958 to 1962 and then at Benton State Bank until 2004 when she retired.

Ruth was a member of the Council of Catholic Women at St. Patrick's Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were her greatest joy.

Survivors include her daughter, Jo "Jodi" Goffinet, of Madison; her sons, Gerald (Greta) Goffinet, of Green Bay, and James Goffinet, of Benton; a brother, Joseph "Mick" (Mary Jane) Baxter, of Benton; and five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Emilee and Madison Goffinet, of Green Bay, and Kelsie and Bradley Goffinet, of Benton.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Kathleen Parker.

A Ruth A. Goffinet Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Dorothy M. Heim


Dorothy M. Heim, 84, of 10140 Key West Drive, Dubuque, died July 27, 2018 in her home.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3rd at St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Pilot Knob Cemetery, rural Galena, Illinois. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on October 10, 1933, in Mechanicsville, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Pauline (Spencer) Sheber. She married Clifford J. Heim on August 4, 1956 in Immaculate Conception church in Cedar Rapids, and they lived in Dubuque from then on.

Dorothy graduated from Lisbon High School, Lisbon, Iowa in 1951. She worked at Insurance Companies and Turner Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids. After marriage she was a "stay at home" mom for 19 years, then worked in Admitting at Xavier Hospital for seven years and Nursing Service at Mercy Medical Center for 12 years.

Dorothy loved working on her genealogy, reading, arts and crafts, crocheting, quilting and traveling on vacations with her daughter, Jane, and her sister, Mary, and niece Debbie Hagerty, many of them doing genealogy. A high point was standing before the very altar her great great great grandparents were married in 1796 in the Parish Church of Llanelian in the County of Anglessey in Wales.

Surviving are her husband Cliff; three daughters, Mary Catherine (Rob) Blok, of Sumter, South Carolina, Jane Heim, of Boise, Idaho, Sara (Jeff) Levin, of Armada, Michigan; two sons David Heim, of Carpenterville, Illinois, and Paul Heim, of Boise, Idaho. 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary (Fred) Thielen, of Bellevue, and a brother, Robert (Karen) Sheber, of Guttenberg; a sister-in-law, Charlotte (Charles) Ronek, of New Vienna, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Mark Heim, two brothers, Edward S. Sheber and William Sheber, and a sister, JoAnn Robinson.

Mom fought a courageous battle with cancer and died as gracefully as she lived. She was surrounded by family members as she left this life. She will be truly missed by all of us who love her so dearly.

Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to both Mercy Homecare and especially Hospice of Dubuque who have guided us through this difficult journey.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Dorothy Heim's name.

You may leave online condolences at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



William F. Skemp


William F. (Bill) Skemp, 79, of Dubuque, IA, died Saturday July 28, 2018 at home from natural causes. Services will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Resurrection Church, with Father Gibbs officiating. Private Family Burial Services will be at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Church, 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a scripture wake service at 6:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Bill was born June 21, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Frederick and Marie (Reinker) Skemp.  He married Patricia Leonard on August 14, 1965 at St. Joseph's Church, Elkader, IA. Bill graduated from Holy Trinity Grade School (1953), Loras Academy (1957) and Loras College (1961). He attained his CPA certificate in 1963 while working as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Chicago. He returned to Dubuque in 1964 to be an accountant with Telegraph Herald/Woodward Communications.

In April of 1955 Bill became a newspaper carrier for Telegraph Herald. With the exception of his time with Price Waterhouse, he was associated with Telegraph Herald/Woodward Communications until May of 2012. During that 59 year span he was a carrier, circulation clerk, sports reporter, accountant, Treasurer, President/COO, Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair/CEO, and Board member. 

Bill believed in giving back to the community. He served on the boards of a number of non-profit and charitable organizations during his career. He was active on the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States for many years, serving on a number of committees as well as being chair of the Board of Trustees. He also served on the following boards: Dubuque Museum of Art (Treasurer); Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (President); Greater Dubuque Development Corporation (Chair); Loras College National Alumni Board; Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden; Junior Achievement of the Tri-States; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Little Cloud Girl Scouts Council (Treasurer).  

Bill was most grateful for the education he received at Loras College. In addition to his service on the Loras National Alumni Board, Bill worked on the "Dubuque Appeal" and served as chair or co-chair of that fund raising effort on two occasions. He enjoyed meeting with the Loras presidents on a regular basis to discuss Loras and its future.  Bill was also active with other classmates in organizing the reunions for his Loras Academy class of 1957 every five years. Bill's role was to keep track of addresses and to send out mailing and emails.

Surviving are his wife Patricia; two sons, Dan (Shelley) Skemp of North Liberty, IA and Steve (Kathy) Skemp of Asbury, IA; a daughter, Kathleen (Curt) Zimmermann of Meridianville, AL; a sister-in-law, Jo Ellen Leonard of Wilmington, NC; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Haley and Abbie Skemp; Roark and Natalie Skemp; and Claire and Leo Zimmerman. He is also survived by a brother Fred (Dianne) Skemp of Dubuque; four sisters, Mary Ann (Norm) Hoerstmann of rural Hazel Green, WI, Janet (Jim) Neyens of Cedar Park, TX, Jean (Paul) Wienecke of Milton, PA and Dianne (Tom) Bradley of Montgomery, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers in infancy, James and John, and a brother Tom. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Loras College, The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra or other charities Bill was involved with.

 

 



Arthur W. Imbus


Arthur W. "Art" Imbus, 78, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, surrounded by his wife and family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, with military honors accorded by members of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Church. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Art was born on March 3, 1940 near Menominee, the son of Henry and Mary (Vogt) Imbus. He was united in marriage to Diane Weed on September 20, 1975 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Art served in the Army in the Panama Canal Zone.

He was employed at St. Regis Paper Co., Georgia Pacific, and later Colorbox from where he retired after 35 years of service. Art enjoyed playing a good game of Euchre and playing Euchre on the computer, trips to the Dog Track, listening to Elvis and was currently Chaplain of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787. He served for many years on the Funeral Honors Detail. A member of Nativity BVM Parish and a former member of United Steel Workers Local # 1861.

Surviving is his wife Diane; his siblings, Mary Agnes Melssen of Potosi, WI, Herb Imbus of Menominee, Bob (Marian) Imbus of Luana, IA, Don (Rose) Imbus of Menominee, Doris (Bob) Watkins of Springfield, MO, Jim (fiancée, Nancy Miller) Imbus of Menominee, Joyce (Pat) Powers of Dubuque, IA, Dan (Linda) Imbus of Menominee, and Nancy Roepke of East Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary and a brother Gerald "Jerry" Imbus.

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



Sr. Mary Enid Lodding


Sister Mary Enid Lodding, BVM (Enid), 91, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died on Friday, July 27, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel.  Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Enid was an elementary teacher in Muscatine, Davenport and Iowa City, Iowa, where she also served as a pastoral minister at the Catholic Student Center.  She taught in elementary schools in Chicago, Rock Island, and East Moline, Ill.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Seattle, Wash.; and Portland, Ore.  She was a pastorate associate in Arlington Heights, Ill., and the director of religious education in Addison, Ill.

She was born in Chicago on March 14, 1927, to Edward and Lillian Lenick Lodding. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1944, from St. Joseph Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Lillian Kissane and Loretta Cassidy. She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

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

Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL., is in charge of arrangements.

 



Edward V. Egan


Edward V. Egan, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:08 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ed's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Ed's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on June 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward L. and Hope (Dolan) Egan.

Ed was a proud life-long Dubuquer, who honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. He was a hard-working and committed employee who earnestly put his talents to use with the City of Dubuque as a Surveyor Chief for over 30 years, until his well earned retirement had finally arrived. Ed gratefully found the love of his life, Alice O'Brien, and made her his bride, on October 22, 1955, at St. Patrick's Church. Their union was truly blessed with 62 wonderful years together, and 6 adored children. Ed and Alice were always very active and could often be seen out and about taking relaxing walks or hikes with their beloved 4 legged friends. He was also quite an outdoorsman; never passing up the opportunity to spend the day hunting for a trophy buck, casting a line in hopes of catching a keeper, or simply taking a ride on his bicycle in search of a little serenity. Ed was a very patriotic man who always enjoyed getting together with his friends, and fellow comrades, at the American Legion to swap stories and shuffle a few hands of cards. He was also a voracious reader who continually delighted in sharing the knowledge he had obtained with family and friends. His faith was an important aspect of Ed's life also and he was a faithful and active member of St. Anthony's Church for many years. Above all though, Ed's family meant the world to him and spending time with Alice, the children, and the grandchildren, brought him more joy to his heart than all of his other activities combined. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a great man, and the patriarch of our family, but find some comfort in the fact that he is now at peace, free of the physical ailments which have plagued him these past few months while unfortunately keeping him from doing many of the things he enjoyed so much. We love you Ed, we will miss you, and now definitely look forward to the day we will be reunited again in our Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Ed's memory include

his loving wife,
Alice Egan, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Anne Powell, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Karin) Egan, Park Ridge, IL,
Karen Egan, Dubuque, IA
and Brian Egan, Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Shanna Powell, Matthew Egan, Bradford Egan and Gregory Egan;

5 great-grandchildren,
Madeleine, Oliver, Sage, Niya and Willow Powell;

2 great great-grandchildren,
Alyza and Lilyanna Powell;

and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; twin girls in infancy; a sister, Anna Mae Egan; and 2 brothers, Pat and Glenn Egan.

Ed's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support.

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

 



Michael A. McDermott


Michael A. McDermott, 86, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully at his daughter Julie Urbain's home in Farley, on July 29, 2018.

Friends and relatives of Mike may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the funeral home.=

Mass of Christian burial for Mike will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Phil Kruse presiding and his brother, Rev. Joseph McDermott SVD, concelebrating and full military honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. Burial will be held at a later date.

He was born September 14, 1931 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Ambrose and Ruth (White) McDermott. He received his education from Bankston and graduated from Divine Word High School in Epworth, IA. Mike served in the United States Marine Corp with the First Amphibious Battalion - First Marine Division during the Korean War.

On September 13, 1955 he was united in marriage to Lois J. McQuillen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2001. Mike worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 19 years, and drove School Bus for Western Dubuque Schools. Mike and Lois opened the Bobcat Drive-In, in Epworth in 1973.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA, Epworth American Legion John White Post #650 and the Epworth Fire Department.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Patricia) McDermott of Morrison CO, Gerald (Jolene) McDermott of Castle Rock CO; and two daughters, Julie (Mark) Urbain of Farley IA and Jodi (Mark) Naig of Waterloo WI; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Bea (Richard) Soens of Dubuque; three brothers, Rev Joseph McDermott and Patrick (Patricia) McDermott both of Epworth, and Linus (Shirley) McDermott of Cascade; six sister-in-laws, Dorothy McDermott of Menominee IL, Maureen McDermott of Manchester MO, Joann Delany of Cascade, Carol Houtaker of Benton WI, Judy McQuillen of Dyersville, Sharon (Joe) McAuillife of Epworth; four brother-in-laws, David Raab, Jim (Shelia) McQuillen, Tom (Joyce) McQuillen of Omaha NB and Joe (Corrine) McQuillen of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, daughter Joni McDermott, his parents Ambrose and Ruth McDermott and his father and mother in-laws Joe and Hazel McQuillen. Also preceding Mike in death were four brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Tony, and Chuck McDermott; three sisters, Mary Joan Ernst, Helen Ann Kramer and Frances Raab; six brother-in-laws, Jim Ernst, Don Kramer, Richard and Patrick McQuillen, Frank Delany, John Houtaker; and three sister-in-laws, Erica McDermott, Dorothy and Joyce McQuillen.

The McDermott family wants to say a special thank-you to the McDermott and McQuillen families (especially Rev. Joseph McDermott), friends, and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Edna "Nancy").

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



Gerald A. Anstoetter


Gerald A. "Jerry" Anstoetter, 89, of Farley, Iowa passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 27th, 2018.
Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., the Farley Volunteer Fire Department will meet in a body at 6:00 p.m., the Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:45 p.m., the Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001 rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, July 31st at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley with his grandson, Rev. Don Anstoetter presiding and Rev. Phil Kruse concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Jerry was born on December 3, 1928, in Farley, Iowa, son to Ben and Lydia (Kramer) Anstoetter. Jerry attended East Scott School #6 in rural Farley through eighth grade. He attended St. Joseph's High School and later completed his GED while in the service. Jerry was united in marriage to Mary Eileen "Monie" Blazek on June 22, 1957 at Sacred Heart Church in Reilly Ridge, Iowa.

Following his time at St. Joseph's, he hauled cream, baled hay, and worked for farmers in the Farley area. He served in the Korean War from 1950-1954 as a heavy equipment operator building runways for the Air Force. When he returned home from Korea, he worked construction for Conlon and later worked for Merle Tobin Construction. In 1966, Jerry bought into Tobin Construction and in 1970 he began Anstoetter Construction. In 1992, he sold the business to his son, but continued to stay active in the construction scene up until the day he died.

Jerry was very involved in the community of Farley throughout his life. He served as one of the original Farley Park Board members, a member of St. Joseph's Parish, the Farley Fire Department, St. Joseph's Parish Council, a member of the Farley City Council, and a member of the American Legion Post #656 and Knights of Columbus Council #2001. While being active with the Legion, he was instrumental in implementing the Avenue of the Flags at St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery. Jerry enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Monie, three children: Tom (Margaret) of St. Louis, Mo., Dick (Bev) of Farley, and Julie (Luke) Merfeld of Peosta, IA; twelve grandchildren: Emily (Tim Schmalz) Anstoetter, Mary (Mark) Decker, Fr. Don Anstoetter, Doug Anstoetter, Nick (Emily) Knepper, Katie (Adam) Moltzan, Robbie (Lauren) Anstoetter, Tony (Maria Brown) Anstoetter, Erica (Damien) Fries, Kelsey, Brynn, and Gabrielle Merfeld; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings: John (Joan) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA, Mildred Koehler of Decatur, IL; sisters-in-law: Janann (Ken) Krapfl of Monticello, IA, Shirley (Clete) Maiers of Dubuque, and Sherry Blazek of New Hampton, IA and brother-in-law Jack (Diane) Blazek of Lawler, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Lydia and in-laws Tony and Mildred Blazek, brothers Charles, Bernard, and Donald, sisters, Marian (John) Bell, Esther (Fran) Joyce, Sister Marirose Anstoetter RSM, Alice (Gene) Wieser; sisters-in-law, Caroline Anstoetter, Vi Anstoetter, Doris Anstoetter, brothers-in-law, Mike Blazek, and three children in infancy; Linda, Michael, and William.

A Gerald A. Anstoetter memorial fund has been established

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



John J. Hazer


John Joseph Hazer, 44, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa from Congestive Heart Failure under the care of Hospice of Jackson County.

Friends and Family may gather in remembrance of John on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa. Cremation has taken place.

John Joseph Hazer was born on June 26, 1974 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Harlan and Doris (Flenker) Hazer. He was a 1993 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Growing up on a farm at Otter Creek he loved farm life. Doing chores, milking cows, driving a tractor or hauling grain. He also drove semi for several area trucking companies.

Those left to honor his memory include his three sons, Jacob, Jarod and Jordan, all of TN; his mother, Doris Hazer of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Brian (Jen) Hazer of Bernard, IA, and Dave (Kim) Hazer of Maquoketa, IA; nieces and nephew, Morgan and Faith Hazer of Bernard, IA, Colton Hazer of DeWitt, IA, and Kailie Hazer of Davenport, IA; his uncle and aunts, Al and Lois Hazer of AR, Darlene Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Mary Kay Flenker of Maquoketa, IA; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death his maternal grandparents Woody and Florence Flenker, paternal grandparents Clarence and Elda Hazer, infant aunt Joan Hazer, uncles Roger Flenker, Richard "Dick" Flenker and Allan Cook, and his father Harlan Hazer on May 2, 2018.

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

 



Melvin J. Loes


Melvin J. "Moon" Loes, 95, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday July 25, 2018 at home with his family by his side. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Monday July 30, 2018 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Douglas Loecke officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends and family may call from 9:00 am until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

Moon was born on July 13, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Nicholas and Lena (Wethor) Loes. He volunteered for service in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and arrived in England on Nov. 23, 1944. On his second mission his B 17 crew lost two of four engines and made an emergency landing in France. He went on to complete 27 missions until his discharge on Dec. 26, 1945. He returned to Dubuque and married Georgeanne Koeff on February 18, 1946.

He worked as a truck driver and milk man for area dairies including Oakland Dairy, Hilldale Dairy and Swiss Valley Dairy. He also worked as a school bus driver and lastly worked at Lacoma Golf Course keeping the golf carts running.

Moon was an early member of the Key West Fire Department and achieved the rank of Assistant Chief, he was also a member of the American Legion Post #6 and was on one of the first Honor Flights to Washington DC.

He is survived by his three children Ken (Gwen) Loes of Geneva, IL Sue Manternach of Cascade and Mona Manternach of Dubuque, a former son-in-law Greg Manternach, twelve grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents his wife Georgeanne on March 14, 2015, three brothers Leonard, Joseph and Carl and a sister Rita (Ralph) Linden.

In lieu of flowers a Melvin "Moon" Loes memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Point Place especially Sara, Brandy, Kim, and Jean, and Dr Mark Moore and Dr. Eric Engelman and their staff along with Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassion and care.



Eleanor J. Jach


Eleanor Jean (Cousins) Jach, 85 died Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with a memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the family plot in Grandview Cemetery, Fayette, Iowa, with a prayer service held privately by the family. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Eleanor was born August 8, 1932, eldest daughter of Roscoe E. and Lena (Starr) Cousins. She graduated from the Fayette Community Schools at age 16 and began work immediately as secretary in the Fayette County Extension Office.

Eleanor married James R. Jach on February 10, 1951. To this marriage five children were born, Cheryl, James, Brian, Michael and Rebecca. They divorced in 1986.

Eleanor was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque since 1963, and served seventeen years as church secretary, from 1980 until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed her membership in the U.M.W. groups, especially the Busy Bees; and helping prepare for the Rummage Sales. She loved the beauty of the church itself, and its people.

Eleanor especially enjoyed all family get-togethers. She liked working with family history, reading, traveling, and keeping in touch with classmates and relatives.

Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Dan) Dolter, of Dubuque and their children, Lena, Amanda and her husband (Bradley Johnson), Louis (Brandie) and his daughter, Zoey, and Anthony (Nichole) Jach; James K. (Ann) Jach, of Dubuque and daughter Sara Cookson and her son Christopher; Brian Jach, of Janesville, WI and daughter Alisha Jones and her sons Collin and Devon Jones and Brian's son, Aaron (Jessica) Jach, and their children Reagan and Quillen; Michael (Pamela) Jach, of West Des Moines, IA and daughter, Miranda Jach; and Rebecca Harris, of Lisbon, IA and her children Brenton, Brittanie, Benjamin and Brookelyn Bocher; two sisters, Maxine (Dale) Skinner, of Princeton, IA and Ruby (Lowell) Skinner, of Clarion, IA; her long-time special companion and dedicated friend, Gene Sliter, of Fayette, IA; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn sister, a daughter-in-law, Jenise Jach in 1989, an infant nephew, and her former husband, James.

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



Scott C. David


Scott C. David, 57 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully in the arms of loved ones after a relentless battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 7:00 pm Tuesday July 24, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale road with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services also on Tuesday.

Scott was born in Dubuque, IA on January 7th, 1961, the youngest of ten children. After graduating from Hempstead High School, Scott enlisted in the Air Force. When he returned from the service, he began his career at A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing. Scott was a very hard worker and recently completed his 34th year with the company. While his job was very important to him he always put his family first. He was a beloved husband, loving father, and a phenomenal grandfather. He was a dedicated Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cub, and Miami Dolphin fan (even when they sucked he rarely turned them off). Scott was happiest cooking in the kitchen with his wife, Nancy, or playing the backyard with his grandchildren. Scott was quite the cook and often experimented with new recipes in the kitchen. His fried potatoes were consistently cooked to perfection and were requested often for family meals. Scott always had his grandchildren in mind. He would prepare water balloons and squirt guns for a summertime water fight or buy a puzzle because he knew his grandchildren would enjoy it. His grandchildren adored him and could count on "Papa" for a fun time and a snack. He knew the value of family and didn't need anything else to make him happy. A man a few words, those closest to him knew, when he did speak it was gold. His humor and wit never left him and he was making his family smile until the end. He didn't have to talk as he had the best "looks." Just one of those looks and we knew exactly what he was saying.

Scott left a huge hole in the hearts of his loved ones especially his wife, Nancy; children, Spencer David, Rahni Kay (Nicholas) Haverland, Samuel (Marissa) David; step-children, Jeremy (Amie) Tigges, Nikki Tigges; grandchildren, Jayden, Bailey, Sophia, Tanner, Aly, Brady, and Cora; his dog, Baby Doug David; and brothers and sisters, Jan (Kenny) Clemen, Bill (Jayne) David, Judy (Bill) Morgan, Juile (Charlie) Kunau, Chuck (Lora) David, Jerry (Kim) David, Jacki (John) Nelson, Rick (Judy) David, and many nieces and nephews.

Welcoming him to Heaven are his parents, Floyd and Matilda (Weber) David; his brother, James "Nutsy" David; nephew, Phillip; and his in laws, Christina Moore and Raymond Koranda.

The family would like to express there sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals, doctors and nurses who cared for Scott this past week. We will never forget your kindness.

 



Lois M. Haislet


Lois Mae Haislet, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa died July 24, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection. Family and Friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Lois was born in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Loretta (Holmes) Delaney on September 28th, 1931. She married Robert E. Haislet on June 28th, 1952 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. She was longtime member of The Church of the Resurrection, joining in 1961.

Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt who loved her family above all else. She married her high school sweetheart Bob Haislet just before he left to serve in the Korean War. While she waited for his return she enjoyed the camaraderie of working as a telephone switchboard operator. Lois was a homemaker during the years her children were young and growing. She then began working at Econo Foods as a food demonstrator, moving on to do the same at Hy Vee on Locust St. for over 30 years. She loved this job and it kept her young as it gave her the ability to interact with the many people she knew in Dubuque. Her family lovingly called her the Queen of Hy Vee.

She loved to spend time decorating her home which was evidenced by the beautiful flowers and plants that were always meticulously placed around her home. Lois was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, loved Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the all crooners of that time. She loved and embraced life to its fullest, never giving in to the advances of the aging process. She was truly the youngest at heart person we ever knew. We will miss her greatly but take solace that she is now again with her beloved husband Bob and all her other relatives and friends that preceded her.

She is survived by her children: Timothy Haislet (Lisa), Bobby Haislet, Nancy Haislet, Grandchildren: Timothy (TJ) Haislet, Lexie Johansen (Luke), Shawna Haislet, Cassandra Koehler, Anna Koehler, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E Haislet, Mother: Loretta Delaney (Holmes), Father: John Delaney, Brothers: Milton Delaney and Midge Delaney and other nieces, nephews, cousins.

A Lois Haislet Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Stonehill, Dr. Bond, the nurses and techs on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital, and clergy that cared for her during her final hours. The family will be forever grateful to the tenderness, kindness and professionalism they exhibited during this most difficult time. We would also like to thank Church of the Resurrection for their support and assistance and Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory.

 



Bernice C. Niensteadt


Bernice C. Niensteadt, 92, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 23 2018 at Manor Care Specialty Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 on Wednesday, .August 1, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.  Cremains will be buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 31, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service.

Bernice was born October 8, 1925 in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Clem and Clara (Neises) Kutsch.  She married Justin Niensteadt May 21, 1949 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill.  He preceded her in death on October 2, 2005.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Surviving are her children, Marie (Jim) Trannel, of East Dubuque, IL, Jane Noble, of Dubuque, and Dave (Patti) Niensteadt, of LaMotte, Iowa; 9 grandchildren Julie (Chris) Borneman, Sara (Rogelio) Garcia, and Eric (Seiko Uno) Obershaw, Anne (Josh) Bartlett, Drew Noble, Jessica (Patrick) Rodarte, Brad (Racheal) Niensteadt, Lee (Sarah) Niensteadt and Kyle Niensteadt; 10 great-grandchildren; her twin brother, Bernard "Red" (Adeline) Kutsch, of St. Donatus, IA; and a son-in-law, Steven Obershaw, of Platteville, WI.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Deborah Obershaw; four brothers, Harold (Vivian) Kutsch, Walter Kutsch, Francis (Delilah) Kutsch, Richard (Lorraine) Kutsch; a sister Clara (Henry) Kubitz.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for taking great care of Bernice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernice C. Niensteadt Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com.

 

 

 



Rhonda Feldman

Rhonda "Sue" Feldman, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

According to her wishes, services will be private for the family. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Sue was born April 18, 1956 in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Shirley Ann (Larkin) Feldman.

Sue is survived by her dad, Donald, of Dubuque; her siblings; Londie Brauer, and Kim Feldman, both of Dubuque, Gina (Mark) Truninger of Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Tanya) Feldman of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd (Dawn) Feldman of Omaha, NE, Tammy (Curtis) DeWulf, of Dubuque, and Tracy Feldman of Madison, WI; many nieces and nephews; and her family dog, Bubbles.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Shirley; her sister, Heather; and two brothers; John in infancy and Timm "T.D."

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



John J. Rokusek


John J. "Jack" Rokusek, 86, of Dubuque passed away July 23, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military rites will be accorded.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday July 27th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

John was born December 29, 1931, in Dubuque, son of Johnny and Lucille (Williams) Rokusek. He married Julitta "Jill" Slaats, July 5, 1952, enjoying 66 years together.  They were the proud parents of three daughters, Jan, Jeralyn "Jeri" and Jolene and one son, Jay. John was a devoted, loving and inspiring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who touched thousands of people's lives with his great sense of humor, generous spirit, and positive disposition.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy in 1949 and received a Business Degree at the former Bayless Business College in1951.

In 1952 he was inducted into the Korean War. He served as an instructor and made the rank of Sargent First Class in his two-year tender. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

For 30 years of his professional career John worked as a Supervisor in the Finance Division of John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1981. After retirement he was a part time courier at the former First National Bank for ten years.

John was a faithful member of Holy Spirit-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, frequently volunteering to do construction and maintenance in the church and school and was amongst the first to be installed as a Eucharistic Minister. His passion for woodworking led him to build homes, boats and many other wood crafts. He delighted in spending time on the river and was an avid athlete especially enjoying bowling, softball, horseshoe, and tennis. He also loved music and played the accordion and organ. John was truly a "Jack of all trades", frequently lending his time and talents to many relatives and friends. His selfless giving and fun spirit was rewarded by a lifetime of being surrounded by exceptional neighbors, family and friends who extended many acts of kindness and help to John. 

Surviving is his wife, Julitta "Jill" Rokusek, of Dubuque; daughters, Jan Mussmann, of Waterloo, IA, Jeri (Terry) Noonan, of Iowa City, IA, and Jolene (Dave) Goedken, of Potosi, WI; grandchildren, Michelle and Angie Spadin and Casey Noonan; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Zachary Friedley; and many first cousins who were like brothers and sisters to him.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jay J. Rokusek, in 1986; parents, Johnny J. and Lucille Rokusek; a brother and sister-in-law, Cletus and Germaine Rokusek; mother and father-in-law, Oscar and Florence Slaats; and brother-in-laws Guerdon Slaats and Jerry Kuepers.

John's family wishes to thank the teams of caregivers at Oak Park Place, Medical Associates, Stonehill Health Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their dedicated service.  

Family requests no flowers.  A John J. Rokusek Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

 

 

 



Vera J. Finzel


Vera J. Finzel, 74, of Hopkinton, Iowa, formerly of Farley and Epworth, Iowa passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends & relatives of Vera may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with Jenny Hefel officating.

She was born September 15, 1943 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Hiram and Gladys (Whitelock) Pierce. She graduated from Guttenberg High School in Guttenberg, Iowa.

On January 11, 1964 she was united in marriage to Sylvester "Butch" Finzel, they later divorced. She met and spent the remaining time with her longtime partner Darwin Goeschel. She worked at the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino and retired in 2005.

Vera loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time traveling and collecting porcelain dolls.

She is survived by her longtime partner Darwin Goeschel of Hopkinton, IA; five children, Lynn Finzel of Elkader, IA, Lavern "Buddy" (DeAnn) Finzel of Cascade, IA, Alan "A.J." (Sara) Finzel of New Vienna, IA, John (Tracy) Finzel and Travis (Angie) Finzel both of Cascade, IA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her former husband, Sylvester "Butch" Finzel of Cascade, IA; one sister, Ladonna (Mike) Loetz of Colesburg, IA; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Pierce of Guttenberg, IA and Pat Pierce of Epworth, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dave Sweet of Giard, IA and Ed Wall of Epworth, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Martha Pierce in infancy, Myrtle Kruse, Jane Sweet, Jean Wall and Loretta (Rita) Hefel; six brothers, Robert "Bob" , William "Bill", Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Vera J. Finzel.

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



Rita A. Petersen


Rita A. Petersen, 79, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, with Deacon Paul Peckosh officiating. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Rita was born May 27, 1939 in Merrill, WI to D.B. and Margaret (Rivard) Cardinal. She graduated from Rock Island Alleman High School in June 1957. She met the love of her life, Gerald R. Petersen, and they married September 19, 1959. He preceded her in death.

She trained as an X-Ray Technician, and then later worked at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rock Island, IL. Later she was a stay at home mother to their four children.

Rita loved to go out to eat, do circle word puzzles, and enjoyed movies and reality TV; but most of all, Rita's family was everything to her. She especially loved it when the whole family was together for holidays and special events.

She was a long time member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

She is survived by her 4 children, Teresa Petersen, Mary (Jeff) Melssen, both of Dubuque, Jim (Jenn) Petersen, of Bettendorf, IA, and John (Stephanie Schoeller) Petersen, of Ames, IA; four grandchildren, Mallory Petersen and Marqui Petersen both of Iowa City, Shelby Melssen and Jacob Melssen, both of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at Mercy Medical Center Cardiovascular Unit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

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



John D. Feller


John D. Feller, 72, of Dubuque, was called home by His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving wife & children. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Tom Dougherty will officiate. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. 

John was born September 9, 1945 in Dubuque, the son of John L. and Marian (Jungk) Feller. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, where he met the love of his life, Donna Driscoll. After graduation in 1965, the high school sweethearts married on June 17, 1967 at St. Mary Catholic Church. 

John was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, and at Lewis Systems (later Menasha Corp.) until his retirement. 

He was a longtime member of Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, where he was active with the audio recordings and nametags ministries. He loved to study the Bible and share the Lord's word. There was nothing that John couldn't fix-he was an excellent handyman. He enjoyed woodworking, carving, and whittling. John was a HAM radio operator, and taught Morse Code to his HAM radio club. Camping trips all over the U.S. and Canada were a regular summer vacation, and they included the whole family. John was a kind, gentle, and loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to spend time with his family and granddaughters. 

John is survived by his wife Donna, of Dubuque; two children, Angie (Don) Strohmeyer and John J. Feller, both of Dubuque; two very special granddaughters, Molly Strohmeyer and Laura Feller; four sisters, Marilyn Wasmundt of Dubuque, Karen (James) Wieland of Rock Island, IL, Linda (Randy) Prater of Loveland, CO, and Sue Feller of Berthoud, CO; his brother, Richard (Sharon) Feller of Dubuque; two sisters-in-law, Patty Feller of Dubuque and Laura Feller of Clinton, IA; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Feller; two brothers, Paul and Daniel Feller; his sister-in-law, Kathy (Driscoll) Runde; and his brother-in-law, Don Wasmundt. 

Memorials may be made to the John D. Feller Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities. 

John's family would like to thank his longtime physician, Dr. Longo; Dr. Liaboe and his staff; Dr. Ringold and his staff; Dr. Whalen; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for all their love and care. 

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

 

 

 



Larry W. Bockenstedt


Larry W. Bockenstedt, 68 of Earlville passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, as the result of a sudden illness.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Earlville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Military honors will be accorded.

Larry was born December 1, 1949 to William and Alice (Helle) Bockenstedt. Larry was raised west of Manchester and attended West Delaware High School. Larry served in the National Guard.

On May 26, 1973 Larry married Diane Clemen at the St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with five children in this union. Together they farmed west of Manchester. In 1979 they moved to their farm in Earlville where they currently reside. Farming was Larry's passion and he loved sharing that with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, their children: Brian, Pat and Mark Bockenstedt all of Earlville, Michelle (Chuck) Funke of Dyersville, Mitchell (Catherine) Bockenstedt of Brooklyn, IA, six grandchildren: Megan, Ryan, and Leah Funke, Hayden, Tristan and Noah Bockenstedt, sister, Susan (Jerry) Nefzger of Delhi, brother, Ronald (Shellie) Bockenstedt of Manchester, brothers in law: Ronald (Joan) Ronnebaum of Earlville, Donald Clemen, Loras Clemen both of Dyersville, sisters-in-law: Clara Mae Hoeger, Mary Jane Clemen, Jean (Alan) Roling, and Betty Clemen all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Arnold and Rosella Clemen, a sister Jeanna Ronnebaum, brothers-in-law, Frank Hoeger, Jerome Clemen, Ralph (Geri Kay) Clemen, and his sister-in-law, Theresa Clemen.

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



Velma M. Coohey


Velma M. Coohey, 83, of Dubuque died Friday, July 20, 2018.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held 10 am Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 am.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Velma was born April 8, 1935 in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Velma (Hugh) Reth.  She graduated from Coggan High School in 1952.

On July 23, 1957, she married John "Jack" Coohey at St. Martins Church, Cascade.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 1995.

Velma loved to sew and garden. She was an avid Stock car and Nascar Fan with Mark Martin being her favorite. Velma would never turn down a good game of Yahtzee or "May I". She also loved to camp and fish with her family. She treasured time spent with family especially Her great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she was a Stephen's Minister for many years. Attending Church was important to her.

She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Steve) Goedken; a son, Steve (Sue) Coohey; four grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany), Andy (Chelsy), and Cody Goedken and Madison Coohey; and three great grandchildren, Jack, Evie and Finn Goedken; all of Dubuque.

She is also survived by three siblings, Evonne (Harold) Wurst of Marion, Iowa, Mary (Ralph) Roling of Dubuque and Ken Reth of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters in law, Joyce Coohey, Pat and Carol Coohey, Rose and Denny Topping, Mike and Sandy Coohey, all of Dubuque and Margie and Steve Frye of Cuba City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Abby Goedken in 1994; brother in law, Donnie Coohey; nephews, Mike Wurst and Kevin Coohey; and a niece, Jackie Scholbrock.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place Memory Care for their kind and compassionate care.

 

 



Merlin P. Kaiser


Merlin P. "Mert" Kaiser, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his children. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Mert was born May 26, 1932 in Sylvia Switch, Iowa, son of Gerhard and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser. He served in the US Naval Reserve from 1950 to 1958.

On May 27, 1952, he married Jane Reinecke at St. Thomas Church in Potosi, Wisconsin.

Mert worked as a supervisor for The Dubuque Packing Co. and FDL foods for 44 years before his retirement in 1994. After his retirement, he worked part time at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where he served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was inducted into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Playing baseball was an important part of Mert's early life as he continued to play and umpire softball as long as he could. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, spending time on family mushroom hunts, and golfing and fishing trips were always highlights.

Mert's many lifelong friendships and the stories that accompanied them are cherished. His face always lit up with visits from his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren and time with his dog, Chloe. A highlight of his later life was the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC.

Mert is survived by five children, Connie (Terry) Hutchcroft of Dubuque, Gary (Wanda) Kaiser of Dubuque, Ken (Cheryl "Charlie") Kaiser of Dubuque, Laurie (Jeff) Knott of Marion, Iowa; and Greg Kaiser of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters in law, Evelyn and Lucille Kaiser, Mary Langkamp, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane; parents, Gerhard Kaiser and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser Droessler and step father, Henry Droessler; two brothers, Vince and Jerry Kaiser; three sisters, Esther Busch, Sr. Helen Kaiser and Lillian Salzmann; brothers in law, Joe Salzmann, Fran Busch, Bill Reinecke and LeRoy Langkamp; two grandsons, Justin (J.T.) Kaiser and Gaylin Leirmoe and two great grandsons, Jack and Gage Leirmoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mert Kaiser Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park, and all of the other doctors, nurses and health care professionals who helped with Mert's care.



Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin


Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin, 88, of Worthington passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 am, Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Clara Mae was born on May 5, 1930, in Chadron, NE the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber. She married Henry Hess at St. Paul's Church in Worthington, and he died March 3, 1974. She later married Richard Tobin in 1977. Clara was a terrific cook, liked taking care of her flowers and enjoyed a good game of euchre. Above all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children: Michael Hess of Worthington, LuAnn (Pat) Putz of Dyersville and Kenneth Hess of Prairie du Chien, WI, daughter-in-law, Dianne Hess of Dyersville, grandchildren: David Hess, Casey (Becky) Hess, Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg; Kurt (Angie) Mullen, Joe (Elizabeth) Mullen; Joshua Hess, Abby (Luke) Wilgenbusch; Nicole, Brad, Jason Hess, 12 great-grandchildren, siblings: Bernadette Weber and Richard (Barb) Weber and Betty Weber all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, Pat Hess, daughter-in-law, Wendy Hess, great-grandchild, Jayden Wilgenbusch, and seven siblings.

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



Loras F. Manders


Loras Francis Manders, 80, of St. Catherine's Iowa went to be with the Lord on Monday July 16th, 2018 while driving his four-wheeler on the family farm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Loras was born on February 3rd 1938. He is the son of Raymond and Gertrude Manders. He married the love of his life Barbara Mitchell on July 11th 1959, celebrating 59 years this July.

A humble, faith filled man who wore many hats, Loras never stopped learning. He enjoyed reading, playing piano and writing. Loras took pride in farming with his brother and best friend Roger Manders, leaving a legacy of carrying on the century family farm. He was a huge family man who loved family gatherings, an active member of the community and church and found much joy singing in the choir.

He is survived by his wife and their five children, Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda (Rick Heiar) Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders; Grandchildren, Kyle (Nicole) Manders, Trisha (Dan) Petersen, Bethany Manders, Kristin Manders, Chad Herrig, Jayden (Kassy) Herrig, Abbey (Casey) Skrivseth, Ashley (Dave Bake) Wiley, Taylor (Joe Goris) Manders, Logan Manders, Vincent Manders, Monica Manders, Danny Manders; 18 great grandchildren.

Also survived by his sister Betty (Robert) Jaeger and brother Roger (Gail Michels) Manders, sister-in-law Belva (Jeannie) Mitchell and brother-in-law Pete (Julie) Mitchell, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and Raymond Manders, father-in-law Loras Mitchell, mother-in-law Ann Mitchell, sister-in-law Linda Manders and brother-in-law Darwin Mitchell.

Rest in peace gentle servant of God.

 



Irmagene R. Pfiffner


Irmagene R. 'Irma' Pfiffner, 87, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Irma was born July 13, 1931 in Dickeyville, WI, daughter of Philip and Stella (Digmann) Ginter. She married Thomas D. Pfiffner, July 6, 1957 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1949. In her early years, Irma worked at the First National Bank and Nurre Glass Co. Later, she went to work at the West Dubuque Tap, where she was instrumental in the invention of the "Magic Muffin". For 19 years, Irma was a cook for the Sisters of the Visitation, until her retirement at age 81.

Irma was an active member of Resurrection Parish, where she was a member of the Cursillo team, CEW team, Teens Encounter Christ, served on the Liturgy Committee and Ladies of the Altar, volunteered at Resurrection School, and taught CCD at-home program. She was a devoted homemaker and excellent baker. She especially loved spending time with her family.  

Surviving are her husband, Tom; a daughter, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Gogel, of Bettendorf, IA; a son Tom M. (Sheila O'Donoghue) Pfiffner, of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, David Lincoln and Max Gogel; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Ginter, Jerry (Mert) Pfiffner, Carol Hannan, Connie Pfiffner, and Mary Kay (Don) Sisler; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Joe and Vince Ginter and two sisters, Priscilla "Toots" Bahl and Maleta "Skeets" Dietz.

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

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque for their care and devotion. 

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

 

 



Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM


Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM, 72, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 1:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 3:30 pm. The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Sharon, daughter of Lawrence and Florence (Hosch) Kelchen, was born Donna Mae Kelchen on May 8, 1946, in Manchester, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in September 1964 and professed her perpetual vows on August 23, 1970.

She received a BA from Clarke College, Dubuque. Sister Sharon's ministries took her to Farley, Bankston, Mason City, Sheldon, Key West, Algona, and Storm Lake, all in Iowa, where she taught music. She later became principal in Farley and Storm Lake and was the liturgy coordinator at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Chicago, IL. She served as house coordinator at Mt. Loretto from 1993-2003. In 2004, Sister Sharon began as minister of care in St. Elizabeth Pastorate, where she found herself ministering, visiting and praying with grandparents of children she previously taught.

She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards and baking.

Surviving are her sisters, Dorie Kelchen, Kay (Paul) Ostwinkle, Karen (Ken) Tobin, Jean (Dennis) Loesche and Chris (Dean) Klosterman and her brothers, Joe (Susan) Kelchen and James (Mary) Kelchen, many nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 54 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Larry, and brother-in-law Paul Pheles.

A special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher, the staff at Mercy Hospital and Stone Hill Care Facility and Mount Loretto nursing staff for the love and care they provided Sister Sharon.

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



Merle J. Krapfl


Merle J. Krapfl, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Merle may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Merle will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Merle was born on March 24, 1929 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Leonard and Clara (Buenker) Krapfl. He received his education from St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Madonna T. "Donna" Esch on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2017.
He was employed as a mechanic at Tauke Implement and later at Helle Implement in Dyersville, Iowa until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; four siblings, Floyd (Carol) Krapfl and John (Velma) Krapfl both of Dyersville, IA, his sister, Joan (Ralph) Werner of Strawberry Point, IA and Bill Krapfl of New Vienna, IA; one sister-in-law, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil (Nikki) Manternach of Cascade, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; one sister, Arlene (Jim) Tauke; five sisters-in-law, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer, Ellen Manternach and Karen Krapfl; three brothers-in-law, Nick Esch, Earl Brimeyer and Ken White.

The family of Merle would like to thank Dr. Ridgely, Hospice of Dubuque, Julie Reicher and Cookie Sherrman for all the wonderful care and support.

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



John L. Kennedy


John L. "Jack" Kennedy, 88, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a man who loved life so much he was afraid to let go.

Friends & relatives of Jack may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He was born April 12, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Lillian (Haigh) Kennedy. He attended Prescott and Jefferson School in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 27, 1948 he was united in marriage to May Lou "Moomie" Schmitt at the Priest house in Galena, Illinois.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement in 1980 and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was an avid bowler, a member of the 700 club and was very proud to have won a National Bowling Tournament. Jack loved the great outdoors! He enjoyed fishing, hunting, morel and agates searching, camping, spending time with family and friends singing around a campfire.

He was an army veteran having served in the Army in Germany during World War II; he later served in the Army National Guard unit.

He is survived by his wife May Lou "Moomie" Kennedy of Epworth, eight children, Jean (Steve) Ernst of Dubuque, Lily (Robert) Lange of Asbury, Mary Lou (Bill) Graham of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Dan Kennedy of Dubuque, Linda (Kevin) Goerdt, Lori (Phil) Kramer both of Epworth, Robert (Rianne) Kennedy of Dubuque, Tom Kennedy of Epworth; two daughters-in-law, RaeAnn Kennedy of Dubuque, and Val Grimm Kennedy of Farley; 26 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; one sister, Joan (Terry) Vosberg of Hazel Green, WI; two brothers, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman of Dubuque and Terry (Tammie) Gassman of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, John L. Kennedy II October 1984, Michael Kennedy on March 1990 and James A. Kennedy in February 1979; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Kennedy, four brothers, Robert D. Kennedy, George (LaVonne) Kennedy, Jerry (Joyce) Kennedy, Jim (Dean) Kennedy; two sisters, Jean (Duane) Langtimm and Juanita (Leo) Oswald.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support they gave to Jack.

In lieu of flowers a John L. Kennedy Memorial fund has been established to purchase a bench to go on the Heritage Trail in memory of him.

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



Madonna L. Ludovissy


Madonna L. Ludovissy, age 83, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Madonna's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Madonna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Madonna was born on December 5, 1934, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius and Evelyn (Felder) Riniker.

Madonna was born and raised in Buenie, surrounded by her family and friends daily all while learning the most important values in life. She would eventually cross paths with her soul-mate, Clarence C. Ludovissy, and the couple was united in marriage on September 21, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. The two were blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 8 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on December 26, 2012. Madonna was a loving and devoted full-time wife and mother, who took meticulous care of her family and their home. Madonna had a strong work ethic, and after the children were raised and out on their own, she would put her numerous talents to good use outside of the home at many community establishments and mainstays. Madonna's faith was a very important aspect of her life and was constantly on display for all to see. She was a life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Church and their Rosary Society; and was also a determined staple in the parish, always lending a hand whenever possible. In her free time, Madonna could easily be found out in the yard tending to her colorful flower gardens on the farm, heading to the church on Tuesdays to work on her next quilting or craft project, or occasionally even trying her luck with the "one-armed bandits" at the local casinos. Madonna was well known for her "heavy foot" and undeniable love of car rides and traveling. If anyone was heading out on a trip, she always volunteered without hesitation to jump in the car and eagerly ride along. She was also a joy-filled person, and without a doubt, her greatest joyful moments came during the opportunities she was able to spend time with her family, especially if the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in the mix somewhere. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma, great-great grandma, sister and friend, but we know that she is now happily reunited with her beloved husband, Clarence, their son, Dana, and all of their family members who've been called home ahead of them. We will miss her more than words could ever possibly convey, but we are forever grateful for the 83 years the Lord was kind enough to share Madonna with us, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Madonna's memory include

her children,
Dale (Kathy) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Robin (Rose) Ludovissy, Holy Cross, IA,
Neal (Sandy) Ludovissy, Peosta, IA,
Jan Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Terry Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA,
Dawn (Scott) Ferguson, Center Point, IA
and Denise (Colin) Grafft, Solon, IA;

her 16 grandchildren,
Danielle (Jason) Sadewasser, Theresa Ludovissy, Joe (Chris) Dudek, Melissa (Jeff) Domeyer, Tracy (Terry Gotto) Ludovissy, Heidi (Nick) Gansen, Joe Ludovissy, Jon Ludovissy, Levi Ludovissy, Justin (Melissa) Ludovissy, Truman Ferguson, Samantha (Jared Jirak) Ferguson, Andrea Ferguson, Docker Ferguson, Finnegan Grafft and Blake Grafft;

20 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Natalia Sadewasser, Cassandra Siegert, Michaela and Katelyn Ward, Will, Jake, Keeley and Elijah Hammel, Anthony Dudek, Quinton Kelley, Cole, Evan and Cooper Domeyer, Caden, Riley and Max Gotto, Delila Ludovissy and Baylen and Kylie Ludovissy;

2 great-great-grandchildren,
Jessie Johnson and Croix Kaiser;

her sisters,
Joanne Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA,
Jeanette Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA
and LaVonne Coyle, Epworth, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Engling, North Buena Vista, IA,
Louise Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA
and Laurie Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA.

Madonna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Clarence Ludovissy; a son, Dana Ludovissy; 2 sisters, Geraldine (Tom) Hefel and Ivanelle (Celestine) Ludovissy, 2 brothers, Walter Frank (Judy) Riniker, and Aloysius "Junior" Riniker; 6 brothers-in-law, Mickey Hefel, Merlin Ludovissy, Robert "Bob" Coyle, Ronald Engling, Francis "Duke" Ludovissy and Walter Ludovissy; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Ludovissy.

The family would like to send their sincerest appreciation to Mary Eulberg and her staff at River Living Center; all the care providers at the Guttenberg Cornerstone Family Practice and Hospital; to Dr. Kyle Brown and Roxanne at UIHC; and a special thank you to Mary Engling for all of her love and care over the years. 

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

 



Lester J. Yutzy


Lester J. Yutzy, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at home. 

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Pastor Bill Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Lester was born on December 11, 1924 in Reno County, KS, the son of John and Susan (Mast) Yutzy. Lester enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 where he served in the Burma China India Campaign with the 209th Combat Engineers. He was a member of the battalion who became members of Merrill's Marauders for a final battle to eliminate the occupied territory of the enemy in Burma. He received the Purple Heart and other citations. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and American Legion. 

He married Eileen Anderson on April 28, 1958. Lester was employed in service and management at several supper clubs and at Sears and Montgomery Ward until his retirement. 

Lester volunteered as a driver for the Dubuque Cancer Society. He was a devoted blood donor, and also served on some organizations at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Dubuque. 

He enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, gardening,  and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Cubs, White Sox, and Chicago Bears. Lester loved being with his children and grandchildren. 

Lester is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, John (Linda) Yutzy of Iowa City, Kathleen (Jim) Oldham of Chapin, SC, Robin Buchanan of Overland Park, KS, and Donna (Bill) Rector of Flower Mound,TX; his grandchildren, Emma, Olivia, and Nicholas Yutzy, and Katie, Kirby, and Charlie Rector;  his sister-in-law, Dorothy Yutzy of Sugar Creek, OH; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Roman and Eli; and his sisters-in-law, Grace and Frances. 

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Dubuque.

Lester's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, and the Skilled Nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center. 

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

 

 



Brian S. Arnold


Brian S. Arnold, 58, of Key West passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2018, while on vacation in Duluth, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with the Key West Fire and Dubuque County Fire Fighters Ceremony of the Four Fives. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Key West Fire & EMS and Dubuque County Fire Fighters will assemble at 6:30 p.m.

Brian was born on December 5, 1959, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Melvin F. and Alice M. (Claus) Arnold. He married Annette Kramer on June 4, 1983, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, IA, and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this summer. Brian was employed with the State of Iowa Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring on December 31, 2014.

Brian was involved with the Key West Fire Department for 39 years after joining the department as a volunteer firefighter in 1979. He served as Chief since 1999. Brian obtained his Paramedic Certification in 2004 and was instrumental in Key West adding emergency medical and ambulance services. He was the recipient of the IEMSA Volunteer - EMS Provider of the Year award in 2007. He was involved in various County committees including the Dubuque County 911 Board, Dubuque County Public Safety Commission, Emergency Planning Committee, and was a member of the Dubuque County Firefighters Association and Dubuque County EMS Association having served as past president in both groups. He was a member of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association serving as a Board member and past president from 2008-2015, and was on the State Team of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Surviving are his wife, Annette; two sons, Nick (Kate Small) Arnold and Zach (Katie Schober) Arnold, both of Key West; four grandchildren Riley, James, Emma and Alice "Ali"; a brother Mark (Donita) Arnold, of Dubuque, a sister, Deb (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, WI; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Agnes (Steve) Steffen, and Jan (Larry) Phillips, of Peosta, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father on April 27, 1977; his mother on October 25, 2017; father and mother in law, Bernard Kramer on December 18, 1966, and Bernice Kramer on September 29, 1985, and a brother in law, Marty Kramer on February 14, 1993.

Family was very important to Brian and he enjoyed time spent with them at get-togethers, holidays and on fishing trips. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking Riley to school, giving tractor rides and just being "Grandpa". He enjoyed working in his garage on his tractors and his 1947 International antique fire truck. He also enjoyed planting and harvesting season on the O'Brien farm.

The family would like to thank the Fredenberg Fire Department, Tim Wagner from Hi-Banks Resort, the St. Louis County, MN, Sheriff's Department, and Chaplain Paule Barbeau for their expert care, compassion and kindness during this most difficult time. Also, thank you to the members of the Key West Fire Department for their support and to everyone for their kind comments on social media. The response has been overwhelming and appreciated.

A Brian S. Arnold Memorial Fund has been established.



Irene Hauber


Irene "Renee" (Regan) Hauber, age 71, of Richland Center passed away to be with our Savior on Saturday, July 14, 2018 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Renee was born in Dubuque, IA on September 14, 1946, the daughter of John and Veronica (Lex) Regan. She graduated high school in 1964 from Holy Cross High School in Holy Cross, IA. After graduation, Renee worked as a Dental Assistant for James McKay DDS. She married Thomas Hauber in 1969 and moved to Richland Center in 1983 after purchasing Center Lanes bowling center which she owned and managed until 1994. Renee worked as a manager at the Ramada White House and Dewey's Dugout until her retirement in 2016. 

The youngest of 9 children, Renee grew up an Iowa farm girl in Rickardsville, IA. She lived a generous and selfless life, always putting others before herself. She loved spending time with family and friends, especially her 6 grandkids.

Renee is survived by her two children: son, Erin (Stephanie) Hauber; daughter, Amy (Greg) Schoepp and by 6 grandchildren: Anna, Henry, and Charles Hauber; Treyton, Jayden, and Regan Schoepp. Renee is also survived by two brothers, John (Maureen) Regan and James (Sandy) Regan, and 5 sisters, Mary (Carl) Lange, Katie (Perly) Reeg, and Jeanne (LeRoy) Reeg, and Margaret (Kenneth) Kurth, and Alice (Jack) Rhomberg, and many cherished nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Renee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Veronica (Lex) Regan, brother, Thomas Regan, and brother-in-law, John "Jack" Rhomberg and close friend, Al Spry. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Noon at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home in Richland Center.  Visitation will be held at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home from 9:00 AM until the time of service at Noon. Friends and family are invited to a complimentary lunch at Phoenix Center in Richland Center after Celebration of Life services. On line condolences can be made at www.clarymemorialfuneralhome.com

 

 



Janet G. (Link) Winn


Janet Grace (Link) Winn, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Red Bluff, California. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, on Friday, July 27. A Memorial Service celebrating Janet's life will be held at 7 p.m. with Br. Stephen Markham officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Cemetery in Balltown. 

Janet is survived by her husband, David D. Winn, of Red Bluff, California; mother, Alice Link, of Dubuque, Iowa; brothers, Allan (Alice) Link and Loras (Tammy) Link, of Balltown, Iowa; sisters, Carol (Ron) LeGrand, of Dubuque, Iowa and LuAnn (Steve) Small, of Madrid, Iowa; brother-in-law, Philip (JoAnn) Winn, of Monroe, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Dennis) Alt, of Hudson, Iowa, and Janan Winn, of Iowa City, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sylvester Link; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Jeanette Winn; sister-in-law, Christine Winn; and brother-in-law, Alan Winn.

The Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Eileen Pauly


Eileen Pauly, 98, formerly of 2035 Delaware St., passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Eileen was born September 15, 1919 in Iowa, the daughter of William and Mamie (Klein) Lammer. She married Ralph G. Pauly Sr. in St. Joseph, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Eileen's faith was very important to her, and she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was employed for 25 years at the Dubuque Packing Company. Eileen loved to stay active, golfing, walking everywhere she could, square dancing, and taking trips to the casino. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, attending bridge club, and volunteered her time for many organizations. Eileen was very independent and made sure to live life to the fullest. She was passionate about traveling, and visited many destinations around the world.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Pam (Wayne) Kilburg of Dubuque; her daughter in law, Jeannine Pauly of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christian (Jolynn) Kilburg of DeWitt, IA, Craig (Mia) Kilburg of Jacksonville, FL, Laura (James) Pauly-Sievers of Kieler, WI and their children, Alyssa, Ryan, Olivia, and Xander, and David (Roxanna) Pauly of Iowa City, IA and their daughter Scarlett.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Ralph Pauly Jr. in 2005; her siblings; and her in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Roger A. Anderson


Roger A. Anderson, 81, of Delmar, Iowa, a follower of Christ, was received into glory by his Savior on July 16, 2018 at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Those left to honor Roger's memory include: his wife of 60 years, Elaine Anderson of Delmar, IA and his children Dave Anderson of Maquoketa, IA, Laurie (Jon) Thomsen of Oxford Junction, IA, Deb (Ken) Carr of Estero, FL, Steve (Laura) Anderson of Delmar and Jim (Terri) Anderson of Maquoketa. Also he will be lovingly remembered by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a list of friends too long to name.

Roger Andrew Anderson was born on November 18, 1936 in Preston, Iowa, to Andy Andrew and Bernice (Koch) Anderson. After high school graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army as a carpenter. He married Elaine Calkins and they had five children. Roger had worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for more than 28 years until retirement. In retirement, he worked for the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt in the Maintenance Department for over ten years.

Roger was passionate about the outdoors and was an avid hunter and trapper, much to the dismay of the local raccoons, muskrats and squirrels. As a beloved father, he passed on his respect for nature to his children.

In the last year of his life, Roger became a follower of Christ. He enjoyed attending First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and reading his Bible. We honor the man who honored God with his heart until he heard the call to heaven.

A celebration of Roger's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 - 11am at the church. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Miles, Iowa cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roger A. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Michael A. Hanfeld


Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld, 47, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at UW-Hospital in Madison as the result of a sudden accident.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the parish center from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Saturday before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mike was born on February 20, 1971, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Norm and Mary Jean (Brandt) Hanfeld. He married Tracy M. Westerlund on September 30, 2000, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Mike was a captain at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

Mike loved camping, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He enjoyed music and was a Chicago Bears fan. Mike was a wonderful cook and often cooked for large groups. A hard worker, he was kind, generous and always on the go. Mike had the heart of his mother and two grandmothers and the strength and determination of his father and two grandfathers. He spent the last 21 years putting Tracy on a pedestal. Mike lived to make her the happiest wife in the world.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy, of Potosi; two daughters, Meagan (Steve) Caron, of Winona, WI, and Abigail (Austin) Chute, of Marion, IA; a son, Blake Matthew, of Potosi; his parents, Norm and Mary Jean Hanfeld, of Kieler; a brother, Tony (Leslie) Hanfeld, of Monona, WI; two grandchildren, Raena Helen Chute and Emrys Caron who is on the way; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Linda Westerlund, of Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Todd (Shelley) Westerlund, of Cordova, IL; a sister-in-law, Tamara (Lee) Ahern, of Racine, WI; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Elaine Brandt and Alfred and Clara Hanfeld, and several uncles.

A Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Junior B. Thomas


Junior B. Thomas, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018. To honor Junior's life, a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Junior was born on December 15, 1939, in Birmingham, Alabama, son of Elzie and Ruby (Stone) Thomas.

Junior was born, raised and spent the first 37 years of his life in Birmingham, AL, before moving to Milwaukee, WI, where he put down new roots for another 24 years. He eventually moved to Dubuque, IA, 16 years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed discovering the quiet life as he settled into retirement. Junior was a welder by trade and worked for Denny Warnock for many years, before moving on to Supersteel, which would be his last stop before retirement. Junior was a man who continually had a kind smile and a warm heart to share. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his great-grandchildren. Junior had an undeniable special bond with his granddaughter, Zolabeth, and loved every opportunity she would come to visit grandpa's house and joyfully sit on his lap, or happily play with the horse and doll he lovingly kept there for her. He also enjoyed watching his great-grandchildren, Myla, Maverick, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Violet, as they played with their continual collection of new toys which he so generously provided. Junior wished he could have seen his great-grandson, Josiah, grow into a young man, but was honestly thrilled to simply be able to hold him, and was honored to understand that Josiah Junior was named after him. He also loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom live out of state and was always excited to talk about their visits and phone calls. The family and friends of Junior, who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior rest assured that they will see him again soon, and that he is enjoying the glory and comfort of Jesus, awaiting the day when he will be reunited with us. We all love him so very much, and we rejoice that he is with his Savior in Heaven, though we will miss him greatly.

Those left to cherish Junior's memory include

his children,
Kellie Duffin,
Patrick (Penny) Duffin,
Holly (Brian) Massman
and Michael (Tammy) Duffin;

his grandchildren,
Amanda (Haeyong) Jung, Elisabeth (Isaac) Barrientos, Annalise Yogerst, Melissa (Brent) Petersen, Jessica (Thom) Scharfenberg, Joshua Duffin, Allisa (John) Corfman, Caitlin (Nick) Glennon, Leah Massman, Jimmy Massman, Jonny Massman, Aspen Duffin, Regan Duffin and Jaden Duffin;

his great-grandchildren,
Eloise, Benjamin, Korra, Brent Jr., Brayden, Kaylee, Kendel, Olsen, Ivan, Myla, Maverick, Violet, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Josiah Junior;

his brothers,
Jesse Thomas, Arizona
and James Thomas, Alabama;

and his extended family,
Henry (Maria) Yogerst, and their boys, Anastasios and Joshua, Menasha, WI.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandsons, Benjamin Yogerst and Dallas Duffin; and a brother, Daniel Thomas.



Douglas L. Staggs


Douglas L. Staggs, 22, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Doug was born November 20, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James D. and Susan (Hagerty) Staggs.

Doug graduated from Hempstead High School in 2014. He worked at Arby's for six years, serving the last three years as shift manager. He was excited about having just started a new job at Georgia Pacific.

Beloved by anyone who knew him, Doug was funny, smart, easy going, kind hearted, warm and genuine. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, was always respectful and caring of others, and was very conscientious and loving toward his parents. In his younger years, he was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and drafting, as well as playing basketball and just shooting hoops with friends and family. Doug was a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and he enjoyed attending games with his family.

He is survived by his parents, James D. and Susan Staggs of Dubuque, and a brother, Dalton J. Staggs of Dubuque. Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, Juanita (Sagers) Staggs of Dubuque, numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Douglas King Staggs, maternal grandfather Louis Hagerty Jr., maternal grandmother, Colette (Donahue) Hagerty, and paternal uncle, John Staggs.

A Douglas Staggs memorial fund has been established.

The Staggs family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Police Dept., Dubuque Fire Dept. and the paramedics.



Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann


Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

She was born April 26, 1932 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Rosie grew up in a farming community and moved to Dubuque with a group of girls that she stayed forever friends with. She married Gordon James Neumann on April 23, 1960.

She worked at Dubuque Pack in the ham and bacon department, then after getting married stayed home to raise their three children. She later worked for the Dubuque Community School administration building before retiring.

Rosie was one of the most energetic people you could have ever met until May of this year when Leukemia took control. You often would find her on the golf course and on her 86th birthday she had a hole in one. There wasn't a card game that she couldn't win, change the rules on, or create a new version of. Some of her most enjoyable times were spent with her Nieland family playing a loud rambunctious game of Euchre with some twist or crazy version. Often times she would be found around the city playing euchre tournaments or bridge.

She volunteered at numerous places in Dubuque, the hospital, the mission, the grand theater and the museum. She was a people person and always seemed to get someone to tell her who they were or "who they belonged to". She bowled over the years and was a 600 club member and made many friends along the way.

Rosie had a garden every year that somehow managed to be ready way before anyone else's. There were no such things as straight rows in her garden, somehow everything landed just where it was supposed to grow. She shared the wealth of this garden with many friends and neighbors.

Golfing became her passion in the last few years; she sure would not like it when they would get rained out – she would say that "sure goofed up her day". She really looked forward to getting out on that course and she would walk the entire thing never settling for a ride in a cart.

Rosie had 5 grandchildren that would literally light up her face, from sharing Hawkeye games, or bean bag toss, or one of their sporting events which she rarely missed – and of course a game of cards whenever she could talk them into it. Josh, Monica, Ryan, Tyler and Amanda were her pride and joy.

Then came her great grandchildren and her legacy lives on – teaching them card games, and not letting them just win either, or reading a book, or just laughing with them she was always so excited to see or hear about their latest escapades. Charlie, Avery, Edith, Sophia, Lukas, Raylan and Crosby gave her hours of enjoyment and she couldn't get enough of them.

Rosie will be sadly missed by her friends and family, but we all know she is playing cards at the big table in the heavens surrounded by many family members and friends, and she has found peace.

Rosie is survived by her husband Gordon, daughters: Dawne (Joe) OMeara, Michelle (Wayne Schnier) and son Kyle (Kelly) Neumann. Grandchildren: Josh (Alice) Habel, Monica (Bart) Sitarski, Ryan (Haley) Schnier, Tyler (Lauren) Neumann, Amanda (Tyler) Menhusen.
Great Grandchildren: Charlie and Edith Habel, Avery Schnier, Sophia and Lukas Sitarski, and Raylan and Crosby Neumann, brother Ray (Dana) Nieland, brothers in law: Richard Neumann, Gene (Kay) Neumann & Jim (Bev) Neumann. Numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren that she adored.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Benjamin & Maria Magdalena Nieland, her in-laws William & Kathryn Neumann, her sister Armella Nuehring and her husband Kenny, her brothers LaVern and wife Coletta Nieland, Elmer and wife Adele Nieland, and Harold in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque during this difficult time especially Courtney, Amy, Peggy & Diane.

Mom you will forever take a part of us with you and a part of you will stay within each and everyone of us, until we join you in that card game in the heavens we will be smiling at the memories we have created together.

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



Mary Anne Kean


Mary Anne Kean, 96, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of St. John Drive died Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 20 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Mary Anne was born on April 18, 1922 in Gregory, South Dakota, the daughter of Mathais A. and Anna L. (Matthews) Crilly. She attended high school in South Dakota and was a Clarke College graduate. In 1946 she married James J. Kean at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mary Anne was a secretary for the Rapid City US Airforce Training School during WWII. She later worked alongside her husband at their family photography business, Mould Studio, until her husband's death on July 20, 1979. For 10 years she worked as costume director and cook with Sr. Mary Xavier at Clarke College. She was also employed as low vision coordinator at the Tri-State Blind Society.

Mary Anne was a longtime member of Resurrection Church and was involved in many church activities. She was a proud member of the Democrat Party. During the elections she worked tirelessly organizing election campaigns and volunteering at the polls.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Joanne) Kean, of Dubuque, Pat (Josh Wallace) Kean of New York, NY., and Tom (Therese Ragatz) Kean of Dubuque; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her children, Joan Litzinger and John Kean; and her sister, Ellen McDonald.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Mark D. Oberhoffer


Mark D. Oberhoffer, 64, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Mark was born on August 5, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Marilyn (Aliesch) Oberhoffer. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1972. On August 22, 1975, Mark married Peg McGovern at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

His career in law enforcement spanned 33 years before his retirement in 2008 from the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department.

Mark was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a fire arms instructor for Dubuque County and volunteered as a hunter safety instructor. Mark was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Alliance Executive board, the Kiwanis Club and Masonic Temple Metropolitan 49.

Surviving are his wife, Peg of Dubuque, IA; his children David (Trisha) Oberhoffer of Adel, IA, Dana (Casey) Cooney of North Liberty, IA and Ryan (Kristi) Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Caleb, Carson and Joshua Oberhoffer, Keira Cooney, Owen and Theo Oberhoffer; his brothers Jeff (fiance' Lori Cray) Oberhoffer and Jerry (Pat) Oberhoffer both of Asbury, IA; his sister-in-law Kay Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his in-laws Fred McGovern, James (Susan) McGovern Ann (Loren) Dietrich, Mark McGovern, Kevin (Patty) McGovern, Loretta McGovern, Maureen (Rich) Smith, Patty (Cal) Zumbach, Michele (Ron) Bussan and Kristin (Dan) Doer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Michael and sister-in-law Paula Oberhoffer; and his father and mother-in-law Mark & Dorothy McGovern.

A Mark Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.

Mark's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Fire Department and Officer Cross.

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



Darlene A. O’Connor


Darlene A. O'Connor, 86, of Dyersville died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at St .Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Darlene was born May 14, 1932, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Leo A. and Alvina (Bries) Meyer. She married Francis J. O'Connor on June 21, 1949, in New Vienna, Iowa, a marriage that lasted 65 years until Frank's death in 2014.

Darlene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who enjoyed cooking for her family and playing games with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include 3 children: Judy (Bill) Engler of Dyersville, Tom (Yong) O'Connor of Katy, TX, and Kris (Clint) Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tim (Lindsay) O'Connor of Seattle, WA, Jennifer (Craig) Borchers of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Lisa Engler of Oakland, CA, Samantha and Grace Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 1 great grandson, Donovan O'Connor; siblings: Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Mary Heinrichs of Dyersville, one brother-in-law, Bernard O'Connor of Mundelein, IL, a sister-in-law, Nancy O'Connor of Ankeny, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, siblings: Leo (Virginia) Meyer and Alvin (Dorothy) Meyer, brothers-in-law: Bob Heinrichs, Dr. Lowell O'Connor, Louis O'Connor, and a sister-in-law, Jean O'Connor.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Univ. of Iowa Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the fine care and compassion provided.

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

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



Betty Elaine Patrum


Betty Elaine Patrum, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Josh Martyn will preside. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born December 13, 1933 in Randolph, NE, the daughter of William Edward and Martha Jane (Pickering) Niday. She married James Patrum on June 12, 1953 in San Diego, CA. He preceded her in death in 1993. 

Betty managed the Carousel Snack Bar at the mall in Dubuque. After Jim retired, he and Betty retired to Plant City, FL. Betty made many friends in Florida, where she also enjoyed working at Beef O'Brady's. Her children and grandchildren loved going to visit Jim and Betty in Florida.

Betty was a 50 year member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary, of which she was Past President. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an avid Jeff Gordon fan.

Betty is survived by two sons, Jim (Nancy) Patrum Jr. of Dubuque, and William "Will" Patrum of Monticello, IA; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and three on the way; her sister, Twila Horn of Indianapolis, IN, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harold, Frank, and Gene; and three sisters, Marjorie, Eunice, and Wilma. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

Betty's family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor; Dr. Hermann; and Dr. Cao, for their care of Betty.

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



Doris E. Wills


Doris E. Wills, 85, of rural Elizabeth, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Serenity House, Oregon, IL, following a short illness.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville, IL, with Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Warren.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Doris was born on October 29, 1932 near Warren, the daughter of John and Esther (McKinstrey) Watson.  She was united in marriage to Eldon H. "Hank" Wills on May 3, 1959 at Apple River.  He preceded her in death on February 2, 2004.

Her hobbies included doing latch hooks, working in her flower garden, baking, traveling, and participating in church activities. 

Surviving are five children, John (Joyce) Wills of Galena, Goldie (Dennis) Foley, of Scales Mound, Thelma (Kevin) Busker of Rockford, Elmer Wills of Hanover, and Roger Wills of Elizabeth; 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Hank; a daughter Joyce on May 9, 1985; and her siblings, John David and Marian in infancy and Howard Watson.

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

 

 



Marguerite Wichmann


Marguerite Wichmann, 83, of Dubuque passed away Friday July 13, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Marguerite was born November 12, 1934 in Victor, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Mary Louise (Keenan) Dusterhoft.  She married Charles ‘Chuck' J. Wichmann in 1954 and they celebrated 63 beautiful years of marriage.  Chuck preceded her in death on April 5, 2018.

Marguerite sold Avon Products for 50 years until her retirement; she also worked as a precinct election official for Dubuque County for 30 years. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop for a couple years.

Marguerite loved her family and enjoyed her home and especially liked to play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Surviving are her children Judy (Rick) David, Kathy Meyer, John (Sue) Wichmann and Dennis (Colleen) Wichmann; 6 grandchildren, Chris David, Melissa (Tracey) Johnson, Derek (Cheri) Wichmann, Stephanie Wichmann, Crystal Chew, and Kaysha (Tyler) Schmitt; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Aliene (Dick) Sadler and brothers and sister-in-law, Bob and Larry (Kay Beth) Wichmann.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Chad Meyer and brothers George and Paul Dusterhoft.

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



Robert L. Willenberg

Robert L. "Bob" Willenberg, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:05 p.m., on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Bob's life, private funeral services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on August 8, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Greg and Frances (Schmitt) Willenberg.

Bob was proud to be a life-long Dubuque resident, who put his love of drawing to use as his working trade. He had a great love of the golden era of film and enjoyed watching classic movies and admiring the stars of that era. Bob was also a very simple man who was able to routinely find pleasure in the more basic moments of life. Sitting down with a hamburger, fries and a rootbeer was all Bob required to consider his day a successful one. We will miss Bob, but we are definitely grateful for the memories he leaves behind and the light he shared while he was here with us. We will miss you Bob!

Bob is survived by

several cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his favorite landlord, Joseph Wagner.

Thank you to the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all of their love, care and support of Bob throughout the years, and also thanks to Judy Engleke for being a special friend and wonderful advocate for Bob.

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

 



Generose A. Conrad


Generose A. Conrad, 92, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, surrounded by her family at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am Wednesday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Jenny was born October 25, 1925, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Catherine (Nurre) Klostermann. She married Irvin J. Conrad on February 12, 1945, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed near Bankston for forty years until retiring in 1981.  She greatly appreciated her family and friends, and she liked a good game of cards.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Judy) Conrad of Dubuque, Wayne (Diana) Conrad of Davenport, Jean (Steve) Hoeger of Dubuque, Sharon (Bob) Roehlk of Bettendorf, Carmen (Ken) Jungling of Cedar Falls, Janet (John) Connolly of Bernard and Connie (Ed) Brecht of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren: Alaina (Carl) Their, Tanya (Brad) Manternach, Emily (Tim) Lehman, Nic (Karen) Hoeger, Anna (Adam) Mueller, Stephanie (Tom) Emmons, Christine (Rich) Hoover, Janell (Eric) Jensen, Michelle (Jim) Work, Nichole (Matt) Nutz, Christopher (Jennifer) Conrad, Jenna (fiancé Eric Moberg) Connolly, Abby (Johathan) Green, Olivia (fiancé Cody Burger) Connolly, Amanda Brecht and Melissa Brecht; 24 great grandchildren, and a sister, Sr. Marian Klostermann, OSF of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Irvin in 1998; siblings: Everett (Bernice) Klostermann, Zita (Clement) Lansing, Helen (Charles) Wessels, Dorothy (Allie) Olberding, Walter (Helen) Klostermann, Mildred (Alvin) Schlichte, and Donna (Bob) Juran; in-laws: John (Hilda) Conrad, Angie (Marion) Trinen, Susie (Leander) Eike, Marcella (John) Recker, Viola (Kenneth) Streif and Alfreida (Dick) Loeffelholz.

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

 

 



Francis A. Libansky


Francis ‘Fran' A. Libansky, 77, of Peosta, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 8:00 pm.

Fran was born August 15, 1940, in Richland Center, WI, son of Rudolph and Julia (Delmore) Libansky. He married Bette L. Nolan, June 2, 1962 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Peosta.

He was employed for 42 years at John Deere Dubuque Works as a Supervisor/Environmental Engineer. He also served in the National Guard.

Fran was an active member of St. Anthony parish being and extra-ordinary minster and worked Emmaus weekends.

Fran also volunteered with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for seven years, traveling with the corps and held the position of President of the Excusive Board.

Surviving is his wife, Bette, two sons, Richard ‘Rick' (Judith) Libansky, of Bettendorf, IA and Matthew Libansky, of Peosta, IA; three grandchildren, Justine (Cale) Williams, Kelsey and Riley Libansky; two great grandchildren, Cayden and Jarryd; brothers-in-law, Bill (Rose) Nolan, of Peosta, Rick (Sharon) Nolan, of Castle Rock, CO; and sisters-in-law, Anita Kehoe, of Dubuque and Jody (Lynn) Vorbrich, of Clive, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandchild, Richard Jon Libansky Jr; a sister-in-law, Patricia Heins, and two brothers-in-law, Jack Kehoe and Lloyd Heins.

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



Arthur F. Jones


Arthur F. "Art" Jones, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, July 13, 2018, at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Art" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Arthur Fredrick Jones was born on March 29, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willie Harrison and Martha (Peters) Jones. He attended Maquoketa Schools. He married Judy Templeton on March 11, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Tim.

"Art" had owned the Cue in Maquoketa for several years, worked at General Thermal, and for many years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a Shear Operator.

"Art" loved the outdoors, fishing, trapping, doing puzzles and especially spending time with his family.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Judy Jones of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Tim (Andrea) Jones of Maquoketa, IA; one grandchild, Kylie; sisters, Lavon McCarthy and Marie Cody, both of MN; a sister-in-law, Joann Jones of Charlotte, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Janice Arterberry, and a brother Robert Jones.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Arthur F. "Art" Jones memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald J. Loeffelholz


Donald J. "Beanie" Loeffelholz, 76, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away July 13, 2018, at home with family at his side. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Beanie was born on January 1, 1942, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, to John and Colette (Staver) Loeffelholz. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1960 and UW-Platteville in 1964 with a BS in Mining Engineering. He entered the Air Force as a radar controller and spent his overseas assignment in South Korea. After five years in the Air Force he was hired by the Peter Kewit Company in Omaha, NE, as an engineer to do cost estimates for bridges and tunnels. He married the love of his life, Betty J. Wilson, on October 9, 1971. He was co-owner of Loeffelholz Plumbing & Heating with his brother, Jim, until he retired. Beanie enjoyed computers and other electronics; he also enjoyed sharing his love of these with his kids and his grandkids. He created picture CD's for many of the weddings he attended, and he enjoyed working with the City of Presidents by creating historical CD's and helping at the caboose.

Beanie is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Wilson) Loeffelholz; children, Dana (Darron) Mitchell, of Cuba City, Mary Colette (Tom Stowell) Loeffelholz, of Dodgeville, Kurt (Mackenzie Arndt) Loeffelholz, of Galena, IL; grandchildren, Tristan Retzki, of Fort Bliss, TX, and Morgan Retzki and Kynan Mitchell, both of Cuba City; siblings, Joan Wright and Jim (Pat) Loeffelholz, both of Cuba City, Bob Loeffelholz, of Dubuque, IA, Susan (Paul) Droessler, of Stoughton, and Lynn (Ron) Deiter, of Ames, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill Wetter, of DeForest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Loeffelholz, Sr. and Colette (Staver) Loeffelholz; a brother, John Loeffelholz Jr.; and two sisters, Becky Wetter and Debbie Loeffelholz.

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



John L. Redfearn


John L. "Jack" Redfearn, 75, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, July 12, 2018, at home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Kevin Tranel officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery in Darlington with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jack was born on September 17, 1942, in Galena, Illinois, the son of John and Marian (Alt) Redfearn. He married Mary Ann Pugh on July 11, 1964, in Webb City, Missouri. Jack served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2007 after a career in various roles in the transportation industry. After retirement he pursued his boyhood dream as a beekeeper at Hoch Orchard.

Jack liked tinkering in his shop and helping Mary Ann with her concrete leaves and was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Onalaska, WI. Most of all Jack spent his time loving his beautiful wife of 54 years and making everyone he met feel special, loved and appreciated. He was an amazing listener and a truly great friend, mentor and trusted confidante. Through his love of family and friends he became a surrogate dad and grandpa to countless lucky people that he encountered in his life's travels. As his extended family continued to grow Jack became very talented with Facebook, SnapChat and any other forms of social media that the "kids" were using so that he could stay up to date with everyone. He was truly the faster Facebook "liker" in history.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; two sons, Kerry (Cyndee) Redfearn, of Maricopa, AZ, and Andy (Kateri) Mears, of Indianapolis, IN; two sisters, Marian "Kay" (Bob) Rutherford, of Cordova, TN, and Cheryl (Bob) Johnson, of Benton; seven brothers, Dale (Virginia) Redfearn and Wayne (Carla) Redfearn, both of Benton, Denny (Joy) Redfearn, Roger (Jane) Redfearn and Lewis (Donna) Redfearn, all of Shullsburg, Dean (Jennifer) Redfearn, of Elizabeth, IL, and Larry Redfearn, of Hazel Green; and seven grandchildren, Nicolas (Katie), of Holmen, Helen, of Indianapolis, Morgan (Adam), of Trempealeau, Isaiah, of Indianapolis, Zachary and Chanlyr, both of Holmen, and Thomas, of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert "Bobby", a brother, Lyle, and his favorite dog and wingman, Henry.

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



Agnes J. Wagner


Agnes Joyce Wagner, 82, of Dubuque, IA, died Friday morning July 13, 2018 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Msgr. Jim Miller as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Agnes was born in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 1936, and was adopted as an infant by Steven F. and Mary Connor Tesar. She attended St. Michael's school in Galena, IL as a child and graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque. She then attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA, receiving her RN degree in 1956. She married John D. Wagner on Dec. 29, 1956, at Nativity Church and they celebrated 53 years of marriage together. Before her retirement, Agnes worked for close to 30 years as a Pediatric Nurse at the Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Surviving are her eight children: Steve (Bev) Wagner of Dubuque, Jeanne Petko of Dubuque, Joyce Wagner of Hickory, NC, Cynthia (Larry) Hoppman of Dubuque, Marian (Mark) Arthofer of Zwingle, Joseph (Deoli) Wagner of Anamosa, David (Kerri) Wagner of Kelley, Daniel (Angela) Wagner of Sarasota, FL, fifteen grandchildren: Phillip (Amy) Wagner, Rachael (Sean) Pankuch, Tara Petko, Mason (Laura) Meyer, Shana Meyer, Stacie Hoppman, Simon (Rachel) Hoppman, Shannon Hoppman, Ben Arthofer, Sara Arthofer (and fiance Zac Klostermann), Andrea Arthofer, Emily Wagner, Obie Wagner, John Wagner, and Hannah Wagner; 9 great grandchildren; and her brother, Br. Joseph Tesar who was also adopted. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Agnes was known for her loving and caring heart, always caring for others and helping those in need. She loved spending time with her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

The family wishes to recognize Mary Wand, Cathy Waddick and Mary Story, Agnes's regular caregivers, that have been her "angels" for the last several years and have become a part of our family. May God bless you abundantly!

In lieu of flowers, an Agnes Wagner memorial has been established.



David L. Barry


David Louis Barry, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 12th, 2018 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

David was born on December 28th, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Ida (Brummer) Barry. He is a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Dave was a longtime baker and master cake decorator at Rosheks Sweetheart Bakery, Randalls and Econofoods. He was a member of the American Legion, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

David was an avid hunter who led many hunting parties for more than 60 years in the tri-state.

He opened and was always the first one in the door at the Stonehill Fitness Center every morning.

David is survived by his brothers James F. Barry, and Bernard (Joan) Barry; and a beloved uncle to many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Patricia Strong.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Hospital in David's memory.

The family wishes to thank the City of Dubuque Police Dept. for their excellent help in their time of need.



Janice E. Rowan


Janice E. "Jan" Rowan, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:55 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018, at her home. To honor Jan's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Tom J. McDermott officiating. To celebrate Jan's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Otter Creek Cemetery at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jan was born on September 18, 1940, in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Michael and Della Marie (Coakley) Rowan.

Jan enjoyed her youth in the small town life where she was surrounded by family and friends daily. She completed her primary education in Andrew, Iowa and went on to attend The Cradle Society of Evanston, Illinois, in 1961. She returned home to Iowa and proceeded to work in private homes for 6 years before moving onto Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, next to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, and finally retiring from A.Y. McDonald's Manufacturing Company. In her free time, Jan enjoyed traveling and any adventure which involved a road trip, or a day-time boating excursions on the river. Jan was also known to occasionally try her luck at the slot machines from time to time. She was also a woman of faith, and her long-time membership at St. Joseph the Worker Church was always like a 2nd home to her. Although Jan never married, or had children of her own, she developed a special bond with all of her nieces and nephews, which brought her immeasurable joy throughout her 77 year earthly journey. We will miss Jan, and her simple beauty as a humbly content person, but we trust that she is enjoying her eternal family reunion and we hold her final thoughts dearly until we see her again. "Remember me with smiles and laughter, that's the way I will remember you all. If you remember me with tears, don't remember me at all."

Those left to cherish Jan's memory include

a sister-in-law,
Sally Rowan, Andrew, IA;

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

Jan was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Jensen; 3 brothers, Arland Rowan, Jerry Rowan and Paul Rowan; a niece, Roxie Jensen; and 2 great-nephews, Daniel Nepple and Todd Tracy.

Jan's family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department, and the Dubuque Medical Examiners Office, for their help, professionalism and compassion while assisting with her sudden passing.

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

 



Clay K. Johnson


Clay K. Johnson, 55, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Clay's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Clay Kent Johnson was born on August 3, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry Eli and Vera Desire (DeMoss) Johnson Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Midland Community High School, and married Peggy S. Paysen in 1985 in Monmouth, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Clay Jr. and Corey.

Clay first worked for Campbell's in Maquoketa as a mechanic and had also owned and operated Clay's KerrMcGee Gas Station. He then worked as a semi-truck driver for Schneider Trucking Company for over 20 years, and for the past six years for J.B. Hunt Trucking Company.

Clay loved working on vehicles, fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family. He especially loved family gatherings, and pets, "Dexter" his cat, and "Bowser" his dog. His love for his family and others was exemplified even further after his passing as he gave the greatest gift through organ/tissue donation.

Those left to honor Clay's memory include his children, Clay Jr. (Brenda) Johnson of Trivoli, IL, Corey (Brittany) Johnson of Maquoketa, IA, Nicole (and special friend Jake Parker) of IN, and Destiny (Nic) Schneider of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Smith of Dayton, TX, Janice Johnson of Clearfield, UT, Ellen (Larry) Agnitsch of Baldwin, IA, and Mary Kay (Gary) Schmidt of Lost Nation, IA; brothers, Henry (Laurie) Johnson of Yuba City, CA, Larry (Jean) Johnson of Iowa City, IA, Rev. Harry (Barb) Johnson of Akeley, MN, and Stephen Johnson of Bonne Terre, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter April Sue.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clay Kent Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas E. Faulkner


Thomas Edward "Tom" Faulkner 78 of Dubuque passed away unexpectedly Friday July 13, 2018 at his home. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a memorial celebration service being held at 7:00 pm.

Tom was born on November 12, 1939 in Independence, Iowa the son of Ermol and Gladys (Howland) Faulkner. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a master's in education in 1972, and married Betty Wills on April 2, 1983 at the Lord of Life Church in Dubuque.

Upon his moving to Dubuque, Tom began his teaching career at Dubuque Hempstead High School where he was the Media Specialist for 19 years. He established Flick's Audio Video in 1980 and was a pioneer in audio video production in the Tri State area.

He was devoted to the Boy Scouts throughout his life. From achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout at the young age of 14, to receiving the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest honors among adult leaders. He was also active with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and served as a Director in 1976. In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and camping, although his greatest passion was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Betty, his children, Christina Faulkner, in California, Scott (Susan) Faulkner of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Renee) Speaker of East Dubuque, Laurie (James) Rohner of Burlington, IA, Andrew (Pearl) Faulkner of Peosta, and Alexander (Mesha) Faulkner of Dubuque, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Angela DeWilfond, his parents and 2 brothers Richard and Warren.

In lieu of flowers a Tom Faulkner memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Wahlen and the staff at Tri State Dialysis for all the wonderful care they gave to Tom.



Theresa A. Miller


Theresa Ann "Terry" (Leik) Miller; 65; of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 11, 2018, at Hawkeye Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Terry was born on October 9, 1952, Dubuque, Iowa to William Leik, Barbara (Earnhart) Leik. She received her BA of Psychology from Clarke College. Terry worked as a Social Worker most recently with Mary's Inn Maternity Home in Dubuque, Iowa.

She married Phillip Joseph Miller on May 18, 1973 in Asbury, Iowa. Terry was a long-time member of Word of Life Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Terry passed away peacefully with her family at her side.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Phillip; 5 Children: Phillip Miller Jr. of Dubuque, Jesse (Brenda) Miller, of West Liberty, Jeff Miller, of Dubuque, Jamie Miller, of Dubuque and Nikki Miller (Towne) of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Her mother Barbara Robinson, of Dubuque; her brother Gary Leik, of Tennessee; and sisters Valetta Voels, of Asbury, Kelly (Leik) Dolan, of Dubuque; along with many more extended family and friends who will miss Terry.

She was preceded in death by her Father William Leik.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Terry.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who took care of Terry.



Mrs. Mildred Jane (Elliott) Kalb


Mrs. Mildred Jane "Millie", "Annie" (Elliott) Kalb, 94, died at 5:15 pm, Wednesday, July 11, at home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating and Rev. John O'Connor concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Millie was born in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cleophas and Hilda (Anners) Elliott. She attended Holy Ghost Elementary School and Dubuque Senior High School, graduating in 1941.

She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Court Dubuque, Dubuque YWCA and St. Raphael's Cathedral. She was a member of the Dubuque Historical Society, past member of Dubuque Women's Bowling Association and the 1941 Senior High Alumni Luncheon Group.

Millie married Dr. Anthony J. Kalb on October 22, 1949 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1992. Together they raised twelve children: Dr. Tony (Susan) Kalb, Peter (Kathy) Kalb, Mark (Cheri) Kalb, of Dubuque, David Kalb of Brisbane, California, Dr. Ann Marie (Peter) Arrigo of Denver, Colorado, Mimi Kalb of Bloomington, Minnesota: Laura Rivisto of Prior Lake Minnesota, Martha Thomas of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Patrick (Pam) Kalb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paul (Myra Jo) Kalb, Andy (Becky Conlon) Kalb and Karla (Tom) Weber of Dubuque.
Before marriage, Millie worked as a private secretary at Western Auto Supply Company in Dubuque and was an official reporter and correspondent for the Western Auto Supply magazine with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

Millie was a volunteer worker at Wahlert High School for many years and donated years of service to the YMCA/YWCA Swim Programs and Swim Team. She headed Boys' Scout troops in the early lives of her seven sons. She was a great all-around cook, leaving family members and friends to covet her secret recipes. She was an accomplished poet and short story writer. Many of her short stories and poems were published in our local Julien's Journal and several other journals and poetry magazines throughout the area. Millie loved nothing more than a good hand-written note to send or receive. Over the years she graced hundreds of people near and far with her beautifully scripted letters and cards. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading and following the Iowa Hawkeye Football and Basketball teams. She always enjoyed keeping up with the sports in which her grandchildren were involved. More recently she enjoyed her grandson, Matthew Thomas, playing on Iowa State's Basketball Team.

A loving wife, caring sister, precious mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, Millie was a unique, vibrant woman with a huge capacity to love. "She was the one with the love and the comfort, and she was the first one there to put her arms around you. That was our mother." The world is clearly a much better place for Millie having dropped by for a while and we will all deeply miss her.

Millie's eleven surviving children, their spouses, and daughter-in-law Kathy Kalb, are left to lovingly cherish her memory, along with thirty-two grandchildren: Megan Kalb, Tara (Jon) Boyes, Gina (Cody) Page, Jayme Kalb, Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Katie Kalb, Lisa (Marty) Attea, Lynn (Jason) Breithaupt, Kelly (Darin) Mills, Alec Arrigo, Nicholas Arrigo, Samantha Arrigo, Heidi (Cory) Goblirsch, Nicholas Rivisto, Molly Rivisto, Mary Kate (Taylor) Case, Tony Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Josie Thomas, Tyler (Molly) Kalb, Courtney Kalb, Parker Kalb, MaKenzie Kalb, Frederic Kalb, Addison Kalb, Elliott Kalb, Sean Kalb, Jack Kalb, Christine Kalb, Jake Weber, Ryan Weber, Jenna Millie Weber and 17 great-grandchildren (including Millie Jane Breithaupt and Millie Sue Boyes), and twins due in September. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas J. Kalb, of Young America, MN and a sister-in-law, Sister Marie Therese Kalb, OSF, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband A.J., her parents, Cleophas and Hilda Elliott, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bert P. and Mamie Kalb, a son, Peter Kalb, a grandson, Lucas Kalb, three brothers, Cleophas "Bud" Elliott, Clarence "Mike" Elliott, Frederick Elliott, and six sisters, Genevieve (Kenneth) Lochner, Katherine Elliott, Delores Elliott, Marianne (Wilfred) Hemmer, Virginia (Bernard) Holzer, Jane Elliott, and Kalb in-laws, Rev. Bertrum J. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Rev. Howard E. Kalb, Richard J. (Bernadine) Kalb, John T. "Jack" ( Elizabeth) Kalb and Delores Kalb.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Millie's name. Donations will be given to Stonehill Care Center and Sisters of St. Francis.



Lila M. Tigges


Lila M. Tigges, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 11th, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Lila was born on April 16th, 1935 in Springbrook, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marlena (Kilburg) Arensdorf. She graduated from St. Joseph's School in Bellevue, Iowa and married Robert V. Tigges in May 22, 1954 in Springbrook.

She worked at Sears Department store for 30 years and also for Dubuque Bank and Trust.

Lila was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved having her family over for dinner on Sunday nights. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in sports especially playing basketball. She liked to travel, play golf and being a bus for her grandkids when needed.

She is survived by her three children, Steven (Jean) Tigges, Laurie (Marvin) Guy, and Michael (Holly) Tigges all of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, Christopher (Jenny) Tigges, Jeffrey (Jamie Unsen) Tigges, Stephanie (Brett Langkamp) Guy, Josh Guy, Jamie Tigges and Tia (Anthony) Boettner. Eight great grandchildren, Drew, Gwen, Nick, Riley, Nya, Kobe, Zach and Isaac. Siblings Norlan Arensdorf and Robert (Pat) Arensdorf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; sister-in-law Beverly Arensdorf.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque.



Stanley J. Steinhoff


Stanley J. Steinhoff, 74, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Stan was born on April 11, 1944, in Watsonville, California, the son of Beauford G. and Beulah V. (Lincicum) Steinhoff.

Stan worked in the auto parts business for nearly 55 years and owned and operated his own store for over thirty years in Platteville.

Stan loved NASCAR and collected model NASCAR cars. He enjoyed polka music and bowling. Stan was a Hall of Fame Member of the Platteville Men's Bowling Association and a retired member of the Cuba City Fire Department. He loved and enjoyed his friends. A dedicated grandfather, family was important to Stan.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane "Sis" Steinhoff, of River Falls, WI; a son, Daniel (Deborah) Steinhoff, of Madison, WI; a very dear friend and close companion, Kathleen "Kat" Hines, of Benton; two stepdaughters, Melanie Alt and Terri (Rick) Wiegel, both of Cuba City; a stepson, Arnold "Bunker" (Linda) Alt III, of Durant, IA; two brothers, Donald (Marilyn) Steinhoff, of Cuba City, and James (Karen) Steinhoff, of Hudson, IL; seven grandchildren, McKaila and Michael Steinhoff, Justin Alt, Linzie and Logan Wiegel, and Beth and John Alt; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Stanley J. "Stan" Steinhoff Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gerald D. Richard


Gerald "Jerry" D. Richard, 78, of Dubuque entered into eternal peace surrounded by his wife and six children on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer's disease for the last four years. He was able to remain at home throughout the journey because of the loving care of his wife and children.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born September 7, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa the son of Joseph J. and Rosemary (Colligan) Richard. He married Patty Kehoe on April 28, 1962 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. They enjoyed 56 years together and were blessed with six children.

Jerry earned his high school diploma from St. Columbkille School. He went on to Loras College for his Bachelor of Art's Degree, and finished with a Master of Business Administration from The University of Dubuque. He began his career as a staff technologist in Radiology in 1961 and spent most of his career as the Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Hospital retiring in May 2001. Jerry was an active member in the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA). He was elected to many leadership positions and achieved Fellow status in 1992. He was a servant leader fully committed to his employees and profession.

Jerry was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith and was an active member in serving the church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #510. Jerry loved working on cars and enjoyed the challenge of fixing most anything! As much as he enjoyed doing the work, he loved sharing his knowledge with others. He was a good and decent man; kind and gentle never hesitating to help a person in need. His work ethic was nonstop and only illness slowed his ambition. He cherished great joy in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and always prayed for their faith and safety. During retirement, he really enjoyed working at Richardson's Motors and all the people he met as a courtesy driver. He also enjoyed watching a variety of sports especially the Hawkeyes, Cubs and Bears and dabbled in playing golf and pitching horse shoes.

Survivors include his wife, Patty; children, Lisa Rains, of Marion, Iowa, Lynn (Jim) Verry, of Coralville, Iowa, Lara (Jeff) Dague, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jay (Terri) Richard, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Todd (Tarra) Richard, of Urbandale, Iowa, and Katie (Matt) Burken, of Camanche, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; Brittany and Brianna Rains, Josh, Jacob, Joseph, and Anna Verry, Megan, Abby, Adam, and Avery Dague, Craig Richard, Sydney, Cameron, and Paige Richard, Ben, Emma, and Beau Burken; a brother, Robert J. (Kathy) Richard, of Tiffin, Iowa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Dolter, Pam (Lee) Brandes, and Anita Kehoe, and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ann Richard (infant) and Mary Kirkpatrick; mother and father-in-law, John and Helen Kehoe; bothers-in-law, Jack and Mike Kehoe; niece, Denise Dolter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Food for the Poor, The Dubuque Rescue Mission, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kind compassionate care shown by Dr. Kukla and his nurse Jenny, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Dr. Fuller, Dr. Parker, and the Hospice of Dubuque staff especially Shirley and Ryan.



Bernard Tapke, Jr.


Bernard Tapke, Jr., 85, of Luxemburg, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation will be held from 11 am - 1 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Bernie was born December 10, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Bernard Sr. and Hilda (Lueck) Tapke. He married Elizabeth "Betty" A. Rohner on May 22, 1954, in Garnavillo, Iowa.

Bernie had various occupations over the course of his life including farming, construction, tavern owner, and maintenance, retiring from the Ertl Company after 23 years.

Together he and Betty enjoyed wintering in Texas for over 14 years. He recently enjoyed spending time in Florida with his friend, Bev Shafer.

Survivors include his 5 children: Steve (Karen) Tapke and Alan Tapke, both of Dyersville, Mark (Audrey) Tapke of Peosta, Gary (Lori) Tapke of Waterloo and Diane (Rick) Steffen of Luxemburg; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev Shafer of Waukon, a sister, Doris Bierman of Epworth, and in-laws: Donald (Janice) Rohner of Guttenberg, David (Pat) Rohner and Dorothy Wendell, both of Garnavillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty, in 2010, a sister, Ann Soppe, and in-laws: Marcella (Dick) Dodge, Marie (Herman) Benskin, Dave Bierman and KeithWendell.

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



Gary John Weis


Gary John Weis, 71, Bellevue, Iowa died Sunday evening, July 8th, 2018 at Mill Valley Care Center.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa.

Gary was born on December 22, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Elmer J. and Marian (Rolling) Weis. Gary graduated from Marquette High School in 1965 and attended classes at Clinton Community College, with a very special interest in history.

He was an extremely dedicated and loyal employee and worked for many years as a HVAC technician, leaving no important detail undone or unexplained.

He was a proud member of Ducks Unlimited and The National Rifle Association - his love of hunting, fishing and nature went hand-in-hand and his family will be forever grateful for the many hours of patient shooting practice and hunting instruction he gave to them. He devoured books. He was a natural teacher and he was a wealth of information: guns, ammunition, animals, electrical fittings, sports scores and play-by-plays (particularly regarding the Hawkeyes or the Cubs) - Gary had an enviable memory and he was precise. His knowledge of American History and in particular, the Civil War, was awe-inspiring and all-encompassing - only surpassed by his completely generous and kind heart. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend - giving selflessly of his time and talents and asking for little in return.

Gary attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue.

Surviving are his siblings Mark (Mack) Weis, of Durango, Iowa, Susan Corlis, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Sandy (Doug) Schroeder, of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer & Marian Weis, his brother Bill Weis and sister Julie Knake.

Special thanks to the staff members at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, Mill Valley Care Center, and Hospice of Jackson County. Your care of Gary was appreciated and will not be forgotten.



Stephanie A. Jesus


Stephanie A. Jesus, 69, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Stephanie was born on May 4, 1949 in Honokaa, Hawaii, the daughter of Frank and Louise Jesus.  She was a graduate of Clarke College and later taught history there.  She later worked at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 2015.

Her greatest joys in life were her daughter, three grandchildren, great granddaughter who called her GG, and her cat Kahaloha. Her love was watching her grandson Brett grow up playing baseball, cheering him and his team on, being obnoxiously loud with her granddaughters by her side.  She enjoyed her lunch dates with friends, especially her John Deere retiree group.

Stephanie was always up for a great debate to keep her strong will alive. She enjoyed volunteering at the Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque, the Grand Theater, and the Discovery Shop.

She loved visiting her Ohana family in Hawaii, her sisters, Jacki (Rod) Bothelho, Jennifer (Manuel) Souza, her crazy nephew Omi, and several nieces and nephews whom she cherished deeply.

Those left to cherish her memory on the mainland include her daughter Candi Jim)Johnson, grandchildren, Brittany, Jenna, and Brett Geisler, and her beloved great granddaughter Ellie Schmit, oe I naau o kakou mau.

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

 



Joseph W. Miller


Joseph W. "Joe" Miller, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully to the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 8:10 a.m., on Monday, July 9, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., at Blades Chapel on the University of Dubuque Campus, 2000 University Avenue, on Thursday, July 12, 2018, with Paul Jones officiating, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following the funeral service. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on July 21, 1935, in Dubuque, son of Taft and Mary (McCarthy) Miller.

Joe spent his early years growing up in Dubuque, learning very quickly the important values of family, work and fun. He would proudly march into the recruiters office and sign up, at the young age of 15, with the U.S. Army to assist his fellow patriots serving in Korea. Following his return home to the states, Joe would honorably donate another 10 years of his life to the U.S. Army Reserves. Joe spent a few years providing for his family with the State Brand Creamery, before he finally invested over 39 years with John Deere Dubuque Works. Joe would eventually meet his beautiful bride, Debra Kennicker, and they were united in marriage on July 20, 1979 in Dubuque. They were blessed with 39 wonderful years together. Joe was not just a man of family and work though, he found plenty of outlets in his spare time to exercise his talents in very creative and productive manners. A morning of polishing up the latest addition to his coin collection, an afternoon of lounging around the houseboat with family, or an evening of bowling with his friends in the Star League, were always considered a good use of time to Joe. He also appreciated a good physical workout in the weight room or on his bike, or even simply sitting down to work on his most recent painting, or work of art, which would hopefully find its way into a loved one's home. Joe also loved traveling around the country with Debbie and any chance to stop by Crazy Horse, once again, helped Joe reinforce his pride in his Native American heritage. There is simply no denying that the world is a much better place because the Lord was kind enough to share Joe with us for the last 82 years. He was consistently viewed as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, employee, teammate, and man among men, not just because of the kind words which easily flowed from his mouth, but because of the fact that his actions continually backed them up. We will miss Joe with all of our hearts, but moving forward we will surely find peace in knowing that not only will we see him again one day in Heaven, but that also thankfully everyday will be a comfortable day for Joe to adorn his favorite shorts and tank top. Thank you for being such a wonderful and positive influence on the world around you, Joe; we will miss and love you every day!

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his loving wife,
Debra Miller, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 truly adored children,
Kim (Dave Winders) Barrett, East Dubuque, IL,
Kelli (David) Naylor, Monticello, IA,
Joe (Kris) Miller, Swisher, IA
and Kristi (Eric) Sebby, Omaha, NE;

his 8 grandchildren,
Brandi (Shane) Kampas, Jef Barrett, Dustin (Annie) Farber, Britni Farber, Nick (Stephanie) Farber, Brittany Naylor, Jaxson Naylor, Dawson Naylor and Max Sebby;

his 9 great-grandchildren,
Mikayla, Elijah, Bianca, Cosette, Hudson, Cruz, Nolan, Reid and Sylvia;

and his siblings,
Jean (Russ) Heer, Dubuque, IA
and Dennis (Betty) Miller, Dubuque, IA.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a sister in infancy, Patricia Ann Miller; and his brother, Ronald Miller.

Joe's family would like to thank Dr. Daniel Berg, at the University of Iowa Clinics, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful and professional care.

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

 



Evelyn L. Dodds


Evelyn L. Dodds, 88, of Bettendorf, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Iowa Masonic Home in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Evelyn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church. A private family burial will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Evelyn Louise Hans was born on April 29, 1930 in Elwood, Iowa, to Herman and Louise (Behnke) Hans. She was educated in the Elwood schools and married Leonard W. Dodds on June 28, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Denny, Denyse, Diane and Dawn.

Evelyn first worked as waitress for area restaurants for many years. She and her husband Leonard then owned and operated Dodds' Café for nine years, and lastly she worked as a Personal Lines Rater for Iowa Mutual Insurance in DeWitt for over ten years until retirement.

Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She loved playing cards and bridge, crocheting and doing plastic canvas, and most importantly loved dancing with her husband Leonard.

Those left to honor Evelyn's memory include her children, Denny (and wife Joan) Dodds of Maquoketa, IA, Denyse (and husband Dick) Walker of Bettendorf, IA, Diane (and husband Stanley) Summer of DeWitt, IA, and Dawn (and husband Robert Drake) Suthers of La Place, LA; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Maxine Wagner of Dubuque, IA, Edna Hans of Davenport, IA, and Marvella Hans of Ankeny, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard on July 14, 2000, brothers Carl and George Hans, a step-brother Fred Wiedemen, and sisters Elsie Knutsen, Gladys Prussia, Hilda Prussia, and Edith Rorah.

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

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



Darleen M. Joos


Darleen M. Joos, 90, of Dubuque, died July 4, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Grand View United Methodist Church in Dubuque with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Egelhof, Siegert, and Caspar Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Darleen was a high school business teacher in Monroe, WI prior to marriage to Emil Joos on Dec. 21, 1957. Her wisdom and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Darleen is survived by a daughter, Karen; a son, Kevin (Shari); 2 grandchildren, Nick (Jeni) and Andee; a sister, Donna (Bob); sister-in law, Barbara; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil; her brother, Guerdon; and a daughter, Kathy.

Her family would like to thank the staffs at Home Instead, Dr. Konz, Finley Hospital, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care



Kenneth J. Kennedy


Kenneth J. "Neighbor" Kennedy, 89, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. James Weighner and Fr. Dean Smith concelebrating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ken was born in East Dubuque on July 25, 1928, the son of Dennis and Rosalia (Thole) Kennedy. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1947. He was united in marriage to Jean Peterson on September 20, 1958 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.

He was employed as a lineman for Interstate Power Company for 42 years, retiring in 1989.

Ken was a member of IBEW Local # 263, Galena Elks Lodge # 882, St. Mary's Church and its Holy Name Society, East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council # 7527, and a member of the Galena Golf Club for over 35 years.

Ken was an avid fisherman, golfer, and gardener, who was known for his "Celebrity Tomatoes". He and Jean wintered in Apache Junction, AZ, for over 19 years. Whether he was on the Mississippi River or on road trips to Lake Pepin, he loved to be in the boat.

Surviving are his wife Jean; a son, Scott (Sheri) Kennedy of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, his four special grandchildren, Lauren, Allison, Claire and Liam; two sisters, Maurelia Kennedy of East Dubuque and Doris (Dr. Clare) Hart of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Edith Nading and a brother-in-law, Bill (Dorothy) Peterson both of McGregor, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Alice (Ray) Overhouse, his in-laws, Milly (Chuck) Gaulke, Vonnie (Rob) Klotzbach, and Ron Peterson. 

In lieu of flowers, a Kenneth "Neighbor" Kennedy memorial fund has been established.

Jean and family wish to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, the Bell Tower Community staff, and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Paul and Ryan, to friends and neighbors who lent a helping hand, especially, Patrick, Tom, Gary, Joe, and our Kats Meow family, for the wonderful care given to Ken.

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



Eldon G. Gaul


Eldon G. Gaul, 86, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Richard Gaul will concelebrate. Military honors will be accorded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #136.

Eldon was born May 25, 1932 in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. He married Helen P. Hermsen on August 18, 1956 in New Vienna. Eldon was a US Veteran serving in the Army from 1953-1955.

He always loved a good game of Solo and spending time with his family. Eldon worked hard his whole life, continuing to get up before the sun even after retirement.

Survivors include his five children: Sharon (Larry) Monroe of Maplewood, MN, Michael Gaul of Petersburg, Carla (Stan) Thomas of Peosta, Patricia Gaul (Charles Duch) of Alexandria, VA, Pete (Kim) Gaul of Petersburg, grandchildren: Brigid (Dan) Burhans, Cori (Aaron) Burbach, Tony (Callie) Gaul, Casey (Tim) Riesberg, Chad (Tiffany) Thomas, Emily (Brandon) Stone, Ryan, Elliot, Evan, Owen Gaul, 6 great grandchildren: siblings: Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque, Eileen (Richard) Hermsen, in-laws: Delores Gaul of Epworth, Diane Hermsen of New Vienna, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Bernice (Ken) Vorwald of New Vienna, Gladys (Harry) Burkle, of Dyersville, Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg, Arthur Hermsen of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Helen in 2016, siblings: Lawrence Gaul, Laura (Ralph) Meyer, Leander Gaul in infancy, in-laws: Germaine Gaul, Tom Deutmeyer, Harold Hermsen and Joyce Hermsen.

Eldon's family would like to thank the entire staff at Oakcrest Manor for the wonderful care they gave their dad for the last three years.

Memorials may be directed to the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church restoration project.

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



Rachel A. Swanson


Rachel A. Swanson, 86, of Milan, Illinois, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the Avonlea Cottage in Milan, Illinois.

A celebration of Rachel's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, July 13, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside Services and Burial will be held at 3 P.M., Friday, July 13, 2018, at the McCormick Cemetery, rural Ottumwa, Iowa.

Rachel ArMinta Christy was born on February 3, 1932 in Davis County, Iowa, to Harry B. and Naomi W. (Strickland) Christy. She attended Agency High School and married Harold W. Swanson on September 2, 1950 in Agency, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Nancy, Becky, Sheri and Doug.

Rachel had worked as the lunchroom supervisor at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa for over 27 years. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the United Methodist Women (UMW) where she had served as an officer. Through the years Rachel had been very involved in her community helping as a Girl Scout Leader, Hospice of Jackson County volunteer, Meals-On-Wheels volunteer, Mother's Club member, and active in her Sorority. She loved to play cards and had taught Bridge for years. Additionally, she enjoyed making quilts and knitting, was an expert seamstress, and liked doing jigsaw puzzles.

Those left to honor Rachel's memory include her children, Nancy Swanson of Gunnedah, NSW, Australia, Becky (Jerry) Miller of Blue Grass, IA, Sheri (Brad) Hilligoss of Coal Valley, IL and Doug (Sharon) Swanson of Eldridge, IA; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Potts of Burlington, IA, and Karen Meeker of the Quad Cities, IL; and brothers-in-law, Charles Swanson of Agency, IA, and Richard Swanson of Ollie, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert, Glen and Keith Christy, her husband Harold on December 15, 2005, and a grandson Tyler B. Hilligoss. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Rachel's family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Avonlea Cottage in Milan for their care and support of their mother during her time with them.

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



Judith Ann Robinson


Judith Ann Robinson, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, July 5, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

A memorial visitation celebrating her life will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Judith Ann Sample was born on December 2, 1950 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Glenn Dale and Pauline (Mowrer) Sample. She married Glen "Buck" Robinson Jr. in 1968 and they later divorced. She had obtained her GED certificate.

Judith had worked at the Speaker factory, and later at Products Unlimited, both in Sabula, Iowa until ill health forced her into retirement.

Judith enjoyed crocheting, spending time with her grandchildren, and reading and visiting with her neighbors.

Judith is survived by her children, Fran (Paul) Stanton of Asbury, IA, and Glen (Kim) Robinson III of Preston, IA; 4 grandchildren, Lance (Katie) Felderman, Dominic Robinson, Nicole Robinson and Nicolas Robinson; a brother, Dale Sample of Ottumwa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant son.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Judith Ann Robinson memorial fund has been established.

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



Roger L. Fries


Roger L. Fries, 65, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Community Evangelical Free Church, 300 Pioneer Rd E, in Platteville with Pastor Larry Lloyd officiating. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born on January 23, 1953, in Lone Rock, Wisconsin, the son of Roland E. and Dorothy E. (Arens) Fries. He married Carolyn J Weber on July 29, 1972 in Elk Grove, Wisconsin. Together they had two girls and Roger immersed himself with family when he wasn't working as a heavy equipment operator.

He loved canoeing and camping on the Wisconsin River, climbing rocks at Devil's Lake, fishing, and jumping into any body of water – even with clothes on or in freezing temps. After his kids grew up, he loved riding ATVs, motorcycling, was the director of Chapter I Gold Wing Road Riders Association, spent time traveling out west and continued to jump into any body of water he found along the way. Throughout the years he loved his dogs and treated them like babies. Roger loved being in the moment; acting like a kid, talking to anybody he met and living life to its fullest.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Sharon (Dan) Mitchell, of White Bear Lake, MN, and Amy (Erik) Arnetveit, of Ripon, WI; two sisters, Marlene (Bob) Saluzzi, of LaCrosse, WI, and Linda (Verdon) Weber, of Cuba City; four grandchildren, Isaiah and Siena Mitchell and Ariana and Ian Arnetveit; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alvina (Pat) Runde, Betty Wedig, Agnes Weber, Vernon (Myrt) Weber, Dorothy Tranel, Mary Weber, Homer Weber, Sandy (Mike) Alt, and Joe Weber; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Fries; his brothers-in-law, Marvin Weber, Art Wedig and Richard Weber; and his sisters-in-law, Jan Weber and Denise Weber.

A Roger L. Fries Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Mary C. Maiers


Mary Constance "Connie" Maiers, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at home. She kept her feistiness until the end of her short and courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m.  Tuesday, July 10 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3 p.m. 

Connie was born November 30, 1940 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ray and Helen (McElmeel) Delaney. She graduated from St. Raphael's Grade School, and later from St. Joseph Academy with the class of 1959. She married the love of her life, Frederick Maiers Jr., on May 14, 1966 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael - when she officially became his "Honey Bunch." He preceded her in death on July 10, 1999 and has been anxiously waiting for their reunion. 

Connie was employed at Trausch Bakery, before beginning her 39-year career at William C. Brown Publishing Company. She celebrated her retirement in 2006 with her children and grandchildren. She made many life-long friends at Brown's and has enjoyed keeping in contact with them over the years. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. 

Connie was an avid card player and enjoyed winning at Nickels -- as the scorekeeper usually does :) In her retirement, she also enjoyed traveling, playing the slots, playing Euchre with her card club, arguing with the computer, and watching movies. Her grandchildren were special to her and she cherished every moment she spent with them. 

Connie is survived by her favorite oldest child, Beth Maiers of Dubuque; her favorite son, Fred "Rick" (Lisa) Maiers III of Dubuque; and her favorite youngest child, Patti (Kurt) Behning of Peosta. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Aleah and Zavier, Javier and Erica, and Spencer and Delaney; her siblings, Jeri Jahries of Salt Lake City, UT, Katie (Larry) Wolbers of Dubuque, Jeannie Kerr of Dubuque, Sue (Pat) Donley of Ives, UT, Doris (Frank) Dawson of West Valley, UT, Mary Ingle of Dubuque, and Teresa (Gary) Pfohl of Dubuque; her in-laws, Jean Ann Van Deusen of Bellevue,  Leticia Delaney of East Dubuque, and Judy Heiberger of Dubuque; her special cousin and friend, Joan Riniker of Dubuque; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Patricia, Jim, Joe, and John Delaney; her in-laws, Fritz and Marie Maiers, James Maiers, Grace Maiers, and David Fagan; and her nephews, Tim Jahries, Drake Delaney and Andrew Wolbers.

Connie's family would like to thank Dr. Brian Sullivan, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer F., Jan, and Amy. 

Memorials will be made to Hospice of Dubuque

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

 

 



William C. Bradley


William C. Bradley, 91, of Dubuque died Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Pastor Terry Bemis officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion immediately following. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. at the funeral home.

William was born on November 21, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of Melvin and Doris (Vollenweider) Bradley. He married Verna Cook in 1950 in Galena, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 27, 2009.

William served our country in the United States Army during WWII.

He worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaning until his retirement. He enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida and the summer months camping with his family. 

Surviving are his sons, James (Cindy Solberg) Bradley, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Thomas (Barbie Kluesner) Bradley, of Dubuque; daughter-in-law, Mary (Beyer) Bradley, of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Angela (Mike) Hoffman, Anthony (Ashley Black) Bradley, Matthew (fiancé Meghan Gerke) Bradley, Derek Bradley, Natalie (Ben) Shireman, Tyler (Calsey) Bradley, Sam (Taylor Levenhagen) Bradley, Christian, Maddie and Drew Bradley; 5 great- grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Link, of Franklin, WI and Barb Schroeder, of Dubuque.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, John; and brother, Robert.

A William Bradley Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Oak Park Place and Finley Hospital for their compassionate care. 



Anna Mae (Miller) Justman


Anna Mae (Miller) Justman, 89, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid will officiate, with Rev. Jesse Cearlock as co-officiant. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Anna Mae was born July 21, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Ida (Waechter) Miller. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1946. Anna Mae married Roger Jay Justman on October 2, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, he passed on March 23, 2015. She retired from Wm. C. Brown Publishing.

Anna Mae was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, enjoyed traveling, and spent over 30 years with her husband during the winter in Waikiki, HI. She enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles, and she made friends everywhere she went and always remembered their birthdays with a card.

Survivors include her children, Dr. Bruce Justman and Vicki (Randy) Hohnecker both of Dubuque; grandchildren, Jill Hohnecker of Americus, GA and Julie (fiancé Andrew Ehlers) Hohnecker of Dubuque.

Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her parents in-law, Harold Justman and Olive (Bill) Husemann.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established or may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

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



John N. Knapp


John N. "Jack" Knapp, 93 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Jack may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at the St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

Services for Jack will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with his grandson, Rev. Ross Epping presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born February 21, 1925 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Mayme (Weber) Knapp Sr. He received his education in the Garryowen Country Schools. On June 15, 1950 he was united in marriage to Venita Casey at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area until retiring in 1985.

He is an Army Veteran, having served in World War II in the South Pacific as an Army Engineer.

He was a member of St. Jude's Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #538 for 70 years. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 + years and also helped to manage a hotel in Cedar Rapids.

He is survived by his wife, Venita Knapp of Cedar Rapids, IA; seven children, Maureen Ries (Dave McCabe) of Galena, IL, Debra (Bill) Schmelling of Cedar Rapids, IA; Gary "Morgan" (Sheila) Knapp of Cascade, Juli (Don) Vrotsos of Dubuque, Jacki Knapp (Bruce Woolfolk) of Cedar Rapids, Peggy (Ed) Epping of Atkins, IA, and Kelly Knapp of Marion; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard "Dick" (Betty) Knapp of Bernard; brothers-in-law, Leo Biehl of Maquoketa, Dell (Bev) Casey of Brentwood, CA, John Casey of Des Moines, Pat (Sharon) Casey and Chuck (Donna) Casey both of Cascade and three sisters-in-law, Cherri Wessels of Dyersville, IA, Gerene O'Brien of Monticello,IA and Gloria Casey of Mission, TX; and their family dogs, Max & Dolly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bob Knapp; a sister, Lois Biehl; two brothers, Robert Knapp and Billy (Janice) Knapp; three sons-in-law, John Burds, Ken Ries and Mike Maddigan.

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



Helen J. McDonald


Helen Jacqueline "Jackie" McDonald, 94, of Peosta, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018.

Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, IA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am at the funeral Home with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia, IA.

Jackie was born on November 21, 1923, in Georgetown, SC to Jasper and Janie Bell Johnson. She met her husband, William (Bill) McDonald, while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. They married on November 15, 1946 in Georgetown. Bill brought his southern belle bride to his hometown of Peosta, IA where they built a home and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents, 5 siblings and one son-in-law, Dan Melloy of Bernard.

Surviving are her 7 children: William (Diann) McDonald Jr., Janet (David) Bleymeyer, of Dubuque, Lisa Melloy of Bernard, Dennis McDonald, Carla (Mike) McCarthy of Peosta, Bruce (Jennifer) McDonald of Iowa City and Kris (Dirk) Smith of Cedar Rapids, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grand children and her only sister Amelia Blake of Georgetown, SC.

Jackie was an excellent seamstress and took great pride in her work. She was employed at Younkers in their alteration department for over 30 yrs. She loved dancing and music, always ready to hit dance floor. Jackie had a strong love of the beach and ocean where she grew up and visited there as often as she could.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Facility in Cascade for their care and compassion during Jackie's stay.



Gilman P. Budar


Gilman Palmer Budar, 79, of Dubuque, formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held. Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Gilman was born September 15, 1938 in Greenfield, MA, son of Richard R. and Dorothy (Palmer) Budar. He married Emily Kirby on June 6, 1959. His beloved wife preceded him in death March 9, 2001.

Gilman was a self-employed real-estate developer and interior designer, and founded Budar Advertising with his sister Valjeanne.

He was a yachtsman who excelled at sailing and racing, and was an active member of Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht Club. He was a longtime member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and was a winning race car driver. He consulted for and appeared in an episode of Hawaii 5-0 thanks to his racing experience.

He enjoyed playing cards and cribbage, especially in doubles with his wife Emily. Gilman was an excellent cook and won the Hawai'i State Chili Championship Cookoff. He collected anything frogs. Gilman served his country in the US Army National Guard for 6 years and served 6 months active duty. He was active in fundraising for organizations such as ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue (Hawaii Athletics) and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Gilman was very proud of his family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his children: Dorothy "Lee" (Jon) Budar-Danoff, of Columbia, MD, Valerie "Lacie" (Tom) Peckosh, of Dubuque, IA, Lillian (Gary) Budar-Krukoski, of Kingman, AZ, and Ramona "Jamie" (Kevin) Sergent, of Honolulu, HI; nine grandchildren, Noelani, Gilman, and Daniel Budar-Danoff, Emily, Carolyn, Jacquelyn, and T.J. Peckosh, and Nani and Kenzie Sergent; and a sister, Bonnie Branch, of Florence, MA. He is also survived by his cherished feline companion "Pussy Kat."

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard (Eve) Budar Jr, two sisters, Valjeanne and Dorothy, and a brother-in-law, Chuck Branch.

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

 



Dorothy C. McDermott


Dorothy C. McDermott, 95, of rural Bernard, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dorothy may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home, Cascade, where there will be a wake service at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, July 7th at the funeral home.

Services for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m., July 7, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, rural Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Philip Mensah Presiding. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

Dorothy was born on October 14, 1922 in Bankston, daughter of Irvin and Anna (Kiernan) Potts. She married Emmett McDermott on December 27, 1947 at the Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. The couple was the third generation to farm on their land near Bernard. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and Emmett were always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Prior to a lifelong career devoted to raising her family, she attended the University of Dubuque and was a teacher in the rural country schools in Dubuque County.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish in rural Peosta, and a member of its Rosary Society. She and Emmett founded the New Melleray Athletic Association providing baseball and softball team activities for the kids and people of the Holy Family Parish.

Dorothy enjoyed quilting, embroidering and praying. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one brother Gene (Jean) Potts of Asbury and five sisters-in-law, Kay Potts, Virginia Potts, Margie Sweeney and Irene McDermott all of Epworth, IA and Patricia Larkin of Bernard, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emmett A McDermott on Sep. 19, 2011; a son, Larry McDermott; a daughter-in-law, Sharon McDermott, one sister, Mary LaVon (Mark) Brown; and three brothers Gerald, Cyril and Warren "Buddy" (Shirley) Potts.

In lieu of flowers a Dorothy C. McDermott memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the staffs at both River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to Dorothy.

 



Mark D. Palmer


Mark D. Palmer, 62, of Dubuque died Tuesday, July 03, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer with his loving family at his side.  A memorial service will be held at 6 pm Friday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 5:45 pm.  

Mark was born August 17, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Elinor (Rubie) Palmer.  He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973 and on November 22, 1980, he married Nancy Roth at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.Mark worked at Georgia Pacific, then worked as a salesman for Geisler Brothers for many years.  

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dubuque Men's Association.  He enjoyed camping, boating and traveling on their motorcycle; but most of all, he loved being a grandpa to Brayden and Hadley. Mark will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Palmer of Dubuque; a son, Andy (Kayla) Palmer of Dubuque; and two grandchildren, Brayden and Hadley Palmer.He is also survived by two brothers, Steve (Linda) and David (Lisa) Palmer; two step-brothers, Craig (Kay) and Doug (Ellen) Peters; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Retha Palmer and a brother, Thomas Palmer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mark Palmer Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque as well as Dr. Hermann and his nurses and staff for their wonderful care.



Kenneth W. Kraus


Kenneth "Kenny" W. Kraus, 82, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at Finley Hospital, after a brief illness.

Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Msgr. James Barta will officiate. Inurnment will be in Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside, California. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. 

He was born on Oct. 20, 1935, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Martin and Lucile (Van Laar) Kraus. He married the love of his life, Julia "Judy" Connell, on Sept. 8, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo.  Judy preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2008.

Kenny graduated from Loras College in 1957 and attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1960. He returned to Loras College to teach Chemistry from 1960 to 2000. He retired as Professor of Chemistry and was appointed Professor Emeritus. During his years at Loras he was also called to serve in a number of administrative positions, including Assistant Academic Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, and Acting President. Teaching was his lifelong passion and he had the opportunity to teach many outstanding students during his career.

Kenny was dedicated to the Democratic Party for more than 40 years, and he volunteered for many Democratic candidates. After retiring Kenny enjoyed being an active volunteer at many organizations for a number of years, including the Dubuque Museum of Art, Resurrection School Library, and Serra Club.  

His wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren came first in his heart and he loved spending time with them and traveling with them.   

Surviving are his four children, Kevin (Barbara) Kraus of Decorah, Iowa, Kathy (Larry) Lievens of Hillsdale, Illinois, Ellen (Brian) Patch of Dubuque, and Ed (Judy) Kraus of Marion, Iowa; and nine grandchildren, Jeff (Tai), Scott (Julie), Megan, John (Lauren), Allison (fiancé Andy), Peter (Rachael), Felicia (Andrew), Tessa, Andrew; and seven great grandchildren, Hailie, Cooper, Sven, Addie, Eamon, Hope, and Juniper; and two sisters; Mary Ann (Vincent) Demuth of Waterloo, and Marjorie (Richard) Lynch of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jo (Richard) Corkery of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurrection Catholic Church and Loras College.

Kenny's family extends a special thank you to everyone at Finley Hospital and Finley Home Health Care for their excellent care.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 



Philip Harrison Lochner


Philip Harrison Lochner, 97, died early in the morning July 2nd at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. There will not be a visitation, but friends may greet the family following the service at the church.

Philip was born in Dubuque on May 23, 1921 to Harry J. and Frances (Schaefer) Lochner. He attended St. Mary's School and Columbia Academy and served in World War II, first with the Army's 94th division and later with the 9th United States Army Air Force Band in Paris, France.

As a youngster he played with the Reiner Band, the Dubuque Community Band and in the ROTC band at Columbia Academy. Philip also was a fine tennis player and loved cars, playing poker, boating on the Mississippi and enjoying steak frys in Eagle Point Park with friends.

Upon being honorably discharged from the service, he formed Dubuque Electric Motor Service, Inc. with his father and his younger brother, Harry. Philip was President until he retired in 1994. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Club of Galena, the American Legion, the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Midwestern Chapter and Resurrection Catholic Church.

He married Dorothy O'Leary Lochner, the love of his life, August 15, 1944 in Waycross, Georgia and they enjoyed 62 1/2 years together before Dorothy's passing in January 2007.

Though he was sometimes lost after losing Dorothy, he lived alone and managed all aspects of daily living on his own including driving until April this year. He was a neat, orderly man and people lined up to purchase his used cars when he traded them in every year or two as they were meticulous and well maintained.

Surviving are a son, Lawrence P. (Jeanine) Lochner of Peosta, IA; three grandsons, Thomas H. (Jill) Lochner of Saratoga Springs, NY; Daniel J. Lochner of New York City, NY and David O. Lochner of Minneapolis, MN; daughter in law, Barbara Lochner; a step grandson, Jeff Rawson of Wellesley, MA; a step granddaughter, Sandra (Tony) Stork of Altoona, IA; two great granddaughters, Ayden O'Leary Lochner and Ava Marie Lochner; three great grandsons, Blake, Gavin and Logan Lochner; two brothers in law, Harrison F. Lochner of Dubuque and William D. O'Leary of St. Augustine, FL, a sister in law, Jean McKay of Palm City, FL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his son, Donald H. Lochner of Dubuque and his sister Ardith Donovan of Dubuque.

Memorials may be sent to Resurrection Catholic Church or Dubuque Hospice. Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Dubuque Hospice which assisted him in his final days.



Paul F. Gavin


Paul F. Gavin, 71, of Dubuque, passed away at home on July 1, 2018.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale and also after 10:00 a.m. Friday until time of service.

Paul was born on June 28, 1947. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965 and attended Loras College, graduating with a degree in Business. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Glab, on March 7, 1970.

Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, stationed for 13 months in Korea. He received his Master's Degree in Education from UW Platteville and was a Guidance Counselor at Dubuque Senior High School, where he impacted thousands of students' lives through his hard work and tireless devotion for over 25 years. He also enjoyed his "retirement" as an Admissions Counselor at Clarke College.

In his younger years, Paul enjoyed playing basketball and riding his motorcycle. Throughout his life, he was an avid gardener and never needed a reason to bring his wife flowers. Paul was a very supportive and involved father who encouraged his children's passions. He spent endless hours and weekends taking his family camping and watching his children play sports or act in plays. Recently, the family celebrated a vacation together in Hawaii.
In recent years, golfing with his friends became one of Paul's favorite activities, and he traveled all around Iowa to hit a course. He enjoyed Indy car racing and looked forward to his Thursday nights at "Church" with the guys. Paul was a regular volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, where he gave guided tours through the gardens and occasionally helped in the gift shop with his wife. Paul loved music and enjoyed numerous concerts over the years; he was always jamming out to the classics.

His three grandkids, Zach, Ellie and Luke, were more important to him than anything. He loved nothing more than to talk with them, watch their activities, read to them at school, babysit them, and entertain them with his one of a kind sense of humor.

To know Paul was to know that he was always good for a laugh, a joke, or an unbeatable one liner. He was a wonderful friend, husband and Dad. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife Linda; daughters, Emily Gavin, and Molly (Shawn) Hancock; his son Ryan Gavin (Katie McLaughlin); grandchildren Zach, Ellie, and Luke Hancock; sister Judy (Tom) Reilly; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Rita Gavin; a sister Joanne (Jim) Rogan; and mother and father-in-law Katharyn and Edwin Glab.

In lieu of flowers, memorials received will go towards planting a tree at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and to the Asbury Fire Department.



Alan Lee Schuster


Alan Lee Schuster, 63, of Peosta, Iowa passed away on June 29th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Alan was born on December 7th, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lorain and Lorraine (Ryan) Schuster. He married Linda Grothe on August 10th, 1974 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Alan started his career at 1st National Bank, continued with DuTrac for 30 years, then started EverGreen Construction as a family business. He was a member of Noon Optimist and Junior Achievement.

He enjoyed woodworking, camping with his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda; three sons, Jason (Jamie) Schuster, of Peosta, Brian (Anna) Schuster, of Dubuque, and Kevin (Aida Merdonovic) Schuster, of Peosta. Four grandchildren, Valarie, Carmen, Audrey, and Garrett.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents Lorain "Ray" and Lorraine along with his father-in-law William "Bill" Grothe.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center especially the ICU Doctors, nursing staff and Palliative Care Professionals for the care they gave Alan.



Doris M. Page


Doris M. Page, age 98, of Guttenberg, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Guttenberg Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Loren Hirschy officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Doris was born on March 4, 1920, in Campo, Colorado, daughter of August and Maude (Jenkins) Kroeger.

Doris was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bartholomew "Bart" Crimmins, in 1942, and they were blessed with 48 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on November 8, 1990. Doris was fortunate to go on and find love once again, at the fine young age of 72, with Raymond Leppert, and the couple was blessed to be granted with 9 years together before he too was called home ahead of her. Doris would find love yet once again, for the final time along her earthly journey, and was united in marriage to Clint Page. They would spend 10 years together before Clint was also called home ahead of her. Doris lived an abundantly full life with 98 years of joy primarily keeping her strong will and spirit alive. In her free time, Doris always enjoyed jumping in the car and hitting the open road; sometimes never knowing if she would be returning home that day, or just beginning a grand adventure which would take her to a different state to see new sights at the end of the day. Doris was also well known for her undeniable love of onion rings, and was able to regularly polish off an entire jumbo size order without much of a challenge. Our hearts ache today at the mere thought that our new reality doesn't contain another opportunity to see our beautiful Doris with a kleenex in her hand, or a toothpick at the ready. But, we know and trust that the Lord has her safely in His loving arms and she's enjoying quite a family reunion with all of her loved one's who've been called home already. We will miss you more than words could ever say Mom, and we are forever grateful that the Lord lovingly placed us into your care along the way. May God bless you until we see you again.

Those left to cherish Doris' memory include

her children,
Barbara Smith, Guttenberg, IA,
Linda (Jim) Nachtmann, Luxemberg, IA
and Jan Schafer, Garnavillo, IA;

11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren;

along with numerous step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bartholomew "Bart" Crimmins; her 2nd husband, Raymond Leppert; her 3rd husband, Clint Page; her son, Michael Crimmins; and a brother, Ted Kroeger.

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

 



Betty M. Conlon


Betty M. Conlon, 87, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Betty was born on July 27, 1930, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Dale and Lucille (Carr) Seeley. She married Francis C. "Fran" Conlon on July 31, 1948, in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on December 24, 2010. Betty worked for many years at Sentry Foods in Cuba City.

Betty and Fran had a mutual and devoted love for each other, always sharing life as a couple. Family was number one. They found pure delight in each one of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also enjoyed many years of Lions Club functions, including pin collecting. Bowling was a favorite activity for her, as well as staying fit with her daily three mile walks. She had an often spoken theory on life - "Oh well, there's always tomorrow. And if there isn't, I guess it doesn't matter." We've all lost a piece of our heart, but we know there's one happy reunion in heaven. Love you Gram!

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Jim) Kramer, of Lancaster, and Sue (Tom) Kramer, of Cuba City; three grandchildren, Jodi Fritz, Kandi (John) Resnick and Stacy (Terry) Terpstra; and nine great-grandchildren, Kirsten (Mundo) Cadena, Katie Fritz, Haley, Thomas and Faith Resnick, and Mati, Paige, Michael and Brooke Terpstra.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Lucille Seeley.

A Betty M. Conlon Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sister Maurine Therese Thiel, BVM


Sister Maurine Therese Thiel, BVM, 86, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Maurine Therese volunteered as a special needs aide at St. Francis ES in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a primary teacher in Chicago; Lincoln, Ill.; and Kansas City, Mo. and a primary teacher aide in Norridge, Ill. She was a volunteer catechist in Waukegan, Ill. where she also volunteered for the BVM Associate program.

She was born on July 9, 1931, in Chicago to Max Joseph and Margaret Keating Thiel. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1949, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Br. Joachim Thiel, O.P.

She is survived by a brother Max (Joetta) Thiel, Killingworth, Conn.; nephews; a niece; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Robert G. Schauer, Sr.


Robert G. "Bob" Schauer, Sr., of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of Dubuque American Legion Post # 6.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bob was born on April 11, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Samuel Scott and Gertrude (Cooper) Schauer. He attended East Dubuque schools, enlisting in the U. S. Navy on April 3, 1945. On November 24, 1949 he married his wife, Mary Lou Beitzel at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, where he remained a member for 69 years.

Bob was building superintendent at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club for 40 years, where he met many lifelong friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 510. He was a lifelong member of the Power of Prayer.

Our very own "Renaissance Man", Bob was gifted with many talents. Many that knew him commented "There wasn't anything he couldn't fix." An excellent carpenter, plumber and licensed electrician, gifted mechanic, family and friends were often recipients of his talents. He built his own home and built or assisted with many others.

He enjoyed a good game of cards, as well as duck hunting, fishing, bowling and golf. Bob had a unique sense of humor and left us with many humorous memories. Many of his witticisms continue to be repeated through his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Lou, children, Sherry (Gil) Hinz, Bob (Mary Kay) Schauer, Jr, Elizabeth (Carl) Heisler, Terri (Mike) Hesselman, Sam A. Schauer, Scott (Jane) Schauer, and Mike (Judy) Schauer; 26 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jean (Louis) Sigwarth, Pat (Ted) Lightcap, Elsie Beitzel, brothers-in-law, Pete Beitzel and Carl Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Sammy (4-years old), a sister, Delores Watson; his in-laws, Al and Stella Beitzel, Mary Jane Beitzel, Bob (Roseanne) Beitzel, Kate (Ike) Lakeman, Rita (Harry) Theilen and Alan Jackson.

Memorials may be given to the Power of Prayer or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate care and kindness. A special thank you to Dr. John Whalen and staff who lovingly cared for Dad these many years.

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



Gerald J. Hentges

Gerald J. "Smokey" Hentges, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Jerry was born September 25, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Lester and LaVerne C. (Kurt) Hentges. He received his education in the one room school house in Bernard, Iowa. Jerry worked through Area Residential Care for many years. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is survived by two brothers, Fred (Marion) Hentges of Peosta, IA and Pat (Mary Beth) Hentges of Bernard, IA; One sister-in-law, Sally Hentges of Asbury, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Dorothy Williams of Tucson, AZ.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois (Glen) Walling; one brother, Carl Hentges; one great niece, Kelsey Henneberry.

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



Robert Allen Cussen Jr.


Robert Allen Cussen Jr., 85, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Indiana, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, from complications of COPD.

A Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday, July 1, at the home of Rob Cussen, 7297 West State Route 16, Roann, IN., where friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service which will be at 2 p.m. Methodist Lay Leader Valerie Doud will officiate. Memorial Services will be also be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the picnic shelter across from Horseshoe Bluff in the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd, Dubuque, IA, followed by a celebration of life gathering. Military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. 

Robert was born April 18, 1933 in Huntington, IN, the son of Robert Sr. and Mana (Walburn) Cussen. He graduated from Central High School in North Manchester, IN in 1951. Robert served his country with the U.S. Airforce as a member of the Strategic Air Command from 1951-1955. He started out working for his father for Cussen Service Center in North Manchester, IN. He then started working for Peabody Seating (later Modernfold), and in 1978, he moved to Dyersville, IA , where he was employed with Modernfold until his retirement. He married Peg Loney on January 3, 1992 in Dubuque. 

Robert had an avid interest in the restoration of WWII and Korean Era Aircraft. He could often be seen driving around North Manchester in his vintage military Jeep. He loved nature, and volunteered at the Mines of Spain. Robert was a talented woodworker, making many birdhouses and birdfeeders for the Mines of Spain. He enjoyed playing golf, and his favorite drink was a very dry martini. He especially enjoyed picking out new wines to try with Kim, his step-daughter.

Robert is survived by his wife, Peg; his children, Rob (Nancy) Cussen of Roann, IN, and Shari (David) Foster of Indianapolis, IA; his step-children, Kevin (Diana) Loney of East Dubuque, IA, Kim (David) Pregler of Dubuque, and Brian (Stephanie) Loney of Hendersonville, TN; his grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, and Rachel Foster, Jason , Seth, T.J. and Chad Cussen, Gina Cussen Brault, Ryan, Mike, and Eric Loney, Justin Donovan, Rachael, Adam, and Sarah Loney; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Judy) Cussen of Overland Park, KS, and Kim (Krista) Cussen of Bloomington, IN; his in-laws; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved Shih Tzus, Moxy and Penny who are lost without him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Greg Taylor Cussen; and his daughter in infancy, Lisa Marie Cussen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CAF Red Tail Squadron, 971 Hallstrom Dr., Red Wing, MN, 55066 - www.redtail.org; or to Friends of Mines of Spain, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Verna J. Klosterman


Verna J. Klosterman, 96, of Dubuque, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 27 St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a scripture wake service will begin at 7 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 9:15- 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Verna was born on March 27, 1922, daughter of Frank and Amelia (Ovel) Osterhaus. She grew up on a farm near Bankston and attended grade school and high school at St. Clement's. She married LeRoy Klosterman on August 6, 1945 at St. Clement's Church. He preceded her in death in 1979.

During her marriage, Verna and Roy lived in Dubuque. She worked at JC Penney, Holiday Inn, and Donut Boy. She also cleaned homes for many Dubuque families.

Verna was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church for more than sixty years and was an active member of the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Carla) Klosterman, Roger (Kathleen) Klosterman, of Dubuque, and Peggy (Scot) Koren, of Las Vegas, NV.; seven grand-
children, Eric (Michelle) Klosterman, of San Francisco, CA, Sara (Matthew) Rauen, of Urbandale, IA, Matthew (Jenn) Klosterman, of Aurora, IL, Heather (Herschel) Day,
of Altoona, WI, Luke (Emily) Duenser, of Peosta, Anne (Michael) Osgood, of Dubuque, and Laura (Kyle) Rimoldi, of Las Vegas, NV; and eighteen great-grandchildren, Sophia and Evan Klosterman, Elizabeth, Annalise, and Samantha Rauen, Ethan, Kellen, and Emma Klosterman, Mason, Levi, and Lucy Day, Noah, Kennedy, and Karis Duenser, Elsie and Henry Osgood, and Amelia and Landon Rimoldi; a sister, Babe Kluesner of Farley; sisters-in-law Millie Klostermann of Epworth and Lori Klostermann of Dubuque.

Verna was preceded in death by her daughter Jean in 1965, as well as her parents, her stepmother, two brothers, Wilfred (in infancy), and Cletus, and three sisters, Clarinda Klostermann, Sylvia Breitbach, and Evelyn Friedman, and in-laws from the Osterhaus and Klosterman families.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate care and kindness.



Catherine B. Werner


Catherine B. "Cathy" Werner, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Catherine was born on October 18, 1951, to Paul and Mary Kramer. She was the only girl out of 9 children, which made her the incredibly strong women she was. She enjoyed going out on the river and cruising around in the 1964 MG convertible with her husband, Larry, before he passed in 2012. Anyone that knew Catherine, knew she had a heart made of gold. She always had a willingness to help others in need, and always ensured she took care of her family. She had more energy in her than most, and took passion in everything she did, including having the greenest lawn on the block. She was a diehard 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan.  

She is survived by her father Paul Kramer; daughter, Stacy Brown and granddaughter Brittany Harbert; along with six of her brothers, Jack, Steven, Paul, Ron, Terry and James Kramer. 

She was preceded in death by, her son Stanley Brown; her brothers Mikey and Mitchell Kramer; her mother Mary Kramer; and her loving husband Larry Werner.

The Family would like to thank the 3rd floor at Mercy Hospital for comforting Catherine and her family during this difficult time. 

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, June 29, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home inEast Dubuque, IL. Private family services will be held.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

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

 

 



Raymond James Bellmore


Raymond James "Jim" Bellmore, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, June 22, 2018, at Country Manor in Davenport, Iowa.

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

Raymond James Bellmore was born on January 28, 1931 in Clinton, Michigan, to Robert and Ruth (Buble) Bellmore. He was a 1948 graduate of Clinton, Michigan High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Petty Officer and Hospital Corpsman.

He married Janeane Davidson and to this union two children were born, Julie and Vickie. He later married Nancy E. (Scott) Jones in 1971 and she had four children, Carolyn, Mary, Melanie and Jodie.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, "Jim" became a tool and die maker working for Clinton Engines, Bendex and Caterpillar.

"Jim" had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Woodcarver's Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, wood carving, painting, and reading books. He loved dogs and had a special knack for birds.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Carolyn (Gerald) Laughlin of Maquoketa, IA, Jody (John) Unmuth of Appleton, WI, Julie Bellmore of Yukon, OK, and Vicki Bellmore of IA; a brother Don Bellmore of AZ; 16 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William, sisters Sally and Roberta, his wife Nancy on December 1, 2005, a grandson Jeffrey Caven, and daughters Mary Swett and Melanie Kirk.

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



Phyllis M. Green


Phyllis M. Green, 82, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at her home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phyllis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian burial for Phyllis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born February 10, 1936 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred and Loretta (Norpel) Schmitz. She graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On October 6, 1956 she was united in marriage to Gerald M. Green at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2016.

She is a member of St. Matthias Parish.

She is survived by eight children, Michael (Julie) Green of Cascade, IA, Mary Pat (John) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Dr. Anne Green of Iowa City, IA, Peggy (Rick) Eckstein of New Prague, MN, Bridget (Brian) Hilby of Dubuque, IA, Doug (Special Friend Annette Green) of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Tim) Dougherty of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sarah (Mike) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; 23 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 siblings, her twin brother, Phil Schmitz of Dyersville, IA and Dr. Jeanne (Tom) Moore of Carmel, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret Schmitz of St. Paul, MN, Ray Green of Peoria, IL, Karen (Paul) Schwagler of Zwingle, IA and Janet (Jim) Rigdon of Waterloo, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter Lisa Mary Green; a granddaughter, Maggie Emrich; one sister, Mary (Martin) Bohlke; two brothers, Dr. James Schmitz and Dr. John (Dorothy) Schmitz; two sister-in-law, Ann Schmitz and Bev Green; two brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Green.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Helping Hands for their compassion and dedicated care they have given to Phyllis over the past few months.

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



Robert P. Bowers


Robert P. "Bob" Bowers, 96 and 8/12, of Dubuque died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grand View United Methodist Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bob was born October 19, 1921 in Platteville, Wisconsin, the first son of Clifford L. and Myra V. (Power) Bowers. He started school at rural Liberty Ridge near Lancaster, Wisc. His family later moved to Montfort, Wisc., where he completed grade and high school. 

After spending two and a half years at Platteville Teachers College he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Artillery in the European Theater of operations, participating in five major battles including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes ("Battle of the Bulge"), Rhineland and Central Europe.

After thee years of Army service, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with an Electrical Engineering Degree in October of 1947.

He married Ardys L. Clifton on October 12, 1947 at Montfort, Wisc. One week later they moved to Dubuque, Iowa where he was employed at Interstate Power Co. for 39 years, attaining the position of Manager of Industrial Sales.

He was a member of Grand View United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #125 (Past Master), High Twelve, and Clinton Scottish Rites Bodies 32nd degree KCCH.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ardys; three sons, Colby (Darlene) Bowers of Peosta, Cary (Debra) Bowers of Vadnais Heights, Minn. and Craig (Nancy) Bowers of West Bend, Wisc.; a daughter, Ann Christensen of Arlington, Texas; eight grandchildren, Tim Bowers, Ken (Lisa) Bowers, Jerilyn Bowers, Tiffany (Jon) Keeth; Megan (Michael) Mulligan; Kailee (Brandon) Rehkamp; Craig (Emily) Graves and Kathryn (Omar) Madrid; and ten great grandchildren, Madeline, Collin and Kiera Bowers; Maxwell and Macie Keeth; Axel and Naya Madrid; Finn and Kellen Mulligan; and Aubrey Rehkamp. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Burda of Flossmoor, Ill.; and a sister in law, Patricia Bowers of Madison, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford W. Bowers and a sister and brother in law, Maryellen and Ron Barbian.

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

Memorials may be given to Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for their excellent care.



Mark H. Schuster


Mark H. Schuster, 68, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial for Mark will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Mark was born October 10, 1949 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, son of Howard and Delpha (Smith) Schuster. He is a graduate of Beckman High School in Dyersville, IA and Ellsworth Community College. He was united in marriage to Marie McDermott on August 28, 1970 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, IA. He was a Salesmen and a Computer Technician and worked for Crescent Electric Supply Company.

He was a member of Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He was one of the founders of the Dyersville Jaycees and was involved with the Boy Scouts program.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Schuster of Dyersville, IA; one daughter, Erin (Teresa) Gilbertson of Oregon, WI; two grandchildren, Teagan and Gracen Gilbertson; father and mother, Howard and Delpha Schuster of Edgewood, IA; four siblings, Randy (Deb) Schuster of North Buena Vista, IA, Mickey (John) McNulty of Ireland, Mary (Darrel) Willadsen of Oregon, WI, and Pam (Tony) Ostwinkle of Edgewood, IA; one brother-in-law, Dean Butler of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, Patti Butler.

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



John F. Perry

John F. Perry, 75, of Dubuque, IA passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque where a short service will be held at 12:00 p.m.

John was born on July 8, 1941 in Winthrop, IA the son of Percey and Mildred (Pope) Perry.

He is survived by his two brothers, Jim and Harlan Perry and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Richard Perry; and his former wife Martha.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas. the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave to John.



John F. Baker


John F. Baker, 74, of Dubuque died on June 15, 2018 at the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Mueller Memorial Chapel in Linwood Cemetery with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Military honors will follow accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

John Francis Baker was born July 17, 1943, in Dubuque the Son of Harry and Margaret (Shadle) Baker. John received his education from Sacred Heart Catholic and Dubuque Senior High Schools.

John was very proud of his military service in the US Navy and served on the USNS Henry J. Kaiser and USS John King from 1960 to 1964. He retired from John Deere Dubuque works in 1993 and was a member of the UAW Local 94. John married, "The love of his life," Rita A. (Koeller) on November 17, 1999.

During his retirement, he worked for I.W.I. and Fashion Touch Dry Cleaners.

John was a gentle giant to all who knew him and was most proud of his children, step children, grandchildren and step grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him most.

He is survived by his wife Rita, his son Jon (Kristie Kruser) Baker, his two daughters, Jody (Rob) Lenstra, and Jeanne (Tim Graybill) Saunders. His step children Deb (Michael) Clemens, Barb (Jeff) Potts, Steve (Jerry Hammel), Donna (Rod) Clemen and Kevin (Tracy) Koeller. His eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. His brothers Jim (Shirley) Baker, Jerry (Sherry) Baker and sister Elaine (Joe) Thurston, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Helen Kemp, and brother, Richard (Juanita) Baker.

In lieu of flowers a John Baker Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, his nurses, Chaplin Jim Mehltretter, Dr. Hillard Salas, close friends Mary Kaye, and Mike Hagar. A special thanks to their daughter-in-law, Tracy, for all of her care and compassion shown to John and Rita over the years.



John Anthony Jurisic


John Anthony Jurisic, 70, of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born on November 6, 1947 in Dubuque the son of John A. and Delaine (Avenarius) Jurisic. He worked at Fisher Cold Storage, the Dubuque Packing Co., FDL and Farmland Foods. He was a member of the UFCW local 150A. John was always ready to help anyone in need and was especially fond of his dogs.

He is survived by his siblings Donna (Ken) Hartung of Shullsburg, WI, Janice (Stan) Mahe, Sherry (Ron) Schmitt, Dennis (Peggy) Jurisic, and Rick (Traci) Jurisic all of Dubuque along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and great nephews Tyler and Ethan Walker, Evelyn Birch, and Adrian Jurisic Williams Jr. and a cousin Ruth Ann Jurisic.

In lieu of flowers a John Jurisic memorial fund has been established.



Ann D Mitchell


Ann D Mitchell, 93, of St. Catherine's, Iowa, passed peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center.

The Funeral Mass for Ann Mitchell will be on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will take place after the funeral mass in the St. Catherine's Church Cemetery, along side her husband of 67 years, Loras who passed away just 8 months prior. We know he is probably saying, "What took you so long Anne, I have been waiting for you." She must be so thrilled to be reunited with the ones who have gone before her, but she will be missed down here.

Ann Mitchell was born April 24, 1925 in Junction, Texas and married Loras Mitchell on December 1, 1951 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Ann was known as "Anne" to her husband and to many others as Mom, Mom Mom, Grandma or Grandma Great. She lived just over 93 years on this earth and that sure did allow a lot of time for some precious memories to be made!

The Dash-by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on their tombstone from the beginning . . . to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

She always had such a fun imagination; she was a woman ahead of her time. She was a determined self-starter, never afraid to embark on a new adventure: real-estate, dog grooming, tanning salon, raising ostriches, yes ostriches, to name just a few. Even in her later years she could still kick your tail in a game of euchre or hit you with a funny comeback when you were least expecting it, she was full of spunk and pizzazz and always ready with a witty comment.

Her biggest pastime was reading and her favorite hobbies include candle making, punch-work, crocheting, riding around her yard in the golf cart, tea parties with the granddaughters, euchre and the stories shared about her journey through life such as being a "Rosie the Rivetor" for ships in the Astoria, Oregon shipyard during WWII and as a young girl picking cotton in Texas after her family lost everything in the depression.

Mother will be a "traveling grandma" until she is reaches her final resting place beside our dad on June 23. She will be visiting some of her grandchildren, something that she wasn't able to do for a long time as her health continued to dwindle. Mother so loved her grandchildren and they loved her as well. Each one felt they were "The Special Grandchild" and each have many great memories of the time they shared together.

She is survived by her children Barb (Loras) Manders, of St. Catherine's, IA, Belva (Jeannie Costanza) Mitchell, of New Jersey, Pete (Julie) Mitchell, of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders, Shaina Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Pam (Mitch) Hayes & Kenny (Julia) Mitchell; 17 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Loras, son Darwin, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers an Ann Mitchell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Molly Manders, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and comfort.



Greg R. Maulson


Greg R. Maulson, 67, of Dubuque passed away Monday, June 18th, 2018 at UIHC from complications of surgery.

As per Greg's wishes cremation was performed and there will be no public visitation or services.

Greg was born August 17, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of John & Evelyn "Peggy" Maulson. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968 and joined the Navy. He returned to Dubuque to graduate from the University of Dubuque in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree. On February 22, 1980 he married Paula Exstrom in Dubuque, they separated after 17 years of marriage.

Greg worked at Steel Warehousing as a Salesperson for most of his career. During retirement Greg enjoyed the company of his many friends. Greg loved telling stories to anyone who would listen. Some of his many passions included cooking, collecting anything he thought was collectable, attending to his flowers and his love of animals.

Greg is survived by his sister Joan (Gordon) Block of Asbury, IA, nieces Laura (Jon) Kramer of Peoria, AZ, Amy (Joe) Clasen of LaMotte, IA, great-nephew Ben Kramer & great-niece Morgan Kramer both of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank all of Greg's friends for being like a family to him. To honor Greg's memory please consider a donation of time or money to your favorite charity.



Phillip A. Rote


Phillip A. "Phil" Rote, 72, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Manor Care.

Friends may call from 10:30 am to noon on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, a prayer service will conclude the visitation with Pastor Don Jackson Officiating. Full military honors will follow accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans.

Phil was born on October 29, 1945 in Seattle, Washington the son of Marvin and June (Phillips) Rote. He served in the U.S. Navy for two tours of duty in Vietnam, and later worked as a police officer for the City of Rockford, IL. He moved to Dubuque and did security work where he met and married Ruth Rath on Sept. 30, 1998. Phil enjoyed watching reality TV and Military Movies in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife Ruth a daughter Tracie Rinaldo of Polo, IL, a grandson Nathan Rinaldo, three step children Daniel (Gina) Bonnett in Arizona, Timothy (Diana) Bonnett in Texas and Peggy (Rick) Stecklein of Dubuque; 6 step grandchildren, a brother Rod (Tracy) Rote of Marengo, IL, three sisters Grace Ellen (Dan) Reimer of Oregon, IL, Ruth Ann (George) Bower of Oregon, IL, and Jacqueline (Ralph) Plocker of Dixon, IL, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a Phil Rote memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all you did for Phil.



Albert David Dolan


Albert "Albie" David Dolan, 83, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the university of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew A. Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Albert was born August 14, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Albert and Marie (Basten) Dolan. Albert married Nancy Prevatt, the love of his life, on August 1, 1953.

Albert was a nature lover his entire life. He was an avid outdoorsman, who fished, hunted, trapped and cultivated a large garden and orchard.

He built much of the family home himself. He retired from Dubuque Packing Co. after 30 years of service at the age of 47. He spent his retirement doing all the things he so enjoyed, but what he loved the most was spending time with his family.

Survivors are his wife, Nancy; children, Vicki (Ron) Ludovissy, David (fiancé Debbie Linden) Dolan, Angel (Russ) Schwartz, Christopher (Dianne) Dolan and Albert (Gina) Dolan III; eleven grandchildren, Kelli (Basem Trados) Tigges, Natalie Tigges, Stephanie Tigges, Nicole Nees, Jack Dolan, Andrew (Kacy) Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz, Matthew (Tammy) Dolan, Melissa Dolan, Albert Dolan IV, and Ashley Dolan; seven great-grandchildren, Landon, Vivyana, Joseph, Talem, Will, Anna, Brentley; siblings, Beverly Kluesner, Jenny (James) Givens, Bobby Dolan; and brother-in-law, Victor (Loretta) Prevatt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Roger Dolan, Dory (Tom) Meyer, Denny (Betty) Dolan, and John (Sheila) Dolan.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

A thank you for his care to Tri-State Dialysis, especially Charlie and Connie and to Dr. John Whalen and staff.

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



Dwight N. Hopson


Dwight N. Hopson, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 20, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Dwight's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Dwight Neale Hopson was born on April 16, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa, to John William and Macel M. (Rockwell) Hopson. He was a 1958 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and married Lynne Morehead on October 8, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. To this union three children were born, Greg, Jon and Rich.

Dwight first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa until 1959. He then worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission until 1969, and from 1969 until retirement in 2006 he farmed in the rural Maquoketa area.

Dwight was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He had previously served as a committeeman for ASCS office for three terms, as well as a Trustee for the Farmers Creek Township for many years.

He enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping, card playing, and attending the Iowa State Fair every year for over 30 years.

Those left to honor Dwight's memory include his wife, Lynne Hopson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Greg (Kathy) Hopson of Las Vegas, NV, Jon (Michelle) Hopson of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich (Kelly) Hopson of Dubois, PA; 8 grandchildren, Justin, Brian, Sarah, Sam, Derek, Jake, Luke and Kyle; 2 great-grandchildren, Isabel and Ethan; a sister, Shirley (Tom) Feller of Maquoketa, IA; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Swanton of Goose Lake, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Duane, and a sister Meredith Swanton.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dwight N. Hopson memorial fund has been established.

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



John C. Bybee


John C. Bybee, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held at 12 P.M., Friday, June 29, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, with military honors.

John Calvin Bybee was born on June 9, 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa, to John Joseph and Joan (Finch) Bybee. He was a 1970 graduate of Davenport West High School where he excelled not only scholastically but athletically as a member of the track team. After high school he was called upon to serve his country with the U.S. Army. He received training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone as a translation specialist. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Iowa majoring in Spanish and Business before beginning a career in the plastics industry.

He first worked for Cadillac Plastic (later Sabic Polymershapes) in Davenport, Iowa as part of the sales/warehouse staff and then was promoted to branch manager transferring to Charlotte, North Carolina, and later to San Juan, Puerto Rico, retiring in 2015.

John spoke fluent Spanish and volunteered as an ESL tutor while living in Charlotte. He was an avid reader interested in politics, history, and economics. In his younger years he enjoyed league softball and had loved to golf prior to sustaining a shoulder injury. He moved back to Iowa in 2017.

Those left to honor John's memory include a brother, Dr. Jerald (Caroline) Bybee of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Annette (Michael) McMahon of Arvada, CO; and several nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and three aunts.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Hospice of Jackson County.

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



William E. Olson


William E. (Bill) Olson, a long-time resident of Dubuque, died peacefully on Thursday, June 7 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, IA.

Per Bill's request his body was donated to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. There will be a visitation held at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road on Wednesday, June 27 from 5-7 PM.

Born in 1928 in Milwaukee, WI, Bill graduated from the University of Dubuque with a teaching degree and then earned his masters degree at the University of Iowa.
He met Barbara Dewey in the church choir at Westminster Church, married her in 1954 and had two children.

After running Olson's Toy and Hobby Shop with his father until 1963 he taught for many years in high schools in Whatcheer, Western Dubuque and Dubuque, IA, retiring in 1992. He then operated Bill's Sports Cards until completely retiring in 2000.

Bill loved golfing, stamp collecting and especially spending time with his friends and family, which included numerous animals. He was an avid Packers and Hawkeyes fan. 
After his retirement Bill volunteered at Finley Hospital.

He is survived by his daughter Sue (Hans) Becker and son Steve (Deanna) Olson as well as grandchildren Joseph and Ben Olson and Terry Becker, and great-grandchildren TJ, Savannah and Keatyn Becker.

He was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 63 years.

Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.



Dolly G. Palfrey


Dolly G. Palfrey, 88, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Lafayette Manor in Darlington.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bob Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Leadmine Primitive Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday before the service. Purple was Dolly's favorite color so we request you wear purple to her visitation and services.

Dolly was born on June 13, 1930, at home, Windy Point Road in Leadmine, Wisconsin, the daughter of James Luther and Grace Beatrice (Blinkensop) Rowe. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Fred "Stanley" Palfrey, on September 25, 1950.

Dolly was a long time faithful member of the Leadmine Primitive Methodist Church, where she served many years as a Sunday School Teacher and as the Church Treasurer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Dolly is survived by her children: Delva (Don Gille) Palfrey, of Shullsburg, Darleen (Ron) Scott, of Evansville, James (BJ Davidson) Palfrey, of Evansville, John (Becky Bass) Palfrey, of New Diggings, Joseph (Jackie Mortenson) Palfrey, of Muscoda, Daphne (Kenneth Hines) Stanek, of Muscoda, Doreen (Joel "JD") Doyle, of Shullsburg, Jerald Palfrey, of Muscoda, and Jay Palfrey, of Mt. Zion; 30 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews who were very dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; sons, Jeffrey and Jedwin; grandchildren Corinna Fecht, Toby Fecht, Joshua Pedley and McKenzie Foust.

The family of Dolly Palfrey would like to thank the staff of Lafayette Manor for the care and exemplary kindness shown.

A Dolly G. Palfrey Memorial Fund has been established.

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



James M. Molony


James M. "Jim" Molony, 85, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his home in Bernard, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. Funeral Services for Jim will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Jim was born November 13, 1932 at home in Bernard, Iowa, son of James A. and Mary (McCormick) Molony. He attended country school at Oak Grove #6. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1955 to 1957. He returned home to work on the family farm.

He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa, and his legacy will live on through the Molony Foundation.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Kathleen "Kay" Molony, and his goddaughter, Anastasia "Staci" Molony (Dave Klimek) both of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donnie Molony; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen.

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



William C. Short


William C. "Bill" Short, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

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

William Charles Short was born on June 19, 1940 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Frank Delbert and Ruby Ellen (Price) Short. He was a 1959 graduate of Monmouth High School, then took an electrical correspondence course through DeVry Technical Institute. He married Lois Lorraine Feuss on September 19, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Glenn, Steve and Tonya.

"Bill" and Lois had lived in Moline, Illinois for a few years and he first worked at John Deere, then Ametek in East Moline, and later for Nickols Wired Aluminum in Davenport. They then returned to Jackson County and lived in Monmouth where he owned and operated Short Electric from 1971 to 1988. Lastly, he worked for HOOF Products, S & H Fabricating, Bundy, and then at the Maquoketa Care Center until retirement. They had lived in Maquoketa for the past eight years.

"Bill" enjoyed square dancing, horseback riding, mechanical tinkering, reading western novels, and helping friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lois Short of Maquoketa, IA; children Glenn (Jean) Short of Maquoketa, IA, Steve (Maggie) Short of Montezuma, IA, and Tonya (Brian) Current of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Nick Short, McKenzie Short, Amanda (Phil) Shinstock, Becky (Matt) Koch, Kristin Current, and Kaytlin Current; a great-grandchild, Emery Kay Shinstock; sisters, Darlene Wulf of Bremerton, WA, Mary (Don) Mitchell of Moline, IL, Pat (Bill) Pederson of St. Charles, MO, and Susan Bodenhofer of Monticello, IA; brothers, Wayne Short of IL, and Mark Short of NV; and a sister-in-law, Marian Short of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roger and F. David Short, a sister Alice Brown, and a grandchild Kayla Lorraine Current.

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



Mary F. Newman


Mary F. Newman, 70, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, June 18, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Benton with Pastor Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Primitive Methodist Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Mary was born on August 2, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of William and Birdie Lee (Bell) McCauley. She married Jerry L. Newman on September 16, 1967, at the Primitive Methodist Church in Benton.

Mary loved her grandchildren more than anything. She was all about family and would do anything for anybody. Mary was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Benton.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Robin R. (Timothy) McCaigue, of West Bend, WI; a son, Travis L. (Jodie) Newman, of Odenton, MD; a sister, Dixie L. (Albert "Doc") Paquette, of Shullsburg; a brother, William A. (Cathy) McCauley, of Benton; and five grandchildren, Madi, Riley, Tiernan, Cailyn and Keeley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gloria.

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



Juanita M. Slauson


Juanita M. Slauson, 88, of Coralville and formerly of Monticello died Sunday, June 17 2018, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery in Sand Springs at a later date.

Juanita Mae Rohrer was born April 23, 1930 to Robert and Etta M.(Crippen) Rohrer in Monticello. Juanita and Louis Slauson were united in marriage March 1, 1946 in Sand Springs. During their 70 years of marriage they enjoyed doing activities outdoors and being immersed with family and friends. She had an abundant love for animals of all sizes.

Juanita is survived by 3 sons: Lavern Slauson of Stone Lake, WI, Douglas (Jennifer) Slauson of Swisher, and Brad (Abby) Slauson of Monticello; 3 grandchildren: Lavender Mateos, Anne (Anthony) Schons, and Katie Slauson; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Joyce Tenley of Monticello; in-laws: Mary Slauson of Oso, WA and Jane Slauson of Webster City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2016, and six in-laws.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Mary E. Imbus


Mary E. Imbus, 64, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her son's residence following a six-year battle with stage four breast cancer.

Family and friends may gather from noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th, 2018 at her son's home at 14105 Barrington Drive, where a service of remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Mary was born on June 24, 1953 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Rita (Ronek) Huber. She attended Holy Ghost Grade School and graduated from Norway High School in 1971. She married Herb Imbus in 1974.

She is survived by her son Brian (Stacy Cockrell) Imbus and her daughter Kelly Imbus; granddaughters Aviannah, Jayda, and Jasmine; a grandson Brysen; her former husband Herb Imbus; siblings Denise (Don) Krug, Bill Huber, Jean Anne Grant, Karl (Traudl) Huber, Thomas (Kim) Huber, Paula (Jack) Pins, and her special friend and companion Bill Huseman.

She was preceded in death by a brother John in 1971, her dad Clarence in 1982, her mom Rita in 2011, and a grandson Tysen in 2010.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Imbus memorial fund has been established to benefit Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Engelman, the staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Edward R. Burroughs


Edward R. "Butch" Burroughs, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 15, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial will be held at 1 P.M., Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Edward Ray Burroughs was born on June 14, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to KennyRay and Nancy Jo (Current) Burroughs. He was a 1985 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then received his Associates Degree from Kirkwood Community College. He married Tara Wells on September 22, 2007 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To this union a child was born, Brooklynn.

Through the years "Butch" had worked various jobs including at Younkers, for the State of Iowa, Sam's Club in Cedar Rapids, and for the past ten years at Home Depot in the Human Resources Department.

"Butch" enjoyed Penn State football, watching Indy car racing, fishing, cooking with his smoker, bird watching, and restoring lawn tractors.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Tara Burroughs of Maquoketa, IA; daughter, Brooklynn Burroughs of Maquoketa, IA; his mother and step-father, Nancy and Bill Ruff of St. Peters, MO; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father.

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



Sister Ethel Dignan


Sister Ethel Dignan, BVM (Howard), 94, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Marian Hall Chapel, followed immediately by the Sharing of Memories and the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Ethel was a psychology professor and department chair at Clarke University in Dubuque and a psychologist at the Dubuque Community Health Center. She was a psychologist in Chicago, San Jose, Calif., and Los Gatos, Calif., where she also served as director of a mental health center. She volunteered in Hispanic ministry in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif.

She was born in Chicago on May 19, 1924, to Francis and Mary Jane Sullivan Dignan. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 14, 1950, from St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York City. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dee McMinn and Patricia Dignan; and brothers Thomas and Francis, both in childhood. She is survived by nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Norman R. Granback


Norman R. Granback 70 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Memorial Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with Military Honors at 3:00 pm. conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Norman was born January 9, 1948 in Villa Park, Illinois the son of Edwin and Muriel (Lamble) Granback. He graduated from Elmhurst College in 1970. Norman married Joyce Kueltzo on June 7, 1969. He served his country in the US Army earning the rank of Sergeant. Norman worked for 30 years with Stouffer Hotels, 2 years with Lodging Hospitality Management, 2 years with Lodgian, 2 years with JQ Hammonds, and the last 11 years managing the Holiday Inn Dubuque for Kinseth Hospitality. He was a member of the Dubuque Noon Lions Club since 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; children, Daniel (Nicole Gauthier) Granback, Kristin (Ryan) Nurmela, and Kelly Granback; grandchildren, Jacob Gauthier, Sabine Nurmela, and Anja Nurmela; siblings, Larry (Frances) Granback and Vivienne Carlson; sister and brother in-law, Karen (Bob) Bergstrom.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother and father in-law, Elmer and Randi Kueltzo.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the Oncology Department at Finley Hospital and Dr. Herman and staff for his care during this time.

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

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



Timothy M. Murphy


Timothy Michael Murphy, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lake Bluff, IL at 3pm on Thursday, June 14th. At the time of his passing, Tim was surrounded by his four children, a few grandchildren, and several of his best friends. Tim succumbed to complications stemming from congestive heart failure.

Visitation will be held from 4pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 19th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home located at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Tim's funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church located at 1870 St. Ambrose with interment immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 10556 Military Rd.

Born in Galena, IL on January 14, 1934, Tim was a long time resident of Dubuque. He attended St. Michael's grammar school in Galena, a boarding school in central Illinois - as he could at times be a bit of a rambunctious young man - and Loras Academy for high school. After a few years at Loras College, he joined the Air Force and served in Korea, loading bombs on planes and managing the base's bar. He finished College, married Elaine, and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Tim was employed for over 25 years as an accountant at John Deere and later served for several years as a Development Officer at both Loras College and Mercy Hospital. Tim was also a passionate supporter of Catholic education, serving on the boards of both St. Anthony's and Wahlert high school.

Tim loved life and was a full participant. He was funny, liked manhattans, time with family and friends, and believe it or not Bruce Springsteen. He also loved sports and enjoyed debating politics. He spoke his mind and always "tried to do the right thing." In addition to a strong family life, Tim and Elaine were uniquely blessed with an abundance of very close family friends.

Together with their friends they attended countless Wahlert High School athletic and fundraising events over the years. Tim, Elaine, and friends also enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Europe. His favorite trips were to the great American West, where he enjoyed many visits to Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, and California. However, apart from his family and friends, central to Tim's life was his love for the University of Notre Dame. A passion he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Indoctrinated by his Irish immigrant father, Tim grew up a huge ND fan. He attended his first game in South Bend in November of 1949 - a 32-0 ND whitewashing of USC - and his last game in October of 2017 - a 35-14 throttling of NC State. But while football was the initial attraction, over time Tim's passion for ND grew into something much more meaningful. Ultimately Tim's love for the University was based on its Catholic character, strong moral center, its search for academic truth, and its high quality education. He saw ND for what it aspired to be: a place that educated the mind, body, and heart of people who were then sent out "to be a force for good in the world."

Tim has influenced hundreds of people of all ages from many places. The people and students he has impacted will continue to generate "ripples" that positively impact our world and their influence on others in turn will spread even more "ripples" of goodwill. Tim has left a proud legacy in this world and his impact will be felt for a long time. Similar to Elaine choosing her favorite time of year to pass, the family feels that it is especially appropriate that Tim chose Father's Day weekend to pass over to see his departed family and friends.

Tim is survived by his children Christopher Murphy (Catherine) of Lake Forest, IL, Maureen Quill (Michael) of Racine, WI, Megan Patel of Dubuque, and Molly Wallace of Wheaton, IL. Tim and Elaine have 11 grandchildren - Lauren, Caitlin, and Alaina Murphy; Mitchell, Murphy, Maiti, and Mairead Quill; Stella and Oscar Patel; and William and Dylan Wallace. Tim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his sister-in-law Nora Murphy of Hanover, IL. Tim was predeceased in death by his parents Michael and Loretta Murphy, his siblings Robert and Bertram, and his beloved wife Elaine.

The family is looking forward to celebrating Tim's life this Tuesday and Wednesday with family and friends. Please be prepared to share your best - and funniest - Tim and Elaine stories.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to have donations made to the University of Notre Dame to support the Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship for a young man or woman from the
greater Dubuque area. Donations can be sent to the below address. Please make the check out to the University of Notre Dame with a note in the memo line re: Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship

Pam Mullin
University of Notre Dame
Development Office
1251 North Eddy Street
Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617



Bette Trannel


Bette (Vanderah) Trannel, age 92, of Bethany Home, Dubuque (formerly of East Dubuque and Sunset Park Place, Dubuque) passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2018at Bethany Home,surrounded by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, June 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, in East Dubuque, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, where the parish rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bette was born September 21, 1925 in East Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Henry and Mary (Houselog) Vanderah.  She married Arthur L. Trannel on September 18, 1946at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque; he preceded her in death on January 15, 1992.

She lived in East Dubuque all her life until she moved to Sunset Park Place, Dubuque, in 2006.    She attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from East Dubuque High School as valedictorian of her class.  Bette was a life-long member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer for many church and school functions.  

Bette was an inspiration for her family in her staunch belief and participation in her Catholic faith, in her strong work ethic, and in her commitment to education.  Bette's greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.  She was a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play basketball, baseball, softball, football, track, swimming, wrestling, rowing, and hockey.  She was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.  She enjoyed cooking and was best known for her homemade bread and pies.  She also enjoyed music, dancing, reading, traveling, bowling, golf, and was always ready for a good card game. 

She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by six sons:  James (Marie) Trannel, Joseph (Mary) Trannel, John (Mary) Trannel, and Jeffrey (Lauri) Trannel, all of East Dubuque; Jerald (Diane) Trannel of Batavia, IL; and Dr. Thomas (Dena) Trannel of Onalaska, WI; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Jacob Trannel; two sisters Anna (Howard) Metzger and Marie (Andy) Roth;  and seven brothers Eldon, Joe, Melvin, Merlin, Bob, Henry, and Leo "Babe" Vanderah. 

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for their loving and compassionate care over the last six years and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support and comfort her last few days.  Also, a thank you to the staff at Sunset Park Place for their wonderful care during the years she lived there. 

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

 

 



Darlene Langkamp


Darlene Langkamp, 88, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center Nursing Home in Dubuque, Iowa.
Darlene Helen Langkamp, daughter of Louis and Helen (Specht) Cornish, was born February 15, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa. Darlene attended Sacred Heart School and then completed her education at St. Joseph's Academy.

She married her childhood friend, Merlin "Mac" Langkamp, September 9, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. Darlene and Mac were truly a team; Mac was employed by Morrison Bros., and Darlene managed the children and household in addition to part-time jobs as a nurse's aid to elderly nuns in the convent and in the hot-lunch line at Holy Ghost School for many years. In the 1970's, the couple ventured into the apartment business and built two buildings with 19 units on the corner of Wildwood Dr. and West 32nd Str. They lived on the premises, which enabled them to know their tenants, many of whom became lifelong friends. In 2002, they sold the apartments and built their retirement home on Tiffany Dr.

Darlene always had a ready smile and was anything but shy; she made friends wherever she went. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital for over 20 years, in various departments. She and Mac were avid "garage salers" not only looking for bargains for themselves, but also for their children, grandchildren, and friends. Darlene's family was always her first priority; she would work tirelessly on their behalf and didn't hesitate to give them loving advice. Darlene's definition of cleanliness and organization was instilled in her early on - she "hoovered" every day, her windows didn't dare to smudge, and her "Junk Drawer" was very tidy. She was also well known for her German potato salad, cherry pie, and goulash - will anyone ever be able to master these family favorites again? She was always looking for ways to help someone; even after entering the nursing home - she was never happier than when she could make someone's day better and brighter. Darlene loved to play games with friends and family, but was never overly competitive; her aim was just to have fun together. Her story would never be complete without mentioning the "boat," the "track" and BINGO, she made friends at each of these venues and was always generous with her winnings. Darlene began her faith journey at Sacred Heart Church, after her marriage to Mac, they were members of Holy Ghost Church. In her elder years, she attended St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Her life was saturated by her faith - she never missed a weekend mass - even when on vacation and in her elderly years would attend mass three to four times each week. Hard-working yet playful; frugal yet generous, Darlene was full of life and that's what made her so complete and beautiful.

Her family includes her children: David (Shawn) Langkamp of Oskaloosa; Debbie Langkamp of Dubuque, and Cathy (David) Dillon of Dubuque; nine grandchildren: Linsey (David) Hoppestad of Adel, Andrew (Melissa) Langkamp of Oskaloosa; Bryon, Sarah, Josh (Anita Blackburn) and Scott Gansemer of Dubuque; Zachary (Danielle), Cory (Libby) and Samantha Dillon of Cedar Rapids; ten great-grandchildren: Nolan, Nicholas and William Hoppestad, Claire and Natalie Langkamp; Hunter Gansemer; Ashton, Jaxon and Tyson Mac Dillon; Logan and new Baby Boy Dillon, due in October. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Donnie and Jeanie Cornish; sister-in-law, Shirley Chapman; brothers-in-law, Harold Langkamp, and Arnold "Bub" Langkamp of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Tom (Phylis) Piehl of Atlanta, GA., and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Darlene was preceded by the love-of-her-life, Mac on Dec. 23, 2012, after 62 years of marriage.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held for Darlene at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3-7 p.m. at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, with a 3:00 pm Scripture Service.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Camp Albrecht Acres, 14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill, IA 52073.

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



Mildred A. Schlichte


Mildred A. Schlichte, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, June 18 from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Millie was born May 22, 1928, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of John and Catherine (Nurre) Klostermann. She married Alvin Schlichte on May 20, 1948, in Petersburg, Iowa. Together they raised their family and farmed near New Vienna/Bankston until moving to Dyersville in 1987.

Millie's faith was very important to her. Her biggest pride and joy are her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Kathy (Marty) Helle, Dianne (Ted) Kluesner, Deb (Loras) Digmann, John (Kelly) Schlichte, Ann (Todd) Kelleher all of Dubuque, Jeff (Teresa) Schlichte, of Peosta, Dan (Mary) Schlichte of Cedar Rapids, Margie Ament and Jim (Susie) Schlichte, both of Dyersville, and Pat (Donna) Schlichte of Hopkinton, 24 grandchildren: Jennifer (Dan) Smith, Chris (Michelle) Helle, Nick Helle (fiancé Alexandra), Greg (Ally) Schlichte, Brad (Shannon) Schlichte, Tim Schlichte (special friend, Thao Nguyen), Jamie (Chad) Saville, Nicole (Joe) Schmitt, Megan Freiburger (fiancé Nick Crow), Katie (Tony) Gerdis, Ellie Ament (special friend, Ted Tranel), Jill (Ben) Anderson, Michael (Jill) Schlichte, Julie (Joe) Gansen, Wes (Melissa) Digmann, Jonathan Digmann, Steven Digmann (special friend, Rachel), Kevin (Sara) Kloser, Lauren (Austin) Lloyd, Emily Kelleher, Kelsey and Karley Schlichte, Natalie and Aubrey Schlichte, 3 step grandchildren: Jason (Maria) Millage, Jill (Kevin) Luders and Jerry (Bonnie) Thompson; 28 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren; sisters: Jenny Conrad of Dyersville, Sr. Marian Klostermann, OSF of Dubuque, in-laws: Ardella Schlichte of Edgewood and Alma Willenborg of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin in 2009, son-in-law, Don "Pooch" Ament, 2 grandchildren: Jeremy Helle and T.J. Kelleher; siblings: Everett (Bernice) Klostermann, Zita (Clement) Lansing, Helen (Charles) Wessels, Dorothy (Allie) Olberding, Irvin Conrad, Walter (Helen) Klostermann, Donna (Bob) Juran,
in-laws: Clarence (Julia) Schlichte, Joe (Germaine) Schlichte, Lorraine (Mark) Pins, Elmer Schlichte, Tony Willenborg, Verna (Art) Klostermann, Bernard Schlichte,

The family would like to thank the Dyersville Bi County Ambulance Service, Hospice of Dubuque, and the Stonehill Care Center Staff. Also special thank you to Ellen, Angie and Janet, and John & Deb Denekas.

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



Phyllis A. Turnis


Phyllis A. Turnis, 69, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at her home in rural Bernard, Iowa, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phyllis Ann Small was born on February 17, 1949 in Clinton, Iowa, to Leslie Ernest "Ernie" and Evelyn Antoinette (Scheibe) Small. She was a 1967 graduate of Western Dubuque High School where she was the class Valedictorian. Two days after graduating high school, she began working in the Trust Department for American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque. She retired in 2004 after 37 years.

Phyllis married David H. Ruggeberg on October 18, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Scott and Amy. David preceded her in death on December 13, 1988. She married William C. "Bill" Turnis on August 22, 1992 at St. Patrick's Church at Garryowen.

Phyllis was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, riding ATVs, bowling, mushroom hunting, gardening, boating, watching her hummingbirds, attending her grandchildren's activities, and spoiling her beloved dog Cooper.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Bill Turnis of Bernard, IA; a daughter, Amy (Kevin) Gassmann of Holy Cross, IA; step-children, Jeff (Shirley) Turnis of Bernard, IA, Rick (Lucinda) Turnis of Cascade, IA, Deann (Rick) Bergfeld of Bernard, IA, Amy (Duane) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Brian (Nicole) Turnis of Bernard, IA, and Traci (Adam) Rollinger of Cascade, IA; 18 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Carol) Small of Bernard, IA, and Richard "Rick" (Tammie) Small of Bernard, IA; and a sister, Janice (Paul) Ruggeberg of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, a son Scott Ruggeberg on August 27, 1997, and a brother James Small on November 23, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis A. Turnis memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Kirkendall and Dr. Herman and staff for the wonderful care given to Phyllis and our family."

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



Alberta A. Roth


Alberta Ann (Burlage) Roth age 97, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Manor Care of Dubuque. She was born in New Vienna, IA, on October 7, 1920. Although she had always been told she was born on Halloween; we recently learned we should have been celebrating her birthday earlier in the month.

Alberta was a WW II War Bride. She married Arthur Roth Jr. on December 26, 1942, in San Antonio, TX. On January 11, 1943, Alberta received a telegram that he had been shot down over the English Channel and was either missing or presumed dead. Art survived and spent almost a year recuperating in London, England. As a war bride, Alberta lived in almost every state in the Union. The most challenging location was Death Valley, CA, as temperatures could climb to 122°. Art preceded her in death on December 13, 1995, after 52 years of marriage to his best friend and travel adventure companion.

Alberta loved beautiful clothes and had an eye for style. Art asked her if she would like to open a boutique, but her number one priority was raising her three children. Alberta had many other talents, as well. Her leadership qualities led her to be President of the Mother's Club and President of the Catholic Daughters of America. Alberta also loved to play bridge and was good at it! She played duplicate bridge and belonged to many bridge clubs. We would like to thank the women of her last bridge club for the kindness and patience they extended toward her as she became ill. Alberta also loved and was a talented golfer. In fact she celebrated her first hole in one on her 70th birthday.

These passions all drove Alberta, but her passion and dedication to the Catholic Church surpassed them all. She was a loyal parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker for over 50 years. She lived the teachings of the church in her everyday life by giving back to the community and volunteering thousands of hours in the community. She loved Dubuque! While Virginia was home to the rest of her family and held a special place in her heart, she proudly adopted Dubuque and loved telling people about the city, including how to spell it.

Most of all Alberta Roth was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was her most precious possession, and she was proud of each one of them for their own unique gifts. Alberta and Art had three children, Doris (Dan) Keyes of Madison, WI; Robert (Terri) Roth of Brentwood, TN; and was preceded in death by her youngest son Jerry (Beverly) Roth of Jefferson, SD. She is further survived by her grandchildren; Jeremy Roth, Kellye (Matt) Golden, Susan (Aaron) Shotland, Nicole (Chris) Roepe, Taylor (Meredith) Roth, Ali Roth and Logan Roth. Additionally, her great grandchildren who brought her so many smiles in her final years; Grace, Lucas, Emerson, Jacob, Danny and Natalie.

Of Alberta's nine siblings, Paul Burlage and Rita Nichols are still living in Virginia, and her brother-in-law Don Roth is in Arizona. Alberta also has many nieces and nephews, but we as a family want to especially thank her niece Dianne Blaser for extending her time, kindness, and assistance to Alberta during her illness when she was unable to have the independence she loved most of her life. We would also like to thank the staff at Manor Care, especially her nurse Luann and Dr. Andrea Ries, whose first patient was Alberta.

 Our mother was a sweet, generous and wonderful person and will be immensely missed. We find great peace in knowing that she will be reunited with her beloved Art and son Jerry and many other family members in Heaven, including her parents and siblings Alvera, Donald, Charles, Doris, Edwin, and Gerald.

Services will be held Saturday morning, June 16, 2018, at Saint Columbkille Church located at 1240 Rush Street, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be at the church from 10::00-11:00 a.m. and the funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m.  The family requests memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or a charity of your choice that would benefit children.

Please share your memories at http://www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

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

 

 

 

 



Ruth Ann Burdt


Ruth Ann Burdt, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:29 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Ruth will be honored with funeral services being held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends are encouraged to visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on March 25, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius and Dorothy (Hayes) Feldman. She lived her entire life in Dubuque, surrounded by loving family and friends. She married the love of her life, William "Bill" Burdt, on December 26, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church. The couple were blessed with 63 wonderful years of marriage and were the proud parents of eight children whom they adored, before Bill passed away on February 13, 2016.

Ruth was a devoted family woman. She cherished every opportunity she had to spend time with her family. These moments brought Ruth immeasurable joy, especially when her grandchildren were present. In addition to being a full-time wife, mother, grandmother, and devoted Catholic, Ruth spent over 20 years working as bookkeeper with Beecher's Company Inc. She was guided by her faith and took great pride in her long-time membership at St. Patrick's Church. For the last 32 years, Ruth baked a cake each week for the parish's Wednesday Night Meal.

Her family is both heartbroken and stunned by the all-too-sudden absence of Ruth from their physical lives. While the Lord has decided to take her home without warning, the family finds solace in knowing that she has been reunited with her husband, who she missed every day since his passing. Ruth's family expresses their love and their gratitude for the love and affection she showered them with over the 86 years of her life.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her children,
Cindy (Mark Wirth) White, Dubuque, IA,
William (Janet El Khatib) Burdt Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Cindy) Burdt, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Jim) Karrmann, Madison, WI,
Linda (Scott) Massengill, Summit, NJ,
Michael (Kendyll) Burdt, Denver, CO,
Dr. Mark (Julie) Burdt, Ankeny, IA
and Michelle (Victor) Cruz, Sheboygan Falls, WI;

18 grandchildren,
Anthony (Jennifer) White, Lindsey (Josh) Einsweiler, Greg (Lauren) White, Joe Burdt, Jr., Brian (Kristen) Burdt, Jeremy (Bethany) Burdt, Danielle Burdt, Sarah (Jeff) Wilczewski, Ashley (Andrew) Czech, Carter Massengill, Kayleigh Massengill, Makenzie Burdt, Madison Burdt, Lauren Burdt, Erin Burdt, Mallory Burdt, Makena Cruz and Mateo Cruz;

9 great-grandchildren,
Lily Tschiggfrie, Evalena Tschiggfrie, Dempsey White, Van White, Peyton Wilczewski, Zachary Wilczewski, Bentley Burdt, Aubrielle Burdt and Michael White;
and her siblings,
Donna Freund, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Kay Feldman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Sr. Nancy Feldman, BVM, Chicago, IL
and Helen McKain, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William F. "Bill" BurdtSr.; her brother, William Feldman; a daughter-in-law, Teri Burdt; and her brother-in-law, John Freund.

A Ruth Ann Burdt memorial fund has been established which will be given to St Patrick's Church.



Randy W. Edwards


Randy W. Edwards, 65 of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Randy's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, June 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Randy Wayne Edwards was born on April 3, 1953 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Wayne H. and Twila Jane (Howell) Edwards. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Karen Goldensoph and they were married for 15 years. They later divorced.

Randy first worked local factory jobs, and then was employed for 35 years with John Deere in Mt. Joy, Iowa until retirement.

Randy was extremely close with his sister Shawna. He enjoyed fishing, watching classic movies, morel mushroom hunting, and riding his motorcycle when he was able.

Those left to honor his memory include his sister Shawna (Russ) Hayward of Green Island, IA; a brother Kevin (Steve) Edwards of Greenfield, WI; step-children, Nathan (Amanda) Muhs of Clarence, IA, and Stacey (James) Skipworth of Oxford Junction, IA; 9 step-grandchildren; and his former wife, Karen Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Thomas C. Dolter


Thomas C. "Hawk" Dolter, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at home. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Thomas was born August 3, 1927 in Dubuque, the son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter. He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. He married Velma Langkamp on September 9, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2008. 

Thomas retired from the Dubuque Packing Company where he was employed for many years. He was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Thomas enjoyed golf, bowling, gardening, and making concrete garden art. He loved wintering in Yuma, AZ. Thomas was a loyal Democrat until the end of his life. 

Thomas is survived by his children, Judy (Dan) Vorwald of Bernard, Gary (Connie) Dolter of Dubuque, Jan (Pete) Hutchison of Urbandale, IA, Joyce Bottoms of Dubuque, and Jill (Paul) Reinke of Elkhart, IA; his grandchildren, Jeff (Krystle) Gard and their children Kai, Everest, and Byron; Paul Gard; Matthew (Jared Rogers) Dolter; Tiffany Woodward and her children Samantha and Katie; Kim (Justin) Russell and their daughter Hattie; Sarah (Bernie) DelCampo and their daughter Florencia; Jacob (Cathy Dolan) Bottoms; Stephanie and Samantha Bottoms; Aaron and Rachel Reinke; Todd (Kim) Kerkenbush and their children Alex, Ryan, Sean, and Luke; Chad (Kristi) Kerkenbush and their children June and Sylvia; and Gregory (Beverly) Gard; and  his in-laws, Delphine, Betty, and Judy Dolter, Lorraine (Herb) Hottenstein, and Bob Burbach.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Frank (Alma)Dolter , Rev. Robert Dolter,  Richard Dolter, James Dolter, Joseph (Rita & Rita) Dolter, David Dolter, Paul Dolter, Margaret (Lincoln) Steffens, Mary (Jim) Link, Ida Marie (Tom) Linden, Blanche Burbach, Clifford (Darlene) Langkamp, and Kenneth (Mary) Langkamp. 

The family would like to thank Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Loetscher and Dr. Ringold, and Tom's wonderful neighbors and friends. 

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

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

 

 



Sister Janaan Hickie


SISTER JANAAN (CASSIAN) HICKIE, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:00 p.m., on June 11, 2018, at Clare House. To honor Sister Janaan Hickie's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the St. Francis Chapel. To honor Sister Janaan Hickie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the St. Francis Chapel, where a Funeral Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Hickie was born on March 9, 1931, in Graf, IA, daughter of Leo and Marie (Schmitt) Hickie.

She first entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1953, and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1959. Sister received her high school education at Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque, IA. She went on to minister in Iowa as a homemaker in Waterloo, Bode, Cascade, Ashton, and Ossian. In Dubuque, she continued her ministry at Mount St. Francis, Operation New View, the Head Start Program, and also created an outreach program known as "Junkin for Jesus."

Those left to cherish Sister Hickie's life include
her sisters,
Frances (Fran) Adams,
Mary Jo Herzog,
Leanne Horsfall
and Karen (Lynn) Kurt;

her numerous nieces and nephews;

and her Franciscan sisters, with whom she shared over 63 years of her life.

Sister Hickie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Leo "Bud" (Sue) Hickie, Jr.; and her brothers-in-law, William Herzog and Bernard "Bernie" Horsfall.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

 



Shirley M. Averkamp


Shirley M. Averkamp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 5:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on September 15, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Vosberg) Meyer. She married Aloysius Averkamp on August 30, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 3, 1976. Shirley loved children and enjoyed reading to them and cooking for them at Immaculate Conception School. She loved to cook and will be remembered for her cooking. Shirley enjoyed Jeopardy, Bingo and loved hats. She enjoyed watching her children's and grandchildren's sports and was a fan of the Badgers, Packers, Wahlert Golden Eagles and Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include her children, Thomas (Karen) Averkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Terrance (Kim) Averkamp, of Iowa City, IA, Mary (Dan) Rygel, of Burlington, NC, Lawrence (Sally) Averkamp, of Park View, IA, Paul (Diane) Averkamp, of Dubuque, IA, Joseph (Suzanne) Averkamp, of Alexandria, VA, James (Jan) Averkamp, of Lakewood, WA, Lloyd (Chris) Averkamp, of Ironwood, MI, Lynn (Phil) Christensen, of Lacey, WA, Diane (Norm) Tougas, of Frisco, TX, and Karen Stewart, of Plano, TX; her sister, Mary (Fred) Gattas, of Upland, CA; her sister-in-law, Clotilda Muller, of Cuba City, WI; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jacob, Rollie, and James, and her sisters, Betty and Bert.

A Shirley M. Averkamp Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences for the family may be left at Shirley M. Averkamp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at home.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 5:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on September 15, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Vosberg) Meyer.  She married Aloysius Averkamp on August 30, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on August 3, 1976.  Shirley loved children and enjoyed reading to them and cooking for them at Immaculate Conception School.  She loved to cook and will be remembered for her cooking.  Shirley enjoyed Jeopardy, Bingo and loved hats.  She enjoyed watching her children's and grandchildren's sports and was a fan of the Badgers, Packers, Wahlert Golden Eagles and Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include her children, Thomas (Karen) Averkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Terrance (Kim) Averkamp, of Iowa City, IA, Mary (Dan) Rygel, of Burlington, NC, Lawrence (Sally) Averkamp, of Park View, IA, Paul (Diane) Averkamp, of Dubuque, IA, Joseph (Suzanne) Averkamp, of Alexandria, VA, James (Jan) Averkamp, of Lakewood, WA, Lloyd (Chris) Averkamp, of Ironwood, MI, Lynn (Phil) Christensen, of Lacey, WA, Diane (Norm) Tougas, of Frisco, TX, and Karen Stewart, of Plano, TX; her sister, Mary (Fred) Gattas, of Upland, CA; her sister-in-law, Clotilda Muller, of Cuba City, WI; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jacob, Rollie, and James, and her sisters, Betty and Bert.

A Shirley M. Averkamp Memorial Fund has been established. 

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



Mary M. Grace


Mary M. Grace, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 4:05 p.m., at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor and celebrate Mary's life, private family services will be held with Rev. Thomas F. McAndrew officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on June 20. 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John S. and Florence (Frost) Mayerle.

Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Grace, on November 3, 1945, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, and the two were truly blessed with 45 wonderful years together. Mary was a devoted and dedicated employee who earnestly gave 11 years of her working years at various doctor's offices around Dubuque, and another 31 years as a claims adjuster with the Iowa National Insurance Company in Cedar Rapids. She was a loving wife, a meticulous homemaker, and a graciously humble woman who thoroughly enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; especially anything related to music. Mary not only enjoyed singing in the church choir, but she also loved going out for an evening of dancing with John, seamlessly tearing up the dance floor every chance they had. Her faith was also a priority in Mary's life as she was both a long-time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, and a visibly outstanding example of her Catholic faith put into action daily. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear, sweet aunt, just days before her 100th birthday; but thankfully discover true comfort in the fact that she will be enjoying the century mark of her soul with her loving husband, John, in heaven, and no doubt dancing with the angels to the finest music an ear has ever heard. May God bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms Mary until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her nieces and nephew,
Marilyn (Michael) Cousins,
Rose (Charlie) Clasen
and Jim (Chris) Vosberg, all of Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Grace; and a brother, Kenneth Mayerle.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all of their wonderful, professional and tender care of Mary over the years.

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



Leon Kluesner


Leon Kluesner, 70, of New Vienna, passed away suddenly and peacefully with his family at his side Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Dyersville Fire Department will attend at 6 pm and the NV/Lux Fire Department will attend at 6:45 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor and Rev. Carl Ries will officiate.

Leon was born July 1, 1947, in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Rita (Pfeiler) Kluesner.  He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross and worked as a carpenter.  He married Zelda Willenborg on September 4, 1971, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa.  Together they moved to the Kluesner family farm east of New Vienna where they raised their family.

Leon was an active community volunteer, serving on several boards including the St. Boniface parish council and the Hennessy Catholic School Board, the New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire Department Board of Directors, the New Vienna Coop and New Wine Township Board of Trustees.

Leon enjoyed driving his John Deere on tractor rides, cruising in his classic car, trips to Branson, MO, playing euchre with friends, making sausage and growing potatoes and pumpkins.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren by giving them gator rides and making them woodworking projects.  He took great pride in caring for his family, friends, and the farm.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Zelda, 4 children: Jason (Sarah) Kluesner of Manchester, Keith (Andrea) Kluesner of Peosta, Carmen (Steve) Lansing of Dyersville and Tony Kluesner of New Vienna;  9 grandchildren: Spencer, Parker and Mackenzie Kluesner, Bodie, Kogan, Ahsha and Ahnya Kluesner, Blake and Trent Lansing;  siblings: Julia (Gilbert) Gaul of Farley, Earl (Kay) Kluesner of Luxemburg, his twin, Lyle (Pat) Kluesner of Boonton, NJ;  in-laws: Dennis (Carol Ann) Willenborg of New Vienna, Larry (LuAnn) Willenborg of Petersburg, Jerry (Sandy) Nickol and Grace (David) Nelson, both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Anselm and Mary Willenborg, a stillborn child, Kurt Francis, and a sister-in-law, Glenda Nickol.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or to the donor's choice.

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

 

 



Karen F. Birkel


Karen Frances Birkel, 60, of Dubuque formerly of Sherrill passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, additional visitation will be 9:00 am-10:00 am, Friday prior to Mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Sherrill.

Karen was born September 8, 1957 in Dubuque, daughter of Herman and Mary Lou (Schmitt) Birkel.  She attend a special education program at Audubon School. Karen loved family gatherings, spending time with nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She enjoyed putting together puzzles, word searches and listening to Polka and Country music. Karen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan and went to Cozy Corner regularly.

Karen is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Birkel; siblings, Philip (Punkie) Birkel, Dennis (Diane) Birkel, Nancy (Jim) Decker, Amy (Tim) Lahey, and Scot Birkel all of Sherrill; nieces and nephews, Corey (Kelly) Birkel, Andrea (Keith) Kluesner, Travis (Kimmie) Birkel, Amelia (Kevin) Schwers, Tammi (Trent) Weimerskirch, Nicholas (Kristi) Birkel, Aaron and Evan Decker, Drew, Ben, Claire, and Ty Lahey; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Brenda in infancy.

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

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



Nicola Cannavo


Nicola Cannavo, 84, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 surrounded by the family he loved. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, June 15 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nicola was born in Termini Imerese, Sicily on July 3, 1933, the son of Francesco (Concetta) Cannavo. His mother passing while he was young, Nicola helped support the family, setting the foundation for his work ethic. Nicola married Maria (Cirino) Cannavo on July 1, 1953 and they began their life together in Sicily. Nicola and Maria eventually made their way from Sicily to Connecticut where he started his family, working two jobs to make ends meet. Eventually they moved to Dubuque, IA where Nicola began work in a successful family owned restaurant. He was part owner of Marco's Italian restaurant, alongside his brothers, sister, and brother-in-law for 35 years. Nicola also loved to travel, next to his family his favorite thing in the world was the beach. He enjoyed laughing as he was known to be a jokester and loved to tell stories. Nicola would never cook at home as he cooked all day at the restaurant but he would always provide Maria his opinions at home for her cooking, all in good fun of course. Nothing was more important than family to Nicola and he was the rock that held it together, we will miss his smile, laughter and wisdom.

Survivors include his wife Maria Cannavo of Dubuque; three children Francesco (Tammy) Cannavo of Marion, IA and their children Angela (Tony), Nicolas, and Patricia; Leonardo (Theresa) Cannavo of Blue Grass, IA and their children Vincenzo, and Elizabeth; Lisa (Robert) Gassman of Dubuque and their children Noah, and Natalie ; two sisters Rosetta Cannavo and Carmelina Giunta; one brother Carmelo (Tanina) Cannavo; brothers and sisters-in-law Josie (Gino) Sileci, Frank Cirino, Philip (Nicolina) Cirino, Carmela Cirino, Giacomina Cannavo.

He was preceded in death by his sister Lina Saldi; a brother Giuseppe Cannavo; Sister-in-law Rosa Zanca; brothers-in-law Andrew Cirino, Louie Cirino and Marco Giunta; niece Patricia Cannavo; and two nephews Lenny Cirino and Lee Cirino.

A Nicola Cannavo Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Luther Manor Memory Care staff for their above and beyond care and compassion shown to Nicola and the family.

 



Melvin C. Langel


Melvin C. Langel, 85, of Dyersville passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Friday, June 15, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, June 16 from 8:30 - 9:30 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Mel was born September 19, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Clem and Leocadia (Thillen) Langel. He graduated from St. Boniface High School and Bayless Business College, and then entered the US Army and served in the finance department from 1953 - 1955 in Alaska.  He married Doris Krapfl on June 29, 1957, in New Vienna, Iowa.  Mel was employed as a service manager at various auto dealerships for forty years until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, American Legion Post 137 and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Douborg Assembly and Council 1734.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 61 years, Doris, 6 children: Ann Langel, Sharon Langel and Susan (Len) Uhal, all of Dubuque and Laurie (Jim) Hughes of Davenport, Mary Campbell of Dyersville and Joseph (Cheryl) Langel of Lakeville, MN; 11 grandchildren: Dr. Thomas (Kate), David (Leah) and Meghan Campbell, John (Patti), Katie and Joe Uhal, Benjamin and Abigail Langel, Michael, Elizabeth and Thomas Hughes; 3 great grandchildren: Samuel Campbell-Wise, Angela and Michael Uhal, a sister, Germaine Ungs of Luxemburg, and in-laws: Dorothy Langel of Luxemburg, Lester Dingbaum of Manchester, Gene (Betty) Krapfl, Alice Langel, Donna (Jim) Kluesner, Inez (Bernard) Kluesner, Marian Hermsen, Irv Borgerding, David (LuAnn) Krapfl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Elmer (Mary) Langel, Sally (Alvin) Wegmann, Lavern Langel and Virgie Dingbaum; and in-laws, Art Ungs, Francis Langel and Joyce Borgerding.

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

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

 

 



Sister Jeanne Granville, BVM


Sister Jeanne Granville, BVM (Suzette), 90, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Marian Hall Chapel, Dubuque, Iowa, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Jeanne was director of North Deanery Catholics elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and coordinator/director of social outreach programs in St. Louis. She was an elementary principal in Chicago; Calumet Park, Ill.; St. Louis; Crestwood, Mo.; and Jackson, Miss. She was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Maywood, Ill.; Round Lake, Ill.; and Hempstead, N.Y.

She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 6, 1928, to William and Mary Helen McKean Granville. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Mary Magdelen Parish, St. Louis, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Helen Bayless and Mary Elizabeth (Bette) Sly; brothers William and John. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Ann Schroeder


Ann Schroeder, 69, of Dubuque passed away after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at home while surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas Toale as main concelebrant.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ann was born July 27, 1948 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert 'Bob' and Bernice G. (Leicht) Wiezorek. She married John Schroeder, November 9, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company and finally at St. Patrick's Church where she found her true calling.  She was a familiar face to all parishioners at St. Pat's and had a smile for everyone who came to the rectory door. She will truly be missed.

Ann lived for her family. She hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the Wiezoreks and Schroeders every November in the home that she grew up in. She loved holidays with her children and grandchildren and created many traditions that will continue. She enjoyed regular dinner dates with her volleyball and bowling friends, fishing trips, and an occasional visit to the casino. Ann and John traveled to many family weddings throughout the country together. She was always up for a game of Euchre and proudly taught her oldest grandsons the game of cribbage. Some of Ann's favorite times were interacting with her grandchildren. She loved following Austin and Nolan at their sporting events, watching Lillian dance on stage, attending the Jackson County Pro Rodeo with Gavin and Coy, and a good game of "Come Find Me" with Corbin. Weekly Sunday night dinners were a special tradition with her children and grandchildren that they always looked forward to and trips to Chicago brought Ann so much joy. Ann was the "Queen Bee" of the family and will be missed beyond measure.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John, sons Bob (Greg Lyons), of Chicago, IL, Ron (Lisa) of Bellevue, IA and their sons, Gavin and Coy, and Jon (Natalie) of Asbury, and their children, Austin, Nolan, Lillian, and Corbin; four brothers, Bob (Chris), Ken (Sue), David (Peggy) and Billy (Carolyn) Wiezorek; sister-in-law Patty Wiezorek; brother-in-law Paul (Elyn) Schroeder and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Mike Wiezorek, her father and mother-in-law, Sam and Marie Schroeder; a brother-in-law, Duane Russow and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Lucas and Marion Russow.

The family would like to thank the staff at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Oncology departments and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie. Their loving care was comforting during this difficult time.  

An Ann Schroeder Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com 

 

 



Larry M. Steve


Larry Michael Steve passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 9, 2018 after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Born October 11, 1951 to Burt and Maxine Steve, Larry was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew him. Always quick with a joke or coining a unique nickname to people he met, Larry definitely made an impression wherever he was.

A graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Larry went on the attend Hawkeye Community College. In 1972, he married the love of his life, Marie Pregler. One year later, his daughter Angela (Pete) was born and in 1979 his son Chad (Jessica) was born.

Larry devoted his life to working at, and eventually owning, Burt Steve & Son Garage. Originally Center Grove Garage, Larry's father, Burt, moved and renamed the shop to include his son the year Larry was born, where it remains today.

Larry loved towing and trucking. He dedicated his life to helping people in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He was proud of sharing stories about his towing experiences. He also had an infinite love for truck shows - even entertaining the idea of "busting out" of the Iowa City Hospitals to attend one of his favorite truck shows. As much as he loved his career, he loved his grandchildren, Sophia, Scout, and Cash (whom he lovingly called 'the monkeys') even more - taking them on rides in the tow truck and hot rod, his most recent project. In addition, Larry enjoyed his daily breakfast 'dates' with his friends and the staff at McDonald's on JFK, both of the Sunshine Family Restaurants, and Panera.

In addition to his grandchildren, 'Tootsie,' as they lovingly called him, had a special love and bond with his sister-in-law (whom he practically raised and treated as his own daughter), Judy (Pregler) Thorpe and nieces Allie and Abby, who he treated as his own grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Chad (Jessica); grandchildren, Sophia Liesen, Scout, Cash Steve; sister, Sherri (Bill) Giesemann; sister-in-law, Judy Thorpe; nieces, Allie, Abby Thorpe, Emily (Giesemann) Van Wyk; and nephew, Jeremy Giesemann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Maxine (Nolan); wife Marie; and daughter, Angela.

Larry's family would like to thank the following special people in Larry's life for taking such amazing care of him during his brief battle with leukemia - April Till, Hospice of Dubuque - especially Edna, Iowa City Hospitals and staff, Mercy Hospitals and staff, as well as the many, many friends who took time out of their lives to visit Larry while he was undergoing treatment.

In lieu of flowers, a Larry Steve Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Daryl C. Seiler


Daryl C. Seiler, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daryl may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the Church.

Services for Daryl will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa, with military honors afforded by the United States Navy Honor Guard.

Daryl was born July 9, 1945 in Asbury, Iowa, son of Carl and Irma (Kuntz) Seiler. He is a 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, IA. He was united in marriage to Betty Schmitt on May 17, 1969 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. Daryl started out in the drafting department at John Deere. He retired after 30 years at John Deere from the Engineering Standards Department. He went on to be a tour ambassador for 18 years for John Deere.
He was a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Seiler of Dubuque, IA; one son, Dave (Kris) Seiler of Orlando, FL; one daughter, Sandy (Allan) Zuber of Walford, IA; three granddaughters, Ashley, Courtney and Kayleigh; one brother-in-law, Donny Schmitt of Epworth, IA; one sister-in-law, Joyce Schmitt of Epworth, IA; one Godchild, John Olberding of Dyersville, IA; and several aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; both sets of grandparents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Eileen Schmitt.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support they gave to Daryl.

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



Zada P. Maiden


Zada P. Maiden, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Finley Hospital. 

Private services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Zada was born August 15, 1935 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of Earl and Mary Shively. She married Benjamin "Bud" Maiden in 1964. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2011. 

Zada was proud to be one of the original thirteen women hired at John Deere Dubuque Works, and retired after 27 years of service. She was a member of UAW Local #94, and served on many committees and boards throughout the years. 

Zada enjoyed going to lunch with friends, playing bingo, crochet, macramé, canning and baking. Her lawn and landscaping were her pride and joy, and she was meticulous in caring for her home. She loved spending time at the cottage in Guttenberg where she and Bud fished. 

Zada was a dedicated homemaker, and spending time with family and friends was everything to her. Holidays at Zada's were a special time, and she would spend hours on her beautifully wrapped gifts with handmade bows and table décor. No matter what Zada was doing, she always put her heart and soul into it. 

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Linda Johnson, Michael Giellis, and Mark (Marisol) Maiden; her best friends, Barb Hackbarth, Vicky Nauman, , and Linda Ruble; her grandchildren, Benjamin Mark Bender, Darby Boettcher, Amber Vaske, Shawn Giellis, Ky Giellis, McKenna Giellis, Andrea Cardenas, and Benjamin Max Maiden; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heather.

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

 

 



JoAnn H. Hefel Kremer


JoAnn H. Hefel Kremer, 80, of Farley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at her home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of JoAnn may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday morning at the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born July 24, 1937 in Dubuque County, Iowa, daughter of Ben and Clara (Felder) Markus. On July 3, 1954 she was united in marriage to Louis Hefel at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1977. On August 3, 1979 she was united in marriage to Arnold Kremer Jr. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1996.

She was a bus driver for the Western Dubuque School district for many years.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society in Farley, Iowa. JoAnn enjoyed sewing and has made many quilts throughout the years. She also enjoyed cruising around in her golf cart, shopping with her sister Linda, baking cookies and was known for her apple dumplings. Jo Ann especially loved the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Lynn (Marvin) Hoffmann of Epworth, IA; four sons, Chris (Gail) Hefel of Farley, IA, Dale (Lu Ann) Hefel of Dubuque, IA, Mark Hefel and Jay (Brenda) Hefel both of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Dorrance (Ida) Markus of East Moline, IL, and Ron (Gloria) Markus of Dubuque, IA; two sisters, Linda Takes Davis of Cascade, IA and Mary Jane Boleyn of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Adelene Hefel of Dubuque, IA, Betty Hefel of Balltown, IA, Norman "Coosie" (Judy) Kremer of Cascade, Leonard (Mary Ann) Kremer, Roger (Nita) Kremer both of Dubuque, IA, Willard (Barb) Kremer of Bernard, IA, Lindy (James) Pfab of El Paso, IL, Joyce (Gene) Lochner of Key West, IA, Bob Langel of Dubuque, IA and Doris (Allan) Kremer of Epworth, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Alan Hefel on January 27, 1979; two brothers, LaVern (Vi) Markus and Ben (Mary Jane) Markus; one sister, Gerry Williams; brothers-in-law, Alan Boleyn, Larry Takes, Harold Davis, Phil Hefel, Tony Hefel, Marcellus (Viola) Hefel, Vince ( Lorraine) Hefel, Lawrence (Alice) Hefel, Bernard Hefel, Gene Hefel; three sisters-in-law, Hilda (Clarence) Wagner, Darlene (James) Reuter and Judy Langel.

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



Ruth A. Burlage


Ruth A. Burlage, 78, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Agrace Hospice in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on March 9, 1940, in Hazel Green Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of Melvin and Rita (Timmerman) Jansen. Her husband of 57 years, Richard F. "Dick" Burlage, preceded her in death on December 2, 2017. Ruth worked at Kendall Hunt Publishing for 32 years; starting as a secretary and retiring as Vice President of Production.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Mark) Pettera, of Prairie du Chien, WI and Michele (Dan) Ironmonger, of Oregon, WI; two sons, Kirk (Tricia) Burlage, of Oconomowoc, WI and Tim (Kim) Burlage, of Madison, WI; her sisters, Mary (Jim) Rettig, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lyn (Bill) Wagner, of Sun City West, Arizona, and Elaine (Jim) Droessler, of Cuba City; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green, Harry Burlage, Mary Jo Burlage, Jody and Orv Brothers and Jim "Moose" and Joan Burlage, all of Kieler.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian in 1971; her parents; and her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jeannie Hendricks, Jan and John Smith, Tom Burlage and Jack Burlage.

Special thanks to BeeHive Homes of Oregon, WI and Agrace Hospice of Fitchburg, WI for their loving care of Ruth.

A Ruth A. Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Betty A. Mullady

Betty Ann Mullady, 84, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2018 at 11:11pm.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on August 13, 1933 in Silvia Switch, IA to John Beauchamp and Gertrude Johnson, and graduated from St. Raphael's Cathedral. She married Bernard "Bernie" Mullady in June 1956. She worked many fulfilling jobs throughout her life, most notably at St. Dominic Villa until her retirement in 2000.

Her life was filled with many pleasures, including: spending time at her cottage at Leisure Lake, IA; working in her garden; singing and dancing to Johnny Cash and Elvis (really, anything with a beat); and of course, laughing and telling stories at many family gatherings with Pepsi in hand. 

She is survived by her son, William "Bill" Mullady, and her daughter Barbara A. Mullady; her grandchildren Bernard T. Mullady (Katie Mcardle), and Alanna Mullady (Josh Boyer) of Chicago, IL, Joshua Mullady (Victoria Harris) of Omaha, NE, and Kaylyn "Katie" Mullady (Justin Paisley) of Dubuque; her great grandchildren who she adored, Sterling Mullady, Cody "C.J." Springer Jr, Xzayvior Paisley, and Annabella Paisley. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Mullen, her best friends Dorothy Kobs and Bev Tippe, plus many nieces and nephews whom she loved. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie Mullady; daughter Betsy Mullady; siblings Leonard, Pauline, William "Beans", Eldon, Theresa, and John; in-laws Jim and Pat Mullady, and Sis and Bud Laufenberg.

 Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support and care of Betty in her last weeks, with a special thanks to Peggy who spoiled her and Tracy her caring nurse.

 A Betty A. Mullady memorial fund has been established. 

 

 



Kimberly S. Apgar


Kimberly S. Apgar, 50, of Dubuque, IA passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 685 Fremont Avenue in Dubuque.

Kimberly was born on November 11, 1967 in Blue Island, IL the daughter of Richard and Katherine (Regan) Tempelman. She attended Hempstead High School. In 1994 Kimberly married David Apgar in Colorado Springs, CO.

She worked as a paraprofessional with the Dubuque Community School District and was actively engage in the LDS community. Most importantly she loved spending time with family and friends.

Kimberly is survived by her husband David; and children, Leah, Joshua, Damian, Quentin, Kathyrn, and Emma along with many relatives.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mohamed Milhem and Michele Freesmeier at UIHC oncology for their uncompromising dedication to curing cancer.

 



Joshua G. Stevens


Joshua Glenn Stevens, 26, of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018.

A celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is assisting the family.

Joshua was born October 8, 1991, in Dubuque, IA the son of Jeff Stevens and Carlene (Howell) Hillard. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He joined the Airforce and served our Country proudly for 6 years. He ended his time in the Airforce in 2017 as Staff Sergeant. Before he enlisted Josh worked at Taco John's, and when he would come home to visit this was one of the first places he would stop not just to see past co-workers but to grab a bite to eat. He loved the food and would always say "there are no Taco John's down south so I have to eat it when I am home." Joshua enjoyed Karate when he was younger and playing baseball for the little league Cubs team. He had a great gift in math and built his first computer already by the age of 16. He loved gaming and bowling with his cousins Travis Stevens and Logan Stevens "the three Musketeers" and looked up to his coach Keven Stevens. He enjoyed listening to music, hanging out with friends and family and playing golf. He also enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. But mostly adored playing with his beautiful 21 month old daughter who meant the world to him. On April 25, 2014 he married the love of his life Elle Jordan Taylor (Keys) Stevens in Shreveport, LA.

Joshua was an amazing person who loved to share his knowledge with others, some say he was hard to get to know but those he let in, got to know how great of a person he truly was. He made many great friends during his time in the Airforce! Family would like to mention a few of them that were a big part of his life. William Glazer, Philip Joshua Hendricks, Brantly Riebe and Patty Chuenpreecha McLarty.

Survivors include his Wife Elle Jordan Stevens and Daughter Aris Marie Stevens both of Bernard IA; parents, Jeff Stevens "Broseff" of Dubuque and Carlene (Howell) Hillard (Lynn), of Bernard IA, maternal grandmother, Myrna Howell (David Harry), of Dubuque; maternal grandfather, Glenn Howell (Mary Birch) of Dubuque IA; Aunt & Godmother Gerry Becker; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Anna Stevens; paternal grandfather Francis Stevens; maternal great grandmother, Donna "Bingo Grandma" Howell; maternal great grandfather Carl Howell; maternal great grandparents Bill and Mildred Liqhttoot: great uncle Michael Howell; and Uncle Joe Walbrun.

A memorial fund has been established in Joshua's name and online condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

 



Donald Lynn Kritz


Donald Lynn "Don" Kritz 86 of Dubuque passed away Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 3 pm Sunday June 10, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Sr. Margaret Ann Kramer, PBVM officiating. Friends may call from 12pm Sunday to 3 pm. A short service will be performed at 2:30

Don was born on July 29, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of James Louis and Lola Anita (Lee) Kritz. He Graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949 and attended the University of Dubuque and Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and on June 14, 1958 he married Gloria Even at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church.

He started his working career as a young newspaper boy, later working at Landon Furriers and Lard Plastics, before he began his career at Dubuque John Deere as a Design Engineer where he worked until retirement in June 1986. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his garden.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Gloria, a daughter Kristin (Mark) Friederick of East Dubuque, a son Kyle (Lisa) Kritz of Dubuque, four grandchildren Mitchel and Jenna Friederick and Alexis and Anna Kritz, two great grandchildren Skyla and Sven Friederick, two sisters Carol Shaffer of CA, Joyce Moore of VA, and three brothers Roy (Judy) Kritz of AZ, and Roger and Paul Kritz both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother James Kritz Jr.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially the Emergency Room, ICU Unit and 5th Floor Medical unit along with Chaplin James Mehltretter, for all the care and kindness they gave to Don and his family.



Jack W. Kowalski


Jack W. Kowalski, 80, of Asbury, IA passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Andrew Marr officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, where a parish wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Jack was born in Onekama, Michigan on October 30, 1937 the son of Frank and Hazel (Neilsen) Kowalski. He married Jean Klein on August 11, 1983 in Dubuque. Jack attended Lincoln Grade School and went to Manistee High School for a couple years before graduating from Onekama High School in 1955. "Go Portagers!" He lettered in track, baseball and basketball. After graduation from high school at the age of 17 Jack enlisted in the Army. He served with the 82nd Airborne in North Carolina then went with the advanced team for re-activation of the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell Kentucky. He was stationed in Korea for the remainder of his enlistment. After a couple months of being out of the service he reenlisted to start a career in weather. He served in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Greenland and Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. While in the service he played fast pitch softball for the post team as a pitcher and 3rd baseman in 6th Army Tournaments in Fort Louis, Washington. After 6 more years of military, a grand total of 8 years, 11 months and 18 days he was finally discharged. A lot of schooling was accomplished during the military along with many weather courses taken in colleges.

After his time in the service, he started civilian life. Jack took a position with the National Weather Service, Atlantic Weather Patrol which involved 3 or 4 civilians going out on Coast Guard Cutters to a certain location in the North Atlantic Ocean and giving guidance to Aircraft flying across the ocean and letting them know what their location was. After this was disbanded Jack spent time in Apalachicola, Florida, Lansing, Michigan and finally as Official in Charge of the Weather Service Office in Dubuque where retirement followed in January of 1993. After retirement he worked on the 1st gambling boat in Dubuque, the old Diamond Jo and then Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, IL. He followed the grandkids for 13 years to South Carolina before they moved back north to Dubuque.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean; two sons, Jeff (Paula) Hefel of South Carolina and Ryan (Jennifer) Hefel of Elgin, IL; three grandchildren, Lauren, Riley and Aiden and one grandson on the way; two brothers, Bob (Joann) Kowalski of Tampa, Florida and Frank Kowalski of Michigan, two sisters, Pat and Marilyn (Hogie) of Michigan and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathy; mother and father-in-law, Elmer and Lorraine Klein; brother-in-law, Jim Richard; and a nephew, Joe McDermott.

In Lieu of flowers and statues a memorial fund has been established in Jack's name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Betsy and Angela as well as Dr. Caceres and Jackie, Karen and Marv Freiburger for the wonderful care and support they have given to Jack and his family.



Richard Earl Hadley


Richard Earl "Dick" Hadley 74 of Durango, Iowa died Monday June 4, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be at 4 pm Saturday June 9, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from noon until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Dick was born on January 10, 1944 in Wisconsin the son of Aldon and Leona (Elleson) Hadley. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dick married Sharon Pregler on Oct. 23, 2000 in Dubuque.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co and FDL Foods for 36 years and later worked for Green Industrial Supply until retirement. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150A.

Dick loved the outdoors especially hunting, trapping, fishing and horseback riding.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, Daughter Victoria Lynn Hadley her three daughters and six Hadley grandchildren, step children Allan Dzaboff of Hazel Green, Dawn (Rodney) Schemmel and Donnie Dzaboff both of Dubuque, 6, step grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Chelsey, Courtney, Logan, Landon, and Sierra, three sisters Sharon (Donald) Martin of St. Catherine, Iowa, Phyllis (Virgil) Nihles of Highland, WI, Andrea (Donald) Ford of Montfort, WI and his little buddy Kolby.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics staff, especially the MICU West unit for all the care and kindness they showed Dick and his family.



Loretta M. Shanahan


Loretta M. Shanahan, 94, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Loretta was born in the 11th month on the 23rd day of the year 1923 in Temple Hill, Iowa the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Noonan) O'Connell. She attended one room schools in Jackson County and graduated from Saint Patrick's Garryowen High School in 1942. She later received her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque and taught in one room schools.

On August 2, 1947 she married Francis Shanahan at Saint Aloysius Church at South Garryowen. Together they ran service stations in Zwingle and later Dubuque on Dodge Street, Rhomberg Ave. and lastly on University Ave.

She was a member of the Power of Prayer and Saint Columbkille Prayer line and served on the Eminent Domain Committee.

She is survived by her children Jane (B.J.) Featherston, of Epworth, Julie Shanahan of Dubuque, Mike Shanahan and Bob (Becky) Shanahan both of Maquoketa, grandchildren Tara (Tim) Meyers, Bryan (Sarah) Featherston, Katie Featherston, Chris (Tanya) Shanahan, Nick (Andrea) Shanahan, Sam Shanahan, Baylor (Molly) Shanahan and Macklin Shanahan, 5 great grandchildren Madison, Thomas and Meredith Meyers and Paige and Drew Featherston, and a special niece Stacey (Erik) Hansen and their three children Justin, Emiley, and Caitlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, a son Jack, and siblings James (Maxine) O'Connell, Edward (Patsy) O'Connell, Eileen Fassbinder, Patrick (Margie) O'Connell, Eleanor (Charlie) Slattery, Rosemary (Ray) Asbury and a brother-in-law Connie (Estelle) Shanahan.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and kindness they gave to Loretta.



Francis V. Apel


Francis V. "Frank" Apel, Jr., 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away June 3, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday June 11th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. Family and friends may gather after 12:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until the time of service. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born April 20, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Francis and Angeline (Herkes) Apel. He received his education from Palmer Chiropractic College and Loras College. Frank served in the United States Navy attached to the Marine Corps Medics from September 1951 to April 1955. On June 9, 1956 he married Norma (Steger). He later retired from John Deere Dubuque Works.

Frank loved boating and the river, camping, golfing, woodworking, and playing cards! He was also a member of the American Legion-Dubuque.

Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years; daughter Carla (Tom) Hiatt; sons Francis (Judy) Apel, Jeffrey (Cindy) Apel, Steven (Pernilla) Apel; 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, two sisters Jan Eudaley and Diane Post and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son Kevin Apel, parents Francis and Angeline (Herkes), sister Norma Beam, brothers-in-law William Beam, John Eudaley, and Robert Post.

In Lieu of flowers and statues a memorial fund has been established in Frank's name.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Stonehill Care Center's staff, the Dubuque Fire Department and 911 Dispatch, Finley Emergency, and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids for their wonderful and kind care of Francis ("Frank").



Beverly J. Lepsch


Beverly J. Lepsch, 76, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Thursday, May 31,2018 at home surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday June 4th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home until the time of service.

Bev was born in September of 1941 in Dubuque, IA, to Robert and Dorothy Lepsch. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy high school, she went on to pursue nursing. Over the years she worked in many different places as an RN, including Minnesota and California. In her later years, she worked at the Nagle Center with Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

Bev was fun-loving and adventurous. She loved being a nurse, and had charisma and charm. She married Thomas R. Jungk in December of 1971 and they had 3 children. She loved to be outdoors and on the river. She was someone that others went to with their problems or for counsel, and was lovingly referred to as Nurse Bebe in family circles.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sherre' Jungk of Dubuque, IA and Lara Hunter of Mountain View, CA; two sisters: Judi (Dave) Strohmeyer, and Sue (Bud) Schultz; three grandchildren: Tina Tangi, Tessa Hunter, and Sarah Hunter; a great grandchild, Ezekiel Tangi Lopez and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Jungk, her former husband, Thomas Jungk, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials please be given to Hospice of Dubuque. They would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque, and also to Janie and Jennie Schadle, Pam Holzer, and Kathy Gorman for their friendship and care over the recent years.



Dale R. Mensen


Dale R. Mensen, 84, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a VFW service will be held at 7 p.m.. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, in Dyersville at St. Francis Xavier Basilica burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the VFW Post #7736 and the American Legion Post # 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dale was born May 4, 1934 in Dyersville, the son of Linus "Lee" and Valeria (Krapfl) Mensen. Dale served in Korea from 1956 to 1958. He married Wilma Helle on January 24, 1959 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Together they were dairy farmers until retiring in 2007.

Dale was a supporter of St Francis Basilica and Beckman High School. Dale valued family and enjoyed participating in gatherings, laughter and the occasional shot of whiskey.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wilma, children: Lu Ann (Randy) Lansing of New Vienna, Larry (Patti) Mensen of Dyersville, Nancy (Jerry) Marbach of Manchester, Mary Jo (Al) Eike of Hopkinton, Alan (Sue) Mensen of Dyesville, Karen Heiderscheit of Center Point, Keith (Sarah) Mensen of Dyersville, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one on the way, brother-in-law, Loyd Jasper of Dyesville, step mother, Jean (Goerdt) Mensen, of Dyersville, in-laws: Shirley (Leonard) Thein of Garnavillo, Jo Ann (Jerry) Cox of Champaign, IL, Louis (Betty) Helle, David (Leslie) Helle, Joe (Peggy) Helle all of Cedar Rapids, and Wayne (Kathy) Helle of Garnavillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Joe and Ardella Helle, son-in-law, Ron Heidercheit, grandson, Owen Heiderscheit, great grandson, Benjamin Brunsman, and a sister, Carol Jasper.

Memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Beckman Catholic School and Camp Courageous of Iowa.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Iverson and the staff at Grand River Medical Group, the staff of Dyersville Mercy Hospital, Oakcrest Manor and the Good Neighbor Home for the compassionate care given to Dale.

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



Steven M. Rohner


Steven M. Rohner, age 59, of California, formerly of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Santa Clara, California. To honor Steve's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating, followed by full military honors being accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Steve was born on June 11, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Matt and Mary Eileen (Conlon) Rohner.

Steve spent the majority of his earthly journey right here in Dubuque and was always proud to have been surrounded by family and friends on a daily basis, but to also have been in the 1976 graduating class of Hempstead High School. Steve would eventually go on to honorably serve his country, for 4 years, with the U.S. Marine Corps where he put his natural abilities to use even further while making many new lifelong friends along the way. Steve spent many years in the construction trades, but the primary days of his working career were invested within the many years he spent operating heavy equipment with the Iowa DOT. After moving to California though, Steve decided to devote the last 8 years of his earning potential with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco. In his free time, Steve enjoyed staying fit and continually faced the battle of aging head on by incorporating a little weight lifting into his day, hitting the trail for either a nice jog or a relaxing bike ride, or even jumping into the refreshing pool to get a few laps in if time permitted. But, what Steven really enjoyed, if truth be told, was any opportunity to jump on his Harley Davidson FatBoy and simply hit the open road. The freedom of two wheels beneath him, and the open air surrounding him at the end of the day, are where Steve truly found peace and serenity. Steve was also a very kind and generous man throughout his entire life and his most recent trip to Puerto Rico to help the rebuilding process is clearly evidence of a humble and caring man whose heart was always in the right place when it came to his fellow man. Steve's great sense of humor, his loving personality and his positive influence on the world around him will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We were absolutely not prepared to have to say "farewell for now" to Steve, but we trust that his soul rests safely in the arms of his Gracious Lord and Savior now, that he is beginning to play cards with his new inner group, and that thankfully we will all get to hear his hearty laugh once again when we also join him to begin our eternal walk with Jesus. God bless you Steve and thank you for all of the wonderful memories you leave behind for us to treasure!

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his daughter,
Emily Voshell, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Myah, Ayla and Elijah Voshell;

his siblings,
Dianna (Al) Bahl,
Mary Kay (Bill Moreland) Glaze,
Judy (Tom Lewis) Latham,
Jim (Mary) Rohner,
Dick (Joyce) Rohner
and Mike (Karen VanOstrander) Rohner;

many nieces and nephews;

along with his "California work family" and numerous friends in Dubuque.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters, Suzie Rohner and Debbie Rohner.

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



Laura Rosalia Carrier Sodawasser Heying


Laura Rosalia Carrier Sodawasser Heying, 96, passed to the Lord and angels from Hawkeye Nursing Facility on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. God watch over her and keep her in his love.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Friday June 8 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Laura was born on December 12, 1921 the oldest child of Lewis and Hilda (Felder) Carrier of Guttenberg, Iowa.
She was a hard-working wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived during the Great Depression doing with little to get by. While a young girl living in Guttenberg she graduated from St. Mary's grade school and high school. She sang in the school choir and worked at the button factory, punching buttons from river shells, along with helping her family of three sisters and two brothers with many chores. During these years she met Russell Sodawasser, her high school sweetheart, living also in Guttenberg.

She married Russell while in the army in July 1943 and lived in Guttenberg. Upon his return from service in WWII they lived in Dubuque, Waterloo and then returned to Dubuque. Born to this marriage were two daughters, Laura Lee and Jean Marie.

She worked at The Dubuque Stamp and then The Dubuque Pack for 29 years until the Pack closed its doors. While working at the Dubuque Pack she met many friends, which she stayed in touch with throughout the years. One of her favorite trips was to Hawaii with her lady friend, Mary Danzer.

Russell preceded her in death in May 1979. Laura and her daughters enjoyed shopping and going out to eat. Spending time with mom created lots of precious memories.
A few years after Russell's death Laura married Louis Heying. They traveled and enjoyed life together. He preceded her in death a few years after marriage.

We truly love our mom. We were like The Three Musketeers! We tried to do things as threesomes. Mom really enjoyed gambling and to this she had her name on a few tri-state billboards and also won a Cadillac at the Diamond Jo. In later years the Diamond Jo was known as her "fun" place.

She was known for her famous rhubarb pie and many delicious cakes and meals from scratch. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker!

Even in all years, mom enjoyed dancing and always had "heels" ready for a fun night out. She was a "classy" lady. To this we add "Hard working hands are now at rest"! Mom, we miss you terribly.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Laura Lee (Melvin Randy) Degenhardt and Jean McGeough; grandsons, Clayton (Tanya) Degenhardt, Eric (Abbey) Degenhardt, and Kyle McGeough; great- grandchildren, Gunnar and Chiara Degenhardt and Rosalyn and Gilbert Degenhardt; brother, Daniel (Rita) Carrier; brothers-in-law, Ray (Ruth) Kleinow, Wayne (Sandy) Sodawasser; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Carrier and Georgia Sodawasser; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Patricia Kleinow, Sr. Mary Ann Carrier, Winifred "Winnie" Fassbinder; and her brother, Jerome (Bud) Carrier; son-in-law, Gary McGeough; brother-in-law, Henry Fassbinder Jr.; a niece, Julie Fassbinder Sodawasser Zittergreen; many aunts and uncles; and in-laws, Albert (Florence) Sodawasser; Father Ardell Sodawasser, Della Rose Banwarth, Al and his son, Richard Sodawasser and Bob (Rita) Sodawasser.

A Laura Heying Memorial Fund has been established.

Our thanks to EMT's, Finley Hospital, and Mercy Hospital, Dr. Kris Nelson and Joan from Grand River Medical, Jill and the staff at Hawkeye Nursing Facility and h#mce_temp_url# for your kindness and care given towards mom and us during this difficult time.



Janet I. Miller


Janet I. Miller, 89, of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held Friday from 3-8 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church where a visitation will be held prior to mass from 9-10 a.m.

Janet was born February 22, 1929 the daughter of Sylvester and Ida (Fleege) Kluck. She graduated from Senior High School and went on to become a dental assistant after high school.

Janet taught swimming for the American Red Cross for 40 years. She enjoyed water skiing and was one of the founding members of the Dubuque Water Ski Club. She was also an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed camping. Janet loved sewing and upholstering old furniture as well and would sew for the neighbors and her family. Janet also volunteered for many years; she was a member of the United Methodist NOMADS for 12 years in which she worked on 51 projects. She had a passion for staying active and she was a member of several clubs which included her card, cribbage, and dominoes club, as well as her Wednesday morning coffee group, and her monthly women's Barn group. She loved spending time with her family, she loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much.

Survivors include her children Cynthia (Stephen) Chiavaroli (Ruprecht) of Massachusetts, Eugene (Chris) Muntz Jr. of Dubuque, Andrea (Dan) Walker of Illinois, and Scott (Mickey) Muntz of Dubuque; two sisters Hazel (Pete) Strohmeyer of Dubuque, and Mildred Schroeder of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Paul A. Ruprecht, Eugene C. Muntz Sr., Arthur Koch, and Clifford Miller; her son David C. Muntz; grandson Spenser C. Walker; three brothers Merlin P. Kluck, Roman Kluck, Elmer Kluck; and her sister Lorraine Stone.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their compassion and Care for Janet.



Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM


Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, 103, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Caritas Center.

Visitation will be 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel followed by the Sharing of Memories at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel cemetery.

Sister Ann Ida taught elementary school at Our Lady of Victory in Waterloo, Iowa. In Chicago, she was president and professor at Mundelein College, archivist at Loyola University, and teacher at St. Mary HS, St. Ferdinand ES and St. Charles ES.

Sister Ann Ida's remarkable resume includes nine categories of personal contribution to the well-being of the world at large. She served on various boards related to higher education, civic committees, accrediting teams, women's programs, and gave lectures to countless groups and interfaith communities. Recognition came through various awards including University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal and Who's Who in America and, earlier this year, induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Throughout her career, she received 26 honorary degrees and more than 28 prestigious awards for service in education or as an outstanding woman.

Sister Ann Ida was born April 2, 1915, in Chicago, to George and Hanna Murphy Gannon. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1932, from St. Jerome Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1940.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Margaret Mary Flau, Aileen Gannon, and Elizabeth Harrell; and a brother John. She is survived by a sister Joan Gannon, OSB, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 85 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Sherri Lee Tranel


Sherri L. Tranel, 47, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away Thursday May 31, at the Legacy and Living Rehabilitation Center.

Sherri was born in Craig, Colorado on February 6, 1971, the daughter of Roger and Bonnie Tranel. She graduated from high school in Gillette, Wyoming and moved with her parents to Iowa. Sherri became ill and returned to Gillette and was a resident of Pioneer Manor and The Legacy for the past 17 years.

Sherri is survived by her mother, Bonnie, of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of East Dubuque, IL; siblings Jeff Tranel (Vanessa) of Pueblo, Colorado; Lori Clikeman (Jim) of Gillette, Wyoming; Jody Wolfe (Stan) of Gillette, Wyoming; and Shawn Tranel of Grand Junction, Colorado; one niece; 6 nephews; and many relatives in the East Dubuque and Midwest area.

She was preceded in death by her father Roger Tranel, Grandparents: Cletus and Lydia Eckert, Ed and Lucille Tranel.

A visitation will be held at the Legacy Great Room on Friday, June 8, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Sherri would love for persons attending to wear something purple. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Legacy bingo, Campbell County Health Hospice, John Paul II Catholic School, or a charity of the donor's choice.



William D. Bailey


William D. "Bill" Bailey, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born May 28, 1932 in Chicago, Ill, son of Harold and Emma (Woodyard) Bailey. After serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, he went to work for Georgia Pacific, where he worked as a printing pressman for over 40 years.

On September 19, 1953, he married Mildred Dorschner at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. He enjoyed fishing, watching old movies on TV and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Bailey of Dubuque; sisters in law, Debbie (John) Ruh of Dubuque, Marie Strohmeyer of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Marjorie Bailey of Encinitas, California. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold James and Calvin Lee.

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

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or a veterans organization of your choice.

The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Runde and h#mce_temp_url# for their care. Also, a special thanks to Pastor Starr for her care and concern.



Mary Elizabeth Graham


Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Graham, 96, of San Diego, CA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on December 19, 2017 at Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, San Diego, CA.

A celebration of Betty's life will be from 10 -11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Betty was born on August 6, 1921 in East Dubuque, the daughter of Rueben L. and Dorothy T. (Davis) Graham.  She was employed as a legal secretary for over 40 years.

Survivors include nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.

 

 



Richard L. Nadermann


Richard L. Nadermann, 86, of Dyersville passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 5thfrom 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 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 Conway will officiate.

 

Ric was born August 8, 1931, in Dyersville the son of Herman and Frances (Hermsen) Nadermann.  He attended country school east of town and Xavier High School returning to farming on the family farm.  He served in the Army from 1953 - 1955.   Ric and Alice Steffensmeier were united in marriage on May 7, 1957, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Together they continued to farm on the family farm.

Ric enjoyed getting into a good card game, especially Solo.  He liked listening to Polka music and went to lots of dances.  Family time was important to him whether it was working or socializing on a casual basis.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alice, 5 children: Doris (Kevin) Demmer of Dyersville, Steve (Sue) Nadermann of Delhi, Karen (Don) Ertl and Gary Nadermann, all of Dyersville, Lori (Dean) Helmke of Kenosha, WI; grandchildren: Brian (Lisa) Demmer, Heidi (Chris) Smith, Nicole (friend Ryan Plummer) Demmer, Doug Nadermann, Scott (Sarah) Nadermann, Tim Nadermann, Ben, Craig, Brad and Megan Ertl, Chad, Rachel, Jessica and Brooke Helmke; great grandchild, Madeline Smith; in-laws: Mary (Charles) Hellmann, Fred (Ann) Steffensmeier, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier, Gene Prier, Agnes Steffensmeier and Elaine Steffensmeier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Alfred (Vivian) Nadermann, Greg Nadermann and Gib (Marlene) Nadermann; parents-in-law, Emil & Monica Steffensmeier, in-laws: Florence (Joe) Meis, Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Lucille Prier, Eldon (Clara Mae) Steffensmeier, Art Steffensmeier and Don Steffensmeier.

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

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

 

 



Kathryn M. Meyer


Kathryn M. Meyer, 74 of Dyersville passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Kathy was born October 21, 1943, in Greeley, Iowa the daughter of Henry J. and Catherine (Drees) Billmeyer.  She graduated from West Delaware High School and earned an Associate Degree at Bayless Business College in Dubuque.  She married Kenneth Meyer on May 8, 1965, in Greely, Iowa.  Kathy worked with Alliant Energy for many years.  After retirement from Alliant she began working at Earlville and Worthington Catholic Schools, and then began volunteering at area Catholic Schools and church.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Rose.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ken, 4 daughters: Kim (Mark) Wingert of Cedar Rapids, Kristi (Gene) Niemer of Manchester, Karmen (Randy) Jernigan of Marion, Katie (Larry) Sadler of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Noah and Sophia Niemer, Allyson, Emma and Claire Jernigan, Jacob and Evelyn Sadler; in-laws: Jim (Sheila) Meyer of Dyersville, Harry Steger of Edgewood, Betty McLane of Dyersville, Joyce (Ron) Drey of Dyersville, Janice (Ron) Alfred of Ames, Helen Meyer, Dorothy Meyer and Pat Meyer, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Leo and Loretta Meyer, siblings: John J. (Marie) Billmeyer and Loma (Irvin) Kerkenbush; in-laws: Don Meyer, Loras Meyer, Dick Meyer, Stan McLane, Mary Jane Steger, John & Anne Meyer in infancy.

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



Carla Mae Geistkemper


Carla Mae Geistkemper, 71, of Earlville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at home in Earlville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 8-9 a.m. Monday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Carla was born February 1, 1947 in Dyersville, the daughter of Edmund and Modesta "Dessie" (Kerkhoff) Overmann. She married John Geistkemper on May 14, 1966 at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John, two daughters: Karen (Greg) Billick of Cedar Rapids, Michelle (John) Pasker of Earlville, five grandsons: Andrew and Caleb Billick, Joshua, Jacob, and Noah Pasker, three brothers: Gary (Carlyne) Overmann of Petersburg, Loras Overmann of Shellsburg, IA, Steven Overmann of Dyersville, in-laws: David (Judy) Geistkemper of Dyersville, Carol Grawe of Dubuque, Marilyn (Lyle) Andersen of Springville, Betty (Steve) Gassmann of Indianola, Jean (Jim) Woolf of Monticello, Joe (Barb) Geistkemper of Earlville, Tom (Nadina) Geistkemper of Blairstown and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her infant children Christine and Timothy, her parents, parents-in-law, Herman and Annetta Geistkemper, and a brother-in-law, Donald Grawe.

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



Gene A. Paisley


Gene A. Paisley, 72, of Rickardsville, IA passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Rickardsville.

Gene was born July 1, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John "Arnie" and Thelma (Rieselman) Paisley. He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa. After high school, Gene graduated from UW-Platteville. During this time, he also earned his private pilot's license. Flying became one of his favorite hobbies. Gene married Paula O'Rourke on May 8, 1971 at St Mary's Church in Dubuque.

Gene's love of trucks started at a young age. He was able to see his childhood dream of owning a semi come to fruition in 1978 as he and Paula started Paisley Trucking, Inc. Through hard work and dedication they were able to grow the company until his retirement in 2004.

Upon retiring, Gene spent much of his time on his childhood farm outside of Rickardsville and enjoying the company of his 9 grandchildren. Though the farm kept him busy, he was never too busy to take a grandkid for a tractor or gator ride.

Throughout his life, Gene was able to build a great marriage, raise four kids that adore him, run a successful company, teach his grandkids to love anything with wheels, surround himself with friends, and show the world you really can be happy every day.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Paula; his favorite daughters, Jennifer (T.J.) Bryant, Kim (Wayne) McDermott, Angie (Brett) Crosby; his favorite son, Jonathan (Jill) Paisley; and 9 grandchildren, Paisley, Katrina, Lexi, Alisha, Cole, Wyatt, Gavin, Owen, Theo.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Judy; and his mother and father in-law, Jeanne and Jim O'Rourke.

A special thank you to all the staff at the U of I Hospital and Clinics Burn Unit and the Sherrill Fire Department during this time.

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



Barry R. Riggs


Barry R. Riggs, 71, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday May 23, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.

Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A procession from the funeral home led by the Patriot Guard Riders will depart at 11:00 a.m. to Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel for military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Barry was born January 31, 1947 in Kentucky, the son of Reginald and Vivian (Klopfenstien) Riggs. At the age of 6 his family moved to Tucson, Arizona. He graduated in 1965 from Sunnyside High School in Tucson. That same year, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served until 1971, which included 2 tours in Vietnam.

Barry was employed by Peck Steel in Tucson, AZ and Gardner Machinery Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.

Barry is survived by his wife Edna (Clark) Riggs of Dubuque; his two children Michael (Christine) Riggs of Dubuque and Shawn (Chad) Gurley of Tucson; 2 step children Keith (Michelle) Dague of Dubuque and Anne (Kurt) Feldmann of Tucson; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers Gary and Kerry Riggs of Tucson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Reginald and Vivian (Klopfenstien) Riggs and his brother Terry Riggs.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, for the kindness and care they gave to Barry, as well as the support they gave to their family.



Melvin Gerald Spiegelhalter


Melvin Gerald "Buddy" Spiegelhalter, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on Saturday, May 26, 2018 surrounded by his family.

A memorial service and visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 31, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Buddy was born on April 19, 1948, in Dubuque, one of the five children of Melvin and Elizabeth "Betty" (Tuegel) Spiegelhalter. On August 16, 1969 he married Therese "Terri" Boge.

He formerly worked for the Dubuque Packing Co for 11 years where he gained his enviable butchering skills that would serve him well for many years in the restaurant business. He also spent a few years working at 3 in 1 Construction and Security Products of Dubuque. In 1998, he and Terri purchased Buddy's Clubhouse and have proudly run it ever since.

Buddy was an extremely talented man who could do almost anything and was very meticulous in the way he did it. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Dubuque and the 700 Club for several years. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, playing Euchre and Cribbage, bowling and collecting "Lionel" trains. He was an avid Cubs, Cowboys and Iowa Hawkeye fan and it was rare for him to miss a game. Boating on the Mississippi with his family and friends was a regular weekend activity that he loved. In Sundays past, he could be found racing his Camaro at Earlville with his sons and friends. He had a passion for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and enjoyed riding it whenever he could.

He was the type of man who was a friend to all and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years Terri and two sons, Steven and David (Amy) of Dubuque; his mother Betty Spiegelhalter; siblings Karen (Mike) Reiter, Rick (Shawn) Spiegelhalter, Tom (Shari) Spiegelhalter all of Dubuque; and Mark (Dawn) Spiegelhalter of Littleton, CO and 5 grandchildren Myrah, Clara, Ellie, Alayna and James.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin A Spiegelhalter and his in-laws Joseph & Clara Boge.

A special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman, Lauren White and all the staff at Mercy Medical Center/Medical Associates who helped care for Buddy. All your efforts and care were greatly appreciated by Buddy and his family.



Bailey A. Pasker


Bailey Austin Pasker, 26, of New Vienna passed away Monday, May 28, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, June 1, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Bailey was born January 23, 1992 in Calhoun, GA the son of Ronald and Linda (Schmitt) Pasker. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the class of 2010 and attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. Bailey enjoyed building and working on computers, driving and listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and playing disc golf. He also enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool, drinking Blue Moon, having bon fires and creating artwork.

Survivors include his parents, Ron and Linda Pasker of New Vienna; paternal grandmother, Joan Pasker of Dyersville, maternal grandfather, Richard (Deb) Schmitt; siblings: Skyler (Amanda) Wachendorf, Shayna (Benny) Baltrotsky, Amanda Ingram, Chastin Yetman, Hunter Pasker, Tristen Pasker, aunts and uncles: Virginia White, Stormy (Paul) Olson, Gary (Tanya) Schmitt, David (Barb) Schmitt, Theresa Burns, Wanetta Sadewasser, Joey Schmitt, Lisa (Mike) Holtz, Travis Schmitt, Donald Schmitt, Glinda (Andre) Gomez, Carla (Derek) Damon, Rose (Oly) Olson, Dan (Kay) Pasker, Dave (Mary) Pasker, Rick Pasker, Diane (Mark) Elgin, Randy Pasker, Joyce (Larry) Naber, Janet (Jeff) Olson, Jeanne (JJ) Hefel, Pam (Randy) Demmer, and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Carolyn Williams, paternal grandfather, Urban Pasker, and great grandmother, Mary Williams.

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



Rita E. Holmberg


Rita E. Holmberg, 100, food editor, home economist, registered dietician, author and educator, died peacefully May 28 at Bethany Retirement Home in Dubuque after a short illness.

The daughter of the late William and Mary (Sullivan) Holmberg, she was born at home on South Locust Street in Dubuque on Jan. 22, 1918. After graduating from Senior Dubuque High School and Clarke College, Rita was accepted for a dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD where she completed her training to be a registered dietician. She served at the end of World War II in the Army Women's Medical Specialist Corps as a first lieutenant, using her dietician skills to treat sick and wounded soldiers in military convalescent facilities in North Carolina and Alabama. Over a long career as a professional home economist, magazine food editor, and author, Rita worked for Armor Foods Corp. and later McCann-Erikson Advertising in Chicago, IL, was named Food Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, and later became head of Consumer Service in the Peavey Corp. Research Center in Minneapolis, MN. Returning to Dubuque in the mid-1970s, she worked independently for many years as a free-lance writer, food consultant, college textbook author, and adjunct instructor at Clarke University.

A lifelong parishioner of St. Raphael's Cathedral Parish, where she served as a lector and Eucharistic minister, Rita also volunteered at the Roberta Kuhn Center and Marian Hall Infirmary at Mount Carmel motherhouse of the B.V.M. sisters. She was a volunteer and Friend of Dubuque Public Library. Her published works include Great Dishes from the Oven, a popular college textbook entitled Meal Management Today, and a personal memoir published in 2013 as By Fives to Ninety-five, plus many magazine articles and essays.

Rita is survived by one sister, Mary Walsh of Bridgeport, CT, plus 14 nephews and nieces and numerous grand- and great-grand nephews and nieces. Besides her parents, she is pre-deceased by her brothers, Father Loras Holmberg, William Holmberg and John Holmberg, and one sister, Helen Willis.

Friends may pay their respects Friday, June 1, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St. with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. The funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, celebrated by Rita's nephew and godson, Msgr. Christopher Walsh of Stamford, CT. Burial will take place immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services



Daniel P. Hahn


Daniel P. Hahn, 54, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. Celebration of Life will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church, 940 Walker St., Dubuque, conducted by Pastor Larry Stark.

Daniel was born July 18, 1963 in Mankato, Minnesota the son of Thomas and Ann (Kurkowski) Hahn. Daniel married Tara Stapleton on July 13, 1985 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a baker and restaurant owner, most recently he worked for Hy-Vee as a baker in Asbury. Daniel adored his grandson and spending time with him brought great joy to his life. He also enjoyed using his drones.

Survivors include his wife, Tara; children, Daniel (Ashley Weaver) Hahn and Calista (Dyson Wikert) Hahn; a grandson, Dyson; siblings, Jean (Marcin) Artim, David (Donna) Hahn, and Kathy (Mark) Clark; brother and sister in-laws, Connie (Steven) Stapleton-Little, Ted (Jackie) Stapleton, Sue (Marc) Hess, Anne (Dave Frommelt) Wimer, and Andrea (Jeremy) Berger; and numerous other relatives.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Marvin A. Tauke


Marvin A. Tauke, 84, of Dyersville, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate. American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Marv was born August 25, 1933 in Dyersville the son of Greg and Elizabeth (Osterhaus) Tauke. He graduated from Xavier HS and served four years in the Navy as a SeaBee. He married Leona Bockenstedt on Nov. 9, 1957, in Dyersville.

Marv joined Greg J. Tauke and Sons, an implement dealership. Marv and Dave eventually split ownership into Tauke Implement and Tauke Motors. Marv was later involved with several other businesses and investments such as Dairy Queen and Tauke Real Estate and Appraisal.

Marv was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734. Marv was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching and playing golf. He was a lifetime member of the Dyersville Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Leona, children: Mark Tauke of Dyersville, Mike Tauke of Delhi, Jack Tauke of Dyersville, Lynn (Mark) Mawe of Grinnell and Lisa (Barry) Klostermann of Dyersville; grandchildren: Jesse (friend Mitchell Boge) Tauke, Dillon, Jake and Wade Mawe, Paige, Bennet (fiancé Taylor Baumgartner), Brooke (friend Jake Westhoff), and Blair Klostermann; great grandchildren: Max Hanken and Bailey Boge;
a sister: Marjorie Torrance of Dyersville; in-laws: Alice Tauke, Lois Bockenstedt, Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt, Dennis (Judy) Boeckenstedt, Dean (Rosalie) Boeckenstedt, Blanche (Albert) Schulte, Ambrose Wegmann, Jean (Ken) Kramer and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges, and many nieces and newhews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jeffry James Tauke in 1979; siblings: Donna (Robert) McGuire, James (Arlene) Tauke, Dave (Joan) Tauke; in-laws: Tom Torrance, Theresa Bockenstedt, Leo Bockenstedt, Pat Wegmann, Marian (Allan) Koelker and Kathy Boeckenstedt.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Joyce C. Houston


Joyce C. Houston, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at 9 A.M., Friday, June 1, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Joyce Current was born on May 13, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Arlo and Winifred (White) Current. She was a 1962 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Y. George Houston on March 28, 1964 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Michael, Marcus and Michelle.

Joyce was a homemaker and had first worked at Jansen Nursing Home and Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. From 1992 to 1994 she worked in the housekeeping department at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, and lastly from 1994 to 2004 at WestWing Place in DeWitt.

Joyce enjoyed going to the casino, doing crafts, her Ipad, playing cards, watching "Days Of Our Lives", traveling, and attending family reunions. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, George Houston of Maquoketa, IA; children, Michael (Marion) Houston of Missouri, Marcus (Inge) Houston of Germany, and Michelle (and fiancé Craig Thines) Muhlhausen of Preston; 5 grandchildren, Matthew Houston, Melanie Starr, Marcus Houston, Lance Muhlhausen and Cale Muhlhausen; 3 step-grandchildren, Collin Thines, Kennedy Thines and Paige Thines; 5 great-grandchildren, Kameron Houston, Kristopher Houston, Aiden Meier-Muhlhausen, Lylah Starr and Sean Starr Jr.; a sister Sharon (Randall) Edwards of MO; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Delores) Current of Monmouth; sisters-in-law, Doris Current of WI, Laura Condra of AL, and Kate Condra of AL; and brothers-in-law, Gerald "Jerry" Willey of CO, and Marcus "Junior" Houston of AL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Connie Willey in 1998, an infant brother Richard, and a brother Darwin "Dart" in 2008.

"The family wishes to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County and Dr. Engelman and his staff for the wonderful care given to Joyce and our family."

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

 



Lucille M. Sirk


Lucille Madorin Sirk, age 94 years, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, May 26 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 31 at 11 AM at Temple Beth El, 475 W. Locust, Dubuque, IA conducted by Rabbi Jim Sagarin. A luncheon will follow. She will be buried at a later date next to her husband in San Diego, California. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucee was born June 18, 1923 in Tefft, Indiana She grew up in Chicago and went to Hirsch High School. She then spent one semester at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then transferred to the University of Illinois in Champaign, where she was introduced to Arnie Sirk. He was the love of her life. They married in December, 1943 and spent 61 1/2 very happy years together until he passed away in June, 2005.

From the time she got married, she committed herself to her husband and family. Arnie and Lucee had two children, Randy and Cindy (Pearce). After Arnie got out of the Air Force at the end of WWII, they moved to Chicago and raised their children there. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, Lucee became an amazing volunteer and philanthropist. She was a shining example of someone who cared about the underdog. She was constantly busy with family, extracurricular activities, and not-for-profit involvement.

She became very active in the National Council of Jewish Women and became president of the Chicago Chapter. Having not finished college, she decided in her 40's to go back to school and Lucee received her Bachelors degree at age 50.

In 1978, Arnie decided to move his business to Dubuque and so they moved to Galena and built a house on Pilot Knob. They really embraced living in the country, growing an extensive garden and canning their produce. Lucee continued her charitable efforts and was instrumental in the creation of the Family Center, a place for mothers and children to gather and learn in Galena.

When Arnie retired at 68 years old, they moved to San Diego, California. Oh what a wonderful life they had there. They made many new friends, got involved in the temple there, and loved that chapter of their lives.

At age seventy-five, she decided she wanted her nickname to be Lucee, not Lucy, and not Lucille! She was so vibrant, always thinking!

In addition to her involvement in volunteer causes, Lucee enjoyed participation in many activities over the years. She spent many years playing tennis and golf at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club and other places in Chicago and San Diego, and she loved to play bridge, especially duplicate. She and Arnie enjoyed traveling and went to many places around the world, including Africa, Korea, Thailand, Russia, and Australia.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Randy (Teresa) Sirk and Cindy (Brett) Pearce; and her grandchildren, Denise Mann, Brad Sirk, Erik Sirk and her step-grandson, Jim Mikel, Jr.; and her two great granddaughters, Taylor and Alexa Mann.

She was predeceased by her husband Arnie and by her step-granddaughter, Deborah Mikel Wood, in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Temple Beth El, P. O. Box 185, Dubuque, IA 52004-0185.

The family wants to express a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill who took such good care of Lucee for more than 3 years. And also a special thanks to the staff at Oak Park Place who were so kind to her for three years prior.

Her smile and loving personality will be deeply missed. We will cherish the memories of her.



Anna Mae Reiff


Anna Mae Reiff, 92 of Farley, Iowa, passes away at her home on Monday, May 28, 2018, she was reunited in heaven with her husband Robert.

Friends and relatives of Anna Mae may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday morning at the Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born August 15, 1925 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Dr. Bernard H. and Mary (Shulte) Luehrsmann. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa and is also a graduate of the former Bayless Business College in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating she worked in her father and brother's medical practice. On September 14, 1948 she was united in marriage to Robert W. Reiff at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1988.

The couple owned and operated the Reiff Funeral Homes and Ambulance Service where she played an active role behind the scenes in both businesses. She devoted most of her time to raising their ten children. She enjoyed card games, bowling, and coffee with her friends. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing many games and ensuring their math skills thru card games.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's-Presentation Court #1460.

She is survived by nine children, Nola (Charlie) Nadermann of Delhi, IA, Bede (Dan) Willenbring of Dyersville, IA, Mavonne (Tom) Gansen of Peosta, IA, Robert Jr. (Mary Ann) Reiff of Independence, IA, Joseph (Peg) Reiff of Cascade, IA, Bernie (Debra) Reiff, Julie (Pat) Simon, Mary (Mike) Hoffmann and Sharon (Loren) Schmitt all of Farley, IA; a son-in-law, Robin Ragen of Ottumwa, IA; 43 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Rhonda Ragen on August 18, 2016; twin granddaughters, Jill Simon in infancy and Janelle Simon on February 26, 1993; a grandson, Chad Nadermann on September 9, 2014; a brother, Dr. Bernard C. (Blanche) Luehrsmann; four sisters, Irene Luehrsmann in infancy, Beatrice (Harold) Loes, Dorothy Luehrsmann and Stella (Schwartz) Pettinger; brother and sisters-in-laws, Julian (Luella "Babe") Reiff and Margene (Urban) Besler; and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Fr. Schueller, Sr. Sharon Kelchen, Hospice of Dubuque and all the in-home care givers and family who helped to fulfill her wishes to remain in her own home.

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



James W. Smith


 

James W. "Smitty" Smith, 79, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 26, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

According to Jim's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private family services will be Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was born on December 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Leonard and Frances (Hartmann) Smith. He was united in marriage to Joan Gansen in May of 1960, she preceded him in death. 

Jim retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 30 years of service. He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

He loved his family and lived life to the fullest.

Surviving are his children, Julie (Jake) Belken, Jean (Craig) Jackson, and Jim (Lisa) Smith; grandchildren, Jacob (Kim) Belken, Joey (Bridget) Belken, Alan and Matthew Jackson, Keith Smith and Kim (Brandon) Maro; great-grandchildren; his siblings, Joan (Dick) Czipar, Jean Reynolds, Bob (Judy) Smith, Pat and Tom Smith; step-children, Lynne, Connie and Steve.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan, a brother Mike and his ex-wife Judie Smith.

Jim's family would like to thank the Menominee-Dunleith first responders, the East Dubuque Ambulance and the Emergency Room personnel at Finley Hospital for their efforts and support, in our time of need.

 

 



Kevin M. Stuart


Kevin M. Stuart, age 59, of Peosta, was called home peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Kevin's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Kevin was born on October 14, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Beverly (Cable) Stuart.

Kevin enjoyed growing up in Dubuque, surrounded by family and friends, and was always proud to have attended Dubuque Senior High School. Kevin was a fun loving, tender-hearted, free spirit, who continually looked forward to any opportunity to make others laugh. In his free-time, Kevin was an avid sports fan and an afternoon of watching his beloved Indianapolis Colts play football was always an acceptable outcome for the day. We are definitely going to miss our dear Kevin, who we accept was destined to live his life to the fullest, with no apologies or regrets. His 59 years here with us were surely to short for us to feel comfortable with today, but we know that he is finally at peace from his recent health struggles, and we trust that the Lord has a plan in everything and thankfully He will provide faith and healing in time to help our hearts mend from this sudden and tragic loss. Thank you Kevin for the laughs, memories and stories which are uniquely yours, and we'll hold you safe in our hearts until we see you again in time.

Those left to cherish Kevin's memory include

his siblings,
Jeremy "Moose" (Katie) Stuart, Farley, IA,
Jodi (Steve Krier) Stuart, Dubuque, IA
and Brenda (Tim) Gerhard, Peosta, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Madalyn, Karli and Gavin;

his girlfriend of 30 years,
Christine Bushman, Peosta, IA;

her children,
Tiffani (Josh) Kauder, Cascade, IA, and their children, Devin, Aubri, Elijah and Wesley
and Jessica (Allen) Gilden, Dubuque, IA, and their children, Breana, Katelynn and Alissa.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents.

Kevin's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa Hospital for all of their kind and professional care of Kevin and his family.

In lieu of flowers, a Kevin M. Stuart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert P. Jochum


Robert P. "Bob" Jochum, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home peacefully on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Very Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:0p.m. Monday May 28, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Bob was born on February 17, 1933, in Dubuque, one of the eleven children of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 and on September 29, 1956 he married Lynn Becker who preceded him in death.

Bob worked for the former Saint Regis Paper Co and later for Georgia Pacific until his retirement as a supervisor. In his spare time he enjoyed wood working and being a great handyman. He was a Chicago White Sox and Green Bay Packer fan and a honorary Washington Redskins Fan.

He is survived by his siblings Patricia Schumacher, Carol Thul, Joan Wagner, and Gary (Donna) Jochum all of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, DeLee Jochum, of Dubuque, Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau, of Bellevue, IA, Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, of Dubuque, Betty "Babe" Becker, of Clear Lake, IN, and Barbara Becker, of Dubuque, a brother-in-law Gerald Meyer, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; siblings and spouses Mary (William) Fransen, Jeanne Meyer, Dorothy (Lyle "PeeWee") Reed, Leone (George) Reed, Wayne Jochum, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely, and Donnie in infancy; brothers-in-law David Schumacher, David Thul, John "Jack" Becker, Donald Becker, Robert (Ann) Becker, and sister-in-law Patricia (Tom) Schnee, along with several nieces and nephews.
A Robert P "Bob" Jochum memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to the staff at Bell Tower and No Place Like Home, and all others who helped care for Bob, especially his sister-in-law Jolene and nephew Nick, all your efforts, care and love were greatly appreciated by Bob and his family.



Robert E. Miller


Robert E. "Bob" Miller, 81, of Benton, WI, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Bob was born on December 15, 1936 in Iowa City, IA, the son of Nick and Charlotte (Droese) Miller. He was united in marriage to Alice L. Brokus on May 8, 1953 in Dubuque, she preceded him in death on May 22, 2013.

Bob was formerly employed at Alter Metals, Jacobsen Recycling and Dubuque Wilbert Vault Company.

He loved going to the casinos and purchasing lottery tickets.

Surviving are five children, Charlotte (Randy) Waterman of East Dubuque, Bonnie Miller of Guttenberg, Alice (Rick) Revenig of Dubuque, Linda (Nick) Martin, of Anamosa, and Robert E. "Bob" (Tressa) Miller of Benton, WI; 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 7 great- great-grandchildren; his siblings, Betty Billmeyer, Marion Wiezorek, Jean Rubie, and Ron Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jack, Don, Ed, Jim, and Jane Palm.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL, is serving the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.



Vincent F. Brimeyer


Vincent F. "Vince" Brimeyer, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Vince's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. To celebrate Vince's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Vince was born on June 27, 1930, in Balltown, Iowa, son of Alphonse and Eleanor (Hansen) Brimeyer.

Vince grew up, surrounded by family and friends, in beautiful northern Dubuque County. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army for over 2 years with the 389th Construction Engineer Battalion in Dubuque, and served another 2 years active duty as a Motor Sergeant, from January 1953 to December of 1954, with the 5th Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Regiment, in Augsburg, Germany. Vince was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on Honor Flight #9, in May of 2015, with his son Jeff. He was raised with the values of honesty and diligence, alongside a strong work ethic, and put those character traits to use as a child on local farms during the summer, and working side by side with his dad in the shop in Balltown. He then spent 3 years at the Avalon Garage before finally starting at Clemen's Motors, as a repair technician, working his way up to the position of service manager before he had invested over 23 years of his working career with them. And finally, Vince would earnestly devote his last 15 years of work to the John Deere Dubuque and Horicon plants as a mobile equipment supervisor/senior engineering analyst, until his eventual retirement in 1988. Vince wasn't all work though, providing for those he loved in his personal life was the reason for the work. He was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Alice Klein, on September 25, 1951, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. They were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before Alice was sadly called home ahead of him on August 29, 2011. He and Alice lived a rich and abundantly full life and were proud to have accomplished visiting all 50 states with family and friends throughout the years. In his free time, Vince enjoyed sitting down to watch his Cubs take the field, or the sights and sounds of a NASCAR race on a sunny day, and was even fortunate enough to have attended the Indy 500 3 times, as well as the Brickyard 400, to watch his favorite drivers, A.J. Foyt and Jeff Gordon, in person. He and Alice also spent as much time as they could in the great outdoors, fishing poles proudly in hand; a love which they've continued to pass down to their children and grandchildren today. More than anything though, Vince was a family man through and through. In his later years, Vince always looked forward to any opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; listening intently to all of their stories of daily life all while joyfully watching them attain what he knew to be the magnificent milestones of growing up. He was also very active with several groups around town, including the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, the John Deere Retirees Association, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Vince's faith was also a very important aspect of Vince's life, and he not only tried to live the Christian life by example, but was also a long-time and faithful member of the Church of the Nativity. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, and positive role model to all who knew him. But, we do find peace in knowing that in time the pain will begin to heal, and thankfully we find comfort in trusting that not only will we all be reunited again one day, but that Vince and Alice are finally doing a little catching up as their eternal union begins.

Those left to cherish Vince's memory include

his children,
Pamela (Steve) Dobbins, Milan, IL,
Janelle (Steve) Pregler, Dubuque, IA
and Jeffrey (Laurie) Brimeyer, Independence, IA;

his grandchildren,
Jason Dobbins, Jami (Marcus) McQueen, Zachery (Delaney Jansen) Brimeyer, Megan (Johnathon) McGhee, Brandon (SaRee) Pregler and Michelle (Brian) Huss;

his great-grandchildren,
Marcus, Mariyah, Maliyah and Makiyah McQueen, Jeremy and Oliver McGhee, Nolan and Sienna Pregler and Aleah and Raena Huss;

his siblings,
Ralph (Evie) Brimeyer, Bettendorf, IA
and Margie Huber, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Lucille Brimeyer
and Jane Brimeyer, both of Dubuque.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Brimeyer; a grandson, Jeremy Dobbins; his siblings, Robert Brimeyer, Lester Brimeyer. Willard (Rita) Brimeyer, Francis Brimeyer; and a brother-in-law, Ron Huber.

Vince's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Vince, and his family.

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



Grace M. Kagel


Grace M. Kagel, age 89 years, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:25 a.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. To celebrate Grace's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born on May 23, 1929, in Hopkinton, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Mary (Grace) Ament.

Grace grew up in the Worthington area, with her 4 brothers and dear sister, where she would eventually graduate from St. Paul High School before beginning to work on her Bachelor's Degree at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, and then finally achieving her Master's Degree in Education from Western University in Macomb, Illinois. She would go on to invest over 51 years of her time and talents as a special education music teacher in Dubuque, Waterloo and Remsen, Iowa, and Peoria, Illinois. Her love for music and working with some of the Lord's most precious children brought her true satisfaction and contentment throughout the entire journey. Grace was devoted to her faith life from a very early age and was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque for over 20 years. In time, Grace would also find love in her personal life at home and was united in marriage to John "Jack" Kagel on May 19, 1973, at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria. The couple was blessed with 36 wonderful years together, before Jack was sadly called home ahead of Grace on February 1, 2010. When Grace wasn't at work, she could regularly be discovered at home with either a crochet needle, or a good book in hand. Grace was definitely a people person and any opportunity to make the world a little better place was never lost on her. Her genuine personality, and love for her fellow man, were continually on display and easily leave behind a legacy which all who knew and loved her can retain through these difficult days ahead. The Lord was generous in giving Grace 89 years, plus 1 day, here on earth and we are forever grateful for her vibrant and gracious presence during that time. We will miss Grace more than she could possibly know, but we are joyful that she is now, once again, reunited with her loving family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Grace's memory include

her brother,
Wilfred (Mary) Ament, Decorah, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Nina Ament, IL
and Irene Ament, NV;

and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John "Jack" Kagel; and her siblings, Leo (Joan) Ament, Donald (Beth) Ament, Leonard (Ophelia) Ament and Pauline (Richard) Guise.

Grace's family and friends would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Luther Manor, for all of their wonderful care, concern and support of Grace. And a very special thank you to her Dubuque Angels; Rachel, Bev, Mike and Mary Pat, Bill and Sue, and Karlyn for all of their loving care, time and devotion to Grace.

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



Della E. Jaeggi


Della E. Jaeggi 106, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 261 Owen Ct., passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at The Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Della was born on October 13, 1911 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dewitt and Lena (Dale) Kelley. She married Frank Jaeggi on September 13, 1931. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1985.

Della was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, baking, going for long car rides and fishing - especially in Minnesota. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her children, William (Phyllis) Jaeggi of Dubuque, IA and Rose (Jake) Frank of Mason City, IA; grandchildren, Mark (Karen) Jaeggi, Christine Tigges, Laurie Tschiggfrie, Kevin (Cheryl) Lehnen, Paul (Kristy) Dean, David (Kay) Dean, Marilyn Housner, Rita (Kurt) McMahon, Jake Frank Jr., Brenda, Dawn, Kandi, Kim and Ronnie Frank; numerous great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law Darlene (Donald) Dean; her grandson James Dean and her granddaughter Kathy Kelly.

Della's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Toni, Payton and Will and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.

Memorials will be given to Della's favorite charities.



Mary Janice Knapp Manternach


Mary Janice Knapp Manternach, 85, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away peacefully Monday, May 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends and relatives of Janice may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Services for Janice will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.

Janice was born January 15, 1933 in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Joseph W. and Virgina C. (McCabe) Federspiel. She graduated from the former St. Patrick's High School in Garryowen, Iowa.

On August 28, 1951 she was united in marriage to William P. Knapp at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in South Garryowen, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1995. On November 22, 1996 she was united in marriage to Orland "Bub" Manternach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. He also preceded her in death on June 11, 2005.

Janice was a strong, proud, and faithful farmwife for nearly 40 years before she started her second career working for the Sisters of Charity BVM at Mt. Carmel.

Her main focus in life was to care and pray for others in her family, always wishing prosperity and happiness for each and every one of them. Cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, or any team her kids or grandkids were a part of was one of her favorite pastimes. She loved to travel including a memorable trip to the Vatican in Rome with her son, trips to Hawaii and Alaska with Billy and the many adventures with Bub near the lake in Texas. Janice was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish.

She is survived by seven children, Rick (Mary) Knapp of Dubuque, IA, Mike Knapp of East Dubuque, IL, Kayla (Mike) Melloy of Coralville, IA, Ken (Kim) Knapp of Fayette, IA, Tom Knapp (Dr. Al Martin) of Denver, CO, Lori (Tony) Lust of Coralville, IA and Beth (Tom) Duccini of Dubuque, IA; six step-children, Eric (Susan) Manternach of Cascade, IA, Terry Manternach of Elgin, TX, Charles (Mary) Manternach of Elkhorn, NE, Linda (David) Stoverink of Carthage, IL, Diane (Dave) Boardman of Asbury, IA, Lori (Jeff) O'Brien of Cascade; one step-son-in-law, Randy Kurt of Kansas City, MO; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Curoe of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-daughter, Amy Kurt; one step-daughter-in-law, Kathy Manternach.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Janice Knapp Manternach memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeffrey C. McDermott


Jeffrey C. McDermott, 55, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at home, surrounded by family, after battling Squamous Cell Carcinoma since November of 2016.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jeff was born November 13, 1962 in Dubuque, son of Clement and Imelda (Decker) McDermott. He was a graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School and the University of Dubuque.

On October 11, 1992 he married Pam Hubert at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He was a loving husband and father, and doting grandfather endlessly devoted to his family.

He was a chef at Timmerman's Supper Club for over 30 years and was a product support analyst at Change Healthcare (McKesson Relay Health). He enjoyed skiing and golfing.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Pam McDermott of Dubuque; two daughters, Emily (Nathan) Roberts of Iowa City and Megan (Brandon) Valentine of Dubuque; granddaughter, Temperance Valentine; three siblings, Nancy (Chuck) Ashelin of Dubuque, David (Marilyn) McDermott of Dubuque and Wayne (Nancy) McDermott of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Special thanks are extended to the family's caring neighbor, John Kirk.



Aurora P. Vander Meulen


Aurora P. Vander Meulen, 5 month old daughter of Curtis Gilbert and Melina Vander Meulen, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Friday, May 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Aurora's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Aurora's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Aurora was born on December 3, 2017, in Dubuque, daughter of Curtis Gilbert and Melina Vander Meulen.

Our hearts are beyond broken today with the realization that our beautiful Aurora has been called home much too early for our minds to even comprehend. The five months the Lord was gracious enough to share her with us were beyond words. Her contagiously happy smile every morning, her joyful eyes followed up with a perfectly timed pouty lip when necessary, the tender touch of her little hands against your skin, and the essence of innocence she displayed so naturally will always hold a special place in our lives. Sadly, there are only the memories that remain which will allow us to feel her in our days now, and the mere thought of that is almost more than we can bear. Thankfully though, we are able to find peace in the fact that we trust the Lord has a plan in everything, and we also know that Aurora went straight from our arms to the loving perfection of her Heavenly Home. We will miss you everyday we're apart Aurora and thank-you for the beautiful love you shared while you were here.

Those left to cherish Aurora's memory include

her parents,
Melina Vander Meulen and Curtis Gilbert, Dubuque, IA;

her brother,
Payton Healey, Dubuque, IA;

her maternal grandparents,
Russel Vander Meulen, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn (Joe) Pray, Necedah, WI;

her paternal grandparents,
Neilda Howell, Dubuque, IA;

and her aunts,
Kylee Vander Meulen, Des Moines, IA
and Danielle (Eric) Carmen, Fort Dodge, IA.

Aurora was preceded in death by her great-grandparents; and her cousin, Bentley Randall.

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



Timothy James Widmeier


Timothy James "Tim" Widmeier, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 19th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:45 p.m.

Tim was born in August 11, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Mark Widmeier and Biddy (Evans) Ramstedt. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1974, and in 2002 was a Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Dubuque where his major was Special Education, Multiple Categories.

He married Victoria Lorenz on August 9, 1975 at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta.

Tim was a self-employed flooring installer from 1975 to 1993; Special Education Teacher from 2002-2009 at Hillcrest School in Dubuque and from 2009 to 2018 he was manager of Widmeier Flooring and Furniture in Dubuque.

Tim was a devoted family man, he lived for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a great story teller and a friend to all those who knew him, he could carry on a conversation with anyone.

Tim enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family and a great game of golf. Tim never worried about "who" was right, he always concerned himself with "what was right". The most special characteristic of Tim was that, without exception, he always saw the very best in everyone.

He is survived by his wife Victoria; his children, Joseph (significant other, Rachel Erschen Kluck) Widmeier, Jamie (Jay) Blake, Jill (Jason) Conrad, Nicholas (Fiance Laura Borley) Widmeier, and Katie (Bob) McDermott. Grandchildren, Cody, Colton and Marisa Widmeier, Whitney and Austin Putchio, Michael, Jessica, and Johnny Blake, Dayton and Lillian Weldin, Joseph Grobstick, Christian Kemp, Carter Widmeier, Dalton and Chloe McDermott; his Godchildren, Sarah Fischer and Hannah Widmeier. His mother Biddy Ramstedt, and his brother Michael Widmeier both of Dubuque along with numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his father Mark Widmeier, stepfather Dr. Ron Ramstedt, M.D., his sister Anne (Widmeier) Wallace and brother John R. Widmeier.

Memorials in Tim's memory may be made to Hillcrest Family Services, 2005 Asbury Road Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ramabadran in the Cardiology Dept., Dr. Brian Sullivan in Internal Medicine, and Dr. Honorio Caceres all with Medical Associates in Dubuque; the entire medical and nursing staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, especially Dr. Travis Snyders. A very special thank you to Julie Carroll-Petrarca, RN, for her unconditional love, support, commitment and nurturing guidance to our entire family as we navigated the heartbreaking journey.



Helen E. Rubie


Helen E. Rubie, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2018 at home.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of service.

Helen was born on July 7, 1938 in Georgetown, WI the daughter of Edward and Louise (Scharff) Hamilton. She graduated from Cuba City High School in 1956. On July 19, 1958 she married Arthur Rubie in Dubuque, Iowa.

Helen was a stay-at-home mom until 1980 and she then worked for the Telegraph Herald as a Librarian for 20 years.

She spent her life doting on her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed going to their sporting and music events along with baking their favorite cookies. She was an avid reader, Chicago Cub fan, and card player. She loved watching "her" birds and animals and enjoyed her many family vacations across the country. Helen was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Arthur "Buzz" Rubie; her children, Michael (Bonnie) Rubie, Diane (Dale) Reuter, Patrick (special friend, Laurie Meyer) Rubie, and Suzanne (Stephen) Gassman. Grandchildren, Andrew, Zachary and Elizabeth Reuter, Jeromy (Deidre) and Mitchell Rubie, and Brook and Cooper Gassman. Siblings, Donald Hamilton, Leonard (Janet) Hamilton, and Virginia Bertram.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Kenneth Hamilton; a still-born daughter; several brothers and sisters-in-law and her mother and father-in-law.



Joan R. Murphy


Joan R. Murphy, 78, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m., Monday, May 21 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where a visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

Joan was born on May 27, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Della (Lebben) Barrett Sr.

She married Robert Murphy on November 26, 1956. After 13 years of marriage Robert preceded her in death in August of 1969, leaving her to raise their 5 children. Providing for her family while being a young widow was her greatest accomplishment.

After Robert's death Joan met Lefty Dalsing, with whom she shared 30 years. Together they owned and operated the Chateau Supper Club. They enjoyed spending winters in Texas, where they made many friendships. Lefty preceded her in death in February 1999.

Joan enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Kim (Mitch) Reed, Tim "T.J" Murphy (Laurie Chapman), Chris (Russ) Reed, Jeff (Teresa) Murphy and Billy (Lynn) Murphy, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Shelly, Bob, Randy, Alicia, Katie, Amy, Kimmie, John, Cory, Amanda, Kelly, Lindsey, and Rob; 23 great- grandchildren; sister, Joyce Helling; sister-in-law, Nita Barrett, all of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Dick Murphy, of Osceola, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Tony Murphy; her parents; brothers, Billy and John Barrett; sister, Shirley (Vincent) Scardino; brother-in-law, James Helling; sister-in-law, Patty Murphy and her nephew, Tommy Murphy.

A Joan Murphy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, Angela, Linda, Jan and Cindy, Dr. Janes, and her special care givers, Jessica and Connie for proving comfort and care to mom; and to her special neighbors and friend, Gwenie, for always looking out for mom.



Ralph J. Ernst


Ralph J. Ernst, 73, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.
Visitation 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Members of American Legion Post #787 will meet at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Ralph was born on November 2, 1944 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Orville M. and Marie H. (Till) Ernst. He graduated from Marquette High School in Bellevue. Ralph served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1965 - 1967. He married June "Bonnie" Splinter on July 8, 1972 at Nativity Church in Dubuque, IA.

Ralph was a member of Local #94 U.A.W. and American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque. He retired after 33 years from the John Deere Dubuque Works.

Ralph and Bonnie were caretakers at the East Dubuque Cemetery for 15 years. He loved to hear and tell good jokes, play golf, take care of his immaculate lawn at home and also enjoyed watching the Cubs, Packers and Bears with his wife by his side. Ralph loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years; his children, Cindy (Jeff) Apel of East Dubuque, Jeff Driscoll and (special friend Angie) from Louisiana, Lisa (John) Mueller of Farley, IA, and Tanya (Pat) Schilling of Dubuque; three grandsons, Jake Schroeder of Dubuque, Joe Apel of Germantown, MD, and Michael Atchison of Dubuque; great-grandaughters, Ava and Audrey; and one great grandson, Kellen; his siblings, Juneva Sagers, Cleo Manning, and Annaclete (Julius) Nimms all of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews; his in-laws, Edward Splinter, Brenda Halfhill and David "Pete" Splinter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jerry Manning; niece Chris Manning; sisters-in-law, Doris Splinter and Debbie Levins; brother-in-law Mike Levins; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ed and Dorothy Splinter; great nephew, Nick VanOstrand and great niece, Donna Splinter.

Ralph's family would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Officer Kyle Huseman and the East Dubuque Area EMTs for their quick response and compassion.

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



Marijo M. O’Brien


Marijo M. O'Brien, 95, of Dubuque died Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

Marijo was born on March 21, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph D. and Mary A. (Fleming) Martin. She attended Trinity High School in Oak Park, Il and the University of Iowa where she met her husband, Dr. Stephen A. O'Brien. They were married on May 4, 1946.

She was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital, active in Theresians and the Sunshine Circle service group as well as an avid golfer and bridge player.

She is survived by her children, Kathy of Oak Park, IL, Steve (Alice Kilgo), David (Nancy) of Dallas, TX, Molly (Bill Beyer) of St. Louis Park, MN, Sheila (Michael Kelty) of Oak Park, IL, and Meg Northey (Tom) of Oak Park, IL; her grandchildren, Sean (Carrie) O'Brien, Shay and Bridget O'Brien, Kelsey and Dannel Beyer, Kiernan and Griffin Kelty, Kirby, Liam, and Henry Northey; her great-grandchildren, Nico and Isabela O'Brien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Stephen A. O'Brien in December, 1968 and her sisters, Jeanne Martin and Helen McManus.

The family would like to thank her incredible caregivers, Kathy and Angie whose devotion allowed Mom to be in her home and to Hospice Care of Dubuque for their compassionate care as well.

In accordance with her wishes, Marijo's remains were sent to the University of Iowa Medical School as part of the Deeded Body program. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The University of Iowa - Deeded Body Program, 1-402 BSB, 51 Newton Road University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.



William J. Hennings


William J. "Burt" Hennings, 56, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at the funeral home.

Burt was born William Joseph Hennings on April 16, 1962 to Wayne and Jeneene (Hines) Hennings. On November 29, 1986, he married Mary Peterson at the Dubuque Boat Club.

Burt was an avid outdoorsman who loved to be fishing and hunting when he wasn't working and if he was working, he was thinking about it. His biggest accomplishment in his fishing career was a walleye tournament where he and his brother-in-law, Billy Peterson, finished "in the money".

Burt was a family man to the core. He loved his family with all his heart and would do anything for them. He loved being a "Papa", he loved his wife Mary and all his children and grandchildren so much. Burt was such a kind hearted man, a big ole teddy bear. Burt also enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Dubuque Boat Club. He was also a football fan, We know he'll be rooting for the Packers from above. Burt will be greatly missed by so many and we know he is still with us.

Burt worked at Addoco Inc. for many years as a fork lift operator.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Mary; his children Mike (Brenda) O'Toole, Heather (Ray) Lara, John (Alyssa) Hennings and Jessica (Mark Kohn) Hennings; his grandchildren Madaline, Autumn and Lauren O'Toole, Mackenzie, Kyler, Noah and Abby Lara, Jordan, Juliyanah and Hadlei Hennings and Aubreigh Cockrell, Antonia, Alexandria and Ava Naab, and Brianna King; his mother Jeneene Hennings; his siblings C.J. (Debbie) Hennings, Shelly Holland, Kevin (Lynn) Hennings and Jack (Yolanda) Hennings; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Peterson Jr., William (Linda) Peterson, and Vicky (Arnie) Henry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews on the Peterson side.

He was preceded in death by his father Wayne Hennings; his grandmother Rita Hennings; his; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Joann Peterson, brother-in-law Dan Holland; his nephew Austin Hennings; and many other aunts and uncles.

A William J. Henning's memorial fund has been established.

Burt's family would like to thank Billy Peterson, and the first responders at Addoco, Inc. and the nurses and doctors at Unity Point Finley Hospital ER and ICU for their compassion and unending efforts in helping Burt.



Lucille M. Donovan


Lucille M. Donovan, 92, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on May 15, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lucille was born on October 3, 1925 in Jackson County the daughter of Matt and Mary (Sterbenz) Gregorich. She married Arnold J. Donovan on November 28, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Garryowen. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2000.

She was an active lifelong member of St. Patrick's Garryowen, where she was on the Altar and Rosary Society.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, going down to the farm and a half of glass of beer.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Fred (Elvira) Donovan, of DeWitt, Tom Donovan, of Milan, IL, Paula Strang, of Phoenix, AZ, Janet (Jerry) Feeney, of Dubuque, and Steve (Shannon) Donovan, of Tipton, IA; her son-in-law Norman Ottman. Sixteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. One sister Rita Hoffman, of Freeport, IL and 2 sisters-in-law Lois Donovan, of Bernard and Delores Gregorich, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arnold; a daughter Mary Lou Ottman; six brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Garryowen Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the Memory Unit at Grand Haven Retirement Community in Eldridge, Iowa for all their loving care, kindness and friendship they gave to Lucille.



Dennis L. Volkert


Dennis L. Volkert, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 15th, 2018 at home with family by his side.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 12:00 p.m. Saturday until time of service.

Dennis was born on October 30, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clifford and Ivyl (Beerman) Volkert. He graduated from Senior High School and served in the US Army and was honorably discharged on October 25, 1978.

He married Tina Breitbach on April 11, 1987 in Dubuque and worked for United States Postal Service until retirement.

Dennis loved spending time with family and friends, playing golf, reading, and taking walks by the Mississippi river.

He is survived by his wife Tina; three children, Angel (Grant) Crow, of Prole, IA, Devin Volkert, of Pahrump, NV, and Brooks Volkert, of Norwalk, IA. Two grandchildren Aaylah and Easton Crow, of Prole, IA. His mother Ivyl Volkert; brothers Ron (Dianna) Volkert, Terry (Bev) Volkert and Ken Volkert, all of Dubuque; along with nieces, nephews, in-laws and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford; father-in-law Alfred Breitbach and mother-in-law Betty Breitbach.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Herman and his staff for all the wonderful care they gave to Dennis.



John R. McCorkle


John R. McCorkle, aged 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully in the Lord surrounded by family, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 18th at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa from 4 - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. preceding the service. Funeral service is Saturday, May 19th, 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. A graveside service will be held at Linwood Cemetery after lunch.

John was born February 21, 1930 in Pipestone, MN. On August 28, 1949, John married his high school sweetheart Doris Schlapkohl in Pipestone. John served in the Korean War and then attended the South Dakota School of Mines on the GI bill where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1959.

John and Doris then moved to Dubuque, Iowa with their three small girls, to begin his long and loyal career with John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

John and family were charter members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, involved in church activities his entire life. He led a full and faithful life enjoying church, camping, golfing, travel with Friendship Force, and creating works of stained-glass. 

John is survived by his wife Doris of 68 years, daughters Carene (Ray) Baslee of Texas, Denise (Daryl) Seaman of Colorado, and Renee (Dale) Lutzen of Missouri; grandchildren Mallory (Devin) McDonald, Cara (Michael) Weaver, Hannah (Alan) Waulet, Gregory (Christa) Seaman, Laura (Rev. Jeremy) Richert, Kate Elahi, and Kianna (Tony) Elahi-Gedwillo; and great-grandchildren Jane and Adam Seaman.

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

The family thanks Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, Rev. Jesse Cearlock, and their many friends and family who have shared their love and concern. John will be missed by all, yet we rejoice in the knowledge he is safe in Christ's arms.



Alvin C. Wernimont


Alvin C. Wernimont, 67, of 2722 Bankston Dr., died Monday, May 14, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Alvin was born on December 19, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Walter and Lois (Gilligan) Wernimont. He attended St. Columbkille Elementary until 8th grade, and for the last few years he loved to attend concerts, Grand Parent's Day, or any event there with his grandson Jackson. He also attended Dubuque Senior High School for a few days, but then someone told him what to do and that was the end of that.

Alvin didn't need a degree to be successful. He was a legend in the swimming pool business where he worked for most of his life, most recently as the founder of Alvin's Pool and Spa in 1999. Everyone knew Alvin, but many probably didn't even know he had a last name. And everyone that knew him had a story about him. He truly loved the work and the people. His customers became his friends and he could talk with them for hours. He was an extremely hard worker - he worked 7 days a week in rain, snow, or blistering heat to get the job done right. He had a sharp mind and loved to fix things and solve problems, although his methods may have been unconventional at times. In the end, Alvin left this world doing what he loved - working on a swimming pool.

Alvin should have written a book about his life, but it probably wouldn't be fit for publishing. In his younger days, he enjoyed bowling, gambling, motorcycles, demolition derbies, speeding and general mischief. He had an exterior of steel but inside he was not nearly as tough as he acted. He eventually settled down, and some of his greatest joys were taking Jackson shopping for Nerf guns, doing burnouts for Ben, and letting them both drink Mountain Dew and do anything else their mother disapproved of.

Surviving are his daughters Katie (Andy) Thomas of Dubuque and their sons Jackson and Benjamin and Sadie (Jeff) Fick of Mason City and their daughters Delia and Brenna; his significant other Deb Callahan and her daughters Carrie (Jon) Welu of Dubuque and Laurie Callahan of Galena, IL; 7 grandchildren; his siblings Linda (Lynn) Johnsen of Lodi, WI, Sandi (Bob) Johnsen and Jim (Rhonda) Wernimont both of Dubuque, Kenny (Karen) Wernimont of Davenport, IA and Tom Wernimont of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews, including his favorite nephew, Travis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Albrecht Acres where he took care of the pool for many years for only the satisfaction of seeing the campers enjoy it.

Alvin's family wish to thank Katie Harris and the staff at Mercy Medical Center ER for their care, compassion and support. They would also like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries and Dr. Martin Bagby for their excellent care along the way- there is no doubt that he spent a few extra years with us because of you.



Gloria L. Furrow


Gloria L. Furrow, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gloria Lee Rockwell was born on June 2, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Forrest and Maxine (Shady) Rockwell. She attended Maquoketa schools and was part of the 1964 graduating class from Maquoketa High School. She married John E. Furrow on April 21, 1963 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one son was born, Brian.

Gloria had most notably worked with her mom at Rocky's Café in Maquoketa for many years. She had also worked for a short time as a vet assistant at Colonial Terrace in Dubuque.

Gloria had been an avid bowler for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, loved dogs, and was a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Those left to honor her memory include a niece, Becky (Harlan Jr.) Doty of Dubuque, IA, and 2 great-nephews, Jake and Luke; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on August 21, 2001, a son Brian on June 7, 2004, 3 infant sisters, a sister Marilyn Davison on August 16, 2014, and her beloved dog Pepper.

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



Rita A. Johns


Rita A. Johns, age 85, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:50 p.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Road, with Pastor Billy Carter and Tony Johnson officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rita was born on July 27, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Teresa (Duschen) Tschiggfrie.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and would go on to complete her entire 85 year earthly journey right here in God's country. She eventually met her soul-mate, John Johns, and the two were united in marriage on December 31, 1949, at the Church of the Nativity. They would be truly blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 4 lovely daughters, before John was sadly called home ahead of Rita on June 22, 2008. Rita fully embraced her role as wife, mother and homemaker; faithfully caring for her husband and children and always keeping meticulous care of their home. She was an absolute natural in the kitchen and everyone always looked forward, not only to the delicious meals she prepared daily, but especially to the sweet treats for dessert which she was famous for. Rita enjoyed spending time doing the simple things in life; such as tending to her bountiful garden, creating her next latch hook masterpiece, curling up with a good book, keeping her mind sharp working on her latest word search, or even finally earning her G.E.D. while still in her early 50's. She was also known to enjoy a spirited game of Euchre with family and friends, as every true Dubuquer does from time to time. Above all though, family was what brought the most joy into Rita's days. She looked forward to every opportunity to spend time with John and the girls, and when the grandchildren came along you would be hard pressed to find a more doting grandmother. Rita's faith was also a very important aspect of her life, and her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior were continually reinforced with her faith family at Grace Baptist Church. Our hearts and minds are deeply broken today by the sudden physical absence of our dearly sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we know and trust that Rita's soul now rest safely in the loving arms of her Creator and that her and John have now begun their beautiful eternal courtship. Thank you Rita for all of the love, lessons and life you shared with us while you were here and may we carry your legacy forward with pride until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her children,
Mary (Paul) Swartzel, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Jeff) Chiott, Dubuque, IA,
Laura (Tony) Johnson, Dubuque, IA
and Toni (Robert) Backes, Peosta, IA;

her grandchildren,
Chad (Naomi) Johns, Angela (Pete) Román, Adam (Josie) Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Tabitha (Alex) Stuart, Brooke (Tim) Leonard and Ben (fiancé Katelyn Short) Backes;

her great-grandchildren,
Kristopher, Raeann and Lila Stuart, Brooke and Aidan Román, Landon, Lauren and Logan Leonard;

her brothers,
William (Janet) Tschiggfrie, Veronia, OR
and Eugene (Carol) Tschiggfrie, Slidell, LA;

a sister-in-law,
Phyllis Tschiggfrie, Asbury, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Johns; and her siblings, Ardelle (Richard) Genthe, Thomas Tschiggfrie, Kenneth Tschiggfrie and Ray Tschiggfrie.

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

Rita's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Stonehill, for their kind, attentive and professional care of Rita, and her family.

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



Jerry McCord


Jerry McCord, son of Donald and Mildred (Lex) McCord passed from this world on April 29, 2018 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS. He was a resident of Alton, KS.

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He spent 10 years in the Army and did 3 tours in Vietnam and was very proud of his service to his country.

Jerry was a true cowboy and spent most of his life on horseback. He was the huntsman for clubs in Michigan and Virginia. He also worked for two major ranches in Colorado. He and his family moved to Kansas after he retired from the cowboy life. In Kansas, he was an over-the-road truck driver until his retirement.

His major interests in life were his family, horses and dogs, hunting and fishing, cooking, and his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sandra (Riedi) McCord and their son Sam McCord of Alton, KS; a son Jeffery McCord; and 2 grandsons, Yann McCord and Nils McCord all of Germany; 3 sisters, Marie (George) Yeager of Brookfield, NH, Cindy (John) Bailey of Independence, KY, and Jennifer (Ronald) Tigges of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews, one of whom he had a special connection with, Mitchel Tigges of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mildred (Lex) McCord and his Father and Mother-in-law, Charles and Alice (Schepple) Riedi.

He is loved and missed more than words can say. Until we meet again my Love.

 



Donald O. Scheibe


Donald O. "Don" Scheibe, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donald Otto Scheibe was born on December 29, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to George Otto and Adele (Bartels) Scheibe. He attended the Little Red Schoolhouse and later graduated from Maquoketa High School. He married Vera Harriett Ringen on June 12, 1953 in Preston, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Steven and Mark.

Don was a farmer who farmed with his wife Vera, first south of Maquoketa, and in 1962 they purchased a farm west of Maquoketa. As lifetime farmers and partners, they farmed together for over 60 years.

Don was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Through the years Don had been actively involved with the Jackson County Cattlemen and the Jackson County Pork Producers, and had helped young kids getting started with 4-H. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, morel mushroom hunting and attending grandkids' sporting events. He was a collector of steins and coins, and had raised purebred Duroc hogs and Charolais cattle for many years.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his children, Steven Scheibe of Fairview, TN, and Mark (Milissa) Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Bryan Scheibe of Smyrna, TN, Emily Scheibe of Nashville, TN, Zachary Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters-in-law, Lois (Richard) Schnoor of Maquoketa, IA, and Janet (Charles) Hindley of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Walter, an infant sister Ruth and a sister Evelyn Small, and his wife Vera on January 29, 2017.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donald O. "Don" Scheibe memorial fund has been established.

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



Dianne M. Fritsch


Dianne M. Fritsch, age 51, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Friday, May 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dianne's life, private family funeral services will be held. To celebrate Dianne's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dianne was born on August 18, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leroy and Eunice (Wolbers) Bastian.

Dianne enjoyed her youth growing up in Dubuque and learned very early in life the value of faith, family and friends, along with the love and respect required to properly care for them all. She eventually found the love of her life, Douglas Fritsch, and they were united in marriage on May 28, 1988, at St. Joseph Church in Key West. The two have been blessed with almost 30 wonderful years together, and 3 undeniably adored sons, who are their pride and joy. Dianne was naturally gifted and personally driven within to always maintain excellence in all she was involved in, or put her mind to. This trait would definitely shine through as she committed the last 17 years of her working career to the Dubuque Community School District in the Hempstead High School Cafeteria. Dianne not only shared her baking talents at work, but her abilities were first and foremost nurtured in her kitchen at home. Dianne was an excellent cook and a talented baker who always made sure that her boys favorite desserts would be ready and available for them just because she felt like treating them to another special moment and memory created especially by Mom. Dianne was also a very faith-filled Christian woman who possessed an incredible inner strength and trust in her Lord and Savior. In her free-time, Dianne enjoyed hitting the trail for a long walk, spending a little time with her 4-legged canine friends, pulling up a chair to the card table to see who was going to have the best cards that day, watching her boys play football, as well as spending Sunday afternoons with her family watching her beloved Kansas City Chiefs take the field. Above all though, Dianne's family was her world. She was a kind, caring, sincere, humble and loving wife, mother, sister and friend who always put others first and never expected anything in return. The legacy of love Dianne leaves behind will be seen in the generations yet to follow her, and we are forever grateful for the time the Lord was generous enough to share such a rare gift with us. We can all agree that 51 years with Dianne could never be considered enough, but we can also agree that 51 years with Dianne were more abundantly full of love that most people could ever experience in an entire century of their own lives. We will miss you Dianne, we love you more than words can say, and please know and accept that all of our lives are beyond blessed simply because we knew you!

Those left to cherish Dianne's memory include

her loving husband,
Douglas Fritsch, Asbury, IA;

her sons,
Dr. Jesup Fritsch, Davenport, IA,
Bryer Fritsch, Iowa City, IA
and Layton (Allison) Fritsch, Iowa City, IA;

her parents,
Leroy and Eunice Bastian, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Pam (Charlie) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Ryan (Tracy) Bastian, Hiawatha, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Dawn (Jerry) Christensen, Naples, FL
and Lisa (Dr. Silvanus) Udoka, Greensboro, NC.

Dianne's family would like to extend a special thank you to her favorite physician, Dr. Monga, and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Engelman, and the staff at Medical Associates, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dianne, and her family. We also want to thank Dianne's countless friends for all of their love and support along this difficult journey.

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

 



Robert N. Bechen


Robert N. "Nubbins" Bechen, 85, of Cuba City, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning at the church. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on September 12, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Emil S. and Edna (Frantz) Bechen. He married Carol Herrig on October 7, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death. Bob then married Ann (Kennicker) Ernst on October 31, 1964, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2014.

"Nubbins" worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for forty-four years, and then in retirement was a farmer on their "Roadrunner Farm" located on Louisburg Road. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors and belt buckles. He also enjoyed going to Daniel's Lounge for lunch and a few beers.

Survivors include his step-son, Duane (Betty) Ernst, of Cuba City; three grandchildren, Vicki Redfearn (fiancé, Donnie Wand), Scott Ernst, and Jason Ernst; a great-grandson, Wyatt Redfearn; three brothers, Raymond Bechen of Dubuque, Joe (Ellen) Bechen of Dubuque, and Ed (Lorraine) Bechen, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents and both of his wives, "Nubbins" was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Eugene.

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

 



Valita M. Bradley


Valita M. Bradley, 85, of Zwingle, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Genesis Hospital, Davenport.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in St. Donatus. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of service.

Valita Marie Bradley was born March 28, 1933 in Bellevue, IA, the oldest daughter of Alvin and Marie (Sanders) Felderman and graduated from Andrew High School. On September 1, 1952 she was united in marriage to Richard S. Bradley of Zwingle, where the couple farmed together. She loved her family and enjoyed dancing with Richard, gardening, baking pies, and quilting.
Valita was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, LaMotte, and participated in the ELCA women's group.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; four children, Marilyn Bradley, of Dubuque, Janell (Richard) Wampler, of Minneapolis, Karen (Scott) Buechler, of West Des Moines, and Kathy (Greg) Blum, of Zwingle; four grandchildren, Eric and Josh Blum, and Michael (Robyn) Wampler and Stephen (friend Jennifer) Wampler; two great-grandchildren Phillip and Bradley Wampler; and a sister Norla Bormann of Zwingle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother Loren Felderman; and an infant daughter Eileen.

Memorials may be made to Area Residential Care or to Valita Bradley Memorial Fund.



James Loetscher Paisley

James "Jim" Loetscher Paisley, age 93, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Graveside services will be 9 a.m., Saturday, May 19 in Linwood Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

He was born August 16, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the eldest of three children of Lewis C. and Evelyn L. Paisley.
Jim graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1950.

He served in the US Navy in WWII as an electronics technician aboard the USS Samar, an engine repair ship that saw service in the final days of WWII and the post-war period.

Jim's career began with General Electric Corporation in Erie, Pennsylvania followed by a thirty year tenure with Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, California, where he led purchasing negotiations with the US government.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Thomas Paisley and Janet Paisley Smeltzer.

He is survived by nieces, Stephanie McCoy and her husband, Dan and their sons; Nina Hoban; nephew Schuyler Smeltzer and his wife, Judy, and their daughters; brother-in-law, Carl Smeltzer, Jr.; sister-in-law, Sherril Paisley and various cousins.

Jim was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.



Dorothy M. Reed


Dorothy M. Reed, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:55 a.m., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born May 17, 1934, in Dubuque; one of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum's 11 children. She married Lyle V. Reed on September 27, 1952, and they started their beautiful family.

She was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished by her many family and friends. "Do," as she was called by her beloved husband of 50 years, Lyle, was the rock of her large family, quick witted, and made homemade chocolate candy like no other.
She was very involved in many aspects of the Dubuque community and enjoyed every minute of it. She had a special place in her heart for the St. Mary's Catholic Church community, serving as President of the rosary society, a volunteer tutor at St. Mary's elementary school and their girls volleyball coach. She and her sisters were founding members of the Women's Recreation Association and played together on a competitive volleyball team. She served as Vice President of the executive committee board and was the volleyball chairman. Decades later, you could occasionally hear a nonchalant comment about all of the trophies they won. Dorothy was an amazing seamstress, making her kids' clothes through the years and even wedding party gowns for several nieces and grandchildren.
Dorothy and Lyle had seven wonderful children, and they were her greatest joy. After her children started school, Dorothy went to work at the Walsh Stores, where she was an institution in the Domestics department until her retirement. She lived a wonderful, full life, surrounded by family, enjoying crossword puzzles, sketching, reading, traveling with her husband and siblings, gardening, decorating for the holidays, and making special food for her family. Dorothy inspired multiple generations of young women to be smart, strong, and independent; her legacy continues on through their tenacity and successes.

Loved ones who will miss her until they meet again include

her children,
Terry Reed, Springfield, IL,
Peggy (Richard) Herbst, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas (Nancy) Reed, Dubuque, IA,
David (Robin) Reed, Center Point, IA,
Patrick Reed, Rockford, IL,
Karen Reed, Connecticut
and Ryan (Jane) Reed, Arlington, VA;

her 15 grandchildren,
Josh Ballard, Brittany (Chamo) Perez, Heather Green, Matt (Kelly) Herbst, Ben (fiancé Maggie Graham) Herbst, Amy (Dave) Reed-Flanagan, Nick Reed, Anthony Reed, Andrew Reed, Tonya Hinton, Zachary Reed, Kris Reed, Alicia Reed, Brandon Reed and Jordan Reed;

her 19 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert Jochum, Dubuque, IA,
Patricia Schumacher, Dubuque, IA,
Carole Thul, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Wagner, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Donna) Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

her sister-in-law,
DeLee Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Gerald Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Loved ones who cleared the path for Dorothy are her parents; her husband, Lyle "PeeWee" Reed; a grandson, Joshua Reed; her siblings, Mary (William) Fransen, Jeanne Meyer, Leone (George) Reed, Wayne Jochum, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely and Donnie, in infancy; her sister-in-law, Lynn Jochum; her brothers-in-law, David Schumacher and David Thul, and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for their loving and wonderful care of their mother for the past two years, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all that they do.

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



Eva J. Schneider


Eva J. Schneider, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home on May 9th, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 14th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of the service.

Eva was born on August 5, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Theodore and Delores Olds. She attended Senior High School and then went to Dubuque Beauty Academy.

Eva owned and rode many horses over the years. Her favorite horse was an Appaloosa named Casey that she rode for 25 years. She was a member of the Tri-State Boot Scooters, All Stars Country Dancers and the Dubuque Country Saddle Club.

She is survived by her husband Frank; two daughters Kathy Walker and Dianne Schneider; one grandson Bill Walker, and two great grandchildren Brandon & Alec.

She was preceded in death by her father Theodore Olds and her mother Delores Clary; her step father Vird "Shorty" Clary; one sister Nancy Schneider.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Tammy M. for all their wonderful care they gave to Eva.

In lieu of flowers an Eva Schneider memorial fund will be established.



Henry J. O'Connell


Henry J. "Hank" O'Connell, 91, of Bankston, Iowa, was born into eternal life with Jesus Wednesday, May 10, 2018 at his home in Bankston, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Hank may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m, and a KC Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Services for Hank will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating and assisting Deacon, Dan O'Connell. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa.

Hank was born August 17, 1926 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Henry V. and Geneieve (Kennedy) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Clements High School in Bankston, Iowa. On May 21, 1949 he was united in marriage to Lois Keleher at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 21, 2016.

He was a member of St. Clement's Parish in Bankston, Iowa. Hank was also a member of the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001 and the 4th Degree Dubourgh Assembly #1573.

Hank was born and raised on his family farm and he continued the family farming tradition by taking over the Heritage farm and raising his own family on the farm. He was very proud of the Heritage farm and his Irish heritage. He loved to share his song about his Shillelagh stick to bring a smile to those he met. He could always tell a good joke to watch people laugh.

Hank was known for his neighborly ways and was called upon to help many of them. One neighbor recalls having Dad offer his barn as a place to keep his car ready to go first thing in the morning. When a crisis called he was one of the best to help out.

He also embraced the latest technology. He would tell how he was one of the first to have actual turn signals on his car. He got his children involved in looking for "Sputnik" traveling across the night sky while lying in the grass on the front lawn. Later he was one of the first with a cell phone and computer, which became a challenge for his son when he was called upon to become the "IT guy".

He is survived by his four children, Sherry (Greg) McGinn of Dubuque, IA, Kim (Paul) Forsberg of Santa Clara, CA, Daniel (Ellen) O'Connell of Bankston and Jack (Peri) O'Connell of Bankston, IA; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Harrold of Palmer, IA and Mary Lou Korte of Fort Dodge, IA; two brothers-in-law, Keith (Lois) Keleher of Palmer, IA and Paul Benson of Des Moines, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Kathleen O'Connell in May 1961; two sisters, Mildred O'Connell and Rosie (Bernard) Burds; one sister-in-law, Naida Benson; two brothers-in-law, Owen Harrold and Robert Korte.

Henry J. "Hank" O'Connell memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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



John J. Otting


John J. "Popper" Otting, 59, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away at home surrounded by his family Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 1:50am.

Friends and relatives of Popper may call from 4-7pm, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass for John will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa at a later date.

John was born on February 13, 1959, in Monticello, Iowa, son of Wilbur "Bill" and Madonna (Stecklein) Otting. He graduated from Cascade High School. He married Lisa (Kremer) Otting on April 24, 1982, and together they had 4 children. He worked at Modernfold for 32 years, where he retired in 2016.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his 4 grandchildren. On warm days, his tunes could be heard blaring out of his windows. Rarely was he spotted without an Iowa Hawkeye logo as he was an avid fan of all things Hawkeyes. Fishing was one of his favorite hobbies and he spent many weekends with his son and brother on the Mississippi.

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

Those left to continue his musical legacy, are his four children, Aaron (Kelly) Otting in Worthington, IA, Ashley Otting (Nate Hall) of Dyersville, IA, Callista (Brandon) Gibbs of Dubuque, IA, Jackie Otting (Alan Utria) of Iowa City, IA; four wonderful grandchildren, Lucy, Ben, Evan and Alaina; four siblings, Nancy (Carl) Dolphin, Steve "Otto" (Cindy) Otting, Jeff "Rocks" (Linda) Otting all of Cascade, IA Russ (Kay) Otting of Peosta, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Madonna, and his step-father Roger "R.L" Tucker.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to our Hospice of Dubuque staff. We want to thank Edna and Peggy for their compassionate care provided to our Dad.
GO HAWKS

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



Richard Cyril Konrardy


Richard Cyril Konrardy, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Placid. The family request that visitors wear camouflage to honor Richard's memory.

Richard was born on March 12, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Leona Konrardy. He resided in Dubuque until 1970 where he and his family then moved to Colorado. He returned to Dubuque in 1996 where he shared 22 years with his wife Mary Lou.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. Richard was a US Army Veteran, a valued member of the Dubuque Fellowship Club, an avid sportsman, and gardener.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou; his children, Shadrick (Kathleen), Kimberly, Daniel, Kyle, Karl, Breann (Klade), Jeffrey (Dawn), Lynda (Roger), Jody (Tim); 22 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. His brothers Phillip, Gene, Gerald, Roger, Neil and Lloyd; his sisters Norma Jean and Marie. His best friends Doug and Big Dog, and faithful companion "Taz".

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Casper in infancy and siblings Linda, Sheila, Marvin and Kenneth.

The family request no flowers; donations may be made to the Richard Konrardy memorial fund and the Dubuque Fellowship Club.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics especially Tayler and Jess in the ICU Unit; the Dubuque Fire and EMS, Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room staff in Dubuque, Air Care 3, and Leonard Funeral Home for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Richard and his family. Also, a special thank you to his friends in sobriety at the Dubuque Fellowship Club.



Michael C. White


Michael C. "Mike" White, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Mike's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Michael Curtis White was born on May 30, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa, to Dale and Patricia (Clark) White. At an early age his parents divorced and his mom met and married Tom Straub who became like a father to him. Mike was a 1976 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy receiving an honorable discharge. He married Coni J. Risinger Hart on June 20, 1997 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mike was a welder by trade and had worked various jobs throughout the years most recently from 2003 to present at John Deere in Moline, Illinois.

Mike was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed collecting coins, playing Texas Holdem, and going to flea markets, auctions and estate sales. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Coni White of Maquoketa, IA; his mother and father, Pat and Tom Straub of Maquoketa, IA; children, Janelle (Allen) Weimerskirch of Cedar Falls, IA, Ed (Kathy) Hart of Johnson Creek, WI, and Rusty Hart of Prescott, WI; 8 grandchildren, Lekeisha Weimerskirch, Hali Weimerskirch, Emma Weimerskirch, Kelcey Omeig, Libby Omeig, Brian Omeig, Eddie Hart, and Lucas Hart; brothers, Steve (Diane) White of Vermont, IL, and Joe (Rosie) White of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Sue (Mark) Pothoven of Pella, IA, and Lynne (David) Dubert of Odgen, IA; and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Dale D. White and a brother Tommy Straub.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Loren J. Fischer


Loren J. Fischer, age 65, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 7:07 a.m., on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Desert Spring Hospital, Las Vegas, NV, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Loren's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Loren's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Loren was born on May 22, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son of Roger and Mary (O'Brien) Fischer.

Loren was a very talented and hard worker who devoted 32 years of his working career as a welder at John Deere Dubuque Works until his long-awaiting, and yet pleasantly early retirement in 2005. Upon leaving Deere's, Loren would soon search for a manner in which to spend his free hours, and would thankfully discover a brand new circle of friends in the Dubuque Senior High School lunch room whom graciously welcomed him in immediately. He would go on to invest yet another 10 years of his time and talents with the lunch ladies and provided not only a little muscle for the heavy lifting, but also a joyful co-worker who was simply happy to be keeping busy while helping, talking and listening. But, when Loren wasn't at work, he was easily found by the side of his beautiful bride, Laura Tindell. They were united in marriage on June 9, 1989, in Dubuque, and the two have been truly blessed with 28 years together, sharing countless adventures and experiences, all while creating an abundance of memories along the way. When the couple weren't out embracing the wind in their hair while riding their Harley with friends, Loren and Laura could be found traveling extensively around the United States; always in search of a little history whenever possible, but never to focused on learning something new to enjoy a little downtime on their yearly trips to Florida. In his younger years, Loren enjoyed a crisp morning of pheasant hunting, a sunny afternoon of fishing, or even the occasional exciting evening of Bingo. The Bingo bug would carry on throughout Loren's life and his drive to not only win, but maybe even level the playing field from time to time (if a sweet treat was involved) became quite evident at the annual Family Thanksgiving Games. Loren was a good and decent man, the kind there just simply aren't enough of in this world today. A solid provider, an honest soul, an adoring husband and a good friend to all (who didn't just naturally annoy him). The world is a lesser place today because of the sudden absence of Loren from our daily lives; but we understand that the well fought battle with cancer is finally over, his soul now rest in absolute perfection within the loving hands of our Lord and Savior, and that all who knew and loved Loren thankfully retain countless stories to share until we are reunited once again. Thank you very much Loren for setting such a fine example of a real man along your journey and may we all be blessed enough to follow your lead for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Loren's memory include

his loving wife,
Laura Fischer, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Dawn Bernhard, Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Justin (Arellhi) Pregler, Miranda Bernhard, Zach Pregler, Alec Frey and Samantha Frey;

a great-grandson,
Jaxon Pregler;

his sisters,
Lynn (Doug) Glandon, Sigourney, IA
and Laura (Paul) Ernst, Minneapolis, MN,

his sisters-in-law;
Nancy Dolce, Stevens Point, WI,
Linda (Mike) Pluemer, Dubuque, IA,
Sandra Feehan, Dubuque, IA,
Diane (Don) Pettengill-Tindell, Mt. Pleasant, SC,
Susan Winters, Aurora, CO
and Tanya (Dave) Wilson, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers-in-law, Howard Dolce and Jim Feehan.

Loren's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and Tony Heiar, and their nurses and staff, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Loren and his family.

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



Timothy J. Leibold


Timothy J. Leibold, 57, of Dubuque died Monday, May 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in a construction accident.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tim was born June 30, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Melvin and Virginia (Smith) Leibold. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1979, where he played football for four years.

On September 8, 1984 he married Laurie Peter at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Tim worked for Patrick T. O'Dowd Inc for nearly 40 years as a foreman, where he poured many many yards of concrete, said a few of his favorite "F" words, but made many friends and collected a lifetime supply of Bard Concrete tee shirts and hats. He also enjoyed playing in the snow while snow-plowing for both Apel Paving and CK Construction for many years.

He took great pride in the many Ford pickup trucks he owned over his lifetime and made a weekly trip to get them washed (let's be honest, sometimes twice). He had a great sense of humor and was active in the Boy Scouts Nativity Troop 10, Tri-State Saddle Club and several horse-show communities with his daughter although he compared horse showing to watching paint dry (kidding of course) and was the best "horse show dad". He enjoyed going to the cabin, riding ATVs and spending time with his wife and grandson, Lane.

He is survived by his kind and overly-patient wife whom he loved dearly, Laurie Leibold; his one and only favorite yet sometimes gray-hair causing daughter Amy Leibold (Phillip Mitchum) and the sweetest of all his grandson, Lane Leibold; all of Dubuque; five siblings, Tom (Zelda) Leibold of Davenport, Iowa, Terry (Joan) Leibold of Dubuque, Kathy "Kat" Leibold of Dubuque, Krista Beidler of Rockford, Ill, and Karla Durgin of San Angelo, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father in law and mother in law, Donald and Margaret Peter; and brothers in law.

A Timothy Leibold Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque first responders, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center ER and Jones Regional Medical Center, the staff of University of Iowa Air Care and the many family and friends who have offered support during this time.



Alan Z. Applebee


Alan Z. Applebee, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Soldier's Grove, Wisconsin. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Alan Zane Applebee was born on January 3, 1955 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to Royden Morris Sr. and Edith Irene (Strahl) Applebee. He grew up in Wisconsin and was a graduate of North Crawford High School in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

Alan had worked for O'Reilly Auto Parts and most recently for Baron Auto Parts, both in Maquoketa. He had also been a bartender at the Maquoketa Country Club for several years and delivered pizzas for Happy Joes.

Alan enjoyed being outdoors doing anything such as hunting, fishing and mushrooming. He also enjoyed his El Camino car. Through the years he had lived in Wisconsin, Florida, and for the past 20 years in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Lucas Applebee of Soldiers Grove, WI, Jennifer Applebee of Gays Mills, WI, Alan Applebee of Maquoketa, IA, and Aaron Applebee of Muscatine, IA; 4 grandchildren, Cam'ron, Denisis and Luca Applebee, and Barney Conner; brothers DaLee (Phyllis) Applebee of Evansville, WI, and Stanley Applebee of Viroqua, WI; sisters, Charlotte Applebee of Janesville, WI, Diana (Tod) Christianson of Soldiers Grove, WI, and Mary Applebee of Janesville, WI; and his former girlfriend, Shirley Risden of Maquoketa, IA, and her children, Valerie (Craig) Williams of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Lonnie) Howell of Bernard, IA, CJ (Carrie) Risden of Maquoketa, IA, and Elijah, Cameron, Jaden and Jacob Risden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Harlean Miller, and brothers Paul, Royden Jr., James and Charles.

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



Sister Rose André Koehler, BVM


Sister Rose André Koehler, BVM, 92, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Rose André was principal at St. Anthony ES in Dubuque. She taught elementary school and/or was principal in Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Butte, Mont.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Stockton, Calif. She was teacher aide/tutor in Montgomery, Ala.

She was born in Boone, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 1925, to Andrew and Christina Gossman Koehler. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1943, from Sacred Heart Parish, Boone. She professed first vows on March 19, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Firmin Arthur; and sisters: Genevieve Kiddie, Roberta Finch, Mary Anderson, and Rosellen Koehler, BVM (Jean Christine).

She is survived by nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online. Make a donation in Sister's honor.

Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy. 35N, E. Dubuque, IL 61025 is in charge of arrangements.



Harlan J. Hazer