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Velma J. West Schroeder


Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 2, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Friends and family gather immediately following the services at St. Mark's Hall in Maquoketa for fellowship and a time of sharing. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Velma Jane West was born on August 16, 1927 in Martelle, Iowa, to Roy Lee and Ruth Mae (Tharp) West. She was a 1945 graduate of Onslow High School. She married Leslie Schroeder in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. She married Otto Rasmussen in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death.

Velma had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa on the crank line for over 30 years. She then worked at General Foods for over 5 years and Fastex in Maquoketa. Lastly, she worked at Pacific Coast Feather in Maquoketa for several years.

Velma was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Mark's Women's Guild. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy and crocheting.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her children, Patti (Jeff) Schaeffer of Anamosa, IA, Richard (Joanne) Schroeder of Hinesville, GA, Bill (Shirley) Schroeder of Knob Noster, MO and Randy West of Maquoketa, IA; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Darrell (Doris) West of Onslow, IA; a sister-in-law, Elgene West of Sacramento, CA; and former daughters-in-law, Ilse Arellano of Paradise, CA and Estelle Harper of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leslie and her husband Otto, brothers Henry, William, Roylee and Bob, sisters Jean Roman, Nancy Coppess and Ruth Balster, and a son Jim Schroeder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bonnie J. Winchip


Bonnie J. Winchip, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 1, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Bonnie J. Wendel was born on May 1, 1932 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to George and Manuella (Werner) Wendell. She graduated from Elwood High School and then from the University of Iowa with a nursing degree. She married Marvin Winchip and to this union three children were born: Robert, Julie and Nancy.

Upon graduation from the University of Iowa Bonnie worked as an office nurse for Dr. Swift, Dr. Broman and lastly Dr. Rask. She retired from office nursing in 1989 and then went to private duty home health.

Bonnie was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the Jackson County Nurses Association. She enjoyed flowers, baking, writing letters to friends, reading, visiting family and love for her pets.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children Robert "Bob" Winchip of Spearfish, SD, Julie Winchip of Tempe, AZ, and Nancy Winchip of Shawnee, KS; 2 grandchildren, Cassidy and Lucas; and sisters Thelma Kerkman of Elwood, IA and her twin Barbara (Loyd) Downey of Preston, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Betty Parker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie J. Winchip memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Benedict “Ben” R. Thier


Benedict "Ben" R. Thier, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous but brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ben was born September 3, 1959, in Dubuque the son of Arthur and Catherine (White) Thier. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1977, and from Loras College in 1981. He married Krista Taylor on June 20, 1998, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together with his brother, Dennis Thier, and his nephews, Chad and Tony Thier, they continued to operate BARD Materials, a company their father and grandfather co-founded in 1946 (originally known as Dyersville Ready Mix). Ben's career with Bard Materials lasted 35 years and he was currently the Vice President of Finance.

Ben was an avid baseball player and fan, having been on the original Ghost Players team at the Field of Dreams, and he continued to share his passion as he coached Little League in Dyersville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Dyersville Lions Club, and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Basilica Finance Committee.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Krista; three children: Brent, Olivia, Thomas "T.J." all at home; siblings: Dennis (Diane) Thier and Carol (Dr. Earl) Goerdt all of Dyersville; his mother-in-law, Lois Taylor of Dyersville, and a sister-in-law: Tina Taylor also of Dyersville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Charles Taylor.

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

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

 



Lillian R. Bechen


Lillian Rosemary Bechen, age 91, formerly of Sunset Park Place, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Facility.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5,2017 at Nativity Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lillian was born on May 10, 1925 in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Anthony and Anna (Streff) Beringer of LaMotte, IA. She married Donald M. Bechen on April 27, 1948, and moved to Dubuque. She was member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque for over 50 years.

She graduated from Bayless Business College in Dubuque, and worked at the Farm Bureau office and later at Clarke College in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing basketball in high school and would love to watch all the games on TV. She was also an avid golfer and was known for her "Hole in One" trophy. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune.

Surviving are five children: Thomas (Jane) Bechen, Susan (Wally) Kotz, and Julie (Kevin) Hammel, all of Dubuque, Daniel Bechen of Shullsburg, WI, and Kathleen (Douglas) Avery of El Cajon, CA. She also leaves behind two brothers, Raymond (Jeanne) Beringer and Melvin Beringer, and one sister, Sr. Jean Beringer, OSF, and 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Anthony and Anna Beringer; her in-laws, Joseph and Francis Bechen; two daughters-in-law, Cathie Beadle Bechen and Shelley Birch Bechen.

Special thank you to the staff at Sunset Park Place and Weland Gardens for their care of Lillian over the last 5 years.



Judi (Schuster) Meyers


Judi (Schuster) Meyers, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Judi was born August 11, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ray and Shirley (Schmitt) Schuster. She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1968. It was in high school that Judi met the love of her life, Steve Meyers. She promised to wait for him to return from Vietnam, and they were loving companions for 48 years.

Judi was a longtime employee of McKesson Corporation. She loved classic cars, and was an avid fan of drag racing. She will be missed by many of the racers at the Tri-State Raceway. The most important thing in Judi's life was her family.

Judi is survived by her husband, Steve Meyers, of Dubuque; her mother, Shirley Schuster, of Dubuque; two brothers, Kevin (Deb) Schuster, of Manchester, IA and Mike Schuster of Green Valley, AZ; two brothers in law, Nick (Cindy Anderson) Meyers of Dubuque and Gerald Finzel of East Dubuque, IL; nieces and nephews, Jeni (Russ) Wolbers of Dubuque, and Jodi (Rick) Wegrzyn of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeremy (Robin) Schuster of Belleville, IL, Brooke (Lee) Kremer of Farley, DeEtta (Nate) Bode of Cuba City, WI, and Carolanne Schuster of Dubuque; step nieces and nephews, Christopher (Patty) Close of Waterloo, IA, Robert (Jae) Close of San Diego, CA, and Casey (Kori) Warren of Gilbertville, IA; great nieces and nephews, McKenna Harris, Adrian Bode, Brendan and Zach Schuster, and Wyatt, Lane, and Sawyer Kremer; step great nieces and nephews Jeremiah, Xavier, Kayleigh, and Faith Close, and Chloe and Ayden Warren; and many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray; her parents in law, Herb and Rita Meyers; a sister in law, Donna Kay Finzel; and many aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; the staff on 3 West at Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Schultheis; and especially Reid and Jane Kuhlman of Tri State Raceway for their devoted friendship.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Diane “Didi” Hurm


Diane "Didi" Hurm, 60, of Dubuque passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 1, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

She was born August 17, 1956 in Dubuque to Gilbert and Dorothy (Hoppmann) Ferring. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School.

On April 27, 1974, she married Matthew Hurm and after 43 years of marriage they have 8 children and 12 grandchildren with one on the way.

Her passion was her family and she was a devoted homemaker and child care provider for many years. She also was actively involved in her children's lives as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.

Faith was very important to Didi. She was a member of Nativity Parish and had a special love and devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.

She had a love of crafting, sewing and camping with her kids. She also loved to spend time with friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and no one brightened the holidays like Didi. She enjoyed making everyone feel part of the family.

Surviving are her husband, Matthew Hurm; children Jessica (Larry) Kemp, Meggan Dobson, Bridget (Forrestt) Clark, Peter (Melissa) Hurm, Abigail (Eric) Degenhardt, Molly (Robert) Lee, Martin (Lindsy) Hurm, and Patrick (Anna) Hurm; grandchildren Maxwell, Jack, Lily, Elliott, Noah, Dorothy, Wyatt, Ryder, Flynn, Willow, Rosalyn, and Gabriel. She is also survived by her siblings Janice (Dennis) Lawler, Steven Ferring, Mary Sue (Joe) Weis and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Fleege.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Charles and Daniel Ferring.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Diane Hurm Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope & his nurse Lori for 40 years of unconditional care and Finley Hospital ICU Nursing staff.



Earl J. Garvey


Earl J. Garvey, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church where friends may call from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Msgr. Thomas E. Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.

Earl was born January 7, 1928 in Dubuque, son of James and Mamie (Menster) Garvey. He married Elizabeth Majerus May 5, 1951.

He was employed as a roofer for Geisler Brothers for 42 1/2 years.

Earl served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick parish.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Garvey; a sister-in-law, Rose Majerus; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Parish.

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

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



Adeline E. McAndrews


Adeline E. McAndrews, 92, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3rd and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Adeline was born August 19, 1924 in St. Donatus, IA, daughter of George and Catherine (Kalmes) Herrig. She married Herbert Joseph McAndrew on June 9, 1948, at the St. Donatus Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2002.

She graduated from the Dubuque Beauty Academy. Adeline was a beautician for many years at My Ladies, Ione's Beauty Shop, The Sisters of Clarke College and retired from Bethany Home at the age of 82.

Adeline enjoyed making people feel special especially on their birthdays and holidays. She enjoyed cooking and baking and made the best pies and carmel rolls from scratch. She loved to travel, dance, play cards and that occasional trip to the casino to try her luck.

Surviving are her children Judy McAndrews, Michael McAndrews and Pat McAndrew, all of Dubuque, Karen (Shawn) Courtney, of Colleyville, TX, and Tim (Cindy) McAndrew, of Dubuque; eleven grandchildren, Tracy (John) Noel, Tiffany (Ron) Willenbring, Nikki (Eric) Ender, Ryan, Matthew (Brittany), Adam Courtney, Jessica (Jason) Waddell, Maria Axtell, Anthony (Molly), Mitchell and Thomas McAndrew; seven great-grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Morgan, Peyton, Benjamin, Noah, and Elijah; a sister-in-law, Marge Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Rev. Thomas McAndrew and Dick Burdick.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lee, Harold and Eldon Herrig, and sisters, Sedalia and Elvira, and her sisters-in-law Kathleen "Kay" Burdick, Delores and Mary Herrig and Cecilia (Sam) Vigil.

In lieu of flowers an Adeline E. McAndrews Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald I. Moore


Ronald I. "Ron" Moore, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at home, following a battle with many health issues, including cancer and heart failure.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, with Pastor Matt Collins officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Ron was born on February 9, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Kenneth and Helen (Breese) Moore.  He was united in marriage to Diana Robertson on November 21, 1959 in Dubuque.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years, retiring in 2001. Ron was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Ron loved gardening and working in his yard, especially riding around on his John Deere. He also enjoyed woodworking in his garage, building many beautiful pieces for his family and friends. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandkids and he was an avid bird watcher. He loved his motorcycle, camping, always enjoyed cars, working on them and going to car shows with his friends and always loved playing a game of euchre with his friends.

Surviving are his wife Diana; two children, Steve Moore and Tracy Moore both of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ashley (Christopher) Moore-Smith, Adam Schwartz and Riley Kammerude; his sister, Melody (Bruce) Miehe of Oregon and a brother, Kenny (Darlene) Moore of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jason Moore and a sister Patty (Moore) Schuster.

Diana and family wish to thank all family and friends as well as all the staff at UW Hospital in Madison, the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. and East Dubuque Area Ambulance for their kindness to Ron and his family.

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

 

 



Judy M. Connolly


Judy M. Connolly, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 28th, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. James Mehltretter officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Judy was born on August 1, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa; the daughter of Fred and Helen (Morong) Marburger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985, while there she enjoyed cheerleading and art. On June 28th, 1986, she married her true love, John M. Connolly in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Judy was a hardworking woman and gave 100%. She worked for various companies in Dubuque such as FDL, Medical Associates and Clarke College.

She loved garage sales and thrift stores. She has an eye for fine jewelry and antiques, and could find treasure in places not many people looked.

Judy's family meant everything to her; she was the kindest, most patient and caring woman you will ever meet. Her beauty shined from the inside out.

She is survived by her husband John; daughters, Stephanie (Jake) Alba and Jonnie Rose Connolly; sisters Liz (Al) Koppes, Mary (Rick) Billmeyer; brother Fred Marburger, brother-in-law Steve Jochum along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law nieces, nephews and her cat "Miss Kitty".

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Freda Jochum and her beloved cat "Faithy" and her in-laws.

In lieu of flowers a Judy M. Connolly memorial fund will be established.



Mary A. Heer


Mary Adele Heer, 84, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family members on January 1, 2017, at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 6 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Thursday, January 5 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque.

Mary Adele was born on June 24, 1932 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the third child of Walter and Catherine (Klaas) Brimeyer.  She grew up in "Buenie," but moved to Dubuque to live with relatives and attend high school at the Immaculate Conception Academy, where she graduated in 1949. She worked at Meadow Gold Dairy and at Taylor Pharmacy after high school. Years later, she returned to Taylor until her retirement.

She met Carl Heer at the Walnut Tap in Dubuque, where she was playing piano and he asked her to play "Peg O' My Heart."  They married in July 1952 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buenie and subsequently had 7 children.  Over the next 65 years she was the devoted matriarch of an expanding and boisterous family, for whom she was a constant source of love, support, faith, and Buenie heritage. Mary and Carl made the family home a place where anyone and everyone were welcome. With a large family, this made for no small number of interesting and colorful guests. Mary Adele was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where she gave frequently of her time and talents for many years.

She had a passion for playing the piano for others. She played by ear and could play hundreds of songs from memory.  She often played at local venues, private parties, and many multi-generational New Year's Eve parties at the family home on Kirkwood. She was also a quietly fierce euchre player.

After Carl died suddenly in 1986, Mary enjoyed spending time with her children and their spouses, her growing band of grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. She eventually crossed paths with an old acquaintance, Merlin Houselog, and they married in 1998, adding Merle's 8 children and their families to her extended family. This new twice-as-large family kept Mary and Merle busy . Mary and Merle enjoyed visiting local elder care facilities to play and sing for residents.  They were also great dancers. Unfortunately, Merle died suddenly in 2008. She then returned to the longtime Heer family home on Kirkwood Street, eventually moving to Bethany Home in the spring of 2011, where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Steve (Sandy) Heer and sons Nick and Luke; Joel (Kristi) Heer and daughter Grace Adele; David (Nan) Heer and daughters Melissa and Michelle (Kyle Berg); Tim Heer and children Jacob, Cristina, Micah, Zane, and Jonah; Paul Heer; Janet Heer and children Marisa and Armand; and Susan (George) Limberg and children Jill, Brett, and Evan; sister Norma Murray, brother-in-law Russell (Jean) Heer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to Carl and Merle, Mary Adele was also preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Catherine Brimeyer; brother Leon (Grace) Brimeyer; and in-laws James Murray, Ann (Joe) Mills, Roma Heer, Eleanor Roberts, Joe (Esther) Heer, Bert (Ruth) Heer, Martin (Ruth) Heer, and Robert Heer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Mary Adele's name to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Holy Family Schools, Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choice.

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

The family wants to thank Bethany Home for their exceptional loving care for Mom over the past years, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin and Suzanne, for their care and support of Mary and our family in the past weeks.

 



Mark J. Siegworth


Mark J. Siegworth, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 30, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mark was born on March 30, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Roy and Shirley (Richards) Siegworth. He served in the United States Army for four years in Germany. After he returned from the service he worked for Dubuque Hardwoods and with Beverly at Sids Beverage as a heater specialist.

Mark had a great sense of humor and a loving nature with his infectious chuckle.

He is survived by his parents Roy and Shirley; his loving companion Beverly Miller; three children, Gary Siegworth, Shanna Prine, and Tyler Siegworth; three grandchildren Tessa, Ethan and Emma. Two step sons Ross and Max Miller. His siblings, Pam (Dick) Helmer, Steve (Deb) Siegworth, Cheri (Mark) Kalb, Brenda (Curt) Lang, Tom (Nina) Siegworth, Scott (Lori) Siegworth, and Terri (Andy) Dolter along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his brothers John and Gary Siegworth.



Gerald C. Rapp


Gerald C. "Jerry" Rapp, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 31st, 2016 at Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Gerald was born on September 22, 1938 in Dubuque , Iowa the son of Earl and Minnie Rapp. He married Dixie (Hefel) Rapp on October 4, 1958. She preceded him in death on August 21,2014. He was employed by AY McDonald for many years as a foreman. In his younger days, Gerald enjoyed many years of softball, playing for such teams as Do Drop Inn and Lange's Insurance. He was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. Later in life, Gerald enjoyed the little things. The TH morning crossword and the evening Wheel of Fortune were things he would seldom miss. His Wednesday visit to see his daughter Diane was a top priority as well. Gerald enjoyed having a couple beers now and then, whether while placing a bet on the greyhounds, or over a game of pool with his friends at the Cue Masters. He was a life long Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when his beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series. He loved his visits with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He was so proud of each of them, he even managed to convince a couple of them into becoming Bear fans. He was their Pawie.

He is survived by his children; Kathy (Mike) Krause, Julie (Jim) Deckert and Diane Rapp. Grandchildren; Jennifer(Chad) Wernimont, Brad (Sarah) Krause, Jim(Stephanie Faust) Deckert and Jodi Deckert. Great grandchildren, Braden and Lauren Wernimont and Chloe Deckert. His sisters Patricia Kemler, Marilyn (Elmer) Engling and Jeanne (Gerald) Fudge. Many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his loving dog, Bella.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dixie, three brothers,Earl Jr., John and Robert and his sister Eileen Bellings.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy CVU, especially Mary Kay, Ann and Audrey for the wonderful care Gerald received.



Roger J. Link


Roger J. Link 85, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 2221 Carter Rd., passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016. Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, January 4 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following Mass. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Roger was born on July 22, 1931 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the son of Fred and Anna (Zimmer) Link. He graduated from Loras Academy and was a Navy veteran. On July 20, 1957, Roger married Virginia (Barry) at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He was a member of Holy Ghost Church and employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years.

Roger enjoyed grilling (always with a beer in his hand), making head cheese, playing euchre and manicuring his lawn until it looked like a golf course. Family meant the world to him, especially the relative's annual "up north" trip to Big Birch Lake in Minnesota.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia; his daughter Ann (Bob) Buol of Weatherford, TX, his son Jerry Link of Dubuque, IA, his step-son Rex (Judy) Graham of Bellevue, IA; 7 grandchildren; 6 1/2 great grandchildren; his sister Emma Parkin of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Dorothy Frommelt, Agnes Thies, Fred Link, Walter Link, Katie Rupp, Alvin Link and Joan Schmitt; his step-daughter Donna Clauer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

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



Geraldine A. Tuegel


Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel, age 86, of Oak Park Place, and formerly of 3045 Deerwood Circle, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Oak Park Place, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Geri's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Geri's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Geri was born on December 21, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald "Archie" and Hilda (Honkamp) Hoppmann.

She would eventually meet the love of her life, Arthur B. Tuegel Jr., and they were united in marriage on August 21, 1954 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 1989. Geri invested her time at talents within multiple opportunities over her 86 year earthly journey. When her children were young she worked with the Dubuque School District, but as the years would pass she would generously serve her community with the Dubuque Welcome Center, the Military Entrance Exams and The Dubuque Arboretum before finally retiring at the spry age of 80. In her free time, Geri would find most of her joys in the great outdoors. Whether she found time for a relaxing round of golf, a weekend of winding down at a campsite or even traveling the states and abroad, Geri was sure to be happiest when she was on the move. Geri has lived a full and productive life and sadly her Bingo dauber has captured it's last blackout, but we know that she is now at eternal peace and resting safely in her heavenly estate with her loving husband, Arthur, by her side.

Those left to cherish Geri's memory include

her 3 children,
Steven M. (Janice) Tuegel, Dubuque, IA,
Cathy (Kevin) Krieger, Auburn, NE
and Lisa (Russell) Boland, Eden, NC;

her 7 grandchildren,
Travis (Steph) Tuegel, Stacy Tuegel, Cory (Korissa) Tuegel, Stephanie Hamilton, Jillian Krieger, Kelsey Krieger, Robert Boland,

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Logan, Bianca, Carter, Piper, Brantley, Reason, Keenan, Chloe and Genevieve;

a brother-in-law,
Robert Keller, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Arthur B. Tuegel Jr.; and a sister, Lavonne Keller.

A Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care and support of Geri and her family.

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

 



Joyce R. Kirk


Joyce R. Kirk, 86, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Joyce was born on June 26, 1930 and raised in Dubuque. She graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1948. She married Gordon L. Kirk on August 18, 1951 at Nativity Church.

Joyce was a member of Nativity Church where she worked for many years and volunteered in the parish office. She also worked in the Guidance Office at Wahlert High School. She was a member of Nativity Parish Rosary Society and the Power of Prayer. Joyce was an avid golfer at Lacoma Golf Club. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, board games, and doing crossword puzzles.

Family and faith were her foundation. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Surviving are her two sons, Jim (Chris) Kirk of LaCrosse, WI, and John (Christy) Kirk of Dubuque; two daughters, Judy (Chris) Gantenbein, of Dubuque and Kathy (Bob) Kieffer, of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Radloff, Elizabeth Kirk, Andrea Kirk, Abby (Marty) Kluesner, Jacob (Angie) Gantenbein, Nicholas Kirk (Anna), Sarah (Matthew) Breitbach; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Kingsley Kirk, Livia and Emelyn Radloff, Benjamin, Ryan, Colin, and Olivia Kluesner.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin; husband, Gordon; and parents, Lucille and A.R. "Spike" Kingsley.

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

In lieu of flowers a Joyce Kirk Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope and to the caregivers at Assisi Village, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF

Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:27 p.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016. To honor Sister's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 1, 2017, with the Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sister was born on June 1, 1925 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of George N. and Barbara Ann (Weber) Kurt.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister was a teacher and/or principal in Iowa schools at St. Mary's in Waterloo, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's in Dubuque, St. Andrew's in Sibley, St. Thomas Aquinas in Webster City, St. Mary's in Manchester and All Saints, in Portland, Oregon. Sister also worked in Pastoral Ministry at St. Patrick's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sister is survived by her brothers Karl (Lolly) and Ronald (Patricia) Kurt, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 70 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Ralph (Lorraine), Rev. Allan Kurt, and Stephen who died in infancy; and her sister Wilma (Clifford) Priebe.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

 



Louis T. Slauson


Louis T. Slauson, 90, of Coralville and formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am Monday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am.

Louis was born May 6, 1926, on the family farm near Sand Springs, Iowa the son of Roy and Marion (Egan) Slauson. He married Juanita Rohrer at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sand Springs on March 1, 1946. He enlisted in the US Army in 1948, and participated in the occupation of Germany until December of 1949.

He worked at the Hoag Duster factory, and then began a career in feed sales, starting at the Monticello Feed Mill, then eventually became a territory manager for Protein Blenders, Inc. (BP Feeds), where he worked for 27 and a half years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821 where he was a Past Grand Knight, and a past member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Louis is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Juanita; 3 sons: Lavern Slauson of Stone Lake, WI, Douglas (Jennifer) Slauson of Swisher, and Brad (Abby) Slauson of Cedar Rapids; 3 grandchildren: Lavender Mateos, Anne (Anthony) Schons, and Katie Slauson; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Joyce Tenley of Anamosa; and in-laws: Mary Slauson of Oso, WA and Jane Slauson of Webster City.

He was preceded in death by 6 siblings: Donald Slauson, Duane Slauson, Grace (Louis) Gudenkauf, Harry Slauson, Mae (Joe) Gudenkauf, Velma (John) White.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Marian J. Sutherland


Marian J. Sutherland, 93, of Dubuque passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Marian was born June 20, 1923 in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald and Anne (Clark) Oneyear. She married Eugene Sutherland on September 16, 1946 in Oxnard, CA. He preceded her in death on November 23, 1998.

She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in Dubuque.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish and the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association. She was one of the original members of Creslane Ladies Handicap Bowling League in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing bingo and euchre, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes, Panthers and Cubs.

Marian and Eugene loved to ballroom dance, and danced all over the country.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne Sutherland, of Dallas, TX and Carol (Leonard) Ross, of Dubuque; grandchildren Richard "Rick" (Sarah) Ross, of Mustang, OK, and Michelle Ross, of Dubuque; and great-granddaughter Kaycee Ross of Mustang, OK.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard; sisters Mildred Erschen, Dorothy Oneyear, Evelyn Gatena, Marjorie Daly and Ruth Chapman; and brothers Charles Oneyear, Archibald Oneyear and Leo Oneyear.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Frederick L. Vorwald


Frederick L. Vorwald, 73, of New Vienna, Iowa died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Al Vorwald will concelebrate.

Fred was born November 30, 1943, in New Vienna the son of Alfred and Irene (Fangmann) Vorwald. Fred served in the US Army from 1963 to 1964. He married Carol Deutmeyer on June 6, 1964, in Petersburg.

He drove a semi for 43 years for Warren Transport out of Waterloo, logging over 4 million accident free miles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing cards and teasing his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; children: Lisa (Brian) Fettkether of Dyersville, Karla (Kent) Ashline of Guttenberg, Wendy (Steve) Steger of Herington, KS, and Jeff (Beth) Kaiser of Dubuque; grandchildren: Rachel and Logan Fettkether, Nicole, Alicia and Mitchell Ashline, Ashley and Justin Wilson, and Zach, Amanda and Colton Steger; siblings: Carl (Debbie) Vorwald of New Vienna, Jan Lex and Arlene Vorwald, both of Dubuque, Jean Driscoll of Mechanicsville, Donna (Jeff) Jacque of Dyersville, Marian (John) Schmidt of Holy Cross; and a sister-in-law: Mary Lou Vorwald of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jill Wilson; a brother, Jim; and brothers-in-law: George Driscoll and Jim Lex.

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



Timothy C. Mayne


Timothy C. Mayne, 67, of Asbury, Iowa, answered an urgent call in the field on Wednesday December 28, 2016. It was the sort of call you can't refuse...a call to a better place from which he will not be returning.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection. Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following Mass at the Church of Resurrection. Friends may call from 1:30- 4:30 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a memorial prayer service will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Timothy came into this world with work boots laced up on August 4, 1949, the first child of Clarence Arthur and Mary Ellen (Hohnecker) Mayne of Dubuque, IA. Tim finished High School in 1967 where he spent most of his school years chasing Vergene Thayer's "sweet tush" around Dubuque Senior. From there, the U.S. government snagged HIS sweet tush for four years of service on a Navy supply ship during Vietnam. Once out of the Navy, Tim married Vergene in the spring of 1971. Ever the hard worker, Tim made many a friend and shared countless fond memories in his 34 years at Peoples Natural Gas in Dubuque, 7 years at Iowa Pipeline out of Sioux Falls SD, and a 4 year stint making cabinets in Cloquet, MN. Tim eased into retirement by working part-time for years helping his son build a custom concrete business.

Tim was always the go-to-guy, the man-with-a-plan, and sporting a perm while always getting it done! Whether being first into a blazing Menards building to shut the 3" gas main down before explosion, or the last one out of a 10' deep muddy hole on a rainy call night. He loved the large project, high-energy gas piping days.

When Tim wasn't busting his butt at work he was helping anyone and everyone with their home projects. Building decks, finishing basements, hanging sheetrock, soldering pipes, painting or rewiring (often reworking previous electrical attempts). Tim would be there with all his tools, early and ready to work. He was always helping and teaching others with his diverse construction skills learned from his grandfather, uncles, and the few high school classes where he actually paid attention. Down time and relaxation to Tim meant spending weekends camping with brothers & sisters, swimming in the backyard pool, and agitating pretty much anyone in range. Whether cramming his 7' tall boys into a 1984 Ford tempo for a gas-and-go-only speed drive to Florida, cutting grass in work boots and shorts, watching the grandkids figure out quickly that Grandpa Tim's IOU held little value in a "rigged" royal rummy game, or mispronouncing half of the words in the English language while storytelling - Tim was never short of a good red faced laugh.

Tim is survived by many loving family, friends and co-workers who will forever remember his hearty laugh and helping hand.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Habitat for Humanity: 900 Jackson St. Dubuque, IA 52001. www.habitatdubuque.org

 



Joan Spahn Woodhouse Kreul


You matter. People often worry about what legacy they will leave behind, but our mother, sister, and friend, Joan Spahn Woodhouse Kreul, left a very clear message to all those lucky enough to share her life. From the selfless career she led as a nurse to the inimitable role model she was as a mother and grandmother, if you were in her orbit, you knew it. You mattered.

Joan was born on June 9, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Ruth (Bierie) Spahn. She passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Joan was a tireless caregiver. As a nurse at Sunnycrest, she worked with special needs patients whom she often invited out to Friday night pizza with her family. As a Finley and Amicare home health nurse, she was so beloved, she could barely fit the Christmas gifts from her appreciative patients into her car. It was not uncommon for her children to be stopped on the street to be told what a difference she made in the lives of her patients.

Her professional life could be exhausting, but she never seemed to need more than a few hours of sleep. As a mother, she would stay up the night before every birthday and holiday finishing up preparations to ensure the next day was unforgettable. As a grandmother, she was the first in line to welcome the new baby into the world and possessed a comforting presence which was sought by her grandchildren well past babyhood. As a sister, daughter, and friend, she was never too tired to listen or help. As much as she adored her job, it was evident that caring for her family and friends was her true passion.

She made everyone feel welcome and loved. She loved to laugh and excelled in the Iowa tradition of visiting. Her home was always open to anyone, from her friends or family who needed a place to stay for a bit to the stray college student we brought home who couldn't make it home for the holidays.

Her life was not an easy one and she endured more than her fair share of suffering, yet she always found a reason to keep going, to keep smiling. She didn't hide her feelings. She felt. She lived. She was fun. She was funny. She was comforting. She was capable. She was smart. She was beautiful. She was giving. She was kind. She was strong. She was important. She mattered.

Joan is survived by her children, Heather Woodhouse Ellis, Amy (Todd) Van Deventer, George (Gayle) Woodhouse, Melissa Woodhouse and Beth (Amy) Chandler; her sisters, Jeanne (Dan) Mayne, Susan Gelderman, and Mary Ann Bailes; her ex-husband Larry Kreul; grandchildren Hannah, Emma, Madelyn, Samuel, Tyler, Nicholas, Katherine, Benjamin and George, her mother-in-law, Rose Mary Woodhouse, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her children, Rachael and Jessica; her parents, Ruth and Leo Spahn; and ex-husband, George Woodhouse Jr.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with a wake service at 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedra with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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



Kathleen M. Anderson


Kathleen M. "Kate" Anderson, 48, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at her home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Kate" on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will take place and burial will be at a later date.

Kathleen Marie Fitzpatrick was born on August 16, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Franklin Lee and Joan Marie (Brooks) Fitzpatrick. She was a 1987 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Kate had worked odd jobs throughout her life including at several area factories and as a waitress at FlapJacks for a short time.

Kate had attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. She loved her granddaughter Elena and would do anything for her. Additionally she enjoyed reading books and camping in warmer weather.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Tyler James Ronek of Maquoketa, IA and Ben Anderson of DeWitt, IA; a grandchild, Elena; brothers Dave (Brenda) Fitzpatrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul Fitzpatrick of Marengo, IA; and her boyfriend of six years whom she resided with, Bill Steggall. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Kenneth.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Kathleen M. "Kate" Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel J. Melloy


Daniel J. "Shep" Melloy, 61, of Bernard, IA passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, the result of an automobile accident.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 30th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A celebration of life will start at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at St. Patrick's Garryowen church hall. The family asks that friends and family gather and that those that feel comfortable bring a story or memory to be shared.

Dan was born in Bernard, IA on November 15, 1955 to John and Mary (Driscoll) Melloy. He married Lisa McDonald on September 15,1975.

Dan was a longtime member of the Bernard Indians Baseball team, first as a player and then as a coach. Dan was never happier then when he was watching or playing baseball. He was a Hawkeye, Cowboys fan and an avid Cardinals fan, much to most Cubs fans' despair. He never missed an opportunity to see a game and enjoyed watching his grandkids' sporting events, even when soccer was the game played.

Since retiring after 30 years at John Deere, Davenport Works he enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with his fellow Bernardians learning the latest news and solving the world's problems.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lisa Melloy; three children, Nellie (Ryan) Burk of Peosta, IA, Mitchell Melloy of Denver, CO, and Natalie Melloy, of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Caden, Conner, and Allie Burk of Peosta, IA; sisters Jane (Les) Hohman of Rochester, MN, and Betty (Tim) Otting, of Cascade, IA; a brother, Jerry (Sara) Melloy of Bernard, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

Dan is preceeded in death by his parents, John and Mary Melloy; his older brother, James Melloy; and two siblings in childhood, Lois and Richard.

The Family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Bernard and Cascade Fire Dept. & EMS for their care; and to the entire Bernard Community for all of your compassion and friendship.


Vincent Clark


Vincent "Sonny" Clark, 85, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Manor Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Vincent was born September 28, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Clarence and Hazel (Mann) Clark. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He was employed at A.Y. McDonald, Stampher's, and Roshek's over the years. He was a casual musician, and played as a drummer with Dick Spautz, Paul Hemmer, and other local bands.

He is survived by his sister, Martha Clark of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Joseph, and Paul; and a sister, Mary Ann Clark.

Martha would like to thank the staff and nurses at Manor care for the loving care they gave Vincent.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Brenda R. DeLarm


Brenda R. DeLarm, 74, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of Brenda's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 11 A.M. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Brenda Rae Bowden was born on February 28, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa to Ellsworth and Evelyn (Towne) Bowden. She attended Delmar schools and graduated from Delmar High School. She married Charles Ronald DeLarm on March 11, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2015.

Brenda had worked as a nurse's aide prior to becoming a cook at Camp Courageous for several years. She loved cooking, canning, knitting, latch hooking and studying the Bible. She was blessed to be an ordained minister. She especially loved family genealogy and writing letters to her many pen pals.

Those left to honor Brenda's memory include her children, Eugene (Laura) DeLarm of Wauzeka, WI, Janella Lea DeLarm of Charles City, IA, and Ronald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren with one on the way; a sister, Jodena Dittman of Wauzeka, WI; and a former daughter-in-law, Amy DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA.

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

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brenda R. DeLarm memorial fund has been established.

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



William R. Pline


William Ronald Pline, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 12:01 a.m. on December 26th, 2016 at home with his loving family and friends at his side.

He was born on October 11, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Ronald and Gloria (Kennedy) Pline. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and on October 14, 1972 he married Debra Larson and was by her side until her death in 1994. He then met Luanus Morrison, the woman he would spend the rest of his life with in 1997 and they married on July 24, 2013.

Bill started working with his father and grandfather, as a mechanic while he was in high school. He then became a partner and then the owner of Pline Battery Station. After his retirement he helped out his friend Aaron Fagan.

He was many things to many people. Bill enjoyed many years playing Santa Claus for families, friends and businesses. He donated his time as Santa for charities and charity events. He was involved in the Bass Club and other fishing organizations and met many lifelong friends there. He loved his motorcycles and even rebuilt a chopper in his dining room and decorated it with lights for Christmas. He was involved with Abate, giving motorcycle rides to children at Albrecht Acres with his best friends.

Bill is survived by his wife, Luanus; daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Fondell, Brittany (Eric White) Gaylord, and Alexis (Jeff McKinlay) Morrison. His grandchildren, Spencer Kloser, Sativa White, Meadow White and Cecelia McKinlay. His mother Gloria Pline; sisters Kathleen Callaghan, Lorna Olson, Janice (Dave Bechen); brothers Kevin (Martha) Pline, Allan (Connie) Pline, Scott (Beth) Pline, Jim (Lori) Pline, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ronald, his wife Debra, his son, Wade William in infancy, a brother Thomas, a nephew Reid and a brother-in-law Craig Olson.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mark Moore for his years of excellent care. To his Cardiac team Dr. Johnson, Julie Ehlinger, Lacee, and Dr. Whalen for everything. A special thanks to the team at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

On January 7th, 2017 a Celebration of Life memorial service will be at Holiday Inn Five Flags in the Blue Moon Room from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where everyone is welcome. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Vincent W. Welsh


Vincent W. Welsh, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Vincent was born on March 18, 1925 in Dubuque to John and Susan (Peters) Welsh. He left high school as a junior to enlist in the United States Navy. Vincent served on the USS Dorsey and USS Ault in the South China Sea and South Pacific during the two battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During this time, he helped rescue 20 men from the USS Bunker Hill after it was hit by kamikazes.

On April 28, 1948, he married Marceline M. Ryan at St. Mary Catholic Church in Platteville, WI. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a plumber for 28 years until his retirement May 1987.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #6.

Vincent was an avid Cubs fan and was thrilled to watch them win the World Series this year. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping in his earlier years.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68 years, Marceline; their children, Kathy (Ron) Theobald of Dubuque, Pauline (Matt) Winney of Eureka, CA, Patrick (Sandi) Welsh of Dubuque and Sharon Winters of Burnsville, MN; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincent's name to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

Online condolences may be left at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Sandi Welsh and James Bird for the excellent care they provided the last few weeks.



Steven M. Puccio


Steven M. Puccio, age 52, of Pueblo, CO., formerly of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 11:50 a.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 5th, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Steve was born on May 8, 1964, in Dubuque, son of Ronald and Sheila (Ryan) Puccio.

Steve was born and raised in Dubuque, but would eventually venture into other areas of the country as life progressed. Some of his favorite activities included a day of fishing, an evening of listening to music, or even a fun weekend of camping with family and friends. Steve has been called home much too early, but we are surely joyful for the memories which remain from his 52 year journey here among us.

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his sisters,
Rhonda (Mark) Wernimont,
Kim Wieseler,
Angel (Randy Wieseler) Puccio
and Wendy (Howard Davis) Dole, all of Dubuque;

he is also survived by one daughter and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Wieseler and Steve Dole.

A Steven M. Puccio memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard J. Theis


Richard J. "Dick" Theis, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:01 p.m., on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m.. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on August 5, 1937, in Dubuque, son of John and Gladys (Horsfall) Theis.

Dick proudly graduated from Loras Academy in 1955, and would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps., before eventually being united in marriage to his true love, Lavonne Klein, on April 23, 1960. Their union would begin at Holy Ghost Church and culminate in 56 wonderful years together, and five children. Dick would invest the early years of his working career with the railroad before moving on to the Dubuque Fire Department, where he spent 27 years before retiring in 1992 as a Captain. When Dick wasn't at work, some of his favorite hours were spent out on the acreage they purchased in 1976, where he had planted over 50,000 trees throughout the years. He was also an avid athlete and outdoorsman who never met an opportunity or challenge he wouldn't accept. Dick was happiest when he was on one of his favorite turkey hunts, capturing a hole in one on the golf course, breaking in a new pair of running shoes, or even helping develop the growth of field archery in the Dubuque area. But, without a doubt Dick's family was his pride and joy. A day spent with his bride, his children or his adored grandchildren was always going to be considered a day well spent in Dick's mind. Unfortunately, Dick swam his final lap in the Loras pool, and celebrated his last earthly Christmas. We are grateful to know and understand that the Lord was kind and gracious enough to give us one last perfectly precious day with Dick to treasure until we are all reunited again.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Lavonne Theis, Peosta;

his five children,
Jeff (Vickie) Theis, Dubuque,
Michael (Mary Beth) Theis, Balltown,
Dean (Lori) Theis, Rock Island, IL.,
Angie (Shawn) Connolly, Dubuque
and Lee (Cindy Oliver) Theis, Bellevue;

his eight grandchildren,
Casey Theis, Megan Theis, Sam Theis, Jake Theis, Mollie Theis, Sydney Connolly, Erin Connolly and Peyton Connolly;

his four siblings,
Lynne Walczak, Lafayette, GA,
Janet Stelpflug, Kieler, WI,
Joanne Swift
and Gladys (Richard) Meehan, both of Dubuque;

and his three sisters-in law,
Kathleen Hogan, Dubuque
Carol Theis, Garnavillo
and Sandy Smothers, Oelwein.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, twin brother Ronald Theis, Thomas Theis, Terry Theis and James (Linda) Theis; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Walczak, Donald Stelpflug and Gene Swift.

A Richard J. Theis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. McKeon, the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa, and the Life Flight crew, for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer

Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer, BVM (Louis), 84, of the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 1150 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Dec. 26, 2016, at Mount Carmel. A private Rite of Committal and Natural Burial will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. There will be no visitation. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. A sharing of memories will be held at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, followed by a funeral liturgy.

Sister Frances Ann worked in the sewing room at Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Dubuque. She taught elementary school in Davenport and Iowa City, Iowa; and Chattanooga, Tenn., where she was also Montessori Kindergarten teacher and director. She was student, teacher-aid, and teacher intern in Kansas City, Mo. She volunteered for the Edmundite Missions in Alabama.

She was born in Davenport on Sept. 25, 1932, to Louis Charles and Frieda (Karstens) Schaeffer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Paul Parish, Davenport. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Louis Albert and Joseph; and sisters Catherine Mary Schmidt and Margaret Alice Schaeffer. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 60 years.

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


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



Ethel E. Burns

Ethel E. (Harrison) Burns 93 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016, at Bethany Home. Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Michigan and Maine.

Ethel was born September 9, 1923, in The Mount, Carrick Fergus, Ireland the daughter of Alexander and Anne Jane (Mitchell) Harrison. She married Robert Fred Burns, Jr. on August 26, 1945, in Rutherford, New Jersey. He passed in November of 1994. Ethel was a Presbyterian Minister's spouse and lived and dedicated her life in service to others in the churches they served throughout Kansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota and Michigan.

Ethel loved to dance and enjoyed music. She lived a life filled with love, laughter and incredible grace. She was loved by all who crossed her path and cherished by those fortunate to know her. An angel all her life, she has reached her heavenly goal.

Survivors include her children, Robert F. (Sandra) Burns III of Maine, Anne (Greg) Sushko of Dubuque, and Nancy (Bob) Stone of Michigan; four (4) grandchildren, six (6) great-grandchildren; beloved nieces and nephews and her sister, Peggy Marino of New Jersey.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, William Harrison and Anne Asaro.

The family would like to thank her Bethany Home family of the last 5 years for your loving care.

Memorials may be directed to Bethany Home in Ethel's Memory.

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

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



Donald J. Molony


Donald J. "Don" Molony, 85, of 953 Molony Road, Bernard passed away Monday December 26, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 9 - 11 AM at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen. The Funeral Mass will follow with Rev. Doug Loecke officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #528. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born on October 28, 1931 the son of James A. and Mary (McCormick) Molony of Bernard . He graduated from Saint Patrick's Garryowen High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps stationed in Germany from 1952 to 1954. He returned to Bernard to work on the family farm.

He was active in the Bernard community, serving on the Board of the Bernard Telephone Co. for 35 years, the Bernard Fire Department Board, and was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen. Don's legacy will live on through the Molony Foundation.

He is survived by his sister Mary Kathleen "Kay" Molony, his brother James M. Molony and his Goddaughter Anastasia "Staci" Molony of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Saint Patrick's Garryowen Parish.



Marlyn D. Bausman


Marlyn D. Bausman, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, 89, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2016, after a short bout of cancer. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. Friends may call from 9:00 am - 11:45 am. The Service will begin at Noon, followed by a luncheon.

Marlyn was born on November 9, 1927 in Stitzer, WI. He was the son of Wilbur and Norma Bausman of Shullsburg, WI. On December 28, 1952 Marlyn was united in marriage to Joyce Marlow at the Presbyterian Church in Lone Rock, IA.

Marlyn was a graduate of Shullsburg High School in Wisconsin. After high school, he served in the Army during the WWII Japanese occupation, where he played in a dance band. Following his time in the service, he attended the University of Dubuque where he earned his bachelor degree. He later received his master degree from the University of Iowa. He taught in Lone Rock, IA, Wilton, IA and then at Dubuque Senior High School as a Band Teacher for a total of 39 years.

Marlyn was a founding member of the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens where he helped maintain rose gardens, specifically, The Jodi Bausman Memorial Garden. He was instrumental in establishing "Music in the Gardens," which takes place on Sunday evenings during the summer.

As an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder and a Deacon, and on various committees. He was also a member of the church band. Marlyn's other memberships include: Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel, the American Rose Society and the Linn County Rose Society. He was honored with the title "Rosarian Emeritus".

His passions included: spending time with his family, his faith, gardening, music and sports. He was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He could play almost any musical instrument.

Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Joyce; son Tim Bausman of Dubuque, granddaughter Abbey (Steve) Efken of Asbury, grandson Dylan (Jessica Hoey) Bausman of Dubuque, and great-grandchildren Bailey Huett, Harrison Bausman and Jameson Efken; siblings Sharon Zink of Knoxville, TN, Jerry (Helyne) Bausman of Belvidere, IL, Hollis (Joanne) Bausman of Monroe, WI; sisters-in-law Janet Bausman of Freeport, IL and Wilma Bonstead of Walla Walla, WA, brothers-in-law Robert (Nancy) Marlow of Algona, IA and Jim (Colleen) Marlow of Spirit Lake, IA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marlyn was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jodi Bausman; brother Darryl Bausman, brother-in-law Bob Zink; and niece Jackie Bausman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Marlyn's name to The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Westminster Presbyterian Church or The University of Dubuque.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, is assisting the family.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all their family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.

"Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again." - Unknown

 



LeRoy G. Ehlers


LeRoy G. Ehlers, 86, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at his home.

A funeral mass celebrating LeRoy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 29, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 7:30 P.M. Rosary Service will be held. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday after 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Leroy George Ehlers was born on March 19, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa to George and Matilda (Peters) Ehlers. He grew up attending school in Otter Creek and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Geraldine Laughlin on July 2, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: David, Denis and Debora.

LeRoy had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 20 years as a lead man. He also drove truck for Bullocks, Inc. in Maquoketa and helped out area farmers. He retired from Sewer Equipment of America where he worked for several years.

LeRoy was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, the Andrew AMVETS Post #62, and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and working on vehicles. He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren and great-grandchildren fishing and boating.

Those left to honor LeRoy's memory include his wife Geraldine Ehlers of Andrew, IA; children David (Carla) Ehlers of Andrew, IA, Denis Ehlers of Delmar, IA, and Debora Blake of Andrew, IA; brothers Gene Ehlers of Elwood, IA, and Gerald (Elaine) Ehlers of Anamosa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Matthew Ehlers and Thomas Ehlers; 1 step-grandchild, Chris Clark; 2 great-grandchildren, Hunter and Dakota Johnson; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Christopher and Marisah Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Ehlers, sisters Evelyn Sutphin, Gloria Belinger and Ethel Rockwell, son-in-law Terry Blake, daughter-in-law Alice Ehlers, a grandchild Theresa Blake-Johnson and her husband Robert Johnson, 2 sisters-in-law and 3 brothers-in-law.

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

 



Rose Ann Willenborg


Rose Ann Willenborg, 84, of Petersburg, was born into eternal life on the day of her savior's birth, Dec. 25, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, Dec. 28, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Rose Ann was born March 22, 1932, in Petersburg the daughter of Raymond and Amanda (Bruggeman) Rubly. She married Harley Willenborg on August 29, 1950, in Petersburg and together they farmed east of Petersburg. She was a lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul Parish and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed winning at cards, playing bingo, dominos and other games with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Harley; 3 children: Neil (Marie) of Petersburg, Lynn (Mark) Vining of Iowa City, and Tammy (Scott) Auderer of Ankeny; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Sister Ann and Sister Lene Rubly, OSF, both of Dubuque, Jack (Mary Ann) Rubly of Farley and Deb Young of Strawberry Point.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Keith Willenborg.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ries, Dr. Whalen and the staffs of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern during her final days.

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



Arlene M. Trilk


Arlene "Billie" M. Trilk, 80, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m.Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery, with her son-in-law Steve Camahan officiating. Burial in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Arlene was born March 9, 1936 in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Fred and Rose (Hentges) Huseman. She joins in heaven the love of her life, Richard A. Trilk. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1992. Arlene was wed in holy matrimony with Richard on April 14, 1956 in Dubuque.
Arlene spent most of her high school years in Chicago, and graduated from St. Columbkilles High School, Dubuque in 1954. She worked for many years at Hartig Drug Stores in Dubuque.

Arlene was an avid embroiderer and enjoyed traveling. She was able to visit some faraway places in her life, but her world was her home and her family. She loved to laugh and her quick wit and sense of humor was appreciated by those close to her. One of her favorite saying during hard times was. "You have to laugh to keep from crying".

Surviving are her children, Vicki Liley, Mike Trilk, both of Dubuque, Tim (Dana) Trilk, of Cincinnati, OH, , Karen (Steve) Carnahan, of Gillette, WY, Richard Trilk Jr., of Dubuque, and Kelly (Sharon) Trilk, of Lakewood, CO; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grand-children; her siblings Mike (Ruth) Huseman, Martin (Deb) Huseman, Freddy (Sue) Huseman, Dale Huseman, and her sister-in-law, Lois Trilk.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Joe Huseman, Randall Huseman and Kevin Huseman.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Arlene's memory.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their compassion and care.

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



Joann B. Heiderscheit

Joann Beverly Heiderscheit, 78, of Asbury, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27 at the Regina Caeli Chapel at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joann was born on February 13, 1938 in Jackson County, IA, to Frank and Agnes (Laughlin) Anglin. She married Jim Heiderscheit at the Church of the Nativity on November 22, 1956.

She was employed at William C. Brown Publishing and Aladdin Magic Clean.

Joann enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends, and monthly potlucks with her lifelong group of friends.

She is survived by her children Ann (David) Benter of Mayo, FL, Mike (Lana) Heiderscheit and Amy Heiderscheit both of Dubuque; granddaughter Lacey Jo Benter of Los Angeles, CA; brothers Jack (LaVerne) and Carl Anglin; brother-in-law Jack (Judy) Heiderscheit and a sister-in -law Sharon Heiderscheit.

She was preceded in death her husband Jim; her parents, and her sister Doris Alt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Steeple Square or the Dubuque Humane Society.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is assisting the family.

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



Janet M. Koch


Janet Maxine Koch, 83, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3825 Sunlight Ridge, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on March 16, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lloyd and Eleanor (Priebe) Birch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at the former Interstate Power Company as a computer programmer. On July 16, 1955, she married Joseph A. Koch at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2014. Janet was a homemaker "who had 11 kids in 14 years". She enjoyed writing and was an avid collector of decorative buttons. Janet is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her collection.

Janet is survived by her 10 children, Peter (Sonja) Koch and Paul (Sandra Denvir) Koch of Dubuque, Anna (Ted) Gulhaugen, of Wausau, Wis., Mary Jaeger, John Koch, James (Sharon) Koch and Julita (John) Kinley all of Dubuque, Matthew (and longtime partner, Dianna Prizgintas) Koch, of New Zealand, Michael (Peggy) Koch, of Williams, Iowa, and Rosalie (Zeke) Zimmerman, of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren

She was also preceded in death by her son, Andrew Koch; her parents; 2 brothers, Melvin and Lloyd Birch; sister, Eleanor Koch; son-in-law, Charles Jaeger; and sisters-in-law, Twila (Birch) Manders and Arlene Birch.


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

In lieu of flowers, a Janet Koch memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Mercy Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Lois K. O’Connell


Lois K. O'Connell, 92, of Bankston, Iowa, was born into eternal life with Jesus Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a CDA Rosary will be said at 4:00 p.m. Services for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 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.

Lois was born April 2, 1924 in Palmer, Iowa, daughter of John and Edna (Peters) Keleher. She received her education at Pomeroy Grade School and Palmer High School in Palmer, Iowa. On May 21, 1949 she was united in marriage to Henry O'Connell at Navity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Clement's Parish and the Farley Catholic Daughters - Presentation Court #1460.

Lois was a kind, gentle woman with a natural maternal instinct. Serving her family was her career, which she did joyfully and with great love. She was an amazing cook and talented seamstress who produced many beautiful bridesmaid dresses, quilts and personalized tapestries for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Henry O'Connell of Bankston, IA; 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, Shirley Harrold of Palmer, IA and Mary Lou Korte of Fort Dodge, IA; one brother, Keith (Lois) Keleher of Palmer, IA; and one brother-in-law, Paul Benson of Des Moines, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathleen O'Connell, in May 1961; one sister, Naida Benson; one sister-in-law, Rosie (Bernard) Burds; and two brothers-in-law, Owen Harrold and Robert Korte.

A Lois K. O'Connell memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the great care they gave to Lois.



Justus R. Dowell


Justus R. Dowell, 26, of Monticello died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 12:25 pm on December 19, 2016.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 5 pm Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center in Monticello following the visitation. 

Justus was born August 1, 1990, in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Brett and Hope (Feasel) Dowell. Justus grew up in Mediapolis and Monticello, Iowa and enjoyed sports in school, especially baseball, and enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. Justus' passion was writing and singing music, and he loved to entertain both with music and a good story.

Justus loved people and sought them out to lift them up and encourage them. He made it his personal mission to make people smile, and to feel cared for. To Justus everyone was as important as family.

He is survived by his mother, Hope (Terry) Brimmer of Maquoketa; his father, Brett (Pam) Dowell of Kingston, Iowa; maternal grandparents Lee Feasel and Judy Feasel; his step-grandmother, Bette Brimmer; 3 brothers: Elijah Dowell, Caleb Dowell and Nathan (fiancé Riley Hosch) Dowell, all of Monticello; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jewell Dowell and Richard "RD" Dowell.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Melvin D. Heister


Melvin D. "Mel" Heister, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, December 19, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A private family visitation will be held. Cremation will follow the visitation and a graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Dale Heister was born the youngest of 11 children on November 6, 1933 in rural Cascade, Iowa, to Charles and Aloysius (Sinkey) Heister. He attended Jackson County country schools and then served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Jean Ellen Merrick on December 30, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Franklin, Dale and Ike.

Mel had worked for the City of Maquoketa Streets Department for almost 40 years. In retirement he continued to stay busy mowing yards, shoveling walks and working as the janitor for the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa for several years.

Mel loved being outside, fishing and working on lawn mowers. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Melvin's memory include his wife, Jean Heister of Maquoketa, IA; children Franklin "Lyn" (Jane) Heister of Maquoketa, IA, Dale (Brenda) Heister of Maquoketa, IA and Ike (Tiffany) Heister of Lowden, IA; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 7 brothers, Iliff, Howard, Louis, John, Calvin, Mathias and Daniel; and 3 sisters, Sarah, Charlene and Emma.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melvin Dale Heister memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary M. Crippes


Mary M. Crippes, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:02 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary was born on March 9, 1921, in Rickardsville, Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Anna (Franklin) McCann.

Mary was born and raised in the Rickardsville area before eventually moving to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to George Crippes on August 18, 1942, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, and they were blessed with 43 wonderful years together, and 2 sons, before he was called home ahead of her on May 6, 1986. Mary had a strong work ethic and she earnestly applied her talents at the Dubuque Casket Company for 5 years, the General Dry Battery Factory for 10 years, and lastly at the University of Dubuque for 29 years until her well earned retirement. She had a unwavering love and devotion for family and would proudly fulfill her role as wife and mother, as well as primary care giver for her ailing family members who were called home ahead of her. Mary's faith was an integral part of her life and she was a long-time and faithful member of St. Mary's Church. We will surely awake Christmas morning to the beat of aching hearts, but we trust that Mary is now celebrating Christmas with the best seat in the house this year, and that she's finally been reunited with all of her earthly family whom she's been dearly missing over the years.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her nieces and nephews,
Karen Lynch, Platteville, WI,
Tom (Michele) Kelly, Milwaukee, WI
and Pat (fiancé Sue) Kelly, Milwaukee, WI;

her dear family friends,
Donna Maas,
and Jim Lux, both of Dubuque, IA;

and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, George Crippes; 2 sons, James Crippes in infancy and David Crippes; and her 4 brothers, Emmett, Raymond, Leonard and Lawrence McCann.

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

Mary's family and friends would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Mary.

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

 



Vincent J. Steckel, Jr.


Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel, Jr., age 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:13 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Buddy's life, private family services were held due to the donation of his body to the University of Iowa for scientific and medical research. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Vincent was born on August 29, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent John and Irene (Plein) Steckel Sr.

Buddy was born and raised in Dubuque and would eventually join the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He would proudly put in his 20 years while serving in Japan, France, Korea, Germany and his final station, California. Upon his retirement from the military, Buddy would return home to Dubuque, with his beautiful bride of 57 years, Laurette (Scala) in hand. They had been united in marriage since July 29, 1959 and would now thankfully be settling down to establish permanent roots in the picturesque and scenic Sherrill/Balltown area. Buddy would faithfully put in another 17 years at John Deere Dubuque Works before his 2nd and final retirement in 1989. Buddy thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of his fellow veterans and was a proud lifetime member of the 24th Piv Army, and also a loyal and longtime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. But Buddy had also always possessed a great love for the outdoors and would discover countless moments of complete contentment without complication. Finding simple joys were as easy as an afternoon under the warm sun tending to his garden, a crisp and damp morning of hunting, or even a full day of baiting hooks with his friends from the Bis-Man Reel and Rec Club. In the few spare hours Buddy had left to himself, he would eagerly spend his time creating sawdust and his next project in the workshop, sorting through his latest acquisitions for his stamp and coin collections or even venturing out for a little traveling with his lovely wife, Laure, by his side. Buddy has been called home quite suddenly to spend this Christmas in heaven with his parents and brothers, and we trust that he is now at peace even as our hearts and minds grapple with the unimaginable concept of having to wait to be reunited with our dear husband, brother and friend again.

Those left to cherish Buddy's memory include

his loving wife,
Laurette "Laure" Steckel, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donna (Dick) Cox, Peoria, IL,
John Steckel,
Diane (Steve) Pins, both of Dubuque
and David (Ann) Steckel, Balltown, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Claudia Steckel
and Ruby Steckel.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Donald, Richard (Jorie), and Bruce Steckel.

A Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Buddy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Buddy and his family these past weeks.

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



Thomas A. Hoffmann


Thomas A. Hoffmann, 80, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke, and Deacon Joe Schockemoehl will give the homily. Private burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa at a later date.

Tom was born to Peter and Armella (Rausch) Hoffmann on July 11, 1936 on a farm near Luxemburg, Iowa. He lived there until age two when they moved to Masonville, Iowa where Tom lived until he retired in 2002. 

Tom was an only child. He attended elementary school in a neighborhood country school, and attended high school at West Delaware School in Manchester. His favorite school remembrance was being involved in FFA. He made many new acquaintances in high school who became lifelong friends.

Tom's dad died suddenly when Tom was 21. He and his mother then became farming partners until she moved to a nursing home in 2001. That was Tom's last year of farming. His goal was to start as a young farmer and to travel, and he did both. He met Joan Manternach from Cascade in 2001. They were married in 2002 at St. Peter's in Temple Hill, Iowa and they made their home in Cascade. He and Joan traveled to Hawaii, Brazil, Alaska, and Panama Canal, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all over the US. For seven years they went to Texas in the winter and made many wonderful friends who still keep in touch.

He had no children, but Tom readily accepted Joan's many nieces and nephews as his own.

Through all of his life farming was his work, his hobby and his life. He enjoyed reading all the farming magazines and watching RFD TV. God made a farmer, and he was a good one.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Hoffmann of Cascade, IA; 5 brothers-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Ronnie (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Lois Manternach of Cascade; a step-sister-in-law, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother-in-law, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Florence (Harry) Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina (Robert) Greif, Eva Mae (Elmer) Klocke and Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, Veronica (Herman) Welter, Larry Manternach, Harry Rockzein; step-brothers-in-law, Donald (Mary) Manders, and Jack Callahan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Tom's name to St. Peter's Church, Temple Hill, Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville; Aquin Little Angel's Day Care, Cascade FFA and the Cascade Food Pantry.

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



Rose Ann Manders


Rose Ann (Vaassen) Manders, 81 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bethany Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 23, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm and a Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 pm. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born November 27, 1935 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin the daughter of William J. and Florence C. (Tranel) Vaassen. She married Norman Manders on April 30, 1957 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin, he passed on September 16, 2000. Rose retired from the Dubuque County Court House. She was a long time member of Church of the Resurrection, where she spent much of her time, she also enjoyed traveling and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Steve Manders of Dubuque, Diane (Brady) Vietri of Mesa, AZ, Pat (Tammy) Manders of Beaumont, TX, and Randy (Molly) Manders of Dubuque; eight (8) grandchildren, Amy Manders, Katie and Nick Vietri, Chip Copeland, Jacob Manders, Josh, Jenna, and Jace Manders; two (2) great grandchildren, Mason and Maxwell; siblings, Rita (Ralph) Curtis of Platteville, WI, Janie (Gary) Foht of Cuba City, WI, Joyce (Wally) Hoeper of Cuba City, WI, Helen (Norm) Heim of Dubuque, and Bill (Carolyn) Vaassen of Morganton, NC; and numerous other relatives.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your care of our mother and grandmother during this time.

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



Adelaide E. Bildstein


Adelaide E. Bildstein, 95, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, December 19, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Adelaide was born April 30, 1921 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of John and Katherine (Pottebaum) Rausch. She married Lawrence M. Bildstein on November 28, 1939 in Petersburg, Iowa. Adelaide worked at the Ritz Restaurant, the Ertl Co. and finally, Enviromental Services at Oak Crest Nursing Home, retiring in 1986.

Following retirement she was a dedicated volunteer at Oak Crest Nursing Home for many years.

Survivors include her children: Mary Ann (Gus) Wilhelm of Dyersville, Sandra (Darrell) Ferreter, Larry (Melody) Bildstein both of Cedar Rapids, Jerry (Linda) Bildstein of Solon and Dale Bildstein (Kathryn Burd) of North Liberty; son-in-law Dean Howe of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Rausch of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence, in 1993; one son, Francis Bildstein; and daughters Sara Bildstein and Shirley Howe; a grandson, Charlie Bildstein; siblings Catherine Hoffmann, Marie Lucas, Anna Mae Fisher, Armella Hoffmann, Emma Walz, Theresa Lahey, Mary Magdeline Rausch, Edmund, Peter, Joe, Jack, Merlin, and Francis Rausch.

The family would like to thank the staffs at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Oak Crest Manor for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred.

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



Monica E. Pancratz


Monica E. Pancratz, 89, of Zwingle passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Stonehill surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Saint Joseph Key West with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery Sylvia Switch. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Monica was born on September 8, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Margaret (Laughlin) Donahue. She married Kenneth R. Pancratz on October 8, 1947 at Assumption Church Sylvia Switch; he preceded her in death on June 22, 2000. She attended Clarke College and taught school for Dubuque Community for a few years. She spent most of her life on the family farm near Zwingle, and was a member of the Guernsey Association and the Farm Bureau.

She was a former member of Assumption Parish and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed quilting, painting, baking and decorating cakes, had a lifelong interest in genealogy
and she never threw out a Cascade Pioneer.

She is survived by her three sons, James (Jeanne Ambrosy) Pancratz, of Key West, Michael Pancratz, of Zwingle, and Thomas (Katie) Pancratz, of Eldridge, IA;, two daughters, Lois Pancratz, of Dubuque and Carol (Ron) Althoff, of LaMotte; six grandchildren, Marty, Greg (Kay) and B.J. Althoff, Adam (Diana) Saunders, Cody and Joe Pancratz; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez (LeRoy) Pancratz, of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Lillian Kies; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ken; grandson Scott Althoff; brother Rev. Joseph Donahue; and a sister, Anna Marie Donahue.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all they did for Monica.



Earl F. Haferbecker


Earl F. Haferbecker, 95, of Saint Catherine's passed away at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at Manor Care.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2016, at Saint Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rod Allers officiating. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

Earl was born on May 10, 1921 in Dubuque the son of Ernest and Mayme (Durr) Haferbecker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1945. On October 10, 1946, he married Thelma Fettgather at Saint Philomena's Catholic Church in Asbury.

Earl served as a Dubuque Police Officer for 25 years retiring in 1976 at the rank of Captain. He later served part time on the Bellevue Police Department. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, the VFW, The Iowa State Police Association and Saint Catherine's Parish.

He loved to fish, hunt, and travel and especially enjoyed his annual trips to Texas with Thelma.

He is survived by his wife Thelma, a daughter Sandy (Bill) Valentine, of LaMotte, two sons Earl "Butch" (Mary) Haferbecker, of Florida, and Rickey (Pat) Haferbecker, of North Carolina, 7 grandchildren 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Tammy, brothers Clarence and John and a sister Mayme "Dolly" Nelson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque as well as the Dubuque Police Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #6 Military Detail for all they did for Earl.



Virginia P. Hartbecke


Virginia Pearl (Hammerand) Hartbecke 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday December 18, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White St. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. and also one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Virginia was born October 30, 1921 in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Benjamin and Viola (Dalbkermeyer) Hammerand. She married Gordon Frederick Hartbecke on October 23, 1946, he passed on September 8, 2010. Virginia and Gordon had a dairy farm near Sherrill until they retired in 1992, and in 2001 they moved into Dubuque. They enjoyed card clubs for over 50 years, enjoyed traveling when they had the opportunity, she enjoyed visiting the State of "Virginia" twice with her daughter and son in-law to visit her brother and sister in-laws family. Virginia was a dedicated homemaker/farm wife and mother. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed flowers, embroidery, especially, African Violets, a wonderful cook, known for her lemon pie, fudge, and cinnamon rolls.

Virginia helped with elections for many years, was a member of Sherrill United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She was baptized on November 20, 1921, and confirmed into the Lutheran Church on December 13, 1970.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Rev. David) Moore of Cylinder, IA; a sister in-law, Mary Anna Hammerand; and many extended relatives.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son in infancy, Dale Frederick; a brother, Glen; and a sister, Vivian (Melvin) Fettkether.

Memorial fund has been established in Virginia's memory.

Thank you to Hawkeye Care Center and Sunset Park Place for your wonderful care of my mother.

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



Bernard A. Ellerbach


Bernard A. Ellerbach, 94, of Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross and Guttenberg died Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A continued visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December, 21, 2016 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Church Cemetery.

Bernard was born on April 7, 1922 in Holy Cross, IA the son of George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach. He married Margaret E. Freiburger on November 23, 1943 in Rickardsville, IA. Together they farmed northwest of Holy Cross for 34 years. His retirement began with the building of their new home on Thunder road. He then kept busy gardening, helping his family with their farming endeavors, traveling, woodworking and bingo. He was a longtime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was involved in many other local organizations. His greatest joy was visiting with his friends and family.

Survivors include his 7 children, Dale, Kenneth (Bea), and James (Karen) Ellerbach all of Holy Cross, Donna (John)Wagner of Luxemburg, Shirley (Van) Waggoner of Asbury, Judy (Steve) Brimeyer of Sherrill, and Randy of Guttenberg; 14 Grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren; a sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, a brother, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, 2 sister-in-laws, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Modesta Koeperich of Dyersville, a brother-in-law, Donald Cogan of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, son David, 3 brothers; Lawrence (Rose), Ernest & Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach, sister Bernice (Leander Steffen, Gilbert Honkomp), in-laws, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Emmett (Mildred) Freiburger, Irvin (Alberta) Freiburger, Louis (Marie) Freiburger, Irene (Larry) Adams, Rosemary (Francis) Ellerbach, Luella Cogan, Rita (Ed Duster, Bob Weydert).

A Bernard A. Ellerbach Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to River Living Center and Oakcrest Manor for all they did to care for their dad.

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

 



Douglas G. Schlesier


Exuberance, Optimism, Generosity.

Douglas Gary Schlesier was the embodiment of these three human values. Throughout his life, he captured the best of his human spirit by living these three characteristics to their fullest.

Doug was born is Queens, NY on July 13th. 1942 and grew up in Setauket, Long Island. Very close to his 3 brothers (Phillip. Robert, and Paul) and his two sisters (Joy and Susie) they all kept his parents, Alban Augustus and Jean (Ripp) Schlesier, very busy and laughing. Both his parents, and brother Phillip preceded Doug being called to the Lord.

Doug earned an Associate Degree in Advertising Art and Design at State University New York Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale New York. Immediately after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Dona May (Wheeler) and together for 54 glorious years, raised their daughter, traveled the world, always teaching. Their wedding reception was held at the Oceanside Long Island VFW, catered by Nathan's hot dogs. The two newlyweds joined the Peace Corps where they trained in Puerto Rico and worked 2 years in the slums of Lima Peru, where their only child, Kimberly Dawn was welcomed into the world.

Upon returning, Doug went back to college for 5 more years receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in sculpture at State University of New York in Buffalo in 1966 and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 1968. While there, Doug, Dona and Kimberly lived and worked on a farm and would tell great stories about their experiences and the kindness of its owner.
In a life changing moment, Doug received an appointment at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, as an Assistant Professor, teaching sculpture and other studio art courses. He would remain there for 42 years, winning many awards, serving on multiple service and art committees, always creating art for the world to enjoy, all the while, teaching generations of young students the beauty and discipline of artistic expression. A Professor of Art and Director of the Clarke College Quigley Gallery, his teaching duties were in the areas of sculpture, drawing, ceramics, airbrush painting, and new genre. Doug retired 3 years ago as a Professor Emeritus at Clarke University.

In addition to teaching and mentoring thousands of art students at Clarke, he was active in both Divine Word College, Clarke College and in the Dubuque community theater, both as an actor and in set design. Doug designed and executed numerous student art study trips to both South America and Mexico. He received numerous grants for art and related travel throughout Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, Greece and Turkey, his art being displayed all over the world.

Over the years Doug exhibited art locally, regionally and internationally (China, Australia) while also working on many commissions. These commissions included a wall relief, drawings, mannequins, airbrush mural paintings and figurative sculptures.

Much of the recent artwork and images he created was driven by his love for foreign travel (10 different countries since retiring) and a yearning to share this enthusiasm for other places, times and cultures through his sculptures drawings and airbrush images.

Locally, Doug's work can be seen on the Clarke campus (the statue of Mary Francis Clarke is Doug's), many murals, at Finlay Hospital, Divine Word College and many other notable locations in Iowa.

Doug remained very active in the Dubuque community before and after retirement. Doug took great pride being on the Board of Directors of the Dubuque County Historical Society, The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame and a member of the Exhibition Committee of the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Most recently, Doug had co-authored a Basic Drawing Text and Sketchbook published by Oxford Press. Doug was especially proud of this, not only because he worked on it with his wife, but it allowed him to keep teaching what he loved in his retirement.

Doug loved life and all the people in it, but most especially teaching, tutoring and mentoring his students. His exuberance for art instruction and passion for travel came through every day and he evolved into a critical inspiration for thousands of Clarke art students. His eternal optimism surrounded everyone he touched with hope and a willingness to achieve, especially when the challenges were the most daunting. All of this was delivered with an unmatched generosity of spirit, a sharing of personal trials, travels and tribulations, always ready to assist anyone with anything.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Dona, his daughter Kimberly, her husband Bob, grandsons Jake and Luca, brothers Robert (Grace) and Paul (Ellen), sisters Joy (Ted) and Susie (Mark) and so many nieces and nephews who loved him so. He is also survived by thousands of students, friends and colleagues that together with his family will grieve his passing and celebrate his life.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral with Monsignor Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Respects may be paid from 9:00 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Always look on the bright side of life.......



Dorothy Fitzsimmons


Dorothy Fitzsimmons, 87, of Monticello died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Dorothy was born Feb. 17, 1929, near Worthington, Iowa the daughter of David and Marcella (Laban) Gravel.  She worked as a hired hand in her younger years and graduated from Coggon High School at the age of 17.  She married Frank Fitzsimmons in 1950, and together they had three children. They later divorced but remained good friends. Bowling was one of her favorite pastimes and she actually won the National Class B Championship in Las Vegas one year. She was a well-known seamstress in the Monticello area for many years.

She is survived by 2 children: Patricia Gassmann and Dennis "Fish" (Diane) Fitzsimmons, both of Monticello; 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Veronica Hansen of Davenport, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Gravel of Center Junction.

She is preceded in death by a son, Stanley, a grandson, Jared Gassmann, 3 siblings: Tony Gravel, Mary Prull and Bernice (Larry) Bader.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Robert J. Andersen


Robert J. "Bob" Andersen, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa.

Robert James Andersen was born on Memorial Day, May 30, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James C. and Laverne (Schmidt) Andersen. He had one older sibling Carole Ann and eight years later a younger brother Donn. The family resided in Maquoketa and later moved to Delmar for a few years and lastly to a farm near Preston. At an early age he liked sharp cars and working on them. His first car was a red '56 Chevy Impala. Bob graduated from Preston High School in 1962 and later received his Associates degree from Clinton Community College. While in high school he met the love of his life, Judy Eckelberg. They were married on November 3, 1962 in Preston, Iowa and moved to Maquoketa. To this union two girls were born. Brenda and Vickie. Tragedy happened when the girls got sick and Vickie was not able to recuperate from Pneumonia.
Through the years Bob had worked for Neumann Masonry, hauling milk for Buckhorn Creamery, and Caterpillar. In 1964 he became a police officer after riding along with officer and friend Art Ades. He would be promoted to Sergeant and later serve as the Maquoketa Police Chief for several years. Bob had to stay busy so he worked part-time jobs for Kellams and Bertsch, Koon and Bowman and Carson Funeral Home.

Bob was a member of and past president of the Maquoketa Optimist Club, Coronado Car Club and Maquoketa Motor Madness. He had also served as a Jackson County Fair Board Association member.

Bob was an avid car collector with his favorite being his '60 Chevy that was so close to his first car. In earlier years, he enjoyed racing stock cars with his driving name being Red Baron. He also enjoyed shooting competitions and was a part of a team from Maquoketa for many years. The family enjoyed camping with a regular group of friends often and took many vacations exploring the United States in their camper. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family especially his granddaughters and helping them with their grandpa fix it projects. He also liked to work on police cars and fixing up rental properties. He later took up golfing with some good friends and during the colder months they joined a bowling league.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife Judy Andersen of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Brenda (Dale) Heister of Maquoketa, IA; 2 granddaughters, Linsey and Alli; a brother Donn (Denise) Andersen of Mokena, IL; and a brother-in-law, Joe Rodriguez. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Vickie and a sister Carole Rodriguez.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert J. "Bob" Andersen memorial fund has been established.

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



Gregory L. Gioimo


Gregory "Fuzz" L. Gioimo, 64, of Dyersville died Friday, December 16, 2016, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Fuzz was born July 4, 1952, in Manchester, Iowa the son of Charles and Lucy (Luensmann) Gioimo. He married Kay White on March 31, 1978 in Colesburg, Iowa.

He was a lifelong Bears, Yankees and Hawkeye fan who loved to watch old westerns. He had a 46 year career with the natural gas pipeline industry and was known for his devotion to his job and co-workers. He cherished the time he got to spend with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kay; children: Lisa Gioimo of Columbia, MO, Dan (Stephanie) Gioimo of Walford, Nathan Gioimo and Sarah (Ben) Goldsmith, both of Dyersville, Brett (Ashlee Shill) Gioimo of Walford; 5 grandchildren: Blake and Mason Gioimo, Carson Gioimo, Beckett and Britton Goldsmith; siblings: Suzzanne and Suzzette Gioimo and Jeff Gioimo, all of Dyersville; and in-laws: Bill White of Dyersville, Ron (Linda) Benke of Cascade, Connie (LaVern) Neumann of Spring Green, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Aelred and Willetta (Eike) White; and a sister-in-law, Jeanine Benke.

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



Charles R. Kruser, Sr.


Charles R. Kruser, Sr. 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 on Tuesday, December 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Charles was born on March 25, 1925 in Kieler, Wisconsin the son of August and Philomena (Thiltgen) Kruser. He married Elaine Tigges on November 26, 1946 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on January 28, 2013.

He served in the US Army during WWII in the Philippines and New Guinea; and was a member of the VWF. He worked as an auto mechanic for Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque for 40 years.

Charles liked to gamble, play cards, do puzzles, fish, hunt and work in his garden. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends at the nursing home, especially Doug.

He is survived by his five children, Shirley Boland, of Amarillo, TX, Darlene Thomas, of Dubuque, Charles (Wilma) Kruser, Jr., of Dubuque, Raymond (Linda) Kruser of Janesville, WI, and Terrance (Spouse, Rio) Kruser, of Federal Way, WA; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons-in-law Brian Boland and Mark Thomas; his wife Elaine; brothers William (Pat) Kruser, Cleo (Dorothy) Kruser, and Raymond Kruser; sisters Eileen (Alton) Eudaly and Edna Kruser.

In lieu of flowers a Charles Kruser memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor, Dr. William Dall, Dr. Cao, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Donald Frederick Nissen


Donald Frederick Nissen, 89, of rural Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 13, 2016.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Monday, December 26, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The family would enjoy receiving online condolences as well, at www.CarsonAndSon.com. His funeral service will take place at The Maquoketa United Church of Christ at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 27. Burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery at a later date.

Donald was born on June 29, 1927 to Herman and Rowena (McNeil) Nissen in their Esgate farmhouse. He attended one-room country schools in Esgate, West Iron Hill, and Canton, where his family owned and operated a general store. After the store burned down in 1941, he moved to Maquoketa where he completed high school in 1945. 

Following high school, Donald moved to Arizona to find his fortune, and worked at various jobs until 1946 when he returned to Maquoketa with 10 cents and a 22 revolver to show as the fruit of his labors. At this time, despite having an artificial eye, Donald successfully enlisted in the army by memorizing the eye chart. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. After discharge, Don briefly attended the Iowa State University and in 1948 became an associate for his aunt and uncle's insurance and real estate firm known as the John L. Jones Agency. Don bought the agency in 1953 and it evolved into the Nissen-Caven Insurance Agency which remains in the family today. He retired in July 1992. 

In 1950, during a pinochle game, Don met his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Rugger. She won the game, Don knew a good thing when he saw it, and decided he would ask her to marry him. The wedding took place on April 22, 1951, and together they had four children: Cindy (1953), Chris (1957), David (1958), and Jonathan (1962).

Don actively served the community in various capacities for the following organizations: Boardman Library Board, Red Cross, Jackson County Public Hospital Board, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, Jackson County Historical Society, Board of Realtors, Knights of Pythias, Mt. Hope Cemetery Association, and Rotary. He was a longtime member of the Congregational Church and later the United Church of Christ.

Throughout his life, Donald had a wide range of interests which included motorcycle riding, stamp collecting, coin collecting, bird watching, and nature in general. Donald delighted in horseback riding on the dirt backroads near his home on the Caves Road with his family and friends, and was particularly fond of his horse Flash. He was an avid gun collector, specializing in Winchesters, and enjoyed hunting deer, moose, elk, and caribou in the western United States, Canada, and Alaska. One of Don's favorite pastimes was canoeing the Maquoketa River and taking leisurely picnics on its sandbars. He participated in several Mesquakie Canoe and Timber City Adventure races and even earned a couple of trophies. For many years, the sport Don enjoyed the most was golfing with his weekly foursome. On one of these outings, he managed to achieve a hole in one.

Don also was a voracious reader of all genres. His book choices ranged from poetry, classics, science fiction, westerns, historical novels, mysteries, and the occasional romance novel. He had a special interest in the Civil War and enjoyed books on this subject as well as visiting Civil War sites. 

Trees were one of his great passions and he successfully planted and nurtured both native species as well as those not native to this area. In later years, Don took great pleasure in restoring a native prairie on his property which included over 78 different plant species. 

He enjoyed traveling with his family and could boast that he had been in all 50 states. He and his wife also took many trips abroad to countries which included Chile, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia. Don had a special gift of being able to communicate with non- English speaking people of all countries because of his great sense of humor and self-deprecating manner. His talent also included making up words to help communicate, which amazingly seemed to translate well.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his beloved wife Phyllis, of Maquoketa; his children: Cindy (Fred) Hoffman of Alpharetta, GA, Chris (Mara) Nissen of Maquoketa, and David (Lynn) Nissen of Maquoketa: three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren; several nephews; and his honorary son Eduardo Gomez (of Temuco, Chile) who had spent a year living with the family as a foreign exchange student.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jonathan, and his sister Shirley Dodds.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, the Jackson County Historical Society, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, Maquoketa United Church of Christ, or the donor's choice.



Georgia A. Glab


Georgia A. Glab, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Georgia's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia was born on January 12, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George Herman and Mary "Betty" (Kemp) Grutz.

Georgia was united in marriage to Thomas "Tom" Glab on January 20, 1967, and they were blessed with 49 years together and 2 loving children. Georgia's main focus in life was her family. Whether she was at home taking care of Tom and the kids, or spending the day bonding with her siblings, Georgia was absolutely and joyfully content to be surrounded by those she loved. If Georgia found time to capture a little personal solitude, you could be sure to find her curled up with her most recent western or mystery novel. She did also enjoy spending quality time with her friends in the Dubuque Genealogical Society as they traveled back in time to discover their roots. Sadly, one of Georgia's favorite times of year was family gatherings at Christmas, and now we find ourselves entering this season with broken and heavy hearts. But we know that her earthly health issues have finally concluded today and she is now at peace celebrating Christmas with her parents once again.

Those left to cherish Georgia's memory include

her loving husband, Tom Glab Sr., Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Sherrie (Michael) Brins, Verona, WI
and Tom (Laura) Glab Jr., Dubuque, IA;

3 grandsons,
Daniel Brins, John Glab and Robert Glab;

and her siblings,
Herbert (Rita) Bisping, Dubuque, IA,
Janis Groh, Dubuque, IA,
George Herman, East Dubuque, IL
and Betty (Bob Rapp) Frick, Dubuque, IA.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Groh.

A Georgia A. Glab memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Georgia's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital ICU, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Georgia and her family.

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

 



J. Howard Fay


J. Howard Fay, 98, of Heritage Manor Apts. and formerly of Rickardsville, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with the Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Howard was born on January 6, 1918 near Edina, MO, the son of Mahlon and Rebecca (Lindsey) Fay. He graduated from Edina High School and moved to Specht Ferry where he farmed. In 1954 he moved to Richardsville and farmed until he retired.

On January 12, 1939, Howard married Ruth Carol Hacker. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1949. He later married Florence Paisley on March 7, 1954. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2012.

Howard was a lifetime member of Sherrill Methodist Church and enjoyed working in his shop and tinkering with antique tractors and his Model T Ford & hit & miss engines.

Howard is survived by his children, Patricia (Elmer) Miller of Cuba City, WI, John E. (Carol) Fay of Dubuque, IA and Marilyn (Jerry) Frederick of Durango, IA; his step-children, Don (Linda) Paisley of Durango, IA and Janet Henry of Pittsburgh, PA; his grandchildren, Jack (Kathy) Miller, Kris (Derek) Thomas, Tammy (Mark) Hittenmiller, Tina Fay, Tracy (Paul) Edminster, Tricia Miller, Todd (Summer) Fay, James (Dana) Frederick, Robert (Sarah) Frederick and Melissa (Thomas) Nemmers; his step-grandchildren, Jeff (Sue) Paisley, Dwight (Carla) Paisley, Michelle (Brad) Isner and Mark Henry; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert (and sister-in-law Vernette) Fay, and step-son-in-law Bob Henry.

In lieu of flowers, a J. Howard Fay memorial fund has been established.

The Fay family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Liaboe, Hospice of Dubuque and staff and friends at Hawkeye Care Center.



Lola J. Kies


Lola J. Kies, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

Lola was born on the family farm in Petersburg, IA, on March 19, 1927, the daughter of Bernard and Henrietta (Klosterman) Woerdehoff. She and her family moved to Edgewood, IA and then to Dubuque where she attended and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. On February 8, 1947, Lola married Raymond J. Kies at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Lola worked for Medical Associates for close to 25 years. She was a member of St. Anthony's parish for over 40 years and was a member of its choir and Rosary Society.

Lola is survived by her son, Val Kies, of Dubuque; her daughter, Jane (Gene) Tully, of Dubuque; and their children Briana (Jim) Cushman of Dubuque, Mikaela (Justin) Foust of Dubuque and Laura Tully of Prescott, AZ; her great-grandchildren James Cushman and Lola Cushman; her sister Elva Woerdehoff, of Minneapolis, MN and her brother Merle Woerdehoff, of Edgewood, IA.

She was preceded in death by her sister Vera (Cleo) Seward; her brothers John (Mildred) and Cyril (Kay) Woerdehoff; and her sister-in-law Norma Woerdehoff.

A Lola J. Kies memorial fund has been established.

The Kies family wishes to thank Dr. Andrea Ries and her staff for their wonderful care and support.

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



Wayne J. Kahle


Wayne John Kahle of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, age 82, died peacefully on December 13, 2016. A visitation will be held at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa on Monday, December 19th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Mass will be held at 12 noon. Additional information and a "Book of Memories" can be found at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home website www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne's memory to Mayo Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque, Camp Courageous or the Cathedral of St. Raphael.

Wayne loved life, his wife and family, and his faith. He was born in Dubuque, where he lived until he was 10 years old. He moved to Kieler, Wisconsin, where his parents, Ben and Mabel Kahle, owned and operated the Kall Inn Tavern and Dance Hall.

He attended grade school at Holy Trinity in Dubuque followed by Immaculate Conception in Kieler. He attended Loras Academy and graduated from Cuba City High School in Cuba City, Wisconsin in 1952, where he lettered in football and baseball.

After high school, he joined the United States Navy Reserve and worked at the Dubuque Packing Company. Wayne then served on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS New Jersey, BB-62, an Iowa-class battleship. Working in the engineering office he travelled to ports all over the world after the peace agreement ending the Korean War.

After his military service, Wayne worked at the Dubuque Stamp Company and went into partnership operating the Kall Inn Tavern, located in southwest Wisconsin, with his father and mother until their deaths in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

In November 1959, Wayne married the love of his life, the former Mary Margaret Taylor, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Together they raised a family of five children, while owning and operating the Kall Inn Supper Club. The Kall Inn was well known for its fine food, friends and cocktails. Wayne always greeted everyone with a smile, always remembered their name, offered jokes and stories, as only a good bartender could.

Wayne, just as his father had, was elected and served many years as a state director representing Grant and Iowa counties in the Wisconsin Tavern League. He raised money for Wisconsin Badger Camp as part of his activity in this organization.

Wayne enjoyed sports and was an avid golfer. In his earlier years, he hunted and fished. Over the years, Wayne and Mary sponsored sports teams including bowling, basketball, horseshoe, baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball, men and women's teams alike, and organized many golf tournaments. He organized events for his customers, which included bus trips to Iowa-Wisconsin games and other sporting events, trips and cruises. His years of dedication to sports were recognized with his induction into the Dubuque Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary, their five children: Lisa (Edward) Kruska of Alexandria, Virginia, Kim Kahle of Dubuque, Jayne (Eric) Petersen of Peosta, Iowa, Thomas (Amy) Kahle of Dripping Springs, Texas and Sara (David) Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota and their 10 grandchildren: Meghan, Zachary, Victoria, Taylor, Penelope, Noah, Samantha, Alexander, Seth and Joshua.

Additional family include his sister, Bernadine Weiderholt of Kieler, brothers in law Raymond (Joan) Taylor of Dubuque, John (Barb) Taylor of Holy Cross, Iowa, James Taylor, and Paul (Sue) Taylor of Zwingle, Iowa, and his sisters in law Agnes Kahle of Hazel Green, Helen (John "Scotty") Thomas of San Francisco, California, Jane (Ken) Rausch of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bridget (Robert) Kluesner of Owatonna, Minnesota, Patricia (Mike) Theis of Peosta, Mary Taylor of Oviedo, Florida, Lois Taylor and Karolyn Taylor of Dyersville, Iowa and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard "Ben" and Mabel (Vogt) Kahle, his in-laws Francis "Zack" and Dorothy (Rea) Taylor, his older brothers Gene and Lowell Kahle, his younger sister Nancy Rae Kahle, his in-laws Gene Weiderholt, Frank Taylor, Charles Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Duane "Red" Even and Marie Taylor.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all their family and friends for all the wonderful visits, kindness and thoughtful generosity. In addition, the family is grateful for the friendship of all the winter Texans. Thank you to the University of Iowa Medical School staff who worked with the family to arrange a whole body donation to help with research and education. Thanks also to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Eugene Kwon, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Honoria Caceres, Sr. Sharon and Msgr. Tom Toale.

 



Clarence Ruff


Clarence Ruff, 80, of Lost Nation, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2016 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 16, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation, and burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Clarence was born on November 2, 1936 in LaMotte, Iowa to Fred and Margaret (Taylor) Ruff. He attended a country school near Andrew, then attended Elwood Jr. High where he graduated from the 8th grade. He married Velene Gertenbach on May 26, 1956 at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. Nothdurft. To that union four children were born.

Throughout Clarence's life he worked in the potato fields of South Dakota, at Clinton Engines and at a few local body shops before starting his own business as a painter from 1962 to 1974 and then as owner/operator of Ruff's Auto Body Shop until retiring in 2005. Of all the jobs Clarence held, his greatest passion was farming.

Clarence enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, long coffee chats with the boys and an occasional trip to the casino to pull on the one-arm bandits. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Velene; his children Bill (Nancy) Ruff of St. Peters, MO, John (Diane) Ruff of Preston, IA, and Deanna (Dante) Merrick of Lost Nation, IA; 10 grandchildren, Butch (Tara), Jennifer, Bridget (Matt), Lindsay (Bob), Amanda, Jackie (Emily), Kristin (DJ), Clarence (Alexa), Velene (Clifton), and Marianne; 15 great-grandchildren; and Clarence's siblings, Carl (Bertie) Ruff of Maquoketa, Irma Sue of Hawaii, and Chuck (Liz) of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Betty, Frances, Floyd, and Jack; and his son David.

The family would like to thank Lost Nation Fire Company, Oxford Junction Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Regional Health Center and Hospice of Jackson County for their exceptional service and care.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clarence Ruff memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald A. Krier


Donald A. "Donny" Krier Jr., 44, of Dubuque passed away Monday, December 12, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA after a sudden illness.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a Service of Remembrance at 1:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donny was born September 16, 1972 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Terri (Carner) Krier Sr. He married Renee Rennison in Dubuque, Iowa on May 20, 2000.

Donny loved being with his family and was stay at home dad. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and he was an excellent cook. Donny also loved riding around in his truck, listening to country music and cracking jokes. Everyone close to Donny knows he was a prankster and was a recipient of his pranks at one time or another. He enjoyed spending time at Romper Stompers Daycare with the employees, children and parents.

Surviving are his wife, Renee, of Dubuque; children Austin (Miranda) Krier, Breanna (Dakotah) Krier,; Amelia Krier, Kameron Krier, Roni Krier, Paige Parker and Destiney Parker; two granddaughters Ava Krier and Alexandra Moto; his parents, Donald and Terri Krier, a brother, Joshua (Kathy Ostrander) Krier, of Dubuque; He was preceded in death by Richard and Nora Carner, Frank Carner, Robert Carner, Mary Jane Krier, and Anthony Krier.
Pallbearers will be his son, Austin Krier, his father, Donald Krier Sr., his brother, Joshua Krier, his nephew, Chance Krier, his uncle Scott Carner and his friends, Glen Frey, Richard Rennison, Dan McNammer, Travis Allen, Chris Allen, Nick Naumann and Brian Torrey.

A special thank you to his close friends; and to the Doctors and Nurses at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City.

A Donald A. Krier, Jr. Memorial has been established at DUPACO Credit Union.

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



Mary J. Makovec


Mary J. Makovec, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home at 3:45 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on September 14, 1920, in LaMotte, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Cecilia (Schilling) Pitts.

Mary was united in marriage to Frank Makovec on January 15, 1941, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lamotte, Iowa. They were blessed with 65 years together, and 6 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 19, 2006. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, who also put her talents to work at Villa Raphael for a short time. Mary's faith was extremely important to her and she was a longtime and dedicated member of St. Columbkille's Church and the Power of Prayer. Her unrelenting trust in God, and His sovereign plan, helped her get through some of the most challenging and painful losses of loved ones throughout her 96 year journey. Mary had a superior work ethic and was blessed with tireless energy and tenacity. She made no bones about the adversity she faced growing up, but never used it as an excuse; rather as motivation to face every challenge head on which came her way. Family was always first and foremost to Mary, and she continually placed the needs of her husband and children before her own. Mary, and her one true love Frank, worked hard with driven purpose and responsibility throughout their lives to provide a good life for their family; but they never forgot to set aside a little time for one another from time to time. A nice evening on the town, or even a little embrace on the dance floor, were always available options for the devoted couple. Mary now rejoins her eternal loving family, some of whom have been called home much to early, and we know that even though our Christmas celebration will be layered with sorrow, theirs will be one of true peace and love as they watch over us.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,o
Cindy (Robert) Kisting, LaMotte, IA,
Ronald Makovec, Dubuque, IA
and Dennis Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Sue Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Rachel (Andy) Harris, Johnson City, TN,
Matt Kisting, Lamotte, IA,
Lee Makovec, OR,
Brian (Amy) Makovec, MO,
Ben Makovec, IL
and Ken Meyer, KY;

14 great-grandchildren;

and her sister,
Sally (Elmer) Schiffer, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Frank Makovec; a daughter, Marilyn Meyer; 2 sons, Dale Makovec and Steve Makovec; 2 granddaughters, Kelly Makovec and Jennifer Makovec; and a great granddaughter, Brooke Ehrlich.

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

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sullivan, and her special caregivers, Jamie, Nancy, Rhonda, Kari, Debbie and Ashley for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Mary and her family.

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

 



Thomas Law Vance


Thomas Law Vance, 71 of Cedar Rapids formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on December 12th, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 16th, 2016 at Hope Church. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

Tom was born on February 3, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lester "Ole" and Lucille (Law) Vance.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; studied Biological Science at the University of Dubuque and University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and studied Dental Lab Technology at Kirkwood.

In 1977 he married Susan Kay Hutchison in Dubuque.
He served in the US Army Special Forces known as the Green Berets during Vietnam. He worked The Lab, LTD in Dubuque and most recently, Esthedontics on Cedar Rapids.
He was a member of the Tristate Skydivers Club in Lancaster, formerly Big Patch Skydivers.

Tom enjoyed fishing, shooting, and motorcycles. He led a veteran's PTSD support group at Hope Church. After moving to Cedar Rapids, he enjoyed his weekend visits to Dubuque to spend time with his friends from Hope Church.

He is survived by his three children; Nathan L. Vance of Redwood City, CA, Abby L. Vance of Dubuque, Iowa, and Brooke A. Vance, of Minneapolis, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Vance and his former spouse and mother of his children, Susan McCullough.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Sunset Park Place and the community at Hope Church for all their care and friendship.



Todd J. Maiden


Todd J. Maiden, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Celebration of Todd's life for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., December 17th, 2016 at his daughter's home.

Todd was born on November 2, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Mary (Mitchell) Maiden. He married Kathy "Kate" Clendenen on September 23, 2005 in Dubuque.
Todd was truly one of a kind, anyone who met and knew him liked him. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a avid Bears fan and looked forward to March madness. He loved music and played his guitar often. Todd had a great outlook on life; he always said there is someone out there worse off than him. He will truly be missed, he will be in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife Kathy "Kate", daughters, Shyla (Jay) Lukens and Kim Maiden. Step children, Jamie Nebel, Steven (Leanne) Nebel. Brothers, Keith (Carol) Maiden, Pat Maiden, Chris (Belinda) Maiden and a sister Connie Rhomberg. Six grandchildren, Tanner, Julian, and Meric Lukens; Jayden, Madyson and Vannesa Welborn; his nieces Cassandra Maiden and Melissa Neuhaus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Danny Maiden.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Janice C. Kemp


Janice C. Kemp, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:40 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family and holding the hand of her dear husband. To honor Janice's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Janice's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janice was born on the family farm in Galena, Illinois, on October 28, 1939, the daughter of Ellsworth H. and Mildred L. (Knautz) Post.

Janice grew up on the family farm in Galena, IL. Sadly, her father was called home when Janice was quite young, which left only her mother, and the 3 kids to work the farm. Out of necessity, perseverance, and a strong team mentality, would immediately develop within the family unit. This attitude would quickly translate into the importance they would place on an education. At the age of 5, Janice would begin her committed attendance at the Mt. Pleasant one room school house. With continued determination, she would attend Galena High School and confidently grip the reigns of adulthood with a strong work ethic, and an education, firmly in place. Janice always treasured her accomplishment of a 3rd place 4-H calf in the Elizabeth County Fair, but it wasn't long before the country girl would finally meet her destined city boy and soul-mate, William "Whitey" Kemp. They would be united in marriage on February 20, 1960, and begin their new life together in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with 56 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters. Janice would primarily, and proudly, devote her life to caring for her family; but she would also invest over 18 years of her time to driving her kin at heart country kids on the Sageville school bus, where she could assist others children in safely traveling to obtain their education. Janice was an absolute wizard in the kitchen, and her skills have pleased the palates of countless family and friends for many generations now. The taste of her fresh vegetables from the garden, deliciously perfect dill pickles, and the world's greatest homemade Pasty will be ever present in the hearts and minds of her loved ones for decades ahead. Janice was an animal lover in the truest sense of the word; and her adoration was not limited simply to dogs and birds, but to all of God's creatures. Janice also generously and faithfully devoted over 51 years of her time as a Den Mother with the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also known for her natural abilities to throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, complete a difficult jig saw puzzle in record time, and even turn an average camping trip into a collection of pleasant memories to be reminisced about for years to come. But at the end of the day, besides spending time with her absolutely adored grandchildren, some of the most precious free-time in Janice's life could be found in the hours she would spend painting and drawing. For several years, she would generously share her techniques, and God given talents, with family, friends, and the sisters at Mt. Carmel. As we grieve today at the loss of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, we will thankfully and collectively find tranquil moments of peace in the uniquely personal creations which will continue to adorn the walls of our earthly homes. Christmas will never be the same without our angel Janice, but the love and light she leaves behind will surely warm our hearts for many more seasons until we can all be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Janice's memory include

her loving husband,
William "Whitey" Kemp, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 daughters,
Tina (Richard) Cornwall, Dubuque, IA,
Debra (Jeff) Weiland, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy (Bruce) Phillips, East Dubuque, IL
and Kelly Gulyash, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Chase) Cornwall,
Joshua Weiland,
Cassandra Cornwall,
Ashley Gulyash,
Amanda Weiland
and Amber Gulyash, all of Dubuque, IA;

her great grandchildren,
Jared Cornwall and Kaylee Mickel;

and her sister,
Mary "Bea" McRae, Warren, IL.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy, Margaret Post; a brother Robert Post; and a brother-in-law, George McRae.

A Janice C. Kemp memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Janice's family would like to extend a sincere and warm thank-you to the Dr's and nurses at Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care. They would also like to express a special commendation to Dr. Tom Schreiber, Jennifer Fondell and Cindy McInerney for going above and beyond in their care of Janice and her family.

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

 



Matthew P. Morehouse


Matthew Paul Morehouse, 47, of 840 Mount Carmel Rd., died Friday, Dec. 9 at his home after a sudden illness. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral home on 1640 Main St. in Dubuque. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Nativity Church, 1225 Alta Vista St. in Dubuque.

Survivors include his mom, Jane; his brothers and sisters Marc (Becky) Morehouse of Fairfax, Anna (Roger) Zimmerman of Cedar Falls, Elizabeth (Jeff) Winders of Marion and six nieces and nephews Devin, Ethan, Will, Elly, Jace and Casey and his very dear friend Cristi Fitzgerald. Matt was preceded in death by his father, William Paul on October 26, 2016.

Matt was born January 28, 1969 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque to William and Jane Morehouse. He grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Wahlert High School in 1987. In 1991, Matt graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in art education. He began his 22-year teaching career at River Ridge Middle School in Bloomington, Wis., where he spent 10 years. He moved to Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque for eight years before accepting his current position as art teacher and wrestling coach at Jefferson Middle School. Matt ran an after school arts program at Jefferson. Matt was passionate about art and education. He wasn't a casual teacher. You just couldn't draw circles and get away with it in his class. You had to try and you appreciated that Matt cared enough to pull something out of you.

Matt had a lifelong love affair with the sport of wrestling. He won city championships as a 75-pounder at Nativity. During his Wahlert days, Matt was a two-time state qualifier for the Golden Eagles. Matt coached wrestlers at Lancaster High School, River Ridge High School and Jefferson. He remembered all of his wrestlers' stories and cherished the special connection between coach and athlete. He carried his love for the sport to his final day.
Matt will be remembered as a man who never backed down from a challenge, who loved life and who literally climbed a mountain once as a kid just so he could show his skeptical brother that the snow on the peak wasn't as far away as he thought.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Dubuque County Humane Society in Matt's memory.

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



Darlene C. Kirchhoff


Darlene C. "Dee" Kirchhoff, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Dee" on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Darlene Capitola Davis was born on March 30, 1933 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steven N. and Elsie (Hoerschelman) Davis. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married William J. "Bill" Kirchhoff on January 7, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1989.

Through the years, "Dee" had worked for Dr. M.L. Bernard, Bon Ton and at Hinckley's Drug Store in Maquoketa.

"Dee" had lived in the Maquoketa area all of her life. She enjoyed shopping and camping.

Those left to honor her memory include a son, Jack (Susan) Kuhlman of Maquoketa, IA; step-children Susan (Ed) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Gary) Greeson of Sacramento, CA; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Merrick, Tyler (Andrea) Kuhlman, Jace (Holly) Kuhlman, Tina (Ryan) Witanen, Angie Hafner and Kelly (Brad) Jackson; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Timmins of North Port, FL; and a sister-in-law, Carol Davis of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband "Bill"; an infant baby boy, Kuhlman; a sister, Maxine Easton; and brothers Robert, Kenneth and Donald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darlene C. "Dee" Kirchhoff memorial fund has been established.

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



Ellen M. Robertson


Ellen M. Robertson, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:45 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ellen's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Burton Everist officiating. To celebrate Ellen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ellen was born on July 11, 1924, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, daughter of Clarence G. and Marjorie M. (Davis) Anderson.

Ellen was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, until her family relocated to Peoria, Illinois, where she eventually completed her primary education at Woodruff High School. Shortly after graduation, Ellen would be united in marriage to the love of her life, Gerald Robertson. Their union would begin on October 17, 1942, in Austin, Texas, and they would be truly blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on May 16, 1994. They eagerly settled in Dubuque to raise their family in 1947, after the completion of Gerald's military service. Ellen was nothing short of a loving wife and mother who found great satisfaction in continually fulfilling her God given mission to love, nurture and adore her family. She would seamlessly transition these skills into her inevitable role of wise and gentle grandmother and great-grandmother. Ellen was a consummate collector of unique and personal memorabilia; but thankfully her natural gift of systematical organization was easily able to keep every memento in it's proper place. In her free time, Ellen learned to appreciate the value of a few subtle brush strokes on the canvas at her most recent painting class, but ultimately some of her most indulgent hours were simply enveloped in the culmination of a warm pair of slippers, a comfortable blanket and her most recent issue of People magazine. Witnessing Ellen's earthly departure so close to Christmas is beyond difficult for our hearts and minds to bear, but we trust that she is permanently at rest from her physical struggles now, and thankfully she is once again reunited with her heavenly family whose Christmas celebration will truly be filled with peace.

Those left to cherish Ellen's memory include

her 4 children,
Judith M. Robertson, Kerrville, TX,
Richard (Elizabeth) Robertson, Asbury, IA,
Ronald (Laura) Robertson, Dubuque, IA
and Donald (Peggy) Robertson, Louisburg, WI;

her 8 grandchildren,
Jacob Robertson,
Abigail (Aaron) Butcher,
Owen (Susan) Robertson,
Nicole (Nicholas) Close,
Jessica LaPage-Robertson,
Jennifer (Matthew) Swartz,
William Robertson
and Kaylena Robertson;

and her 9 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Gerald Robertson; a son, Dwight Robertson; a daughter, Jerelyn Robertson; and a granddaughter, Laura Ann Robertson.

An Ellen M. Robertson memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ellen's family would like to extend a special thank you to her friends, and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they have given Ellen, and her family, these past years.

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

 



Stella M. Saylor

Stella M. Saylor, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 10:13 p.m., on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Stella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Stella's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Stella was born on January 20, 1927, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Mary (Wagner) Link.

Stella was born and raised in northern Dubuque county and would earnestly embrace the honesty of farm life before eventually moving her family to Dubuque in 1967. She was united in marriage to Wilbur "Wib" Saylor on October 14, 1947, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years together, and one son, before he was called home ahead of her on December 14, 1985. Stella was proud to be a loving wife, adoring mother, gracious grandmother and continually caring housewife. She did also invest a few years of her time and talents outside of the home at the General Dry Battery Factory and the Dubuque Pack. Stella was a happily humble woman who truly enjoyed the 89 earthly years she would get to spend with her family, friends, and her loyal four legged companion, Saddie. She has left a definite mark on the hearts of all who knew and loved her and we will forever treasure the love and lessons she leaves behind. Thankfully, we can find true comfort in knowing that after over 30 years, Stella and Wib will finally be singing Christmas carols together again this year.

Those left to cherish Stella's memory include

her son,
Thomas Saylor, Dubuque, IA;

her grandsons,
Scholl Saylor, Buffalo, NY,
Chris (Lilias) Saylor, Potosi, WI,
Mike Saylor, FL
and Kevin (Sarah) Saylor, Hazel Green, WI;

her great grandchildren,
Cody (Heather) Saylor,
Abby Saylor
and Ben Saylor;

her sister,
Irma Bietzel, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Esther Link, Dubuque, IA.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur Saylor; a great-granddaughter, Reneé Saylor; a brother, Marion Link; and a brother-in-law, John Bietzel.

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

Stella's family would like to thank Dr. Liaboe, his nurse, Trish, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided for Stella.

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

 



Donna J. Cooksley


Donna J. Cooksley, age 61, of Epworth, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rhonda Pope officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Donna was born on August 25, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Mike and Darlene (Roe) Reuter.

Donna was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. In her younger years, Donna joyfully shared her beautiful voice around town with her dear friends in "Sing Out Dubuque", and also, due to her diligent independence spirit, was awarded the title of #1 Tupperware Saleswoman in San Diego. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Cooksley on February 28, 1975, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 41 years together, and their continually content cat, Izzy. Donna was well known for her ability to make friends wherever she went, and her love of socializing with family and friends. Whether you were a co-worker at Hatch's or Sam's Club, or simply a regular customer, you were sure to have crossed Donna's path at some point and share first-hand in her natural "gift for gab". Donna would truly find value in the occasional trip to a craft show, or even a pleasant evening around the campfire. We have lost a precious soul today, and our world will never be the same, but we have witnessed that Donna's 2 year battle with cancer has definitely taken a toll on her and we find comfort in knowing that she is now at peace from her earthly struggles.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her loving husband,
Bill Cooksley, Epworth, IA;

her sisters,
Judy (Keith) Kelly
and Sherry Neuwohner, both of Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Vede Smith, Clinton, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Ronald Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

her niece and nephew,
Jennifer (Brian Simon) Kelly, Dubuque, IA
and Shawn Kelly, Dubuque, IA;

a great-niece,
Calsey (Tyler) Bradley;

and a great great-niece and great great-nephew,
Julia and Rhett Bradley.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Bob Neuwohner; a sister-in-law, Melnetta Kennedy; and a great nephew, Ronald Kennedy.

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

Donna's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Wolbers, Dr. Khan, and Mayo Clinic for all of their wonderful care and support.

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

 



James E. Sawvel


James E. Sawvel, 75 of Dubuque, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. A celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Friday at the Funeral Home.

Jim was born on January 8, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Katherine (Hellier) Sawvel.

In 1964, he married Peg Paisley and together they had three children. In 1989, he married Jean Stratton.

Jim was employed for the City of Dubuque and Dubuque Packing Company before joining the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office in 1973. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, devoting 30 years to Dubuque County, working road patrol, Investigations and finished his career with the Drug Task Force. Following his retirement in 2003, he was employed as a security officer at the Dubuque County Courthouse until 2007.

Jim was a member of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies' Association, Associate Member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

His greatest passion was the of sport of Rodeo. He enjoyed traveling throughout the Southwestern US, and had a love for the cowboys & Indians of the old Wild West. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and loved to fish with his closest friends.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Jim was a 2-time Iowa State Champion calf roper, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, for his time playing guitar and vocals for The Shades.

He had a gift for telling the greatest stories. He had a very generous and giving heart, was a mentor to many, and deeply valued the friendships he formed with his co-workers and friends.

He is survived by his children, Gina (Todd) Ryan, of Papillion, NE, Ann Butzier, of Dubuque, and Jim Sawvel, of Camanche, IA; step-daughter, Julie (Dave) Foster, of Blaine, MN; grandchildren, Lydia (Brian) Cassata, of Omaha, NE, Makenzie Ryan, of Kansas City, MO, Sarah Chapman, Ben Chapman, and Chris Chapman, all of Dubuque; and Cassie Hall, of Davenport, IA; step- granddaughters, Natalie Sieckert and Alexis Foster, of Blaine, MN; great- granddaughter, Nora Cassata, of Omaha, NE; his mother, Katherine Sawvel, of Dubuque; and siblings, Lois Selle, Jack (Diane) Sawvel, Kathy (Dan) Nesteby and Sue Sawvel, and several special nieces and nephews, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Sawvel; brothers, Donald (Elaine) Sawvel and Lawrence Sawvel; and his son-in-law, Douglas Butzier.

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

Memorials may be given to Special Olympics of Iowa and St. Labre School of Indians, both of which Jim faithfully supported, or to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Eagle Point Place for the exceptional care, love and friendship they have provided.

 



Charles R. Schmitt


Charles R. Schmitt 92, of Luther Manor and formerly of 3070 Lindale St., passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at Luther Manor surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

Charlie was born on March 24, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Anthony and Irene (Slowey) Schmitt. On July 17, 1951, he married Rita Siegert at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on August 4, 2014.

Charlie farmed until 1958 when he and Rita moved to Dubuque and he started his 26 year career as a milkman for Swiss Valley. Charlie retired in 1986. He was a member of St. Anthony's parish and past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Teamsters Union Local 421. Playing cards with friends and dancing were Charlie's favorite past times. He will always be remembered for his gentle manner and positive outlook. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all.

Surviving are his children Janet (Rich) Bales, Jim (Ann) Schmitt, Joe (Geri) Schmitt and Jeff (Deb) Schmitt; grandchildren Shawna (Christopher) Donar, Trista (Steve) Calonder, Michael Willey, Kalen (Randi) Bales, Katie (Rob) Peterson, Gina Schmitt, Madeline (fiancé' Jeff Craig) Schmitt, Eric (Stacey) Schmitt, Nick (Megan) Schmitt, Ali (fiancé' Chris Gansen) Schmitt, Anna Schmitt, Alex Schmitt and Sam Schmitt; great grandchildren, Emma, Cael, Austin, Aidan, Nathanial, Ethan, Noah, Hannah, Ellie, Grace, Sophie, Aurelia, Charlie, Theo, Lilly, Magdalen, Noah Lee, Jacob and Layla; his brothers Robert and Herbert (Lorraine) Schmitt and his sisters-in-law Lois Schmitt and Edna Schiel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his brothers Louis and Lester; his brothers-in-law Walter, Earl, Joseph "Sonny" and Leonard Siegert; his sisters-in-law Marie Kress and Eileen Bahl.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony's parish, Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Schmitt family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Ali and Austin for their constant care and support.



Clara M. McLaughlin


Clara M. McLaughlin, 90, of Dubuque died Friday, December 09, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center with her loving children by her side. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Clara was born Christmas Day, December 25, 1925 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Frances (Dean) Wolter. On August 3, 1945, she married John M. McLaughlin at St. John Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death on February 23, 2010.

Clara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family. She was a longtime member of St. John Episcopal Church. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Clara is survived by three children, Diane (George "Sonny") Peil of Dubuque, Danny (Dawn) McLaughlin of Eldridge and Sharon (Tom) Spiegelhalter of Peosta; a daughter in law, Viola "Babe" McLaughlin of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; step father, George "Gramps" Johnson; a son, John McLaughlin Jr., and a great grandson, Gage Peil.

A Clara McLaughlin Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Jane A. Geisler


Jane A. Geisler 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 8, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Church of The Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Jane was born on September 22, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Evelyn (Dubler) Avenarius Sr. On November 15, 1969, she married David H. Geisler at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2011. Jane was a devoted homemaker who loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and playing cards with friends.

She is survived by her children, Scot (Marissa Reed) Geisler, Todd (Christi) Geisler and Jodie (Dave) Jutson; her grandchildren, Brittany (Adam) Schmit, Jenna, Brett, Zack, Adrianna, Brielle and Grace Geisler and Alivia and Alyssa Jutson; her great granddaughter, Ellie Schmitt her siblings Don (Vicki) Avenarius, Susan Comer, and Richard Jr. (Joyce) Avenarius. Her sister- in -law, Karen Burgess, and brother- in- law, Tom (Connie) Geisler.

Jane was also preceded in death by her parents; her niece, Kimberly Avenarius; her nephew, Bryan Burgess; her brother-in-law, William Burgess; and her father-in-law, Howard Geisler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jane A. Geisler memorial fund.

The Geisler family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their constant care and support.

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



Mary M. Spielman


Mary M. Spielman, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 23, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred and Marie (Palm) Noel.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman, Jr. Mary and Charlie were united in marriage on August 20, 1955, and they were blessed with almost 47 wonderful years together, and three loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 1, 2002. Mary was a full-time wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, but she would also graciously put her God given talents to work outside of the home. She worked at Northwestern Bell, Brown Publishing and Spahn and Rose, as well as investing another 13 years babysitting for several friends and family around town. Mary was always a very generous volunteer, and actively social woman, with her free time. She would thoroughly enjoy spending time with her friends at the Lifetime Center, the Widow and Widowers Club, the High School Girls Card Club, and also with the ladies at the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 Auxiliary. Mary was also a well known, and very devoted, troop leader with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts when her children were young. Mary's faith was an instrumental part of her life and she was a longtime and loyal member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Mary's suddenly severe health issues have sadly called her home today after such an amazingly full and beautiful 87 year earthly journey among us. We will surely be celebrating Christmas with heavy hearts this year, but we find peace in knowing, and trusting, that Mary will be spending Christmas with Charlie once again this year, and that we will all be reunited in absolute joy and perfection one day.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Cynthia (Clarence) Heacock, Dyersville, IA,
Cheryl (Jim) Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Charles "Chuck" (Denise) Spielman III, Galena, IL;

her grandchildren,
Dr. Jennifer (Dr. Jeffrey) Heacock-Renaud, Davenport, IA,
Jessica Heacock, Raleigh, NC,
Madeline Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Adam Huekels, Dyer, IN;

a great-grandson,
Parker Brighton Renaud, Davenport, IA;

her siblings,
Elizabeth "Betty" Christ,
Carolyn (Stan) Hewitt
and Richard (Char) Noel, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her special friends,
Fritz Tekippe, Dubuque, IA
and Nick and Carrie Schrup and their son, Nicholas, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman; and a brother-in-law, Tom Christ.

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

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Mary these past days.

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



Kathleen Krapfl


Kathleen "Kay" Krapfl entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 8 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Kathleen was born June 4, 1927, in Dyersville, the second child of 15 children of Edward and Marie (Kluesner) Bartels. Kay was born, raised and lived her entire 89 years in the place she called home, Dyersville. On January 13, 1951 she married Roy J. Krapfl at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Twelve children were born to this union. She was the proud grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 10.

Kay's entire life was spent devoted to her family. A sweet and special lady, she greeted everyone with her warm and loving smile. Kay enjoyed life with what matters most – just the simple everyday moments.

Survivors include her children: Keith (Becky) Krapfl of Dubuque, Kathy (Kerry) Trimble of Waterloo, Vicky (Wayne) Wessels of Manchester, Jackie (Glen) Naber of Eldridge, IA, Kevin Kartel, Tammy (Jeff) Osterhaus, Lisa Krapfl, Kim (Karl) Loeffelholz, Karri Krapfl, and Jennifer (Steve) Wessels, all of Dyersville; 18 grandchildren: Kelly, Jason, Christina, Katie, Kallie, Mollie, Michelle, Megan, Ashley, Morgan, Samantha, McKenzie, Ben, Kayla, Brooke, Natalie, Lauren and Jack; 10 great-grandchildren;
12 siblings: Rosemary Frericks, Emily, Joan, Dale and Bill "Woody" , all of Dyersville, Doris Crow of Dubuque, Patricia Bartels of Elk Horn, WI, Marlene (Steve) McAleer of Monticello, Bevlin Bartels of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Frank) Caruso of The Villages, FL, John "Zoobie" Bartels of Moore, OK, Nancy (Burt) Fairchild of Woodbury, MN; in-laws: Paul Kramer, Gary (Maggie) Kraft, Lucy (Jerry) LaBonte, and Gil Basnik.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy, in 1987; two sons: Dean in 1992, and Dale in 2007; daughter-in-law Maria Kartel; siblings: Phyllis Bartels and Myrna Carty; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, and a nephew.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

Memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Beckman High School.

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



Clara Mae Steffensmeier


Clara Mae Steffensmeier, 86, of Dyersville, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, Dec. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Clara was born May 6, 1930, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Hugo and Hilda (Willenbring) Menke. She married Eldon Steffensimeier on December 29, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Dyersville.

She enjoyed playing cards and talking with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon; her children: Joan (Earl) Hosch of New Vienna, John (Nancy), Tom (Rose) and Pat (Laurie) Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville, and Carol (Jim) Meisgeier of Manchester; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Rosemary Menke of Dyersville, Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier and Alice (Rick) Nadermann, Eugene Prier, Agnes Steffensmeier and Elaine Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville; and Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Paula Hosch, in infancy; brothers Anton (Rose) Menke, Victor Menke, Aloysius (Doris) Menke; and in-laws Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Florence (Joe) Meis, Lucille Prier, Art Steffensmeier, Donald Steffensmeier.

Memorials are preferred to the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier or Beckman High School.

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



Edward M. Moldt


Edward M. Moldt, 85, most recently of Fuquay-Varina, NC, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016, four days short of his 86th birthday, at Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Ed was born November 16, 1930 in Clinton, Iowa to Harold Sr. and Kathryn (Hurley) Moldt and spent his youth in Dubuque, Iowa. He started setting goals early, beginning with his Eagle Scout and a related Catholic Scout medal, the Ad Altare Dei.

Another early goal focused on studying for the Catholic priesthood, so Ed attended a Catholic seminary in the Chicago area for high school, where he played virtually every sport. He ultimately changed directions and next attended Loras College in Dubuque, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River. As a '52 graduate, Ed continued to support Loras throughout his life, returning to teach there later in life.

A new chapter began when Ed met the love of his life, Alice Kehoe, during a snow storm when he helped push her date's car out of a snow bank. Things snowballed from there and they were married January 31, 1953 in Dubuque.

Ed was graduated with an MBA in Finance from Indiana University in 1959 and would return to IU years later as an Entrepreneur of the Year to teach entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.

His career included a corporate phase (Collins Radio Company, merged into Rockwell International) and Philip Morris (coated papers division), a brokerage firm chapter (Shearson Hayden Stone), an investor phase (buying and selling companies) and perhaps his favorite focus - teaching entrepreneurship at the university level.

Ed served as a major force in building entrepreneurship programs at several universities including the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana, and Loras University, Dubuque, Iowa. Many of his classes were standing room only and students contacted him for advice years later.

While Ed enjoyed a variety of business successes, his pride and joy were his family - he and Alice shared a life and love of 63 years and a family of five children who were raised to be true to themselves, to pursue their individual passions and to always make situations better than they found them.

Raise a toast to Dad for his lifelong optimism that always saw the cup overflowing, his contagious laughter, his incredible perseverance and his steadfast loyalty to family and friends. We were the lucky ones.

Ed is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice; his five children, Karen, Marianne and Thomas Moldt of Cary, North Carolina, Michele (George) Knoth, Indianapolis, IN and John (Patrick) (Mary) Moldt of Apex, North Carolina. Five grandchildren will miss his laughter, life lessons and guidance: Meghan, Caroline and Will Knoth of Indianapolis, IN and AliJane and Grace Moldt of Apex, NC. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Moldt and Mary (Bob) Kehoe as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold Jr. and Jim Moldt; his parents-in-law, Vincent and Rose Kehoe; a sister-in-law, JoAnne Moldt, a brother-in-law, Bob Kehoe; and two nieces, Sheila Moldt Lynch and Kim Kehoe Billmeyer.

A funeral Mass was held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, North Carolina. A visitation was held at the church a half hour before the Mass. Burial followed at the Wake Memorial Park in Cary, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's name to The Alzheimer's Association of North Carolina or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Condolences for the family can be sent c/o Alice Moldt, 202 Wilbon Road, Apt. 706D, Windsor Point, Fuquay-Varina, NC, 27526.



John Patrick O’Hara


John Patrick "Pat" O'Hara, 75, of Peosta, IA passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Per Pat's wishes, a private family funeral mass will be held. A celebration to honor Pat's life will be announced at a later date.

Pat was born on December 16, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of James and Margaret LaVanche O'Hara. He grew up in Lost Nation, Iowa and graduated from Maquoketa High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Pat attended Loras College, graduated from the Wisconsin School of Mortuary Science and later received his BA in business from St. Ambrose College.

On June 13, 1964 Pat married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Campbell, at Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa, IA. After a brief career in the funeral profession and working as an account executive with Alter Co., he and Joanne established the first Happy Joe's Pizza Parlor in Dubuque in 1974 and subsequently opened two more stores.

Pat enjoyed the game of golf and was past club champion at Dubuque Thunder Hills Golf and Country Club and The Vines Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne, of Peosta, IA; three daughters, Kelly (Steve) Kehoe of Denver, IA, Kim (Tom) Tiefenthaler of DeWitt, IA and Kasey (Ryan) Schulz of Polk City, IA; his grandchildren, Kimberly, Kyle, Kameron, Tyler, Brody, Griffin, Zoey, Jordan, Brady, Campbell and Beau; his brother, Rich (Wendy) O'Hara, and his sister, Kathy (Phil) Romer, both of Peosta, IA; and his brother-in-law, Jim Peretti, of Great Falls, MT.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Leonard and Lois Campbell; his sister-in-law, Mary Peretti, and his brother-in-law, Donnie Campbell.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002 or Thunder Hills youth golf program, 16682 Thunder Hills Dr., Peosta, IA 52068

Pat's family extends a special thank you to Drs. Eric Engelman and Charles Parker, Hospice of Dubuque, the nurses and staff at Mercy Health Center and his grandson Brody for their constant care and support.

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



Clarence M. Ricke


Clarence M. Ricke, 89, of Menominee, IL, passed away at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. God's amazing grace will lead him home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Catholic Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence was born on April 30, 1927 in Menominee, the son of Herman and Susan (Bonnet) Ricke. He farmed in Menominee (Sand Ridge area) until 1964. He was employed by Bartels & Byrne as a land surveyor and then at IIW Engineers and Surveyors, P.C. until his retirement in 1993.

On April 29, 1967 he married Mary Dolores Brejcha at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. They raised three girls during their 49 years of marriage. He was a member of Nativity BVM parish, its Holy Name Society, and the Knights of Columbus Council #7527 of East Dubuque.

Clarence loved fishing, gardening, the Chicago Bears and the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Clarence was a simple man who believed his faith was as important as the air we breathe, his family was his most prized possession, and working hard was the key to keeping it all together. He instilled these values in his children and grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Mary, of Menominee; daughters Connie (Dan) Kickbush of East Dubuque, Mary Jo (David) Schoenberger of Moravia, IA, and Jacqueline (Nicholas) Breitfelder of Cuba City, WI; six grandchildren, Amber & Connor Kickbush, Jennifer & Hannah Schoenberger, and Emma & Chase Breitfelder; and three sisters, Rosella McCarthy of Lake Villa, Alverna Ricke of Lake Zurich and Anna Mae (Bob) Sadler of Menominee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Arnold; sisters Celia Ricke, Rita Knautz and Rosemary Heller; five half-brothers; two half-sisters; a niece, Laura Sadler, and a nephew, Kevin Knautz.

The Ricke family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their months of care and compassion for Clarence, especially Jennifer F, Jan, Stephanie and David.

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



Arlene T. (Streif) Breitbach


Arlene T. (Streif) Breitbach 82, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral Mass will be at 3:00 pm Friday, December 9, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a Scripture Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Arlene was born December 4, 1934 in Epworth, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mary (Reinsbach) Streif. She married Edward J. Breitbach on December 28, 1954 in Bankston, Iowa.

Arlene was a longtime member of Church of the Resurrection. She enjoyed baking, tending to her flower beds, family vacations, and an occasional trip to the casino. Family was everything to Arlene, and she was devoted to her family. She took much joy being with her family, grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Edward; children Deb (Cecil) O'Neil of Des Moines, IA, Sue (Scott) Matye of Shullsburg, WI, Paul (Vicki) Breitbach of Dubuque, Ron (Mary) Breitbach of Dubuque, Julie (Don) Sherman of Robins, IA, and Nancy (Tony) Mustain of Nellysford, VA; 19 grandchildren, Tim O'Neil, Michelle (Gerhard) Lourens, Becky (Jared) Stein, Sara (Becky) Bender, Lisa Hefel, Brett Matye, Hunter Matye, Josh (Sara) Breitbach, Zach (Kelly) Breitbach, Tony Breitbach, Rachel (Jason) Cox, Lauren (Sean) Faherty, Tyler (Nicole) Breitbach, Casey (fiancé' Justin Smith) Breitbach, Shawn Breitbach, Sammy Sherman, Brooke Sherman, Jake Mustain, and Niki Mustain; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings Alice Wilwert-Oeth, Sr. Mildred Streif, Donna Streif, Laura Streif, and Darrell Streif; in-laws Jim (Harlene) Breitbach, Joan (Don) Staver, Rose (Fran) Brune, Dorie (Wayne) Dodds, Bill (Jeanne) Breitbach, and Jim (Carol) Kluesner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in-law, William and Agnes Breitbach; a granddaughter, Melinda O'Neal; a great-grandson, Jordan O'Neal; siblings Ed Streif and Marian Kirmse; and in-laws Ramona Kluesner, Tom Breitbach, Gilbert Wilwert, Bernard Oeth, Wayne Kirmse, and Lorraine Streif.

The family would like to thank Asbury EMS, Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Whalen, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for your care during this time of our wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

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

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



Donald G. Tegeler

Donald G. Tegeler, 82, of Dyersville died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.

Donald was born March 19, 1934, on the family farm near Earlville, the son of Gregor and Mathilda (Billmeyer) Tegeler. He married Patricia A. Willenbring on November 24, 1952, in Luxemburg. She preceded him in death in 1998. He later married Cathy Willis from Colorado on Oct. 3, 2003. Together they organized a local Parkinson's Support Group in Dyersville.

Don was a certified electrician at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years and was a member of UAW Local 94. In his spare time his hobbies were collecting and restoring vintage Camaros, and he enjoyed playing music at the nursing homes. His last big thrill was seeing the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy; sons: Bob Tegeler and David (Karen) Tegeler; his daughters: Debra (friend Wayne Pearce) Kruse and Sherry (Terry) Thier all of Dyersville; grandchildren: Dawn (Brent) Schroeder, Rachael (Aaron) Plein, Matt Tegeler, Zach Tegeler, Jonathon (Kayla), Danielle Tegeler, Travis (Kristie) Thier, Justin and Robbie Thier; 5 great-grandchildren: Addilyn and Luke Plein, Kirsten and Dylan Schroeder, and MaKenzie Thier; 2 sisters: Lou Overman of Dyersville, and Bernice Holub of Prairieburg; in-laws: Gloria Maiers, Diane (Bill) Ernzen, Marlene (Ray) Schlarmann, Donna Willenbring and Elaine Willenbring.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; one son, James Tegeler; daughter-in-law Sandy Tegeler; siblings: infant Lucille Tegeler, Elmer (Edna), Ray (Irene), Tony (Dorothy), Gib (Sedelle) Tegeler, Helen (Wilfred) Kramer, Norma (Herb Platz and Lawrence Deppe), Leona (August) Gudenkauf, and Marcella (Fritz) Bries; and
in-laws: Irv Overman, Earl Holub, Daniel, Dennis and Richard Willenbring and Vernon Maiers.

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



Dorothy M. Urbain


Dorothy M. Urbain, 88, of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dorothy may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where the Farley American Legion Auxiliary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Dorothy was born March 8, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul N. and Katherine D. (Streif) Thul. She received her education in the St. Clement School in Bankston and graduated from St. Joseph's School in Farley, Iowa.

On September 27, 1949 she was united in marriage to Wilbert J. Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1999. The couple farmed in the Farley area for many years until retiring to Farley in 1983.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, a member of the Farley Historical Society, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Garden Club. Dorothy was a volunteer librarian for St. Joseph's School for many years. She was an avid bowler for many years.

She is survived by eight children, Charles (Joyce) Urbain of Davenport, IA, Carol (Arnie) Boge of Ionia, IA, Cathy (Thomas) Penn of Cedar Rapids, IA, Clair (Paulette) Urbain of Fort Atkinson, WI, Cletus (Elaine) Urbain of Dyersville, IA, Carla (David) Babics of Dixon, IL, Calvin Urbain of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dr. Colleen (Russell) Hess of Plainview, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by one son, Wilbert Gerard Urbain, on June 26, 1955.

A Dorothy M. Urbain memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family thanks the caregivers at Riverbend Retirement Community and Shady Rest Care Center for the love, care and support given to Dorothy.



Janice M. Kass


Janice M. Kass, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday. December 9th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 4pm.

Janice was born on February 21, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Alvena (Abeln) Stoffel. She married Vernon Kass on June 18, 1960 at Saint Patrick's in Epworth.

She worked in the kitchen at Finley Hospital, also at John Deere and at the Bridge Restaurant. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Forresters.

Her family was her life; growing up as a single child, her goal was to have a large family and encourage others to do the same. She was a great cook and baker who made a special effort on her Sunday dinners and special birthday meals for her family. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of kindness, grace, serenity, unconditional love and faith will remain with her family and everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon; children Debra (George) Moler, Charlie Kass, David (Siow Leng Long) Kass, Dan (Theresa) Kass, Don (Karla) Kass and Dennis Kass; seven grandchildren, Kyle Sheffer, Nicole Kass, Nathan Kass, Lauren Kass, Meredith Kass, Jordan Kass, and Ryan Kass; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Janice Kass memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals, family and friends who showed care and compassion for Janice throughout her life.



Leon G. Maiers


Leon G. Maiers, 92, of Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at 4:20 a.m., surrounded by his loving family at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Leon was born September 11, 1924, in Holy Cross, the eldest child of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He attended school at Holy Cross Schools and finished high school at Loras Academy in Dubuque with the Class of 1942. He married Harriet Wegmann on May 4, 1949, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. He spent a few years doing carpentry and then they farmed near Holy Cross until retirement in 1990.

Leon was an active, office holding member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881, and the Knights of Columbus Council 2001 of Farley. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing with the grandchildren, puzzles, traveling, and serving others. He was known for his kindness, helpfulness and honesty.

Surviving are: 5 daughters: Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, IA, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, IA, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale, IA and Jean (Mark) Gaul of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Bran, Adam, Eric and Katie Bracken, Kyle and Ashley Brimeyer, Luke, Josh, Matthew and Megan Eubank, Austin, Brady and Carter Gaul; siblings: Eddie Maiers, Clete (Shirley) and Al "Butch" (Pat) Maiers, all of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville; in-laws Ralph (Leona) Wegmann of Farley, Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi, LuAnn (Bob) Mescher of Edgewood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Harriet, on Jan. 11, 2015; his brother, Wilmer Maiers; and in-laws: Jerry Kluesner. Laura Maiers, Armella (Larry) Weiferich, Dorothy (Art Esch and Emmett Pfeiler), John (Vickie) Wegmann, Alvin (Sally Langel and Patricia Jacobson Hendricks) Wegmann, Eileen (Jack) Meder and Patricia Wegmann.

A memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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



William A. McEllhiney


William A. (Bill) McEllhiney died at home November 28, 2016.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 with church service following at 11:00 on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dubuque.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, son of William A. and Leota Joy (Walker) McEllhiney. He grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, graduating from Lyons Township High School in 1949, attended Lyons Township Junior College, transferring, with a track scholarship, to the University of Wyoming. In 1952, His college career was interrupted by the Korean War. He was drafted by the Army and served in the Air Force as a SCAAF Engineer (Special Criteria of the Army Attached to the Air Force), planning and constructing air bases throughout Korea.

In 1954, after his service, Bill married Ruth Gottermeyer of Hinsdale, Illinois. They returned to Laramie, Wyoming, where Bill graduated as a Petroleum Engineer in 1956.
During Bill's career he served as president of J. P. Miller and its affiliated companies engaged in municipal and industrial water development. His work took him from Hinsdale, Illinois, to Wausau, Wisconsin, and finally to Dubuque in 1968, where he served as president of Varner Well and Pump Company until his retirement.

Bill was interested in the promotion of his profession and served as president of the Iowa Water Well Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Water Well Association. His community service included director of the Industrial Development Committee, Wausau, Wisconsin, and chairman of the Dubuque Dock Commission during the construction and dedication of the Mississippi flood wall. Bill was a founding partner of Sundown Ski Area, and he and his wife Ruth also ran a bed and breakfast for many years at Juniper Hill Farm, the latter, a perfect role for Bill as he never knew a stranger.

Bill thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years on the farm: the challenge of the seasons, outdoor time spent on his tractor, fix-up and repair projects, visiting with friends, playing bridge, traveling, skiing and spending time on his computer. His wife and daughters and their families were the pride of his life and he basked in their achievements.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Ruth; his daughters, Carol Luster of East Lansing, Michigan, Cathy (Matt) Rosing of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Marcela (Joachim) Fischer of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren Anna (Bradd) Melville, Ben (Beth) Luster, Eric Rosing, Emily Rosing and Pablo Fischer; a sister-in-law, Sarah Gottermeyer; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Tom Luster; his two sisters, brothers-in-law, and his parents.

We wish to thank the Asbury Emergency Responders, the Asbury Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department for their prompt and professional care. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given, in Bill's name, to the Asbury Community Fire Department, 5485 Saratoga Road, Asbury, IA 52002.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was." - Dr. Seuss



Beverly J. Maus


Beverly J. Maus, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Beverly was born on July 15, 1932 in Monroe, WI the daughter of Frances Wenzel. She married James W. "Jiggs" Maus on July 17, 1954. She worked as head cook at Kresge's Discount Store until closing, then for K-Mart until retirement.

Bev enjoyed many years bowling at Dubuque Lanes with all the bowling girls. She was a very crafty person and enjoyed making many personal gifts for her family. She and Jiggs enjoyed many fun camping trips with their family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Dan) Hefel, of East Dubuque, Mike Maus, of Illinois, Luann (Steve) Hurst, of Bellevue, Peggy (Mark) Badstad, of Springfield, MO, Billy (Angie) Maus, of Peosta; son-in-law Brian Brown of Cedar Rapids; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law, Deloras Bonnet and Evie Schweikert; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband James "Jiggs" Maus; her daughter Debbie Brown; her mother figure Margaret Kaster; in-laws Myra (Butch) Badger, Ralph Bonnet, Pearl and Al Demuth, Boutzy and George Ludovissy, Carl Maus, Bette Hoots and Bob Schweikert.

In lieu of flowers a Beverly J. Maus memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the A-Wing girls at Dubuque Specialty Care, Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna, Nicole, Rev. Dianne, Ryan and Lisa for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bev.



Gary Edward Elskamp


Gary Edward Elskamp, 61, of Potosi, WI, entered into eternal life peacefully with his daughter by his side on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, following 20 years of fighting four different cancers.

Ten years after his initial diagnosis of leukemia, he received a bone marrow transplant from his sister Esther. After enduring years of graft vs. host disease, Gary was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in 2014. Over the last two years, Gary was treated for lymphoma and skin cancer as well, and underwent numerous surgeries and rounds of radiation. Gary never complained about any of his ailments and always thought someone else had it worse off than he did. He had a heart of gold and was a softy for anyone in need. Gary's family was his world and he fought hard for them.

Gary was born May 3, 1955, to Mahlon and Hannah (Reynolds) Elskamp in Potosi, WI. He worked various jobs including at Caradco, John Deere, and as the St. Andrew Thomas School custodian. He attended Southwest Tech and then started his own business, Gary's TV, in Cuba City with his wife Kathy. He also owned and operated the carwash next door. He worked hard throughout his career, and made many friends along the way. He enjoyed lending a hand at any fundraising event and also served as president of Catholic Financial Chapter 42.

Gary married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Vogelsberg, on December 13, 1975. They had three children, Tony (Lisa) of Dubuque, Andy (Kimberly) of Madison, and Thresia of Lake Charles, LA. Gary loved following his children in their sporting adventures across the country and was in attendance every chance he had. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time in the woods with his family. Gary's love for his grandchildren topped all.

Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 41 years; their children; and four beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy, Carter, Elizabeth, and Emma. He is also survived by his siblings, Marion Mason, of Potosi, Neil (Barb), of Chetek, Carl (Judy), of Bountiful, UT, Esther (Tim) Hesse, of Lodi, and Keith (Becky), of Potosi; and his sisters-in-law, Shirley, of Topeka, KS and Mary Lou, of Kieler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Leo, Suzie, Mark, and Mary; and brother-in-law, Joel Mason.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church before the funeral mass. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the outstanding staff at UW Hospital, especially Dr. and friend Walter Longo. They also would like to thank the exceptional staff at Agrace Hospice who were so compassionate to Gary and his family.

A Gary E. Elskamp Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Hazel Sprague


Hazel Sprague, 97, of Luther Manor passed away on December 3, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Family will greet relatives and friends after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1175 Century Drive. Burial will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Hazel was born on June 7, 1919 the daughter of Henry and Grace (Hobart) Peterman. She married Herbert Sprague on August 31, 1940 and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Hazel and Herb owned Herb & Hazel's Tavern in Edgewood, Iowa, and later they owned H&H Trading Post near Manchester, Iowa. She was a charter member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester.

She is survived by her children, Phyllis Lee, Shirley (Don) Foley, both of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Dave) Pinkston, of Longmont, CO, and son-in-law, Lawrence Lee of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herb; a son, Harold "Butch" Sprague; and daughter-in-law Sandy along with eight brothers and one sister.

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

A special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and Jeanette with Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and loving care of Hazel.



Joyce Irene Miller


Joyce Irene Miller, 74, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer Officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church with a rosary at 8:45 a.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Joyce was born January 13, 1942, the 11th of 14 children to John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling. She married Karl Gene Miller on October 3, 1959, he preceded her in death on August 25, 2005.

As a Navy spouse for 20 years she dutifully accompanied Karl on assignments from coast to coast.

She returned to Dubuque in 1977 and held various jobs in the community, most notably a catering service which she operated for 10 years, at which time chronic arthritis forced an early retirement and forced her to close the business. She went on to attend NICC where she graduated with a clerical degree in 1987. She worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church until her retirement in 2000.

Even in retirement she remained active within the community attending church services and organizations including The Catholic Daughters for many years and The Fibromyalgia Foundation where she was a board member. On 3 separate occasions she and her friend Deloris Cordell led a bus load of pilgrims to The Shrine Anne de Beaupre in Quebec City, Canada. She also enjoyed and was an avid bowler for 25 years with her bowling partner Mary Jo McFadden.

She is survived by her children James Dean Miller; Karla Joy (Brad) McIntyre, their children Maxwell and Sabrina; Julie Kay Miller, her daughter Bayleigh; Wayne William Miller, his children Ariel, Dylan and Zackary all of Dubuque. Timothy Jay (Sylvanna) Miller, their children Jessica Miller and Richard (Averia) Miller, of Chesapeake, VA and Kathryn (Rob) Paquin of Providence, RI and Wendy Irene (Jared) Biedenbach, their daughter Evann Grace, of Holland, MI. And her great-grandchildren Logan, Sophia, Owen and Moriah. Also survived by 3 brothers Carl, Leon and Don and 3 sisters, Marcy Travis, Helen Molzof and Cindy Ohnesorge.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Karl, her parents, John and Bernadette, a great-grandchild James Timothy (JT) her brothers, Johnny, Alfred, David, Ray and sisters Theresa, Lou and Irene.



Merlyn E. Schroeder


Merlyn E. Schroeder, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:32 a.m., on Monday, December 5, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Merlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Merlyn was born on February 27, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Harry and Lillian (Macker) Schroeder.

Merlyn was a lifelong Dubuque resident who was truly blessed with 95 years among his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with his soul-mate, Jean Harris. They would be united in marriage on September 22, 1945, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Merlyn, and his beautiful bride, would share 61 wonderful years together, and be blessed with a deeply adored son, Gary, before she was called home ahead of him on January 27, 2007. Merlyn was a loyal and dedicated employee at Interstate Power for over 45 years, eventually retiring as a supervisor in customer service. After retiring, Merlyn would go on to invest 15 more years, of his time and talents, with the Five Flags Center, where he and Jean would spend countless hours working together at numerous community events. Merlyn was a longtime member of both Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and the I.B.E.W. Local #269, where he was recently honored with a 75 year membership award. Merlyn would find great joy in some of life's simple pleasures. An excursion to the waters edge with Jean and the grandkids, with fishing poles and a tackle box in hand, would not only place a smile upon Merlyn's face, but also create wonderful memories for all to treasure. Merlyn has surely left his mark on the world he leaves behind today, and the examples of faith, love and honor he modeled will live on in his family for generations to come. Our hearts truly ache with the sudden absence of Merlyn from our daily lives, but we find peace in knowing he'll finally be celebrating Christmas with Jean once again this year.

Those left to cherish Merlyn's memory include

his son,
Gary (Barb) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Cathy (Kevin McLaughlin) Ritter, St. Augustine, FL,
Sgt. 1st Class retired William (Angie) Schroeder, San Antonio, TX
and Heather (Jessica Dyar) Schroeder, Madison, WI;

a great-granddaughter,
Kelsey Isaacson, Bloomington, IL;

his sister,
Elaine Mellon, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jean Schroeder; and 2 brothers-in-law, Maurice Mellon and Robert (Maxine) Harris.

In lieu of flowers, a Merlyn E. Schroeder memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Merlyn's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Cao, the Dubuque Fire Department, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Finley Hospital for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Merlyn.

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

 



Adelaide M. Diefenthaler


Adelaide M. (Adele) Diefenthaler, 89 of Dubuque, IA died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

Adele was born May 8, 1927 in Darlington, WI, daughter of John and Emma (Weibel) Mueller Sr. She graduated from Darlington High School. Adele married the love of her life, Peter Diefenthaler Sr. on September 25, 1949. She devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.


Farm life gave Adele an appreciation for hard work, gardening, and animals, especially horses and cats. She enjoyed boating, gardening, reading, and raising Persian cats. As an avid Packer fan, she took pleasure in following her beloved Packers and attending spring training camps.
As a 49 year breast cancer survivor, she volunteered at the American Cancer Society and provided inspiration and support to many women.

Survivors include her two sons, Dave (Judy) Diefenthaler, Madison, WI and Pete (Vickie) Diefenthaler, Bettendorf, IA; two grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Kravick, Portage, WI and Andy Diefenthaler, Madison, WI; four great grandchildren: Taylor, Lyndsey, Calvin, and Ian; a sister-in-law, Betha Mueller, and nieces and nephews.

Adele was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years (Peter Sr.), two brothers, Alfred and John Jr. Mueller, and her parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at Finley Hospital and staff at Bethany Home for their exceptional care of our mom.

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



Gladys J. Gaul


Gladys J. Gaul, 67 of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 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., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Richard Gaul will concelebrate.

Gladys was born March 16, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Mary (Miller) Hildebrand. She volunteered at Oakcrest in Dyersville. She worked many years as a caregiver privately and at Hills & Dales. She enjoyed parties, playing cards, and especially time with family and friends. She always looked forward to her grandkids visits. Gladys was very proud of her children. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children: Margie (Ricky) Schumann, Patsy Schueller both of Dyersville, Donna (Joel) Laaker of Dubuque, Roger (Ashley) Gaul of Peosta, 9 grandchildren: Kevin and Trevor Schumann, Stuart, Carter, Carson, and Kaylee Schueller, Isla and Cullen Laaker, Eliana Gaul, Siblings: Mary (Glen) Milligan of Dubuque, Cathy (Roger) Bartels of Durango, Verna (Vesse) Klostermann of Edgewood, Carol (David) Gaul of Guttenberg, Tom (Elaine) Hildebrand of Dubuque, Norma (Dick) Kelchen of Farley, Joyce Hildebrand of Dubuque, Steve Hildebrand of Dyersville, Rick (Donna) Hildebrand of North Carolina, Al (Kelly) Hildebrand of Dixon, IL, In-laws: Paul (Joyce) Wagner of Dubuque, Helen Hildebrand of Holy Cross, Phyllis Hildebrand of Dyersville, Elaine (David) Shaw of Springville, and Helen Hildebrand of Bankston,

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children, Peter and Tony Gaul in infancy, Sister Ruth Wagner, Brothers: Bob, Jerry, Lenny, and Loras Hildebrand.

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



Robert C. Lee


Robert C. "Bob" Lee, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Benton, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Belmont, Wisconsin. Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan and Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bob was born on July 28, 1954, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence R. and Lorraine J. (Kisting) Lee. He graduated from Benton High School in 1972. Bob worked at Signcraft in Galena for 31 years. He loved the outdoors, especially kayaking. Bob loved spending time with his son and grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events. He also enjoyed going on trips with his Benton buddies, especially going to the annual Jimmy Buffet Concerts.

Survivors include his son, Justin (Danielle) Lee, of Dubuque; his mother, Lorraine Lee, of Benton; two sisters, Susan Lee Cooke, of San Diego, California, and Diane (Don) May, of South Hadley, Massachusetts; two brothers, Mark (Linda) Lee, of Platteville, and David (Mary) Lee, of San Diego, California; and two grandchildren, Aiva and Elijah.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence "Larry" Lee.

A Robert C. "Bob" Lee Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Robert A. "Bob" Heneke


Robert A. "Bob" Heneke, 66, of Solon, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, December 2, 2016, at the Solon Care Center, surrounded by his family after a 14-year battle with Parkinson's Disease.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Bob on Friday, December 9, 2016, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, at a later date.

Robert Allen Heneke was born on July 9, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harlan Edwin and Norma Jean (Hinke) Heneke. He was a 1968 graduate of Delwood High School. Following graduation, he began working for E.I. Dupont in Clinton from 1969 to 1974. He then worked as a machine operator at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and as an off-set press operator at Tri-State Graphics in Maquoketa from 1974 to 1989. He then worked for Onhward Bancshares in Maquoketa as a custodian from 1989 to 2002, and lastly from 2003 to 2009 as a forklift operator and maintenance person at Family Dollar in Maquoketa.

Bob was a 45-year member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where he had been a choir member for many years. He was a 37-year member of the Koinonia Choral Society "Messiah".

Bob enjoyed photography, traveling, researching family genealogy, and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He especially enjoyed watching his children's school and professional activities.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children, Erich (Kathy) Heneke of Rochester, MN, and Alycia Karsjens of North Liberty, IA; his mother Norma Heneke of Delmar, IA; siblings, Ron (Kathy) Heneke of Davenport, IA, and Renee (Dave) Bodenschatz of Bettendorf, IA; and 3 granddaughters, Hadley, Ryan and Brinley. He was preceded in death by his father Harlan on September 24, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests memorials be made to First Lutheran Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org).

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



Ralph A. Heiring


Ralph Anthony Heiring, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 8:20 am on December 2, 2016, at Ennoble Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until mass. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ralph was born on December 26, 1931, in Farley, Iowa, to August "Gus" and Olga (Klaus) Heiring. Ralph received his education at St Joseph's in Farley, Iowa. Ralph served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Ralph married to Elaine Heiring on February 23, 1954, until she passed away on October 22, 2005. Ralph and Elaine raised three children. On August 22, 2009, he married Rose Marie Willey-Heiring.

Throughout Ralph's life, he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, farmed in Bernard, Iowa, United Livestock, Medical Associates Clinic- Dubuque, and Holy Trinity Church.

Ralph was involved in the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He always had a smile, candy for the children (Tootsie Pops) and was always "39".

Ralph is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; his children Mike Heiring, Kathy (Jim) Runde, and Mary (Michael) Schmidt; 6 grandchildren, Tim (Randi), Michelle (Travis), and Adam Runde, Amanda (Kyle) Widel, Alexa (Clarence) Merrick, and Austin Schmidt; 6 great-grandchildren, Keaton, Kohen, Josiah, Kaison, Parker, and Evelyn; 3 step-children, Macheal (Carl) Heidesch, John (Denise) Michel, and Rich (Sandi) Michel; 11 step-grandchildren, Eric and Chad Heidesch, Joshua (Sara) Michel, Danielle Michel, Manessa (Matt) Gaul, Mitchel (Jessica) Michel, Jenna Michel, John Michel, Daniel Michel, Austin Michel, and Kristin Michel; 8 step-great-grandchildren, Madelynne, Elaina, Evelyn, Ezra, Zachary, Leanna, Wyatt, and Mathias; Ralph's siblings, Mary Ann (Ward) Fangman, Irene Zewen, and Edward (Lois) Heiring; Ralph's sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wagner and Leta Wagner; and his mother-in-law, Frances Marie Willey. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elaine, sisters Germaine March, Agnes Vorwald, and Dorothy Lee, and stepson, Daniel Michel.

The family would like to thank their family and friends for their love and support as well as Ennoble Nursing Home, Hospice of Dubuque, and Tammi Herbst-a true friend.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Darlene E. Kunkel


Darlene E. Kunkel, 79, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on January 1, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur F. and Bertha E. (Fure) Brandt. She married Ralph F. Kunkel on October 30, 1956.

Darlene was a perfectionist which came out in the best way, raising her family and organizing her household. Her artistic talents were demonstrated through the countless Christmas figurines and ornaments she hand painted and customized. Darlene was also a master of the organ, especially this time of the year when she would nightly play Christmas songs to entertain her husband.

Survivors include her husband Ralph; a daughter, Vicki Kunkel, of Aurora, Illinois; a son, Terry (Kris) Kunkel, of Warner Robins, Georgia; her sisters, Rita (Robert) Hartung, of Salida, Colorado, and Pat (Tom) Mitchley, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Kim and Monique; and great-grandchildren, Kali, Emma, Nicoles, Kyley, Michael, James, and Amelia Rose.

She was preceded in death by twin infant children in gestation; her parents; and two sisters, Marilyn Robbins and Bernadine M. Ackley.

A Darlene E. Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Mary K. Sanger


Mary K. Sanger, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 2, 2016 from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Mary Kay Sanger was born on October 16, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jerry P. and Ruth L. (Bock) Sanger. She was a 1961 graduate of Elwood High School, and for a short time worked at the Rock Island Arsenal prior to becoming disabled.

Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She liked going to church, the YMCA, and to the Maquoketa Senior Center. Additionally, she loved playing cards, the piano, reading, and listening to music.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include a brother, Roger (Anne) Sanger of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister-in-law, Joy Sanger of Waterloo, IA; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Ronald and Thomas.

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

 



Stuart D. Johnson


Stuart D. Johnson, 54 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church, 3866 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, December 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Stuart was born April 26, 1962 the son of Arthur and Mary Jean (Klinkenberg) Johnson. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1980. Stuart worked for Jeld-Wen Windows and most recently was employed with Anderson Windows. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing. Stuart was a very hard worker and a constant jokester and enjoyed being around people.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Johnson; children, Michael Johnson, William (Maria) Van Leer, Jeremiah Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, and Rebecca (Diego) Velasco; siblings, Cynthia (Jeff) Thomas, and Tony (Laura) Johnson; and seven (7) grandchildren.

Stuart was preceded in death by his father.

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

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



Ronald C. Herd


Ronald C. Herd, age 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 1:05 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at home. To honor Ron's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald was born on December 10, 1943, in Marianna, FL., son of Charles and Vernetta Herd.

Ronald would eventually join the U.S. Army and proudly served his country at several bases around the globe. He would discover his love for golf and traveling during his military journey and would carry those joys through the rest of his civilian life. Ronald had a natural God given ability with numbers which he would put to good use with Mutual of Omaha for over 30 years. Ronald was a compassionate and gentle man who spent his earthly life trying to make the world a better place.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his dear friend of 11 years, Joan Data, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Arlene R. Regenwether


Arlene R. Regenwether, 77, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, November 28, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

A celebration of Arlene's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, December 4, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Arlene Rae Cobiskey was born on May 17, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Betty (Foster) Cobiskey. She was a 1957 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married LeRoy A. Regenwether on June 1, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2007.

Arlene had worked at Maquoketa State Bank in Maquoketa as an executive secretary for over 15 years. She then worked for DAC, Inc. for a short time. In 1995, she and LeRoy started Lee Ar's Victorian Retreat in Delmar, Iowa. She took great pride in her Victorian home.

Arlene was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church. She loved square dancing, Dachshunds, and attending her grandchildren's activities and events.

Those left to honor Arlene's memory include her children, Rhonda (Jack Barnett) Regenwether of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lynne (David) Popp of Grinnell, IA, and Scott Regenwether of Des Moines, IA; sisters Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA, and Marilyn (Dennis) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Alycia (Mike) Elkins, Nicole Popp, Nicholas Popp and Lindsey Brown; and her special friend and square dance partner, Bob Schalk. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister Wanda Berner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arlene R. Regenwether memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Turner


Marilyn Joan (Collins) Turner, 82, of Dubuque died Monday, November 28, 2016, with her two daughters holding her hands. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

Marilyn was born April 19, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Max and Dorothy (Koch) Collins. She was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from the University of Toledo where she was a proud Chi Omega.  She married Ronald Turner on December 29, 1956 in Toledo. They lived in Utah, Illinois, and Ohio, finally settling in Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2011.

She loved working in elementary schools and the kids and teachers loved her. As an active Lutheran all her life, the church was very important to Marilyn. She was an avid member of TTT, enjoying many friendships.

Marilyn always said she was "blessed", but in truth, it is we who were blessed by her presence. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Marilyn was the nicest, most positive person you could ever meet. She was amazed that she made it to 82, and treasured every minute she had.

As material things were never important to her; Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge and walking, but mostly being with family and friends. She loved nothing more than supporting her children and grandchildren, attending and helping out at many sporting and performing events. You could often find her curled up on the floor playing all kinds of games with her grandchildren.

She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress, knitting many prayer shawls for those in need. She traveled and golfed a lot with her late husband, Ron, but enjoyed the time with him more than the travel and golf.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Janet (TJ) Faley of Dubuque and Nancy (Michael) Jung of Belmont, Calif., as well as a son David Turner of Alaska. She had seven grandsons who were the lights of her life; Duke and Nickolas Faley; Jason, Maxwell and Samuel Jung; and Christian and Zachary Turner.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John "Jack" Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, the Dubuque TTT Chapter or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis and staff, Dr. Mark Moore and staff, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care which allowed Marilyn to enjoy life as long as possible.

 

 



Mary E. Kalloway


Mary E. Kalloway, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:10 p.m., on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Mary's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on February 24, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ludwig and Frieda (Teitz) Husemann.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who treasured nearly everyday she spent with her family and friends. She was joyfully united in marriage to Theodore C. "Ted" Kalloway on May 7, 1938, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 19, 1999. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her home and nurturing her family. She would also invest over 20 years, of her time and talents, outside her home in various opportunities. Mary always found great pleasure in traveling, but when she was back home she would dutifully tend to her plants with a naturally gifted green thumb and she would also spend countless hours working on her next beautiful creation at her arts and crafts table. Mary was truly blessed with an amazingly happy life and her 94 years here with us were abundantly full. We mourn her absence today, but we surely discover real comfort in knowing she's once again reunited with Ted, her boys, her parents and siblings.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her daughter,
Kim (Mike) Peters, Marana, AZ;

her 7 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

her 2 great great-grandchildren;

and a daughter-in-law,
Mary Kalloway, Lancaster, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Ted; 2 sons, Larry and Richard Kalloway; 2 sisters; and 10 brothers.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind and loving care they have provided Mary.

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

 



Donald F. Elgin


Donald F. Elgin, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Carl Ries. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Don was born August 19, 1935 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Nick and Stella V. (Hess) Elgin. He received his education in the rural country schools in Bankston. On October 7, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mae Duggan at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Don was employed with M.F. Goerdt Construction for 20 years. He then farmed for 40 years in the Worthington/Dyersville area. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, traveling with his wife and family, playing cards and a good Busch Light. He especially loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Elgin of Dyersville, IA; five children, Julie (Steve) Nebel of Dubuque, IA, Jane (Tony) Salow of Earlville, IA, Dave (Cheryl) Elgin of Edmond, OK, Mark (Diane) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, and Peggy (Marti) Petlon of Manchester, IA; 18 grandchildren, Nicole Trotter, Matt Nebel, Kimberly Koos, and Rachel Nebel, Tom, Nick, Mike and Olivia Salow, Emily, Haleigh and Don Elgin, Jackie Doelz, Whittney Casper, Cassandra Wood and Morgan Elgin, Ben, Carson and Lena Petlon; 16 great-grandchildren, Emma, Avery and Weston Trotter, Jaren and Wyatt Nebel, Grace and Henry Koos, and Lennon Healey, Aidan and Taylor Salow, Keighan Lubben, Parker, Blake, and Jordynn Doelz, Raelee Wood and Harper Casper; seven sisters, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; three brothers, Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Peosta, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA; brothers-in-law Vince Ehrlich, Donald Duggan, William (Jane) Duggan, and Bill Weber all of Dubuque, IA and Eugene Ahmann of Farley, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer; one brother, James (Theresa) Elgin; his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Lena Duggan; four brothers-in-law, Dan Kruse, Bill Deutmeyer, Thomas Ludwig, and John "Red"Duggan; three sisters-in-law, Ann Weber, Helen Ahmann and Jeannie Duggan; a niece, Colleen Drees; and nephews Jim Davis and Kari Kruse.

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



Jeanette A. Papenthien


Jeanette A. Papenthien 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Luther Manor
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanette was born March 5, 1926 to Anna and Hubert Grutz, of Dubuque, Iowa.

After high school, Jeanette followed her older brother Herman and sister Lorraine out to California and worked for Hughes Aircraft as an executive secretary. She returned to Dubuque and married Edwin Papenthien in 1955.

She and Ed traveled extensively throughout the United States, and were married for 45 years before he preceded her in death in 2000.

Jeanette always loved the holidays and was known as a wonderful baker & confectioner. When Christmas neared, she would begin making the many candies, cookies and fruit cake that were her specialty. At the holidays, she and her family would visit with and deliver boxes of her homemade candies and cookies to relatives and friends.
She herself enjoyed tennis, bowling; and many lively games of euchre, 500 and bridge.

She is survived by her daughters: Ann Gale, Colorado Springs, Co; Lynn (Roger) Vogt, Dubuque, IA; Janis Rochford, Coto de Caza, CA, son, Brian Papenthien, Dubuque, IA, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Herman and Lloyd, and a sister Lorraine.



Sonya J. Hess


Sonya J. Hess, 67, of Dubuque, IA crossed over to be greeted on the other side by loved ones on November 27th, 2016 at the Dubuque Specialty Care surrounded by her loving boys and family members. She formerly resided at 19044 Riverside Rd, Dubuque IA 52001.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thurs, December 1, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Friends also may greet the family from 9:00 up until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in the Linwood Cemetery.

Sonya was born on December 12, 1948 in Cascade IA, the daughter of Alice M Klostermann and the late Melvin Breitbach.

Sonya was employed at the Sisters of Charity Mt Carmel, Dubuque IA retiring in 2014. She had a strong desire to serve disabled and elderly residents with compassion and kindness as well as a double bonus of enjoying her friends with a wonderful camaraderie rapport.

Sonya had a wide variety of interest from camping and fishing with her family, snuggling up with a good mystery book from Danielle Steel, a bird watcher enthusiast showing such excitement when a new species arrived within the many seasons of the Midwest, enjoying numerous cookouts with family and friends at which time she was known for making her infamous side dish of potato salad that surely will be missed by all. As a young mother, she started collecting salt & pepper shakers that grew into an enormous display of showcase shaker novelties behind glass to admire. Last but not least dear to her heart from this "matriarch" of the family were their two Pugs, Molly and Maggie.

Surviving are her pride and joy and beloved sons: Shane J. Kedley of Dubuque IA, Marty R. Kedley (partner Kimmie) of Dubuque IA, Jamie L. Kedley of Madison WI, and Robbie J. Hess of Dubuque IA; 1 granddaughter, Ivy Kedley of Madison WI, her long life partner of 32 years Kenny Hess, her mother Alice Klostermann of Monticello IA. Sonya will also be missed very much by her siblings: Melvin Breitbach of Monticello IA, Judy (Galen) Harms of Anamosa IA, George Breitbach of Vinton IA, Mary (Lee) Hinderman of Davenport IA, Chuck Breitbach (partner Sandy) of Dubuque IA, Geri Gorman of Cedar Rapids IA, Geralyn (partner Vinnie)Puccio of Cedar Rapids IA, Kenny's children: Dan (Cindy) Hess, Jim Hess, and Stacy (Newel) Marcov all of Dubuque IA. Sonya is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special Godmother, Ida Breitbach of Cascade IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s) Ray Kedley and Danny Hess respectively; her father, Melvin Breitbach, and her beloved Pug Molly.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Sonya J. Hess memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann of the Grand River Medical Group, Dubuque Specialty Care, specifically Ashley for making this last memory of our Mother one of dignity and grace, and Hospice of Dubuque that comforted the family with spiritual solace. Also would like to thank all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again....



Sister Therese Miller, BVM

Sister Therese Miller, BVM (Therese Emile), 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery. A memorial service and Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel.

Sister Therese served as congregational employee, ministering as nurse aide and laundry worker at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, and worked as convent cook in Davenport, both in Iowa. She was an elementary school teacher in Chicago.

She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on May 15, 1929, to Paul Anson and Theresa Graef Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1950, from St. Mary Parish, Iowa City, Iowa. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clifford, Peter, Louis, Carl and Joseph; and sisters Alta Miller Reber, Agnes Rocca, Maglene Parizek and Theresa Eckrich.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 66 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements. ©



Thomas L. Ludwig


Thomas L. Ludwig, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph‘s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa, with full Military honors accorded by the Farley American Legion Post# 656.

Tom was born June 21, 1935 in Farley, Iowa, son of Urban J. and Lucille (Ostwinkle) Ludwig. He received his education in the rural Farley country schools. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. On April 15, 1961 he was united in marriage to Sharon Elgin at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. He farmed all his life in the rural Farley and Dyersville area.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; five children, Lori (Kevin) Eggert of Anamosa, IA, Lisa Busch of Orfordville, WI, Tami (Brian "Punk") Dolphin of Farley, IA, Dean (Kelly) Ludwig of Bernard, IA and Kris "Chip" Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; 6 grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Olver, Joseph and Katie Busch, Brittany (Brandon Gaul) Dolphin, Bryce Harrington, Bailey Ernst; 2 great grandchildren, Lane and Lakely Olver; one sister, Kay (Kenneth) Becker of Hopkinton, IA; two brothers, Bob (Lois) Ludwig, Wayne (Carol) Ludwig both of Dyersville, IA; seven sisters-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Ludwig of Farley, IA, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; five brothers-in-law; Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Bankston, IA, Donald (Mae) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA, and Vince Ehrlich of Dubuque, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William P. "Bill" Ludwig, father and mother-in-law, Nick and Stella Elgin; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth Becker, Dan Kruse, and Bill Deutmeyer; four sisters-in-law, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, Theresa (James) Elgin and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer and nieces and nephews.

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



Pauline B. Dubler

Pauline B. Dubler, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Committal Service to follow at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Pauline was born January 19, 1925 in Clayton County, Iowa, daughter of Fritz and Frieda (Appel) Klinkenberg. She married Leslie Dubler in 1946. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2007.

Pauline enjoyed her travels to Branson, Missouri.

She is survived by a son, David Dubler of Dubuque; a grandson, Jeff Brown, Sr. of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Jeff (Tina) Brown, Jr. and Ashley Brown, both of Dubuque; five great-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Aaliyah, Damien, Wesley, and Lillian and a sister, Delpha Bowman.

She also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter and son in law, Ruth and Philip Brown, and a granddaughter, Kim Brown.

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



Lawrence L. Coyle


Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:07 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on November 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Larry was born on October 9, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, son of Leslie L. and Nellie Mae (Smith) Coyle.

Larry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the value of faith, family and friends. During his youth, Larry enjoyed pitching for the Dubuque Senior High School baseball team and also found great joy in earning team points on the mat with the wrestling team. After graduation, Larry attended the University of Iowa, Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Larry would eventually follow in his father's footsteps, in the painting trade, after working many summers while still in high school. He worked for his father's employer, the late James W. Grant, until Mr. Grant's retirement in 1982. Larry purchased the business and continued to operate it with great success, under the name of Grant Painting, until his retirement in 2006. He was known for his excellent and conscientious work, as well as personally for his gentleness, generosity and honesty. Larry was united in marriage to Mary Patricia "Pat" Drew on January 23, 1965, at the Church of the Nativity, and their union was blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored sons. In his free time, Larry loved to spend a relaxing day shooting for par and trusted that losing a ball would never rattle his game. Unfortunately, health issues would gradually prevent a round of golf, and other moments of joy; but Larry was never bitter and would simply find contentment in watching a tournament on TV, along with a multitude of other sports. Larry faced all of his health struggles with an optimistic attitude and continually looked forward to feeling better. Family was always Larry's top priority throughout his 77 year earthly journey and he truly treasured spending time with his loving wife Pat, his proud boys, and his beautiful grandchildren. Larry was an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and an optimistic attitude. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but thankfully we find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day with all of our loved ones who've been called home ahead of us to their heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Larry's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Patricia "Pat" Coyle, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael L. (Heidi) Coyle, Maquoketa, IA,
Thomas P. (Molly) Coyle, Sherrill, IA
and Mark D. (Emily) Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

his 10 grandchildren,
Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Grace Coyle, Maquoketa, IA;
Maggie, Carlee, Jolee and Arriana, Sherrill, IA
and Liam and Kaley Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

and his sisters, Barbara Niverth, McHenry, IL
and Sharon Kay "Kay" Anderson, Apache Junction, AZ.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Leland Anderson.

A Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Larry's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Mayo Clinic, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Larry and his family.

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

 



Shirley L. Carpenter


Shirley L. Carpenter, 69, of Dubuque, formerly of Newfoundland, Canada, was called home on November 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Shirley's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with Pastor Tom Jack officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Shirley was born on August 17, 1947 in Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth (Samms) Collier. She married Edward H. Carpenter Sr. in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada on April 23, 1966.

Shirley was employed with the Dubuque Community School District and was a CNA at Heritage Manor. She sold Avon and enjoyed sewing and doing arts and crafts. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and friends. She also loved to feed the animals outside her home.

Surviving are her children, Shawn (Nicole) Carpenter, Edward (Ronda) Carpenter Jr., both of Dubuque; 4 grandchildren, Cassie, Nathan, Nicholas, and Taylor Carpenter of Dubuque; and her special friend, Kenneth Heim Sr.

She was loved by her 6 brothers and 19 sisters, all of Canada.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents, and her son in infancy.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the great care they took of Shirley and for the compassion they showed to her and her family.



Marilyn Burlage


Marilyn Burlage, 75, of Monticello died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm.

Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Monday, Nov. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Marilyn was born Sept. 19, 1941, near Dyersville the daughter of Gerald and Agnes (Tauke) Rahe.  She graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville with the class of 1958.  She married Robert Burlage on Nov. 27, 1965, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed east of Monticello until they moved to town in 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; 4 children: Peg (Frank) Mere and Marty (Stacey) Burlage, both of Monticello, Jane (John) Smith of Lafayette, IN, and Tim (Rubi) Burlage of Florham Park, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; a sister, Karen (Leon) Funke, and a brother, Ken (Shirley) Rahe, both of Dyersville; in-laws: Grace Tallman of Davenport, John (Doris) Burlage of Monticello, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Edmond, OK, and Donald (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Lawrence and Frances Burlage, and in-laws: Richard Tallman, Bill (Jeanne) Burlage and Floyd Hignite.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for their care and support.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Rita E. Wilgenbusch


Rita E. "Betty" Wilgenbusch, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday, morning November 26 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Betty was born May 26, 1927 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf.  She married John L. Wilgenbusch on November 9, 1957 in Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until retiring in 1985.  Betty was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a cook at New Vienna Hall, a member of St. Boniface Church where she was on many boards & circles.

Survivors include her children: Carol Driscoll (Mike Strowmatt), Joan (Russ) Pettinger, Tom (Heidi) Wilgenbusch all of Dyersville and Dennis Wilgenbusch (Kimberly Gonner) of New Vienna, grandchildren: Melissa (Daniel) Gamboa, Tara (Gino) DeBernardo, Chad (Melissa) Driscoll, Vanessa Driscoll, Sara Driscoll (fiancé Steve Allen), Andrea (Jason) Todd, Brooke (Randy) Bacon, Dylan Weber, Whitney Mormann (fiancé Matt Heer), Quincy Wilgenbusch (fiancé Audrey McCarthy), Amber Wallace, Emily (Justin) Snedden, Casey Wilgenbusch, Drew Wilgenbusch, Shea Wilgenbusch, Emily Pettinger (Adam Nurre), many great grandchildren, and in-laws: Anna Mae Wright and Esther Knutson both of Rockford, IL,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2005, granddaughter, Carigan Wilgenbusch, siblings: Ivan (Anita) Wolf, Chuck (Catherine) Wolf, Margaret (Charles) McDermott, Helen "Janie" (Bernard "Bennie") Westermeyer, Rosemary Wolf, Dorothy (Alvin "Mag") Meyer, in-laws: Emil (Helen) Wilgenbusch, Joseph Wilgenbusch, Albin (Helen) Wilgenbusch, Barbara (Ralph) Graham, Marie (William) Schwers, Sr. Grace Marie Wilgenbusch, FSPA, Valeria (Al) Schwers.

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

 

 

 



Don C. Kirschbaum


Don C. Kirschbaum, 91, of Dubuque passed from his earthly home into God's eternal home on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Luther Manor. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Guttenberg City Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at 2:00 p.m.

Don was born November 19, 1925 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Carl and Viola (Schrunk) Kirschbaum.

Don served during World War II as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles." His division fought throughout the European Theatre; participating in many conflicts; including Battle of the Bulge and securing of Hitler's "Eagles Nest." He also served with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Returning home, Don married his loving wife, Ardeth Haberichter on July 26, 1947. He finished his service to our country as a Staff Sargent, with the honor of becoming a military escort service honor guard, returning those fallen comrades back home to the United States.

Returning to civilian life, Don enrolled at Washington State University where he graduated with a degree in forestry. Following graduation, he returned to the Dubuque area and began a sales career in the millwork industry.

Following his retirement in 1987, he enjoyed spending the winters in Florida and painting.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, American Legion and VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Ardeth of Dubuque; four children, Timothy (Renee) Kirschbaum of Marion, Ill., Diane (Bill) Welsh of Cedar Rapids, Barbara (Brian) Munson of Dubuque and Lora (Kenneth) Goedken of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jared (Ali), Joel and Anna Kirschbaum; Alissa, Will and Christopher Welsh; Mallory (Craig) Fraaken, Jacob (Tricia) and Carl Munson; and Amanda (Michael) Shoemaker, Zachary and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great grandson.

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

Don's family would like to thank the staff of Luther Manor Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque who attended to his care in Don's final years.

 



Patricia A. Shannon


Patricia A. "Pat" Shannon, age 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly at 9:25 p.m., on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Chuck Layton officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Pat was born on June 19, 1946, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of George and Vivian (Chandler) McIntyre.

Pat was the true essence of a kind and nurturing woman throughout her entire 70 year journey here among us. Her heart was continually driven by her love for others, especially her deeply adored family. Pat was known for her generous character, adoration for all four legged furry felines and a great appreciation for the outdoors and any opportunity to take in a serene walk, or even simply savor the beauty of a flower garden on a nice sunny day. Pat's grandchildren will forever treasure the memories, and role-modeling, of "Grandma Maggie" and "Big Grandma". Her determination to make the world a better place and firmly instill the values of love, honor and friendship will be quite visible within the hearts and minds of her generations to follow. We are absolutely heart-broken today by the sudden absence of Pat from our daily lives. Thanksgiving will never be the same, but we find subtle peace in knowing that she's safely home now, with her numerous siblings who've been called home ahead of her. We can also discover a little smile in knowing that there will definitely be many more Skittles left for the rest of us now and that the casino will clearly have a better chance of winning now that Pat and her sisters will not be walking through the door on a mission to conquer that handle.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her daughters,
Rhonda (Steve) Meyer, Elkhorn, WI
and Tracy (Clint) Edwards, Pleasant Hill, IA;

her grandchildren,
Joshua Meyer, Kaleigh (Greg) Musgrove, Darby (Nate) Bruemmer, Justin (Annora) Meyer, Alex Meyer, Madison Edwards, Jenna Edwards;

her great-grandchildren,
Liam and Addison Meyer, Hayden Meyer, Hazel Musgrove;

her very dear friend,
Ed Harwick, Kieler, WI;

her siblings,
Connie McIntyre,
Dianna Wilson,
Al McIntyre,
George McIntyre, all of Dubuque, IA
and Cal (Arlene) McIntyre, Melbourne, FL.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Donnie McIntyre, Teddy McIntyre, Gary McIntyre, Sharon McIntyre, Ron (Carol) McIntyre, Darlene Lasorella, Roger McIntyre and Jim McIntyre; and her brother-in-law, Carl Wilson.

A Patricia A. "Pat" Shannon memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Pat's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy for their kind, attentive and professional care of Pat and her family.

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

 



Joseph H. Marcov


Joseph H. Marcov, Sr., 75, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 21, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 25th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Pastor Rick Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service.

Joe was born on September 15, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Christopher and Myrtle (Seeley) Marcov. He married Mary Davis on May 21, 1966 in Dubuque. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1965.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company until retirement. He was a member of UFCW Local 150A and the American Legion Post #6.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, his animals, and woodworking; but he mostly loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Joseph (Amy) Marcov Jr., of Cedar Rapids, Newel (Stacy) Marcov, of Dubuque, and Connie Marcov, of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Alissa, Lindsay, Megan, Amanda, Levi, Sylvia, Alex, Jacob and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Evan, Adler, Easton, Kaleb, and Libby; his sister-in-law Nancy (Dave) Moore and brother-in-law David (Carla) Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Joseph Marcov Sr. memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Rahm, Dr. Hobson and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Willard W. Morarend


Willard W. Morarend, 91, recently residing at Guttenberg Care Center, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016. Willie was a renowned elevator operator, sweet corn grower, euchre player, and man about town.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 26 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl St., Guttenberg, IA, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Guttenberg Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may also greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, November 25 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque.

Willard was born June 8, 1925 in Osterdock, the son of Elmer and Elizabeth (Hinrichs) Morarend. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. 
Willard married Lois Peake on January 13, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg. She preceded him in death on October 29, 2006.

Willard farmed with his wife for many years, and was also employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and American Trust & Savings Bank.

Willard is survived by five children, Joyce (Terry) Williams of Monument, CO, Butch (Cindy) Morarend of St. Louis, MO, Judell (Rick) Anderson of Plymouth, MN, Jacqueline (David) Meyer of Cedar Falls, IA, and Julie (Dan) Schnuelle of Fox Lake, IL; 11 grandchildren, Troy, Todd (Allie), Brian, Bret (Julie), Matt (Jenny), Dave, Leah, Brian (Michelle), Kyle (Brittany), Patrick, and T.J.; 10 great grandchildren, Aubrey, Courtney, Ella, Rilan, Odin, Courtney (Drew), Kailyn (David), Avery, Jack, and Grace; two great great grandchildren, Emmalyn and Aubriana; his niece, Sarah (Brian) May; and two nephews, Darren Marting and Duane (Cindy) Pins.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother Wilbert; and two sisters, Wilma Pins and Eunice Marting.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Guttenberg Care Center; Guttenberg Municipal Hospital; NorthCrest Specialty Care; and Cedar Valley Hospice. Their care was a comfort to Willard and was greatly appreciated.

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



Jan J. Glew


Jan J. Glew, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 19, 2016 at home. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 pm 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 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jan was born January 25, 1937 in Farley, Iowa, son of Everett and Myrtle (Theilan) Glew, Sr. He married Patricia Harris on June 13, 1959 at Nativity Church. She preceded him in death on May 24, 2010.

Jan worked for Northwestern Bell for 26 years, retiring in 1980. He loved fishing and hunting and was a member of Dubuque Bird Dog Club, Communication Workers of America, and Telephone Pioneers Dubuque Chapter. He was also an avid Packers and Cubs fan.

He is survived by three children, Kathy (Dennis) Klein of Dubuque, Steven Glew of Dubuque and Scott (Christina) Glew of Three Forks, Montana; five grandchildren, Tim Palmer, Cindy (Eric) Nierling, and Sam, Adam, and Edith Glew, all of Dubuque; two great grandsons, Clay and Dakota Nierling; three brothers, Gary, Bruce and Mike Glew.

He is also preceded in death by a brother, Everett "Sonny" Glew and a sister, Gloria "Sis" Fox.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Whalen and Khan for all of their compassion and care towards Jan.



Ralph Q. Hartlep Jr.


GALENA, ILL - Ralph Q. Hartlep Jr., age 69, of Galena, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Ralph was born December 31, 1946 in Chicago Heights, IL.
A celebration of Ralph's life reception will be held 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday November 22nd, at Happy's Place, 2323 Rockdale Road. Memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson, followed by military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph graduated Bloom High School in Chicago Heights and then went to the US Army. He served Honorably and finished his active duty service February 1967, and receiving a Letter of Commendation US Army. After returning from active duty, Ralph married the love of his life Linda on February 17, 1968 and went to work for Midwest Forging Company, then went on to be a supervisor at Ford Motor Company, and then as a supervisor for Pullman Standard Train Company in Chicago, IL. As he worked full time, Ralph balanced his demanding work schedules, provided for his wife and children, but found the determination to finish his business degree at Prairie State College.

Ralph did not stop there as he took a job as Plant Manager for Watubo-Tek, Inc. in Dubuque, Iowa and made here his home. Ralph's determination never stopped as he worked to become the president and CEO of Watubo-Tek, Inc. Ralph finished his career successfully consulting and grooming other businesses domestically.

During his professional career Ralph felt the need to dedicate his time to public service. Ralph was dedicated to the fight against neuromuscular disease as he coordinated a live telethon for Eastern Iowa Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association and was named volunteer of the year 1988. Ralph served as a commissioner for Dubuque Park and Recreation from 1988-1990 and participated in the planning, construction and opening of Flora and Sutton Pools. Ralph was a member of the board of directors for the Dubuque Area Labor Management Council from 1988-1993. Ralph served as the Post Commander of the American Legion Post #521 in Steger, IL and was a Will County Health Department Emergency Response Coordinator.

Ralph's family was his priority in life. The joy he received from coaching his boys in baseball at Olympia Terrance Youth Association to attending ballet dances of his daughter, Ralph loved it all. Ralph's passion for cooking worked well with family vacations, gatherings, and holidays. His passion for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears (season ticket holder), always made for interesting and unique game watching. Ralph loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and traveling to Hegerman Lake. He had a love for animals from the number of his pets from cats and dogs to a parrot that he did not want to go homeless.

Ralph is survived by his wife Linda (Gwiazda) Hartlep, his son Brian (Julie) Hartlep of Galena, IL, and his daughter Amanda (Corey) Kruser of Dubuque, IA, his grandchildren Ashley (Andrew) England, Zachary, Cooper, Alice (Hartlep), and Desmond Kruser, and his great-granddaughter Hadlee England. His sisters, Karen Swarens, Marla Rivera, Lisa Young and Jill Diederich.

He is proceeded in death by his son Dean Hartlep, and both of his parents.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a Ralph Hartlep Jr. memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, all of the friends that became family over the years, and to the men and women who serve this country.



Sam Kristine Lynch


Sam Kristine Lynch, 37, passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2016. She was surrounded by her beloved husband, Josh, and family, as she walked to the arms of our Lord.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Hope Church. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 21, at Hope Church, 11893 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA, and also after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service.

She married her soul mate and best friend, Josh Lynch, on August 28, 2010, in Galena, IL. Together they have 3 sons: Brandon, 12, Nolan, 5, and Declan, 3.

Sam graduated from Wahlert High School, earned her Associate of Arts Degree from NICC in Peosta, IA, and pursued her cosmetology license after graduating from Capri College in Dubuque, IA.

Sam worked in Human Resources at AY McDonald in Dubuque for 10 years. In 2015 she decided to stay home with her children, and at that time started her own Scentsy business as well as Lynchpin Wreaths.

Sam's greatest blessing was her husband and children. She lived each day to the fullest, using every opportunity she could to create memories with Josh and the boys. They loved spending time outdoors, afternoons at Grandpa Bill's pool, and family vacations to Wisconsin Dells and Florida, most recently a memorable weeklong trip to Disney World. Sam was a very faith filled woman, and through her faith, she was able to gain acceptance of God's plan. Sam lit up a room with her personality and quick wit. She inspired everyone she encountered with her positive attitude and beautiful smile. Her strength never wavered through all of life's challenges. She held all of her friendships close to heart and valued each with the upmost importance.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband and children; her parents, Ken and Cathy Schmitt, of Guttenberg, IA; Rick and Michele Cornish, of Dubuque, IA; 6 siblings: Heather (Brian) Ehlinger of Davenport, IA, Rachel (Jesse) Bartels of Epworth, IA, Sarah (Cory) Clasen of Peosta, IA, Ami (Chad) Guler of Hazel Green, WI, Caitlin (Jason) Olsen of Rockledge, FL, and Christian (Kayla) Cornish of Green Bay, WI. Also surviving are her father-in-law, Bill (Shannon Belken) Lynch, of Dubuque, her mother-in-law, Kelly Lynch, of Dubuque; brothers-in-law Jacob Lynch, of Melbourne, FL, Matthew (Molly) Lynch, of Dubuque, IA, and Whitney Lynch, of Iowa City, IA. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Lois Neal of Cocoa Beach, FL; her paternal grandparents, Donald and Jean Cornish of Dubuque, IA; Josh's grandparents, Bill and Pat Sweeney; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Harold "Red" Neal; and paternal grandmother, Betty Jane Schmitt.

The family would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Christian Schultheis, her favorite nurse, Jenny, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa.

The family requests no flowers; memorial funds have been established for her children.



Jeannette M. Lynn


Jeannette M. Lynn, 85, of Eagle Point Place, formerly of 1222 Blackhawk Dr., passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21,2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Thole officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 4:30pm.

Jeannette was born on January 26, 1931 in Atlantic, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Lilliam (Patton) Fay. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949. She married William John Lynn on April 21, 1956.

She worked for Dr. White at Vanderloo Veterinary Clinic, worked with her husband at the Milkhouse on South Grandview, and lastly for Joann Fabric for many years. She was also a member of the American Kennel Club.

Jeannette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed sewing, music, and playing the piano. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a lover of animals and passed along her creativity to her children along with her wonderful sense of humor. One of her favorite things to do was take a nice drive with her husband Bill through the countryside.

She is survived by her six children: Karen (Greg) Clemen, Robert (Leigh Ann) Lynn, David (Jill Wiendenbeck) Lynn, Kevin (Michele Pitts) Lynn, Keith (Karen) Lynn, and Mary Beth Lynn; her sisters, Alice Amling and Sandy Fay; along with 12 grandchildren one great-grandson, and her loving companion, Nina, her dog.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lynn, in 2003 and a daughter-in-law, Kerri (Zillig) Lynn.

The family wishes to thank Eagle Point Place staff and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Terry Tracey


Terry Tracey, 50, of Cascade, Iowa passed away at home Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

A family and friends gathering will be held one hour before services. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Matthias Catholic Church, Cascade, Iowa. Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.

Terry was born September 4, 1966 in Illinois, the son of John and Elaine (Weydert) Tracey. He was united in marriage to Denise Binder on May 25, 1996 in Manvel, Texas. 

Terry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Denise; 3 children: Tyler 17, Luke 15, and Zach 6. Also surviving are his parents, John and Elaine (Weydert) of Epworth; two brothers: Pat (Vickie) of Dyersville, and Mike (Debbie) of Roselle, IL; one sister, Colleen (Steve) Sincox of Marshalltown, IA; parents-in-law Ed (Phyllis) Binder of Alvin, TX; and many beloved nieces & nephews, cousins and one great-nephew, Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his son, Nathan Michael, born into heaven in 1997.

The family would prefer no gifts or flowers. Memorials will be used towards Tyler, Luke and Zach's future expenses. An account has been established at Fidelity Bank & Trust.

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



Nadeyne S. Ganahl


Nadeyne S. "Dee" Ganahl, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:15 p.m., on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dee's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Dee's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Dee was born on August 28, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Melvin F. and Severina M. (O'Neill) Weitz.

Dee was born and raised in Dubuque and was very proud to have received her primary education at St. Joe's Academy. She would go on to attend Clarke College for 3 ½ years before she finally met, and married, the love of her life, Robert J. Ganahl. They were united in marriage on May 7, 1946, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and were blessed with 48 years together, and 7 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 25, 1994. Bob and Dee would loyally devote their faith life to the Catholic Church, which was a source of strength and pride throughout their lives. Dee was a loving, and devoted, full-time wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who found great joy in caring for her home and family. She was also a dedicated volunteer, who in 2010, was awarded the Iowa Adult Day Services Volunteer Award for her 20 years of faithfully teaching aerobics to the elderly at Ravenwood Care Center in Waterloo, IA, and also at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Dee was always an active woman, and to no ones surprise, at the age of 50 she decided to take up running. She would go on to compete in 6 Kaiser Roll 10K races in Minneapolis; eventually medalling 4 times in her age group. Dee was an avid Chicago Cubs fan whose long awaited dreams came true when they finally won the World Series this year. She will joyfully be traveling on to Heaven wearing her Cubs jersey and baseball cap. Her last request was "Let's have a Party".

"Go Cubs Go"

Those left to cherish Dee's memory include

her 7 children,
Jym Ganahl, Columbus, OH,
Jackie (Jack) Williams, Dubuque, IA,
Jeff (Chris) Ganahl, Bloomington, MN,
John (Rae Kaiser) Ganahl, Madison, WI,
Jeanne (Glenn) Lindberg, Grafton, WI,
Joe (Elaine) Ganahl, Brookings, SD
and Julie (Brian) Ostermann, Manhattan, KS;

her 19 grandchildren;
Lindsey (Mike) Savakinas, Lauren (Jason) Mays, Aaron (Billi) Williams, Adam Williams, Jenny (Dave) Krenn, Angie Ganahl, Matt (Jen) Ganahl, Ryan Ganahl, Ross Zahour, Katie Zahour, Molly Zahour, Julie (Thomas) Leja, Morgan Ganahl, Tim Ganahl, Jessica Ganahl, Robbie Ostermann, John Ostermann, Emily Ostermann, Aloera Ostermann;

her 19 great-grandchildren;
Aidan, Asher, Elise, Adeline, Liora, Liran and Seve Jo Mays,
Cole, Connor, Corrin Williams,
Evelyn Williams,
Carly, Evan, Bennett and Kellen Krenn,
Jackson and Alex Ganahl
and Logan and Aubrie Zahour;

and her beloved sister,
Jacquie Weitz, Dubuque, IA.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Robert J. "Bob" Ganahl.

A Nadeyne S. "Dee" Ganahl memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dee's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff at Assisi Village, who filled mom's life with loving care; and also to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, who so generously gave such compassionate care to assist Dee, and her family, on her final journey.

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

 



Frank J. Honigman


Frank J. Honigman, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:55 p.m., on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Frank was born on November 19, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Frank and Margaret (Redding) Honigman.

Frank was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who lived his entire life in the same family home which he had been born in. He would gratefully attend St. Mary's Grade School, and eventually earned his diploma from Dubuque Senior High School in the spring of 1948. Frank was very athletic in his younger years and would win countless boxing matches, baseball and basketball games with the Dubuque Boys Club. After school, Frank went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Frank was well known for his excellent work ethic, generosity and membership in many service organizations over the years. Frank would devote his working hours to Carr Adams & Collier, the U.S. Post Office, Torbert Drug and finally to the Dubuque Packing Company, and FDL, until his eventual retirement in 1992, after 24 loyal years. Frank's life was blessed through the relentless volunteering of his time and talents with numerous outlets including St. Mary's Church, the Noon Lions Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Faith was a priority in Frank's life, which was always clearly evident in his attitude and also by his longtime membership to St. Mary's Church, and next at St. Raphael's Cathedral after his beloved St. Mary's was closed. Frank was also a member of the United Meat Packers Union #150 and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 for 40 years. In his free time, Frank found great joy in life's simple pleasures like sitting down with a good book in hand or even cheering on his favorite sports teams. Frank was a good and decent man who surely left a positive mark on the world he leaves behind. We will miss him dearly and are thankful for the example and memories he shared with us along his 86 year earthly journey.

Those left to cherish Frank's memory include

several cousins and many close friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Alvin and James Honigman.

A Frank J. Honigman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Frank's friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill for the kind and compassionate care they have provided to Frank these past few weeks.

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

 



Walter H. Ihrig


Walter H. Ihrig, 89, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at his home in rural Monmouth.

A celebration of Walter's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Walter Henry Ihrig was born on October 1, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Henry G. and Marguerite A. (Straub) Ihrig. He was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the U.S Army during World War II, earning an honorable discharge. He married Monica Smith on February 6, 1947 at the North Garryowen Catholic Church. To this union two children were born: James and William.

Walter had farmed his entire life in the rural Emeline area. He enjoyed going to casinos, doing puzzles, eating sweet corn, and taking trips with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Walter's memory include sons James "Jim" (special friend Helen Keeney) Ihrig of Baldwin, IA, and William "Bill" (Carol) Ihrig of Monmouth, IA; a sister, Ruth Casteel of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jack and Agnes Hinz of Maquoketa, IA, and Margie Smith of Bella Vista, AK; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Monica; one infant sister, and another sister, Helen Brady; brothers-in-law Don Casteel, Marvin Brady, Bill Kampas, Alfred Smith and Tom Wallace; and sisters-in-law Caroline Kampas and Pat Wallace.

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.



James J. Kleiner


James J. "Jim" Kleiner, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:40 a.m., on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Luther Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jim was born on October 25, 1938, in Dubuque, IA, son of Charles and Lorraine (Heri) Kleiner.

Jim was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the importance of faith, family and fun. He would eventually find his true love, Mary Kay Banfield, and they would be united in marriage on February 8, 1964, in Cuba City, WI. Their union would be blessed with 52 years, and 3 wonderful children, together. Jim always appreciated the value of hard work and would faithfully invest over 41 years of his time and talents as a maintenance engineer with the Brown Publishing Company. After retiring in 1997, Jim definitely made the most of his new found free-time, and the joy he had always found in outdoor activities was easily quenched whenever an opportunity arose. He truly enjoyed the feel of the waves hitting the bow of his boat on a sunny day, but he also treasured his 35 snowmobiling trips to Wyoming, where he was able to blaze trails in the fresh snow on a cold day. Family was undeniably the most precious part of Jim's life though. Spending time with Mary Kay, his children and the grandkids were the moments which truly kept Jim's mind, body and spirit feeling fulfilled. The last few years have been difficult to bear as Alzheimers would slowly grip Jim's body, as it concurrently broke our hearts without hesitation. We grieve today as our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend has been taken home suddenly, but we find peace in knowing that his earthly struggles have finally ceased and that he is thankfully resting in a state of eternal perfection waiting patiently for us all to be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Kay Kleiner, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Lisa Marie (Tony) LoBianco, Peosta, IA,
James Alan "Jamie" (Laurie) Kleiner, Glenview, IL
and Kelly Ann Kleiner, Appleton, WI;

2 granddaughters,
Sally Elizabeth Welsh and Samantha Kleiner;

and his 8 siblings,
Mary Ann (Bill) Yaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Dave (Sherri) Kleiner, Louisburg, WI,
Roger (Connie) Kleiner, Hawaii,
Charles "Chuck" (Linda) Kleiner, Dubuque, IA,
Ruth (Jim) Hoppman, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Mary) Kleiner, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Leanne) Kleiner, Phoenix, AZ
and Rosie (Jack) McGregor, Mankato, MN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

A James J. "Jim" Kleiner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Jim's family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have given to Jim, and his entire family, over the past 5 years.

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

 



Donna M. (Offermann) Thier


Donna M. (Offermann) Thier passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the age of 76 after an 8 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Donna was born February 11, 1940, the daughter of Art and Kathryn (Quint) Offermann in Earlville, Iowa. She married Al Thier on June 7, 1960 in Earlville, Iowa. Together they farmed northeast of Dyersville until retirement. Al preceded her in death on December 24, 2004.

Donna enjoyed gardening, lawn work, crocheting, cooking and baking. She loved sending treats home when you'd stop by. She was a former member of the Resurrection Choir and the Layette. She also helped prepare meals at the Senior Center until she became ill.

Surviving are her 5 children: Larry (Melissa) Thier of Farley, Kathy (Kevin) Mensen of Dyersville, Patrick (Karen) Thier of Olympia, WA, Suzanne (Kerwin) Burt of Waterloo and Karolyn Thier of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Douglas, Rob and Brad Mensen, Trey, Kalen and Sierra Burt, Joshua Thier, Ben Neuzil, Ally Holttum; 3 great-grandchildren: Gabe and Evie Mensen, Anna Hentges; and 2 brothers: Laverne (Mary Jane) Offermann of Earlville and Don Offermann of Dubuque.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; an infant son, Carl; a sister-in-law, Hazel Offermann; in-laws Cletus and Richard (Mildred) Thier, Virginia (Ray) Gross and Don (Mary) Thier.

Donna's family would like to thank Edna with Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Rev. John M. Kissling


Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling, age 88, of Cedar Falls, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Fr. Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Robert R. "Fr. Bob" Beck officiating. To celebrate Fr. Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fr. Jack was born on December 12, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Alvina "Winnie" (Joos) Kissling.

Fr. Jack truly treasured his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He was very athletic in his youth and would eventually be inducted into the Dubuque Baseball Hall of Fame. He would go on to attend Loras College, and next attend St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, before finally being ordained into the priesthood in 1953. He would joyfully go on to serve in countless ministries including St. Mary's in Dubuque, Wahlert High School, Osage, Belle Plaine, Grundy Center, Cascade, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State. He would serve with his entire being wherever the Lord had asked him to serve and the legacy and love he leaves behind will remain firmly instilled within the hearts and minds of all whom have been blessed to know Fr. Jack throughout his 88 year earthly journey. After retiring, Fr. Jack would find great relaxation and comfort in spending his summers in Chetek, WI, while venturing to the warmer weather in Apache Junction, AZ, during the winter seasons. Some of Fr. Jack's favorite moments were the regular visits he would get to spend with his 5 favorite nieces, while simultaneously trying to protect his remote control from their grasp. Fr. Jack has been called home today, and the world has surely lost a uniquely devoted and friendly servant. But thankfully, we understand that his mission has been completed here and he's finally resting in eternal peace with his loving family members who've been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Fr. Jack's memory include

his 5 nieces,
Jacqueline (Charles) Rutledge, Fulton, IL,
Peggy Meyers, Dubuque, IA,
Sonya Hudspeth, Dubuque, IA,
Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, Dubuque, IA
and Sue (Marv) Bennett, Hazel Green, WI.

He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, fellow priests, friends and past parishioners.

Fr. Jack Kissling was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Leo Kissling, Russell (Frances) Kissling and Rev. Joseph Kissling; a sister Nelda Kissling; a nephew, Tom Meyers; and 2 great-nephews, Joey Hudspeth and Dan Federspiel.

In lieu of flowers, a Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed according to the family's wishes.

Fr. Jack's family would like to thank his friends, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of their wonderful and compassionate care.

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



Roger A. Ott, Sr., M.D.

Roger Arthur Ott, Sr., M.D., of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 13, 2016, at the age of 86. He was a gifted surgeon and patient care advocate who practiced medicine in Dubuque for 44 years. He was also a devoted husband and proud patriarch of a large family, all of whom adored him.

Roger is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Luanus McDermott Ott. Together they made an amazing team, raising eight children who are their pride and joy: Dr. Roger Ott, Jr. (Lisa), Lezlie Marek (Thomas), Dr. Judson Ott (Maureen), Kristin Patt (Bill), Jennifer Krieger (Patrick), Stefanie Phythian (Rob), Sarah Franklin (Kevin) and Alison Knapp (Paul). He led each of his children to believe that they were his favorite. Roger's legacy also includes his beloved 27 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, each of whom he forged a most special relationship with: Kathryn, Roger III ("Tripp"), Connor, Elizabeth and Caroline Ott; Courtney Marek Rankin (Dennis), Joseph and Ryan Marek; Judson, John, and Claire Ott; Meredith (Tyler) and James Willman, Will, Harrison and Frances Patt; Patrick, Jr., Julia and Sarah Krieger; Nora, Charlie and Thomas Phythian; Eleanor, Isabella and McDermott Franklin; and Chip, Sam and Teddy Knapp.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Gertrude Ott, and his sister, Gloria Ring.

He also leaves behind a wide circle of friends, health care colleagues and patients.

Roger was a 4th generation Dubuquer. He was a graduate of Nativity School, Loras Academy, Loras College, and the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago.

He served his country proudly as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he led an armored medical regiment in Regensburg, Germany. He completed his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he was named Intern of the Year and Chief Surgical Resident.

He returned to Dubuque in 1962, and practiced at Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center until his retirement in 2006. He prided himself on treating his patients as he would his own family. He devoted much of his time in retirement to Clarke University, where he volunteered as a surgical anatomist in the biology department, sharing his experience and passion for medicine with science students. Clarke bestowed an honorary degree upon him in 2010.

"The Chief" will be remembered fondly as a humanitarian, naturalist and ardent sports fan. His skill and dedication to excellence in all endeavors set an example for all who knew him. His kindness, courage, faith, humor and generosity are legendary. 

In accordance with his wishes, Roger's family will celebrate his life with a private family Mass and military burial honors.

In keeping with his strong commitment to education, the Ott Family requests that memorials be sent to Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque IA 52001 or The Ott Family Nursing Scholarship, Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001, a fund to assist health nurses with educational expenses.



Carolyn M. Lange


Carolyn M. Lange, 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

A Memorial Mass will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.

Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends and family may call from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. 

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

Carolyn was born on December 26, 1942 in Colon, Panama, the daughter of Clyde and Velta (Foley) Sharp.  She was united in marriage to Joseph T. Lange on March 17, 1962 at Balboa Canal Zone, Panama. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2006.

She was a 1960 graduate of Balboa High School, Panama Canal Zone.

Carol was a homemaker for many years and later worked at Nordstrom's through Sedona Staffing.

She enjoyed golfing and was a member of Lacoma Golf Club for many years.  Carol also enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Denise (Patrick "Mac") McCarty of Port Richey, Florida and Nancy (Jeff) Bakey of East Dubuque, Illinois, two grandchildren, Steven (Kim) Hames of Dubuque, Iowa and Luke Bakey of East Dubuque, Illinois, three great grandchildren, Charlee Bakey and Corbin and Nora Hames, her sister Joan Falk of Sun City, Arizona, brother-in-law, Harold "Skip" (Mary Jean) Lange of East Dubuque, sister-in-laws, Mary Jo Lange of East Dubuque and Phyllis Lange of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, brothers-in-laws, Dale, Gerald and Bob Lange and sister-in-laws, Elaine "Pal" Potter and Joyce Lange.

Carol's family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci and Heather for their compassionate care and support.

In lieu of flowers a Carolyn M. Lange memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Alverna M. Ramaker


Alverna M. (Budden) Ramaker, 94, of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.

Alverna was born on October 18, 1922 in Menominee, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (Hilby) Budden.  She was united in marriage to Leo H. Ramaker on October 4, 1943 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, he preceded her in death on November 4, 1983.

She and Leo farmed until his death.  Alverna enjoyed babies, canning, gardening, working with her flowers, music, donuts from Sutter's Bakery, her floral dresses and never mailed anything without including a personal note.  She was a member of St. Joseph's parish and it's Council of Catholic Women. Alverna loved living at the Academy Apartments at Sinsinawa, where she was a resident for 15 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Rose Girton of Yorba Linda, California; Mary (Larry) Westhoff of New Vienna, Iowa; Ruth (Dan) Timmerman of Menominee, Illinois and Carol (John) Weaver of Allen, Texas, a daughter in-law, Jean Ramaker of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 25 grandchildren, one step-grandson, 30 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and two on the way, her siblings, Eldon Budden, Wilma Budden, and a brother-in-law, Ed Handfelt all of Menominee, and a sister-in-law Helen "Janet" Ramaker of St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo, a son David Ramaker, son-in-law, Dave Girton, a grandson, Joey Westhoff, grandson-in-law, James Seymour, siblings, Eloyse (Dick) Runde; Evelyn Handfelt and Donald (Irene) Budden, her father and mother-in-law, Mathias and Lena Ramaker, inlaws, Catherine (Walter) Handfelt, Frank (Agnes) Ramaker, Joseph Ramaker, John (Kathleen Munyon) Ramaker; Fred Ramaker; Marion (Ray) Lange, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family wishes to "thank" the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their mother.

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

 

 



James J. Mueller


James J. Mueller, 81, of Epworth, Iowa, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A private memorial service will be held for James at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

He was born December 29, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John J. and Helen (Broessel) Mueller. He is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On April 28, 1979 he was united in marriage to Carol Jean Dean in Epworth, Iowa.

The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area, and he also worked at Farm Services for 20 years until his retirement. He also hauled cream for the Epworth creamery and coal and lumber for the former Epworth Lumber Yard.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Mueller of Epworth, IA; one sister, Janet (Wally) Robinson of Waterloo, IA; and two nieces, Heidi (Chris) Bowser of Waterloo, IA and their children, George, Isabella and Kristen Bowser, and Mindy (Brandon) Niedert of Evansdale, IA and their children, Blake, Chloe and Gracelyn; a good friend, Bill Spiegel of Epworth, IA; brothers- and sisters-in-law Ron (Char) Dean of AR, George (Linda) Dean of MT, and Gloria (Bob) Kemp of Mediapolis, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Mark A. Fern


Mark A. "Fuzzy" Fern, 64, of Farley, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. at his home in Farley, Iowa, surrounded by his family after a seven year battle with Lung Cancer.

Friends and relatives of Fuzzy may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2016 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Services for Fuzzy will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa with Sr. Benjamin Duschner presiding. A private burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Fuzzy was born January 5, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Elizabeth (Fox) Fern. He received his education from St. Joseph Catholic School in Farley, Iowa and graduated in 1970 from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On November 24, 1973 he was united in marriage to Pam Schroeder at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Fern, of Farley, IA; two children, Ali (Aaron) Billmeyer of Greeley, IA, and Adam Fern of Farley, IA; 3 grandchildren, Alex Fern, Erin and Landon Billmeyer; his father-in-law, Bill Schroeder of Farley, IA; two brothers, Douglas (Janet) Fern of Dubuque, IA, and Jess Fern of Streator, IL; one sister, Peri (Jack) O'Connel of Bankston, IA; 12 brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy (Annie) Schroeder, Sharon (Al) Grissanti, Bob Schroeder, Steve (Sharon) Schroeder, Mike (Linda) Schroeder, Mark (Linda) Schroeder, Nancy (Tom) Brown, Darla Hermsen, Pat (Ann) Schroeder, Tom (Janette) Schroeder, Brian Schroeder, and Sam Schroeder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Tom Fern; two sisters, Erin Fern and Sue Ann Fern; his mother-in-law, Mary Schroeder; a brother-in-law, Mark Hermsen; and one nephew, John Fern.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Tim from Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Christine Holm of Medical Associates Oncology, Dr. Toby Campbell of the University Wisconsin Madison and all of Fuzzy's great friends for all the care and support given to Fuzzy during his battle with Cancer.

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



Beverly E. Jenk


Beverly E. Jenk, 84, of Dyersville, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Visitation will be held 2 - 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bev was born March 8, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Col. Ralph and Nellie (Boone) Lancaster. She married Thomas H. Jenk, Sr. on July 10, 1951, in Des Moines. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who probably attended more baseball games than the rest of her family.

Bev has been a lifelong Cubs fan and got one of her two final wishes, seeing the Cubs win the World Series. There is already "W" flag placed at the cemetery.

Survivors include her children: Tom Jr. (Pam) and Lisa (Jude) Milbert, both of Dyersville, and David of Mount Vernon; 6 grandchildren: Drew (Lisa) Jenk, Brooke (Bob) Bush, David C. Jenk and Kris Jenk, Miki (Derrick) Parsons and Cassie (Jesse) Costigan; 6 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Goen of Dyersville, and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom in 2013, a sister, Gloria (Jim) Thomas and a brother-in-law, John Goen.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 



Cletus J. Winter


Cletus J. Winter, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:50 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, with his loving sister by his side. To honor Cletus' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, November 11, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Cletus' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Cletus was born on August 22, 1924, in Dubuque, son of Chris and Julia (Pfeiler) Winter.

Cletus would proudly receive his entire education in Dubuque, which eventually culminated in his Bachelor's Degree from Loras College in 1946. He would go on to invest over 25 years of his time and talents as a teacher for the Christian Brothers in the Chicago, Amarillo and Wichita areas. In time, health issues would gradually find their way into Cletus' world and his active lifestyle would slowly diminish. The Lord was kind enough to grant Cletus 92 years here with us and the memories he leaves behind will be carried on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know and love Cletus. We will miss you dearly Cletus, but find peace and comfort in knowing that your mortal struggles have now ceased today, and we trust that you are resting in eternal perfection within your Heavenly Estate for the rest of your days.

Those left to cherish Cletus' memory include

his sisters,
Lillian DeCovis, Phoenix, AZ
and Virginia Boileau, Magog, Quebec, Canada;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Adrian Winter; and 2 brothers-in-law, Richard DeCovis and Paul Boileau.

A Cletus J. Winter memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Cletus' favorite charities.

Cletus' family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere, compassionate and loving care of Cletus.

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

 



Valeta B. Guthrey


Valeta B. Guthrey, 89, of Winfield, Kansas and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 31, 2016, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Kansas.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Valeta B. Brown was born on May 6, 1927 in Atchison, Kansas, the second daughter of William Edward and Mary Magdalena (Hodson) Brown. When she graduated from Atchison High School in 1945 she was already serving as the organist for Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1949 she graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica College in Atchison, now known as Benedictine College. She began teaching instrumental and vocal music in Esbon, Kansas. On May 20, 1950, she married a fellow teacher, John Garnett Guthrey.

Music was an important, lifelong interest for Valeta. Performing, participating and listening. Home and family were of prime interest and importance. A son, John, Jr. was born in April of 1957 in Stuart, Iowa; and two grandsons in 1984 and 1986 were added joy. Following the example of parents, reading was always a pleasure, with non-fiction, biographies and travel preferred. Cooking was also a pleasure and recreation for Valeta. Traveling was a fascinating adventure with the first trip overseas in 1989. Tours included the Passion Play in Oberammergau both in 1990 and 2000.

Valeta had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and its Tuesday Club. She had served as the church organist for many years. She also was a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, American Guild of Organists, life membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, and the national honorary music fraternity, being a charter member of the Iota Upsilon Chapter in 1947 at the Mount.

Those left to honor Valeta's memory include a son John Guthrey, Jr. of Butler, PA; 2 grandsons; and a sister Joyce Herrmann of Enid, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John on March 24, 1986.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to your local hospice.

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

 



Emmylou W. Hickmon


Emmylou W. Hickmon, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 11th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 7:00 p.m.

Emmylou was born on November 24, 1927 in Delaware, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Mitchel) Wingate. She was united in marriage to Edward J. Hickmon, and he preceded her in death in 1974.

She worked for Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland for 33 years as a school of nursing librarian.
Emmylou moved to Dubuque in 1993 to be closer to her family. She moved to Mt. Pleasant Home in 2005 where she met many wonderful friends and kind staff. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal church in Dubuque.

She is survived by her son, Joseph C. (Deb) Hickmon Sr.; grandson Joseph C. (Laura McElmeel) Hickmon Jr.; great-grandchildren Jayna, Courtney, Chase and Piper; great-great-grandchild Zane; sister Evelyn Hallowell; sister-in-law Carlotta Gillispie; and several nieces and nephews.

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



Mary M. Hartnett


Mary Maureen Hartnett, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:25 p.m., on Monday, November 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Maureen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 703 West 5th Street, Sioux City, Iowa, with Rev. William Vit officiating. To celebrate Maureen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Maureen was born on May 19, 1925, in South Sioux City, NE, daughter of Charles and Agnes (Sullivan) Keenan.

Maureen was born and raised in Nebraska, where she attended South Sioux City Nebraska High School and went on to eventually graduate from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Sioux City in 1945. Maureen has always valued her education and would joyfully maintain a longtime membership with the St. Vincent School of Nursing Alumni. She was united in marriage to John Hartnett in 1945, and they were blessed with 46 years together before he was called home ahead of her on December 21, 1991. Maureen was deeply devoted to her nursing career and faithfully cared for others at both, St. Vincent and St. Luke's Hospitals, for 40 years until her retirement. Maureen's faith was ever present, throughout her earthly journey, and she was a proud lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. Caring for her family, and home, were of the utmost importance to Maureen. Her talents in the kitchen were legendary and she took great pride in providing delicious meals for her family and friends. She was also gifted with a green thumb and loved to tend to her garden as each season came and went. But at the end of the day, if a little quiet time presented itself, you could easily find Maureen curled up in a blanket and a good book. Our hearts ache as the departure of a very kind and gentle woman becomes a reality today for those of us left behind. But we know that she now finds peace in a most joyous reunion with her loving husband, John, and thankfully the memories she leaves behind remain to be treasured by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Maureen's memory include

her loving daughter,
Donna (Charles) Juergens, Dubuque, IA;

her granddaughters,
Katherine (Merrill) Wolf, Lincolnshire, IL
and Julia (Mike) McKibben, New Lennox, IL;

3 great grandchildren,
Andrew and Charles Wolf, and Madeline McKibben;

a sister-in-law,
Joyce Hartnett, South Sioux City, NE;

a brother-in-law,
Tom Hartnett, Clearwater, FL;

2 nephews,
Dr. C.E. (Rhonda) Keenan Jr., LeMars, IA,
Brad (Tammy) Hartnett, South Sioux City, NE
and several other nieces and nephews.

Maureen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Hartnett; 1 brother, Dr. C.E. (Shirley) Keenan Sr.; 2 sisters-in-law, Patricia (Wayne) South and Bonnie (Bill) Cosegrove; 2 brothers-in-law, Francis Hartnett and Gerald Hartnett; and one nephew, Dr. Don (Trudy) Keenan.

A Mary Maureen Hartnett memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Maureen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they have provided to Maureen and her family.

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

 



Janet Bleile


Janet Bleile, 72, of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 4, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, after a short courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Rev. Thomas Zinkula officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 7th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Janet was born on the family farm on November 14, 1943 in Rickardsville, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Madaline (Weidemann) Wagner. She married Joseph F. Bleile, July 22, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. He preceded her in death August 23, 2010.

Janet attended grade school in Rickardsville, and Leo High School in Holy Cross, IA.

She had a home day care during the 1970's. From 1980 thru 1990 Joe and Janet owned and operated the A & B Tap in Dubuque. Janet retired from Medical Associates in 2015 after many years of employment in patient services.
Janet's faith was very important to her and she was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church where she was also a member of the Rosary Society.

She enjoyed bowling for many years; loved Nascar racing and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. She was a fantastic cook; well known for her corned beef and cabbage, liver and onions, German potato salad and holiday baking.

Janet also enjoyed doing embroidery work, reading and made a baby quilt for every grandchild. She loved to be with her grandkids. Janet was just an all-around great person and was devoted to her family and friends.

Surviving are her children, Cyndi (Ken) Theisen, of Holy Cross, Ron (Beth) Bleile, of Bluffton, SC, Mike Bleile, of Mundelein, IL, and Julie (Marty) Rettenberger, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Keith (Niki Knepper) Gaynor, Emma Theisen, Katherine and Sarah Bleile, Tricia and Shannon Bleile and Matt and Joe Rettenberger; two sisters, Marie (Leon) Bleile and Carol (Rick) Smith, both of Dubuque; a brother, Paul (Joyce) Wagner, of Asbury; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie (Gene) Boge, of North Buena Vista and Doris Frost, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Bleile, her parents; a brother, David Wagner, a sister-in-law, Ruth Wagner; her mother and father-in-law, Leroy and Marie Bleile, and a brother-in-law, Frank Frost.

Memorials may be made to Janet Bleile Memorial Fund.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Eric Engelman and the Oncology staff at Medical Associates; to the Stonehill Skilled Nursing Department, Hawkeye Care Facility; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Amy and to her dear friend, Sue.

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



Ruth A. Cardy


Ruth A. Cardy "R.C.", 86, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016, overlooking the river at Catfish Charlie's, 1630 E. 16th St., Dubuque, where there will be a Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m., led by Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Ruthie Furry grew up in Dubuque on the Mississippi River. At the age of 17, Ruth went to visit her sister in California, and it was there that she met Gene Cardy, who she married in September of 1947. While living in California, Ruth and Gene welcomed their son, Lyle. After spending a few years in California, Ruth and Gene moved back to the Eagle Point neighborhood in Dubuque to be closer to family. Most of their married lives were spent in Dubuque. In 1970, they welcomed their daughter, Lynea.

Ruth was employed at Thermolyne, Merri-Mac Toy Co., and in the kitchen at Ecumenical Towers. She was an ongoing member of Prescott School PTA and school volunteer. Later in life, she lived at Ecumenical Towers until moving into Bethany Home. She was known as the resident who was always singing.

In her younger years, Ruth enjoyed dancing at Melody Mill, and family get togethers at Eagle Point Park. She always loved to sing, and also enjoyed playing Scrabble, Yahtzee, and other games with her sisters. Ruth enjoyed the outdoors, and walked wherever she went. She enjoyed gardening, and loved animals. Ruth was a spitfire, but she was also helpful and generous, and would give anyone the shirt off her back.

Ruth is survived by her children, Lyle (Shirley) Cardy of Dubuque; Dr. Lynea (Dr. Chris) Imensek of St. Petersburg, FL; her grandsons, Alex and Andrei Imensek; her step grandchildren, Shawn Reifsteck, Sharilyn Schmitt, and Scott Reifsteck; and several step great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and several brothers and sisters, including her twin brother, Ray.

The family would like to thank Home Instead and the Visiting Nurses for giving Ruth an extra two years in her home; all the staff at Bethany Home for their kindness and care- it meant more than you can ever imagine; and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Harold B. Heller


Harold B. "Harry" Heller, 89, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 5, 2016, at home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in Sinsinawa with Rev. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Harry was born on June 8, 1927, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Anthony and Bernice (Hoppman) Heller. He married Teresa M. Berns, the love of his life, on August 9, 1949, in Monona, Iowa. Harry farmed his entire life and also worked at Sinsinawa Mound, John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, and later at Twin Oaks Lumber LLC until he was 86 years old.

Harry served in the Marines and took part in an Honor Flight in 2013. Harry loved his horses and buggy, especially giving rides. He also enjoyed camping, the Green Bay Packers, and playing euchre, especially a good card game and beating Glenn. He took pride in his homemade Bloody Marys which were the best in the tri state area. Most of all Harry loved his wife and family and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids at his home. His faith was very important to him and he was a member of St. Joseph's Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa; four daughters, Connie (Bob) Gallagher, of Galena, Jane (Dave ) McCartney, of Hazel Green, Laurie (Randy) Theill, of Kieler, and Betty (Dan) Wubben, of Hazel Green; four sons, Jerry (Ann) Heller and Glenn (Diane) Heller, both of Galena, Ken Heller, of Platteville, and Terry (Jeanne) Heller, of East Dubuque; a sister, Evie Fleege, of East Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Lois Heller, of Hazel Green; a brother-in-law, Jack Splinter, of Hazel Green; 32 grandchildren; and 49 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, David Runde; a granddaughter, Lindsay Wubben-Simonini; a grandson, Henry Heller; two brothers, Don (Millie) Heller and Anthony Heller; four sisters, Kathleen (Clarence) Fleege, Therese (Bob) Francis, Jean (Jack) Schneider, and Marie Splinter; and a brother-in-law, Bob Fleege.

A Harold B. "Harry" Heller Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thanks to Father Ken and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Shirley A. Klein


Shirley Ann (Heiring) Klein, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, age 75, of Rickardsville, IA, was called home peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, brave battle with cancer. To honor Shirley's life, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 20249 St. Joseph Drive, Rickardsville, IA, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Shirley's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville, IA.

Shirley was born on December 12, 1940, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Alvina (Vorwald) Heiring.

Shirley grew up in Holy Cross, graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1958 and from Bayless Business College in 1959. She married her high-school sweetheart, Eugene Klein, on June 17, 1961, and they began farming near Rickardsville where they raised four children. Shirley joined the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine in 1983, and was employed there until her retirement in 2007. She also worked part-time for Sherrill Mutual Insurance for many years. Shirley was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville. She loved music and was an accomplished musician. Shirley directed and accompanied the church choir for more than thirty years. She served on the pastorate council and the liturgy committee of St. LaSalle pastorate, and volunteered helping the students at LaSalle Catholic School. Shirley loved her family, her friends, and her faith. She was a great cook who loved to prepare tasty dishes and treats for her family. She enjoyed bowling, dominoes and card games with friends, loved watching Jeopardy and playing it on the computer, and especially liked playing Scrabble and cribbage with her family. She was a world-class grandmother who gave special love and care to her twelve grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. Shirley was always ready to help others. She lived out her days with faith and remarkable courage.

Those left to cherish Shirley's memory include

her 2 sons,
Mark (Kathy) Klein, Rickardsville, IA
and Dave (Shelly) Klein, Rickardsville, IA;

her 2 daughters,
Christine Klein, Marion, IA
and Cyndi (Mike) Hageman, Coggon, IA;

her grandchildren and great-grandchildren,
Stephanie (Nick) Hoffman and their daughter, Brielle; Eric (Kelly) Klein and their soon to be daughter; Kelsey Klein; Drew (fiancee Clarissa Cigrand) Carrier, Reid and Gwen Carrier; Paige (fiancé Cody Barloon) Hageman, Jordan and Mikayla Hageman; and Mason, Maxwell and Madeline Klein;

her sisters,
Mae McGuire, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Elaine Williams, Tacoma, WA,
Darlene Rusch, Holy Cross, IA
and Joyce Salatino, Wauna, WA;

her in-laws,
Betty Heiring, Marshfield, WI,
Jean Heiring, Prairie du Chien, WI,
Phyllis Ann Klein, Coon Rapids, MN,
Delbert (Janet) Klein, LaCrosse, WI,
Shirley (Matt) Gasper, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Mary Ann) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Lyle Klein, Rickardsville, IA.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Gene Klein; her sisters, Sedelle Tegeler, Lucille Heying, Helen Bakula and Lois Ross; her brothers, Donald Heiring and Gerald Heiring; and her in-laws, Clarence and Angeline Klein, Gilbert Tegeler, Walter Heying, Ted Bakula, William McGuire, Duane Ross, Dave Williams, Leo Rusch, Mike Salatino, Marvin Klein and Melvin and Anna Mae Brimeyer.

A Shirley Ann Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Shirley's favorite charities.

Shirley's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and the doctors, nurses, and staffs of the Oncology Department at Dubuque Internal Medicine and Finley Hospital for their excellent care for Shirley and her family. They would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their assistance.

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

 



Laura L. Beitzel


Laura L. Beitzel, 52, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Laura may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Laura will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2016 At St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Laura was born November 19, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Mary (Casey) Beitzel. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1982. Laura enjoyed reading, gardening her flowers and playing volleyball.

She is a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her daughter, Morgan (fiancé Tyson Massey) Maiers of Epworth, IA; her parents, Wayne and Mary Beitzel of Epworth, IA, six siblings, Kevin (Sandy) Beitzel of Davenport, IA, Dennis (Tara) Beitzel of Epworth, IA, Dean (Traci) Beitzel of Robins, IA, Tammy (Ross) McDermott of Cedar Falls, IA, Brian (Jolene) Beitzel of Robins, IA, and Christopher (Jenny) Beitzel of Epworth, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded by her maternal grandparents, Irene and Melvin Casey, paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Beitzel, many uncles, and special friend, Mary Roling.

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

The family of Laura would like to thank the staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, and the staff of MICU and CVICU at the University of Iowa Hospital.



Rita M. Koerperich


Rita M. Koerperich, 92, of Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, formerly of Dubuque died Friday, November 04, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 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 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Rita was born August 26, 1924, daughter of Joseph and Emma (Loecke) Boge. She married Loras Koerperich on September 3, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. He preceded her in death on April 13, 2003.

Rita was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Pat) Howard of Cascade and Debra (Ken) Link of Bernard; six grandchildren, Amy Howard, Tara (Mike) Smith and Brian Howard, all of Cascade; Tracy (Eric) Konrardy and Jennifer (Dennis) White, both of Bernard and Andrew (Anne) Link of Dubuque.

She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Smith; Blake, Alex and Emma Konrardy; Nora, Zach and Ben White; and Travis, Joe and Max Link.

She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother in law, Sylvia and Don Westhoff, and her brother and sister in law, Harold and Vi Boge.

A Rita Koerperich Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their loving care.



Jana Juergens


Jana Juergens, 42, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Private family services will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Jana was born July 19, 1974 in Dubuque, the daughter of Dave and Lynne (Placke) Juergens. She graduated from Wahlert High School . She was previously employed by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer.

Jana was a fun-loving person, and will be sadly missed.

Jana is survived by her daughter, Amanda (Josh) Hohensee; her mother, Lynne Juergens; and her father, Dave (Julie) Juergens, all of Dubuque; her sister, Gina (Jeff) Juergens of Omaha, NE; several aunts and uncles; and her devoted companion, her cockapoo Max "Mackerface".

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Maga Mary; her maternal grandparents, Francis and Calista Placke; and her good friend, Roger Becker. 

Memorials may be made to the Jana Juergens Memorial Fund.

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



Lois V. Ostert


Lois V. Ostert, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, November 3, 2016, at the home of her daughter, June McWilliams, in Lynn Center, Illinois.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Lois Virgila Ostert was born on August 8, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Louis H. and Beulah F. (Dague) Ostert. She grew up in the Dubuque area and attended Dubuque schools, later earning her GED.

Lois had worked various jobs throughout the years including school bus driver, waitress, machinist at John Deere, and as a printer for The Shopper in Maquoketa.

Lois had attended Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. She enjoyed bird watching, collecting music boxes and playing Euchre. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her children, June (Joe) McWilliams of Lynn Center, IL, Paul (special friend Joyce) Hammerand of Maquoketa, IA, Scott Hammerand of Dubuque, IA, Marie (Dennis) Schumacher of Bellevue, IA, and Dina (Dave) Edwards of Coal Valley, IL; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; brothers Dick (Sue) Ostert of Maquoketa, IA, and Jim (Bekki) Ostert of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Judy (Larry) Marcue of Hazel Green, WI, Patty (John) Piper of Dubuque, IA, and Dina (Larry) Pickel of Potosi, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Robert "Bob", and 2 sisters Verdina and Joan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lois V. Ostert memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James L. McCarthy


James L. "Jim" McCarthy, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, Iowa, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Church.

Jim was born on September 13, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William R. and Harriet E. (Hird) McCarthy. He was united in marriage to Delores Berger on April 6, 1953 at St. Columbkille's Church in Dubuque. He was a 1949 graduate of East Dubuque High School.

Jim farmed his entire life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard work, and attending school and sporting events for his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Delores; three children, Connie (Jo) Schauer and Jim (Cathy) McCarthy, both of East Dubuque, and Nancy (Dick) Delaney of Dubuque, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Jim, Katie, Jessica, Jason, Teresa, Jenny, Kayla and Bill; thirteen great-grandchildren, Layney and Landon Schauer, Emalee, Anna and Reed Astgen, Alexander and Lucas Winders, Liam and Rowan Schauer, Tucker, Logan and Henry Martin and Owen McCarthy, plus two on the way; his brother, John "Jack" (Marge) McCarthy of East Dubuque and a sister, Kathleen (Jim) Hollis of Reno, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marion Conrad; two brothers, William "Bill" and Robert "Bob" McCarthy; and a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Mae Schauer.

Delores and family would like to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department, the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Jim.

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

"All of his grandchildren adored him and referred to him as Pa, Grandpa and Grandpa Old Boy."



John L. Duggan


John L. Duggan, 55, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral Services will be 12:30 pm Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.; Rev. Chuck Layton will officiate. Friends may greet the family starting at 10:30 am until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

John was born December 13, 1960 in Dubuque, the son of James F. and Millie (McDermott) Duggan. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

John was employed as a roofer for Giese Roofing, and as a custodian for St. Luke's United Methodist Church and University of Dubuque. He was also employed at AIH Chroming Plant.

John loved fishing and hunting with his close friends.

John is survived by his siblings, Robert (Pam) Duggan of Dubuque, Linda (Jim) Lucy and Jackie Duggan, both of Maquoketa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers in infancy.

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

A special thank you to Aaron and Andrea Duggan and all who helped John during his battle with cancer. Also, the family wants to thank St. Luke's United Methodist Church parishioners for your support during this time. In addition the family would also like to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for your support.

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



Laura R. Maiers


Laura R. Maiers, 91, of Dubuque and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa died peacefully Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2016 at Resurrection Church in Dubuque, Iowa prior to funeral services where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Laura was born May 25, 1925 in New Vienna, the daughter of Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher. She graduated in 1943 from St. Boniface High School. Following her mother's death in 1944, she stayed home to care for her 3 younger siblings and her dad, whose care she continued to provide until his death in 1975. On October 2, 1950 she married Eddie Maiers in New Vienna.

In addition to her tireless care and love for her family, she owned and operated Kustom Plastics for 20 years. Laura was a charter member of the Edward W. Lake VFW Auxiliary Post 7736.

Laura is survived by her husband, Eddie; children: Jim (Barb) of Dubuque, Gary (Diane) of Plymouth, MN, Dave (Shirley) of Bloomington, MN, Tom (Deb) of Rochester, MN, Marty (Ann) of Iowa City, IA, Bill (Sandi) of Cedar Falls, IA, and Don (AJ) of Cedar Rapids, IA; 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Laura is also survived by her brother, Al (Vi) Mescher, and sister, Rose Johanningmeier of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law include Marion Mescher of Melbourne, Australia, Fran Mescher, Leon Maiers, Clete (Shirley) Maiers, Al (Pat) Maiers, all of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and their spouses: Herb (Irene), Vince (Lucille), Elmer, Ray, Eddie (Anna Jane), Don (Betty) and Bob (Peggy); sisters: Alma (Jim) Healy and Arlene (Dick) Southwell; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Elmer Johanningmeier, Harriet Maiers, Wilmer Maiers and Jerry Kluesner.

The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care provided by Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Luther Manor, Church of the Resurrection, St. Boniface Church or Beckman High School.

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



Robert L. Mangler


Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler, 73, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 31, 2016, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 12 P.M., Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler was born on July 9, 1943 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Ervin and Matilda (Seiler) Mangler Sr. He grew up in Bellevue and attended a one room Jackson County country school. He married Carol M. Waugh on September 1, 1962 in Bellevue, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2005.

"Bob" first worked at Caterpillar as a mill operator for 11 years, and then farmed in the rural Delmar area for many years. In retirement, he was a dog breeder who owned and operated M & M Kennels.

"Bob" enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and talking and visiting with everyone. He especially enjoyed his daily visit to Main Street Cafe in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Patty (Mitch) Nordmeyer of Greene, IA, Vernon (Ginny) Mangler of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (fiancé Keith Grimm) Mangler of Delmar, IA; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arnold (Darla) Mangler of Delmar, IA, Ervin Mangler Jr of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich (Sherry) Mangler of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary (David) Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene (Lanny) Lewis of Adrian, MI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter Karen, and a grandchild Nicole.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marjorie A. Van Dorn


Marjorie A. Winger Van Dorn, 90, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Marjorie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, November 4, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marjorie Adell Roeder was born on October 8, 1926 in Harrison, Arkansas, to Gerald Nicholas and Myrtle (Peterman) Roeder. She grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Preston High School in 1942 and later from a Telegraph School in Omaha, Nebraska. She married Marvin W. Winger on July 28, 1948 in Preston, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Dennis, Terry, Jerry, Richard and Cindy. Marvin preceded her in death on June 7, 1978 and she later married Lloyd E. Van Dorn on April 18, 1982 at Temple Hill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2013.

Marjorie had worked various jobs throughout the years including owning and operating the General Store and Post Office in Teads Grove for seven years. They then moved to Maquoketa for eight years and then to a farm west of Monmouth where she was a farm wife. She also worked as a nurses aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital and Crestridge Nursing Home, both in Maquoketa. Additionally, she ran the Hide-A-Way Restaurant in Monmouth until retirement, as well as working as the relief Postmaster for the Monmouth Post Office.

Marjorie had been a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and Oxford Junction, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156. She was a great cook and enjoyed sewing and crafts, gardening and canning, fishing, camping, dancing, and traveling to Florida each year.

Those left to honor Marjorie's memory include her children Dennis (Ethel) Winger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Terry (Denise) Winger of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Mary) Winger of Ocala, FL, Richard (Ann) Winger of Dubuque, IA, and Cindy (Doug) Westphal of Wyoming, IA; step-children, Bill (Pat) Van Dorn of Chariton, IA, Laura (Gregory) Boeding of Rochester, IA, Jim (Helen) Van Dorn of Dixon, IA, Deborah Van Dorn of Monmouth, IA, Michelle (and friend Joy) Tredway of Des Moines, IA, and Sherry Streets of Springville, IA; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren, 16 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild; a brother, Virgil (June) Roeder of Tucson, AZ; a sister-in-law, Bev Roeder of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin and her husband Lloyd, and a brother Dr. Donald Roeder.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, a Marjorie A. Van Dorn memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald J. Ernzen


Donald J. Ernzen, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 29th, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Donald was born on September 18, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Harold and Florence (Link) Ernzen. He married Rosemary Steffen on July 21, 1979 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque and she preceded him in death on September 20th, 2015.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969 and worked for Flexsteel Industries in Dubuque for 44 years until retirement. And was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Union. He was an active volunteer and spent many hours with Meals on Wheels, Finley Rehab and the Dubuque Tool Library. He also volunteered on the veterans honor flight, and participated with Relay for Life for many years.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan; enjoyed to hunt and fish; he and Rosemary enjoyed their annual fishing trips to Wapello.

He is survived by his mother Florence; siblings, Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Geri (Bill) Hall, and Mark (Bev) Ernzen; Three sisters-in-law Mary Ernzen, twins Judy (Paul) Mootz and Jane (Don) Weber along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, his wife, his mother and father-in-law Ralph and Florence Steffan; his brothers Jim in 2016 and Davey in infancy.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, and the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and to his special niece Kathy Mootz for all their wonderful care.



Douglas H. Buswell


Douglas H. Buswell 94, of Shoreline, Washington and formerly of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Shoreline. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a reflection time will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Douglas was born on December 29, 1921 in Tower City, N. Dakota, the son of Frank H. and Alma (Clausen) Buswell. After high school and a year of depression-era odd jobs, Doug worked at Lockheed Aircraft's Burbank, CA assembly plant for a year prior to serving in the Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946. He attended the Navy's V-12 college training program at Montana School of Mines and the University of Notre Dame. Following his discharge from the Navy, Doug continued college as a veteran at Montana State University earning a degree in Industrial Engineering in December 1947. On June 17, 1950, Doug married Mary L. Pollock in Fargo, N. Dakota. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2011. After working for an engineering firm in Fargo, N. Dakota and the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon, Doug joined Interstate Power Co. of Dubuque, Iowa in 1955. He retired from there in 1990 as Chairman of the Board.

Upon retirement and for several years following, Doug volunteered his service as President of Dubuque Area Industrial Development Corp. and also served several years on the Greater Dubuque Development Corp., including a term as President.

Doug is survived by his children Ann Buswell of Bellingham, WA and George (Kerri Griffin) Buswell of Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother Ronald Buswell of Shasta Lake, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary; his daughter, Amy Buswell and his brother, Richard Buswell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque, 1299 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Ethel E. Pins


Ethel Elizabeth Pins, 97, of Petersburg and Earlville died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Tues., Nov. 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Rosary will be recited at 2 pm, the Dyersville Fire Department will attend at 6 pm and a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m.

Visitation will continue Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, from 9 - 10:30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Herbert Pins will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Ethel was born Aug. 26, 1919, in Petersburg the daughter of Hubert and Rosalia (Kramer) Geistkemper. She married Jerome Benjamin Pins on Oct. 22, 1940, in Petersburg. Together they farmed and raised their family in Delaware County.

Survivors include her children: Rose Ann (Robert) Platz and Fr. Herbert Pins, both of Dyersville, Charles (Andrea) Pins of Charleston, SC, David Pins of Dubuque, Linda Luettjohann of Hiawatha and Michael (Nancy) Pins of Marshalltown; 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings: Dorothy (Harold) Lake of Manchester, Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper of Savanna, IL, Joan Ament of Gilbertville, and Daniel (Sandra) Geistkemper of Dyersville; in-laws, Cyril (Doris) Pins, Eileen Pins and Shirley Pins, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerome in 1994, a son-in-law, Dr. Donald Luettjohann, siblings: Margaret Geistkemper, Eleanor (John) Hoeger, Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, Raymond (Mildred) Geistkemper Marie Geistkemper, and several in infancy; in-laws: Tom Ament, Vincent (Clara), Albert (Esther), James, Mark (Lorraine), Paul (Lois), Anthony (Lois), George and Louis Pins, Mary (Vincent) Goedken, Sr. Mary Ernest (Genevieve) Pins, OSF, Clara Pins and Theresa Pins.

The family greatly appreciates the caregivers at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful attention given to our mother.

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

 

 



Viola L. Steffen


Viola "Vi" Lucille Steffen, 90, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 2 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Viola was born on March 1, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Elmer and Bernetta (Cain) Mills. She married Gerald J. Steffen on January 29, 1947 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Viola was employed at The Dubuque Pack for over 32 years. She enjoyed gardening, playing euchre, cheering on the Cubs and being with her family and friends. Viola was a UAW card player and a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving is her daughter-in-law, Carol (Bob) Dietzel, of East Dubuque, IL; brother-in-law, Jerome Steffen, of Peosta, IA; sister-in-law, Bette Mills, of West Palm Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis "Curt" Steffen; daughter, Cynthia Steffen; 6 brothers, Donald, Bernell (Violet), Carl, Merlin, Elmer (Nancy), and Harold Mills; 3 sisters, Gladys Curler, Pearl Bennett, and Ruth (Wesley Sr.) Davis; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Marc) Heisler, Sylvester (Marie) Steffen, Edward Steffen, Reynold (Frances) Steffen, Francis Steffen, Mrs. Lorraine Steffen, and Andrew (Eileen) Steffen.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Church of the Resurrection, Resurrection School or a Charity of your choice.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy B and Peggy, and the staff in the skilled unit at Mercy Hospital for your exceptional care.

 



Lucille Stecher


Lucille "Lu" Stecher, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 29th at 5:33 a.m. in her most-favorite place to be. . .home. She died in the arms of her loving children.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lu was born on April 12, 1932, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Birkel) Behnke. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1951. Lu met Bob Stecher and they were sweethearts while he was overseas during the Korean War. They were married on May 31, 1954 and celebrated 57 years of marriage prior to Bob's death on January 21, 2011. She and Bob enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Melody Mill and the Dubuque Fairgrounds. She took care of her home and family and was there for anyone who needed help. Lu didn't draw attention to herself. She put the needs of others always above her own. She was proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren.

Lu enjoyed simple pleasures like home-cooked meals (Don't forget dessert!), cards, BINGO, Bunko, Yahtzee, jigsaw puzzles, conversation, and vanilla ice cream. To Bob's dismay, she also liked having garage sales on occasion. She was quick with a giggle, and had great wit. She told it like it was.

Lu is survived by three children: Cindy (Brian) DeVries of Fort Myers, Florida, Nancy (Robert) Murphy, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Chris (Carolyn) Stecher of Chesterfield, Missouri. She has seven grandchildren: Tristan (fiancé, Kana Hein) DeVries; Alysha (husband, Derrick Olson) DeVries; Caitlin and Chloe Murphy; and Kari, Laura, and Sara Stecher.

She is also survived by five sisters: Bernice Behnke, Eleanor (Tom) Stocke, Ileen (Tom) Feipel, Marian (Duane) Bessler, and Ann (Don) Rokusek. She has many surviving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lu was preceded in death by her parents, her inlaws, Phillip and Loretta Stecher; her husband, two brothers-in-law, numerous aunts and uncles, and three children, Susan, Robert, and Jane Stecher who died at birth or shortly after.

Sleep well Mom. Enjoy a waltz with Dad. We love you.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn and Peggy, and Lu's special "girlfriends" Debbie and Patti.



Rita M. Miehe


Rita M. Miehe, age 93, of East Dubuque, IL and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:40 p.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, November 4, 2016, at St. Columbkille Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Rita was born on March 17, 1923, in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Ervin and Margaret (McDonald) Mahan.

Rita was a lifelong Dubuquer who took great pride in her faith, family, friends and neighbors. She was united in marriage to Robert Miehe on October 6, 1967, in Freeport, IL. They were blessed with 35 wonderful years together, and 5 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on December 22, 2002. Rita's main goal in life was to care for, and nurture her family through each passing day. She would however invest over 11 years of her energies at Divine Word Seminary, where she would also find satisfaction in serving others along her way. Rita was always a very active woman who was continually, and faithfully involved with St. Columbkille's Church, V.F.W. #9663 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary #6, and the Tri-States Veterans Memorial Association. Rita also enjoyed vacationing with Bob, working her most recent puzzle book, being dealt a great Euchre hand and always watching her Cubbies give the competition a run for the money. In what little free time she had left, you could easily find a smile on Rita's face when the hum of her sewing machine was gently filling the room. She would create countless beautiful quilts over the years, for numerous family and friends, which still remain today to be cherished as permanent keepsakes of Rita's devotion and love. Rita's 93 years here on earth has come to an end today, and she is now reunited with all of her loving family who've been called home ahead of her. We will miss her greatly and are incredibly thankful for the years, love and wisdom she shared along the way.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her son,
Gerald (Jan) Steiner, Las Vegas, NV;

10 grandchildren;
Stacey Ostrander, Clinton, IA,
Amy Ostrander, Epworth, IA,
Brian Ostrander, Dubuque, IA,
Robin Kane, Asbury, IA,
Jamie Barton, Dubuque, IA,
Justin (Sarah) Nank, Dubuque, IA,
Gerry ( Sherry) Hartford, Dubuque, IA,
Greg (Jeni) Hartford, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Shannon Holgate,Sorrento, LA
and Andrew Steiner, Las Vegas;

19 great-grandchildren;

10 great great-grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Mike Hartford, Dubuque, IA.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Robert; her 3 daughters, Jayne Hartford, Charlene Gomez and Malia West; a son, Randel Holgate; a grandson, Gary Hartford; and a great-grandson, Michael Hartford.

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

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy, Dr. Runde, and all of her friends at the Bell Tower Retirement Community for their love, care and concern.

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

 



Darlene D. Busch


Darlene D. Busch, 91, of Platteville, Wisconsin, formerly of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Manor Care in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish and Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Darlene was born on August 27, 1925, on Fountain Bluff Farm, rural Platteville, the daughter of Ellsworth and Laura (McCarthy) Duggan. She graduated in 1943 from Cuba City High School. She married Joseph E. "Joe" Busch on May 29, 1947, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1996.

Darlene was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and the National Council of Catholic Women (CCW). She served as a past officer of the parish CCW and the Grant Deanery. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #4 where she served as Grand Regent and District Deputy. She was also a charter member of the Southwest Serra Vocations Club, board member of the Adult Education Council at Sinsinawa, and a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club.

Darlene was a school bus driver for the Cuba City School District for six years. She and her husband co-owned Busch Barn Equipment until 1987. They were winter Texans for 11 years.

Survivors include her children, Beverly (David) Sutter, of Dubuque, JoAnn Vetter, of Milwaukee, Loraine Andrews, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Edward (Sharon) Busch, of Cuba City, Gloria (Mike Gavanus) Busch, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and Melody (Terry) Dillon, of Platteville; a sister, Mercedes Rooney, of Schaumburg, Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Loretta "Sis" Duggan, of Platteville, Helene Dalsing, of Dubuque, and Marie Busch Foecking, of Galena; a brother-in-law, Dean Rogers, of Cuba City; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene will be met in heaven by her husband, Joe; her sister, LaVon Rogers; and her brothers, Delmer Duggan and two brothers who died in infancy.

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



Roy O. Lindemier


Roy O. Lindemier, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 27, 2016, at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 31, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Roy Oscar Lindemier was born on September 21, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald L. and Ellen M. (Schoenherr) Lindemier. He grew up in rural Baldwin and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1970, and later from Auctioneering School in Davenport. He married his Junior High School sweetheart Diane Jane Bowling on June 27, 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: David and Mark.

Roy had farmed his whole life, worked for Bullocks, Inc., was a seed salesman, and a machinist at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy from 1973 to 1988. In 1990 he started working for Energy Manufacturing in Monticello as a supervisor, a position he held for 14 1/2 years.

Roy was a member of the Iowa Auctioneer's Association, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Duck's Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, and had been a 4-H leader for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to tractor pulls, drives in the country, horse and cattle shows, farm sales and rodeos. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, and visiting with people whether he knew them or not.

Those left to honor Roy's memory include his wife Diane Lindemier of Maquoketa, IA; sons, David (Sheri) Lindemier of Dubuque, IA, and Mark (Megan) Lindemier of Delmar, IA; 4 grandchildren, Tayte, and Brylee Lindemier, Melissa (Austin) Walen and Megan (Dan Bell) Henschel; sisters, Barbara (Allen) Berg of Baldwin, IA, and Nancy (John) Suthers of Delmar, IA; several nieces and nephews; his good friend Larry Schnoor of Baldwin, IA; and his loyal dog, Peanut. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roy O. Lindemier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William Paul Morehouse


William Paul Morehouse, 71, of 1535 Pego Ct., died Wednesday, Oct. 26th, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA after a sudden illness.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. Visitation also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nativity Church.

Bill was born December 8, 1944, in Platteville, Wis., to Paul and Gertrude Morehouse. He grew up in Lancaster, Wis., and graduated a proud Flying Arrow from Lancaster High School. He hopped across the river in 1964 and married Jane Coleman on Aug. 13, 1966 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. He soon began work at Vulcan Tool in Dubuque before moving on to John Deere Dubuque Works, where he worked 35 years and put four children through college without a dime of student aid.

Bill volunteered with the Boy Scouts at St. Raphael's. He served as coach of the Hawks in Independent League. He also served as a counselor with the Dubuque chapter of Junior Achievement for many years. Bill played league softball for many years with coworkers from John Deere.
Bill loved his grandchildren and treasured every moment he had with them. He was known to surprise them with a Kennedy half dollar. He was a longtime member and supporter of Nativity Church. He served as an usher long after his left knee refused to genuflect. Some of Bill's favorite things were long drives with Jane, old-time radio programs, trips to Lake Namakagon, Wis., the Packers, of which he became a proud owner, the Cubs (oh, if he could see them now), the sport of wrestling, feeding his birds and squirrels in the pines of Pego, and the occasional cigar with whiskey.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; his children, Marc (Becky) Morehouse of Fairfax, Matthew Morehouse of Dubuque, Anna (Roger) Zimmerman of Cedar Falls, and Elizabeth (Jeff) Winders of Marion; a brother, Tom Morehouse of Port Byron, Ill.; and six grandchildren, Devin, Ethan, Will, Elly, Jace, and Casey.

He will be remembered warmly by his family, and by so many others in Dubuque, his home for more than 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Bill's name.

The family would like to thank the SNICU nursing staff at the UHIC. Your tender mercies soothed our family in a time of great need.

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



Rose M. Valentine


Rose M. Valentine, age 66, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:47 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch, Iowa.

Rose was born on December 20, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Irene (Stuart) Vincent.

Rose was united in marriage to Irvin "Butch" Valentine on September 9, 1991, in Zwingle, and they were blessed with 25 wonderful years together. Rose invested over 29 years, of her time and talents, as a chef with A.R.A. at John Deere Dubuque Works . In her free-time, Rose was a naturally talented seamstress who faithfully lived and breathed to make clothing, and amazing quilts, for her beloved family members. Whether it's the abundance of Christmas quilts which still remain, or a favorite sweater which is still the most comfortable in the closet; there are years of memories left to enjoy which were all sewn, and stitched, with love straight from Rose's hands. One of the most precious gifts Rose possessed was the ability to make friends with anyone who crossed her path. Some would say it was her God given charisma, others would attribute it to her gentle heart; but all would have to admit that if Rose had decided she was going to welcome you into her world, then you were going to find yourself there, sooner or later, and you might as well kindly accept her invitation. Now, the last 7 weeks have been a difficult journey for Rose, and her adoring family, and we will surely miss her beautiful smile within our days ahead; but we accept that she is now free from her physical ailments and we will thankfully discover subtle moments of peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day in absolute perfection.

Those left to cherish Rose's memory include

her loving husband,
Butch Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

11 children,
Roger (Katie) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Amy) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Renee Martin, Dubuque, IA,
Robin McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca McIntyre, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Randall (Mindy) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Tracy (Jerry) Carew, West Branch, IA,
Jeff S. (Angie) Valentine, Dubuque, IA,
Randy "Skeeter" Valentine, Aurora, IL,
Lynn Ann (Harold) Lane, Denison, TX
and Sandi (Joel) Braxton, Denison, TX;

26 grandchildren;

6 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Patrick (Karen) Vincent, Steurtevant, WI,
Carol (Ron) Keller, Potosi, WI,
Raymond Vincent, Dickeyville, WI
and Karen O'Rouke, Dubuque, IA.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Roger McIntyre Sr.; and 2 sisters, Jean (Carl) Klaeska, and Marie Vincent in infancy.

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

Rose's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the professional, loving and compassionate care they have provided to Rose, and her family, over the past 7 weeks.

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

 



Cyril J. Fries

Cyril J. "Cy" Fries, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31st at St. Raphael Cathedral, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 5:30 p.m.

Cyril was born on October 6, 1934 in Lost Nation, Iowa the son of Bahne and Rosella (Steines) Fries. He attended Loras Academy and served in the Iowa Army Nation Guard.

He married JoAnn Kieffer on September 3, 1955 at the Church of the Nativity.

Cyril was a kind and gentle man; with other facets of his character being, building an award-winning Roadster; raising horses; playing pool with friends and passing on his knowledge to others.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years JoAnn, two children Jeffrey (Linda) Fries, and Danielle (Galen) Abitz, all of Dubuque. Two brothers David (Jackie) Fries of California and Noel "Sonny" (Christi) Fries, of Delhi, Iowa. Grandsons Jason (Emily Conzett) Fuller and Cody Fuller and great granddaughter Olive Mae Fuller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The family requests no flowers.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy C., Allison and Ryan for all their wonderful care they gave.



Mildred M. Beau Fairfield


Mildred M. (Winner) Beau Fairfield, 101, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Manor Care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 29th at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass at St. Anthony Church. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mildred was born July 9, 1915, in Dubuque daughter of Chauncey and Elizabeth (Giesen) Winner. She married George W. Beau October 19, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1975. She married Edward G. Fairfield June 28, 1980 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1984.

She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque.

Mildred was employed as a Liberian for Dubuque County until her retirement.

She loved to travel, play cards, enjoyed family gatherings, had a New Year's party every year for many years, and wanted to be on time - never late for anything. She adored several of her pets, Tiffy, Muffy and Rusty. Mildred was a member of St. Antony parish and a longtime member of St. Mary's parish.

Surviving is a sister-in-law, Rosemary Winner, of Dubuque; a special traveling companion, Norma Bildstein; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sylvester (Esther), Clifford (Dorothy) John Winner; and a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Paul Pape.

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

Thank you to the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, and to special friends, Donna Haferbacker, Janet Hoppman, Linda Pape, and Joyce Duehr who helped care for her.

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



Molly K. Zelinskas


Molly Kathleen Zelinskas, 26, of Dubuque, passed away October 25, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a car accident.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. There will a time for sharing thoughts and memories of Molly at 3:30.

Molly was born April 28, 1990 in Orlando, FL, the daughter of Tony and Kari (Wilkens) Zelinskas. She attended Dubuque Senior High School, where she ran cross country and track. She graduated from high school in 2008, and went on to earn her B.S. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University, graduating in 2014. While she was attending Iowa State, Molly volunteered at the Wildlife Care Clinic in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Molly was employed at Design Photography in Dubuque as an assistant photographer.

She was an avid runner, running the Bix several times, as well as the Minneapolis Marathon. Molly was an Iowa State Cyclone basketball fan, and a burgeoning Cubs fan. She liked listening to podcasts, playing tennis, and was an avid reader.

With a profound kindness, her gentle nature extended not only to family and friends, but to all living things. Molly had a deep affinity for nature, and loved spending time birdwatching and hiking in the Mines of Spain.

She had such a caring heart, bringing smiles and happiness to all who were around her. She saw beauty in simple things, and took joy in equal measure sharing, herself with us. Whether it was walking her dog, Maggie, or talking about ideas that she had heard in a podcast, there was always a sense of wonder and openness to new ideas and experiences. And there was always a perspective that saw the beauty and quirkiness of every moment, so often captured in the pictures she took and shared of pets, friends and landscapes. She left us too soon and our world is poorer because of it.

Molly is survived by her parents, Tony and Kari Zelinskas of Dubuque, her brother, Andy Zelinskas of Dubuque, two sisters, Kara (Tracey) Rigel and Erin Zelinskas, both of Waterloo; her grandparents, Pat Piekenbrock of Dubuque, Laura Fudge of Syracuse, NY, and Floyd Wilkens of Altoona, IA; her nephews, Cameron and Connor Rigel; her niece Katelyn Rigel; many aunts and uncles; and her significant other, Adam Tyler of Sacramento, CA.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dr. Leonard Zelinskas; her step-grandfather Dr. Thomas "Doc" Piekenbrock.

Memorials may be made to the Molly Zelinskas Memorial Fund for later donation to wildlife care and rescue organizations.

The family would like to thank the Linn County Sheriff's Dept., the ICU staff at St. Luke's Hospital, the emergency responders, and the staff of the Iowa Donor Network.
We are so proud of Molly's selfless decision to donate her organs so that other people may have a chance to live.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Doris A. Meyer


Doris A. "Dorie" Meyer, age 77, of Dubuque, formerly of Eccumenical Towers, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her loving friends. To honor Dorie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street. To celebrate Dorie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorie was born on August 24, 1939, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Agnes (Meyer) Mueller.

Dorie was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who devoted her faith life to St. Mary's Church, Church of the Resurrection, and was blessed to finally call St. Raphael's Cathedral her home for the last decade. She invested the years of her working career with the Hoffman Industrial Development Center, and later in housekeeping at Area Residential Care, until her eventual retirement in 2015. Dorie faithfully tested her luck at the Colts Bingo Hall, and was a regular Friday night crusader who traveled confidently, and lightly, with only a couple warmed up daubers in hand. Some of her greatest memories through her earthly travels were her relaxing days, and Saturday trips, with Cozy Corners and the multiple excursions she made to various Disney destinations with her friends at Camp Courageous. Dorie was never afraid to work, smile or have a little fun from time to time and we will surely miss her natural innocence, love for dogs, especially pugs, and her contagious knack for conversation. We must reluctantly allow her to journey home now and tenderly embrace the wonderful memories she leaves behind until we all meet again. May God bless you Dorie and thank you for generously sharing your light with us over the past 77 years.

Those left to cherish Dorie's memory include

her close friends and caregivers,
Jane and Joe Bowerman, Dubuque, IA
and Deb and Rick Fishnick, Dubuque, IA
and all of their families;

her sister,
Helen Johnson, Texas.

Dorie was preceded in death by her mother; and special friends, Jim and Ann Strub.

A Doris A. "Dorie" Meyer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dorie's friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care.

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

 



Phyllis L. Ames


Phyllis L. Ames, 82, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 28th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service.

Phyllis was born on January 14, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Philip and Grace (Oakley) Maul. She married Gernert F. Ames on July 29, 1972; together they joined two families together and created one. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2009.

She was a "Million Dollar Producer" licensed realtor-broker in Dubuque for many years, working in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed singing, crocheting and embroidery. She loved to bake for her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by nine children: Randy Ames of Milwaukee, WI, Debbie (Joel) Sommerfeldt, of Merrill, WI, Vickie (Tim) Reddington, of Monticello, MN, Celeste (Greg) Steiner, of Potosi, WI, Michelle (John) Armstrong, of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Belinda) Ames, of Kokomo, Indiana, John (Julie) Vocke, of Sheffield , IL, Tammy (Mike) Serdynski, of Muskego, WI, and Gernert (Mandy Jo) Ames, of Dubuque; many grandchildren and and great-grandchildren; and her sister, Janice Mueller, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gernert; a daughter, Jackie; and a granddaughter, Laura.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center for all their care and kindness they gave to Phyllis.

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



Kathy Jo Welty


Kathy Jo (Hirsch) Welty, 57, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jennifer Meyer officiating.

Kathy was born on January 19, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Francis and Cecilia (Schmidt) Hirsch. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1977. On June 5, 1982 she married Kevin Welty in Dubuque.

Kathy worked the early morning shifts at Kwik Stop on Pennsylvania, and was a self-employed florist, but the majority of her time was spent being a fulltime grandma. Her grandchildren, who know her as Mimi, were her life.

Kathy was very creative and her creativity showed through her floral arrangements. She also enjoyed taking pictures, playing cards, lounging by the pool and spreading Christmas Cheer. She was a very strong woman with a heart of gold. Her family and others always came first and she was the most loving wife ever.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin; three children, Lindsey (Jeff) Mohr, Tim (Tara) Welty, and Joey (Kari) Welty; her mother, Cecilia Hirsch; four sisters, Karen Hirsch, Sue (Mike) Schueller, Judy Kines and Jayne Hirsch; three brothers, Rickie (Jane Fishler) Hirsch, Terry Hirsch, and Dan (Janet) Hirsch; her four grandchildren, who she loved dearly, Gabbie and Jax Mohr, Hunter and Tinley Welty; her father- and mother-in-law, Jack and Betty Welty and their family; a special uncle, Andy; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews; and a very special friend, Rachel Ferraro.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Hirsch; sister Margaret Cecilia; great-niece Delaney Robbins; great-nephew Parker Robbins; family friend Jeff Hines; and her beloved fur baby, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers a Kathy Jo Welty memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff of Mercy Medical Center for their care and kindness. Also to all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers.



Ronald W. Bratcher


Ronald W. "Ron" Bratcher, 56, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at home.

Private services for family will be on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Ron was born on January 23, 1960 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Richard and Cherie (Mulkey) Bratcher. He married Lisa Theill on June 13, 1992 in Glendale, Arizona.

Ron was employed as a machinist at A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Company.

His great passions were fishing and hunting. 
"I am a fisherman. It is not merely something that I do, it is who I am. Fishing is not simply my escape, it is where I truly belong. It is where I am supposed to be. It is not a place that I go, but a lifelong journey that I am on. It is a passage that my father has shown to me, and one that I will show to others. Once you understand this, then you will know who I am. And we will fish together even from far away." - Unknown

Surviving are his wife, Lisa; three children, Tara (Jay) Spataro of Scottsdale, Arizona, Amber and Colton, both of East Dubuque; his parents, his father, Richard (Judy) Frost Proof, Florida, mother Cherie of Camano Island, Washington; and two brothers, Jeff (Denise) Bratcher of Glendale, Arizona and Rick (Lindy) Bratcher of Santa Paula, California; his father- and mother-in-law, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of East Dubuque; in-laws Randy (Laurie) Theill of Kieler, Wisconsin, Bobby (Pamela) Watkins of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Jeff (Deb) Theill of East Dubuque, Julie Theill of Geneseo, Illinois, Jamie Theill of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Jason Theill of Davenport, Iowa; along with many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Craig, and his grandparents, Paul and Juanita Mulkey.

In lieu of flowers, a Ronald W. Bratcher memorial fund has been established. 

Ron's family would like to extend a special thank you to the East Dubuque and Jo Daviess Ambulance Services and Police Departments.



Rosemary H. Goldsmith


Rosemary H. Goldsmith, 91, of Monticello died Monday, October, 24, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary will held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10 - 11 am at church prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anamosa.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Rosemary was born on February 13, 1925, Cedar Rapids the daughter of Fred and Amelia (Knebel) Schnoebelen.  She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids.  She married Everett Frimml on September 11, 1945. Together they farmed near Norway, Anamosa, and Monticello until he preceded her in death in 1975.  She married Glenn Goldsmith on September, 17, 1982, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  She worked at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafting and cooking.  She loved the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Judy (Bill) Dietiker of Anamosa, Randy (Kris) Frimml and Deb (Mark) Merfeld, both of Monticello;  6 step-children: Marv (Pat) Goldsmith of Lexington, NE, Sue (Stan) Burrichter of Monticello, Glenda (Don) Eilers of Scotch Grove, Ed (Connie) Goldsmith of Monticello, Kathy (Al) Wulfekuhle of Masonville, Carol (Brian) Manternach of Coralville; 12 grandchildren: Aimee (Zeferino) Sosa, Jennifer (Andrew) Eley, Brian (Tara) Dietiker, Nicole (Richard) Camp, Jamie (Mickey) Foster, Kalli Frimml, Tiffany (Shawn) Nolan, Travis (Chelsea) Johnson, Brandi (Heath) Keenlance, Melissa (Chris) Hanewicz, Emily (Damien) Claypool and Grant Golden; 17 great grandchildren:  a sister, Jean Fear, of Cedar Rapids; 2 sisters-in-law, Edith Schnoebelen of Cedar Rapids and Margaret Frimml of Tama.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Frimml in 1975, her second husband Glenn Goldsmith; a daughter, Denise Golden, 3 brothers, Norman (Dolores) Schnoebelen, Fr. Kenneth Schnoebelen and Clayton Schnoebelen; a sister, Joan (Lawrence) Nekola; a great grandson, Matthew Keenlance.

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

 



Jeffrey A. Ruden


Jeffrey A. Ruden, 54, of Bernard, IA passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the funeral home and also after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until the time of service.

Jeff was born on July 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eldon and Dorothy (Fischer) Ruden. He attended West Dubuque High School and graduated from Loras College with a degree in Economics.

He worked for Cascade Lumber, Roeder Outdoor Power and lastly for Connolly Construction.

Jeff enjoyed riding his motorcycle especially with his cousin Roger Fischer; shooting pool; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand either as a mechanic or a carpenter and was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy; siblings Jane Ruden, Dave (Rita) Ruden, Joyce (George) Giannakouras, and Dennis Ruden; along with many nieces nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon Ruden, on April 15, 2010.

In lieu of flowers a Jeffrey A. Ruden memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Connolly Construction especially Jude and Al; the doctors and nurses at Mercy Emergency Room in Dubuque; and to the Cardiac ICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave.



Jolene K. Moore


Jolene Katherine Moore, 54, of Rickardsville, IA, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Jolene was born April 30th, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, the beloved daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Gansemer) Schrobilgen.

Friends and relatives of Jolene may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jack Wolfe.

Jolene was raised in Rickardsville, IA, a place she called home for 50+ years. Jolene was the youngest in her family and she shared a special bond with each of her siblings and valued their relationships. Jolene also treasured the loving guidance she received from her Godmother, Thelma Roberts.

On September 14th, 1983, Jolene married her high school sweetheart, David Moore. Together they welcomed and raised 2 wonderful children, Jason and Jackie. In previous years, Jolene enjoyed working at Mount St. Francis, but most of her years were spent as a homemaker taking care of her family. Jolene took great pride in her family and she always put them first in life. Jolene thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beautiful Grandchildren, Braelyn, Jonathan, Jamison, and Helena.

Jolene lived a life of love with many special family and friends left to cherish her memory. Jolene is survived by her loving husband, David Moore, and their children, Jason (Lisa) Moore and Jackie (Josh) McDermott, her grandchildren Braelyn and Helena Moore, Jonathan and Jamison McDermott, all of Dyersville, IA, her siblings Jimmy Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, Jeannie (Louie) Hogan of Bankston, IA, Janis Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, and Julie Bush (Terry George) of Asbury, IA, her mother-in-law, Joyce Moore of Park Hill, OK, brother and sister in laws, Jackie Moore of Park Hill, OK, Kenny (Debra) Moore of Sallisaw, OK, Scott (Terry) Moore of Charleston, SC, Jeff (Lisa) Moore of Muldrow, OK, and Joe Moore of Muldrow, OK. Jolene is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews that she cherished dearly.

Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Schrobilgen, a sister in infancy, JoAnn Schrobilgen, father-in-law, Jack Moore, maternal grandparents, George and Christina Gansemer, and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Schrobilgen.

~Wherever you go, our love will find you~

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



Ronald L. Hammel


Ronald L. Hammel, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:50 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ron was born on December 31, 1943, in Dubuque, son of Omer and Loretta (Schueller) Hammel.

Ron was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who would eventually meet his future bride, Marcia Everist, and they would be joyfully united in marriage on October 15, 1966. They would be blessed with 2 children, and 50 wonderful years together; which the Lord was kind enough to allow them to celebrate this week before calling Ron home. Ron would invest over 40 years of his working career at Georgia Pacific, and St. Regis Paper, before finally retiring in 2002. Ron's faith life has been devoted to Sacred Heart Church, where he has been a longtime member. Ron had many hobbies over the years which would include painting and plaster of paris modeling, but his favorite would definitely have to be the hours he spent in his workshop creating amazingly intricate woodworking projects. From beautiful baby beds, to fabulous furniture and toys for those he loved to enjoy; if Ron's feet were slightly covered in saw dust, or the aroma of a fresh coat of varnish permeated the air, you knew that he had found some well earned contentment in his day. But the one true desire in Ron's life was to provide and care for his family. He took his responsibility to his family seriously and everyday was another venture to bring them joy, love or even simply security under his watch. Sadly, Ron's earthly journey has ended today and only the abundant memories of his soul among us remain. But we are thankful that he will once again be reunited with his parents and siblings, who will surely keep him company until we can all be rejoined together again in Heaven one day.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his loving wife of 50 years,
Marcia Hammel;

his children,
Ronald (Darcy) Hammel, II,
and Jacqueline (Kevin) Ansel, both of Dubuque;

his grandchildren,
Michael Hummel, Timothy Hammel, Elijah Hammel, Kaden Ansel, Kendra Ansel and Kyrah Ansel;

his brothers,
William (LaVon) Hammel
and Gerald (Carol) Hammel, both of Dubuque;

his sister-in-law, Jean Hammel, of Dubuque;

and two brothers-in-law,
Tom Zwack,
and Roger Dean, both of Dubuque.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Joseph, in infancy, and Thomas Hammel; and 2 sisters, Pat Zwack and Kay Dean.

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

Ron's family would like to thank Dr. Ringold, and the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsey, for all of their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Elmer L. Harder


Elmer L. Harder, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Elmer Louis Harder was born on May 27, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Edward Louis and Christina Sophia (Jessen) Harder. He was a 1942 graduate of Delmar High School and married Wilma Jane Saunders on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012. They were married for over 70 years until Peg passed away on January 22, 2015.

Elmer was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He had been a Boy Scout leader for a number of years, coached Little League and also worked as a carpenter. He was a lover of all animals his entire life. Following retirement, he enjoyed traveling and his flower and vegetable gardens.

Those left to honor Elmer's memory include a son, Gary Lee Harder, of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Dorothea Miller, of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents' a brother, Ernest; a son, Larry Edward, on May 22, 1991; and his wife, Wilma J. "Peg" Harder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer L. Harder memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol J. DeVries


Carol J. DeVries, 88, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Carol was born on October 16, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Helen (Lehmann) Neumeister.  She was united in marriage to John F. DeVries on March 1, 1949 in Dubuque.

She was formerly employed at the F. W. Woolworth Company for many years.  Carol was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She and John directed and performed in the East Dubuque Variety Shows for over 30 years. Carol was a lifelong Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and an avid Nascar fan, cheering on her favorite driver, # 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Carol enjoyed crocheting, working puzzles, being with her friends and going to the casino with Norb and Shirley.

Surviving are three children, Deborah Haigh of Dubuque, Iowa, Randy (Linda) DeVries of Charlotte, North Carolina and Guy (Patty) DeVries of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Tisha (Nate Ernst) Montgomery, Brandon (Lisa) DeVries, Rob (Laura) Donner, Heather (John) Hickie, Matt (Sara) DeVries and Ashley (Jason) Lange; 11 great-grandchildren; and her granddogs, Buddy, Ozzy and Ruby.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John F. DeVries, son-in-law Al Haigh, and a brother, Edward Neumeister, Jr.

A Carol J. DeVries memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family wish to thank Drs. Angela Kelly and Mark Hermann and their staffs for the care provided to their mother and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Peggy for their loving care of Mom during the final days of her life.  "They are truly God's Angels on earth."

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

 

 



Joseph P. Stelpflug


Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug, age 24, of Potosi, WI, was called home suddenly at 5:28 a.m., on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin Madison, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born on November 23, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gary and Chris (Heiring) Stelpflug.

In his early years, Joe would discover the value of intelligence, energetically grasping the day, and the joys of working the farm. Whether it was planting the crops, bringing in the harvest, or a cold winter's night bottle feeding; Joe would find a true inner satisfaction which only comes from the gift of tending to God's creation. When his chores were completed, and the work for the day was done, Joe would eagerly jump on the nearest 4 wheeler and happily blaze some new trails if the worn ones just weren't fulfilling his thirst for the open air. Joe would also enjoy many carefree evenings listening to his favorite rock-n-roll beneath the stars while hanging out with his friends at the camper. Unfortunately, none of the worlds problems would truly be solved during these gatherings, but an honest effort would always be put forth and later in life all involved would discover that the memories which remain would prove to be the real treasure. Joe would also endeavor in a little horsepower, and driving skills, challenge on the track from time to time. It was not uncommon to witness him venturing down Highway 20, on his way to Earlville, in his 1970 Fairlane which was about to be redlined with an adrenaline induced smile placed firmly upon his face. Joe was not all work and play though; an occasional trip to the Caribbean with his family, or an impromptu drive to Florida, where never out of the question when Joe was willing to reap a little of the fruits of his labors. Sadly, Joey would only get to spend 25 years here with us. His light would shine brightly, swift and true and his trail would be an absolute adventure throughout his earthly journey. He has been called home much to early, and peace from this unrelenting sorrow and pain seems beyond impossible today. But thankfully we believe that in time we'll capture more and more of the wonderful memories of Joe passing through our minds each hour, and we have faith that we will all see him again one day in an absolute state of perfection with all of us free from the flaws of a much too broken mortal world.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his parents,
Gary and Chris Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

his siblings,
Ben (Alissa) Stelpflug, Harmony, MN,
Andrea (Paul Judy) Stelpflug, Potosi, WI,
Danielle (Will) Johnson, Milford, IA
and Jeff Stelpflug, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Logan, Sean, and Grace Stelpflug, Harrison Judy and Theodore Johnson;

his maternal grandmother,
Ramona (Dorrance Herzog) Heiring, Dubuque, IA;

his paternal granparents,
Robert and Joanne Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

several aunts, uncles and cousins;

and his faithful canine companion,
Sophie.

Joe was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, James Heiring.

A Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Joe's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Vinny and Alex for all of their loving support and friendship throughout the years.

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

 



Eilene Ione Baalson Busch


Eilene Ione Baalson Busch, aged 84, of Maquoketa IA, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA.

A celebration of Eilene's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Eilene was born January 31, 1932, to Rev. Elmo and Dora (Sandvig) Baalson in Minneapolis, MN. She was later joined by twins Clarence and Clarice and sister Marilyn. The family moved from Hayward, Wisconsin to Waterville, Iowa, where their father was the minister to two small country churches. They grew up helping on the small parish farm allotted to the minister's family to supplement his salary.

Eilene graduated from Waterville High School in 1950, and played forward on the girls' 1948 State Championship basketball team. There were no divisions at that time, so their tiny school played the much larger city teams. 

She graduated with a BA from Luther College, majoring in Social Science and the Bible. While at Luther, she sang in the Nordic Choir, sang the Messiah, participated in women's intramurals, was on the yearbook staff, and was part of the Dorian Society, the frontrunner to Luther's Dorian Festival. Beginning her lifelong commitment to serve others, Eilene earned a Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. 

Her first position was at Lutheran Social Services in Mason City, and served St. James Lutheran as the Choir Director. One Sunday, her friends introduced her to the new ministerial intern, Emmett Busch. After standing and talking in the hallway for over two hours, they realized that the lights were off, everyone was gone and the church was locked. Eilene and Emmett were married on September 1, 1957. 

Eilene continued her social work career with the Department of Human Services in Alison and Dubuque. While her children were in school, she was a substitute teacher in the Bellevue and Andrew school systems. She finished her paid career with 20 years as the Jackson County Hospital social worker. Eilene also served on the boards of Families of Northeast Iowa, the Iowa Board of Social Work, the Jackson County Board of Health, and the Jackson County Regional Health Care Center.

Eilene had a life-long passion for music. In her later years, her days revolved around her piano and organ students' lessons and activities. She directed church and community choirs for 40 years.

Eilene was often described as the "Energizer Bunny". Her energy level and list of things she could accomplish in a day was dizzying. She was an avid golfer, quilter, and bowler. Her vacations took her fishing and cruising to foreign ports. She made dozens of Norwegian cookies at Christmas for gifts to her friends. She learned rosemaling, a Norwegian decorative painting, in 1976, and painted year round, giving her art as gifts or donating the items as fund raisers for the church, the hospital and Ohnward Fine Arts Center.

Eilene is survived by her four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN; Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO; David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI; and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon (Carolyn), Shira, Trinity and Blake. She is also survived by two sisters, Clarice (LaTrelle) Smoot of Moro, OR; and Marilyn Baalson of Chicago, Il; a brother Clarence (Donna) Baalson of Clear Lake, IA, many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of current and former piano / organ students and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emmett, her parents, baby sister Doris Elmira, and daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and especially it's CEO, Geoffrey Lauer. Your help and support navigating the difficult path of caring for family members with brain injuries is deeply appreciated. www.biaia.org

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Luther College, Hospice of Jackson County, or First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Kenneth J. Helmke


Kenneth J. "Ken" Helmke, 67, of Dubuque died Monday, October 17, 2016.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Friday at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, where visitation will also be held from 9:15 to 10:15. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ken was born August 4, 1949 in Wausau, Wisc., son of Earl and Emma (Schmahl) Helmke. He graduated from Grinnell High School, received his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, his Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Dubuque.

He enjoyed reading, genealogy, and had a love of God and family.

Ken is survived by his wife, Lynn, of Dubuque; four children, Sherri Reding of Dubuque and her children, Jordan, Andrea and Marissa; Jonathan (Amy) Helmke of Nacogdoches, Texas and their children, Samuel and Laura; Elisa Helmke of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Laura (David) Ten Clay of Burbank, Ill., and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Joseph. He is also survived by his mother, Emma Helmke, of Grinnell; siblings Mark (Beth) Helmke of Geneva, Ill, Eloise (Gary) Froah of Newton, Iowa, Sara (Victor) Gaultney of England, and Tom Helmke of Des Moines, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Helmke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ken Helmke Memorial Fund.

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



Glen O. Nightingale


Glen O. "Bonz" Nightingale, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Glen's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.

Glen Owen Nightingale was born on January 15, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Dale Owen and Cleo Linnie (Robbins) Nightingale. He was a graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Lou Whiting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 1995. He later married Peggy Sue Paysen on November 20, 2007 in Jamaica.

Glen was a dedicated man to his job at Alliant Energy. His wife declares he was married to his job of 39 years. He started as a meter reader and later became a lineman/mechanic. He would constantly tell stories about climbing poles and the winters he suffered through. Even talked about getting frostbitten! Through his stories you could tell his love for his job.

Glen was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club #3866 in Maquoketa. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Glen's memory include his wife, Peggy Sue Nightingale, of Maquoketa, IA; children Kristie (Shane) Neunaber of Anamosa, IA, Mindy (Steve Eiselstein) Fagen of North Liberty, IA, Destiny (Nicholas) Schneider of Maquoketa, IA, Nicole (Jake Parker) Paysen of IN, Tom (Angela) LaPointe of St. Louis, MO, Scottie Bowerman of Monticello, IA, David (Lori) Nightingale of Monticello, IA, Clay (Brenda) Johnson of Peoria, IL, and Corey (Brittany) Johnson of Maquoketa, IA; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren with two on the way; a brother, Owen (Alice) Nightingale, of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a sister, J.D. (Ron) Moore of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou; and a daughter, April.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Glen O. Nightingale memorial fund has been established.

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



Donna J. Clauer


Donna J. Clauer, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully, and suddenly, at 6:05 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donna was born on October 23, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Virginia (Barry) Graham.

Donna was united in marriage to Dennis O. Clauer on April 1, 1967 at St. Mary's Church. They would spend 17 years together, and be blessed with 2 wonderful children, before Dennis was called home ahead of her on June 12, 2009. In her younger years, Donna was quite social and would spend many evenings out either bowling or dancing and listening to music with her friends. Donna loyally gave over 30 years of her working career to Regency Thermographers. Her well earned retirement was a milestone she cheerfully obtained, but unfortunately health issues would begin to find their way into her life shortly after. Simple pleasures soon became the highlight of her days; so a light-hearted phone conversation, or getting settled into her comfy chair for the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, or Law and Order would be the moments where Donna would find subtle serenity. She was a motivated seamstress for new additions to her family, who would generously share her talents by creating unique quilts specially for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, Donna has listened to her last Patsy Cline album, and a visible decline in area garage sales attendance will be evident; but we have faith that she is now free of her earthly confines, and ailments, and that one day we will all embrace our dear sweet mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend again.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her children,
James "Jim" Clauer, Dubuque, IA
and Judi (Heath Rummelhart) Clauer, North Liberty, IA;

two grandchildren,
Rylee and Cameron Rummelhart, North Liberty, IA;

her mother and step father,
Virginia (Roger) Link, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
Rex (Judy) Graham, Bellevue, IA,
Ann (Bob) Buol, TX
and Jerry Link, Dubuque, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Harold Graham.

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

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

 



Donald M. Schmit


Donald M. Schmit, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:09 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Don was born on March 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Michael and Jeanette "Chick" (Franzen) Schmit.

Don honorably served his country for 6 years with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Don took great pride in his strong work ethic and was proud of the 25 years he invested his time and talents at Georgia Pacific. Family was a continual priority to Don and he generously cared for both of his parents during their later years in life. In his free time, Don always found his greatest joy in a little socializing with those around him; whether a neighborhood friend, or child, looking for some pleasant conversation, or simply relaxing on a stool with his friends at the Grand Tap. He was also well known for his love of walking everywhere, and anywhere, as he never actually owned a car and was perfectly content to live out his days in such a manner. Don has left us suddenly and we mourn his swift absence, but we know that he is now reunited with his heavenly family and we thank God for the 82 years He shared Don with us.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his brother,
Charles "Chuck" (Lil) Schmit, Galena, IL;

a sister-in-law,
Geneva Schmit, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert O. "Bob" Schmit Sr.

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

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

 



Dale A. Puls


Dale A. Puls, age 77, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:47 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Dale was born on the family farm in Sherrill on April 28, 1939, son of Milton and Leona (Tigges) Puls.

Dale was a very proud lifelong Sherrill resident who received his education at Ss. Peter and Paul School. He was united in marriage to Carol Trierweiler on June 19, 1962, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and their union would be blessed with 54 years together, and a beautiful daughter, Denise. Dale would devote his years to treasuring the two women in his life and not a day would pass where his actions wouldn't clearly depict where his heart truly thrived. Dale would graciously complete his responsibility of tending to God's creation in a truly honorable fashion. Farming was his task and the daily chores, and countless harvest seasons, were never perceived as a burden; but rather as a generous gift of a piece of this world which had been specifically granted into his care. He would also eagerly invest over 46 years of his time and talents working as an A. I. Cattle Inseminator, while simultaneously making countless new friends around the county. When he wasn't putting his hands to work on the farm, you could easily find Dale volunteering endless hours over his 55 year mission spent among his friends, and neighbors, at the Sherrill Fire Department. Dale was also a member of many organizations throughout his life; including the Northeast Iowa Red Fox Hunting Association, Iowa Firefighters Association, Dubuque Farm Bureau, Catholic Order of Foresters Court #1709 and finally he would diligently attempt to benefit numerous Bowling Leagues around town with his enduring drive to capture that elusive 300 game. But Dale also understood the value of balance in life, and when a little free-time would develop within his day, he could surely be discovered visiting with friends. Whether it was sharing his wealth of knowledge about farming, discussing the market prices of the day, or simply solving the worlds problems with confidence; you could be sure that Dale's day was complete if a little social time had been accomplished. Now, Dale was a faithful and loyal man till the end and his commitment to his family and friends will never be forgotten. Sadly, the world is a lesser place today without Dale walking beside us, but we know that his soul is finally at rest in eternal peace and we thankfully discover comfort throughout our loss because we know, and trust, that we will all be reunited with our loving husband, devoted father and good friend again one day.

Those left to cherish Dale's memory include

his loving wife,
Carol Puls, Sherrill, IA;

his deeply adored daughter,
Denise Puls, Dubuque, IA;

a nephew,
David Puls, Sherrill, IA;

a very special friend,
Sr. Paula Maloy;

and his favorite feline buddy,
Midnight.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin (Betty) Puls; and his in-laws, Alfred (Doris) Trierweiler.

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

Dale's family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank-you to the Sherrill Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of the family and friends who have traveled alongside Dale on his journey through the last two years. We couldn't have done it without you and may God bless you all for your time, compassion and sincere friendship.

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

 



Randall T. Ring


Randall Thomas "Randy" Ring, 66, of Dubuque passed away surrounded by his family on October 16, 2016 at home.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Randy was born on August 3, 1950 in Dubuque, IA the son of Virginia Motsch and Robert Ring.

Randy loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved wife of 45 years, Sandy. Randy and Sandy were always by each other's side and could often be spotted wearing coordinating outfits as they ventured out together. He was a devoted father and he loved his children beyond measure. Randy was a doting grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love, attention and his special chocolate cupcakes. Randy also enjoyed watching NASCAR and rooting for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Go Junior!).
He was a hard worker and he left school when he was only 14 years-old to help support his mother and his siblings. Randy was employed by J & J Tree Service for 30 years. He was a skilled wood worker. He loved to have a project to work on and could fix anything or build it from scratch.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Motsch, his father Robert Ring, his in-laws Francis and Lillian White and his sister-in-law Jackie White.

Randy is survived by his wife Sandy Ring (White), his children Julie Oppelt (Roger), Rick Ring (Sarah) and Amy Adkins (Ben), his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his siblings Linda Slattery (Don), Barbara McDermott, Wayne Ring, Susan Doerr and Dan Ring and his step-father Herman Motsch.

He will be forever missed.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the wonderful nurses who provided Randy with care and comfort.



Steven R. Leslein

Steven Ronald Leslein, 67, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family following a 22-month courageous and dignified battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Josh Martyn officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will also be after 9:30 a.m. at the church Thursday until time of service.

Steve was born on May 12th, 1949, the son of Melvin and Carmen (Nelson) Leslein. He was united in marriage to Janis Twachtmann on July 23rd, 1977 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Steve was employed at John Deere until 1984 when he started a series of businesses: Central Auto Sales, Leslein Toppers, Spanky's Pawn Shop, and J & S Sandblasting.

Steve was a lifelong fisherman and knew every slough and wing dam on the upper Mississippi River. He was a former member of the Dubuque Walleye Club and Walleye Anglers Trail. He was fortunate enough to have competed in five Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championships. However, his favorite tournament was the Dubuque Walleye Club's annual Kid's Day tournament.

He was an avid collector of antique automobiles and enjoyed driving with his wife through the scenic back roads of Iowa and Wisconsin. Steve had a remarkable memory and was a consummate jokester and storyteller who was enlivened by those surrounding him. He was a larger than life character who will be missed by all who knew him.

He loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments. Steve especially loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them at every opportunity.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Janis, son Tim (Connie Winter) Leslein, of Dubuque, daughter Tammy (Markus) Machers, of St. Charles, IL, daughter Lia (Tony) DiBlasi of McKinney, TX, and son Dr. Nicholas Leslein, of San Francisco, CA. Grandchildren, Brittany (James) Gaylord, Olivia Leslein, Emma Mae Machers, Ella Rose and Quinn DiBlasi; great grandchildren, James "Trip" Gaylord and Mylo Leslein; and Connie's daughter Madison. His mother-in-law Joyce Twachtmann, sisters-in-law Sheri (Mike) Neilly, and Barb Twachtmann, along with his loving nephews and nieces.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a Steven R. Leslein memorial fund will be established to support Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque Walleye Club Kid's Day tournament.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff as well as Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful compassionate care and service they provided.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Sandra M. Buelow


Sandra "Sandie" M. Buelow, 75, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 16, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Iowa City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sandie was born February 1, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Erwin and Dorothy (Steffen) Buelow. She was employed at Northeast Iowa Community College, retiring after nearly 30 years.

Sandie enjoyed decorating for holidays, playing computer games, and taking trips to the dog track. She was dedicated to her family, and loved spending time with them.

Sandie is survived by her siblings, Richard (Doris) Buelow of Tioga, LA, David Buelow, Allan (Gerianne) Buelow, Barb (Melvin) Green, and Linda (Mike) Ansel, all of Dubuque; her brother in law, Dan Tuegel of Dubuque; 17 nieces and nephews, Michael (Annette) Buelow, Brian (Angie) Buelow, Jesse Green, Jerry (Rachel) Green, Jennie (nee Green) (John) Miner, Melissa (nee Buelow) (Matt) Kane, Brad Buelow, Michelle (nee Ansel) (Brian) Bahr, Tonya Ansel, Andrew Ansel, Jeremy Ansel, Nicholas (Dede) Ansel, Sarah (nee Buelow) (Brian) Scheid, Greg Buelow, Tony Buelow, Joe Buelow, and T.J. Haislet; and 13 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Donna (nee Buelow) Tuegel; and her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sandra M. Buelow Memorial Fund.

Sandie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ringold and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis; the staff at Care Initiatives; and University of Iowa Surgical Intensive Care Unit for all of the kind, professional, and compassionate care you gave to Sandie and her family.

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



Benjamin Cruz Peterson


Benjamin Cruz Peterson, precious infant son of Nathan and Shauna Peterson, was called home to the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:14 p.m., surrounded by his loving family at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Benjamin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Benjamin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin was born into his earthly life on July 15, 2016, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nathan and Shauna (Ryan) Peterson.

Although the Lord only granted us 3 months with Benjamin, his impact on those around him was swift and true. His smile could easily warm your heart in a split second and the gentle grasp of his petite hand was sure to remind us of the infinite beauty of innocence. Benjamin's greatest joy could be found in the endless cuddling he continually received from his adoring family. His memory will slowly console our absolutely broken hearts, but we find peace in knowing that our little Cherub is now playing with all of his new friends who've also been called home much to early. We must regrettably wait patiently until we can once again lovingly embrace our beautiful baby boy, but thankfully we'll be able to join hands as we listen to the choirs of angels together.

Those left to cherish Benjamin's memory include

his loving parents,
Nathan and Shauna Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

his adoring siblings,
Cayden, Jazlynne and Viviana Peterson, all at home;

his maternal grandparents,
Gery and Connie Ryan, Dubuque, IA;

his paternal grandmother,
Gwen Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal greatgrandparents,
John and B.J. Alton, LA
and Pat Ryan, California;

and his aunts and uncles,
Michelle (Ed) Roling, Dyersville, IA,
Matthew Peterson, Dubuque, IA,
Troy Capesius, Dubuque, IA,
Dustin (Lindsey) Ryan, Dubuque, IA,
Nathan Ryan, Dubuque, IA
and Alisha Ryan, Germany;

he is also survived by numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and his church family.

Benjamin was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents.

A Benjamin Cruz Peterson memorial fund has been established.

Benjamin's family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire Department, the Dubuque Emergency Medical Services, the Dubuque Medical Examiners and the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley for all of their care and compassion.

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

 



George T. Swan


George T. Swan, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday evening, October 16th, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 19th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p. m. Today, October 18th, 2016 at the funeral home. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until time of service. Private family burial will be at a later date.

George was born on May 14, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lincoln and Geraldine (Birkett) Swan. He married Luellen M. Leytem on August 23, 1975.

He worked for K-Mart in Dubuque for 27 years, Strang Construction, and lastly for Dittmer Recycling until 2014.
He was a Green Bay Packer Fan, Chicago Cubs fan and avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed to golf, attend the races, play pool, and his occasional stops to the Casino. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Luellen, two sons Lincoln Swan of Dubuque, and Lucas (Joy) Swan of Dubuque, two grandchildren Gavin and Aliah. His brother David Swan of Peosta. His brothers and sisters-in-law; Mary Kay Leytem, Bill Leytem, of Dubuque, Ann Wortley, of Rockford, IL, Jani (Garth) Tomkins, of Asbury, John (Lois) Leytem, Jr., Joe (Maureen) Leytem, of Asbury, Connie Kemp, of Mesa, Arizona, Madonna (Roger) Sopha, of Arlington, WI, Sue (Bill) Davis, of Durango, IA, Lynn (Dick) Koos, of Peosta along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law John and Lenore Leytem and brothers-in-law Loras Kemp and Michael Leytem.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Jennifer; Dr. Christian Schultheis and the nurses and staff of the oncology department at Medical Associates for all their loving care and compassion they gave to George.

In lieu of flowers a George T. Swan memorial fund has been established.



Madge M. Fuglsang


Madge M. Fuglsang, 52, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Madge's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, October 20, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Madge Marie Klossner was born on September 14, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Danny G. and Jean L. (Ostrander) Klossner. She was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Kevin Fuglsang on August 13, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Branden and Nathan.

Madge had worked various customer service jobs throughout the years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was always giving and thinking of others.

Madge enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos, camping, and euchre. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Those left to honor Madge's memory include her husband, Kevin Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; sons Branden (and fiancé Nicole Ryan) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, and Nathan (and girlfriend Mary Pirc) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kaden Fuglsang, Austin Maury, and Shyla Fuglsang (and grandchild #4 due in April); her mother, Jean Klossner of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Roland (Barb) Klossner of Delmar, IA, Merle Klossner of Maquoketa, IA, and James Klossner of Dubuque, IA; and sisters Carrie (Wayne) Anderson of Dallas, TX, and Penny (and boyfriend Robert Norem) Sabin of Delmar, IA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her father, Danny G. Klossner, on December 20, 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Madge M. Fuglsang memorial fund has been established.

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



Lawrence Van Natta

Lawrence (Larry) Van Natta, 71, of Dubuque, died from complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 9:40 pm at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Holy Ghost Parish, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Visitation will be at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a parish wake service.

Larry was born on December 13, 1944 in Dubuque to Reoa and Donald Van Natta and Cal Holzer, all of Potosi, Wisconsin. He attended various elementary schools in Wisconsin prior to moving to Dubuque, where he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1963.
He enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably from 1964 to 1968. He served on the USS Wright CC2, based out of Norfolk, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. While in port, he was a naval ambassador at the Boston Children's Hospital.

After discharge, he worked at Del Farm Foods and then at John Deere Dubuque Works. During layoffs from John Deere, he worked at Klauer Manufacturing, Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home and Cascade Forestry. He was a good provider for his family.

In 1969, he met his future wife, Linda Noel. Both were volunteers for the Red Cross flood disaster in Dubuque.
In 1970, Larry was confirmed a Catholic. In early 1971, he was married to Linda at St. Raphael's Cathedral by Archbishop James Byrne.

Larry was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, the UAW Local 94, UAW Region 4 Veterans Committee, Dubuque Auxiliary Police (where he received a mayor's commendation for serving the City for over 25 years), American Legion Post 6, Dubuque Citizen's Band Radio Club and was a demonstrator of blacksmithing every year at the Froehlich, Iowa Foundation Fall-Der-All. He also was a donor for the Iowa Donor Network.

He loved God and country and advocated for disabled veterans whenever he could. He was honored and humbled to receive a Quilt of Valor in 2015. He also had a profound love and respect for anyone with any type of disability. He was a wonderful guardian to his older, disabled sister, Elaine. He loved to mentor children and teach them how to fish, hunt and shoot archery.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda, his daughters, Lori (Tom) Kirkpatrick, Kate (Steve) Dean, son, Scott (Rachel) Van Natta and daughter-in-law Sarah Van Natta. He is also survived by grandchildren Mallory and Allison Morris, Jacob, Logan and Riley Dean, Caleb Van Natta and Chase Van Natta. He was a loving master to his faithful dog, Buster. Larry is also survived by his brother, Robert (Lorraine) Van Natta of Potosi, WI. his special aunt, Helen Wentz of Woodruff, WI, many special cousins on the Wentz side of the family, sister-in-law Nancy Eisbach, brother-in-law Gary (Betty) Noel of Jefferson City, TN and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Anthony (Tony) Van Natta, his parents, his sister Elaine Van Natta, several special aunts and uncles, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Florence Noel, brother-in-law, Peter Eisbach and aunt and uncle Elmer and Rosemary Friedman.

A Lawrence Van Natta Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to especially thank Heidi Davis, RN, Finley Home Care; the Nursing, Respiratory and Social Worker staff at Finley Hospital; Quality Medical Care of Dubuque; John Hartmann, D.O.; Douglas Hornick, M.D.and staff at UIHC and especially Victoria Famuyide, M.D., and her nurse, Jennifer, at Grand River Medical Center.



Dorothy A. Strub


Dorothy A. Strub, 96, of Dubuque died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at home.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Dorothy was born March 15, 1920 in Freeburg, Minn., daughter of Jesse and Winifred (Moore) Garrett. She attended Waukon Public Schools. On June 12, 1939 she married Mark Strub in New Albin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1985.

Dorothy was the "Milk Lady" for 16 years for the St. Joseph the Worker lunch program. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

She enjoyed baking, playing cards and gardening.
Dorothy is survived by four sons, Dick (Louise) of Dubuque, Mike (Vickie) of Dubuque, Pat (Sue) of Rock Island, Ill., and Mark of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Mary Ann of Dubuque; a son-in-law, Charlie Klump of North Riverside, Ill., 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Donna; two brothers, Earl and Ray Garrett, and two sisters, Cleo Gromlich and Wilma Berwanger.

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

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

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan M. Schoen


Joan M. Schoen, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18 with the parish rosary/scripture service at 3:45 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 - 9:45 am on Wednesday, October 19 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Joan was born on July 3, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Lobstein) Prindiville. She was a 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. Joan was united in marriage to John A. Schoen on January 8, 1955 in Chicago.

She loved golfing, playing bridge, and travel. Joan was a member of St. Mary's Parish. She was very devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband John; six children, J. Andrew (Deb) Schoen of Dallas, Texas, Michael (Vicky) Schoen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Susan (Russ) Coblentz of Naperville, Illinois, Peter (Karla) Schoen of Dubuque, Iowa, Laura (Jeff) Mootz of Neenah, Wisconsin and Daniel (Roberta) Schoen of Dubuque; 14-grandchildren, Christopher, Kim, Connor, Kaylee, Russell, Brittney, Courtney, Brandon, Brooke, Eric, Emily, Alexander, Natalie and Dalton; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Silas and Hendrix.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard (Majel) Prindiville.

John and family wish to thank the nurses Karen, Liz, Laura, Sister Brigid and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for the excellent care provided to Joan.

Memorials may be given to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Schoen Family Charitable Trust.

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



Marion Bailey Ryan


Marion Bailey Ryan passed away on October 13, 2006. She was born July 09, 1921, to Lucy (Murphy) and Clyde Bailey, in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Flint Northern High School and Flint Junior College. From 1944-46, she was a hostess for Capital Airlines. While based in Milwaukee, she met Leo LeRoy (Lee) Ryan, who worked for Northwest Airlines. They married in 1946 and raised their three daughters in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

During her life Marion also worked as a bank teller, secretary, and switchboard operator.

She served many years as a Girl Scout troop leader and was active in the Milwaukee Chapter of Clipped Wings, an organization for former United Airlines flight attendants. She was a talented seamstress and cake decorator, and was active in her churches in the Milwaukee area and then at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel after she moved to Dubuque in 2006.

Marion is survived by daughters Tracey Rush (John) of Dubuque and Mary Lee Ryan of Milwaukee; her grandchildren Christopher (Amy) Rush of Newport News, VA, Timothy Rush of Milwaukee, and Megan (Matthew) Weber of Shawano, WI; and great-grandchildren Julia and Ethan Rush, and Jeremiah, Jenilee, and Coryanne Weber. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Sally Gruber, son-in-law Jim Gruber, brother James Bailey and sister Beverly Fisher.

Visitation will be held 4:30-7:00pm on November 22 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Road in Dubuque, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7. Memorials may be sent in Marion's memory to the Northeast Iowa School of Music scholarship fund 2728 Asbury Rd, Suite 200, Dubuque IA 52001, or to Shawano Baptist Church, 710 E. Green Bay Street, Shawano WI, 54166.

The family would like to thank the staff of Sunset Park Place for their loving care of Marion, and to the many friends who visited with her and watched over her during her final weeks.

 



Darlene M. Weber


Darlene M. Weber, 92, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Manor Care, surrounded by her loving family.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on April 27, 1924, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford and Calista (Wolter) Noggle. She was a dedicated member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America for several years and donated to many Veteran organizations. She loved her family more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them. She had a smile for everyone and made sure you felt like a friend from the moment she met you. Her standard greeting was "Hi Honey" whether she knew you or not. Darlene had a beautiful spirit and will be deeply missed.

She married Burdette "Jack" Weber on December 27, 1944 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque and was his loving wife for nearly 60 years. Even after all that time, he still referred to her as his bride.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin (Kathy) Weber and James Weber; her sisters Lorraine Shafer and Dolores Stillmunkes; her brother Dwayne "Butch" (Shirley) Noggle, and 4 grandchildren, Gabe Weber, Tina (Jason) Hartman, Kristopher Weber and Kara Weber and great grandsons, Jack and Logan Weber.

Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2002, her son Joseph Weber, her son Gerald (Jerry) Weber, her daughter in law Karen Weber and her granddaughter Fawn Weber.

Flowers are welcome for the service or donations may be made at the visitation.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Nichole and Betsy; Manor Care, and Dr. Ward and his staff for all of the wonderful care they gave to Darlene.

 



Mark G. Kane


Mark G. Kane 35 of Asbury Iowa passed away Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Monday October 17, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery New Melleary. Friends may call from 1 to 5 pm Sunday October 16, 2016 at the funeral home.

Mark was born on August 22, 1981 in Dubuque the son of Michael Kane and Deanna (Thimmesch) Kane. He married Robin Barton on August 3, 2002 in Dubuque. Mark graduated from Hempstead High School in 2000 and was active with the Wrestling program. He worked for AIM Manufacturing Co. in Cascade and formerly worked for Premier Tooling in Peosta. He was a hardworking man who enjoyed body building and weight lifting along with the Oakland Raiders. His children were his greatest love and he especially enjoyed spending time with them and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Robin, two children Kylie and Luke Kane, two step children Jordan and Logan Steuer, his father Mike (Margie) Kane of Epworth, his mother Deanna Kane of Dubuque, two brothers Terry (Amy) Kane of Epworth and Kevin Kane of Dubuque, his maternal grandfather Harold Thimmesch, father-in-law, Bob (Memory) Barton, brothers-in-law, Jamie Barton and Justin Nank, and many aunt's uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Malia West, maternal grandmother Anna Mae Thimmesch, paternal grandparents Joe and Angie Kane, an aunt Mary Jo Kiernan, and uncles, John Beireis and Jim Haudenshield.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to benefit his children.

 



Patricia A. Rupp


Patricia A. "Pat" Rupp, 81, of Dubuque, died Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, with her family by her side.
Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held immediately after the wake.

Throughout her career in journalism, Pat worked at Brown Publishing, Telegraph Herald and after her retirement, wrote the DuTrac Community Credit Union Newsletter and originated the Preserving Memories Workshop.

She was born on September 4, 1935, in Portland Oregon, the only child of William and Harriett (Hefferon) Gleeson. She grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and attended The Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque, Iowa. She married the love of her life, James J. (Jim) Rupp on December 2, 1961, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Pat enjoyed reading and good conversation. She was a talented artist including oil and china painting and was an avid writer.

Pat was known to be an elegant, classy lady and a true friend. She was willing to share her beautiful smile and outgoing personality with everyone she met. She loved to spend time with her friends and family, and especially the "lunch bunch sisters" and her significant other of six years, Charlie Kutsch.

Surviving are three daughters, Missy (Greg) Tuthill and Marni (Joe) Schmit, both of Dubuque, and Tassie (Joe) Carter, of Sherrill, Iowa, and son Terry Rupp of Independence, Missouri. Her grandchildren added much joy to her life. They are Jennifer (Erik) Johnson, Trevor, Taylor and Jordan Tuthill, Maddie and Austin Schmit, Joshua, Noah and Aliyah Carter, Angel (Andrew) Halverson, Arin and Adam Rupp, and great-grandchildren Dakota, Landon, Ronin, and Meelo.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Jim Rupp, and son Michael Rupp.

In lieu of flowers, a Pat Rupp Memorial Fund has been established.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert W. Barker


Robert W. Barker, Sr., 79, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 14, 2016, at his home in rural Delmar, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Robert Wallace Barker was born on November 4, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Wallace L. and Olive (Butz) Barker. He grew up in rural Welton and graduated from Welton High School in 1955. He farmed and served with the 185th Artillery, 34th Division Red Bull Army National Guard Unit for eight years, and then worked for Central Steel in Camanche for seven years. For the next 17 years he worked as a machine operator and inspector at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy. He then went to truck driving school in Bettendorf and worked for Scott County Ready Mix for 14 years, retiring in 2005.

Robert married Nancy L. Hamann on November 4, 1961 in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: twins Robert Wallace Jr. and John Henry, Darryl and Kevin. Robert and Nancy later divorced in 1978, and on November 20, 1982 he married Shirley M. Miller in Andrew, Iowa. Shirley preceded him in death on December 28, 2006.

Robert had been a member of the UAW while working at Caterpillar. He loved music, dancing, attending country western shows, polka and waltz bands, and had played Tenor Sax and Trumpet in the Welton High School Band. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and attending the Great Welton Tractor Ride every September as well as the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant each year. He especially loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Robert Barker, Jr. of Urbandale, IA, Darryl (Toni) Barker of Adel, IA, and Kevin (Kari) Barker of Durant, IA; step-children- Steven Schurbon of Scottsdale, AZ, Pamela (John) Knopf of Dubuque, IA, and Kathy (Bob) Bauer of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law- Rosie Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Dustin, Dylan, Jordan and Max Barker; 7 step-grandchildren, Johnny and Michael Knopf, Derek, Kari and Kristen Schurbon, Shey Bauer and Josey Driscoll; and 10 step-great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan and Liam Bauer, Jarrett and Talan Driscoll, Kahler Vance, Michael Knopf, Luke, Noah and Andrew Henline. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, a sister Evelyn Dierickx, and an infant son John Henry Barker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert W. Barker, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel Matthewson


Daniel Matthewson, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at his home.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with a memorial service at noon.

Dan was born on January 21, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lowell "Jeff", and Anita (Butters) Matthewson.

Dan graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966. He then served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970 as a weapons mechanic. Dan worked as a roofer for many years at Rafoth Roofing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching the Chicago Cubs.

He is survived by his children, Marc (Sarah) Matthewson, Kevin (Jen) Kerstein, and Myra Nelson; brothers Tim (Pat) Matthewson, Brian Matthewson, and sister Mary (Bill) Genzler; grandchildren Riley, Stella, Brendan, Kacey, Brooklyn, Breanna, Blake, Blain; and several nieces and nephews. He is also fondly remembered by his companion, Arlene, and her children.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Dan Matthewson memorial fund has been established.

 



Hilda Haxmeier


Hilda Haxmeier, 104, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at Manor Care.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17th. Friends may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Hilda was born February 18, 1912, in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Michael and Susan (Kremer) Mueller. She married Arnold Haxmeier June 30, 1936 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, LaMotte, IA. He preceded her in death on March 11, 1984.

Hilda enjoyed playing cards, reading books, putting puzzles together and watching the Chicago Cubs. She liked spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker parish and St. Joseph the Worker Senior Citizens Pot Luck and Card Club. For many years she helped with funeral dinners at St. Joseph's. She was a parishioner of St. Catherine's parish for 37 years. For many of those years she decorated the altars with her own flowers. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

Her culinary skills were remarkable. Holidays won't be the same without Hilda's pies. She enjoyed speaking Luxembourg with old friends and anyone else who could speak the Luxembourg dialect. Her memory was extraordinary. She was the person people would go to for information about the history of families from LaMotte, St. Theresa's and St. Catherines. Hilda loved her church and the rosary.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Haas and Joan (Rudy) Bellmann,; a son, William "Bill" Haxmeier, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Deborah Haas, Jeffrey (Ann) Haas, Julie (John) Bartlett, Jenifer (Syrus) Esau, June Haas and Robert Bellmann; nine great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mueller, Veronica Hanson and Evelyn (Melvin) Lenz, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred O'Hearn, Viola Sutton and Anita Mae Fox; four brothers, LeRoy, Clarence, Anthony "Charlie" and Alvin "Pete" Mueller; a son-in-law, Clair Haas; a granddaughter, Janet Bellmann; and a great-granddaughter, Andrea Bellmann.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and well wishes extended to Hilda during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

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

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



Merle F. Brady


Merle F. Brady, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 13, 2016, at her daughter's home in Sabula, Iowa.

A celebration of Merle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 17, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Merle Frances Dick was born on April 17, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ray and Mabel (Hute) Dick. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Leonard "Vern" Brady on December 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2007.

Merle had farmed with her husband and worked as a secretary for Schoenthaler and Lee Law Office, Kirchhoff Locker and Hoffman Eggs for many years.

Merle had been a member of the Codfish Hollow Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, line dancing, puzzles and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Merle's memory include her children, Nancy (Mrs. Tim) Parson of Sabula, IA and Marsha (Mrs. Dennis) Weets of Monument, CO; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a grandson Kevin "Buck" Tracy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merle F. Brady memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dula K. Bockenstedt


Dula K. Bockenstedt, 84, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. John Haugen will officiate.

Dula was born November 24, 1931 in New Vienna, the daughter of James and Agatha (Langel) Girouex. She married Laverne "Toby" Bockenstedt on November 26, 1955 in New Vienna. Together they farmed and raised their family northwest of New Vienna until retiring in 1985, when they moved to Colesburg.

Dula received her LPN at St. Mary's School in Rochester, MN. She was a nurse her entire life until her retirement in 2011. Dula was recognized by the Governor for her many years of volunteer service in her community. She loved her family and the time she spent with them. Dula enjoyed spending time caring for her flowers. She and Toby traveled many places together including several trips to Germany, Spain, and most recently Dula took a trip to the Holy Land.

Survivors include her sons: Thomas (Celeste) of Iowa City, Peter (Ruth) of New Vienna, Andrew (Kimberly) of Iowa City and Matthew (Teresa) of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren: Austen, Rayanna and Landon Bockenstedt, Emily (Craig) Heims, Alicia (Paul) Overman, Nicholas (fiancé Keasha Monaghan) Bockenstedt, Shannon (Alex) Carrillo, Carley and Addie Bockenstedt, and step-grandson, Zach Brogan, Benjamin, and Katelin Bockenstedt; 3 great-grandchildren, Anna, Melanie, and Evelyn Heims; and 2 step-great-granddaughters: Lilly and Annie Johns; 2 sisters: Patricia (Kenneth) Fortman of Rochester, MN, and Jeannette (Elmer) Pitterle of Watertown, WI; brother-in-law John Walsh of Oak Park, IL, sisters-in-law Grace Kirsch of Dyersville, Alice M. Bockenstedt of New Vienna, and Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville,

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Toby, in 2013; infant son Paul Anthony; 2 sisters, Phyllis Walsh and Erna (Cletus) Hughes; in-laws Clarence, Martin, Eugene Bockenstedt, and Alice E. Bockenstedt,

Our family would like to thank Hospice of Comfort of Delaware County, the staff at the Good Neighbor Home, and Dr. Christiansen and Jill Bushman for taking such great care of Dula and our family.

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



Clara M. Bergfeld


Clara M. Bergfeld, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Epworth and Farley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. at Oak Crest Care Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Clara may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Catholic Daughter of Americas Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Services for Clara will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 At St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Clara was born May 23, 1929 in Durango, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Lena (Krug) Behnke. She received her education from the English Mills Country School. On July 21, 1948 she was united in marriage to James E. Bergfeld at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1994.

The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area. She sold Stanley Home Products from 1969 to 2015. Clara worked for many years catering with Martha Jane Demmer.

Clara enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and going to Tama with her family and friends. Grandma Bergie loved family reunions with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids in Springbrook, Iowa, known as the "Bergfeld Bash." She was known as Grandma Bergie to many other children in the community.

She is a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa and the Farley Catholic Daughter of the Americas-Presentation Court #1460.

She is survived by her children Roger (Denice) Bergfeld of Dubuque, IA, Jim Bergfeld of Cascade, IA, Terry (Kelly) Bergfeld of Sherrill, IA, Linda (Steve) Hefel of Epworth, IA and Rhonda (Randy) Kramer of Dyersville, IA; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin (Barb) Behnke of Peosta, IA and Ed (Betty) Behnke of Dubuque, IA; one sister, Loretta (Lavern) Frieburger of Holy Cross, IA; two sisters-in-law, Margie Bergfeld of Bernard, IA and Marilyn Bergfeld of Key West, IA; and one aunt, Ann Krug of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James E. Bergfeld; one brother, Joseph Behnke; and one great-grandchild, Roger John Bergfeld.

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



Vera N. Koehler


Vera N. Koehler, of Port Charlotte, Florida and formerly of Dubuque, died on Monday, October 3, 2016, at her South Port Square apartment in Port Charlotte, following a stroke several days earlier. She was 91 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. In celebration of life, Vera requested guests wear bright colors to the service.

Vera was born on January 16, 1925 in Mason City, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Wheelock) Ballard. She took her nurses training at Englewood Hospital in Chicago and began her nursing career in Springfield, Illinois, at Memorial Hospital. On January 18, 1963, she married Fred W. Koehler and the two resided in Dubuque until moving to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1984.

She is survived by three daughters - Carolyn Haslam, Gayle Burdick (John Jensen), and Jo Ellyn Burdick. She will be remembered and missed by her children, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, sisters-in-law, friends, and neighbors.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, on April 17, 1998.

Flowers are welcome for the service, or donations may be made to First Congregational Church in Dubuque or to a charity of your choice.



Michael J. Slaght


Michael J. Slaght, age 70, of Cheyenne, WY, and formerly of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016, with his loving wife of 47 years by his side. To honor Mike's life, private services and committal rites will take place in Wyoming.

Michael was born on April 12, 1946, in Dubuque, son of Maynard R. and Anne B. (Rowan) Slaght.

Mike spent his formative years in Dubuque before he would go on to honorably serve in the military, and with the state of Wyoming. He was blessed with many positive character traits to share with those around him along his earthly journey. Kind, caring, generous and humble are only a few of the words which accurately describe this highly accomplished gentleman. We will surely miss Mike until we are all reunited again; but we find comfort in knowing that he will continually remain present within both our hearts and minds.

Those left to cherish Mike's memory include

his wife,
Carolyn J. (Kirk) Slaght, Cheyenne, WY;

and his 5 siblings, Luanne (Richard) Davis, Rockford, IL, Steve (Kathy) Slaght, William (Lisa) Slaght, Laura Leick and Andrea (James) Yeager, all of Dubuque, IA.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Daniel Slaght.

Memorial in Mike's name may be made to St. Jude's or Shriner's Children's Hospitals.



Kathleen M. McQuillen


Kathleen "Kathy" M. McQuillen, 61, of Holy Cross passed away peacefully from natural causes on Monday, October 10, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, October 15, 2016, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Kathy was born May 19, 1955, in Dubuque, the first born daughter of James E. "Goph" and Mary Jane (Werner) Roth.  She graduated from East Dubuque High School with the Class of 1973. Her career consisted of Crescent Electric Supply Co. and then John Deere Dubuque Works for 37 years until her retirement.

She married Loras "Lefty" McQuillen on November 11, 1978, in East Dubuque, IL, and they were blessed with two daughters.

Kathy will be remembered fondly for her genuine and bubbly personality, as an outstanding softball player, volleyball coach, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite things in life were her husband, two daughters and grandchildren, her pets and her large extended family.

Survivors include her husband, Loras; two daughters: Julie (fiancé Brian Kluesner) McQuillen of Epworth, Angie (Matt) Ahmann of Farley; 4 grandchildren: Evelyn, Blake, Shayla and Harper; siblings: Kim (Jim) Gau of Guttenberg, Cindy (John) Gilligan of Dubuque, Jim Roth of Woodridge, IL, John (Karen) Roth of Naperville, IL, Bill (Judy) Roth of Marion, Bob (Anne) Roth of Peosta and Dave Roth of Brookfield, IL; in-laws: Diane (Ken) Hannan of Rickardsville, Bob (Linda) McQuillen of Peosta, Lyle (Ann) McQuillen of Dubuque, Ruth (Chuck) Gassmann of Ankeny, and Alan (Rose) McQuillen of Peosta; and 34 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. "Goph" and Mary Jane Roth, father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Clotilda (Maiers) McQuillen, a nephew, Pat Hannan, and a stillborn sister-in-law, Mary Ann McQuillen.

In lieu of flowers, a Kathleen McQuillen memorial has been established.

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

 

 



Alma M. Knepper


Alma M. Knepper, 92, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 10, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Alma may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Alma will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA.

Alma was born on August 2, 1924, in Dyersville, Iowa, 2nd oldest of eight children of John and Elizabeth (Pottebaum) Trumm. On June 25, 1952 she was united in marriage to George Knepper at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa. She is a member of St. Matthias Parish.
As a pure, faith filled woman with strong country roots, Alma was an avid gardener and loved to share her produce with family, friends and neighbors. Anyone who visited was sent home with a package of home grown "goodies". She enjoyed canning and making jelly. She was fantastic at making homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. The grandchildren will remember her "bread, butter and applesauce". Although she wouldn't admit such, she was a skilled seamstress and made 1st communion dresses for her children, baptismal gowns for her grandchildren and even a wedding dress for one of her daughters. She was a fan of Johnny Cash, liked to "fiddle" with the harmonica and dance to country music. She had a strong faith with a deep devotion to Mary and the rosary, and by example passed her faith onto her family. Alma enjoyed being outdoors and knew that the little things in life were the most important. More than anything, she enjoyed her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and made each one feel special.

She is survived by her husband, George Knepper of Cascade; nine children, Charles (Sue) Knepper of Cascade, Ruth (Doug) Nolte of Owatonna, MN, Cheri (Jay) Konzen of Dyersville, Phil (Lynn) Knepper of Worthington, Patti (Terrence) O'Meara of Bloomington, IL, Russ (Ann) Knepper of Peosta, Scot (Karen) Knepper , Matt (Vicki) Knepper and Kristi Knepper all of Cascade; 28 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three siblings, Dorothy Yanda of Anamosa, IA, Millie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Lois (Lloyd) Manternach of Worthington, IA; four sisters-in-law, Betty Trumm and Ida Trumm both of Cascade, IA, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, IA and Joan (John) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Mike (Jean) Knepper of Dyersville , IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, William and Ida Knepper, a sister, Mary Reiter; three brothers, Leroy Trumm, Robert Trumm and John Trumm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Reiter, Larry Yanda, Mary Trumm, Rosene Trumm, Ed Hosch, Carl (Marie) Knepper, Irene (Ernie) Recker, Walt (Mary) Knepper, Frank (Helen) Carroll, Ed (Rosalyn) Ludwig, Loras (Mary) Knepper and Paul Knepper.

An Alma M. Knepper memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

Special thanks to Cascade Family Health, No Place Like Home, and Hospice of Dubuque. The family expresses deep gratitude for the wonderful care and support.



Robert A. Hunstad


Robert A. "Bob" Hunstad, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bob was born on February 1, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard M. and Leona M. (Leliefeld) Hunstad.

Bob was a proud lifelong resident of his beloved Dubuque, Iowa. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Birch on August 27, 1949, at Holy Ghost Church. Their union would be blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 7 truly adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on January 21, 2009. Bob constantly displayed the value of possessing a strong work ethic by devoting 31 years of his time and talents to Barnstead-Thermolyne, eventually retiring as the Personnel Manager in 1991. In his free time, Bob enjoyed traveling across our beautiful nation with his beloved JoAnn, and truly treasured the accomplishment of venturing into the 48 contiguous states with his hands personally on the steering wheel. Bob would also religiously find joy in a Sunday family dinner followed up with a competitive round of marbles, a strategic game of euchre with family and his Applewood friends, or if Saturday evening had happened to arrive again, Bob could be found keeping his favorite stools warm at the "Hot Hot Penny Slots". Bob's faith was reflected daily within his words, actions and thoughts and also in his faithful and longtime membership to Holy Ghost Church. Bob has definitely left a positive imprint on the world around him over his 88 year journey. We thank the Lord for our time together, and the memories and lessons he leaves behind; but we are ultimately grateful that he is now in a state of eternal peace and perfection with his lovely soul-mate, JoAnn.

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his 7 children,
Sara L. Smith, of Enterprise, AL,
David J. (Cheri) Hunstad, Dubuque, IA,
Beverly J. (Terry) Volkert, Dubuque, IA,
Janell M. (Kevin) Kotz, Dubuque, IA,
Karen A. (Dr. Corbin) Fox, Martinez, GA,
Roberta "Robbie" (Dennis) McGraw, Corona, CA
and Paul J. (Sherry) Hunstad, Peosta, IA;

22 grandchildren;

26 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Ethel Mauer, Dubuque, IA,
James Hunstad, Davenport, IA
and Vernon Hunstad, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, JoAnn Hunstad; a granddaughter, Lindsey Marie Huber; a great-granddaughter, MaKayla Davis; a sister Laurayne Sutton; 2 sisters-in-law, Joann Hunstad and Mickey Hunstad; and a brother-in-law, Vern Mauer.

A Robert A. "Bob" Hunstad memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Bob's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Moore and the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital and Hawkeye Care Center for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Bob this past month.

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



Edith B. Dieters


Edith B. "Edie" Dieters, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed from this world peacefully into God's arms at 12:33 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Edie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Edie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Edie was born on September 9, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arnold and Helen (Cook) Block.

Edie was united in marriage to Kenneth Dieters Sr. on June 10, 1950, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 54 years together, and 8 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 19, 2005. Edie was a consistently devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church, where she generously shared her vocal talents within the choir for many years. Edie was gifted with a sparkling personality and always treasured any opportunity to share a good laugh with family and friends. Some of Edie's favorite moments in this life could be discovered enjoying a pleasant picnic at the park, a festive gathering with family, or even a simple quiet evening at home curled up comfortably with a classic movie. Edie also enjoyed trying her luck at the slots and was always anxious to tell the tale of her winnings; no matter how grand the amount. But it must be said that Edie's greatest joy on this earth was the precious time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edie always placed our lives before hers and her priority of family first was clearly evident for all to witness. We are sad today, as our "Beautiful Mother" has been taken home suddenly, but we are grateful for the years she blessed our lives and we know that she will forever remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved her!

Those left to cherish Edie's memory include

her 8 children,
Sharon (Don) Johnson, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Gary (Diann) Dieters,
Pat (Bob) Arensdorf,
Barb (Paul) Kass,
Judy (Steve) Davis,
Dennis (Pat) Dieters,
Lynn (Billy) Murphy
and Kenny Dieters Jr., all of Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren,
Krista Drafahl, Gary Dieters, Lisa Wagner, Sara Dieters, Katie Dieters, Nikki Borovic, Vinny Borovic, Charlie Borovic, Shannon Kass, Chris Davis, Tammy Davis, Jesse Davis, Steve Davis, Josh Davis, Roy Davis, Natilie Dieters, Tyler Dieters, Kelly Yeager, Rob Murphy and Lindsey Murphy;

28 great-grandchildren,

and a brother,
Dick Block, Dubuque, IA.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Kenneth; 2 grandchildren, Anthony Dieters and Jennifer Davis; and her siblings.

An Edith B. "Edie" Dieters memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Edith's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Edith this past week.

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

 



Larry M. Bockenstedt


Larry M. Bockenstedt, 57, of Dyersville, and formerly of Ogden passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.

Larry was born June 7, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Martin and Virgene (Vaske) Bockenstedt.  He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1977.  He was the owner/operator of Tri-State Bowling Supply and recently became a Real Estate agent with Exit Realty.  He was a student pilot, hobby farmer and enjoyed restoration projects.  He enjoyed riding his Harleys and horses.

Survivors include his four children: Tricia (Justin) Suarez of Coralville, Travis (Allison) Bockenstedt of Wilton, Troy (fiancé Becky Tietz) Bockenstedt of North Liberty, and Trent (fiancé McKenzie Loeffelholz) Bockenstedt of Marion; one grandchild, Emery Bockenstedt; his mother, Virgene (friend Roger Bries) Bockenstedt of Dyersville; his friend, Lora L Ahrens Olerich of Boone; his sister, Connie (Jon) Gentry of Cedar Rapids; and the mother of his children, Luetta Bockenstedt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Bockenstedt in 2003.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Kris A. Neenan


Kris Ann Neenan, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Kris Ann was born on December 30, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Robert J. "Bob" and Charlotte E. (Trannel) Neenan. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1962 and attended Clarke College, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Zenos Ultrasound School. She was formerly an auditor for Sears and a Radiologic/Ultra Sound Tech at Finley Hospital.
Due to renal failure in her early twenties, Kris received a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on September 24, 1970. She went on to be the longest surviving recipient of a cadaver donor kidney. In 2002 she underwent a second kidney transplant at the University of Wisconsin Madison hospital.

An avid reader since childhood, Kris worked as a librarian at both the East Dubuque Public Library and Dubuque's Carnegie Stout library. Kris was a "Mother" figure to many children, including her younger siblings, godchildren, cousins, and her nieces and nephew. She enjoyed movies, crossword puzzles, reading, public television and the company of her friends, especially the dear girls from the "card club", friends for over 65 years.

Surviving is a brother, R. Michael (Sandra) Neenan, of Fairplay, Wisconsin, three sisters, Elyn (Paul) Schroeder of Burlington, Wisconsin, Mary Beth (Tom) Ott of Libertyville, Illinois and Robin (Dennis) Nauman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews, Nik, Kate, Regina, Laura, Emily and Elizabeth and a great niece and a great nephew, Cullen and Charlotte. She is also survived by an aunt, Bette Trannel of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Charlotte Neenan, uncles and aunts, Darrell and Peg Hamel, Arthur L. Trannel, and Robert and Patricia Wild.
In lieu of flowers a Kris Ann Neenan memorial fund has been established.

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



Roger F. Massey


Roger F. Massey, age 82, of Dubuque, IA was called to Heaven on Wednesday, October 6, 2016, due to his Trifecta of diseases, Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia and Myasthenia Gravis, not being his winning ticket. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque. Visitation will be held at the church from 9-11 that morning. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray by the Monastery.

Roger was born on October 23, 1933 in a farm house in Browns Bottom, rural Dubuque, the son of Louis
and Geraldine (Deacon) Massey. He married Irma Freiburger on November 21, 1959 at Holy Ghost Church. Roger was in the Air Force as a radio operator on C-119 flying box cars during the Korean War from 1952-56. He retired from being an Air Traffic Controller, graduated from Kirkwood College and was a Realtor for many years in Dubuque. Roger was a member of the school board, Legion Post 6 and Eastern Iowa Housing Association. He was a baseball umpire, little league coach, avid hunter (including night crawlers), fisherman and enjoyed watching any competitive sport on TV.

Roger knew everyone, could talk to anyone and those traits live on in his children. He was a FAMILY man who adored his 5 children, with his grandchildren being a big bonus. He was extremely proud of his offspring and not shy about bragging about them.

He is survived by his wife of 56.899 yrs Irma, his 5 children, Christine, Des Moines IA, Carrie (Dave) Watters Dubuque IA, Rodger (Brigitte) Murfreesboro TN, Mark (Megan) Spokane WA, Lance (Julie) Mauston WI. His 11 grandchildren Heath, Brock, Shae, Wyatt, Summer, Tristan, Lauren, Scott Massey, Drew and Dillon Watters, Abby (Scott) Kutsch. Old grandpa to Jake and Ryan Kutsch. His siblings, Bob (Shirley), Lee T-Tom (Vivian), Dave (Kristi) Massey and Sandy Rudiger. In laws, Frances Hendricks, Bob Gerhard, Viola (Paul) Farrey, Lillian (Wilmer) Averkamp, Carol (Danny) McDermott, Mary, Mame, Eileen, Larry (Ellen) Freiburger.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald. In laws, Vincent Hendricks, Stella, Lawerence Majerus, Florence Gerhard, Wayne Rudiger, Bernice Bogle, Elmer, Louise, Frank, Henry, Edward Freiburger and the best neighbor ever Ronnie Habel.

Memorials can be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools and Hospice of Dubuque.

Roger, for better or worse, see you each full moon. Dad, your green eyes live on, will watch the Virginian for you, hope your Cubs win the World Series and Vikings the Super bowl. Grandpa, will remember your stories, your love of ice cream and to never leave our food unguarded. We will love you to the moon and back. Rest in peace faithful servant.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.



Robert H. Mueller


Robert H. "Bob" Mueller, 59, of Sherrill, died Friday, October 07, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sherrill United Church of Christ where there will also be a visitation Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Sherrill United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Bob was born June 21, 1957 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Marie (Leslein) Mueller. On March 31, 1990 he married the love of his life Cynthia "Cindy" Voss at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead in 1975 and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Dubuque in 1980.
Upon graduating from University of Dubuque, Bob taught vocal music for one year at Lake Mills, Iowa. He then pursued his favorite career, dairy farming with his Dad in Sherrill, Iowa.

He was the featured Bass/Baritone vocal soloist with the Dubuque Chorale on many occasions, including "The Creation" and "Elijah". He also soloed with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and sang for numerous weddings and funerals. Bob was a gifted euphonium player and played in many brass ensembles. In his later years, he worked at Kephart's Music as an instrument repair technician.

He was a lifelong member of the Sherrill United Church of Christ where he held many officer positions. He headed many projects for the church and was a member of the Sherrill Cemetery Association.

Bob is survived by his wife, Cynthia Mueller; a son, Gregory (Brittany Galle) Mueller of Dubuque; a daughter, Gretchen (Jordan) Tucker of Sherrill; a granddaughter, Bridget Theresa Tucker; a grandson, Carl Paul Tucker; three sisters, Donna Krogman of Mesa, Ariz., Mary Lou (Phil) McCleary of Barron, Wisc., and Jeanne (Ronnie) Spoerl of Sherrill; a brother, Roger (Beth) Mueller of Manchester, Iowa; three nephews, Chris (Jannell Wadlow) Krogman of Arvada, Colo., J.J. McCleary of Carmel, Ind., and Philip (Christine) Mueller of Grapevine, Texas; two nieces, Annie McCleary of Robbinsdale, MN, and Teri Mueller of Manchester, Iowa; a grand nephew, Cameron Robert Krogman; an aunt, Ruth (Robert) Kramer of Durango, Iowa; an uncle, David Spoerl of Sherrill, Iowa; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and numerous aunts and uncles.

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



Joanne C. Moldt


Joanne C. "Jo" Moldt, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Joanne's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Jo's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Joanne was born on October 29, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Evelyn Hohaus. Joanne grew up in Dubuque, where she met the love of her life, Harold, and they married on April 14, 1956. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years together and 5 loving daughters. Harold was called home ahead of his love Joanne, much too early, in 1994.

Joanne dedicated her life to raising and loving her girls. When Joanne had free time she enjoyed golfing, winning many tournaments at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club and Lacoma. She also enjoyed playing softball, as the best pitcher, with her girls at WRA. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish where she led the Alter & Rosary Society for many years.

Jo was incredibly loved by her family and friends. In her younger years Joanne worked at the Disc, where she nurtured her love for music and singing. Not a day went by that Joanne didn't sing a song. Her girls grew up with their mother singing in the kitchen daily. She was known at Stonehill for knowing every word to any song. Many aides at Stonehill came to ask for a song and a sing along. She said in the last few years that she couldn't sing as well as she once had. She spoke daily about walking again; we know she has joined her true love, Harold, again and they are dancing as she sings; as she is now free of her disease for eternity.

Those left to cherish Joanne's memory include her 4 daughters, Deb (Roger) Goetzinger, Dubuque, IA, Pam (John) Gartner, Dubuque, IA, Kim (John) Gourley, Saukville, WI, Cindy (Joe) Culbertson, Dubuque, IA; her 10 grandchildren, Katie (Andrew) Glanz, Dyersville, IA, Charlie (Rachel) Goetzinger, North Liberty, IA, Derek Gartner, Iowa City, IA, Nicole (Nicholas) Konrardy, Bellevue, IA, Jason, Alia and Jacob Gourley, Saukville, WI, Max Moldt, Dubuque, IA, Adam (Kelsey) Shortley, Huxley, IA, Emilee Culbertson, Dubuque, IA; her 2 great-grandsons Gannon Goetzinger, Rhett Shortley, and arriving soon, Kipton Konrardy; her sister, Mary Jean (Paul) Leibold, East Dubuque, IL; her brother Kenny (Sue) Hohaus, Dubuque, IA; her brother-in-law, Ed (Alice) Moldt, Fuquay Varina, NC; her sister-in-law, Shirley Moldt, Davenport, IA. Her family extended way beyond blood and there were many who called her "Ma".

She was preceded in death by her mother; her loving husband, Harold Moldt, Jr; a daughter, Sheila Lynch; a brother, Ernie; father- and mother-in-law Harold Sr and Kathryn Moldt; and brother-in-law Jim Moldt.

A Joanne Moldt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor household at Stonehill Care Center, her loving aids, nurses, cooks, coordinators, social workers and Katie G. and Sara at Hospice, for their devotional care, love and support of mom and our family during this difficult time.



Irene A. Entringer


Irene A. (Rose) Entringer, 84, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Service will be at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White St, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Dawn (Mike) Dobson, Robin (Donald) Redmon, and Terra (Mike Sell) Powlistha; sister Dora Jean Snitker; 9 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her daughters, Ardis and Pamela; and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee.

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

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

Cremation services conducted by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Leo J. Theisen


Leo J. Theisen, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:20 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leo's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Leo's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leo was born on October 20, 1927, in South Gary Owen, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Callahan) Theisen.

In true patriotic fashion, Leo would honorably join the U.S. Navy, at the age of 17, and go on to proudly serve his country's calling during WWII. Shortly after his return to the states, Leo would be united in marriage to Mary Agnes Dolphin on April 12, 1950, in Cascade. Their union would be blessed with 58 wonderful years, and 5 adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on January 16, 2009. Leo would diligently invest over 28 years of his working career at John Deere Dubuque Works and definitely reinforce the value of a strong work ethic for all of his family to follow. He would maintain his relationships with fellow employees by continually carrying memberships in the John Deere Retirees and the Union Local #94 Retirees. Leo would also faithfully devote his religious life to both Nativity Church, as a longtime member, and finally to Resurrection as his retirement years passed. But first, and foremost, Leo was a committed, and simple family man who strived daily to provide the best life he could for his deeply loved family. Whether is was making the good decisions daily, or consistently keeping the house and yard in meticulous order; his family always knew that with Leo at the helm, they were guaranteed to be in excellent shape. Leo and Mary would joyfully indulge in countless relaxing hours together at Spruce Creek savoring every opportunity to get the boat out for a little skiing with the children, casting a few lines in the water chasing the catch of the day, or even a pleasant evening sitting around the card table with family and friends. We will always treasure the memories of this true man, through and through; the kind they simply don't make anymore. We are saddened today, and our hearts must now carry the heavy burden of moving forward without Leo in our daily lives. But, thankfully we'll discover slight moments of peace in knowing that he, and his beautiful bride Mary, have finally been reunited again in their favorite dancing embrace and also in remembering that the legacy Leo leaves behind is surely one which will be evident within his family for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Leo's memory include

his five children,
Kenneth Theisen, Pittsburg, CA,
June Foxen, Dubuque, IA,
Gerianne "Geri" (Allan) Buelow, Asbury, IA,
Lisa (Jerry Leach) Theisen, Ankeny, IA
and Lori (Jason) Heunisch, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his fifteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren,
Jhass Theisen; Christopher (Nancy) Foxen and Robert (Jane Lyon) Foxen; T.J. Haislet, Sarah (Brian) Scheid, Greg Buelow, Tony Buelow and Joe Buelow; Rikki (Dan) Helvick, Ryan Honnold, Jade Honnold, Adam (Amelia) Leach and Morgan (Emmett) Konrad; and Calysta Heunisch and Colton Heunisch;

his three great-grandchildren;

ten step great-grandchildren;

and his sister,
Celestine McMahon, Roseville, MN;

and two sisters-in-law,
Mary Theisen, Dubuque, IA
and Grace Vaske, Dyersville, IA.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary Theisen; his sisters, Viola Dieters, Marcella (Joseph) Lynch, Agnes "Pat" (Bob) Bakey and Lorraine (Mike) Simon; his brothers, Don, Bernard and Joseph Theisen; and a brother-in-law, Jack McMahon.

In lieu of flowers a Leo J. Theisen memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among the Alzheimer's Association and Opening Doors.

Leo's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, professional and compassionate care they provided Leo and his family

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



Lyle I. Felten


Lyle I. Felten, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Lyle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Lyle Irwin Felten was born on May 16, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Herman and Helen (Walrod) Felten. He was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Virginia May Miller on February 26, 1950 in Delmar, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2010.

Lyle's first job was picking thistles out of timothy hay and he received $2.50 per week. Later he worked for a couple of farmers and then started farming himself. He farmed in the Maquoketa area for many years.

Lyle had received the Iowa FFA State Farmer Degree and was a member of the Jackson County Extension Council, First United Methodist Church, 4-H Youth Committee, ASCS Committee, Jackson County Trustee and a Century Farm owner. In 1996, Lyle and Virginia received the Friends of Agriculture Outstanding Farmers Award presented by the Maquoketa Rotary Club.

Lyle enjoyed dancing, bowling, reading, Sudoku, working on the farm and especially spending time with family.

Those left to honor Lyle's memory include his children Cindy (Rich) Neal of Maquoketa, IA, Sally Felten of Maquoketa, IA and Ron (Shirley) Felten of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Rex Felten of Delmar, IA, and Donald (Betty) Felten of Delavan, WI; 5 grandchildren, Jenny, Kristin, Lacey, Sloan and Addie; and 7 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jaci, Alyssa, Jacob, Cael, Chance, Faith and Baby Dow due in December. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Virginia, a brother William "Billy", and sisters Donna Stickley and Leila Orr.

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

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

 



Mary Jane Boeckenstedt


Mary Jane Boeckenstedt, 79, of New Vienna, died on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester to join her husband for his 81st birthday party in Heaven.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville , where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Mary Jane was born February 13, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence H. and Florence (Schneider) Fangmann. She married Robert H. Boeckenstedt on August 20, 1960 in New Vienna. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Mary Jane worked for over 40 years as a registered nurse, beginning her career in Dubuque, followed by 37 years at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville. She was awarded a certificate of achievement from the State of Iowa for her 40 plus years of nursing service. Mary Jane volunteered at the New Vienna Historical Society, the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and St. Boniface Parish. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include 3 sons, Steven (Lori) of Dyersville, Kenneth (Sue Basten) of Edgewood and Timothy of Dyersville; grandchildren Stephanie, Jennifer, Michael, Amber, Heather Boeckenstedt; sibling Jean Ann (Leon) Gaul of Dubuque; in-laws Shirley Moore of Monticello, Carl (Mary) Boeckenstedt of LaMotte, Jim (Betty) Boeckenstedt of Earlville and Pat (Kay) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; parents-in-law Joseph and Celestine Boeckenstedt; and sister- and brother-in-law Ruth Boeckenstedt and Richard Moore.

The family would like to thank the Dyersville and Dubuque Mercy medical staff, Good Neighbor Home and the Hospice of Comfort of Manchester.

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



Sr. Laurian McDonald

Sister Laurian McDonald , BVM, 87, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, was called home on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Caritas Center. To celebrate Sister Laurian's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel; followed by a scripture prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Laurian's life, a Funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Laurian was an elementary school and religious education teacher in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Glendale, Petaluma and Santa Ana, California. She served in pastoral ministry and adult education in Mesa, Arizona; and in parish ministry and as director of religious education in Glendale, California. She was born on November 9, 1928, in Alhambra, California, daughter of Lawrence and Laura (McCall) McDonald. She entered the BVM congregation September 8, 1947, from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Santa Barbara, California. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on August 15, 1955.

Those left to cherish Sister Laurian's memory include her sister, Gloria (Edward) Foley, San Jose, California; several nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents and a brother, Lawrence McDonald.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Richard R. Gleason

Richard R. "Rick" Gleason, 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on October 3, 2016, surrounded by his family.

A visitation will take place at The Church of the Nativity, Dubuque, IA, on October 6, 2016, from 4 to 6 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass at 6 pm. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rick was born August 8, 1952, in Monticello, IA, to George and Irene (Cigrand) Gleason. He married Linda Larkin on August 8, 1975, in Garryowen, IA.

After finishing college at UNI, Rick volunteered for VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) in Jacksonville, Florida as a paralegal. He then attended the University of North Dakota Law School. He and Linda moved back to Iowa where Rick worked at the Youth Law Center in Des Moines. He then became the managing attorney at Legal Services in Dubuque, IA. He spent the remainder of his career as a Dubuque County District Associate Judge.

Rick enjoyed nothing more than cheering on his children, and he never missed a game or meet. They all made him immensely proud. He was also the assistant coach/water boy for the Hotshots girls traveling soccer team. He taught his children that helping others created more value in your life than any paycheck, to try to understand the whys of life and each others' actions, and always made them feel like they were making the world a better place.

Rick is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Megan (Jason) Wichman of Ankeny and Shannon (Luke Ritt) Gleason of Minneapolis; a granddaughter, Finley Wichman; siblings Bob (Mary Jane) Gleason, Peggy (Phil) Hird, Diana Hedrick, Blair (Donna) Gleason, Tom (Anita) Gleason, and Garry Gleason; sister-in-law Chris Gleason; and his mother-in-law, Patricia Larkin.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian; his parents, George and Irene Gleason; his brother, David Gleason; brother-in-law Robert Hedrick; sister-in-law Cindy Gleason; and father-in-law Joe Larkin.

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

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rick Gleason Memorial Fund or the Iowa Donor Network.



Peter A. Oberfoell


Peter A. "Pete" Oberfoell, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 10:14 p.m., on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family, due to complications from a fall at home while preparing to go fishing. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on February 4, 1936, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

Pete married Joan Shanahan on August 8, 1959, at Assumption Church in Sylvia Switch, Iowa. He graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul School. He served proudly in the U.S. Marines from 1956 until 1958. Pete was employed for 44 years, "and no more", at the Dubuque Packing Company until he happily started to enjoy his retirement. He was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Pete enjoyed spending time with family, especially fishing with his brothers, children and grandchildren, shopping with the granddaughters, gardening, hunting, making wine, cracking walnuts, playing Euchre, solitaire and his favorite casino slots. He also cheered on his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and the Wahlert Golden Eagles. He was proud of being a 47 gallon blood donor. Pete liked to visit family and friends, was generous to all and always had a smile and story to share. His family was Pete's pride and joy.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include

his loving wife of 57 years,
Joan Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 children,
Angela (Ken "Beanie") Botsford, Dubuque, IA,
Gloria (John) Monk, Rochester, MN,
Bill (Victoria) Oberfoell, Omaha, NE,
Roger (Amy) Oberfoell, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Ruthann (Dr. Jim) White, Minneapolis, MN,
Bob (Becky) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA
and Dr. Ron (Cathe) Oberfoell, Rockford, IL;

his 25 grandchildren,
Emily, Molly and Peter Monk; Rachel, Danielle, Mitchell and Kendall Oberfoell; Morgan, Allie, Libby, Madeline and Jackie Oberfoell; Harriet and Sylvia White; Dorothy, Grant, Carter, Wilson, Pierce, Lincoln and Truman Oberfoell; and Alex, Jonah, Zachary and Lainey Oberfoell;

his siblings,
Millie Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff,
Albert "Albie" Oberfoell,
Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters-in-law,
Audrey Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell,
Karen Oberfoell,
Katie Oberfoell,
Lillian Oberfoell
and Carol Oberfoell;

his brothers-in-law,
Richard Griebel
and Marty Hammerand;

and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Vince and Dorothy Shanahan; his sisters, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Irene Griebel and Norma Jean Hammerand; his brothers, Melvin, Paul, John, Delbert and Jimmy Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

A Peter A. "Pete" Oberfoell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

"Gone fishing." "Be good now."

 



Charles H. Bregman, DVM


Charles H. "Breg" Bregman, DVM, 93, of 2611 Rockdale Road passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Hal Murry officiating, and Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis to give eulogy.

Charles was born on November 5, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Henry and Verna (Thiede) Bregman. He served in the United States Navy. 

He married Katherine Elizabeth Bargen and together they had one son, Chuck. Katherine preceded him in death on February 4, 1969. He later married Lueann Strub on August 7, 1970.

In 1951 he graduated from Iowa State as a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. Breg worked in Cascade and La Motte as a veterinarian and in 1962 he opened the Animal Clinic in Key West, retiring in 2005.

He is survived by his wife Lueann; two children, Chuck (Dorothy "Dottye" ) Bregman, of Dubuque, and Bonnie (Greg) Margheim, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; three grandchildren, Jensen, Ryley, and Grayson; and a brother, John "Jack" Bregman of Bettendorf; mother-in-law Shirley Strub-Baker, of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law Terry (Debee) Strub, of La Motte, Vicki (Francis) Weber, of Dubuque, Peter (Denice) Strub, of Travelers Rest, SC, Janet (Stephen) Shepherd, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Katherine; his sister, Dorothy Ann Nigrine; and father-in-law Robert "Bob" Strub.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie; Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care during therapy over the years; Dr. Liu at the VA Medical Center in Coralville, Iowa and to Hospice of Dubuque for being there for "Breg" and his family.



Sister Ramona Colling, OSF

Sister Ramona Colling, OSF, 95, of Clare House, Dubuque passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at Clare House.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5th, with Funeral Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the sisters.

Sister Ramona was born January 15, 1921 in Granville, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Mary (Marx) Colling.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis, August 25, 1943 and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1949. Sister taught in Iowa at Hospers, Ionia, Stacyville, Larchwood, Sacred Heart Dubuque, Columbus High School Waterloo and Heelan High School Sioux City.

Sister is survived by her sisters, Agnes LaBohn and Florence Snid; her nieces and nephews; and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared 72 years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John (Elizabeth) and Norbert (Phyllis); sisters Clara Colling, Catherine (Henry) Haverkamp, Marian (William) Pottebaum, and Rita (Isidore) Harpenau; and brothers-in-law Richard LaBohn and Robert Snid.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque.

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



Raymond D. Rusch


Raymond D. Rusch, 74, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque.

Raymond was born on September 23rd, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Raymond August and Geraldine (Rettenmaier) Rusch. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College. He married Victoria "Tory" Finch on November 25th, 1965.

Raymond taught grade school at Fulton from the mid 60's to the mid 70's and later sold insurance for American Family. He was a member of the Izaack Walton League and The National Rifle Association. Raymond enjoyed recreational hunting and competitive shooting.

He is survived by his wife Tory; children Raymond (Donna) Rusch and Richard Rusch; a brother, David (Sue) Rusch; grandchildren Jacob, Raymond, Joseph, Noah, Nathan, Lucas, Lisa and Dwight; nephew Tim (Michelle) Rusch; nieces Laura (Greg) Salazar and Sarah (Isaac) Andres; and an aunt, Kathleen (Rettenmaier) Birch.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Sheryl Rusch.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Roger Don Hess


Roger Don Hess, 79, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. Committal services and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 pm.

Roger was born on July 5, 1937 in Greeley, Iowa, the son of Stanley Hess and Letha (Smock) Hess White. He married Lois Bleile on September 27, 1958 in Dubuque, IA.

Roger served in the US Navy; he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland Foods. He was a member of Union 150A, American Legion Post 6, the AMVETS and was a 50 year member of The Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Roger is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois; children Randy (Shirley) Hess, Richard Hess, Roger (Diane) Hess, Rhonda (David) Dague, Renee Hess (James), Robert Hess (Christie and Robyn (John) Jackson; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren (and 3 on the way); his brother, Richard (Judy) Hess; his brothers- and sisters-in-law Nancy Hess, Kenneth Aulwes, Lyle (Mickey) Bleile, Donna Clark, Elizabeth Daly, Kenneth (Margaret) Bleile, Sandra Wagar and Rita (Rick) Patters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Martin White; his brother, Ronnie Hess; his sister, Kay Aulwes, and his infant sister, Connie Jo; his father- and mother-in-law, Alfred and Lucille Bleile; and their children, Lester Bleile and Judy Schmitt.



Anthony Leick & Carol Ann Leick


Anthony "Tony" Leick passed away December 14, 2011, followed by his wife, Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick on January 3, 2015. They both donated their bodies to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for research, and cremation rites were accorded.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors for Tony will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

The family requests no flowers, cards, or gifts. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

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



Irene E. Balk


Irene E. Balk, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:35 a.m., on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irene was born on November 19, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Deloss and Idella (Garvey) Kringle.

Irene was born and raised in Dubuque and would joyfully be united in marriage to her one true sweetheart, Reuben Balk, on August 11, 1956. Their union would be blessed with 30 committed years together, and 6 precious children, before he was called home ahead of her on March 8, 1987. The majority of Irene's life revolved around her faith, family and in home daycare. She was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Irene was also a loyal Girl Scout leader for many years, who enjoyed every opportunity, to not only spend time with her daughters, but to also help nurture them into fine young women. Irene has also left a permanent imprint on the lives of numerous daycare children who continued to maintain regular contact with her as they began, and traveled through, their adult lives. Her devotion to the ever important early foundations of childhood development were a mission she proudly carried in her heart each day. Irene's devotion to her loved ones was clearly evident to all who knew and loved her and not a day went by where her actions wouldn't easily correlate with her nurturing, and gently spoken words over the years. Irene did graciously invest some of her free time within Reuben's interests also. She gladly joined the John Deere Women's Auxiliary and the V.F.W. #508 and would generously present both with countless hours to share. We've lost a dear and sweet lady today and the ache in our hearts is all so very real and almost more than we can bear. But we know that our lives have definitely been enriched over the 79 years the Lord was kind enough to share her with us and we find comfort in knowing she is now, once again, reunited with her family who were called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her five children,
Joan (Russell) Schuetz, Darlington, WI,
Joyce (Mike) Tricarico, Dubuque, IA,
Janice (Keith) Rosenstiel, South Wayne, WI,
Janann (Rick) Gertsch, Gratiot, WI
and Reuben (Heather) Balk, Dubuque, IA;

ten grandchildren,
Aaron (Marissa) Balk, Andrea (Kris) Weland, Austin Balk, Kody Balk, Kyle Balk, Katelyn Kirkpatrick, Trevor Rosenstiel, Alex Gertsch, Taylor Gertsch and Haley Gertsch;

four great-grandchildren,
Jocelyn and Jackson Balk and Tanner and Tatum Weland;

two brothers,
Leo Kringle
and Oliver (Janice) Kringle, both of Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Alfons Wick, Darlington WI;

a son-in-law,
Gerald Heimann, Gratiot, WI;

her special friend and caregiver,
Kelly Kirkpatrick, Dubuque, IA;

and she is also survived by many cherished Godchildren and her day care children who were loved like her own family.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Jennifer Heimann; two grandchildren, Megan and Michelle Heimann; two sisters, Marie Wick and Idella Kringle, a brother, Chris (Mary) Kringle; and a sister-in-law, Ann Kringle.

An Irene E. Balk memorial fund has been established.

Irene's family would like extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided to Irene and her family.

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

 



Lynn J. Kelly


Lynn J. (Hornung) Kelly, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, October 01, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Charlie Fizer officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday and after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Lynn was born on April 11, 1951 in Dubuque, the daughter of Harland "Curly" and Mary (Miller) Hornung.  She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1969.

Lynn formerly worked at Quebecor in Dubuque.  She loved gardening and baking, especially during the holiday season and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Erin (Jon) Catron of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Marshall and Lilly; her eight silbings, Gary (Linda) Hornung of Dubuque, Steve (Sue) Hornung of Peosta, Frank Hornung of East Dubuque, Chris (Debbie) Hornung of Rowlett, Texas, Mary Jo (Jim) Pullen of Dubuque, Andy (Cheri) Hornung of Galena, IL, Ellen Hornung of Dubuque, and Beth (Steve) Weydert of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harland and Mary, a niece, Katie Hornung and a nephew, Brian Hornung.

A Lynn J. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

 



Larry C. Ewing


Larry C. Ewing, 73, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, October 10, 2016 from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Larry on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa at a later date.

Larry Carson Ewing was born on July 11, 1943 in Elwood, Iowa, to Ivan and Verna (Jensen) Ewing. He was educated in Elwood and Maquoketa schools. He married Wilma Marr and to this union three children were born: Larry, Jr., Melissa and Julie. He later married Delores "Dee" Wirfs Caes on June 25, 1992.

Larry had farmed first in the Jackson County area for several years and in 1984 started working for Randolph, Inc. in Traer, Iowa as a truck driver delivering gas for over 31 years.

Larry enjoyed fishing, gardening and spring and fall mushroom hunting. He was a great conversationalist and especially enjoyed going to farm sales.

Those left to honor Larry's memory include his wife Dee Ewing of Oxford Junction, IA; children Larry, Jr. (Kim) Ewing of Walford, IA, Melissa (Dan) Geib of Sun Prairie, WI and Julie Gatelaro of Dover, OH; step-children, John Michael (Jamie) Caes of Altoona, IA, Madonna Caes Dixson of Ankeny, IA, Dominic (Laura) Caes of Bondurant, IA, and Stephen Caes of Merced, CA; 28 grandchildren, Samantha, Raya, Antonia, Adam, Logan, Kelsey, Karsten, Katyja, Kyrah, Maesi, Maddie, John Michael, Keegan (Jerrica), Kyle, Christen, Alexia, Lynzie, Tia, Brixton, Sawyer, Tatum, Stiles, Dylan, Trinity, Skylar, Mackenzie, Elizabeth and Stacie; 4 great-grandchildren, Cali, Roman, Gracelyn and Ruger; a brother Jim (Pat) Peterman of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Ruth Boock of Fulton, IL, Helen (Jim Ihrig) Keeney of Maquoketa, IA, Mary (Terry) VanDePol of Ankeny, IA, Judy (David) Koon of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law, Jerry Zybarth of DeWitt, IA; sisters-in-law, Nancee Peterman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Jean Ewing of Oxford Junction, IA; and special friends, Jim and Cathy Vacek, Jody Yarolem and Gary Bickford. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Veronica Zybarth, a brother Paul Peterman, a brother-in-law Loren Boock, a grandchild Alexandra Gatelaro, and a brother Raymond Ewing on August 3, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Larry C. Ewing memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William J. Martens

William J. Martens, 65, died Friday, September 30, 2016 at Sunnycrest Manor.

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

William was born on October 24, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of William and Velma (Osterhaus) Martens. He graduated from Wahlert High School, attended Loras College and received his diploma from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was a manager at Fastenal Company for 15 years.

Surviving are his mother, Velma Martens; brother, Robert Martens; sister, Susan (Joseph) Mettille, all of Dubuque; triplet nephews, Jeffrey Mettille, of Washington, DC, Matthew Mettille, of San Francisco, CA, and Nathan (Rachel) Mettille, of Bloomington, MN; and a great-niece, Lucy Mettille.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

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

Memorials may be given to Sunnycrest Manor.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest for their years of dedication, concern and kindness.



Daniel A. Leib


Daniel A. Leib, 55, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be 10:30 am Monday, October 3, 2016 at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Dr., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Daniel was born April 5, 1961 in Dubuque, the son of George W. and Betty D. (Holub) Leib. He was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed helping mow grass, and participate and help with church activities.

Daniel was a member of Masonic Lodge #3 in Dubuque, enjoyed listening to country music, gardening, and took much joy in community service and helping people. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. Daniel was a true family man.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy; children AJ (Courtney) Leib, David Hess, Casey (Becky) Hess, and Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg; five grandchildren; siblings George (Pam) Leib, Debbie Berg, Randy (Cheri Johnson) Leib, Mark Leib, Roger Leib, and Terena (Christopher) Dubis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Rosalie; and a brother in-law, Paul Berg.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Herman and his staff, especially Tony and Sandy, for your loving care of Daniel.

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

Cremation service conducted by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

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



Sister Tarcissia Buchele

Sister Tarcissia Buchele, OP, age 97, of Sinsinawa, WI, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. To honor Sister Tarcissia's life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Gathering Place Chapel, Sinsinawa, WI. To celebrate Sister Tarcissia's life, family and friends may visit after 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Motherhouse, where a Wake and Remembering Service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, IA, handling arrangements.

Sister Tarcissia devoted 62 years to the education of elementary school children. She was a primary grade teacher for 48 years, serving in schools located in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota. Sister served as a reading specialist in Ottawa, Illinois, for 14 years.

Sister Tarcissia delighted many a child with her classroom presence but also by her artfully crafted Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They were featured at many church and school festivals as well as served as gifts. She enjoyed the children's squeals of delight as they hugged their very own doll. She was young at heart and added much joy to community life.

Sister Tarcissia, born Jan. 9, 1919, in Peoria, Ill., to Arthur and Grace (Buchele) Buchele, made her profession Aug. 5, 1937. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 79 years.

 



Catherine R. Schmidt


Catherine R. Schmidt, 95, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center), Dubuque.

Friends and relatives of Catherine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Services for Catherine will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Catherine was born on February 3, 1921 in Springbrook, IA, daughter of Henry and Katherine (Huilman) Poll. She married Elmer Schmidt on January 9, 1940. Together, they raised 11 children. Catherine was the proud grandmother of 40 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Catherine and her husband began farming near Zwingle, Iowa. After the arrival of child number seven, they moved to a farm near Cascade, Iowa in 1954 that became their family farm.

Catherine was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. She cooked, cleaned, gardened and preserved fruits and vegetables, sewed clothing for her family and tended to many childhood illnesses.

She enjoyed playing cards with her friends. She loved to bake, sew, garden, and quilt. Each of her children and many of her grandchildren have been the grateful recipients of a hand sewn quilt. She loved Christmas and spent many hours making each of her young grandchildren a handmade gift each Christmas. She made the best peach pie and the freezer was always full of pies and cookies "just in case" someone stopped in. She loved watching the birds feed at her windows.

She loved her family and lovingly prayed for them daily. She is survived by 10 children, Mary Catherine (Lou) Ronnebaum of Earlville, IA; Raphael (Patsy) Schmidt of Omaha, NE; Lorin Schmidt of Hopkinton, IA; Rosie (Donald) Putz of New Vienna, IA; Mindy (Louis) Bassler of Dubuque, IA; Paul Schmidt of Monticello, IA; Rita (John) Cortum of Mediapolis, IA; Mel Schmidt of Dubuque, IA; Darlene (Kevin) Curoe of Bernard, IA; and Dennis (Theresa) Schmidt of Dyersville, IA and son-in-law, Robert Snyder of Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to her grandchildren (and spouses), great-grandchildren (and spouses), and great-great-grandchildren she is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, Erna Schmidt and Lorraine Schmidt of Dubuque, IA and Wilma Poll of Maquoketa, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; a daughter, Madonna Snyder; a grandchild, Lori Ann Schmidt; her brothers Andy Poll, Raymond Poll and Vincent Poll; sisters Therese Kass and Clara Brietbach; son-in-law Lawrence Feldmann, daughter-in-law Lynda Schmidt, and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center) for the loving care given to Catherine - she felt your love and concern as did her family. The family also wishes to thank RiverBend Assisted Living in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque. We are also grateful to our extended family for all of their visits, cards, and prayers during Catherine's last months. Your love and support did not go unnoticed and the family appreciates each of you.



Gladys M. Knipper


Gladys M. Knipper, 83, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 pm Friday, September 30, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, Dyersville, Iowa, where a parish scripture service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion Rosary will be recited at 4 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Oct. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gladys was born on June 28, 1933, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the daughter of Anton and Susan (Ries) Maiers. She was united in marriage to Virgil Knipper on June 21, 1954, in Holy Cross, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2009.

Gladys enjoyed waitressing at the Roundup Room, the Knight Light and Dyersville Family Restaurant. She will be remembered by a generation of Beckman High School Students as the lunch lady. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 137.

Survivors include her children: Kevin, Keith (Kate) and Karla Knipper, all of Dyersville, and Kurt (Katie) Knipper of Whitefish Bay, WI; 5 grandchildren: Charles, William, Paul, Tim, and Erin (fiancé Dean Treanor) Knipper; great-grandchildren Sydney, Nash and Liam Knipper, and Diem Treanor; in-laws Dorothy Maiers of Dyersville, Paul (Delaine) Knipper of Dyersville, Donna Manternach of Manchester, and Harold Heyer of Merced, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil; siblings Norma (Fred) Wessels, Merlin "Dixie" Maiers; in-laws Nellie (Richard) Steffen, Anita (Albin) Wulfekuhle, Gladys Heyer, and Gerald Manternach.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Janes for the excellent care of our mother.

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



Richard Duane Fossum


Richard Duane Fossum, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. 

Richard was born on February 20, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa the son of Harold and Amy (Olson) Fossum. He married Carol Ann Wachter on June 27, 1959.

He worked for Dubuque Packing Company, Farmland and FDL. He was a member of the Bellevue Horseman's Club and enjoyed farming and horses.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; children Gerald (Linda) Fossum, Vickie (Ron) Scipior and Steven (Lynn) Fossum; his sister, Esther Bernstein; brothers Tom (Marj) Fossum, Bob (Karen) Fossum, Arlyn "Butch"
(Lois) Fossum, Jim (Kathy) Fossum, and Ron Fossum; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers a Richard Fossum memorial fund will be established.



Ronald D. Heinrich


Ronnie Heinrich, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered into eternal rest, surrounded by loved ones on Saturday evening, September 24, 2016, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Ronald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald Dean Heinrich was born on January 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald and Maxine (Miller) Heinrich. He was a 1963 graduate of Midland High School. He married Cheryl Ann Hoerschelman on September 28, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: David, Janet, Lori and Steven.

Ronald had first farmed with his dad in Jones County and then farmed on his own farm for a short time. He then worked various jobs including working for the Emeline/Iron Hill Telephone Company, Cornelius Seed Corn, Curly's Tires and Stolper Industries in DeWitt. Lastly, he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Maquoketa for over 20 years until retirement.

In earlier years Ronald had been a member of the Andrew and Baldwin Saddle Clubs where he called the square dances. He currently was attending East Iron Hill Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, horses, gardening and the outdoors. He especially enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife, Cheryl Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; children David (Tracy) Heinrich of Delmar, IA, Janet (Wess) Gilbert of Shenandoah, IA, Lori (Jeff) Armstrong of Coin, IA, and Steven (Megan) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers Gaylon Paul (Debbie) Heinrich of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dwayne Allen (Becky) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Barbara Ellen, in 1943; his father, Donald, in 1976; his maternal grandmother, Lydia Miller Burgett, in 1991; his mother, Maxine, in 2013; and a grandson, Levi Gilbert, in 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald D. Heinrich memorial fund has been established.

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



Arnold P. Weis


Arnold P. "Butch" Weis, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:25 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Butch's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Butch's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Butch was born on October 17, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Paul and Marie (Kueper) Weis.

Butch was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who would humbly treasure everyday he spent right here in God's country. He would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Army before eventually being united in marriage to his one true love, Mary Ann Lange, on October 6, 1962. Their union would be blessed with 53 wonderful years together and 2 deeply adored daughters. Butch would loyally invest over 35 years of his time and talents at Mount Calvary Cemetery, faithfully tending to the final resting locations of fellow local souls who'd been called home already. Butch was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and his faith was a continual priority throughout his 88 year earthly journey. But Butch was able to find time for even more than family, work and church in his days. Always a true lover of all things outdoors; he would discover great joy in walking in the brisk woods on a hunt, sitting on the banks with a perfectly baited hook in hand, meticulously weeding his seasons vegetable garden and even suiting up and hitting the slopes and ski jumps in his younger years. Butch was a determined working class hero whose life was abundantly full and the example and memories he leaves behind will be treasured by all who were fortunate enough to know and love him. He has tinkered on his last car and savored his last big band finale, but we find peace and comfort in knowing that he is now listening to the choir of angels instead and resting eternally from his labors.

Those left to cherish Butch's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Ann Weis, Dubuque;

his two adoring daughters,
Sandra Weis, Dubuque
and Judy (Mike) Schauer, Dickeyville, WI;

his three precious granddaughters,
Jessica Weis, Emily (Nicholas) Brantmeyer and Tiffany Schauer;

his siblings,
Leonard Weis, Dubuque
and Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

a sister-in-law,
Rose Weis, Dubuque, IA;

several in-laws, nieces and nephews;

and his beloved cat, Sassy.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis and Karl Weis.

An Arnold P. "Butch" Weis memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among Arnold's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sandi and Alicia, and Above and Beyond, especially Angie, for all of their care and support of Butch and his family.

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



Louis D. McGovern


Louis D. "Bill" McGovern, 90, lifelong resident of Dubuque, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Aaron Junge will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Bill was born September 9, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of Emmett and Lucille (May) McGovern. He married Shirley Ann Spielman on May 7, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Bill was a long-standing member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. He was an active church member. He belonged to IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for over 65 years. Bill proudly served in the US Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. One of his great joys other than his grandchildren, friends, family, and golfing was his trip on the Honor Flight several years ago. Bill never met someone that was not a friend. He loved to tell stories and always enjoyed a good meal.

Bill is lovingly remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law; Steve and Char McGovern, Davenport, IA, and Tom and Cathy McGovern, Dubuque; grandchildren Patrick (Megan) McGovern of Williamsburg, IA, and Betsy "Bootsy" (Joe) Garcia of Visalia, CA; great-grandchildren Wesley and Emily McGovern, and Olivia and Jacob Garcia; his sisters, Dorothy Henry of Dubuque and Cheryl (Bob) McGovern of Madison, WI; his brother, Patrick (Joan) McGovern of Maryland; his brother-in-law, Chuck (Helen) Spielman of Dubuque; many "favorite" nieces and nephews; and his faithful feline companion, Pixie.

Bill was preceded in death by his lovely bride, Shirley Ann in 2011; his brothers, Robert and Fr. Gerald McGovern, OMI; his parents; and two children, Terry and Christine, both in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Luther Manor, Dubuque Arboretum, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choosing.

The family would like to thank Dr. Abele for his years of excellent service; the staff at Luther Manor – from housekeeping to Administration, and especially Jeanette, Nicole, Stacy, and the rest of the staff from Hospice of Dubuque. We would like to extend a special thank you to Caroline Woods, Bodie Bo Bo (kitten), Emma and Julko (good citizen dogs), for their warm, loving visits to Bill during the last months of his life.

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



Harold P. Ambrosy


Harold P. Ambrosy, 93, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 pm Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Dave Ambrosy celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Harold was born September 14, 1923 in St. Donatus, Iowa, son of Nick and Josephine (LeConte) Ambrosy. On October 23, 1956, he married Ruth Ploessl at Holy Rosary Church, La Motte.

He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII, spending some of his service in the Philippines. On May 17, 2010, he was honored to be on the first Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. He was a member of American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Before his retirement, Harold worked as a machinist for the Adams Company for 40 years. He was a member of Machinist Union Local 1238.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish where he volunteered for Holy Ghost Bingo for 40 years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ruth Ambrosy of Dubuque; and in-laws, Marie Ambrosy of Dubuque, Helen and Windy Kalmes of St. Donatus, Mary Lou Heinricy of Dubuque, Sylvester and Wilma Ploessl of Dubuque, Cyril and Marilyn Ploessl of Bellevue, Larry and Linda Ploessl of Farley and Rosalie Ploessl of Bellevue and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Bernice and Tony Schiessl, five brothers, Sylvester and his wife Elizabeth, Vincent, Merlin, Ralph and Lavern Ambrosy; and in-laws, Roger Heinricy, Art Ploessl, Judy Herrig Nemmers, Ed Herrig and Leonard Nemmers.

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

A Harold Ambrosy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drs. Mark Moore and Eric Engelman and their nurses, Sandy, Mary Beth and Sara; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette, Ryan and Amy for all of the kind, compassionate care given to Harold. A special thank you to Ves and Wilma, Jenny and Harold's neighbors Caroline and Danny and Diane for all your kind acts. God Bless you all!



Jerome D. Rider


Jerome D. Rider, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away at home on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jerome was born on January 1, 1932, in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, the child of Earl L. and Mary E. (Flesch) Rider. He married Marian A. Hore on December 15, 1962, at the Fennimore Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2016.

Jerome served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was a retired John Deere worker of 22 years, a cheesemaker at many factories and a farmer. Jerome was an active VFW member. He loved playing cards, camping with many friends and family, fishing, and watching the Atlanta Braves, Brewers, Packers and Badgers.

Survivors include his daughter, Bobbi Jo, of Cuba City; his siblings, Lawrence, of Boscobel, Helen Schmelz, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Loretta Waltz, of Fennimore, Maxine Wall, of Eastman; Wayne, Sr. (Maggie), of Montfort, Rick (Nancy), of Patch Grove; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris Gebhard, Herald Stagman and Shirley (Ralph) Wienkes; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary; his father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Alice Hore; his sisters, LaVonne Gebhard and Leona Stagman; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

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



Veronica I. Welter


Veronica I. Welter, 90, of rural Onslow, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, Iowa.

Veronica was born on May 15, 1926, in rural Monticello, daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Kelchen) Manternach. She received her education at the former St. Mary's School in Cascade. On September 21, 1948, she was united in marriage to Herman Welter Jr. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade. Together they farmed in the rural Onslow area, raised 13 children, and operated their family business, Welter Seed and Honey Company. Veronica enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking, quilting, square dancing, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her children, Mel (Rita) Welter of Monticello, Ann (Wayne) Turnis of Dubuque, Dan Welter of Onslow, Les Welter of Onslow, Herb (Paula) Welter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan (Mike) Turnis of Bernard, Ken Welter of Onslow, Jim (Denise) Welter of Onslow, Connie (Mark) Singletary of Colleyville, Texas, Julie (Pat) Shay of Ankeny, and Karen (Scot) Knepper of Cascade; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 5 brothers and 4 sisters, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan (Tom) Hoffmann, Ron (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Lois Manternach of Cascade; one step-sister, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

Veronica was preceded in death by her husband Herman in 2005, her son Gary in 1989, her son Alan in 2013, her parents, her step-mother, Mildred (Manders) Manternach; five sisters, Florence Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina Greif, Eva Mae Klocke and Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, one brother, Larry Manternach, brothers-in-law, Harry Schockemoehl, Robert Greif, Elmer Klocke, Harry Rockzein; step-brother, Donald Manders; step sister-in-law, Mary Manders; and step brother-in-law Jack Callahan.

A memorial fund has been established in Veronica's name.

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



Esther M. Smith


Esther M. Smith, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 p.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Manorcare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Esther's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Esther's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Esther was born on August 24, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Augusta (Tuedehope) Waechter.

Esther was united in marriage to Raymond Smith on August 25, 1955, in Dubuque, IA. They were blessed with 46 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 2, 2002. Esther was a life long homemaker who took great pride in caring for her husband, children and home. She also invested years of her time and talents outside of the home at Mercy Hospital and the 4th Street Café. In her free time, Esther was faithfully involved with volunteering at the Salvation Army. We grieve the loss of Esther from our physical lives today, but we know that she is now reunited with her husband, Ray and we thank the Lord for the precious memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Esther's memory include

her eight children,
Paul R. Waechter, WI,
Richard C. (Sylvia) Smith, Marshall, MO,
Roy Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Leonard A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ada M. (Gary Kruser) Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ray A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Goldie M. (Terry Lowery) Smith, Davenport, IA
and Charles W. Smith, Dubuque, IA;

many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

her two sisters,
Katherine Reding, Potosi, WI
and Bonnie Kreftly, Potosi, WI.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Raymond Smith; and a brother Dan (Norma) Waechter.

An Esther M. Smith memorial fund has been established.

Esther's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Manorcare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they provided to Esther and her family.

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

 



Stephen L. Kieffer


Stephen L. "Steve" Kieffer, 81, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away at 6:54 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound with Fr. Stanislaw Kos officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. Visitation is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m.

Steve was born on August 17, 1935 in Menominee, Illinois, the son of Louis and Alverna (Kuhl) Kieffer. He served during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Marines from 1952 to 1955. Steve was united in marriage to Carol Schuller on December 22, 1955 at St. Mary's Church in Galena.

He was a machinist at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 31 years of service. Following his retirement he enjoyed working at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course for 17 years. Steve was a member of UAW Local #94, Holy Trinity Parish, the Scales Mound Fire Department, the Scales Mound Lions Club, VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193 of Galena.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, Euchre, telling jokes, baking cookies and was a fan of the Chicago Bears. Steve had a great love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Carol; four children, Pam (Steve) Koester, Patti (Dave) Glasgow, Paula (Al) Busch and Todd (Vickie) Kieffer, all of Scales Mound; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his siblings Anna Mae Edmonds and Pete (Janet) Kieffer, both of Galena, and Jane (Larry) Daniels of Henderson, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Tracy Glasgow; and siblings Lois Donatsch, Rosie Gaine, Pat, Dan, Dave and Louie Kieffer.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Wells, the staff and nurses at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness.



Joseph David Schroeder


Joseph David Schroeder, 32, passed from this Earth to Heaven on Friday, September 9th, 2016.

Joseph was born on September 17, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Schroeder of Milwaukee, WI and Patti (Butt) Schroeder of Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2002 and attended Baltimore Community College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Growing up, he played baseball with the Yankee Independent League and had a soft spot in his heart for the Chicago Cubs. He loved playing chess, taking walks and going to Bingo with his friends.

Joe was a kind and gentle man who touched many hearts. He was a passionate musician, who along with friends, started the band "Schroeder". He played different instruments, was a gifted digital composer and excelled at website design.

He spent a great deal of his adulthood involved in grassroots political and social activism. Joe fought tirelessly for social justice.

He is survived by his parents, David Schroeder of Milwaukee, and Patricia (Butt) Schroeder of Dubuque; his brothers Ryan (Renza) Schroeder, Erich Schroeder and sister Katy Schroeder; nephews Niccolo and Matteo and niece Morgan; his uncle Steve (Sue) Butt; his aunt Meg (Frank) Koch; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim Butt, Jane (Pauly) Butt and Robert and Joyce Schroeder.

Joe, you are loved and missed. No one can ever take your place and though your time with us was short, you left an indelible mark on us all... Thank you.

A Joseph Schroeder memorial fund will be established. Private family services were held celebrating Joe's life.
The Schroeder family has been blessed with the prayers, love and abundant support of family, friends and co-workers – you've been the visible Christ to us. We also want to thank Pat Leonard, Kristin Leonard-Bertsch and Edward Leonard for the sensitive and caring way they walked us through this difficult time.



Donald W. Oliver


Donald W. Oliver, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26th at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21st, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on May 5th, 1925 to William and Erna (Schobert) Oliver in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Bryant School, Washington Jr. High School and Dubuque Senior High School.

He married Delores Strong on August 2, 1947 at St. Columbkilles Church in Dubuque.

Donald was a US Navy Veteran serving during WWII. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 37 years; 19 of those years where in the Foundry. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and life member of the Amvets.

Don was an avid golfer and golfed until the age of 88; he enjoyed the Chicago Cubs and Bears along with watching cowboy shows. He loved to tell war stories and was proud he went on the Honor Flight. He was a wonderful husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Delores "Dolly" Oliver; children Connie (Paul) Tauke, of Dubuque, Sharon (Mark) Woolhether, of Fond du Lac, WI, Daniel (Penny) Oliver, of Brooksville, FL, Martin (David Bailey) Oliver, of Chicago, IL, and Brian Oliver of Davenport; one sister, Ruth Falk, of Arizona; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Jr.; and two brothers, Francis and Harold.

In lieu of flowers a Donald Oliver memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to, Dr. Victoria Famuyide, and to all the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Don.



Shirley M. Winegar


Shirley M. Winegar, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, September 22, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 26, 2016 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation, and burial will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Shirley M. Moore was the youngest of five children, born on January 12, 1933 in Monticello, Iowa, to Thomas Eugene and Millie (Webster) Moore. She grew up in Canton and attended Maquoketa schools. She married Guy Douglas Winegar on July 20, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Larry, Warren, Craig and Bob.

Shirley had worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 36 years, first as a nurse's aide and lastly as a ward clerk.

Shirley was a member of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, Eagles Club and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed camping, bowling in her younger years, traveling to Las Vegas, and going to casinos. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her husband, Doug Winegar of Maquoketa, IA; children Larry (Diane) Winegar of Jefferson City, MO, Warren (Deb) Winegar of Fairbury, IL, Craig (Wendy) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA, and Bob (Audrey) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Galen, Tom and Dale, and a sister, Margaret Wosoba.

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

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



Daniel E. Rahe

Daniel E. Rahe, 69, of Dyersville died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Dan was born April 10, 1947, in Dyersville the son of Leroy and Wilma (Klostermann) Rahe. He was united in marriage to Jolene Comer on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley.

Dan worked at Floyds Feed Store for 20 years before selling feed on his own. In later years he drove a tour bus for Bradley Jo and Windstar Lines. Most recently he was a driver for Bard Concrete. Dan was a man with many hobbies through the years, but his greatest joy was time spent with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Jolene; two children: Troy Rahe of Dyersville and Corinne (Cory) Ramler of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Jack and Alyssa Ramler; three brothers: Gary (Dee) Rahe of Dyersville, Jeff (Deb) Rahe of Dubuque and Daryl Rahe of Cedar Rapids; two sisters: Kathy Chapman of Fairfax and Diane (Frank) Klostermann of Atkins; three brothers-in-law: Ken (Diana) Comer of Farley, Jerry (Joyce) Comer of Dyersville, and Randy Comer of Dubuque; three sisters-in-law: Donna (Pat) Strief of Farley, Lori (Don) Allen of East Dubuque, IL, and Gail (Bruce) Maiers of Cedar Rapids; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Stella Comer, and three nieces.

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



Nancy T. Fricano


Nancy T. Fricano, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, September 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A mass celebrating Nancy's life will be held at 9 A.M. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. A memorial service in Texas will be planned for a future date.

Nancy Theresa Forst was born on June 7, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Louis and Helen (Nemecek) Forst. She grew up in Illinois and graduated from Mary Queen of Heaven High School. She married Edward Kwedlo in Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1966. She married Paul Fricano in 1967 in Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Nancy moved to Texas in 1976 and worked for the Catholic Church as an administrative assistant/housekeeper for many years. She lastly worked for the New Life Clinic as a medical biller until retirement. She moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 2011.

Nancy was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. She also was a Carmelite with the Mount Carmel Convent. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, watching Jeopardy and cooking. A family favorite was her famous fruit dumplings. Nancy will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, compassion and love for family and friends.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her children, Daniel Fricano of Dallas, TX, Paul (Brandi) Fricano of Spicewood, TX, Charles (Dawn) Fricano of Kerrville, TX, Michael (Isa) Fricano of Leander, TX, and Margaret Fricano (Alan) Traverse of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Tony (Linda) Fricano and Brenda Perotti; 10 grandchildren, Brent, Sarah, Carley, Cade, Nathan, Layne, Iliana, Audrey, Sofia, and TJ; a sister, Janet Plonis of Plainfield, IL; a niece, Christine Ohse; a nephew, Theodore Plonis; and a beloved special aunt, Lillian Hevrdejs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward, and her husband Paul.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nancy T. Fricano memorial fund has been established.

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



Burton J. Hoffman


Burton J. Hoffman, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Burton's life, funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. To celebrate Burton's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Burton was born on July 25, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Theresa (Robinson) Hoffman.

Burton honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After returning home from the service, he was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Rosemary Simon, on September 27, 1948, at the Church of the Nativity. They would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary next Tuesday and have been blessed with 2 dearly loved children during their time together. Burton was a fine example of a hard working man who graciously invested 30 years of his working career on the assembly line at John Deere Dubuque Works. He was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the American Legion Honor Guard. Burton was a talented woodworker, and mechanic, who spent countless hours tinkering in the garage. Whether he was applying the final coat of stain on his latest creation, or working out all the bugs before taking one of his prized cars out for a drive; you could be sure that Burton's heart and soul were quite content to be manifesting such tangible rewards during his free time. In his later years, Burton would develop an uncanny skill of providing real competition to anyone willing to go head to head with him in an energetic game of Wii bowling. Burton's greatest joy in this life however, was truly in the love and devotion he had for his family. Any opportunity to spend time with Rosemary, and his children, were absolutely the most fulfilling part of any given day. He would also eventually discover the gift of being an adoring Grandpa, and the years to follow were abundantly joyful as he patiently watched his grandchildren grow into adulthood. Burton was a proud, loyal and loving man whose presence here on earth will surely be missed. But we find peace in knowing we'll see him again and trusting that his mortal struggles are now behind him as he's resting safely, and comfortably, in his Heavenly Father's Kingdom.

Those left to cherish Burton's memory include

his loving wife of 67 years,
Rosemary Hoffman, Dubuque, IA;

his two children,
Dan (Ann) Hoffman
and Mary (John) McDonough, both of Dubuque, IA;

his four grandchildren,
Ben Hoffman, Adam (Jessica) Hoffman, Morgan McDonough and Emily McDonough;

his five great-grandchildren,
Madlin, Colin, Audrey, Cora and Juliete;

his two sisters,
Deelee Preston, Dubuque, IA
and Charlene (Harold) Wiebold, Seal Beach, CA;

his in-laws,
LaVonne Hoffman,
Rita McCann
and Herbert "Buddy" Benn, all of Dubuque, IA.

Burton was preceded in death by his parents; a child in infancy; his siblings, Bill (Helen) Hoffman, Jeanette (Arnold) Williams, Robert Hoffman, Donna Benn and Red Morgan; and his in-laws, Clarence "Butch" (Arlene) Hochberger and John McCann.

A Burton J. Hoffman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Burton's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care given to Burton and his family.

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

 



Richard L. Wright


Richard L. Wright, 88, of Dubuque, was called home to heaven at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from Luther Manor.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road, where visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 23, and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. the morning of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born May 13, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas to Jesse Lee and Lorene (Aldrich) Wright. He received his education in the Wichita public schools and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He attended law school at the University of Washington in Seattle. He became a Christian in 1977.

He married Mary Margaret Horn in March 1951. She preceded him in death in 1993. To this union, two children were born, Lee Ann Blythe and Richard Alan.

He proudly served his country in Korea 1951-1952 as an infantryman in "K" Company, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was a proud member of Dubuque's 2011 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He worked for many years on various assignments for the Boeing Company, including the Minuteman Missile project. Richard then joined the Sybron Corporation in Rochester, NY and was transferred to Dubuque in 1979 as Vice President of Manufacturing at Thermolyne, a division of Sybron. He retired in 1993.

He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran, the VFW, American Legion, and served as a Hospice volunteer. For many years, he served on the board of the Dubuque chapter of the American Red Cross.

On January 1, 2001, he was united in marriage with Rogene M. (Riese) Faulkner at Our Redeemer Lutheran. He always, when speaking of this, said they were married 1-1-1 at 1:11. The years of his life since then had brought him a special kind of happiness. They had fifteen wonderful years together at home, wintering in Arizona, and traveling the U.S. and abroad.

Richard would like to be remembered as a loving husband and a Christian who loved our Lord Jesus Christ.

Richard is survived by his wife Rogene; daughter LeeAnn B. (Robert) Trynoski of Aurora, CO; stepdaughter Christina Faulkner of Napa, CA; stepson Scott T. (Susan) Faulkner of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Jason, Zeb, Caleb and Courtlee Trynoski; three step-grandchildren, Dustin, David, and Melissa Splinter; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Frances Webber and Ruth Wells of Wichita, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Margaret; son Richard Alan in 1990; brother Gerald; and brothers-in-law Chester Winegarner, James D. Webber, and J. Thomas Wells.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Richard's name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dubuque Lutheran School, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate and professional care they gave to our "Rich".



C. Byrne Wilberding


C. Byrne "Bing" Wilberding, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016, 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 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Bing was born on May 24, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl L. and Nuala (Byrne) Wilberding. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Bing worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works from 1959-1991. On May 28, 1966, he married Pat Johnson at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.

Bing was a member of the American Legion and VFW and was on the last Honor Flight to Washington D.C. out of Dubuque in 2014. He was also a member of UAW Local 94, Knights of Columbus Council 765, and the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 582.

Bing never met a stranger and he made everyone feel comfortable through his gift of gab. He loved to tease everyone, especially his grandchildren. During his younger years he enjoyed boating and patiently shared his love of boating and water skiing with many. Bing was a Packers and Badgers fan.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Pat; two children, Kris (husband, Doug Barney) Wilberding, of Greenville, Indiana, and Dennis (Kendle) Wilberding, of Woodland Park, Colorado; four grandchildren, Madison and Bella Barney, and Laine and Lily Wilberding; a brother, Jerome "Dude" (Karen) Wilberding, of Sparta; two sisters, June (Mike "Mickey") Schmitz, of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jane Ann Gundlach, of Portage; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Wilberding, of Mt. Horeb.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Wilberding; three brothers, Kenneth, David and an infant brother, Carl; a sister-in-law, Annabel Wilberding; and a brother-in-law, Paul Gundlach.

A special thank you to Dr. Angela Kelley and Jennifer, Dr. Ron Schope and Lori, as well as the staff and "Bing's Girls" at Finley Hospital.

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



Margaret M. Riegler


Margaret M. Riegler, 80, of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 19, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sherrill. Burial will be in St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Margaret was born on June 3, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Genoa (Wolfe) Beebe.

She married Earl Wm. Riegler on June 16, 1956 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sherrill.

Margaret was employed as a secretary for the Dubuque Community Schools for 28 years.

She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and a Church elder for many years.

Margaret enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Dubuque Sparette League. She loved painting ceramics and giving them as gifts, and making scrapbooks for her children and grandchildren.

Her greatest joy in life was raising her two boys, Craig and Jeffrey along with watching her grandchildren grow. She never missed sporting events, school activities, Boy Scouts, or graduations. She loved spending time with her family and celebrating birthdays and holidays. One of her favorite family events was the Annual Riegler 4th of July Fireworks held at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; sons, Craig (Lori) Riegler and Jeffrey (Heather) Riegler; grandchildren, Tyler, Tucker, Alissa, Adam (Lindsey) and Alex; step- grandchildren, Chance and Corinne (Gary); step- great- grandchildren, Kaden, Kolton, and Kendall; and her brother, Patrick (Trish) Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Nancy (Zuke) Zimmerman.

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

A Margaret Riegler memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Cancer Center.

 



Elaine E. Blume


Elaine E. Blume, formerly of Dubuque, IA, died in Appleton, WI on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016. Graveside burial service for the family will take place at Linwood Cemetery at a later date.  The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Elaine was born May 18, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Mildred (Grashorn) Hatzenbuehler.  She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a secretary at Caradco and Frudden lumber.

On October 12, 1945 she married the love of her life, LaVerne Blume, and they were married for 68 years until Verne passed away on March 7, 2014.  Elaine and Verne were devoted to each other and provided a loving example for their children.

Elaine is survived by her children Steve (Denise) Blume, Shelley Minnick, and Greg (Jan) Blume.  She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild. 

She was also preceded in death by a son in law, David Minnick.

Special thanks to Elaine's physicians and the loving staff of ThedaCare at Home and ThedaCare Hospice Residence, all of whom took great care of Elaine and made her final days comfortable. 

Memorials can be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Dubuque, IA.

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

 



Robert J. Mills


Robert J. Mills, 87, of Dubuque, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 23 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., Friday, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Robert was born on March 18, 1929 in Dubuque the son of Percy and Marcella "Sue" (Kersch) Mills.

He married Shirley Koeneke on September 25, 1954 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Robert was employed at Caradco, Spahn and Rose, Rock Island Millwork and Zephyr Aluminum.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing softball. He was an avid Yankee's and Hawkeye fan.

Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Shirley; children, Steven Mills, Cindy (Chris) Reding and Randy (Gayla) Mills, all of Dubuque; 2 grandsons, Eric (Valerie) Key, of Marion, IA., and Cory (Lacy) Reding, of Dubuque; 4 great- grandchildren, Ryan, of Marion, IA., Clayton, Brooklyn and Preston; sister, Margo Morris; brother, Dick (Rose) Mills, all of Dubuque; and sister-in-law, Charlene Mills, of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John "Jack" Mills; sister, Patricia (Louis) Hanson; and brother-in-law, Walter Morris.

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

A Robert Mills memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the ICU staff at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital for their exceptional care.

 



Marian A. Koelker


Marian A. Koelker, 86, of Petersburg died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 am at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept 19, 2016, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Marian was born May 20, 1930, in Colesburg, Iowa the daughter of Leonard and Catherine (Lansing) Bockenstedt. She married Allan Koelker on June 6, 1950, in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Koelker home farm for over 66 years, all of their married lives.

Marian and Bud loved polka music, often traveling with the Northeast Iowa Polka Club to go to dances. She was especially known for her homemade potato salad, oatmeal and bacon. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her as "Grandma Tootsie" as she often handed out Tootsie Rolls. She had a strong commitment to family and friends, always remembering to call KDST about everyone's birthday and anniversary. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include her husband, Allan "Bud", 4 sons: Chuck (Marilee) Koelker of New Vienna, Terry (Joyce) Koelker, Mike (JoAnn) Koelker and Ron (Sandy) Koelker, all of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney; grandchildren: Barry (Carrie) Koelker, Danielle (Bruce) Ling, Angel (Jason) Kelchen and Carmen (Terry) Dunkel, Jodi (Brandon) Kelley, Rob (Tara) Koelker and Jeff (Annie) Koelker, Jesse (Molly) Koelker, Shelli (Scott) Wilson and Matt (Lindsey) Koelker, Nick (Nicole) Koelker, Leah (Casey) Lechtenberg and Jenna Koelker, and Terra, Brooke and Trent Koelker; 30 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers: Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt of Levenworth, WA, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt of Petersburg and Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt of Edgewood; 4 sisters: Blanche (Albert) Schulte of New Vienna, Leona (Marv) Tauke of Dyersville, Jean (Ken) Kramer of New Port Richey, FL and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges of LasVegas, NV; in-laws: Lois Bockenstedt of Edgewood and Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children: Theresa in infancy and Todd Koelker; a brother, Leo Bockenstedt; a sister, Patsy Wegmann; in-laws Mildred Koelker, Evelyn Koelker, LuVern (Anna Mae) Koelker, Lucille (Victor) Vaske, Edmund (Clara) Koelker, Lawrence (Ruth) Koelker, Alma (Clete) Vaske and Cora (Charles) Gerken.

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



Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee


Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patricia was born on October 18, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herbert and Lorraine (Cushing) Becker.

Patricia was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who was fortunate enough to find her true love, Thomas J. Schnee. They would be united in marriage in 1951 and would be blessed with 19 wonderful years together, and 6 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her much too early in 1968. Patricia was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to raising and nurturing her family. She would also invest her time outside the home at Walsh's, eventually retiring as the Head of Housewares after 30 years of loyal service. She was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and her faith was continually a priority during her earthly journey. In her younger years, Patricia could often be found taking an eager spin around the roller rink or even enjoying a little live music with her friends at the Melody Mill. Throughout her entire life, she thoroughly enjoyed any chance to share her wisdom about college hoops and also any opportunity to savor God's majesty within the great outdoors. Whether a quiet afternoon simply soaking up the warm rays on her porch, or an exciting day out on the river with family; you could be sure Patricia's heart was content as long as the sun was positioned strategically overhead. In her later years, Patricia found great joy in the challenge of picking the fastest greyhounds of the day, but her greatest joy, and desire in this life, was to always capture as many hours as the day would allow with her deeply adored family. We mourn Patricia's absence from our earthly lives today, but we trust that she is finally at peace and know that she has waited ever so patiently to be reunited with her adoring husband, Tom.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her six children,
Kim Daykin, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Mary) Schnee, Dubuque, IA,
Vickie (Mike) Strub, Asbury, IA,
Robert Schnee, Dubuque, IA,
Lori (Pete) Schilling, Dubuque, IA
and Scott (Tami) Schnee, Dubuque, IA;

her eighteen grandchildren,
Matt (Rachel) Daykin, Melissa (Kevin) Cassill, Natalie (Mike) Horch, Nichole Schnee, Nina (Brendan) Kueter, Thad Strub, Jason Strub, Erin Strub, Tracy (Brad) Hess, Rachel (Chris) Bears, Dan Schilling, Kelsey Schilling, Emily Schnee, Sydney Schnee, Sam Schnee, Renee (Mike) Heller, Michelle Oliver and David Oliver;

her nineteen great-grandchildren,
Knox and Eloise Daykin, Jackson and Matthew Horch, Aleece Anglese, Elli Mae Lovas, Milo and Ivy Mae Kueter, Ryan, Brady, Katelyn Heller, Will Strub, Camden Walker, Brayden, Taylor and Harper Hess, Brayden and Aubrey Bears, Liam Wilson;

her sisters,
Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, Dubuque, IA
and Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau, St. Catherine, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Babe Becker, Cedar Lake, IN
and Barb Becker, Bellevue, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Bob Jochum, Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Thomas; her sister, Lynn Jochum; three brothers, Jack, Don and Bob (Ann) Becker; and a son-in-law, Steve Daykin.

Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Patricia's family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Patricia.

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

 



David L. Kirk


David L. "Dave" Kirk, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at home.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Dave was born on February 15, 1939, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard and Lorenza "Tiny" (Bergman) Kirk. He married Connie Tarrell on September 1, 1962, in Fennimore. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2004.

Dave owned Kirk's Sporting Goods and also worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works and Truck Country. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dave was an avid Badger, Packer and Cubs fan. He also loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports.

Survivors include his daughter, Jill (Fred) Kuhl, of Hazel Green, two sons, Brad (Kim) Kirk, of Milton, and Lance Kirk, of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Marietta Tarrell, of Fennimore; a sister, Faye (James) Meier, of Davis, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Paula) Tarrell, of Fennimore; and his grandchildren, Katelyn and Matthew Kirk, Dalton and Sydni Kirk, Morgan (Garrett Nagel) Kuhl and their son, Finley Nagel, and Madison, Jaxin and Briar Kuhl.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Pete Tarrell; a sister-in-law, Mary Baker; and a granddaughter, Bayli Jo Kirk.

A David L. "Dave" Kirk Memorial Fund has been established.

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



George A. Jenkins, Jr.


George A. Jenkins Jr., age 95, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:20 a.m., on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor George's life, private family funeral services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on July 28, 1921, in Farwell, TX, son of George and Minnie L. (Wesemann) Jenkins Sr.

George was born and raised as a proud young Texan. He would go on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during WWII. Shortly after he returned to the states, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Weber on March 5, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. George and Lorraine shared 57 wonderful years together and were blessed with 6 children before she was called home ahead of him on February 28, 2004. George was a naturally gifted mechanic who could fix anything set before him. He diligently invested his time and talents with several Ford dealerships over his 32 year career. He was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church and the V.F.W. Post #9663. In his free time, George thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with family and friends, around the card table, for some good wholesome fun and fellowship. George's 95 year earthly journey has come to an end today and he is gratefully once again reunited with his beautiful wife, Lorraine. We will miss him deeply and dearly, but in hope we discover true peace in knowing that his suffering is absolutely over now and we will thankfully all see him again in time.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his children,
Barbara (Thomas) Halverson, Middleburg, FL,
James (Monica) Jenkins, Geneva, IL,
Dr. Joseph (Sandra) Jenkins, Dubuque, IA
and Dianne (Kimberly) Mann, Worchester, MA;

his nine grandchildren;
Kristin (Tracy) Skaggs, Karen (David) Otto, Keith Halverson, Alex Jenkins, Derek (fiancée Emily Trapp) Jenkins, Kelsey Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Barbara Mann and William Mann;

and two great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn and Luke Otto.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Lorraine; two sons, George Jenkins III and John Jenkins; a sister, Margaret Woods; and a brother, Kenneth Jenkins.

A George A. Jenkins Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

George's family would like to extend a heartfelt and special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall, Dr. Meurer and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they have provided George.

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

 



Marie M. Goerdt Brueckner


Marie M. Goerdt Brueckner was born on March 7, 1919 and died on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the age of 97.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was the daughter of Joseph and Wilhelmina Koopmann Goerdt and married John D. Brueckner on August 15, 1942 in St. Andrews Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She graduated from Xavier High School and the State Teacher's College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls. For nineteen years, Marie taught school, twelve of those years as a third grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier School.

Marie was very active in church work through the Rosary Society as well as with the Girl Scouts. Over twenty years, she served on the Little Cloud Council Board and Established Camp Committee; was chairman of Dyersville's first fund drive and Troop organizer. She was also an assistant leader and provided the program change training.

She was a member of the ACCW American Legion Auxiliary, the Dyersville Golf and Country Club and a lifetime member of the CDA's.

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

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 2, 2016; a daughter, Lisa; her parents, five brothers (Al, Clete, Bud, Brother Ed and Brother Art); two sisters, Oliva Krapfl and Helen Meyers; and a grandson, Michael George.

Memorial made be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.



Gerald L. Kopischke


Gerald L. "Jerry" Kopischke, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will be at Noon on Saturday at Woodville Cemetery, Waseca, Minnesota.
Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at St. Pater's Lutheran Church.

Jerry was born on August 23, 1931 in Waseca, the son of Adolph R. and Vivian A. (Walker) Kopischke. He was a graduate of Waseca High School, class of 1949, where he played football. Jerry graduated from Gustavus College with a degree in Physics and Math, where he also played football and played in the refrigerator bowl for Gustavus. Following his service with the U. S. Army from January of 1954 to September of 1955 during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Electrical Engineering Degree and later from the University of Iowa with an Industrial Engineering and Business degree.

On June 21, 1958 he married Barbara V. "Barb" Clasen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jerry was employed by Interstate Power Company from 1958 to 1997 and served on its Board of Directors. He was Vice President of Electrical Operations and was very proud to be a part of the Interstate family.

He was a member of American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque, the Dubuque Shooting Society - 660 Club, the Rotary Club of Dubuque, Owatonna Masonic Star # 33 and the Zuhrah Shrine of Minneapolis.

Jerry was an accomplished pilot who loved flying and was an avid skier. He was always up for a good time, spending many happy hours traveling throughout the world, including trips to Russia, Germany, England, Ireland, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. His sense of fashion included blue and green plaid and a wide variety of hats. He was not always patient and taught the parakeet to say "hurry up, Barbara" so he wouldn't have to. He generously shared every steak of the past 6 years with his little dog, Cooper. A favorite past time was watching sports and the East Dubuque Warriors were his favorite team.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara "Barb" Kopischke; four children, Karen Kopischke of Overland Park, Kansas, David G. (Diane) Kopischke of Centennial, Colorado, Leanne (Gary Keenan) Kopischke of Crystal, Minnesota and Sally (Darren) Sirianni of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Nick, Nathan, Dmitriy, Adam, Jeremy, Morgan, Kendra, Blaine (Carolyn) and Raychel (Russell); and a great-grandchild, Larson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, John Skelley; his siblings, Shirley Woyke and Jack Kopischke; and in-laws Jim and Sharon Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, a Gerald L. "Jerry" Kopischke memorial fund has been established.

Barb and family wish to extend many thanks for the care he received from the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.



Kristen E. Vogt


Kristen E. Vogt, 26, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 10, 2016 due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am Thursday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kristen was born February 27, 1990 in Temple, Texas, daughter of Daniel and Tracy (Potter) Laughlin. She graduated from Andrew High School in 2008, La' James in Mason City with a diploma in message therapy, and Ashford University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She was currently working at Cottingham and Butler.

On September 19, 2015, she married the love of her life, Matthew Vogt at the Church of the Nativity.

Kristen was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed camping, spending time with family and playing UNO with her grandma at Christmas. She was also an excellent cook who loved cooking for her perfect little family.

Kristen is survived by her husband, Matthew Vogt of Dubuque; their son, William Vogt of Dubuque; her parents, Dan and Tracy Laughlin of Andrew; siblings, Sean, Cohl and Brianna Laughlin; Godson, Brayden Dononvan; maternal grandparents, Frank and Darlene Potter of Dubuque; paternal grandparents, Ken and Joyce Laughlin of LaMotte; mother in law, Dolores Vogt of Dubuque; father in law, John (Robin) Vogt of Portsmouth, VA; and a brother in law, Mike Vogt of Chicago; grandmothers in law, Judy Schiessl and Naomi Vogt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers in law, Fred Schiessl and John Vogt; uncle, Jim Potter and cousins, Scott Arensdorf and Jared Potter.

In lieu of flowers, a Kristen Vogt Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Dorothy D. Wick


Dorothy D. Wick, 94, of Dubuque died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:45 tp 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dorothy was born on June 5, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Arendt) Dieterich.
On July 14, 1945 she married Warrington Wick at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Dubuque.

Dorothy taught home economics to junior high students at Washington Junior High for over 39 years. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, golfing, playing cards and being with her family.

Surviving are her three children, Kim (Michael) Fischer of San Antonio, Texas and their children, Joshua (Maggie) and Sarah; David Wick of Edina, Minnesota, and his son, Daniel; and Robert (Brenda) Wick of Stillwater, Minnesota, and their children, Elizabeth (Mark) Kauppi and Jordan; one great-grandchild on the way; and her close cousin, Arline Dieterich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warrington; and her brother, Roger.

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Wartburg Seminary or a charity of your choice.

Special thank you to the staff of Home Instead, Ed and JoAnn Herting and her close dinner friends.

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



Karel J. Reinert


Karel J. (Harry) Reinert, 73 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 5:15 a.m. Friday, September 9th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with burial service to follow at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Karel was born January 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Harriet (Gerndt) Harry.  Mrs. Reinert was a Registered Nurse, a devoted wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend to all she had come in contact with in her lifetime. Karel graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in1961. Then went on to The Finley School of Nursing to obtain her nursing degree. She cared for patients at Xavier Hospital of Dubuque, and when it was closed in 1981, joined staff at Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque Ia. She then became an outpatient visiting nurse for Mercy Home Care where she retired.

Karel also possessed many crafty skills like quilting, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. The one area that got her the most recognition was her cooking/baking touch. She would make cakes and frost to whatever fad and whim a person would think up. This earned her the nickname "The Cake Lady" and anyone who had the pleasure of receiving one of these cakes would only agree she was "The Cake Lady". All Karels talents aside, the one to matter most was that she cared. That means that whatever the reason you were touched by her you knew it mattered no matter how big or small the issue was. She had many attributes that make her a truly special and one of a kind lady. She will be missed but not forgotten.  

Karel married Mr. Joseph G. Reinert on July26, 1969. He died on January 20 1995.

Surviving Karel are her three children, Michael J. Reinert, David G. Reinert, and Karrianne J. Reinert. Followed by two very loved grandchildren, Andrew R. Reinert and Adam J. Reinert, born to Michael and Deanne (Behnke)
Reinert. Karel is survived by five brothers, Ted (Lynda) Harry, Gary Harry, Lloyd (Valerie) Harry, David (Myrna) Harry, and Brian (Kim) Harry. Two sisters Jackeye (Tony) Urbain, and Barbara (Hal) Burns. Along with many truly loved nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were her parents Lloyd and Harriet Harry, Duane Harry (Brother), Mary Kay Harry (Sister), and Malcom Grosshiem (Brother).

A Karel J Reinert memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to say Thank You to those who helped and provided that extra little touch to Karel to make everything easier. A second Thank you goes out to Pat, Nancy, Midge, and Virginia. Again to all Thank You so
Much.



Cynthia M. (Snyder) Ernst


Cynthia M. (Snyder) Ernst, 45, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2016 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Her beloved husband Tim was by her side as she walked to the Lord.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating and Rev. Scott Boone concelebrating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Cynthia was born on February 27, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Jerome and Marie (Puls) Snyder.

She graduated from Wahlert High School, pursued an engineering degree at Iowa State University, and earned her MBA from the University of Dubuque. She started her career at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, then moved back to the tri-state area to work at Honeywell, Eagle Window & Door, and most recently, John Deere. Everyone who knew Cynthia knew of her passion for the work that she did at John Deere. Other than her family, it was her pride and joy.

Cynthia married Tim in 2005 and they made many happy memories together. She enjoyed attending their kids' sporting events and was an active member of St. Joseph Key West Parish.

A devoted wife, mother, and friend, Cynthia enjoyed spending time with the people she loved. From cruises on the river to neighborhood spins on her golf cart, she always had a smile on her face and a friend by her side. Cynthia was a brilliant engineer, a proud Iowa State Cyclone, and an avid "P!nk" fan. She loved a good girls' night out and a successful shopping trip.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Tim; four children, Jared, Bailey, Jacob, and Cailyn; five siblings, Michael (Barbara) Snyder, of Overland Park, KS, Catherine (Christopher) Murphy, of Lake Forest, IL, Gregory (Kimberly) Snyder, of Milton, WI, Mark (Jennifer) Snyder, of Asbury, IA, and Dale (Renee) Snyder, of Peosta, IA. Also surviving are her in-laws, Herbert and Joanne Ernst; three brothers-in-law, Kevin (Connie) Ernst, Fran (Lisa Murphy) Ernst, and Mark (Julie) Ernst; and a sister-in-law, Julie (Joe) Bradley, all of Dubuque; along with many nieces, nephews, and dear girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Marie Snyder, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated healthcare professionals at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the radiology team at the Wendt Regional Cancer Center, and the Key West emergency responders for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, a Cynthia Ernst memorial fund has been established.



Francis William Keck


Francis William "Bill" Keck, 73, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Friends and family may gather from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Kristian Kincaid and Pastor Jesse Cearlock officiating. Military honors will also be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Bill was born on May 9, 1943, in Wahiawa, Oahu of the Hawaiian Islands. He is the son of Harold and Lucille (Opliger) Keck. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Sue Ann Turner, on March 17, 1963, in Amarillo, TX. Together they had three sons, David, Darryl, and Donald.

Following high school graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Monticello. He later settled in Dubuque where he was employed at John Deere and retired after 43 years. During those years, he was an active member of the UAW Local 94 and worked several years on the shop committee.

Bill was also a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge #4 in Potosi, Wisconsin. He served as Master Mason twice during his active tenure.

Those who were close to Bill knew him as a man always willing to help out a friend in need. He was a generous and charitable man with his time and money. He was never afraid to express his opinion - good or bad, right or wrong - you always knew what Bill was thinking.

Cars were a passion throughout his lifetime. As a young man, he loved fast cars. For many years, he raced in local drag races such as those at the Cordova Speedway. His love of cars also taught him a great deal about auto mechanics. This interest blossomed into a lifelong hobby of restoring vintage cars into custom hotrods. Bill and his wife Sue worked on customizing and restoring cars together as a mutual hobby. Their last two hotrod car restorations took home "Great 8" finishes at the prestigious Autorama Car Show in Detroit, MI.

Hunting was also an enjoyable pastime for Bill. He was an impressive marksman and he avidly hunted wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and pheasants.

He is survived by three sons, David & Julie (Joyce) Keck of Dubuque, IA, Darryl Keck of Dubuque, IA, and Donald & Missy (Gray) Keck of Dubuque, IA; his brother, Harold George Keck, Jr. of Goldsboro, NC; his sister, Sandra (Keck) Pilcher of Apex, NC; his father-in-law, Harlyn Turner of Dubuque, IA; and five grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, and Ashlynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann (Turner) Keck; his father and mother, Harold G. Keck and Lucille (Opliger) Keck; and a sister, Maxine Keck.

The family wishes to thank the hospital staff at Finley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2145 JFK Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001



Alan T. Kurt


Alan T. Kurt, 66, of Cascade, Iowa, died suddenly Saturday, September 10, 2016 p.m. at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 8 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The services for Alan will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with Flag Presentation by the Cascade American legion Post #528. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born February 13, 1950 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Leo N. and Hilda M. (Manternach) Kurt. He is a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 13, 1987 he was united in marriage to Ronda (Breitbach) Topping at St. Martin's Church in Cascade.

Alan was a CNC Machinist and Programmer at Webber Metals in Cascade for 35 years until his retirement in Aug. 2011.

Alan's family was his greatest treasure. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his family. He had a passion for old cars and loved cruising with his friends. He was well known for his quick wit and sense of humor which he never lost even while battling Parkinson's and Lewy Body. Alan was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed.

He was a member of the National Guard for 6 years, a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Tri-County Cruisers.

He is survived by his wife, Ronda Kurt of Cascade, Iowa; two sons, Aaron (Debra) Kurt of Monticello, IA and Josh Kurt of Cascade, IA; two step-sons, Ryan (Amy) Topping and Tory (Abby) Topping, both of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, Kayla, Ashley, Lauren, Emily, Austin, Lilly, Trenton, Tanner and Adelyn; five sisters, Betty (Alan) Schockemoehl and Carol (Pat) Fenelon, both of Dubuque, IA, Alice (Tom) Fennell of Iowa City, IA, Donna Kurt and Linda (John) Kearney, both of Cedar Rapids, IA; two brothers, William Kurt of Arroyo Grande, CA and Loras (Joan) Kurt of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Travis, on November 22, 1996; two brothers, James Kurt and Patrick Kurt; a sister, Joyce Recker; his father-in-law, Elmer Breitbach; a sister-in-law, Pat Kurt; and a brother-in-law, Jim Recker.

An Alan T. Kurt memorial fund has been established.

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



Thor F. Holmgren


Thor F. Holmgren, 78, of Dubuque and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 9, 2016, at his home in Dubuque.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Thor on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Thor F. Holmgren was born on January 30, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Donald and Ruth (Deuser) Holmgren. He was a graduate of Shawnee Mission High School in Shawnee, Kansas and then the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy in 1967. He married Linda L. Sagers on April 16, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Jill and Jessica.

Thor had worked as a pharmacist for Carson Drug Store and Family Pharmacy in Maquoketa from 1967 until 1983. He then moved to Dubuque where he worked for Taylor Pharmacy which became Mercy Family Pharmacy from 1983 until retiring in 2012.

Thor enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing Euchre.

Those left to honor Thor's memory include his wife Linda Holmgren of Dubuque, IA; daughters Jill (David) Fagan of St. Paul, MN, and Jessica (Brad) Pihlstrom of St. Paul, MN; 3 grandchildren Molly Fagan, Ike Pihlstrom, and Stella Pihlstrom; a sister Karen Johnson of Wichita, KS; and a nephew David Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or the Humane Society of Dubuque.

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

 



Mary Klein


Mary (Gleason) Klein, 89, formerly of Duggan Drive and Oak Park Place, Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016 at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The rosary will be recited prior to Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Mary was born May 4, 1927 in Bellevue, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Powers) Gleason. She was educated at Visitation Academy, and went on to graduate from Mercy School of Nursing in 1948 with a Registered Nursing degree. She married Frederick Klein on October 11, 1974 at Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2010.

She was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity, where she was also a member of the Nativity Rosary Society. Mary was employed as a nurse for the Dubuque Packing Company, and then for the City of Dubuque, retiring after 23 years. She enjoyed reading, shopping, and participating in exercise groups.

Mary is survived by two nephews, David (Diane) Boardman of Dubuque, and their children, Allison Boardman of West Hartford, CT, and Kyle (Hayleigh) Boardman, of Cedar Rapids, and Mark (Deanna) Boardman, of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Bernice (Donald) Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of the Nativity.

Mary wanted to thank the staff at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center, and Dr. Brian Sullivan for all their care.

Online condolences may be left at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Lloyd A. Decker


Lloyd A. Decker, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Balltown, Iowa was surrounded by his family as he went home to heaven on Friday, September 9, 2016, exactly 35 years to the day of his son Donald's death.

Friends and relatives of Lloyd may call from 3 to 8 p.m., on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Lloyd will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2016 201 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Balltown, Iowa.

Lloyd was born January 5, 1938 in Balltown, Iowa, son of Roy and Anna (Pothoff) Decker. He received his education in the St. Francis Catholic School in Balltown. On November 29, 1958 he was united in marriage to Janice Farni at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2004. He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company, and later owned and operated Decker Auto Sales.

He enjoyed playing euchre, drinking beer, working on cars, hunting, fishing, country music and NASCAR, he was a devoted fan of Rusty Wallace. He had a special love for his golden retrievers, Peaches and Goof.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Balltown, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Dennis (Lori) Decker of North Buena Vista, IA, Debra (Bernie) Reiff of Farley, IA and Doris (Larry) Roeth of Dubuque, IA; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Schramm, Jacob (Sara) Reiff, Bobbi Jo (Joe) Duneman, Justin Otto, Michael Roeth, Samuel Roeth and Amanda Roeth; four great grandchildren, Owen and Landyn Schramm, GraceLynn and Auburn Reiff; one sister, Anna Mae (Donald) Brimeyer both of Dubuque, IA; and sisters-in-law, Edith Decker of Dubuque, IA, Mary Decker of Sherrill, IA, Pat Decker of Richardsville, IA, Doris Schueller of Denver, CO, Bill Cox of Dubuque, IA, Betty Lou Bell of East Dubuque, IL, Rita Dunn of Denver, CO, and Frank Donovan of CA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janice Decker, one son, Donald Decker on September 9, 1981, three brothers, Raymond and Alvin Decker and his twin brother Louis Decker; a sister, Delores Decker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold (Theresa) Farni, Jim Farni, Mabel Donovan, Eileen Cox, Dorothy (Ray) Paulus, Ken Schueller, and Louis Bell.

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



Maxine A. Beck


Maxine Adella Beck, 95, of rural Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, September 8, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private family celebration of Maxine's life will be held from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There are no public services planned. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Maxine Adella Kinrade was born on February 23, 1921 to Archie and Ruby (Brown) Kinrade on a farm east of Delmar in the same farmhouse that her father and grandfather were born before her. Because the horse drawn buggy carrying "Old Doc McCord" was delayed, the expectant father made the delivery! When asked if he was nervous, he replied, "Not at all because I have been a midwife for all the farmers in the area for their livestock for years".

Maxine had experienced the death of her mother at the age of 9 months and her paternal grandmother with whom she lived died when she was 4 years old. At the age of 5, she and her father joined another family which consisted of a new mom, Emily Coverdale Denger, and 2 brothers Art and George Denger. They moved to a farm southwest of Delmar and she resided there until her marriage to Warren Beck on November 30, 1940 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She graduated from Delmar High School in 1938.

Maxine was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Delmar area until 1953 when they moved to a farm near Andrew.

Maxine was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Jackson County Farm Bureau. She was very fond of doing yard work, and especially enjoyed listening and dancing to "Big Band Music" with her soul mate and best friend. Love of her family was the biggest joy in her life.

Those left to honor Maxine's memory include her children Jack (Mary) Beck of Maquoketa, IA, and Steve (LuAnn) Beck of Bellevue, IA; a daughter-in-law, Verla Beck of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Richard (Martha), Melissa, Elly (Clint), Jacob (Helen), Jennifer (Chris) and Matthew (Scott); 9 great-grandchildren; a brother Rev. Alvern (Joan) Kinrade of Newton, IA. She was preceded in death by her father, her two moms, brothers Art and George Denger, her husband Warren on April 11, 1996, a daughter Kathy Jo in 1942 and a son Bill in 2010.

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

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

 



Raymond C. Grant


Raymond C. "Ray" Grant, 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 09, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Ray was born on October 21, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Mike O'Shea and Eva "Babe" Barker.  He was united in marriage to Jenanne Foht on August 6, 1958 at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Ray was a longtime employee of Tschiggfrie Excavating Company, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Operating Engineers' Local # 234 and a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Wesley Men's Group.

Ray loved hunting, fishing, logging in his younger years and morel hunting.

Surviving is his wife Jenanne (Foht) Grant; one daughter, Sharon (Tom) Harris of Cuba City, Wisconsin and one son, Russell (Linda Welp) Grant of Zwingle, Iowa; four grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Michael and Kelsey (Jamie); five great grandchildren, Alexis, Alana, Peyton, Aubrey and Adalee; one brother, Terry (Gail) Grant of West Union, Iowa; his in-laws, Norbert Foht (Shirley Kirkpatrick) of East Dubuque, Connie Nolan of Key West, Iowa and Jerry Foht of Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike O'Shea and Eva "Babe" Grant, his grandfather, Charlie Barker; two sisters, Jean Foht and Joan Ingles; and three brothers, John, Larry and Bob Grant.

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

 



Lisa S. Yarolem


Lisa S. Yarolem, 46, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Lisa on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Lisa Sue Bennett was born on May 8, 1970 to Roger and Carol (Starr) Bennett. She was a 1988 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School, and received her CNA. She then went to Capri College in Davenport. She married Randy Yarolem on July 30, 2011 at Eden Valley.

Lisa was a homemaker and had worked various jobs through the years including working as a receptionist at Super 8 in DeWitt, the Baldwin Gas Station and at the Drafthouse in Welton.

Lisa enjoyed mushroom hunting, road tripping, camping, bonfires, collecting elephants and taking pictures of everything. She adored spending time with Randy and the children and was excited about her first grandchild coming in November.

Those left to honor Lisa's memory include her husband, Randy Yarolem of Lost Nation, IA; children Christina Anderson of Davenport, IA, Amanda Anderson of Long Grove, IA and Marcus Anderson of Long Grove, IA; a step-son, Matt (Chelbie) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA; a foster daughter, Melissa Wiley of Davenport, IA; her father, Roger Bennett of Grinnell, IA; her mother and step-father, Carol and Mike Evans of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Brent Bennett of Davenport, IA, and Brian Bennett of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Angela Evans of Maquoketa, IA; a step-brother, Larry Knowles of IA; a step-sister, Bonnie Shelton of IA; and foster siblings Amy Wenndt of Lisbon, IA, and Tim Evans of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, her step-mom, Julie Bennett, and a son, Travis George Anderson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy a Lisa S. Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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



Gary L. Feldermann


Gary L. Feldermann, 70, of Galena, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Galena.

A celebration of Gary's life will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Galena Chapel, where a Memorial Service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Gary was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 8, 1946, the son of LeRoy and Bernice (Heim) Feldermann. He was a graduate of Galena High School, the class of 1964. He was united in marriage to Beverly Winter on June 8, 1973 in Galena.

Gary was employed at Kelly Springfield Tire Company in Freeport, retiring in 2001. He was a member of United Steel Workers Local #745 of Freeport and Ducks Unlimited.

He loved hunting, fishing,and restoring old cars.

Surviving are his wife Bev; two sons, Mike Feldermann of Galena, and Luke Feldermann (fiancé Shannon Bartell) of Lisbon, Iowa; and three granddaughters, Kali, Leia and Payton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Bernice; and one sister, Nancy Feldermann.

Bev and family wish to thank Dr. Michael Wells, the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and the special people who assisted our family, especially Alice Trebian, Mary Ann Smith, Allison and Raphine for the wonderful care provided to Gary.

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



Nancy Ann Forler


Nancy Ann Forler, 48, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Dubuque, passed away on August 13, 2016 from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident that occurred while she was walking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Nancy was born on April 16, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and attended Dubuque Senior High School and later Hempstead High School where she graduated in 1986. Nancy received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Dowling College, Long Island, New York and Phoenix University, Phoenix, Arizona respectively. She was pursuing her PhD in Education while also working as a Special Education and English teacher at Maryvale High School in Phoenix at the time of her death. She also previously taught in Long Island and Brooklyn, New York.

Nancy was a devout Christian, wonderful daughter, sister and friend to many people. She was a strong, independent woman who lived life on her own terms. Nancy very much loved children and her life's pursuit was spent caring for and educating children. She was brilliant intellectually and an avid reader and lifelong learner. Nancy enjoyed fitness activities, in particular 5k races that supported the Humane Society and efforts against breast cancer.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Patricia and Paul Kramer of Dubuque; sister Carleen Forler of Stuttgart, Germany; three brothers, Dan and wife Dawyna of Davenport, IA, Shawn and wife Carole of Canton, GA, and Glen Kramer of Waverly, IA; one nephew, Jacob Forler of Davenport, IA and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents William and Marion Wallace and Walter and Celeste Kramer.

Memorial gifts in Nancy's memory will be given to the special education program at Maryvale High School in Phoenix.



Thomas F. DeMoss


Thomas "Tom" F. DeMoss, Sr., 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 5 at home surrounded by his family after battling pancreatic cancer.

A public viewing and honoring of Tom's life will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Hoffman-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque.

Tom was born August 5th, 1955. He was known and loved by many in Dubuque, and surrounding communities, as a local businessman, friend, mentor and teacher. On a Sunday morning he could always be found with his clipboard in hand and warm smile to greet the friends and patrons at Village Inn.

After hours, he enjoyed time with his family, often taking the lead on family meals, as he was truly a "Master Chef" in every sense.

He also was also a master prankster, as many have experienced first hand by his light-hearted shenanigans. Tom had a great respect for nature and loved all things outdoors: fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, grilling, and many heart to heart conversations on the back patio in which his valued advice and vast knowledge of all aspects of life were revealed.

Tom was especially grateful for the time spent with his wife of 32 years, Kim, during which they would travel, laugh, and embark on various adventures.

Those who continue to honor Tom's legacy include the love of his life, Kim DeMoss, his children, Stacie DeMoss, Thomas (Krista) DeMoss Jr., Brad (Melissa Helmond) Bahnsen, Mindie (Edward) Adamos and Derick (Kristin) DeMoss; grandchildren Heath, Makayla, Macy, Gabriella, Abigail, Maranda, Mason, Ace and Lucy; mother Donna DeMoss; brothers Donald (Sylvia) DeMoss, Doug (Pam) DeMoss, Steve (Susie) DeMoss; sister Brenda (Tim) Groves; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph DeMoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established at Dupaco Community Credit Union for Thomas F. DeMoss.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Tony Heier ARNP and staff at Grand River Medical Group as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Zachary J. Sieverding


Zachary J. Sieverding, 28, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson as celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 8th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Zachary was born in 1987 in Dubuque, son of Gary and Dianne (Gerdemann) Sieverding. He was employed at Goodwill Industries.

Zachary brought much joy to many people. He was a friend to many people. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. His niece "San" was a joy to him. He always said "I love you" when someone would leave. He enjoyed wrestling, loved to dress up in costumes, was a Packer Fan and enjoyed the Blues Brothers, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Jimmy Buffett.

He is survived by his mother, Dianne; six siblings, Susan Sieverding, Kimberly (Troy) Steines, Jodi Sieverding, John (Tracy) Sieverding, Heidi (Adam) Sieverding, and Ashley Sieverding; his nieces and nephews, Christopher, Matthew, Alexander, Benjamin, Andrew, Blake, Kyle, Carter, Caleigh, and Thomas; two great-nephews, Shay and Sylas, and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a niece, Savannah "Sunny" Steines; his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Thelma Sieverding; his maternal grandparents, John "Jack" and Mary Gerdemann, and two uncles.

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



William C. Risser


William C. "Bill" Risser, 75, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 10, 2016, from the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, September 9, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

William Claypoole Risser was born on March 24, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dr. Clay K. and Ruth E. (Estey) Risser. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended and graduated from mortuary school in Milwaukee. He married Marilou Reichling on September 7, 1963 in Maquoketa. To this union two children were born: Alison and Cameron.

Upon completion of mortuary college, "Bill" worked for Hawe Funeral Home in Vinton, Iowa for a couple of years. He then returned home to Maquoketa where he worked for several years as a funeral director with the Carson family at Carson Funeral Home. He then purchased Bob's Floral Shop in Maquoketa which he later sold and it became what is known today as Brenda's Flowers. Lastly, "Bill" worked as kitchen designer for many years with Flick's Home Center in the Quad Cities until retirement.

"Bill" was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, the Saddlebred Horse Association where he had served as past president, and the Palomino Horse Association. He enjoyed horses, especially Parade Horses and American Saddlebred Horses. He loved his family and attending his grandchildren's school and sports activities, antiques and was a food connoisseur.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Marilou Risser of West Des Moines, IA; children Alison Risser Daurelle of West Des Moines, IA, and Cameron (Susan) Risser of West Des Moines, IA; 2 granddaughters, Shannon Daurelle and Haleigh Daurelle of West Des Moines, IA; and sisters-in-law Jeanne Risser of Overland Park, KS, and Mona Reichling of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert "Bob" Risser and a brother-in-law Charles "Chuck" Reichling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William C. "Bill" Risser memorial fund has been established.

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



Beatrice M. Nelson

Beatrice M. "Bea" Nelson, 97, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, September 3, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Beatrice's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, September 9, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Beatrice Margaret Wittrock was born on November 9, 1918 in Pipestone County, Minnesota to Otto and Ernestine (Agger) Wittrock. She lived most of her life in Iowa as a homemaker, and as manager of Parker's Shoe Department in Davenport. She also was a fine seamstress, both privately and at Ramey's Fashions in Davenport. She had lived on a farm in rural Maquoketa for the past twenty years prior to moving to Clover Ridge Place.

Bea enjoyed flowers, gardening, animals (horses, dogs and cats), reading and especially dancing.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Diane Wuestenberg of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Linda Barenthin of FL; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Stephen and Richard, 2 brothers, 1 sister and a son-in-law, Terry Wuestenberg.

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



Mary C. Sheehan


Mrs. Thomas E. (Mary C. Zimmer) Sheehan, 89, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday evening, September 4, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Friends and family may also call from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church.

Mary was born on December 18, 1926 in Bellevue, Iowa, the daughter of George and Susan (Till) Zimmer. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, the class of 1945. Mary was united in marriage to Thomas E. Sheehan on February 19, 1949 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked together with her husband Tom at Sheehan Shell Station and Sheehan Insurance, both in East Dubuque. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

She loved bowling, golfing, cooking, their winter trips to Texas and traveling in general. Mary enjoyed time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. Mary was very devoted to her faith.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas E. Sheehan; four children, Daniel E. (Donna) Sheehan, David G. Sheehan, Debra A. Heitkamp and Denise M. Sheehan, all of East Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, Tom (Lynn) Sheehan, Tina (Scott) Diercks, Terri (Steve) Ludwig, Tony (Stacy) Sheehan, Tonia (Jamie) Sieverding, Tim Sheehan, Tracy (Adam) Lange and Troy Sheehan, Dr. James (Carolyn) Sheehan, Kelly (Nick) Stubbe, Rob (Amy) Sheehan, Keri (Brian) Gockel, Chelsea (Spencer) Kirschbaum and Elise Sheehan and grandson-in-law, Greg Weiland; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Clara Zimmer of Dubuque, Iowa and Sister Miriam T. Sheehan, OSF, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five children in infancy; three grandchildren, Todd, Tiffany and Infant Sheehan; and great-grandchildren Joseph Sheehan, Babies Gockel, Baby Sheehan, Baby Sieverding and Baby Stubbe; siblings Adella (Mike) Remakel, Isidore (Louise) Zimmer, Vincent Zimmer, Sylvester "Dolly" Zimmer, Florence (Carl) Flogel and Mary Margaret Zimmer; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oswald and Elizabeth Sheehan; her in-laws, Mary (Vern) Hutchcroft, Cletus (Eugenia) Sheehan, Clifford (Marie) Sheehan and James (Delphine) Sheehan.

Tom and family wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially the ER Dept., ICU, 3-West, and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their Wife and Mother.

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



Richard Link


Richard "Dick" Link, 82, formerly of 3074 Kaufmann Ave, Dubuque, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on December 20, 1933 in Dubuque, son of Joseph P. and Marie (Richard) Link. He attended St. Columbkille's Parochial School from elementary through high school, where he excelled at basketball and had the pleasure of being on the team that won the district championship.

On May 11, 1963, Dick married Mary Catherine Stejskal in Cresco, Iowa. They were blessed with four children. She preceded him in death in 2009 after 46 years of marriage.

Dick worked for the US Postal Service for over 32 years. After retirement, he worked part time delivering prescriptions. Dick was a devout Catholic and active member of Resurrection Parish. He was a member of Lacoma Golf Club in East Dubuque and was very proud of his four life-time "hole in one" shots. He was an avid fan of the Packers and Cubs, and a serious Euchre player. Dick especially enjoyed children, and was proud of his children and each of his ten grandchildren. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family and friends, his smile, and quirky sense of humor.

Dick is survived by his son, Steve (Jean) Link of Dubuque; three daughters, Dianne (Paul) Willging of Albany, IL, Karen (Scott) Gray of Arizona, and Martha (Patrick) King of Waukee, IA; four siblings, Lois (John) Drexler, Phillip (Barbara) Link, Joe (Connie) Link, and Ginny (Dick) Meyers; sister in law, Mary Link; grandchildren, Ashley and Casey Link; Jeff, Jake and Abby Willging; Adam and Ryan Gray; and Will, Alex, and Colin King; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother Jack Link; nephew, Greg Link; and great nephew, Derrick Drexler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Alzheimer's Association.

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



Marie F. Junk

Marie F. Junk, 80, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport. Per Marie's wishes, private family committal services will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born March 12, 1936 in Bettendorf, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Nellie (Dubovsky) Fotakis.

She is survived by three children, Cherokee (Bill Christian) Laws of Portland, OR, Gary L. Andrews of Salt Lake City, UT and Teri (Kevin) Paulsen of DeWitt; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two spouses, Gene Andrews and Veryl Junk; and a brother, Adam Fotakis.

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



Wayne E. Reicher


Wayne E. Reicher, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:00 a.m., on Sunday, September 4, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Wayne's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 9, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Wayne's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. and a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Wayne was born in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Edward B. and Millie J. (Willenborg) Reicher.

Wayne moved to Dubuque at a young age and developed his fundamental foundations of faith, family and fun. He went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Naval Reserve and the National Guard. After his discharge from the Army, Wayne moved back to Dubuque and met the love of his life, Rita Gulyash. They were united in marriage on November 22, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 57 wonderful years together and five sons. Wayne proudly invested 30 years of his working career with Dubuque John Deere Works until his retirement in 1988. Wayne was a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. He was also a member of the U.A.W. Retirees, the V.F.W. and also a charter member of both the #327 Experimental Aircraft Association and the Snomad Ski Club. Flying was definitely a passion in Wayne's life, as he would devote years of his time and talents to flight instruction and competition aerobatics with an International Aerobatic Championship in 1979. Wayne was also an avid skier who found great joy in instruction, ski patrol and downhill racing. And finally, if Wayne wasn't flying or skiing, he could surely be found sitting in his boat with his favorite fishing pole in hand. Wayne has lived a full and abundant life and the memories, and legacy he leaves behind will surely impact the world for years to come. We find peace in knowing that, even though he's gone home ahead of us, we trust that he'll be waiting there with open and comforting arms when we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Wayne's memory include

his loving wife of 57 years,
Rita Reicher, Dubuque, IA;

five sons,
Randall (Pamela) Reicher, Mineral, VA,
Barry (Diana) Reicher, Nixa, MO,
Dennis (Jennifer) Reicher, Littleton, CO,
Edward C. (Deborah) Reicher, Mantorville, MN
and Timothy (Sheryl) Reicher, Highlands Ranch, CO;

twelve grandchildren,
Heather (Devin) Jensen, Josh Reicher, Cecelia Reicher, Victoria Reicher, Jake Brown, Lindsey (Hayden) Griggs, Kathleen Reicher, Rachel Reicher, Madeline Reicher, Molly Reicher, Christopher Reicher and Lilly Reicher;

a great-granddaughter,
Avery Jensen;

and a sister,
Carole Martin, Dubuque, IA.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Norma (Bob) VonAh and Darlene (Norman "Lefty") Stierman; and a brother-in-law, Jim Martin.

Wayne's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Wayne and the entire family.

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

 



Nicholas L. Schmitz


Nicholas L. "Nick" Schmitz, age 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:49 a.m., on Saturday, September 3, 2016. To celebrate Nick's life, family and friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Nick was born on August 15, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leroy "Ben" and Rosemary (Basten) Schmitz.

Nick honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nick would next return back to the states and begin his working career among various businesses in Wisconsin, Montana, Florida and Virginia. His faithful work with the spinal cord patients at the V.A. Hospital in Richmond would eventually earn him multiple recognitions for his generosity. He would finally return to Dubuque to be closer to family in April of 2014. Nick was a good and decent man who could easily be discovered cheering on his Packers on game day, diligently shuffling the deck at his monthly poker games, or even enjoying a little venture down to the casino to try his luck out that day. Nick proudly possessed a plethora of useless information, which he was always willing to share with anyone who would have enough curiosity, and the patience to have a seat and listen. Nick has been taken from us quite suddenly, and the loss of one more good story telling session will surely be felt.

Those left to cherish Nick's memory include

his six siblings,

Steve (Lynn) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Schmitz, Milltown, MT,
Libby (Wayne) Sides, Cuba City, WI,
Joe Schmitz, Falls Church, VA,
Mike (Deb) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA
and Rob Schmitz, Kuwait;

he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sandy Schmitz; two brothers, Ben and Rick Schmitz; a nephew, Joshua Schmitz; and a sister-in-law, Linda Schmitz.

In lieu of flowers, a Nicholas L. "Nick" Schmitz memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Anita K. Gilles


Anita K. (Herting) Gilles, 88, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 6th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Anita was born March 25, 1928 in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Michael and Leona (Roling) Herting. She married John D. Gilles November 28, 1946, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2006.

Anita was a devoted wife and mother and was employed at the Visitation Convent. She was a member of Nativity parish, was involved in the Rosary Society, the Women's Guild, and served as a Sacristan. She was also a member of the A.C.C.W. and Catholic Daughters of America.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Donald J. Gilles, of East Dubuque, IL, John M. (Dawn) Gilles, of Sioux City, IA, Scott A. (Carla) Gilles, of Guttenberg, IA, Peggy A. (John) Tucker, of Strawberry Point, IA, Gail M. (Troy) Johnson, of Maquoketa, IA, Joanne M. Gilles, of Shawnee, OK, Mary K. Flatt, of Cambridge, WI, Christy L. Luster, of Dubuque, and Sara Jo Gilles, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; her siblings, Emil H. (Darlene) Herting, of Dubuque, Nancy L. Steffen, of Dubuque, Loras M. (Claire) Herting, of Maquoketa, Mary J. Duschen, of Dubuque, Judith M. Herting, of Dubuque, and Linda L. (David) Mizaur, of Fyre Lake, IL; a sister-in-law, Carol Herting, of The Villages, FL; a brother-in-law, Jack Neyens, of Marion; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, William "Billy" Gilles; a daughter, June Gilles; a grandson, Nicholas Klauer; a son-in-law, Randy Flatt; sisters, Janet Neyens and Luetta Herting; sisters and brothers-in-law, Norma L. (Walter) Krug and Helen E. (Jim) Love; brothers, Vern W., Earl and James Herting; and brothers and sister-in-law, Henry N. (Carol) Gilles; Buzz Duschen and Ken. E. Steffen.

A special thank you to Dr. Honorio Caceres and Dr. Mark Janes for their care.

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

 



John A. Schueller


John A. Schueller, Sr, 83, of rural Menominee, Illinois passed away Friday morning, September 2, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 5, 2016 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

John was born on February 11, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Robert J. and Helen M. (Kunlow) Schueller.  He was united in marriage to Betty Blume on February 11, 1961 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed as a truck driver first for Walt Burds Trucking at Peosta, Iowa and later for Briggs Transportation.  John also farmed in Menominee Township. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and was a former member of General Drivers' Local # 421.

John loved gardening, a good game of euchre, tractor pulling, cutting wood and riding the four-wheeler.

Surviving is his wife Betty; nine children, Mary Lou (Dan) Fitzgibbons, Connie (Bob) Wemett) Schueller both of East Dubuque, John Schueller, Jr of Dyersville, Iowa, Mark (Debbie) Schueller of East Dubuque, Joyce (Mark Sarazin) Schueller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, Daryl (fiancé Lois Green) Schueller of East Dubuque,  Diane (Chris) Kennedy of North Dakota, Bob (Missy) Schueller of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Richard (Cindy) Schueller of Galena, Illinois; 14-Grandchildren, Alex, Stuart, Carson, Carter, Kaylee, Nate, Dakota, Hunter, Megan, Ricky Jr, Tim, Hanna, Lainey and Aidan; one great-grandchild Landon; his siblings, Jim Schueller of Durango, Iowa, Marian (Francis) Koetz of Centralia, Iowa, Darlene (Francis) McDonald of Asbury, Iowa and Ruth Leibold of Peosta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Wayne "Bud" Schueller and one sister Virginia Banwarth.

Betty and family wish to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, the staff and nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and a special thank you to his granddaughter Alex Burrows who sat with her grandpa to the end and did not leave his side to take care of him and guide him to the other side.

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

 

 



Maryalice Williams


Maryalice "Mercy" Williams, 89, of Dubuque died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center after a long battle with cancer. A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 8, at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Mercy was born December 12, 1926 in Chicago, daughter of Robert and Mary (Norman) Walsh.

Mercy loved the variety of her life. She always treasured her family, and worked as an executive secretary for 37 years. She sang all of her life, and when she was 18, she auditioned and won the chance to by an understudy for the Lyric Opera. She studied voice privately for five years and at Yankton Conservatory for four more years; performing opera roles and singing for over 100 weddings and funerals.

When cancer struck, she lost her singing voice and decided to become a church Lector. She was a Stephen Minister for five years, and then a befriender at Resurrection Church, and she loved every minute. Before she died, she told her family that her life has been full, challenging, and most satisfying thanks to all the people she has met and served.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Terry) Leahy; sons, Robert (Wendy), Paul, Jr. (Suzanne), and Aaron (Connie) Williams; her grandchildren, Bridget and Kevin Leahy; Isaac and Elyse Wheaton-Williams; Danielle, Jamie, and Blake Williams; and Justin and Josh Berres; and one great grandchild, Hailey Berres.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Williams; and a brother, Robert Walsh.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Resurrection Church.
For more information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, and the Church of the Resurrection for all their care.



Margaret L. White


Margaret (Peggy) Louise White, of Worthington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Peggy was born on May 8, 1941, in Ryan, to her parents, Stella (Lyness) and Louis McEnany.  She started school in Lamont and graduated from Winthrop High School. Peggy graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing at Mount Mercy College with a BS in Nursing in 1962.  Peggy worked as a nurse at various Eastern Iowa facilities throughout her career.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Ken) Schuyler of Germantown, WI, her son-in-law, Bill Rolfes of Petersburg, IA, her grandchildren, Nicki White (fiancé Nick Klein) of Waterloo, IA, Dani and Sydney Schuyler of Germantown, WI, and Adam Rolfes of Petersburg, IA, a brother, Jim (Audra) McEnany of Marion, IA, a brother-in-law, Mel (Becky) Gerard, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim Rolfes, her parents, Stella & Louis McEnany, a sister, Linda Gerard, a brother, Terry McEnany, and a nephew, Jeremy Gerard.

Peggy's wish was to have a small, graveside service in lieu of a formal wake and funeral.  The services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

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

 

 

 



Catherine A. Van Etten


Catherine A. "Anne" Van Etten, fondly known as "Mrs. V.", passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services at the age of 86.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Chuck Layton officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Anne was born on August 22, 1930 in Blandinsville, Illinois, the daughter of Leo and Catherine "Pat" (Pittenger) McKone. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Home Economics and began her life of educating others in Havana, Illinois. It was there that she met her "love", Arnold J. Van Etten. Together they taught, went back to school, and found their forever home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mrs. "V" taught in the Dubuque Community School System for over 30 years, educating students in sewing, cooking and life in general. She was an enthusiastic, creative and dedicated teacher, who made each student her focus.
Anne supported, enjoyed and participated in a wide variety of groups through the years. She shared her leadership and service talent with PEO, Bridge Club, Hempstead Booster Club, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, VNA Jr. Board and the retired "Jones" teacher gang.

Anne will continue to touch the lives and be celebrated by her family which includes her "love", Arnold J. Van Etten of Dubuque; Julia A. Van Etten, Hudson, WI, Gregory D. Van Etten, Lenexa, KS, and Jennifer K. (Dennis) Hammel of Fairfield, IA; grandchildren, Vanessa (Chris) Patton, Reason and Madison Davis, Griffin, Riley and Olivia Hammel; Anne was awaiting her first great- grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Grace Bowers.

Anne's family wishes to deeply thank all of the caretakers at ManorCare, who are like second family, for their perseverance, humor, encouragement, gentle hands, and love that has been shared with Annie and her family.

In lieu of flowers an Anne Van Etten memorial fund has been established to be distributed to her favorite charities.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is assisting the family.



Edward Kenneth Kupferschmidt


Edward Kenneth Kupferschmidt, 69, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Edward was born on September 24, 1946 in Dubuque, the son of Edward L. and Leona (Cullen) Kupferschmidt. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964. Edward served his country from 1965-1967 in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

On April 26, 1975 he married Lynn Wirzbach at Immanuel Congregation UCC. Edward was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years until his retirement in 2008.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94, Tri State Vietnam Veterans Association and a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed playing his lucky numbers for his lottery tickets, hoping for the big winner, cheering on the Cubs, car racing and football.

Surviving are his wife, Lynn; brother Gary (Mary) Kupferschmidt; brother-in-law Prosper Hammerand; nieces Katie, Megan, Connie, Cindy, Julie, and Diane; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Karen Hammerand; and father- and mother-in-law, Karl and LaVonne Wirzbach.

An Edward Kupferschmidt memorial fund has been established.

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



Jean E. Runde


Jean E. Runde, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 1st, 2016 at home.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6th, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 5th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jean was born on June 12, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Richard and Florentine (Reding) Davis. She married William "Bill" Runde in 1953 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2010.

Jean was an active member of Sacred Heart and most recently Resurrection Parishes. She worked as an associate in the Dubuque Community School District for years in numerous positions and just loved working with the kids. The last several years she volunteered at Marshall School and again, just loved working with the kids. She was like a grandmother to each one of them.

Jean was an avid sports fan, always cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball and the Green Bay Packers in football. She enjoyed all the different playoffs and would always be involved in some kind of playoff pool! She just really enjoyed sports overall. She really enjoyed all of her outings with her former classmates and great friends.
She was a great family person and loved getting together with family and friends. Especially the grandkids and great grandkids! She was not only a great Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, she was a best friend to all of us.

Surviving are her six children, Ken Runde, daughter-in-law Cindy Runde and Mike (Tina) Runde, all of Dubuque, Dick (Sandy) Runde of Sherrill, Iowa, Nancy (Todd) Robertson and Bill (Mary) Runde, both of Dubuque, and Dan "Buck" (Shawn) Runde of Sherrill, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Jane Davis of Dubuque of Dubuque.

She preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; her five brothers and sister, Richard (Alice) Davis, Evelyn (Ted) Martin, Ken (Barb) Davis, Joe Davis, Jim (Joanne) Davis and Father Charles Davis.

In lieu of flowers, a Jean E. Runde Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Emergency Services team for their care, kindness and compassion to Jean and her family.



Joe "Jude" Sweeney


Joe "Jude" Sweeney, 81 of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Friday, September 02, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7th at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jude was born on April 4th, 1935 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Joseph and Irene (O'Brien) Sweeney. He married Lois Manders on January 28, 1956 at St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen. She was the love of his life and they spent over 60 wonderful years together.

Jude was a heavy equipment operator for 58 years and was a member of the Operating Engineer's Local 234. He was part of two card clubs and was a parish member at the Church of the Resurrection.

He enjoyed helping others and was known by many as "Poppy Joe". He lived to work and loved spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed for all his kindness, generosity, volunteer work and his mischievous sense of humor. Joe was a proud Irishman and loved by all.

He is survived by his wife Lois; children, Tammie (Bryan) Aivazian, of Casper, Wyoming, Sandy (Wes) Siebe, of Peosta, Tara (Steve) Sisbach, of Peosta, Jill (fiancé Joe Ungs) Sweeney-Keil, of Dubuque and Julie (Lyle) Daughetee, of Robins, Iowa. Grandchildren, Tristan (Sam) Waters, Grant (Kathrine) Aivazian, Reed (Meggie) Aivazian, Hannah (Brig) Moore, Alyssa (Alex) Wiezorek, Mackenzie Keil, Logan Daughetee, Kennedy Jo Keil, and Aaron Daughetee. 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Sr. Marian Sweeney, PBVM of Dubuque and Lu Roth of Sun City, AZ and a brother Ray (Chris) Sweeney, of Ronoke,VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law; Louis and Bendina Manders and a grandson Chad Sisbach.

"The Road to Heaven will be Clear".



Jane A. (Gabriel) Hallahan


Jane A. (Gabriel) Hallahan, 92, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, August 29 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30 am Tuesday, September 6 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tuesday, September 6 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jane was born September 7, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of Theadore and Ethel (McCraney) Gabriel. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. Jane married Joseph Gilbert Hallahan on April 18, 1942; he passed on March 29, 1993.

She worked for Denny's Lux Club for many years, volunteered at the Arboretum, Holy Ghost School and was a mentor at the school. Jane worked the Bingo at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, volunteered for Albrect Acres and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Joseph "Joe" (Jean) Hallahan; grandchildren Ann Hallahan and Robert (Karen) Hallahan; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and 9 siblings, Sid, Jack, Barney, Wayne, Helen, Virginia, Joyce, Willard, and Ted.

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

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



Irene M. (Cain) McMahon


Irene M. (Cain) McMahon, 89 of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at home.

Funeral Mass will be 9:00 am Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday, September, 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 6:00 pm Scripture Service; additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Irene was born June 19, 1927 in Balltown, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Stoffel) Loch. She married Allan Cain in 1946. She married Michael McMahon in 1970.

Irene was a waitress in the restaurant industry. She was employed at Rosheks Packet Room, The Bridge Restaurant, and then at Tots Tap.

Surviving are a son, James Cain, of Cape Canaveral, Florida, two daughters, Judith (Curtis) Gaherty and Kathleen (Patrick) Murphy, both of Dubuque; grandchildren Dawn Vevera, Ryan and Keefe Gaherty, Gina Bell, Tara Robinson, Allan Cain, Mitchell and Nathan Gaherty, Kayle and Ryland Murphy; great-grandchildren MaKenzie, Morgan, Gage, Dylan, Katelyn and Jaxon Gaherty and T.J., Brandon and Katie Bell, and Grace Vevera; step-children Sharon Keena, of Rockford, IL, Mike (Mary) McMahon, of Arizona, and Patrick McMahon, of New Mexico; a sister, Lucille Helbing, of Platteville, WI; and sisters-in-law Jeaninne Cain of Muscatine, IA, Mary Jane Cain, Sally Cain and Rita Loch of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a grandson, Gavin Murphy; a brother, Mathias Loch; a sister, Marie (Harold) Parker; brothers-in-law Robert Cain, John Cain, LeRoy Cain, Donald Cain and Burt Helbing; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Marie and Gus Meloy, Margaret and Dale Chambers, Wilma and Melvin Hingtgen, Agnes and Joseph Huseman.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, Emily, and Jennifer for your care. The family would also like to thank Lori and her friends at Alverno for your caring support during this time.

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



Adella V. Lahr


Adella V. Lahr, 93, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg, died Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville surrounded by her children and her devoted husband of 64 years, Clarence.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, 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. 6, 2016, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Adella was born October 14, 1922, in Petersburg, Iowa the ninth child of Louis and Anna (Meyer) Willenbring.  Adella was raised and went to school in Petersburg.  She married Clarence Lahr on Sept. 25, 1951, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for a time in the Worthington area until making their home in Petersburg.  In 2006, they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.  Adella was an avid crocheter, and loved to play cards, dominos and jig saw puzzles.  She was a wonderful cook and made the best chicken, roast and apple pie.  She was a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence, 3 children: Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL, Loras (fiancé Kate Jones) Lahr of Dyersville and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; 9 grandchildren: Tammy (Adam) Gurewitz, Becky (Troy) McKnight, Tim Stoffel, Jesse (Sam) Lahr, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr, Travis (Sidney) Lahr, Aaron Lahr, James (special friend Adrian House) Ronnau and Shannon (fiancé Dustin Smiers) Lahr; 9 great grandchildren and one expected in January; in-laws: Mary Jane Felton of Cascade and Alvin "Bud" Lahr of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: John (Hilda) Willenbring, Albert (Stacy) Willenbring and Lawrence "Sonny" (Verna) Willenbring; 5 sisters: Frances and Leona Willenbring, Rose (Anton) Mormann, Irene (Frank) Sassen and Tillie (Lawrence) Rolfes;  Parents-in-law: Nicholas J. and Mary Lahr; brothers and sisters-in-law: 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, Joe Felton and Theresa (Jerry) Goedken.

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

 

 

 



Gerald T. Swift


Gerald Thomas "Jerry" Swift, 92, of Bell Tower Assisted Living, East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home at 1:58 p.m., on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer's. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jerry was born on May 1, 1924, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, son of Claude H. and Elizabeth M. (Hora) Swift. On May 5, 1924, he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church at St. Patrick Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1935, the family moved to Marshalltown, Iowa, where his parents eventually opened a barber and beauty shop.

Jerry was an avid trumpet player; he played 1st chair trumpet in his high school band, was a bugler in the Boy Scouts and appointed the official battalion bugler in the U.S. Army. While in junior high and high school, he was offered to join one of the leading orchestras of the 1940's; however he turned that down as he was convinced that the United States would be at war soon and he was hesitant to make a commitment to the orchestra knowing the potential of war.

He volunteered for the draft and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division and joined the 114 Regimental Combat team as a part of the Battery C, 217th Field Artillery Battalion. His specific assignment was in the communication section. After two years of dedicated service in France, Germany and Austria, Jerry was finally honorably discharged from his nations call with three Bronze Stars to his name.

After the war, Jerry was united in marriage to Norma Jean Bryant of Clemons, Iowa, on May 1, 1948, at St. Mary's Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. Shortly after, he attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1960, he was employed by Caradco, where he held many leadership positions. After the door plant closed and relocated, he was employed by the City of Dubuque as a Housing Inspector until his eventual retirement in July of 1989.

Jerry was not only a Scout Master for Table Mound Troop 69, but he was also a charter member of that troop. He taught religious education for many years at St. Raphael Cathedral of Dubuque where he was also an usher. In September of 2013, he was fortunate to be able to go on the Honor Flight departing out of Dubuque, Iowa.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years,
Norma "Peggy" Swift, East Dubuque, IL;

his eight children,
John (Janine) Swift, Davenport, IA,
Thomas (Carol Copeland) Swift, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick (Sandra) Swift, Leavenworth, KS,
Charles (Debra) Swift, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Jay) Powers, Menominee, IL,
Angela (Steven) Kramer, Rio Rancho, NM,
Sara (Dennis) Morrison, Farley, IA
and David (Pam Jentz) Swift, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Kim Swift, Sierra Vista, AZ;

fourteen grandchildren,
Charles Swift, Thomas Swift, Steve (Susan) Swift, Jamison (Fiancé Stephanie Townsend) Swift, Michelle (Fiancé Rafael "Ralph" Ramirez) Swift, Melissa (Jon) Lyon, Emily Powers, Jacob Powers, Christopher Kramer, Jessica Kramer, Janelle Morrison, Maria Morrison, Nolan Morrison and Andrew Swift;

eight great-grandchildren;

many step grandchildren;

 

and two nieces,
C. Jeanne Peters and Catherine Callies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Swift; a sister, Evelyn Pike; and a brother, Rev. Robert Swift.

Jerry's family would like to thank the nurses, CNA's and administration at Bell Tower Assisted Living, not only for the loving care they provided during his two year stay, but also for accommodating the family in the most gracious ways during the final weeks and hours of his life. The family would also like to thank the many nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and finally the entire staff at Dubuque County Veteran's Affairs for all of their help, compassion and care.

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

 



Joseph J. Walbrun


Joseph J. "Joe" Walbrun, 68, from Bernard, IA peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by his wife and family on August 30th, 2016 at 6:40pm.

Joe was born on February 21st, 1948 in Dubuque, IA to John C. Walbrun and Eleanor F. "Freckles" Young. Joe was a graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque, IA and served his country in the Navy from 1968-1971 on the USS Saratoga during the Vietnam War.

Joe attended vocational training school at Hamilton Technical School for Electrical Engineering. Joe dedicated 31 years of his life to working at John Deere, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Good Guys Car Club and UAW 94 Local Chapter for Veterans.

Joe was married to Karen A. Stevens of Dubuque, IA on January 6th, 1984 at the University of Dubuque's Blade Chapel. Joe and Karen shared 32 blissful years of marriage together.

Joe was a free spirit on an adventure throughout his entire life. He was a lover of all living things and exhibited passion in all that he did. He was a wanderer on the water, whether it was on a houseboat on the Mississippi River or on a pontoon floating on Leisure Lake. He loved animals fearlessly, both domestic pets, especially his four-legged children, and exotic eagles. He was one-of-a-kind and lived by his own rules: shirtless and shoeless.

Joe is survived by his wife; Karen A. Walbrun, who lovingly called him "her rebel without a cause"; a daughter; Niki Walbrun, two step-children; Michelle L. (Susan Kelly) Mulgrew and Randall J. (Bari) Richter, three grandchildren; Stephanie L. (Cody) Kalvig, Garrett and Paul Richter, one sister; Betty M. (Bob) Cromartie, one brother; John M. Walbrun, and three nieces and nephews; Matthew Cody, Lauren Wilson, and Dakota Smith.

Joe is preceded in death by his father; John C. Walbrun and mother; Eleanor F. "Freckles" Walbrun.

Joe requested there would not be a wake or funeral in his memory, but a Celebration of Life gathering in his hand-built sunroom in his home, on Saturday September 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorials can be made in care to Karen Walbrun to be distributed to Joe's favorite local charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mohammed Milhem, his amazing staff and all of the caring staff in the cancer center at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Hospice of Dubuque, and Leonard's Funeral Home



Gerald H. Dean

Gerald H. "Jerry" Dean 69 of Dubuque, died Monday, August 29, 2016. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Private committal services will be held.

Jerry was born on May 14, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Grace Dean. He married Carm Correll.
Surviving are his wife, Carm of Dubuque; his children Ken (Stephany) Dean, Amy (Gary) Hantelmann, Shawntel Schmitt all of Dubuque, Dennis (Corrinna) Dean of Zwingle and Daniel Dean of Dubuque. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque Staff.

The family request no flowers, memorials may be given to the Gerald H. Dean memorial fund.



LaVerne D. Jackson Klein


LaVerne D. Jackson Klein, 91 formerly of 485 North Grandview, Bell Tower and lastly of Stonehill passed away at 12:05 am Saturday August 27, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, September 2nd at Grandview United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

LaVerne was born on July 10,1925 on a farm in Zwingle where she grew up. She is the daughter of Lewis and May (Niensteadt) Denlinger. She graduated from Zwingle High School.

She married Eugene "Gene" Jackson in 1947, he preceded her in death in 1964. She then married Terry McConnell, he preceded her in death in 1981. She later married Ambrose Klein in 1982 and he preceded her in death in 2009. After the passing of her first husband Gene, LaVerne worked part time jobs at Stampfers, Penney's and Sears. She was a member of Summit Congregational Church and lastly a member of Grandview United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, living in Texas in the winter, crocheting, cooking, dancing, talking to people wherever she was. She enjoyed listening to her son-in-law Jim playing music with the Country Deputies Band and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Gene) Wilkerson, of Jackson, MI, Donna (James) Pfeiler, of Peosta, Iowa. Grandchildren: Christina (Marc) Mclntrye, of Grass Lake, MI, Michelle Triplett, of Wedowee, Alabama, and Donna Marie (special friend Allan LeGrand) Chambers, of Bellevue, Iowa. Five great grandchildren, Dylan and Blake Chambers, Cali (Cody Hudson) of Georgia, and Brycen and Preston Mclntrye. Two great great grandchildren Brayden and Krimson Hudson.

The family wishes to thank her doctor of many years Dr. Viner and his staff, her best friend Phil at Bell Tower and staff, and the staff at Stonehill. A warm thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate care to LaVerne and her family.



Donald E. Hamill Sr.


Donald E. Hamill Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Crystal Lake, IL.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Friends may also greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald was born February 25, 1937 in Germfask, Michigan, the son of William and Elizabeth (Morden) Hamill. He married Janice A. Sevey on June 23, 1963 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hanover, IL. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2013.

Donald served his country with the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in 1967. He earned his B.A. in accounting from Austin Pea University in Clarksville, TN. He was employed at Interstate Power for over 30 years, retiring as the VP of Budgets and Regulatory Affairs.

Donald loved being active outdoors golfing, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed going on vacations with family and friends, and especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Donald (Wendy) Hamill Jr. of Marengo, IL, William Hamill of Johnsburg, IL, Mark (Kelly) Hamill of Lakeville, MN, Paul (Vicki) Hamill of Crystal Lake, IL, and Annette (Tom) Kelly of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; his brother Harold Hamill of Brighton, MI; a sister-in-law, Judy Kennedy of Hanover, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Linda Schnurer.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Finley Hospital and Sunset Park Place in Dubuque; and Kindred Hospice and Fair Oaks Care Center in Crystal Lake, IL.

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



Namie A. Sheldon


Namie A. Sheldon, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:09 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Namie's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, with Pastor Thomas C. Shinkle officiating. To celebrate Namie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Namie was born on February 27, 1934, in Hokkido, Japan, daughter of Shirokichi and Miyo Aoki.

Namie was born and raised in Japan and would eventually meet, and fall in love with, Richard Sheldon. They would be united in marriage on March 25, 1957 in Tokyo, Japan. Their union would be blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 2 deeply adored sons. Namie was a proud homemaker who discovered the precious gifts of nurturing and caring for her family. Her uncanny ability to make her home a sanctuary of love and adoration was truly a natural God given talent in which all whom held a special place in her heart would learn to appreciate. In her free-time, Namie would find great joy in creating her newest project with her favorite knitting needles, heading off to the bingo hall with numerous lucky daubers in hand, or even spending a little time out on the boat just soaking up the warm sun as her bobber counted away the hours. But let it be known that on Thursdays, as tradition would dictate, Namie could be found trying her luck at the loudest slot machine with a stack of coins just waiting for their chance to make her smile. She was a longtime and faithful member of Grand View United Methodist Church and her devotion to her eternal destination was never in question. We grieve today, as Namie's sudden absence from our lives has become a sad reality we must face. But we know that the 82 years she was among us, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind, will carry us through until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Namie's memory include
her loving husband,
Richard Sheldon, Dubuque;

her adoring sons,
Timothy (Leah) Sheldon, Dubuque
and Donald Sheldon, Kansas;

her four treasured grandchildren,
Bryce, Brittany, Ryan and Blaine Sheldon;

and her loving family in Japan.

Namie was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

A Namie A. Sheldon memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Namie's favorite charities.

Namie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and ManorCare for all of their care and support.

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



Janelle M. Kutsch


Janelle M. Kutsch, age 51, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Janelle's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Janelle's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janelle was born on December 18, 1964, in Dubuque, the precious daughter of Harold and Vivian (Allen) Kutsch.

Janelle was a determined and delightfully happy girl throughout her entire 51 year earthly journey. Her joy was contagious and an abundance of smiles and hugs were never far behind when Janelle walked into the room. She would faithfully invest over 10 years of her time and talents at McDonald's, helping keep the front lobby organized and running smoothly. When Janelle wasn't at work, some of life's more simple pleasures would easily find their way into her day. An ice cold Diet Pepsi, a dish of delicious ice cream or a healthy serving of warm meatloaf would always inject a little extra "I'm happily content" into her smile. Janelle also enjoyed a regular session of watching her favorite movie, Grease; a lively opportunity to show off a few of her dance moves; and her yearly trips to Minnesota to cast her line into the water in hopes of catching the next big one. Janelle was dedicated to sharing her love with the world around her, and was always ready to let you know the day that gift began. But we now find ourselves traveling through today with only the wonderful memories, and examples, she leaves behind. We are blessed to have had Janelle touch our lives in so many ways and trust that she is going to be waiting for us all with big hugs when we finally meet again.

Those left to cherish Janelle's memory include

her siblings,
Robert (Jan) Kutsch, Lakeland, FL,
Sheila (Doug) Kruser,
William Kutsch,
John Kutsch,
Melvin Kutsch,
Donna (Jeff) Phillips,
Marvin (Nancy) Kutsch
and Jolene (Doug) Wareham, all of Dubuque, IA;

and she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Janelle was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ann Marie Kutsch; and a brother, Allan Kutsch.

A Janelle M. Kutsch memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Janelle's favorite charities.

Janelle's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Sunnycrest for the care and devotion they graciously gave to Janelle and her loved ones.

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

 



James C. Hynes


James C. "Jim" Hynes, 79, of Dubuque passed away at home on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016, at St Joseph Key West Catholic Church, with Msgr. Richard Funke officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of mass.

He was born in Dubuque on March 1, 1937, son of James W. and Marie (Pins) Hynes. He graduated from Loras Academy, class of 1956, and attended Loras College. He married (Judith) Lorene Wilcox on May 5, 1995 at the Little Brown Church.

He was a policeman with the City of Dubuque, retiring after 36-1/2 years. He then worked for Dubuque County for 6 years with Courthouse Security.

He was a kind and gentle man who was blessed with a multitude of friends. He enjoyed traveling, camping, family reunions, working around his home, and ICE CREAM. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #4236, La Motte-Key West; he and Lorene were Treasurer of the Iowa Good Sam RV Club; members of Key City Sams, & Tri State Sams camping clubs. He was a volunteer on the Special Olympics Winter Games Committee. He loved to travel, having visited Ireland, Germany, Hawaii and Alaska. He enjoyed spending the last 14 winters in the Rio Grand Valley where he coordinated the bike club in the RV park, and traveling throughout the country in their 5th wheel trailer.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Lorene; daughters Deborah, of San Antonio, Pam (J.D.) Campbell, of St Louis, Lisa Hynes, of Lakeville, MN, and Lora (Jason) Schrock, of Portland, OR; grandchildren Myles, Samantha, Nicole, Kate, Brady & Beau; sisters Betty Moran, of Rock Island, & Kay (Tom) Hochberger, of Dubuque; sister-in-law Joan Hynes, of Iowa City; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James R. Hynes and sister Mary Gassman.



Gertrude A. Besler


Gertrude A. "Cooie" Besler, 69, of Key West, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31st at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. There will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. and members of the Farley American Legion Post 656 will meet as a body at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on August 22, 1947 in Cascade, IA and grew up in Worthington, IA, the daughter of Clarence "Doc" and Lucille (Jarding) Soppe.

Cooie was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals; Finley Hospital; Medical Associates; and V.A. Clinic in Dubuque.

She married Don Besler on September 28th, 1968, in Worthington, IA and together they are members of St. Joseph Key West Church.

Cooie enjoyed her family tremendously, especially her grandchildren. She had a great love for flowers, gardening and was an excellent baker.

She is survived by her husband, Don Besler; four children, Deb (David) Besler Hash, Doug (Lisa) Besler, Jen (Joe) Besler, and Kate (Andy) Bailey; six grandchildren, Morgan, Ava, Brynna, Elyse, Lyla and Pierce; a sister, Mary "Mag" (Bob) Olson; and two brothers, Dick (Soek) Soppe and Harry "Hooker" (Jan) Soppe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, "Doc" and Lucille Soppe, and a brother, Tom Soppe.

Cooie asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a charity of your choice.

We would like to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and the staff at the Oncology Department at Medical Associates for their amazing care of Cooie during her journey.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Elizabeth Jane Rohner


Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Rohner, 93, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, formerly of Dubuque, passed away in peace Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 2 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 1 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

Betty was born on May 1, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond H. and Amelia M. (Piltz) Haverland, the oldest of their 3 children. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School, where she loved her cheerleading days.

On November 7, 1945 she married Leroy H. Reiter at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 1990. She married David T. Rohner on June 8, 2001 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 2014. Betty took her faith seriously and attended Mass religiously at Nativity and St. Anthony's in Dubuque, as well as St. Stephen's in Sun Lakes.

She was employed as a Personal Banker at American Trust & Savings Bank for 25 years. She loved dealing with the public and they loved her. After retiring, she enjoyed volunteering. Her life was one of devotion. She was devoted to her children, her husbands, her grandchildren, her extended family of nieces and nephews and to her mother, whom she cared for until her mother's passing at age 99.

Betty was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and its St. Bernadette Circle. She was a past Rosary Society Officer, member of Catholic Daughters and charter member of Theda Master Chapter, and Beta Sigma Phi. Her involvement with her sorority extended over seven decades and included serving in all Officer capacities from President to Treasurer, as well as leading volunteer efforts such as making puppets for Children's Ward at Iowa City Hospital. An annual sorority dancing highlight for Betty was the Sweetheart Ball at the Melody Mill in the Dubuque area.

She enjoyed dancing, playing Bingo, music, gardening and decorating her home. Her life was full of color, fashion, laughter, a true concern and compassion for others, and above all, her relationship with Christ Her Lord and Savior. She loved her nieces and nephews and the family reunions that were held in her later years. She loved going to Arizona, Branson, Missouri, Chicago for Cubs games with her mother and the family vacations at Freddy's beach, outside Delhi, Iowa. Her greatest pleasure came from visiting her children and grandchildren, or having them visit her.

Betty is survived by her children David J. Reiter of Charleston, SC; Commander, USN (Ret.) Donald J. (Susan) Reiter of Alexandria, VA, Diane M. (Dr. Howard) Brown of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Dean R. (Sandy) Reiter of Tempe, AZ; grandchildren John Reiter, Cathy (Rob) Reynolds, Mark Reiter, Kevin (Heather) Reiter, Max Reiter, Alexis Brown, Mason Reiter, and Taylor Reiter; stepson Steve Rohner; step grandson, Nicholas Rohner; great grandson, Noah Reynolds; great granddaughters, Haven Reynolds and Parker Reiter; and many dear friends, especially in the Dubuque area.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Donald J. Haverland and Joan M. Konzen.

An Elizabeth Rohner Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Patricia Ann Schulz


Patricia Ann "Pat" Schulz, 75, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family after a three-year battle with lung cancer.

Services will be held on Tuesday, August 30th at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a memorial service given by Pastor Jack Redman at 5 p.m.

Pat was born on July 7, 1941 in Dubuque to Donald and Ruth (Curtis) Williams. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married James H. Schulz on June 27, 1959 at First Baptist Church in Dubuque.

Pat was an active member of the Red Hat Society. She spent years regularly attending country dancing events with her husband, Jim, and taught line dancing as a volunteer at the Dubuque Lifetime Center. Pat was creative and crafty, sewing quilts for her family, crocheting, beading, and Swedish weaving. She loved to travel with her family, visiting New York City to see her granddaughter, multiple trips to Nashville with her husband and friends, and a trip to Hawaii with her son and his family, which had been a lifelong dream of hers. Every Tuesday for nearly fifteen years, Pat and Jim joined a close group of friends for a weekly dinner out. Family was the most important part of Pat's life, and she loved being a grandmother and later, great grandmother. Each Christmas she looked forward to a warm celebration, surrounded by her beloved grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, James; their children Jaime (Ann) Schulz of St. Paul, MO, Scott (Dionne) Schulz of Dubuque, and Rob (Tracy) Schulz of Wentzville, MO; grandchildren Aaron (Lauren) Schulz, Lacey (Louis) Tsacudakis, Betsy (Tom) Duggan, Alison (Will Roach) Schulz, Taylor (fiancé Kristen Clements) Schulz, and Hailey (Jon Rhymes) Schulz; great-grandchildren Zaida, Grayson, Paisley, Julian, and Evelyn; and her sister Judy (Duane) Baier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy, Barbara Jean, and brother Bill Williams.

Pat requested any memorials be sent to Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd, Dubuque Iowa, 52001.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, is assisting the family.

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



Cheryl A. McCarron


Cheryl A. McCarron, age 58, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:27 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Cheryl's life, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Cheryl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cheryl was born on May 7, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Dale F. and Dolores (Ressler) Walbrun.

Cheryl was united in marriage to her one true love, and soul-mate, Jeff McCarron, on August 6, 1994 at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque. Their union would be blessed with 22 wonderful years together and one treasured son, Christopher. She was a proud native Dubuquer who would earnestly attempt to make the world around her a better place during her 58 years among us. Cheryl would work diligently to receive her Bachelor's degree in History from Clarke College in 1980. Her interest in American and European history would be a driving force in her life over the next 36 years and her incredible wealth of knowledge was not only empowering, but also satisfying. She would also take great pride in other ventures and ultimately invest over 13 years at Premier Linen, striving to continually present the finest creases in town. Cheryl has been a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and her desire to please her Lord and live according to His design was always on display for all to observe. In her free time, Cheryl was more than happy to dive into her newest crossword puzzle, work on her latest adventure into her family's genealogical research, sit down to recapture her youth with a classic rerun of Hogan's Heroes, or even to simply curl up with her favorite most recently published autobiography. Cheryl's impact on the world, and the hearts of those whom love her, is clearly visible for all to witness. We mourn her absence today, but rejoice in the fact that we know that she's finally at peace from her earthly battle with cancer and we firmly trust that we will all be reunited in absolute perfection one day. Peace be with you our dear sweet Cheryl.

Those left to cherish Cheryl's memory include

her loving husband,
Jeff McCarron, Dubuque, IA;

her deeply adored son,
Christopher McCarron, Dubuque, IA;

and her sibings,
Helen (Robert) Bussan,
Dale E. (Gina) Walbrun,
Cristel (Mark) Krolick, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Palya) Thomas, Centennial, CO.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents.

A Cheryl A. McCarron memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Cheryl's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, ManorCare, the University of Iowa, Finley Hospital, the Wendt Cancer Center and also the Grand River Medical Group, especially Dr. Mark Hermann, for all of the professional, compassionate and tender care they provided to Cheryl.

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

 



Elizabeth Roedell Conlon


Elizabeth Roedell Conlon, 73, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016, at home in the presence of her family and dear friends.

A celebration of Beth's life will be held at Timmerman's Supper Club, Palisades Room, in East Dubuque on Friday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. Private family services will be held. Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

She was born March 3rd, 1943, in Dubuque, the daughter of Richard P. and Alice "Patricia" (Hunter) Roedell.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 and attended the University of Iowa.

Beth especially loved music, art and antiques. She served on the board of directors of the Dubuque Art Association and was a volunteer with Mercy Service Club. In 1974, she and her brother Richard opened Palais Royal Antiques which was one of the first commercial shops located at the foot of the Fourth Street Elevator.

Beth worked for many civic organizations. She was Director of the Dubuque March of Dimes, Director of Development for the Benedictine Sisters in Madison, WI, Volunteer Coordinator for Project Concern, and worked with the City of Dubuque Planning Commission until her retirement in 2005.

She spent many enjoyable years living in San Diego near her brother, niece and nephew. She had a sense of style and natural ability for design which was reflected in the places she lived. She had many friends and was a proud and loving grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Becky Conlon (Andy Kalb) of Dubuque and their children Elliott, Sean, Jack and Christine; Jenny (Jon) Corniea of Edina, MN, and their children Patrick, Sophie and Peter; brother Richard Roedell of San Diego; niece and nephew Paige Summer and Carter Roedell of San Diego; and former husband, Steve Conlon.

Many thanks go to longtime friends Terry Sutton and Karen Derks. Thanks also to LouAnn Jansen and family, all her dear friends at Applewood III, Dr. Mark Hermann, Melissa, Amy, and Jan of Hospice of Dubuque, and her extended family who gave comfort to her and shared in her life.

Memorials may be given to Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey and Hospice of Dubuque.

See you in Paradise, Mom!

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

 



Barbara A. Clark

Barbara Ann Clark, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, August 25, 2016, at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Monday, August 29, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara Ann Donielson was born on March 10, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Trula F. (Smith) Donielson. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. In 1944 she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing. She married Lloyd H. Clark on November 22, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 5, 2005.

Barbara had worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, as well as the bookkeeper for Clark Construction.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include nephews, Chris and Eric Donielson; a step-daughter Carol (Merlyn) Yeager of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-grandchildren; and 7 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother Judge Allen "Barney" Donielson.

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

 



Gary E. Gasell


To celebrate the life of Gary E. Gasell, age 56, of Hazel Green, WI, family and friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Gary was called home peacefully, in the home he built, with his loving wife by his side on August 27, 2016.

Gary was born on March 25, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Mary (Rhomberg) Gasell.

Gary was a very talented artist who generously shared his God-given abilities with the production of beautiful stained glass works. He was the proud owner of Key City Decorative Glassworks and his inspired creations will continue to be viewed and appreciated for years to come.

Gary's free time was typically invested in the outdoors taking in all of the natural beauty this area has to offer. Some of his most treasured moments were the countless hours he and Nancy spent navigating the mighty Mississippi together. Gary would also find numerous opportunities to strap on the tank and do a little diving to explore God's wonders below the surface; with one of his favorite expeditions being a two week stint in Tahiti. Gary was also an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed heading out into the woods on his next hunting excursion. And never to be known as a fair weather fellow, Gary would eagerly anticipate the winter season so that he and his friends in the snowmobile club could venture out and blaze a few trails after the fresh snows had beckoned. Gary has been taken from us much too early, and our hearts ache with a sorrow which only faith and time can heal. But we do find comfort in knowing that the 56 years he did share with us were abundantly full because of his wonderful spirit and that now Gary is resting in eternal peace.

Those left to cherish Gary's memory include

his caring wife,
Nancy Gasell, Hazel Green, WI;

his step-daughters,
Paula (Michael) Lindeman, Batavia, IL
and Francesca (Kenneth Pattengale) Faber, New York City, NY;

three step-grandchildren,
Luke, Lyla and Ivy Lindeman;

and also his three siblings, aunts and an uncle.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

A Gary E. Gasell memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Arlene A. Killen

Arlene A. "Artie" Killen, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Arlene Killen was born on November 26, 1932 to Dwight "Bob" and Vinola (Walsh) Hettrick in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her nursing degree at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Her nursing career was at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California and she resided at Irvine, California.

Those left to cherish her memories are brothers Bill (Vivian) Hettrick of Boulder, CO, and Gene Hettrick of Davenport, IA; and a sister Berneta "Bertie" (Carl) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; 6 nephews and a niece; also many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Killen, her parents and a niece.

According to her wishes, there will be no services and cremation has taken place.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

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

 



Margaret H. Reed


Margaret H. Reed, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, August 23, 2016, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 27, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 26, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Margaret Helen Carlson was born the youngest of nine children on September 30, 1928 in Wewela, South Dakota to Oscar and Margaret (Moles) Carlson. When she was very young her family moved to Maquoketa where she graduated from Maquoketa High School and then earned a teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. She married Darrell Wayne Reed on February 27, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Rodney, Cheri, David and Mark.

Margaret had taught at rural Jackson County country schools for several years prior to raising a family. She then did some substitute teaching.

Margaret was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and its ladies aid. She had been a 4-H leader for many years and an active member and volunteer with the Jackson County Historical Society in Maquoketa. She enjoyed baking wedding cakes, cooking for her family, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her husband, Darrell Reed of Maquoketa, IA; children Rodney (Sally) Reed of Perth, Australia, Cheri Reed of Hiawatha, IA, David (Karen) Reed of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (Laura) Reed of Solon, IA; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight siblings, Cecil, Ethel, Wayne, Gaynell, Wallace, Howard, Victor and Inez.

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

"The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County and lifelong friends Jerry and Janice McMurray."

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



Dennis J. Lewis


Dennis J. Lewis, 66, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Dennis was born on September 21, 1949, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, to James W. and Alverna J. (Ginter) Lewis. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1967. He then graduated from the Colorado School of Trades in 1969 receiving a Gunsmithing Degree. Dennis worked as a gunsmith all his life. He was employed by John Deer Dubuque Works for 42 years as a tool and die maker.

Dennis loved riding motorcycles and in 1973 he started the Matador Motorcycle Club. Besides being an original member, he also was a founding member of the corporation. He was a lifetime member of the NCOWS (National Congress of Old West Shootists) and participated in many gun tournaments often placing in the top three.

Dennis was a loving, compassionate and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, son and brother and will be truly missed by those who treasured him the most. His grandchildren Sylvia, Wyatt, Sunny and Lotus were absolute joys for him. He thought the world of all four of them.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gardner Lewis; his children, James Edward (Heidi) Lewis, of Suamico, WI, and Katie (Matt) Cooperstein, of Redondo Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Sylvia and Wyatt Lewis, and Sunny and Lotus Cooperstein; his mother, Alverna Lewis, of Cuba City; four sisters, Diane (Jeff) Cole, of Cuba City, WI, LeaAnn (Dave) Baker, of Plover, WI, Laurie (Ben) Goeman, of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Donna (Randy) Wisdom, of Cuba City, WI; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Casey, of Houston, TX, and Marion Eilken, of Des Plaines, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, James William Lewis; two brothers-in-law, Ron Eilken and Norman Gale Casey; and many aunts and uncles.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and the staff of Grand River Medical Group for the excellent care provided during the last two years. Our thanks also to each and every person from Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy 3 West, these incredible people provided endless amounts of compassion and comfort in his final days.

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



Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp


Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in Holy Trinity cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Bernice was born January 8, 1935 to George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach on the family farm east of Holy Cross, Iowa.  She attended Holy Cross Catholic School, graduating from High School in 1953.  Bernice married Leander C. Steffen on May 7, 1957 in Holy Cross, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 1980.  Together they farmed and raised 6 children. 

In 1993 Bernice moved to Dyersville.  On April 22, 1995 she married Gilbert Honkomp in Dyersville, Iowa.  He also preceded her in death on November 6, 2009.  Bernice worked at Country Junction Restaurant for 23 years.  Her passions were baking pies, crocheting, quilting, and keeping up with her extended family.

Bernice is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter: Wayne (Janice) Steffen of Luxemburg, Julie (Jeff) Wieneke of Dyersville, Terry (Sally) Steffen and Kenneth (Cindy) Steffen both of Luxemburg, Steven Steffen of Worthington, Martin Steffen of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren: 3 great grandchildren: 8 step-children: Ron (Linda) Honkomp, Shirley (Pat) Pirc, LaVern (Joan) Honkomp all of Dyersville, Lou Ann (Gordon) Helle of Elkader, Joyce (Pat) McCue of Shakopee, MN, Margie (Murray) Nelson of Waukee, IA, Janice (Tim) Gansemer of Dyersville and Mary Lee (Stan) McWilliams of Dubuque, one sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, 2 brothers: Bernard Ellerbach of Dyersville, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, 2 sister-in-laws, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Verna Mae (Walter) Burkle of Dyersville, a brother-in-law, Donald (Anne) Steffen, many nieces and nephews, 25 step grandchildren and 31 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leander Steffen, second husband, Gilbert Honkomp, daughter-in-law, Laura Steffen, 3 brothers, Lawrence (Rose), Ernest, & Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach, in-laws, Margaret Ellerbach, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Alphonse (Sylvia) Steffen, Agatha (Milton) Lake, Lawrence (LaDonna) Steffen, Grace Steffen and a step granddaughter, Brittany Honkomp.

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

 

 



Cynthia Strang


Cynthia Strang, 57, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Memorial Services will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where family will greet friends from 11:00 am Saturday until service time. Private Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate.

Cynthia was born October 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Darlene (Reifsteck) Clancy. She attended Hempstead High School and worked for K-Mart for over 30 years. Cynthia married Brian J. Strang on June 11, 1994 at Eagle Point Park in Dubuqe. She enjoyed camping, traveling, cruises with her Mom, being with the "K-Mart girls'", golfing, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Brian; children, William "Billy" (Sarah) Patrum, Jr., Jessica L. (Matt) Fleckenstein; step-daughter, Krystal Strang; grandchildren, Paige Patrum, Carter Patrum, Kaylee Hume, and 2 more on the way; her mother, Darlene Minor; siblings, Connie (Al) Pline, Carla Schumacher, Carl "Duke" (Tami) Seastrand, Chris "Sis" (Peter) Davies, Craig (Cindy) Seastrand, Pat (Jamie) Clancy; step-brothers, Matt (Charlene) Minor, Jeff (Debbie) Minor; mother-in-law Jan Strang; in-laws, Cindy (Tom) Steffens, Sandy (Jeff) Urbain, Brad (Kim) Strang, Sarah (Ed) Maloney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Clancy; grandson, Caden Patrum-Ostrander; siblings, Chuck Seastrand, Chad Seastrand; step-mother, Beverly Clancy; step-father, Hubert "Red" Minor; father in-law, Joseph Strang; step-brother, Steve Minor; step-sister Debra Minor.

Memorials may be made to the Cynthia Strang Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy; and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Marie A. Jannette


Marie A. "Sis" Jannette, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Pastor Chuck Layton officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Marie was born on June 30, 1946, in DeWitt, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Lorraine (Urmie) Driver.

Marie began her education in a one-room schoolhouse, which she would attend through the eighth grade. She would then be taken into Clinton to find a job with the Sisters at Mount Saint Claire. They offered to either reimburse her for her efforts, or provide her with an education. Marie chose wisely to receive an education and gratefully attended both high school and college there until finally receiving her nursing degree. Marie faithfully worked as a surgical nurse at Mercy, Finley and Xavier Hospitals at different times during her working career. She was united in marriage to Donald D. "Don" Jannette on October 6, 1973, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Their union would be blessed with 34 years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 26, 2007. Marie was a member of various churches throughout her life. Her final home parish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, brought her tremendous joy in both her heart and soul. She was an accomplished quilter, and providing beautiful quilts yearly to the La Salle school auction, and also to decorate St. Luke's for the Mother's Day service, were a source of great pride for her and her family. Marie's greatest joy, during her earthly journey, was the treasured time she would get to spend with her family and her precious "baby dogs". Never allowing her mind to be confined in any narrow fashion, Marie would develop a great love for many types of music and an appreciation for multitudes of different cultures. Marie had an infectious laugh which would fill the room, and she will be truly and greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 3 children,
Michelle Jannette, Holy Cross, IA,
Ann Marie Jannette
and Michael Jannette, both of Dubuque;

her brothers,
John Driver, Westby, WI,
Tony (Thyrza) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA,
Joseph (Jeramie) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA
and Paul Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her sisters,
Theresa Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Mary (Marc) Driver-Keefer, Littleton, CO;

a sister-in-law,
Sue (Ed) Jannette-Callahan, Raymond, IA;

several nieces and nephews,
Bridget, Jessica, Stephanie, Lora, James, John, Tyler and Tim;

and four great-nieces and nephews,
Avionna, Paxton, Emery and Scott.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; her niece, Amy Driver; and Michael's fiancé, Molly McKenna.

A Marie A. Jannette memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Marie's favorite charities.

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

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

 



Phyllis A. Dolphin


Phyllis A. Dolphin, 88, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phyllis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Phyllis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born August 3, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of William L. and Florence (Dunn) Kauder. She received her education in St. Martin's Catholic school. On July 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to John "Skip" Dolphin. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1966. The couple owned and operated Dolphin's Corner for many years and she later worked at the Cascade Pioneer and the Supper Club 528 in Cascade.

She was a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan. Phyllis was also an avid Cascade Cougar fan and was her grandchildren's biggest fan, and never missed any of their sporting events. She enjoyed bowling, going to daily mass, coffee with her friends and walking with her friend Maurna. Phyllis loved to travel; she traveled twice to Hawaii and New York City to see the New York Yankees play at the old Yankee stadium a few days before it closed.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Phyllis was also the Treasurer for the Tri-County Historical Society.

She is survived by six children; Gary (Cindy) Dolphin of Peosta, IA, Herb (Mary Kay) Dolphin of Cascade, IA, Bonnie (Allan) Pape of East Dubuque, IL, Colleen (Larry) Kramer of Green Oaks, IL Terri (Gary) Kleitsch of Cascade, IA and Scott (JaDee) Dolphin of Milwaukee, WI; 14 grandchildren; Neil (Amanda) Dolphin, Nicki (Dan) Shannon and Tracy (Mark) Conrad, Brandon Pape, Aaron (Danielle) Kramer, Jordan and McKenzie Kramer, Jessica (Ryan) Sweet, Christopher (JoAnn) Kleitsch, Maggie (Eli) Hunerdosse, Katie (Jon) Ricciotti and Timmie (Special Friend, Bridget Merritt) Kleitsch, Kylie and Sam Dolphin; 13 great grandchildren; Raelyn and Madilyn Dolphin, Casey, Molly and Cole Shannon, Will and Emily Conrad, Noah, Connor, and Karlyn Sweet, Addy Kleitsch, Bella and Bria Hunderdosse and baby Kramer due in January; two sisters, Lois (John) Sullivan and Nancy (Richard) Sullivan both of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Carol Dolphin of Cascade, IA and Mary (Tom) Ipsan of Mount Vernon, IA; one brother-in-law, Corky Dolphin of Cascade, IA; and many Nieces and Nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Timothy P. Dolphin on November 4, 1989; three brothers, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder; one sister, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert, one sister-in-law, Becky Dolphin, one brother-in-law, Dave Dolphin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the St. Matthias Parish or Camp Courageous in memory of Phyllis Dolphin.

The family of Phyllis would like to thank the Staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Sherry Kelchen ARNP of Medical Associates for all the wonderful care and compassion they gave to Phyllis.

We take solace in the peace she has found and will love and miss her dearly.

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



Gertrude E. Behne


Gertrude E. Behne, 91, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Gertrude's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Gertrude Eloise Seamonds was born on December 15, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Maneldo and Clema Belle (Scott) Seamonds. She was a 1942 graduate of Elwood High School and then earned her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She later would earn her Bachelor Arts degree from Marycrest College. She married Leo L. Behne on October 28, 1944 in Grand Mound, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1999.

Gertrude was a teacher who first taught at country schools and then at Baldwin from 1954 to 1961. From 1961 until retirement in 1984 she taught in the Maquoketa Community School District.

Gertrude was a member of the Merry Knitters Club and the Retired Teacher's Association. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and crafts.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Ronald Behne of Bernard, IA, and Leona (Phill) Golladay of London, AR; a daughter-in-law, Linda Behne of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Larry (Janice) Behne of Lowden, IA, and Lyle (Donna) Behne of Milan, IL; and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Schutt of DeWitt, IA, and Josephine Behne of Oxford Junction, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Richard, a brother Donald Seamonds, and a sister Dorothy Hotz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gertrude E. Behne memorial fund has been established with funds being used to start a scholarship at the Maquoketa Community High School for a student who will be majoring in education.

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

 



William J. Bonert


William J. "Bill" Bonert, 77, of New Vienna and formerly of Petersburg died Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester following a short illness.

Friends may call from 2-8 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, August 25, 2016, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Bill was born March 20, 1939, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Anthony and Anastasia (Arens) Bonert. He served in the Army National Guard from 1959 - 1961. He married Mary Ann Steger on June 1, 1961, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until they semi-retired and moved to New Vienna in 2014.

He enjoyed going to farm sales, playing cards, spending time on the farm with his sons and grandchildren. He was a simple farmer who loved visiting with anyone who had time. He was known for his special wink and the way he turned his hat sideways.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann, 2 sons: John (Colleen) and Dave (Lynn) Bonert, all of Petersburg; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Bonert of Petersburg; 9 grandchildren: Kristi (Cory) Donlon, Kelli and Jacob Bonert, Jenna, Amber, Erin and Derek Bonert, Brandon and Kayla Bonert; his siblings: Bob (Lori) Bonert of Dyersville, Sr. Bertha Bonert, OSF, of Dubuque, Jim (Pat) Bonert of Dyersville and LuAnn (Larry) Willenborg of Petersburg; in-laws: Lillian Wessels of Dubuque, Bob (Lillian) Steger and Rosemary (Marv) Nickol, both of Dyersville, Pat (Margie) Steger and Chuck (Carol) Steger, both of Colesburg.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Arnold and Gertrude Steger, a son, Ron, a brother, Paul, and brothers-in-law, Jim Wessels and John Steger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Edward J. Neiber


Edward J. "Mr. Ed" Neiber, 84, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, August 18, 2016, at his home in Elwood, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Ed's life will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private memorial service will be held and burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Edward James Neiber was born on December 2, 1931 in Milnor, North Dakota, to Henry and Helen (Povlitski) Neiber. He was educated in a country school in Milnor and first worked as a farm hand for Butch Harff and later for the Sinner Family. He then entered the military during the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. 

Upon his dad's death, Ed came to Iowa with his sister Josephine Hausman and worked as a tractor mechanic for Millwright International Dealership. He worked for them as well as the new owners Dostal and Watters until 1973 when he started his own business. He owned and operated Ed's Tractor Repair for over 43 years from 1973 to 2016. 

It was also in Iowa that Ed met his future wife, Irma Mae Waters. They were married on June 13, 1959 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. To this union four children were born: Kimberly, Kelleen, Mitchell and Matthew.

Ed was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, a lifetime member of the Lost Nation American Legion Menzo Widle Post #381, the Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association and was an avid supporter of the Maquoketa Athletic Booster Club. In earlier years, he had been active with Irma in a couples bowling league and a men's softball league.

Ed enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, bowling, tractor pulls, watching the Cubs, White Sox and all sports. Additionally, he enjoyed working on anything "Red" tractors. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's events and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Ed's memory include his wife, Irma Neiber of Elwood, IA; children Kimberly (Len) Bryan of Rochester, MN, Kelleen Neiber of Charlotte, NC, Mitchell (Jennifer) Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Matthew (Jodi) Neiber of Eldridge, IA; 6 grandchildren, Michael Bryan of Kansas City, MO, Andrew Bryan of Sandpoint, ID, Samantha and Maxwell Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Brennan and Jayda Neiber of Eldridge, IA; and a special nephew Rodney (Susan) Waters and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur, and sisters Rose Schular, Beatrice Trular and Josephine Hausman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School or to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Louis W. Brenke


Louis W. "Louie" Brenke, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Monday, August 22 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Louie was born to Charles and Viola (Coffman) Brenke on June 30, 1921 in Dubuque, IA. After serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps, he married Madonna M. Donovan on October 10, 1942.

Louie worked at Dubuque Packing Co until his retirement in July, 1981.

His interests included automobiles and traveling. He was a member of the Friendship Force and had visited 27 countries and all 50 states.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Ronald) Smyth; of Dubuque; grandchildren: Tammy (David) Hooks, of Rockford, Illinois, Jeffery (Lisa) Pfalzgraf, of London,
England, Kristin (Oscar) Garza, of Rockford, Illinois, Carla (Dion) Beyer, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Joshua (Christine) Smyth, of Dubuque. Fourteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elizabeth in infancy; a brother Frederick; his wife Madonna; daughter Dorothy (Carl) Pfalzgraf and a great great grandchild Liam.

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



Joseph S. LoBianco


Joseph S. LoBianco, Jr. 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21st at St. Joseph The Worker where a wake service will be at 1:45p.m. and a rosary by the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph The Worker Counsel at 5:15 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Joe was born on January 6, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Anna (DiNova) LoBianco. He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque in 1952.

On May 9, 1959 he married Janet Adams. He worked at Sears for many years and later sold insurance for Knights of Columbus. After retiring from the Knights of Columbus, he continued insurance sales with the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Joe served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He felt very privileged to have gone on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2014 with his good Friend Roger Kutsch.
He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Chapter 10069.

He was an active member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church and his faith was very important to him. He always enjoyed being involved in his Loras Academy class reunions and kept in touch with many classmates.

He is survived by his wife Janet; daughters: Jeana (Jay) Welu, of Naperville, IL, and Jennifer (Brian) Pillard, of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Sam Welu, Sydney Welu, and Max Welu, all of Naperville, IL, Nick (Julie) Pillard, of Davenport, Ben Pillard and Zachary Pillard both of Dubuque; great granddaughter Harper Pillard; one brother Rev. Pat LoBianco, of Techny, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Stan and Louis; a sister Rose Hebert; sister-in-law Mary LoBianco; brother-in-law Pat Hebert; nephews and niece, Tim LoBianco, Joe and Tracy LoBianco.

A Joseph S. LoBianco memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to Dr. Mark Runde and his nurse Julie, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Scott Brock and Dr. John Whalen and all their nursing staffs; you provided many years of caring and compassion.



Julie M. Kutsch


Julie Marie (Steffen) Kutsch, 43, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 18, 2016. Surrounded by family, Julie returned to the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m.

Julie was born on October 5, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Constance (Engler) Steffen. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1991 and attended Capri College for cosmetology.

She married Alan Kutsch, on August 10, 1991 and later met the man that she would spend the rest of her life with, Scot Megonigle.

She worked for Payless Shoes as a manager and was most recently working at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital as a Patient Care Tech.

She was a volunteer of Cub Scout Pack 50 and the Boy Scout Troop 11 which she was actively involved with for the past 13 years.

She enjoyed her hobby "Killing Time Crafts", reading, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her many nieces and nephews, going camping with family and watching her kids play and grow.

She is survived by her mother Connie Steffen, of Dubuque; husband Scot Megonigle, of Dubuque; daughter, Ashley (Fiancé Cameron Graff) Kutsch, of Laurens, Iowa; sons Richard Megonigle, and Tyler Megonigle, both of Dubuque; step daughter, Ashley Kohnen, of Dubuque; siblings, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, of Dubuque, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, of East Dubuque, and Laura (Jeff) Phelps, of Cedar Rapids; her mother-in-law, Sandra Megonigle, of Vermilion, Ohio; her former husband Alan Kutsch, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty and Cameron along with her Godchildren: Beau and Alexandra.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Steffen; grandparents, Irvin & Mary Engler, Laurabelle "Betty" and Bernard Steffen and her cousin Michelle Arthofer.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Steffen memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman, his nurse Sandy and their staff at the Grand River Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque especially Traci, and the Oncology Department at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Julie.
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Parker D. Robbins


Parker Daniel Nilus Robbins, 3 year old son of Joshua and Jennifer (Hirsch) Robbins took his last breath on Earth and entered Eternal Heaven on August 17, 2016.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Parker was born on September 13, 2012 in Iowa City. He came into this world and immediately touched many lives. In his short time, he made many milestones; many doctors believed he wouldn't. He fought every single day until that last breath, which is why his nickname "P-man" was quickly earned. Although he couldn't speak, he was able to express his emotions and love to those he met. In 3 short years, he was blessed to be an ambassador for March of Dimes, a Make-a-Wish kid, a big brother, and most importantly a true Miracle to witness. Without a word, our Superman was able to give lifelong joy and overwhelming love to our hearts. Love, that without doubt, will remain and stay strong until we meet again.

He is survived by his loving parents Joshua and Jennifer; his baby sister Raelyn; grandparents, Dan and Janet Hirsch, of Dubuque, Jim and Ann Robbins, of Fennimore; great grandparents, Cecilia Hirsch, of Dubuque, Andy Robbins and Delores Oyen both of Lancaster; aunts and uncles, Kellie (Greg) Schmitt, Cory Hirsch, both of Dubuque, JD Robbins, of Fennimore, Jason Robbins, of Memphis, TN; his cousins, Connor Robbins, Korey and Chase Schmitt, and Micah Robbins.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister Delaney Robbins on September 19, 2011.

In lieu of flowers a Parker Robbins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, the members of Dyersville Fire Department, and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave. Also to Unity Point Nursing and a very special thank you to Parker's in-home nurses Natalie, Ann, Alesha, Lee, Belinda, and Christee.



Donald D. Waller, Sr.


Donald D. Waller Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at Luther Manor. Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family 11:00 am - 2:45 pm also Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the funeral home prior to services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donald was born January 12, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Ella (Thompson) Waller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1957. He married Karen Frommelt on June 25, 1960 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Donald was employed with the Great Northwestern Railroad, and in welding at John Deere Dubuque Works. After retirement, Don and Kay moved to Mission, Texas, where they enjoyed 12 years. Donald enjoyed having a cold beer, and was an avid woodworker who made many things for his family.

Donald is survived by his wife, Karen, of Dubuque; Donald (Cherie) Waller Jr. of Bernard, Dennis (Lynn) Waller of Bernard, Dawn LuGrain of Dubuque, Doug (Teresa) Waller of Bernard, and Drew (Susan) Waller of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily) Waller, Ashley (Daniel) Dvorak, Dustin Waller, Sean (Traci) Vaske, Amber and Zachary Waller, Meggan LuGrain, Andrea, Nicole, Samuel, Maxwell, and Vivian Waller; his great grandchildren, Nicholas Wiltsy, Joseph, Nadia, Corbin, and Vanessa Waller, and Jude LuGrain; his sisters, Lois Ranek, Joyce Cartmill, and Helen Hedrick; and his half-brothers, Ken Cummings, Ralph (Donna) Cummings, and James Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dean Waller; his sister, Lorraine Ronek; his brothers in law, Justin and Charlie Ronek, Jim Cartmill, Frank Hedrick, John Stile; and his sister, Gerry Stile.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Donald. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Matthew G. Tott


Matthew G. Tott, 32 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at U of I Hospital & Clinics from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral Service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016 at the funeral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Matthew was born April 19, 1984 in Dubuque, the son of Jerry and Lisa (Fondell) Tott. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 2002. Matthew was an avid motorcyclist, Packers, NASCAR, and all around sports fan. He always found the good in a person, was outgoing, fun loving, and had a heart of gold. Matthew worked for Tott's Tap, was a student, and liked to live life on the edge. He was an organ and tissue donor and his memory will live on through his gift.

Survivors include his parents; maternal grandfather, Robert Fondell, sibling, Shanna (Billy) Brotzman and Justin (Ivy) Tott all of Dubuque; nephew, Gavin Brotzman; niece, Iris Tott; numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins; and his loving dog, Maya.

Matthew was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harold "Shorty" and Dorothy (Powell) Tott; maternal grandmother, Ruth (Little) Fondell.

A memorial fund has been established in Matthews memory.

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



Melinda M. Blok


Melinda M. (Mercer) Blok, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Melinda was born on June 18, 1938 in Beloit, Wisconsin; the daughter of Kenneth "Moco" and Helen (Ervin) Mercer. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956 and attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
She married William Blok on January 3, 1959 and he preceded her in death on July 3, 1999.

She worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for many years as an Operating Room Technician.

Melinda is a former member of the Tri-State Saddle Club and Table Mound PTA.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Blok and son, Mike (Jan) Blok, both of Dubuque; two step grandchildren, Derek (Sarah) Paulson of Dubuque and Bryan (Jana) Paulson, of Larchwood, Iowa; her "seven dwarfs" great grandchildren, Claire, Audrey, Caleb, Autumn, Kennedy, Koby, and Kalen Paulson. Her brother Mike (Pam) Mercer of Bond Oregon; three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; along with her many pets especially "Bear" and "Panda".

The family wishes to thank Abby and Kelsey at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital ICU for all their compassionate care.



James W. Sysko


James W. "Jim" Sysko, 64, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:55 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on December 30, 1951, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of James J. and Dorothy (Larsen) Sysko. He married Myrna A. McCrea on November 11, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton.

He owned and operated Sysko's Bar, Sysko's Sports Books & Videos, and Sysko's Floor Sanding.

Jim enjoyed attending his children's, grandchildren's, and family members' sporting events. He liked to travel and hunt and spent a lot of time with his chocolate lab, Cocoa. Jim would always lend a helping hand to anyone or share a quick story.

Jim was actively involved in the Benton community throughout his life having served on the Benton Fire Department, Benton School Board, Benton Booster Club, Benton Alumni Association and Village of Benton Board.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna; a son, Travis (Brandy), of New Glarus; a daughter, Mollie (Josh Virtue), of Galena; a brother, Dave (Jean Ann), of Benton; his mother-in-law, Phoebe McCrea, of Benton; three grandchildren, Tucker, Kennedy and Harper; and a supportive extended family.

He was preceded in death by a son, Josh; his parents; a sister, Carol Farrey; and his father-in-law, Harold McCrea.

Memorials to the Benton Community Fund, PO Box 253, Benton, Wisconsin, would be appreciated.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net



Joan E. Connolly


Joan E. Connolly, 92, of Cascade, Iowa, formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joan may call from 8:30 until Services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa.
Services for Joan will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa.

Joan was born May 14, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Irene (McCarthy) Donovan. She received her education from Fillmore country school and the Visitation Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. On May 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa, the Holy Family Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of American court #1287. She was also a member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club.

She is survived by her three children, Justin (Annette) Connolly of Peosta, IA, Judi (Dwain) Connolly-Trenkamp of Maquoketa, IA, and Jerry (Mary Jo) Connolly of North Richland Hills, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 4 great great granchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly on December 19, 2012; one son, Jeff in August 24, 1980, twin brothers, Cletus (Jean) Donovan and Clifford (Lucille) Donovan; one sister, Lou Mae (Dominic) English.

The family request no flowers or plants.



Sr. Elizabeth Welter, BVM

Sister Elizabeth Welter, BVM, 93, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, was called home on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at The Caritas Center.

To honor Sister Elizabeth's life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, 1050 Carmel Drive. To celebrate Sister Elizabeth's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a scripture prayer service being held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher at St. Mary/St. Raphael, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary and secondary school teacher in Casper, Wyoming; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; and Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank, Tujunga and San Francisco, California She also served in various office positions in Mission Hills and North Hollywood, California.

She was born in Chicago on Sept. 9, 1922, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ries Welter. She entered the BVM congregation on Feb. 2, 1939; made her first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1941; and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Mary Josephine Tanner, Palm Desert, California; her nieces; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her earthly life for 77 years.

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

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

 



Genevieve M. Herber

Genevieve M. Herber, age 98, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of California, received her final earthly blessing on Monday, and was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Genevieve's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Genevieve's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Genevieve was born on March 13, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Catherine (Hillard) Herber.

Genevieve spent her formative years in Dubuque and would receive her primary education at Holy Trinity Elementary School and The Academy of the Visitation. She would eventually move to California and continue on with her college education before beginning her working career as a Neurological Secretary. After a number of years, she would gracefully transition into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she would retire from after 25 years of loyal service. But Genevieve was so much more than a great employee; she was also a committed Catholic servant. She would faithfully invest her God given time and talents with The Secular Society of Mary, the Universal Living Rosary, The Third Order of Mary, The Legion of Mary Auxillary and The Rosary Hour; all of which are functioning in the Los Angeles area. After moving back to Dubuque, she would continue on her religious journey and devote herself to St. Mary's, St. Raphael's Cathedral, Church of the Nativity and the Power of Prayer. Genevieve's driven purpose in this life was to share in all the splendor her Creator had to offer. Her greatest joys could be realized daily, in her heart and soul, simply by trying to make the world a better place, living a fine example of a Christian woman, or even just savoring the glory of a beautiful day. We have lost a true earthly gem today, but we know and trust that she now resides in infinite perfection in the safe and loving hands of her Lord and Savior. Well done Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Genevieve's memory include

her sister,
Catherine Herber, Aloha, OR;

and several adoring nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Leo Herber, Elizabeth (Al) Rieselman, Celeste (Al) Richard, Edwin Herber, Collette (Earl) Isham, Kenneth (Anne) Herber, Gertrude Herber and Francis Herber.

In lieu of flowers, a Genevieve M. Herber memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Genevieve's family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Angela Kelley, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Genevieve.

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

 



James C. Accola


James C. "Jim" Accola, 68, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Waverly Place in Stockton, Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is from 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

Jim was born on October 7, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leonard V. and Dora (Petitgout) Accola.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1966. Jim was united in marriage to Bette Woller on July 1, 1972 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was an avid fan of Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. Jim was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 2003 and later worked for the City of Dubuque, Parks Division for eight years.

Jim was lifetime member of St. Mary's Church and a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He loved going out to eat, especially with his uncle Jerry Accola.

Survivors include his wife Bette; one son, Bryan (Audrey Jo) Accola of Dubuque, Iowa and one daughter, Audrey Stratton of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ayden Accola, Sylvia, Trent and Olivia Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dora and a sister Janet Accola.

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

 

 



Donald E. Coyle


Donald E. Coyle, 95, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. peacefully at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service was held at 6:30 p.m., and a KC Rosary was held at 6:45 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Don was born on April 26, 1921, son of George and Loretta (Hardiman) Coyle. On November 25, 1943 he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Rogers at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 17, 2008.

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

He is survived by 3 siblings, John "Bud" Coyle of Monticello, IA, Joe (Marie) Coyle of Hopkinton, IA and Madonna Leib of Cascade, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, three brothers, Wilmer, Francis and Melvin Coyle, three sisters, Georgene Klostermann, Darlene Knepper and Betty Jean in Infancy.

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

 

 



Viola A. Rojemann


Viola A. Rojemann, 91, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away at 4:44 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Viola was born on April 15, 1925, in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Mathilda (Tranel) Hoftender. She was united in marriage to Joseph E. Rojemann on May 29, 1946, at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee. He preceded her in death on October 26, 1987.

Viola was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its St. Ann's Society. She was a homemaker and formerly employed by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc. until her retirement.

Viola enjoyed gardening, playing euchre, scrabble, and bingo, and especially enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Surviving are her children, Gerald (Mardelle) Rojemann, Donna (Dan) Sheehan, Doris (Jim) Loeffelholz, Steve (Gayle) Rojemann, and Glenn (Lisa) Rojemann all of Menominee, Illinois and Debra (Steve) Hoppman of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; 26 grandchildren, Jody and Tracy Jo, Tom, Tina, Terri, Tony, Tonia, Tim, Tracy and Troy, Mike, Dave, JoAnn, Randy and Andy, Lindsey and Kelly, Jenny, Brittany, Ashley, Tyler and Brianna, and Brandon, Megan, Katelyn and Logan; 31 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Hoftender of Menominee and Eileen Rojemann Heller of Platteville, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mathilda Hoftender, brothers Leo (Bertha), Clarence (Evelyn), Elmer (Dorothy), and Melvin, sisters Rosella (Al) Ricke and Edna (Robert) Bauer, niece Diane Hoftender, her father- and mother-in-law, Ted and Armella Rojemann, in-laws Justin (Marie) Rojemann, William Rojemann and Margaret (Jack) Doyle, grandchildren Todd and Tiffany Sheehan in infancy and a great-grandchild Joseph Sheehan in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Koenigs and the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their compassionate care given to their mother.

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



Helen S. Johnston


Helen S. Johnston, 93, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Manor Care Health Services under the care of hospice. She departed her life just as she had lived it: in full control and filled with joy in the presence of her family and her friends during her final days.

Helen was born July 1, 1923, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the oldest child and only daughter of a carpenter and a church secretary, G. Vernon and Pearl (Blackford) Capell.
She earned a BA in piano performance from Simpson College and a master's from Clarke College. Helen taught business education at North Fayette Community High School in West Union, Iowa, and after the family moved to Dubuque, taught elementary school at Prescott, Irving, and Marshall, and was a reading specialist in the Dubuque Public Schools System.

Helen's life was grounded in a passion for music. She and lifelong piano/organist partner, Ruth Jones, performed countless programs at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where Helen was a member for more than fifty years. They expanded to "Forty Flying Fingers" when they added pianists Nancy Woodin and Karen Lull to the program. Helen accompanied the choir at St. Luke's and played there most recently on July 3, two days after she turned 93. She was an originator of the "Fabulous Fridays" music programs at St. Luke's and organized a series of programs called "Where Art and Music Meet." She had also been a member of the JuBELLation Ringers at St. Luke's. In addition to performing at church, Helen and Ruth played for many years at the Finley Hospital Auxiliary's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Helen also accompanied many musicians in the Artist Series of the Dubuque Arts Council, was the music director of the Barn Community Theater and the Grand Opera House, and was one of the originators of the Dubuque Arboretum's Sunday afternoon concerts.

In addition to her music, Helen was also an ardent supporter of service projects. She organized the "Seniors Out and About" monthly travel group, served as president of the Dubuque Arts Council, and held every office in PEO Chapter KI. She was a delegate to the Dubuque Area Congregations United and a lay member of the United Methodist Annual Conference. She was a member of two bridge clubs at the time of her passing, was a voracious reader, and loved to attend concerts and plays.

On the family front, Helen and her husband Bruce (2002) lost an infant son, Robert John, and raised three children, Bill (Debbie) of St. Paul, MN, Jean (late husband Denny) of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Ed (Christine, and late wife Sally) of Cable, WI. Helen doted on her four grandsons, Kevin (Samantha), Tim (Sarah), Zachary, and Daniel, and her two great-grandchildren, Fiona (6) and Lochlan (1). She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss their Aunt Helen.

Helen will live on in the hearts of her family and in her music legacy to St. Luke's and to Dubuque. She requested that her ashes be scattered with Bruce's at the family's 150-year-old farm near Hopkinton, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Helen Johnston Memorial Fund at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



LaVonne M. Vath


LaVonne Mary Vath, 94, of Dubuque, formerly of 10930 NW Towner Dr., Grimes, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

LaVonne was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Rudolph V. and Grace E. (Thielen) Wagner. She attended Nativity grade school, the Visitation High School and Clarke and Mercy for her Nursing degree. 

On October 10, 1943 she married William Thomas Vath. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1992.

Surviving are her children, William (Bonita) Vath, of New Berlin, WI, Greg Vath of Tempe, AZ, Thomas (Elessa) Vath, of Grimes, IA, and Janet (David) Luick of Austin, MN; grandchildren, Timothy Vath, Jeromy Vath, Nicholas Oman, Katrina Oman and Malachi Oman; and a great- granddaughter, Emma Rose Oman.

She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tia Vath. 

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

Memorials may be given to Assumption Catholic Church, Granger, Iowa.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their compassionate care.



Gary M. Hoppman


Gary M. Hoppman, 56, of rural East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery, Menominee Illinois. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. on Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Gary was born on March 1, 1960 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Thomas and Doris (Kuhl) Hoppman. He was united in marriage to Lisa Baker on September 25, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Gary was employed at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. He enjoyed golf, camping, spending time with his grandchildren and was a life-long Minnesota Vikings fan.

Surviving are two sons, Jason (Melissa) Hoppman of Red Wing, Minnesota and Matthew (Becca McGee) Hoppman of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Kayleigh, Emma, Addison, Norah, Thomas and James; his mother, Doris Hoppman, of East Dubuque; his siblings Gayle (Jeff) Springer of Dubuque, Iowa, Todd Hoppman of East Dubuque, Randy (Sue) Hoppman of Galena and Clark (Karen) Hoppman of Shullsburg, Wisconsin; and his former wife, Lisa Hoppman, of Wauke, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom; a brother, Marty; his grandparents, Phillip & Genevieve Hoppman and Melvin & Marie Kuhl.

A Gary M. Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

Jason and Matt wish to thank the Oncology Dept. and Dr. Schultz at Swedish-American Hospital in Rockford, Dr. Greg Vandigo and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness given to their Dad.

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



Alma A. Green


Alma A. Green, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Alma may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Services for Alma will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Alma was born July 9, 1938, in Newton, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Anna (Nielsen) Kono. She received her education from Colfax High School. She worked at Aquin Elementary School as a cook for many years until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was a very active member of the Cascade Garden Club.

She is survived by five children, Paula (Andy) Green Abrams of Byron, MN, Shelley (Russ) Green-Wise of Coralville, IA, Dominic (Mary) Green of Fremont, NE, Heath Green of Oskaloosa, IA, and Peter (Carolyn) Green of Catonsville, Maryland; 3 grandchildren, Haley and Kyra Abrams, and Henry Green; and three sibilings, Ila Brandt of Baxter, IA, Lee Tharp of Newton, IA, and Kay Lewis of Searsboro, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Arline Foster, Lois Jean Hill, Leland Kono, and Lowell Kono.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Mercy Hospice Care Unit or Iowa City Hospice in memory of Alma Green.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert L. Ellithorpe


Robert L. Ellithorpe, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 8, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service celebrating Robert's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, August 12, 2016 from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Robert LeRoy Ellithorpe was born on December 9, 1943 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Harold LeRoy and Wilma Mae (Taylor) Ellithorpe. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Bonnie Jean Floyd on January 16, 1969 in Mount Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 26, 2011.

Robert had first worked construction for Gannon Construction and Campbell Construction. He also worked as a farm hand for Roger Stewart, Charles Schneckloth and Cecil McClimon. He then became a truck driver, working over 20 years for various trucking companies in the area.

Robert was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed playing Euchre at the Jackson County Senior Center and at the Eagles Club. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Connie (Steve Johnson) Ellithorpe of Clinton, IA, Karla Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA, Todd (Dawn) Ellithorpe of Clinton, IA, Michelle (Art Holloway) Ellithorpe of Atlantic, IA, and Rodney Ellithorpe of Louisville, KY; 7 grandchildren; brothers Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, and Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI; half-sister Karen Ellithorpe of Council Bluffs, IA; and aunts Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Taylor of Platteville, WI and Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Wilma, father and step-mother Harold and Dorothy, his wife Bonnie, one aunt, and four uncles including Bill Taylor on July 12, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert L. Ellithorpe memorial fund has been established.

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



Helen P. Gaul


Helen P. Gaul, 83, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg died Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday August 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Helen was born October 25, 1932 in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Gregor and Anna (Klosterman) Hermsen. She married Eldon Gaul on August 18, 1956 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary together this year. She enjoyed researching family history. Helen made many hand sewn quilts which her family will treasure. She was a wonderful baker and was known for her orange cookies. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon, 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 Gaul (fiancé Tim Riesberg), Chad (Tiffany) Thomas, Emily (Brandon) Stone, Ryan, Elliot, Evan, Owen Gaul, 3 great grandchildren: siblings: Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Luxemburg, 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, in-laws: Diane Hermsen of New Vienna, Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque, Lawrence (Delores) Gaul of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Alphonse and Regina Gaul, brother, Harold Hermsen, in-laws, Joyce Hermsen, Tom Deutmeyer, Ralph and Laura Meyer, Germaine Gaul, Leander Gaul in infancy.

A special thanks to the staff at Oakcrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

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

 



Betty (Hendricks) Butler


Betty (Hendricks) Butler, 83, of Dubuque, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at her home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Betty was born on August 1, 1933 in Pitchard, OK, and raised in Joplin, MI by her father Lee Roy Hendricks, who served in the 35th regiment of the United States Army during WWI, and her mother, Dorothy May (Young) Hendricks.

Betty served her country with pride and honor as a nurse in the 6th Medical Corps of the US Army, where she met her husband-to-be, James Butler, in Fort Sill, OK. He was also a member of the Army and from Dubuque. Betty moved to Dubuque and married James on April 23, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church. They celebrated 60 years of love this April.

Betty worked at Bishops Buffet for 16 years before retiring.

Surviving are her husband, James; sons Patrick (Sharon) Butler, of Asbury, Michael (Anna) Butler of Van Nuys, CA, and Daniel Butler of Costa Mesa, CA; many beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; a sister, Rosemary Jones of Springfield, MO; and a brother, Gerald Hendricks of Seattle, WA. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Roy, who was born in Colorado and laid to rest in Joplin; her mother, Dorothy, who was born in Kentucky and laid to rest in Dubuque; and a half-brother, Joe Barnes, laid to rest in Columbus, KS.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for Betty's care.



Howard N. Roth


Howard N. "Howie" Roth, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday August 6, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where members of East Dubuque American Legion Post #787 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Howie was born on September 7, 1932 in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Welter) Roth. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Janet Elliott on June 13, 1957 in Dubuque.

Howie was a car enthusiast and loved going to the Dunleith Township swimming pool, watching NASCAR races, and riding his bike around the neighborhood. He also enjoyed playing a good game of euchre or bean bags, socializing with family and friends, and gardening. He gave a welcoming wave and "howdy" to everyone he saw and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Howie will forever be remembered by his smile, jokes and silly personality. He was a member of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque, a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept., and was formerly employed at Barnstead-Thermolyne and Janlin Plastics until his retirement.

Surviving is his wife, Janet Roth; five children: Dee Kieler of East Dubuque, Illinois, Mary Kay (Bill) Kane of Zwingle, Iowa, David "Rover" (Stacy) Roth of Orfordville, Wisconsin, Sandy "Sam" (Jody) Recker of Dubuque, Iowa, and Nikki Mook of East Dubuque, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Jessie Kieler, Justin Kieler, Elizabeth Pape, Jennifer Kane, Chad Vondran, Chelcie Wallace, Cory Roth, Crystal Roth and Jaelyn Recker, and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Lori Ann, his sister Pearl Risdon and three brothers, Gealos, Merlin and Don Roth.

Howie's family wishes to give thanks to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer, and the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for the fine care given to their husband, father and grandfather.

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

 

 

 



Maria A. Langkamp


Maria A. Langkamp, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:56 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Maria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Maria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Maria was born on May 29, 1930, in Germany, daughter of Philipp and Anna (Weick) Gaa.

Maria met a handsome young U.S. Army soldier named Harold Langkamp, while he was serving in Germany, and they would be united in marriage on January 16, 1951. They returned to the states, specifically Dubuque, in 1954 and were blessed with 65 wonderful years together and 5 deeply adored children. Maria was a proud housewife who devoted her heart and soul to caring for her family. One of Maria's fondest moments, within her early years of motherhood, was the opportunity to return to Germany, with her three oldest children, to spend a couple of months bonding with her parents. She would invest over 20 years providing Avon products to her friends, but her true calling of nurturing her family was continually met with a determination which only a proud German mother could appreciate. Maria was an amazingly talented seamstress who created countless projects throughout her life. Whether it was her most current needlepoint, crochet, knitting or sewing creation; you could be sure that Maria was truly happy to be sharing her talents with her loved ones. She and Harold also enjoyed spending time with their "Card Club" friends and were always ready for a good round of Euchre or Canasta. Maria's faith ran deep and she faithfully attended Sunday Mass at her beloved St. Mary's Church before eventually joining St. Patrick's. Maria has been called home quite suddenly, and her physical absence today is almost more than we can bear. We now recall all of the delectable delights she produced in her kitchen with sheer joy and know that we've been blessed to share in her light for 86 precious years. We will surely miss Maria, but we find comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited in eternal perfection one day, and we will treasure every memory she leaves behind until that day arrives.

Those left to cherish Maria's memory include

her loving husband of 65 years,
Harold Langkamp, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Harold Langkamp Jr.,
Giselle Langkamp,
Willy Langkamp,
Lana Sheldon
and Sandy Parker, all of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Amanda (Brian) Wlochal, Brett Langkamp, Jennifer Sheldon and Matthew Parker;

her great-grandchildren,
Alyssa Sheldon, Michael Wlochal, Zachary Wlochal, Riley Langkamp, Samantha Wlochal and Abigail Hattula;

and also a nephew,
Stephen Gaa, Germany.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents; and her 2 brothers, Hans and Willy Gaa.

A Maria A. Langkamp memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities

Maria's family would like to extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to Maria's extended family for all of their logistical and emotional care and support. The family would also like to thank the Dr.'s, nurses and staff at ManorCare, Stonehill, Heritage Manor and Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Velma J. Beschen


Velma J. Beschen, 78, of Galena, Illinois, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Diane Grace officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Velma was born on October 6, 1937 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Loretta (Splinter) Burbach and Lawrence Frost.  She married James C. Beschen on September 15, 1959, he preceded her in death on March 18, 1998.

Velma enjoyed camping, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren and watching the Chicago White Sox.

Surviving are three children, Debbie Bartram, Dean (Brenda) Beschen both of East Dubuque and Deanna (Jason) Buck of Rapid City, South Dakota; she was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim and a son Carl Beschen.

The family would like to thank the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.  The family would also like to express their sincere thanks to their family, friends and co-workers for all of their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, a Velma Beschen memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dawn M. Soppe


Dawn M. (Frommelt) Soppe, 49 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Dawn was born on October 1, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Sharon (Unsen) Frommelt. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in 1982. In October of 2001 she married John Steven Soppe.
Dawn most recently worked at Kelly's Kitchen as a sandwich chef. She was very proud of this title.
She loved to collect anything wolves and Jeff Gordon memorabilia. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Heather Frommelt, Nicole Frommelt, and Tiffany (Jacob) Hoffman all of Dubuque; and her son Robert Soppe, of Ormond Beach, FL. Her grandchildren; Abagale, Paislee-Ann, Madilynn, Grayson and Klaus. Her mother Sharon Frommelt; maternal grandmother, Elsie Unsen; stepmother, Candace Frommelt; siblings, Shari (Joe) Bush, Brenda Smith, Dwayne Frommelt, Peggy (Roger) Russell, Will Frommelt, Lonnie (Gayle) Beversdorf, Brian Frommelt, Melissa Moore, Jason Moore, Brittany (Jeremy) Weber, Ashley Durey, Logan Frommelt and Tyler Frommelt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Soppe, her father, George Frommelt and father-in-law, Harold Dement.

The family would like to thank everyone for their continuous thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for all of us.



Gilbert J. Crippes


The world lost a good man on Monday, August 8, 2016. Gilbert (Gib, Gibby, Big-Spelled-Backwards) John Crippes, 86, of Dubuque, died at his home, just the way he wanted to. He was at peace, surrounded by his children and in the bed he shared with the love of his life, Eunice L. Kahle. Eunice passed away exactly 3 years and 8 months earlier. His life's purpose, to take care of "Eunie," was over, but he was not done yet. Despite this incredible loss, he managed to hold onto his sense of humor and a joy for living life.

Gib was born on August 25, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was the son of John & Tillie (Keuter) Crippes. He married Eunice Kahle on January 26, 1952 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He graduated from Senior High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years. Gib worked as an organ and piano salesman and tuner for 45 years at Renier Piano & Organ Company. After the store closed, he continued his work, self employed; his business was run by his Chief Operating Officer, Eunice. He met many interesting people over the course of his life and told amusing stories. He tuned for the churches, schools, 5 Flags, the Symphony and various big bad leaders out at Melody Mill. He was offered a job by Liberace. He turned it down. He chose to marry Eunice instead! They enjoyed traveling throughout the country, going to Branson with friends, cruises, square dancing, and sporting events, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings.

Gib and Eunice raised four moderately obedient children.

Surviving Gib are his children, Jacqueline (Mike) Chase, Karen Crippes (Scott Mulligan), William (Linda) Crippes, and Thomas (Kori) Crippes, grandchildren Rachel (Corey) Kranz, Andy, Sam and Katie Chase, Kyle and Jack Mulligan, Brandon (Ellyn) Crippes, and Ben (Krista) Crippes and Jacob, Joe and Paige Crippes and Rachael Brust, and great-grandchildren, Wesley and Winston Kranz, and Milo Crippes. Gib is also survived by brothers-in-law Vernon and Dr. Don (Erm) Kahle, Sisters-in-law Sandy Kahle, Joyce Kahle and Sally Kahle, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Marie Ruble, Betty Schrobilgen and brother, Ronald Crippes, his wife's parents, Marcella & George Kahle, brothers-in-law Marv Kahle, Urban Klaas, Jim Kahle, Bob Kahle and sister-in-law Jean Klaas.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 3:00 pm Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Robert L. Rehfeld


Robert L. Rehfeld, 76, of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of "Bob's" life, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Galena, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating. Visitation will be from 3 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.  Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Oakland Cemetery in Freeport, IL.

Bob was born June 15, 1940 in Freeport, the son of Floyd E. and LaFerne M. Rehfeld. He graduated from Aquin High in Freeport in 1959 and then earned a B.S. in Elementary Education at WSU Platteville, graduating in 1965. He went on to earn two master's degrees in Education Guidance and Counseling from Loras College in Dubuque in 1969.

Bob, known as "Mr. R." by his students, was a charismatic teacher who inspired his students with his creativity, passion, and nurturing. He taught for 33 years at Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque, teaching 6th grade and ending his career in 4th. He incorporated educational, yet fun projects into his pedagogy to engage his students. Most notably he founded Table Mound's "Mock Convention" that is held before Iowa Caucuses-a tradition that endures today. Bob was a counselor in addition to being teacher, and he used his skills to help patients at Mercy Hospital. After retirement, Bob volunteered his counseling skills and became a court appointed mediator at the Dubuque County Courthouse.

Bob married Mary Ames of Dubuque in 1964, and together they raised three children. After their divorce in 1981, Bob relocated from Dubuque to Galena, where he lived out his days. Bob was a devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Galena and was known for his inspirational talks to the congregation called "Five Minutes with Elder Bob." He enjoyed doing creative projects, having meaningful conversations, caring for animals, sending gifts to loved ones, and helping others. He was a loyal son, father, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are three children, Eric Rehfeld of Austin, TX, Steve Rehfeld of San Antonio, TX, Rebecca Springer of West Sacramento, CA, and one grandson, Seth Rehfeld Springer of West Sacramento, CA.  

Bob's family would like to sincerely thank Nancy Campbell, as well as Jim Lander, and Rev. Jim McCrea for their unyielding friendship and support to Bob throughout the remainder of his life.

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

 

 



Donna M. Schroeder


Donna M. Schroeder, 59, of Dubuque passed away at 3:25 a.m. Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her family to comfort her.

A casual gathering of family and friends will held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque. An informal Celebration of Life and time for Sharing will take place at 6:00 p.m.

She was born on October 30, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clare Breithaupt.

She owned several horses, dogs and cats. She enjoyed going on trail-rides; and loved going on her boat with her family and dogs "Max" and "Jessie". David named the boat "Baby Cakes" which was his nickname for Donna.

She is survived by her husband David of 43 years who loved to make his Baby Cakes laugh. Her children, Joshua Schroeder, Heather Schroeder and Jodi (Matthew) McCarron, all of Dubuque. Her precious grandsons, Micah and Bobby McCarron. Her mother Clare Breithaupt, of Dubuque and her sister Lisa Breithaupt of Cedar Falls. Her brothers-in-law Dennis Schroeder and Terry (Joanette) Lang of Dubuque. Her sister in laws Jackie (Thomas) Oliver of Cedar Rapids and Patricia (Glenn) Welp of East Dubuque, IL

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law John J. Schroeder and her mother-in-law, Roselma "Peggy" McGrath-Schroeder.

In lieu of flowers a Donna M. Schroeder memorial will be established.



Jerome J. Schieltz


Jerome J. (Jerry) Schieltz, 92, of Luxemburg, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family following a short battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Jerry was born on September 24, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the middle son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Friedman) Schieltz.  He was born and raised on the farm his grandparents originally purchased in 1870.  He was educated at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg.  He married Grace Marie Lake on April 23, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Together they raised their family on the same farm in which he was born, and Jerry lived all his life in Luxemburg other than the time he spent in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Jerry was a proud veteran and one of his fondest memories was being able to travel to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight in September, 2011.

Jerry was a loving, patient and kind husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and touched many lives.  He loved his family and was affectionately known as "Papa Jerry" to the great-grandkids.  He had a sharp mind and loved to share stories of the past. He was a member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau for over 50 years, served as a Board of Director for Holy Trinity Parish and served on several church committees. He was a simple man who especially enjoyed morning coffee and conversation at the 4-Way and helping on the farm before his health declined where he no longer was able.  Jerry was extremely proud of his farm, and carried a passion for farming his entire life. 

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Grace, 5 children: Jim (Sharon) Schieltz, Joe Schieltz, and Linda (Terry) Bockenstedt, all of Luxemburg, Sandy (Lyle) Wulfekuhle of Farley, and Lisa (Scott) Lueken of Worthington; 13 Grandchildren: Jesse Schieltz, Amy (Anthony) Dowies, Tim (Kelly) Schieltz, Tony Schieltz, Jeff (MaryLynne) Wulfekuhle, Scott (Shyla Kae) Wulfekuhle, Abby (Luke) McDermott, Luke (Jenny) Bockenstedt, Andy (Lynn) Bockenstedt, Katie Bockenstedt (friend Justin Weber), Jenna Lueken, Jared Lueken and Jessica Lueken; 16 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Hanna and Grace Dowies, Nic and Natalie Schieltz, Hailey, Katelynn, Josie, Mason, Avery, and Dylan Wulfekuhle, Brock, Nate and Cole McDermott, Will and Tanner Bockenstedt and baby Bockenstedt expected in October; 2 brothers: Ed (Alice Mae) Schieltz and Elmer Schieltz, both of Luxemburg; 5 in-laws: Alice Mae (Ed) Schieltz of Luxemburg, Joann Besler of Hopkinton, Esther Klostermann of Dyersville, Gladys (Bob) Elgin of Peosta, and Wilma Lake of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Edward W. and Agatha Lake, and sister and brothers-in-law, Germaine Schieltz, James Lake, Edward Lake, Bill Besler and Floyd Klostermann.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, Dr. Horchak and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Amy C. for their care and compassion that they gave to Jerry.

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

 



Donald C. Donohoo


Donald C. Donohoo, 94, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Don was born on June 7, 1922, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Dillon and Mame (McKenna) Donohoo. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1940 and then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Don served in World War II in the European Theater and met his wife, Jean Talbert, while stationed in Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana. Don and Jean married on February 8, 1945, in Paris, Texas. Don and Jean were married 65 years and she was the love of his life. They enjoyed dancing and many trips abroad.

Don and his brother Sam purchased Donohoo Furniture Company from their mother in April of 1947 and he continued to operate the business until July 31st of 1995. He served as president of the Wisconsin Retail Furniture Association. He also worked at many different furniture and floor covering stores after closing Donohoo's but his last employment was with Oak Street Furniture in Dubuque for 11 years.

He was a lifetime member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, serving as a commentator, Eucharistic Minister, and Religious Education Teacher.

Don was a charter and lifetime member of the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce and past secretary of the Cuba City Lions Club. He also was a past member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Health Center in Platteville. Don also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Adult Education Board at Sinsinawa Mound. His hobbies included working on the computer at the library and dancing.

Don was a kind hearted and compassionate man. He was hardworking and a great inspiration to all.

Surviving are two sons, Ray (Sandy) Donohoo, of Glendale, WI, and Jerry Donohoo, of Madison, WI; two daughters, Darlene (Dan) Wallace, of Mineral Point, WI, and Sharon Donohoo, of Shullsburg, WI; a special friend of the family, Mary Foley; a special friend of the family, Mary Foley; four grandchildren, Colleen, Heather, Chelsey and Dustin; and six great-grandchildren, Evan, Emily, Matthew, Brianna, Angie and Stephanie. Don is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; four brothers, Sam, Ade, Fidel and Stan Donohoo; one sister, Mary Gallagher; a grandson, Matthew Donohoo; a granddaughter, Stephanie Wallace; and an infant son, Sam Donohoo.

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



Arnold F. Oberbroeckling


Arnold F. "Arnie" Oberbroeckling, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., with a 7 p.m. scripture service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Arnie was born on November 23, 1932, in Dubuque, the son of Henry "Heinie" and Lavata (Roussell) Oberbroeckling. He married Jeanne A. Lang on July 3, 1953, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and served in the US Army for two years. Arnie was an engineer for Dubuque Stamping Company, retiring in 2001 after 51 years. He also had a TV business "Oberbroeckling TV Service" for many years. Arnie was a "gear head" and loved high performance cars and racing. He was a hands-on mechanic and car owner. He loved big band music and old time radio, and was an avid bowler and auto racing fan. He also enjoyed singing karaoke and playing the accordion and trumpet.

Arnie was a lifelong parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a member of Grand Tap/Leaky Lodge and a long-standing member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; children -Debra (Tim) Hanson, of Springfield, MO, Chad Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, Kim Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, Sandra Oberbroeckling of Ames, and Dan (Maria) Oberbroeckling of Davenport; grandchildren - Jeanne (Andy) Goodwin, Anna (James) Rutherford, Laura (Aaron) Azar, and Gavin Oberbroeckling; great-grandchildren - Michelle Azar and Claire Azar; a sister, Arleen (Clement) Mesch of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Roger Oberbroeckling of Henderson, TN; numerous nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Bailey.

Arnie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Blanche Oberbroeckling; a brother-in-law, Richard A. Lang, Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Geri Oberbroeckling.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to all who cared for Arnie, especially the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Paramount Ambulance, and Stonehill Care Center.

Service details and online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Susan M. Freese


Mrs. Terry (Susan M. Grace) Freese, 56, of rural East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, Illinois, with Fr. Stephan Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Sue was born on January 3, 1960 in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Tom and Ann (Costigan) Grace. She was a graduate of Oelwein High School, class of 1978. Sue was united in marriage to Terry L. Freese on May 10, 1986 at Sacred Heart Church in Oelwein and they shared 30 years of marriage.

She was employed at Area Residential Care in Dubuque, retiring in 2013 due to health issues. Sue loved dragon boat racing, bird watching, 4-wheeling and canoeing. She was a member of Nativity BVM Parish.

Surviving is her beloved husband, Terry; her devoted son, Jared Freese of East Dubuque; her parents, Tom and Ann Grace of Oelwein, Iowa; and her sister, Amy (Steve) Henderson and daughter Jamie of Madison, Wisconsin; her extended family includes father- and mother-in-law Karen and Gerald Freese; brother-in-law Tim (Chrissy), sister-in-laws Tamara (Eric) Sanderson and Amy Freese Shanley; her nieces and nephews Jamie Henderson, Grant and Laine Sanderson, Robert John (R.J.) Shanley, Abbey, Isabelle and Audri Freese.

A Susan M. Freese memorial fund has been established.

Terry and Jared wish to thank Dr. Schultheis and staff, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their wife and mom.

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



Brianna Dawn Lee Gilson


Brianna Dawn Lee Gilson, three years old, of Conroe, Texas went home to heaven on July 29, 2016. She was the daughter of Amanda Reddick-Gilson of Conroe, Texas, formally of of Sherrill, Iowa. Services will be held at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, August 6th. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a service to follow.

Brianna was born April 13, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. She had a vivid imagination which centered on helping others, whether it was calling all her Paw Patrol pups to save Jake off the mountain, or protecting the farmer's animals from Captain Hook, or tending to her sick stuffed kitties. She was a natural in the water, having been in the pool already at six weeks old, and loved the bathtub where she played with her Octonauts who always needed saving too. Brianna loved playing her guitar, drums, recorder, and singing to Hawaiian music. She loved helping her mommy bake, especially cracking the eggs and using the mixer. She even baked in her sandbox, making the most delicious sand cakes.

She is survived by her mother; her grandmother Rita (Tigges) Reddick of Dubuque, Iowa; her aunt and uncle Rebecca and Jon Cook and their children Dustin and Alivia of Janesville, Wisconsin; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather William Reddick of Weleetka, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Brianna's name.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Ray D. Burbach

Ray Daniel Burbach, was born into the arms of angels on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. He is the son of Ryan and Raquel (Herber) Burbach and the guardian angel to his twin sisters, Norah and Madeline.

Ray was the true meaning of unconditional love and spent his entire earthly existence safely underneath the beat of his moms heart. He will forever remain a part of us.

In addition to his parents and sisters, Ray is deeply loved by his maternal grandfather, Dan and Sheri Herber; maternal grandmother, Kay and Tim Hancock; paternal grandparents, Greg and Connie Burbach; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his great- paternal grandparents, Edward (Patricia) Moes; great-maternal grandparents Robert Kehoe and Arthur (Carmella) Herber.

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

Private family funeral services will be held Friday with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Special thank you to Dr. Torri Janecek and the wonderful staff at Dubuque OBGYN and Unity Point Finley Hospital.

"Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."- Winnie the Pooh

 



Cletus E. Dalsing


Cletus E. "Clete" Dalsing, 77, of Dubuque, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Cletus was born on October 14, 1938 in Jamestown Twp. of Grant County, Wisconsin, the son of Cletus H. and Frieda K. (Ihm) Dalsing.  He was a graduate of Loras Academy, class of 1956.

He married Peggy Cullen on October 24, 1959 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  Clete worked for the Kieler Garage, in Kieler, Wisconsin, for thirty years, including ten years as their Service Manager. While at the Kieler Garage, Clete was awarded the highest level of General Motors customer service achievement awards, as well as many technical certifications. Clete achieved the level of "GM Certified Master Technician" as well as being the recipient of the General Motors "Best of the Best" award on multiple occasions, a recognition awarded to only a select few top level GM mechanics. Clete later worked as a Lead Mechanic for the Dubuque Community School's Building and Grounds Department retiring in 2011. Clete's passion for excellence to always do his best inspired his family to always do and be their best.

Clete loved being a mechanic and working on cars. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, was always an avid Dale Earnhardt fan, while also cheering for all the "bow ties" in the race over the years, plus he enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Clete also played many sports, including baseball, softball, basketball, bowling and golf.

Surviving are his wife Peggy; four children, Keith (Dr. Kathryn) Dalsing and Kurt (Deb) Dalsing both of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Kelly (Charles) Ripley of Bettendorf, Iowa and Karlyn (Todd) Ollendick of Iowa City, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Beth, Carson, Graham, Stephanie, Megan, Mitchell, Noah, Jenna and Katie; a sister, Kay (Bob) Helbing and a brother, Dan Dalsing, both of Platteville, Wisconsin. 

Clete was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Frieda Dalsing; a son, Kent James Dalsing; and two brothers, Ken and Jim Dalsing. 

The family sends their gratitude to the doctors and staff at Medical Associates for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers a Clete Dalsing memorial fund has been established. 

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



Mary M. Kluesner


Mary M. Kluesner, 70, of Epworth, Iowa formally of Holy Cross, Iowa, died at 3:50 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, with Paul by her side.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2016 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass for Mary will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. There will be no public visitation before services on Saturday. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Mary was born May 24, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Coletta (Heid) Trumm. She is 1964 graduate of Aquin High School in Cascade. She also attended Northeast Iowa Community College for 2 years. On April 22, 1967 she was united in marriage to Paul J. Kluesner at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She and Paul farmed and raised their family in the Holy Cross area until 2001 when they moved to Epworth. Mary retired from Beckman High School in 2015 after 18 years of service.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kluesner of Epworth, IA; three sons, Scott (Vicki) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Todd M. (Shawn) Kluesner of Epworth, IA and Brett (Stephanie) Kluesner of Earlville, IA; five grandchildren, Lucas and Jacklyn Kluesner, Henry Kluesner, Samantha and Gabriella Kluesner; one sister, Dorothy (Duane Gorman) Hahn of Dubuque, IA; four brother, Lavern "Barney" (Mary) Trumm of Manchester, IA, Donnie (Pat) Trumm of Dubuque, IA, Eldon (Kaye) Trumm of Worthington, IA and Steve Trumm of Florida; one brother-in-law, Robert DeShaw of Hopkinton, IA; one sister-in-law, Becky Walser of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Paul and Ernie Trumm; one sister, Bernadine DeShaw.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, The staff of Shady Rest Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy C. and Amy B. for all the wonderful care given to Mary.

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



Albin L. Droessler


Albin L. "Al" Droessler, 91, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Chad Droessler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Al was born on April 6, 1925, near Kieler, the tenth of twelve children of Joe and Rose (Flogel) Droessler. He received his education in the parish grade school and Sacred Heart High School in Dubuque.

He married Bernadette "Bernie" Splinter on May 8, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, sharing 68 years with her until her passing on July 15, 2014.

He was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Parish, its Holy Name Society, and the golden parish choir of the 50's and 60's.

Al learned how to farm and the construction business from his father and brothers. And like them, kept one foot on a farm to raise his family as he worked with them in construction. He then started his business, Al Droessler and Sons Const., developing subdivisions in Kieler, Dickeyville, and East Dubuque along with offering custom design and construction management of residential and commercial properties throughout the tri-state area.

For 70 yrs. he entertained as a musician, vocalist, and front man with many popular dance hall bands and club ensembles. Later he entertained regularly at senior care centers until age 88. He was a stealthy hunter and patient fisherman, his family and employees remember their many trips together to northern Wisconsin. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing and gardening with Bernie, cutting firewood, and making music. He will be missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and former employees.

Al is survived by his children, Sam (Nancy), Tom (Judy), and Linda (Phil) Schwinn, all of Kieler, Ted, of Potosi, Albie (Patty) of Stoughton, and Angel (Rick) Busch of Gays Mills; 18 grandchildren: 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister Dorothy, OSF, of Milwaukee; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Droessler, of Louisburg, and Rosie Splinter, of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernie; his siblings and in-laws, Harold, Leon (Helena), Ray (Louise), Joe, Virgil "Jim" (Ginny), Gene (Rita), Gerry (Louetta), and Ernie (Beverly); and his sisters Mary and Lola "Babe" (Jamie) Dye.

In lieu of flowers an Al Droessler Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.

A special thanks to the Epione Center nurses and staff for their loving care for our father, Al. They are truly angels of care.



Elizabeth L. Mueller


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Mueller, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of 2735 Muscatine Street, was called home peacefully at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Betty was born on May 22, 1933, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Art and Helen (Schmal) Berg.

Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Marvin Mueller, on April 19, 1952, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 55 wonderful years together, and seven beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 11, 2008. Betty was always honored to have the opportunity to be a full-time wife and mother. Her mission, and greatest joy during her earthly life, were loving and caring for her loved ones. When her home, and kitchen, were full of family and friends, you could be assured that Betty was in the midst of some of her most treasured moments during her life. Betty was always up for a good spring morel hunt, a light-hearted round of Sunday Euchre, or some fun out with her friends in the "Betty Club", but at the end of the day, her heart and soul would always circle back to her deeply adored family. Faith was also a priority in Betty's life as she was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church. Loving, generous, committed, determined, considerate and a tender soul are all words which Betty has easily captured, and redefined, along her earthly journey. We will miss her, until our eventual eternal reunion; but we surely find peace and comfort in knowing that she is finally reunited with Marvin, and her other family members and also that all of her health issues have ceased today and perfection is the only state she now endures.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Carol (Dave Meyer) Simon, Dubuque, IA,
Sue (Bruce) Nagelmaker, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Diane) Mueller, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Rene) Mueller, Arvada, CO,
Beth (Jerry) Heins, Dubuque, IA
and James (Lisa Mauer) Mueller, Sherrill, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Dustin (Hillary) Baker, Calais Baker, Mike (Kara) Nagelmaker, Carla (Jay) Neal, Angela (Andy) Heiar, Jeff (Rachel) Heins, Ryan Heins, Katie Mueller, Kristopher Mueller, Jackie Mueller, Bailey Mueller, McKenzie Mueller, Jake Mauer and Jenna Mauer;

her seven great-grandchildren,
Quinton Baker, Caryssa Neal, Elliott Neal, Bode Nagelmaker, Nora Nagelmaker, Aubree Heiar and Gabe Heins;

and an aunt,
Shirley (Arnie) Meyer, Dyersville, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Marvin Mueller; a son, Thomas Mueller; a sister, Mary Swift; and 2 brothers, Aloysius Berg and Paul Berg.

An Elizabeth L. "Betty" Mueller memorial fund has been established.

Betty's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Oak Park Place for all of the wonderful and compassionate care they provided.

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

 



Irene F. Klostermann


Irene F. Klostermann, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:55 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irene was born on September 21, 1923, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Mary (Freking) Link.

Irene was united in marriage to Raymond Klostermann on May 25, 1943, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, Iowa. They were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 8, 2005. Irene was a proud farm wife who invested many years to loving and nurturing her family in the Balltown and Lamont areas, before eventually moving into town in 1974. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, who graciously gave her time and talents within the parish; including as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Funeral Dinner Supervisor, Liturgy Committee, Parish Council, Chairperson of Vocation Committee, Quilt Club, Funeral Choir, Power of Prayer and also the Holy Ghost Senior Citizens. But Irene wasn't finished with her generosity and committed devotion to her faith, she also volunteered with Mercy Silver Advantage as a helper at Holy Family Hall, and was also a Eucharistic Minister at Mercy Hospital for several years. Irene loved her God, family and community dearly and is surely enjoying the rewards for all of her wonderful service throughout her life here on earth. In her free time, she could be discovered enjoying a good hand of cards with family and friends, working on her next uniquely beautiful quilting or sewing creation, or simply indulging in a little fun and laughter simply for the joy of it. Irene lived life to the fullest and made a greatly visible impact on the world she now leaves behind. All who've had the blessing to know and love Irene are saddened today, but we know we are all better for the experience, and grateful for the wonderful example she displayed of a life well lived. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her three children,
Hope (Richard) Barton, Rock Island, IL,
Juanita (Tim) Bird, New Brighton, MN
and Benjamin (Laura) Klostermann, Elmhurst, IL;

her grandchildren,
Jeffrey (Dawn) Barton, Joy Marie (Danny Morerro) Barton, Benjy (Allison) Klostermann, Angela, Jordan, Caleb, Dustin and Spencer Bird and Catherine Ann Klostermann;

her great-grandchildren,
Jordan Marie Barton, Kyle Barton, Charley Bird, Autumn Christiansen and Joshua Christiansen;

and several nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her loving husband, Raymond Klostermann; a brother, Clarence (Darlene) Link; and a nephew, Joseph Link in infancy.

An Irene F. Klostermann memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Irene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Sunset Park Place, Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, caring and professional care they provided Irene.

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

 



Jeremy James Murphy


Jeremy James "Murph" Murphy, 42, of Peosta, Iowa passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016.

Private family services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jeremy was born on October 22, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James Murphy and Darlene LeGrand. 

He worked as the service manager at Wilwerts Harley-Davidson and later for Dubuque Harley-Davidson. Motorcycles were his passion starting at the young age of 14. He also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and was an avid UFC Fighter fan.

He is survived by his sons Carter and Kyle Murphy of Farley, and his parents John and Darlene Scudder, of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com



Virginia M. Zahina


Virginia M. Zahina, 92, of Hawkeye Care Center and formerly of Sunset Park Place and 2284 Theda Drive, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a time of reflection will be held at 6:45 p.m. Private funeral services will be held.

Virginia was born on May 19, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Mary Gladys (Winders) Smith. She married Joe Zahina on July 29, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 11, 2009.

Virginia was active for many years in the Girls Scouts of America as troop organizer, consultant and co-leader at Nativity Parish. She was an avid golfer, enjoying many years on local and surrounding courses with family and friends as well as league golf at Thunder Hills with her beloved husband Joe. Virginia looked forward to the annual girl's Amana weekend trips each July with her 3 daughters. Monthly game days were fun for her, Joe and Virginia's siblings. It was important for Virginia to keep family close and strong. Her grandchildren called her their rock. She had many close and loyal friends that gathered with her on a regular basis. Her apartment was full of people, talk and laughter. She was the glue that held everyone together. Virginia had many stories to tell of growing up on the farm and riding her horse, Billy. She woke up one morning recently and said "It's a good, good day. I want to go for a ride in the woods." Virginia saw God's hand in all things around her and would share that with family, friends and even strangers. Her concern for others is a testimony of her life. She wanted people to feel comfortable and safe, and was always saying "God is always taking care of me."

Virginia was employed at Neisner's Dime store and Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as operator and service representative. In 1951, she began employment with Dr. Wayne Moldenhauer, DDS and became active in the Dental Assistant Association serving in many capacities on the state and local levels. In November of 1986, Virginia joined the practice of Dr. Frederick and Dr. William May as a receptionist, retiring in February of 2009.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Sandra (Alan) Courtney and Susan Elliott both of Dubuque, IA and Judith (Steve) Roberts of Clive IA; 8 grandchildren, Travis Courtney, Megan (Jeff) Saul, Christopher (Blanca) Roberts, Justin Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Toby (fiancé Jamie) Rhodes, Jessie (special friend Heather) Elliott and Ted (Robyn) Oberhauser; 19 great-grandchildren; her sister, Darlene Wells of Maquoketa, IA and a brother Kenneth (Donna) Smith of Peosta, IA also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp.

Virginia's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Sunset Park Place and Heritage Manor, to mom's special forever friends and "DA girls".



Rodney J. Muller


Rodney J. Muller, 44, of Monticello, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A Celebration of Rod's life will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Mike Martin will officiate.

Rodney was born June 21, 1972, in Monticello, Iowa the son of Gerald and Lorena (Donovan) Muller. Rod worked on his family farm with his brother, Randy, and the Stadtmueller's.

He was very generous with the gift of his time and talents, constantly lending a helping hand. He cherished his daughter, Madison, of whom he often spoke highly and was the light of his life. Rod was a man who honored his faith, family, and friends and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his daughter, Madison Muller of Ames; his father, Gerald Muller of Monticello; siblings: Maureen DeShaw of Delhi, Randy (Denise) Muller of Monticello, Jolynn Covington and Ronnie Muller, both of Cedar Rapids; Madison's mother, Amy Muller of Council Bluffs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorials are preferred.

Information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Scott A. Close

Scott A. "Toby" Close, 49, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, July 30, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday August 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa. With military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Scott was born March 2, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of the late Donald Close and Sandy (Jones) Genthe. He was raised by John & Judy Vonderhaar in New Vienna. After graduation from Western Dubuque High School class of 1985 he enlisted in the Army National Reserve. Scott married Milisa Crouse on June 13, 1998 in Dyersville, Iowa. Scott worked for EIEC in Cascade for several years. Scott was a very caring man and would do anything for anyone that needed it.  Scott was a huge follower of the Western Dubuque Bobcats wrestling team.

Survivors include his wife, Milisa, 3 children: Jacob, Rebecca, Taylor, all at home,

Parents, John & Judy Vonderhaar of New Vienna, Sandy Genthe of McGregor, Parents-in-law, Rick (Linda) Crouse of Gillette, WY,

siblings: Raymond Close of Minnesota, Tammy (Shawn) Eilers of Stevens Point, WI, Danny (Amanda) Genthe of Strawberry Point, Bill (Shirley) Vonderhaar of New Vienna, Susan (Travis) Meadows of Valparaiso, IN, Mike (Shirley K.) Vonderhaar of Beloit, WI, Osman (Sondra Bennet) Alibasic

in-laws:Richard (Lisa) Crouse of Calera, AL, Melinda (Wallace) Leastman of Gillette, WY

and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, dad, and uncles and aunts.

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

 

 



James H. Degenhardt


James H. "Jim" Degenhardt, 77, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from injuries sustained in a lawn mower accident at Birchwood Golf Course.

Graveside services will be 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the East Dubuque Cemetery, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a scripture prayer service will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Jim was born on February 13, 1939 in East Dubuque, the son of Albert and Eunice (Bonnet) Degenhardt.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1957.  He was united in marriage to Dorothy M. George on May 2, 1959 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA.

He was formerly employed at Flynn Ready Mix, from 1974 - 1982 he and Dorothy operated Jim's Supper Club (now Country Heights) in rural Hazel Green, he later drove truck for Wieser Trucking and Stewart Construction Company.  Jim was also the food and beverage manager for the Silver Eagle Casino for five years.

Jim loved hunting, golfing, dining out, traveling, gardening and trapshooting.  If a helping hand was needed, he was there.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy; a son Chad (Jennifer) Degenhardt of East Dubuque; two grandsons, James and Sean; and a brother Randy (Laura) Degenhardt of East Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James and Joseph and a sister Judy Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Jim Degenhardt memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ruth Ann Denlinger


Ruth Ann Denlinger, 72 of Dubuque and formerly of Balltown passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth was born on Sept. 22, 1943 in Dubuque the daughter of Vincent and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961 and on June 20, 1964 she married her High School sweetheart John Denlinger.

Together they farmed on the family homestead in Balltown for over 50 years. Ruth was a woman of great faith and was a long time member of Saint Francis Balltown before joining Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren and doing canning along with going to dances and painting.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband John; her two sons, Steven Denlinger, of Balltown and Dale (Sandy) Denlinger, of Holy Cross; her four grandchildren, Nicole and Kelli Denlinger, and Jason and Alex Kauffmann; her two step grandchildren, Alex and Abbie Lenton; a son-in-law James (Amy) Kauffmann, of Epworth and two sisters Rosie (Ray) Tigges, of Dubuque and Rita Mae Riniker, of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Linda Kauffmann on July 26, 2010, and a brother-in-law, Bernard Riniker.

A Ruth Ann Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center third floor south and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Ruth.



Frederick C. Ramaker


Frederick C. "Fritz" Ramaker, 92, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating.  Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary's Church.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Fritz was born on October 23, 1923 in rural East Dubuque, the son of Mathias and Lena (Bechtold) Ramaker. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1983.  Fritz loved to walk at the Mall, visit with his friends and was always watching over the farms.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Alverna Ramaker of Hazel Green, Wisconsin and Janet Ramaker of St. Paul, Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws, Catherine (Walter) Handfelt, Frank (Agnes) Ramaker, Joseph Ramaker, Leo Ramaker, John (Kathleen Munyon) Ramaker and Marion (Raymond) Lange.

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

 

 



Leah J. Liddle


Leah Jane Liddle, 69, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tom Shinkle will officiate. Private burial will be in Miles Cemetery, Miles, IA. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Leah was born June 11, 1947, in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Reynold and Elizabeth (Pedersen) Erichson. She graduated from Miles High School, and continued her education at University of Iowa, earning her B.A. in English. She married Gregg Liddle on July 13, 1968, in Miles.

Leah devoted most of her adult life to caring for her daughter and family with compassion and love. Her happiest times were spent travelling extensively with her husband. Leah and Gregg had a special love for Hawaii, where they especially enjoyed snorkeling. She appreciated the simple things in life, including the beauty of nature surrounding her. She never took life for granted, and appreciated every moment.

Leah was a longtime member of Grand View United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed attending Bible Study.

Leah is survived by her husband, Gregg Liddle, of Dubuque; her son, Eric (Kelly Renee) Liddle, of Dubuque; two grandsons, Trace and Mason Liddle; and her twin sister, Laurel (Don) Gruhn, of Clinton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Liddle.

Memorials may be made to charities that support FTD research or Juvenile Diabetes.

Gregg would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home, to Leah's caregivers, and to Dr. Allen Meurer.

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



Diana L. Brundage


Diana L. Brundage, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, July 29, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Diana's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 4, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Diana Lynn Brundage was born on April 26, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harold G. and Garnett M. (Rockwell) Brundage. She grew up in Andrew and was a 1976 graduate of Andrew High School. She then received her Associates degree from Clinton Community College with emphasis in Paralegal, Accounting, and Computer Programming. She also received a certificate in welding.

Diana had worked first worked as a welder and through the years had worked as a legal secretary, paralegal, bookkeeper and computer programmer. For the past twenty years she had worked for Swiss Colony Call Center in Clinton as a customer service representative.

Diana was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She was very giving always donating time and resources to charities including the former Andrew Food Pantry which she did with her mother Garnett. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Diana's memory include her children, Gene (Mary) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Eric (Cleta) Brundage of Andrew, IA; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; brothers David Brundage of Maquoketa, IA, and Dion (Tina) Brundage of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Danielle Long of Maquoketa, IA, Dody (Larry) Riordan of Maquoketa, IA, and Nicole Fisher of Davenport, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Dawn Hall and a niece Bobby Jo Hall.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Diana L. Brundage memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Keith Lewin


Keith "Chub" Lewin, 77, passed away on Thursday, July 28 at home, surrounded by his family.

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

Keith was born on May 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Ira and Alta (Williams) Lewin. He married Janice Ashland on September 1, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Keith was an electrician for IBEW Local 704 for 33 years.
He enjoyed NASCAR and camping. Keith was a member of the IBEW Local 704 and the Dubuque Men's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children Brian (Deb) Lewin, Terry Lewin, Kim (Larry) Thein, and Kelly (Pete) Wiederholt; step-children Mark (Sally) Krepfle and Kelli McArdle; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Karen (Don) Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two daughters, Carolyn A. Krepfle and Pamala Finney.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Home Care.

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



Monroe C. Hoffmann


Monroe C. Hoffmann, 93, of Worthington, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 pm. Visitation will continue Friday 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, August 5, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137

Monroe was born August 28, 1922, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Nick and Leona (Meyer) Hoffmann. He enlisted in the Army during WWII, served in combat during the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star. When he returned, he married Ardella Bildstein on Feb. 4, 1947, in Dyersville. Together they farmed near Worthington until moving to town in 1973. He continued to help the boys on the farm into his 90's.

He was a family oriented farmer who took the time to spend with his wife going to dances, especially square dancing, picnics, fish fry's, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to go to the feed store, talking and having coffee with his group of friends, and telling many stories, and "That's the way it was."

Survivors include his wife, Ardella; children: Kenneth Hoffmann of Dubuque, Francis (Shari) and Gary (Theresa), both of Worthington; 9 grandchildren: Scott (Amy) Hoffmann, Sharlyn Donovan, Michelle (Bob) Rausch, Shawn (Jodi) Hoffmann, Shyla Kae (Scott) Wulfekuhle, Shamus (Lori) Hoffmann, Aaron (Leah) Hoffmann, Amanda (Rob) Baumhover, and Lee (Diana) Hoffmann; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Norma Fortmann of Worthington and Olga Helle of Dyersville and Eileen Bildstein of Earlville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Clem and Oda Bildstein; his siblings: Martha (George) Kramer, Mabel (John) Kremer, Bernice (Melvin) Mai, and Donald (Bernie) Hoffmann and Hazel (George) Mullis; in-laws Merlin Frotmann, Marvin Helle, Henry "Jr." Bildstein, Esther (Gilbert) Digmann, and Mathias (Adell) Bildstein.

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



Walt F. Knipper


Walt F. Knipper, 86, of Petersburg, Iowa died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home in Petersburg, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Walt may call from 9 until time of services Monday, August 1, 2016 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Services for Walt will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016 at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with Rev. John O'Conner officiating. Burial will be held in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa, with full Military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and the VFW New Vienna Post #7736.

He was born June 21, 1930 in Petersburg, Iowa, son of August and Rose (Thole) Knipper. He received his education from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School. He served in the Army, during the Korean War. On November 26, 1976 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Bateman Straub at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. He farmed in the Peterburg area all his li